SAMUEL ADAMS 2O11 UTOPIAS
The world’s strongest naturally fermented brew, Utopias is an extreme barrel-aged beer that weighs in at 27 percent ABV. It is brewed with both ale yeast and a variety typically reserved for wine and champagne. A unique blend of several malts gives the beer its rich, ruby-black color and three varieties of Noble hops – Spalt Spalter, Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Tettnang Tettnanger – impart its floral character and spicy note. The 2O11 release is a blend of liquids, some of which have been aged in a variety of wood barrels for up to 18 years. This long aging process enhances the beer’s distinct vanilla and maple notes, and its high alcohol content creates a heated aroma of ginger and cinnamon. The brew has sweet flavors of honey, toffee, caramel, cocoa, and vanilla, balanced by distinct notes of molasses, raisins, plums, and berries. This strong, rich, uncarbonated dark beer is best served at room temperature, as a two-ounce pour in a snifter glass. Suggested retail is $15O. Available in May from Atlas Distributing, Burke Distributing, Commercial Distributing, L. Knife & Son, and Merrimack Valley Distributing in very limited quantities.