Hopefully my Grid blog post on the full tasting of Utopias and the ever-awesome Jim Koch will go up before the bottles sell out tomorrow morning, but my editors seem to have gone AWOL, (or they’re in a meeting) so just in case it doesn’t here’s what you need to know to get your hands on a bottle of the 10th Anniversary edition of Utopias, (but you’ll have to beat my quick dialing fingers):
While each vintage is a unique blend, this year’s 1oth anniversary vintage doesn’t have any huge differences from last year’s except that it comes in a special bottle and this year’s edition was aged in Nicaraguan rum barrels, (as well as Tawny and Ruby Red Port, and Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels). I have tasted it, and confirmed that it is divine.
Oh! And here’s me and Jim, you know, hanging out.
And here’s some info pasted straight from the press release:
About the 10th Anniversary Samuel Adams Utopias Batch:
The 2012 Samuel Adams Utopias brew weighs in a bit above 29 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) – Samuel Adams Boston Lager® is five percent ABV by comparison – and was aged in hand-selected, single-use bourbon casks from the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery to enhance the beer’s distinct vanilla and maple notes. The 10th Anniversary batch also spent time in a variety of finishing casks: Tawny Port casks and Vintage Ruby Port casks from Portugal, which contribute slightly more elegant, dark fruit aromas, and Rum barrels from Nicaragua, which add flavors of fig, chocolate, raisin, vanilla, and a slight spice. Using traditional Samuel Adams’ brewing techniques, the brewers begin with a blend of malts that impart a rich, ruby-black color. The distinct hop character comes from the finest Noble hops which impart its unique complexity and balance. Finally, a combination of yeast strains is used during fermentation, including one usually reserved for champagne.
What Founder and Brewer, Jim Koch, has to say:
“With this year’s 10th Anniversary release, we’re sharing the result of complex and carefully timed brewing and aging techniques. In fact, this year’s brew is a blend of batches including some of our original Triple Bock, whose development began in 1992, and then aged in other barrels sourced from all over the world. This release of Samuel Adams Utopias is proof – 58 proof to be exact – that extreme beers have earned a permanent and respected place in the beer universe, a world now constantly evolving with new craft brewers and excited craft beer drinkers. I hope drinkers in Canada will enjoy savoring Samuel Adams Utopias as much as I enjoyed crafting this beer over the past 10 years.”
The brewers make fewer than 15,000 bottles of this limited-edition beer due to the long aging required. Samuel Adams Utopias is bottled in a specially designed 10th Anniversary black decanter. Shaped like a brew kettle, the exterior is etched with roots, a metaphor for the 20+ years of complex history and aging of the liquids that make up Samuel Adams Utopias. This limited distribution brew is available in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba beginning in March.