Samuel Adams 2019 Utopias

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  1. officerbill

    officerbill Disciple (378) Feb 9, 2019 New York

    Samuel Adams Unveils 2019 Utopias Barrel-Aged Extreme Beer

    Another report states that it is 28% ABV making it illegal in 15 states.

    Oh well, a little out of my price range.:slight_frown:

    Official Press Release:

    For the first time, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery will be included in the meaningful distribution of the first bottles of Utopias to The Boston Beer Company Coworkers

    BOSTON, Oct. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the brewers at Samuel Adams celebrate the release of the eleventh batch of their highly sought after, barrel-aged extreme beer, Samuel Adams Utopias. The limited release is available in select locations starting today and will be available for the first time on tap in the Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom on November 15. Only 77 wooden casks of Utopias were brewed this year, creating the highest naturally fermented beer at 28% ABV which is illegal in 15 states. The ruby black, uncarbonated 2019 Utopias is reminiscent of a rich vintage Port or fine Sherry, challenging drinkers' expectations of beer while getting better with age: drinkers can enjoy a portion of Utopias now and save the rest for other occasions.


    Blended, aged and carefully finished in dedicated barrel rooms at Samuel Adams' three breweries in Boston, Lehigh Valley, PA and Cincinnati, OH this specialty beer has been in the hearts and hands of many Samuel Adams coworkers. To mark the occasion and celebrate the new addition of Dogfish Head to The Boston Beer Company family earlier this year, the Samuel Adams team was joined by Dogfish Head coworkers for Utopias' time-intensive hand-bottling and packaging process. Coworkers across breweries and functions came together to complete the final stage of production and recognize the collective efforts of both creating this revolutionary beer and successfully integrating the two companies.

    The first bottles of Utopias will be shared with Samuel Adams coworkers as a sign of appreciation, each created and bottled with care by their very own. A tradition that has been carried on since the Utopias' inception, each bottle of this limited release is numbered, with coworkers receiving the digits that correspond to their hire date. Like the Utopias aging process itself, tenure matters. Each release, coworkers eagerly anticipate the number assigned to their personal Utopias bottle. Samuel Adams Founder and Brewer Jim Koch fittingly receives Utopias bottle number 1 and Brewer Dean Gianocostas, number 2. This year, Dogfish Head will be included in this meaningful distribution.

    Samuel Adams pioneered the practice of barrel-aging with its release of Triple Bock in 1994 and continued this practice with subsequent releases preceding the first Utopias release in 2002. Aging beer in used spirits barrels is now a mainstay of American craft brewing. Fittingly, Utopias has served as inspiration for an upcoming release of Dogfish Head's own extreme beer, World Wide Stout. At this year's Great American Beer Festival, Sam Calagione announced the 2020 release of this fan favorite off-centered ale would be aged in Utopias barrels.

    Founder & Brewer Jim Koch on 2019 Utopias
    "Since it was first brewed, Sam Adams Utopias has been nothing short of a labor of love. As brewers we take pride in everything we make, but there's something special about putting such a unique, extreme beer in the hands of not only the craft beer community but our coworkers. Involving new members of our team from Dogfish Head in the bottling process this year signified collaboration, progress and inspired future innovations that we can't wait to share."

    Utopias' Unique Conditioning Process
    This sought-after beer requires a time-intensive, multiyear brewing, aging and blending process, using only the world's finest ingredients. Like its predecessors, 2019 Utopias is a blend of earlier batches of Samuel Adams' extreme beers, a catalog dating back over 25 years, which have been aging in wooden bourbon casks from Buffalo Trace Distillery. Brewers took portions of this beer and transferred them to Aquavit, Carcavelos and ruby port barrels to impart complex flavors to the beer. This year, brewers also experimented with Cognac and Madeira finishing barrels which enhanced 2019 Utopias with distinct vanilla notes and subtle nutty and elegant dark fruit aromas. As a final step, and to add a slightly tart note, brewers blended a touch of Kosmic Mother Funk, a unique wild ale that is fermented for two years in Hungarian Oak foeders at the Boston Brewery.

