Samuel Adams has debuted their 2017 Utopias. Technically, with an ABV os 28% the Sam Adamas Utopias is a barleywine. Nationwide, there will be 13,000 bottles of the 2017 Sam Adams Utopias hitting shelves with 68 wooden casks being distributed.
What makes this $200/bottle beer so special? Oh, did I not mention the fact that it’s going to sell for two hundred dollars a bottle because it is, and that’s insane. The 2017 Sam Adams Utopias was aged in ‘hand-selected, single-use bourbon casks from the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery’. This injects a wide array of flavors into the rare barleywine including traces of ‘Bourbon, White Carcavelos, and Ruby Port’.
The very first of these bottles will go to the Sam Adams employees. So, if you know anyone working for Samuel Adams you’ll want to hit them up first before trying to track down this rare beer at a bar or in a store.
According to Golf Digest, that incredibly high ABV makes it illegal in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vermont.
The 2017 Utopias is brewed using three types of German Noble hops (Spalt Spalter, Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Tettnang Tettnanger). Samuel Adams brewers used a secret blend of two-row pale malt and combined that with two additional malts (Munich and Caramel 60). This all combines for a rich and complex flavor that Sam Adams drinkers are almost certainly going to love.