Uniqueflavors of vintage port, the finest cognac and layers of caramel, sherry andmaple make-up this rich, dark liquid. Lingering tastes of cherry and vanilla alsomake the taste buds tingle. This isn’t your usual fall-time beverage, insteadit’s the epitome of Samuel Adams brewing known as their coveted Utopias®.
Utopias® isthe world’s strongest naturally fermented beer made, at 56 proof. Served atroom temperature, in a snifter, Utopias® offer a flavor unlike any other beer;it’s commonly referred to as “extreme beer”.
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This 2009release has been years in the making. Perfected in Buffalo Trace barrels attheir award-winning distillery by the same name. The 200-year old breweryselected a blend of batches, some having aged up to 16 years and in the barrelroom of their Boston Brewery, in a variety of woods; with the latest batchhaving spent time in Portuguese muscatel finishing casks, where a flavorful,slightly fruity brew with a sweet, malty flavor reminiscent of a port, wasborn.
Utopias®come from the ultimate beers of Triple Bock and Millenium, but taken to a newlevel. Brewed using a variety of malted barley, blended with scotch and bourbonfor up to a decade.
Utopias®makes a perfect after dinner drink, if you can find it. Samuel Adams Utopias®was released in limited quantities. According to ChowHound, Whole Foods sells the deliciousdrink in its gold cask for $189.95 plus tax. To find a batch near you, enteryour zip code here.
Malt Varieties: Two-row paleHarrington and Metcalfe, Caramel 60
Hop Variety: Hallertau Mittelfruh,Spalt and Tettnager