    How to Enjoy Utopias
    Utopias is bottled in a custom, 25.4-ounce ceramic decanter modeled after the iconic copper brew kettles. A brew as unique and complex as Utopias should be enjoyed in a glass that enhances its aroma and flavor, like a small-bowled Cognac or snifter glass at room temperature in one-ounce pours. Several years ago, Samuel Adams collaborated with world-renowned glassmaker Georg Riedel to design the perfect glass to enjoy Utopias. For the full experience, the Samuel Adams Utopias glass can be found on the e-store:

    In celebration of the Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom's one-year anniversary, drinkers can exclusively enjoy 2019 Utopias on tap this fall, close to the source. This tasting event will take place on November 15, 2019 in the taproom located just across the street from where 2019 Utopias was barrel-aged at the Samuel Adams Cincinnati Brewery. The Cincinnati Taproom anniversary event is open to the public and will include other specialty beers, but a ticket is required for the first-ever Utopias on tap tasting and includes a commemorative glass to enhance the experience. Tickets are now available.

    Samuel Adams Utopias can be found at select specialty beer and liquor stores for a suggested retail price of $210 per bottle. Price varies by market and availability is limited, where laws allow.

    About Samuel Adams
    Samuel Adams is a leading independent, American craft brewer that helped to launch the craft beer revolution. The brewery began in 1984 when Founder and Brewer Jim Koch used a generations-old family recipe to brew beer in his kitchen. Inspired and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking about beer, Jim brought the recipe to life with hopes drinkers would appreciate the complex, full-flavor and started sampling the beer in Boston. He named the flagship brew Samuel Adams Boston Lager in recognition of one of our nation's founding fathers, a revolutionary man of independent and pioneering spirit. Today, Samuel Adams is one of the world's most awarded breweries and remains focused on crafting the highest quality beers through innovation and experimentation in the relentless pursuit of better. Samuel Adams remains dedicated to elevating and growing the American craft beer industry overall, including providing education and support for entrepreneurs and fellow brewers through its philanthropic program, Brewing the American Dream, which helps others pursue their American Dream. For more information, visit

    Samuel Adams, Sam Adams, and Samuel Adams Utopias are registered trademarks of The Boston Beer Company.
    #1 officerbill, Oct 18, 2019
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  2. drunkenmess

    drunkenmess Meyvn (1,036) Mar 27, 2015 Michigan
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    Beer store today received small amount of bottles. Quickly sold out, even at a $200+ price tag. :thinking_face::beers:
  3. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,292) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I'd love to find a 2-ounce pour of this for $30 or so.
  4. drunkenmess

    drunkenmess Meyvn (1,036) Mar 27, 2015 Michigan
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    $239.99 to be precise
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  5. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (588) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    Bought 1 in 2011, was absolutely amazing, had it for about 7 months, no regrets at all
  6. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,346) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Some bars do exactly that.
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  7. officerbill

    officerbill Disciple (378) Feb 9, 2019 New York

  8. StrangerBrews

    StrangerBrews Initiate (127) Oct 27, 2015 California

    Anyone recommend a way to locate which stores are getting bottles?
  9. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,881) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Our Old Chicago did that a few years ago.

    And as a forward, 1 store in Casper had bottles from the last decade that were being sold for $135, iirc. Quite the bargain compared to today.
  10. jkblr

    jkblr Poo-Bah (1,945) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    I went to the Sam Adams website and it's listed in the beer finder. Shows no hits for my area or Indy, but our distribution lags behind the rest of the country.
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  11. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,815) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Never had it nor would I buy a bottle but if any of my locals had it by the glass I would partake in one. Its a cool item and a nice gift but nothing I would buy annually.
  12. Junior

    Junior Defender (629) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    It would be tempting, but I’d don’t think I’d buy if I saw a bottle. I’d definitely buy a sample if I saw it.
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  13. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (1,837) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    Been fortunate to have had many vintages. I can pass on buying it now.
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  14. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (1,966) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    I feel like I'd drop $240 on a bottle and finish it in three days because I'm an alcoholic.
  15. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,356) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    I'm gonna be that guy, this years batch is a hot mess compared to years past.
  16. mikeinportc

    mikeinportc Savant (937) Nov 4, 2015 New York

    Somebody has to. :rolling_eyes: Might as well be you.
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  17. ichorNet

    ichorNet Meyvn (1,158) Mar 16, 2010 Massachusetts

    I'll never forget my experience having this beer for free. I had a press pass for an event in Somerville, MA where they were pouring and they happened to have Utopias that night... good stuff. Must've been 2012/2013 or so.
  18. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (1,966) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    It's thin and artificial tasting.
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  19. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,086) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I have no desire to try this beer, but just out of curiosity what's it (supposed) to taste like?
  20. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,520) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    Get some buds to split the cost of a bottle if you find it. That's the least expensive way to go if you have enough people to get the cost to a manageable amount. You might get two samples for that $30.

