However, this season’s must-try is the 10th anniversary Utopias; we love the sleek new brew kettle design of the 10th anniversary brew. The not-your-typical beer is super strong, ranking in at a 29 percent ABV to be exact. The dark “extreme” brew does not taste like a beer but more of a cognac due to its barrel aging in single-use bourbon casks. One sip and you will detect sweet notes of honey, toffee, caramel, cocoa and vanilla, followed by molasses, raisins, plums and berries.
In 1994, founder and owner, Jim Koch released his first hand at creating an “extreme beer” with the release of the Triple Bock, which set a record for not only being the strongest beer ever with 17.5 percent ABV but was the first time a beer had been aged in barrels.
Less than 15,000 bottles of this limited-edition beer are available due to the long aging required, so be sure to get one soon before they fly off the shelves. Also available for a limited time is the Samuel Adams Beer Lover's Chocolate Box, a holiday sampling of delicious milk and dark chocolates.
Retail price for Utopias is $190 a bottle.