It’s banned in 13 states and has an alcohol content of 27 percent. Yet, this year’s version of Boston Beer Company’s Utopias will once again be highly sought after and promises to be even more complex and unique than those that came before it. The Massachusetts based-geniuses (who also bring us Samuel Adams) achieve the beer’s extraordinary ABV and taste through a 15-year process; the beer is aged and finished in wooden containers like Scotch whisky barrels and sherry casks, and the drink’s yeast strains are regularly used in making malts and champagne. The beer (if you could really call it that) is obviously meant to be savored, not shotgunned; the first sip hits like a cognac then quickly reveals notes of vanilla, honey, and maple. The high alcoholic content exceeds the maximum allowable in many states, and the limited run of 10,000 bottles means that this year’s Utopias will be difficult to obtain. Bottles will sell for approximately $150, and the neat ceramic and copper-styled mini-kettles are sure to be collector’s pieces whether filled with the potent brew or not.
Read more on Utopias 2009 here.