American craft brewer Sam Adams has positioned it’s Utopias brand as the cognac of beer.
Released only every two years in limited quantities the brew will set you back $190, that’s R1,600 for those who do not know the exchange rate.
The 2012 batch of Samuel Adams Utopia’s is a blend of liquids, some of which have been aged in a variety of wood barrels for 19 years. This long ageing process enhances the beer’s distinct vanilla and maple notes, and its high alcohol content creates a heated aroma of ginger and cinnamon. After blending, Samuel Adams Utopia’s is aged in finishing barrels sourced from all over the world. This year’s batch was finished in single-use bourbon casks from the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery to enhance the beer’s distinct vanilla and maple notes. This year’s batch also spent time in a variety of finishing casks: Tawny Port casks and Vintage Ruby Port casks from Portugal and Rum barrels from Nicaragua.
It comes in a commemorative black decanter and according to the brewer is made with the world’s finest, all natural ingredients”, including speciality malt and hops.
It’s a non-carbonated beer and is a blend of several beers all aged using wood barrels sourced from a variety of locations including Nicaragua and Kentucky.
It has a sweet flavour profile with hints of honey, toffee, caramel, cocoa and vanilla all balanced by notes of molasses, raisins, plums and berries.
While Utopias will set you back a few Rands it is not the most expensive beer in the world, we have found a few with the two most notable being Carlsberg Vintage 3 at $348 per bottle, Brewdog’s “The End of History” for $765 per bottle and Antarctic Nail Ale will cost you $800
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