Have you been waiting for it? Every two years Boston Beer Company, known for its flagship Sam Adams Boston Lager, releases a special beer that sparked a revolution for extreme beers. Samuel Adams Utopias 2011 is hitting your stores this month.
The Sam Adams Utopias brand was first introduced in 2002 with an incredible 24% ABV (remember most of your domestics are 4-5%). The beer was then produced in 2003 and a new brand is released every two years. In fact, the more recent versions of Utopias are 27% ABV and when they were first produced reigned supreme in the category of the strongest beers in the universe.
The beer incited a war that escalated dramatically last year for “extreme beers” with high alcohol content. Although 27% ABV is very strong for a beer, this title has recently been won by a 60% ABV beer produced by a Dutch brewery, ‘t Koelschip.
The 2011 Utopias release is a blend of liquids which have been aged in a variety of wood casks for up to 18 years. According to the brewery, this complex aging process enhances the beer’s distinct vanilla, maple and cocoa notes, and it offers an aroma of ginger and cinnamon. Sherry casks from Spain and Portugal add nutty oak, toffee and honey notes, while Madeira and port casks offer a slightly more elegant, dark fruit aroma, imparting earthy flavors inherent to fine European spirits. The complex flavors intensify individually over time, making Samuel Adams Utopias a very special brew that becomes even better with age.
“Each time we begin the process of crafting our next evolution of Samuel Adams Utopias, we strive to make the new vintage more unique than the last, and the 2011 brew is no exception. The brewers and I spent years perfecting it, experimenting with different barrels and aging techniques until we felt it lived up to the long-standing heritage of Samuel Adams Utopias — a quest to push the boundaries of beer,” said Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Company. “Since I first brewed Samuel Adams Boston Lager in my kitchen, I’ve made it my life’s work to elevate beer and make people rethink the possibilities of what beer can be.”
Sounds pretty good, right? Well if you want to purchase this bad boy – you are going to have to spend some big bucks. Since there is a limited release of Utopias (only 53 barrels produced), the retail price for one bottle is$150.00.
This is a pretty good way to start American Craft Beer Week and we can’t wait to get our hands on a bottle.