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
Photo of kwill
1.31/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Like nathi, I am somewhat surprised by all of the high reviews. Pours a thick brown with no head. If you swirl it around the glass the beer just seems to ooze back down the side of the glass. Smell is sharp and sweet with a very strong alcohol presence. Taste is sweet and syrupy with no characteristics that would make you call this one a beer.

My normal description of this beer is a mix of a port wine, tequila (yuck), and cognac. Every sip almost takes your breath away and leaves a strong alcohol aftertaste. Unfortunately I paid too much for this beer and now it is just used as a novelty for my friends to taste.

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Photo of nathi
2.33/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I am suprised to see so many good reviews. This beer is a novelty in my opinion, and thats all. At least at the age I tasted it. It may some day age into a nice beer...in like 15 years. Imagine a cheap super young scotch with maple syrup added. Flavors do not blend. Flat, sweet, and very alcoholic. More like a liqueur than a beer...but the problem is...a BAD liqueur. Just harsh and cloying. Aroma was kinda interesting though, sheerry like and complex. I should have stopped there.

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Photo of rastaman
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In comparison to the Millennium, i think this falls a bit short of the mark. The appearnace of this one was quite murky, lots of dark pruny fruits, with some oaky, nutty vanillin flavours. This however has much more noticable alcohol than the Millennium, and the finish is a little shorter. Still an intersting beer, and a rare one to come by, particularly in Australia.

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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 incubuscience
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Domingo
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Popsinc
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear, golden brown pour. Looks like scotch or cognac. No head whatsoever.

The nose was warm and big upfront with alcohol, caramel, vanilla & many cognac-like qualities.

The mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth and warm.

The taste was complex. A warm alcohol bite. Hints of caramel and sticky butterscotch. A pinch of vaillna is in there somewhere. Sweet but not sugary.

The finish was smooth and refined. Much more mellow and mature then, lets say, the Triple Bock. Again, here is an example of a great after dinner drink. As a beer though, i question its drinkability.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Zachman08
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Photo of sbuscemi28
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of harryhops
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

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 oriolesfan4
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this at a recent Beer tasting event.

Appearance: Golden-brown, cloudy, with no foam.

Smell: Strong oak aroma, the overwhelming smell is almost identical to cognac, but with some sweet caramel/molasses overtones.

Taste: Very warming (not surprisingly, considering the high alcohol content). Flavors of cognac, oak, and alcohol. A slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Good if sipped. Very smooth and warming. Light on the tongue.

Drinkability: Good. Very smooth, great for inhaling from a snifter, and for sipping. It is hard to believe this is a "beer".

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

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 jcalabre
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear reddish/brown color. It pours w/ no head.
Flavor: Tastes like a liqueur. It is buterscotch/cognac taste
Aroma: alcohol, butterscotch
Overall: simply beautiful. The alcohol flavor is extremely well hidden, which I appreciate. This is beautiful to drink. Great job.

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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 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 BucketBoy
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of pmoney
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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 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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