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Sam Adams Utopias, who bought it?

BluPlateSpec Feb 1, 2008 10:54 AM

Sam Sam Adams Utopias in my local Whole Foods, $189.95 plus $15.91 sales tax and .05 bottle deposit. How does one drink this? by the shot with a 6 oz. Wild Turkey chaser? chug-a-lug with Patriots victory? Would you dare tell your grandmother who lived through the Depression how much you paid for it? Do you make it a point to get your deposit back?

  1. shellshock24 Feb 1, 2008 02:10 PM

    Drink it like you would drink a cognac.

    1. tuqueboy Feb 2, 2008 04:55 PM

      don't drink it at all for at least 3-4 years. just too damned rough at first. kinda like someone dropped cheap vodka and a bucket of maple syrup into a bottle of flat barley wine. might get better with age.

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        Buckethead Feb 20, 2008 09:21 AM

        This is actually one of only a handful of alcoholic beverages I've ever poured down the drain. Your description is apt. Yuck.

      2. jgg13 Feb 7, 2008 11:44 AM

        I looked into getting one of these about 3 years ago, and came across a piece of advice that seemed quite wise:

        Save yourself some money - spend about half of the cost of the Utopias on a bottle of cognac.

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          Josh Feb 20, 2008 10:04 AM

          $50 cognac isn't very good. Cognac, unfortunately, fetches a premium price because of its name. On the other hand, you can get some really nice single malt Scotch at that price point.

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            jgg13 Feb 20, 2008 10:12 AM

            Half of the cost of Utopias would typically be $90-$100 ;)

            The point is that it tastes not unlike cognac. IMO its not really worth much more than the novelty factor.

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              Josh Feb 20, 2008 11:47 AM

              Huh. I saw it around here for $125.

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                Jim Dorsch Feb 27, 2008 04:16 AM

                That would be severely underpriced in my area.

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          Bobfrmia Feb 7, 2008 08:17 PM

          My son bought me the 2005 for Christmas 2 years ago. It was after everyone said you couldn't find it. He got it at Johns in Iowa City for 99.00.
          Very good. Very interesting. You buy it as much for its uniqueness, as you do its taste. It's obviously part gimmick, but for beer people, it's pretty neat to have.

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            brentk Feb 20, 2008 12:02 PM

            I attended the Extreme Beer Festival in Boston last weekend where the Utopias aged on Cacao Nibs was served. I have never had the standard Utopias, but this version was incredible.

            And I didn't think it tasted a bit like Cognac. Totally different. More like a viscous, still barleywine.

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              Diana Mar 3, 2008 11:43 AM

              Buy a bottle for my Husband every year, and thus get the brownie points and the beer. I drink mine in a cordial glass with dark chocolate. This christmas, I sort of melded it into one experience and made dark chocolate Utopias truffles to give away. Everyone loved em.

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