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

very good
37 Ratings
Samuel Adams Utopias MMIISamuel Adams Utopias MMII

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

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.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 19
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 spycow
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | 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 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 olradetbalder
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 BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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


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.


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

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Presented in a ceramic bottle designed to look like an old-school copper brewing kettle. Screw off top, with beer cap. 1173 out of 3000 released bottles.

Appearance: Thick dark amber with a sticky syrup consistency.

Smell: Huge overwhelming alcohol nose. Oak, wood, raisins. Buttery caramel, toffee, vanilla. Reminiscent of a scotch/ whiskey/bourbon.

Taste: Thick, full-bodied and rich with a smooth mouthfeel. Buttery caramel, toffee, light cocoa, maple syrup, big vanilla and an oaky middle that moves into the finish. Toasted bread. Spicy alcohol. Warming. Sweet ripe dates. Charred wood. No real hop flavour. Maple, vanilla and a stinging alcohol kick in the finish.

Notes: This is an insane beer. The alcohol character is off the hook! Definitely not a strong beer or barley wine. This is experimental all the way. The world's strongest beer at the time of this review, and you'll find nothing else like it.

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Photo of Todd
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/07/02 : This sample is taken from a bottle I opened up about a month ago. Unlike the experience of others, my sample shows little sign of oxidation -- probably because I used a air tight pump cork.

Appearance is a flat dark copper, brown, ruby hued mixture with a thick syrupy consistency. Aroma is highly alcoholic, with strong notes of caramel, oak, vanilla and maple.

Taste apprears to be much smoother than the initial cracking of the bottle. Maple flavours have become extremely pronounced, with strong vanilla bean flavours backing them up, and then some. Alcohol presence is still off the hook, and spicy as hell. Toffee and caramel seem to control much of the malt scene. Bready and yeasty notes. Hints of oxidation blend well with oak flavours, and I'm guessing that these will become more pronounced in the upcoming months -- meaning I'll have to drink it all vs. having the luxury of letting it sit like other alcohols (then again I must remind myself that this is a beer). After airing for more than 10 minutes the beer seems to smooth out and become extremely mellow -- almost too mellow. Thin bitterness attempts to break thru, but is beaten to a malty pulp.

Very port like in character. Very warming. Very blissful. Luckily I have over half a bottle left and an entire bottle that I'll be putting aside to age. Stay tuned ...

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

Photo of RavenForBeer
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Thishops4u
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Domingo
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of harryhops
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of pmoney
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jackndan
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Utopias: from the bottle, and a small barrel during the Sam Adams Brewery Tour. Fantastic beverage, much more like a strong Port or Cognac than a beer. It is a deep ruby in color, with strong aromas of alcohol and malt. Sweet initially, with incredible complexity of caramel, coffee, toast, brandy, layered on top of each other. A great after dinner beverage.

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Photo of jbuddle
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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 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 incubuscience
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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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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