Samuel Adams Utopias MMII | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

BA SCORE
88
very good
37 Ratings
Samuel Adams Utopias MMIISamuel Adams Utopias MMII
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 24.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 04-06-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
37
Reviews:
19
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
17.31%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 19
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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Agentveba
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of sbuscemi28
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of RavenForBeer
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Zachman08
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of oline73
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Chimay goblet. I poured a glass of this to honor the greatest college football coach ever. Rest in peace Joepa.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy dark amber. The beer has a red hue to it. There is no head at all.

Smell: Very sweet and smooth with some alcohol burn at the end. I'm picking up dark fruit, desert wine, caramel, and some vanilla. Definitely smells more like a very nice bottle of liquor.

Taste: Just phenomenal. This is much smoother than newer batches. Definitely picking up some sherry/port. The wood from the barrels is there along with caramel and vanilla. The finish is hot, but very smooth considering the abv.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with just a tingle from the alcohol. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: This is a really nice beer. It ages with the best of them. I'll enjoy it until my bottle runs out and then I'm sure I won't see this one again.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 Utopias. Thanks to Arthur for the chance to try this.

Viscous, leggy amber with slight haze. Completely still.

Layers of maple syrup, butterscotch, sherry, wood, spiciness. Some nice oxidation here, and very reigned-in alcohol.

Sweet without ever coming off as cloying. Sherry oxidation, slight nuttiness, fruit preserves, oak, maple syrup. Full, syrupy body. Completely still. Lingering sweet finish with a bit of oak and heat. As great as this is, I think the newer batches of Utopias are slightly better.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

5/13/2011

Opened on a whim. 2 ounces poured into a brandy snifter. MMII, the first Utopias to be made and the immediate successor to Millennium. This should be interesting.

A: The liquid is a dark copper color and pours still from the bottle. A swirl of the glass yields a thick collar and a cascading string of pearls that is most impressive. Each bead's journey back to the liquid seems to take minutes. Looks really great.

S: The nose exhibits a strong maple profile with accompanying toffee, butterscotch, faint vanilla, and caramel. I find the aroma to be port-like than Millennium or the later iterations of Utopias, with nice plum notes. Oak is present but subtle. The alcohol is pretty potent, stinging the nostrils and causing a mild irritation of the eyes when the glass is close. There's a little orange in there, and I detect some leather and sherry-like oxidation when I swirl the glass. Like I said earlier, this is definitely port-like, but it also resembles a cognac or brandy. There's a lot of brown sugar and a touch of tobacco. Most excellent.

T: Sweet brown sugar and maple with butterscotch, plum, grape, and faint orange. Caramel and toffee are evident, and booze is pronounced though I don't find that to be a bad thing. Leather integrates with oak and a touch of tobacco. Sherry-like oxidation is subtle when it greets the palate. This is quite complex. This lies at the crossroads of port, cognac, and sherry.

M: The beer is still, with no carbonation whatever. Alcohol warming is substantial. The elixir is velvet and silk on the palate.

Overall: Excellent stuff. It's no Millennium, but it's not far off.

6/18/2011

I've had this bottle open for about a month now, and the oxidation has made this a wonderous drinking experience. The booze sting has subsided and the beer is amazing. I think this is on par with Millennium at this time. Perhaps I will revise my opinion as I continue my journey through this bottle.

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Photo of jrodvog148
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you can find it cool, get someone else to pay for it though. A buddy of mine bought it for us for New Years. Was really thrown off by the smell, reminded me of a hard liquor like scotch or whiskey which due to my past college experiences kinds makes me sick. But after sucking it up and taking a swig, it was really smooth and had not back taste running up my throat. Can't say I would spend the money on it myself, but it sure tasted good. Try finding Viking Blood Mead, believe it or nto for 20 bucks kinda the same taste.

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Photo of paytoplay
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what version I bought a friend as a gift. I think the 2nd or 3rd release? Tried it right away, thought it was Ok, sweet, odd and kind of like a beer on the finish. Then tried it 6 months later, same bottle, much improved, more carmel, smoke, like a good congaic. Then tried again another year later or more, it's been a while since this last taste, but WOW it really is improving with bottle age. Alc maybe fading away? Maybe oxadizing some to reveal more flavors? Candied and dried orange peal, carmel, smoke, 5 spice, butterscotch, more like a good scotch. Not the heat like earlier tries. Tough to say this is "drinkable" as really a beer, but not really.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Wow, what can you say about this beer? First off, it has more in common with a Conac than a beer, but it is a beer. Pours still from the copper kettle. Huge aromas of alcohol, rasins and caramel. Taste... lots of warming alcohol, a nice brandy/conac creaminess and some dark fruit. Quite sweet. Almost overpowering. Drink about an ounce or two of this stuff as a nightcap, nothing more. Absurdly priced at $150 though.

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Photo of Chsyhkr
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cross between liquour and Liquor at 24% abv or there abouts. Poured from a neet copper kettle ceramic bottle.

This still beverage, like Triple Bock, but much drier is a real winner.

An aroma of hazelnuts and raisins that along with the alcohol cleans the nose out.

A touch of maple syrup appears in the taste with enough bittering hops to keep this from being cough syrup. No hop aroma or flavor that I can tell.

If you are looking for beer and many reviewers are, you will be disappointed. This is a cordial or liquor. Pour an ounce or two and enjoy while watching March Madness...if you plan it right this beer bottle will last 10 years and 10 Final Fours!

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Samuel Adams Utopias MMII from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
4.16 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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