    I think it was 4 years ago when the price of this beer was $160 I split one with my brother. Back then some bars were selling a one ounce sample for $10-$12. Obviously the price has gone up a bit, but it was worth the experience for me.
  21. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,812) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I passed on an opportunity to buy one two years ago, when a local liquor store offered to sell me one for $310. That's gouging, so no way.
  22. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,972) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    I can buy 5 bottles of Laphroaig for the money. I’m curious of course, but not curious enough. I’m supposing we’re one of the banned states, it would have to go thru a state liquor store.
  23. basaywhat

    basaywhat Poo-Bah (1,794) May 20, 2013 Illinois
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    FWIW My store in the middle of nowhere got 2 bottles and sold them within an hour. $229.99 each. One of them ended up being given to me by one of my regular customers as an early Xmas gift. Not sure if Ill drink it or hold on to it.
  24. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,086) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Chug it and post a video. Soo much clout
  25. Steve_Studnuts

    Steve_Studnuts Disciple (335) Apr 21, 2015 Pennsylvania


    Are you giving this customer handies?
  26. rgordon

    rgordon Savant (983) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    If a friend came by with a taste, I would try it.
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  27. basaywhat

    basaywhat Poo-Bah (1,794) May 20, 2013 Illinois
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    No just a really good customer. I get him a ton of rare bourbons and this is how he repaid me.
  28. Steve_Studnuts

    Steve_Studnuts Disciple (335) Apr 21, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Well that is very cool. I hope my original comment didn't come off too snarky; was trying to be funny. Enjoy the beer.
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  29. basaywhat

    basaywhat Poo-Bah (1,794) May 20, 2013 Illinois
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    Your fine. I took it as a joke. Just felt the need to clarify.
  30. hopley

    hopley Meyvn (1,371) Feb 24, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Ditto, at a beer fest. Got the pour from Jim Koch himself, and since it was at a beerfest I had to implore him to go easy on the two ounce pour and only give me an ounce. It was pretty amazing and I'd love to try it again, but with Mystic closing and my new additions of Entropy and de Cacao, I think I'll wait for the next release...but then again, if I happen to see a bottle for sale tomorrow, I'll see what kind of willpower I can exhibit at the time...
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  31. ifnkovhg

    ifnkovhg Initiate (184) Aug 12, 2008 California

    Every article I've read about the beer's release notes that it's illegal in 15 states, but none of them explains why. Anybody know?
  32. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,086) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Abv limits on beer
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  33. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Savant (952) Apr 21, 2014 Ontario (Canada)

    Just come up here when we get it, likely in the new year. If this one is like the last three releases, it will be about the equivalent of US$85 with no limit.
  34. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Devotee (459) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Its an incredibly boozy, novelty.. have had it quite a few times for whatever reason..

    It will definitely tear your club up wink emoji
  35. ifnkovhg

    ifnkovhg Initiate (184) Aug 12, 2008 California

    Okay, but couldn't they get around that by calling it "malt liquor"?
  36. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,868) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    "Malt liquor" is just another type of beer, or, in most states' and Federal Gov't legalese: "Malt Beverage". As such it falls under the same state regulations, including those with ABV caps.

    Here's Vermont's, for example:
    and Montana's:
  37. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (1,966) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    Oh, so you're giving him Handjees.
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  38. basaywhat

    basaywhat Poo-Bah (1,794) May 20, 2013 Illinois
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    Nope just high end Bourbon
  39. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,881) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    To me, it reminds me of a Cognac. Ymmv.
  40. spicoli00

    spicoli00 Defender (616) Jul 6, 2005 Indiana

    Utopias aged on cherries ftw!
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