Everything You Need to Know About the 2013 Release of Utopias

If you haven’t heard of or had Utopias before, it is a brew that challenges the notion of what a beer can be.

It is an extraordinary brew that is the result of complex and carefully timed brewing – it is a blend of batches, some having been aged more than 20 years in a variety of woods in our Barrel Room. (If you’d like to learn more about the history of Utopias, check out this post).

This year’s Utopias was aged in casks from Buffalo Trace Distillery and eight-year-old Port barrels from Portugal. We then blended it with a touch of our Kosmic Mother Funk ® (KMF), a Belgian-style ale barrel-aged for at least nine months (and up to two years) in Hungarian oak tuns.

This is the first time we’ve blended KMF into Utopias. Here’s what Jim had to say about the new addition: “The KMF brings a whole new spectrum of flavors and complexity to the beer, including brighter fruit notes like cherries and plums and just a hint of earthiness.”

Utopias Comp2 (2)Utopias is a strong, rich, uncarbonated dark beer with fruit notes and a rich malty sweetness, reminiscent of a deep, rich vintage Port, fine Cognac, or aged Sherry while being surprisingly light on the palate.

Our Find a Sam page will tell you where you can find Utopias, but keep in mind that it is likely that many locations will sell their few bottles quickly. If you are planning to travel a far distance to acquire a bottle, we strongly recommend calling the retailer ahead of time to ensure they have it on hand.

We brewed fewer than 15,000 bottles this year, so it is a truly rare drinking experience.

NOTE: Thirteen states prohibit its sale because its alcohol content exceeds the legal limit for beer: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Washington.

So, how much will it cost you? Retailers are free to set their own pricing, but we have placed a suggested retail price of $199.00 per bottle.

Because this beer is un-carbonated and high in ABV, it can be opened and closed to be enjoyed when you want to enjoy it. Don’t store this beer in the fridge… a cool/dark place is ideal. And don’t be afraid to hold onto the bottle… the liquid will only get better with age!

Our brewers recommend serving Utopias as an ideal after-dinner drink or toasting a special occasion at room temperature (about 70°F) in 2oz pours.

This year we worked with Ted’s Cigars to create a limited-edition, Utopias-seasoned cigar, to be enjoyed on its own or as a pairing with the brew. The Utopias-seasoned cigars are made with an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper, long leaf Dominican Republic binder, and tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Brazil and Nicaragua, and of course, seasoned with Samuel Adams Utopias through Ted’s proprietary process of aromatic seasoning, which marries the complex flavors of both the cigar and the Utopias.

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When enjoying Utopias and the seasoned cigar together, the beer brings out a creamy, spicy sweetness from the cigar and enhances the subtle leather and smoky character in the cigar’s finish. You can purchase Ted’s Utopias-seasoned cigars at Ted’s Cigars during November and December.

If you get your hands on a bottle and/or cigar be sure to let us know what you think on Twitter or Facebook!

  • Reese

    Cant afford the Utopias , will purchase the cigar . :D

  • Brianna

    It is so unfair because my husband is a HUGE, HUGE, I mean HUGE Samuel Adams fan and I’m unable to find some of the beers he see. I would love to get a bottle of that Utopia for Christmas but it is no where near my location!!!!

    • http://hellolcbo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/764 Will

      If you’re in Ontario, LCBO is selling them over the phone on the 22nd.

  • Gregory

    Will it be available in Canada this year?

    • http://hellolcbo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/764 Will

      If you’re in Ontario, LCBO is selling them over the phone on the 22nd.

  • Kevin Smith

    I’ve managed to get my hands on at least one or two bottles each of Utopias for the last 2 releases. Not only is the Utopias itself unique, but the bottle and it’s history make for good conversation pieces when entertaining guests.

  • Brianna

    I would love to get a bottle for my husband if it was available in my area!!! :-(

  • http://facebook robert tresize

    wish i had some can not get in wv

  • Cole

    “Everything You Need to Know…” ??? How about the size of the bottle???

  • Martiano Handy

    I live in Austin Tx. .I’d like to know where to buy this Utopias..PLEASE SEND MORE INFO..

  • Meg Freeman

    Can someone tell me if it can be mailed to me I live in New York State.

  • Terry Leonhardt

    Well my birthday is next week in case anyone is looking for gift suggestions… :-D

    • Derek H.

      Cellars still had a couple earlier today in eagan and plymouth

  • Don Kampmeier

    Where can you get in St. Paul, MN area?

  • https://www.facebook.com/edward.frotten Edward Frotten

    whats the proof of this brew?

  • Ben

    I bought mine in Tennessee. They can sell it in liquor stores only though.

  • Jeffrey

    I would request a smaller sized bottle that is priced more economically for the less fortunate who love SA beers. Perhaps a half-pint?

  • Dave Baildon

    I was wondering if all your beer is bitter? I have tried several and they are all too bitter, I enjoy good beer but I’m sorry to say that yours and many others are WAY too hoppy.

  • Shawn

    I have the entire history of Utopias in my basement being cellared. From the triple bock made in 1995 through the Millenium, yes I have one of those, and at least one if every Utopias.

    • https://www.facebook.com/moore.thomas.l Thomas Moore

      I’d honestly drink the triple bock sometime soon, at almost 20 years old, it’s not drinking very well anymore, kind of like alcoholic soy sauce at this point. Just my opinion.

    • Van the Man

      how long would they stay “good” like wine does it or will it have a best drink date?

  • Eric Sorbo

    Can you update the map with a tab that shows where Utopias is sold. Apparently there are no locations in Iowa, but I can’t even see which direction to drive without knowing a zip code.

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  • Derek H.

    Is the glass not included this year? Just got a bottle and there was no glass inside and no code to send in for one

  • James

    Where can I purchase in Houston?

  • Greg naps

    Just bought this years how do I get the glass. Please help

    • Sam Adams Editorial Team

      Hello Greg. You should see a code attached to your bottle that you can use on our estore (estore.SamuelAdams.com). If you are having trouble feel free to reach out to us here – http://www.samueladams.com/contact-us.

  • Bob

    Found a bottle of Utopias at a small distributer this weekend. Opened it with some friends — simply amazing. Smooth and like a fine port. Today put the code in for the “free” glass to find out that it was $13 for shipping. I paid it, but wow — that was pretty crappy…

  • Cyn

    Hello, I have been very interested in finding Utopias ever since I heard about it on the History channel, but I used your locator for Indiana, and it doesn’t seem to be sold here in Indiana; is there another way that I can purchase Utopias when it gets released again?

  • http://www.tercerowines.com larryschaffer

    Not sure if you still following this thread or not, but am wondering if you’re hitting that alc level based on actual fermentation or based on evaporative characteristics of those barrels over time. Never heard of yeast that can live in that high a fermentation and would love to know more . . . Thanks!

  • Josh

    We have it in Washington and i just picked a bottle up yesterday for my birthday

  • Rae

    We are in new zealand and have some millennium in the wooden case and utopias 2003 2005 2007 not sure how to go about selling them or how much for.

    • Jay

      Rae — I would be very interested in purchasing all of those bottles from you. Email me at jburner22j@gmail.com to discuss further. Thanks!

  • Joe

    Opened bottle last night. It was delicious. I wish I knew about the cigar sooner that would have been a great match.

  • Joe

    My bottle had tag but no code for glass?.?.

  • Tom lee

    Drive 60 miles each way today for what I believe is the last bottle in il.

  • Michael

    I have the 2013 Limited Edition Utopias unopened in box. Bottle number #00846 out of i beleive 15000. It has a gold finish in a ceramic bottle. Email me and maybe we can make a deal. Michaelbabc@yahoo.com

  • Michael

    Email me for a 2013 limited edition Utopias michaelbabc@yahoo.com

  • David

    I have a couple bottles of 2013 if your interested email me davidmauch@gmail.com

  • Het

    Just shared a bottle at my buds bday party (it was a present). INCREDIBLE.