In a few weeks, the brand new version of the Samuel Adams Utopias, the strongest naturally fermented beer in the world, will be hitting the store shelves once again – but this year there has been a major change.
For the first time, Samuel Adams is being blended with Kosmic Mother Funk, a barrel-aged ale that is used in all of the Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection beers. The Kosmic Mother Funk, of KMF for short, has not been sold (although I think it would be a huge hit if it is ever released).
Along with the KMF, portions of this year’s batch is also aged in single-use Buffalo Trace bourbon casks. Some of the beer is also aged in Port casks from Portugal.
This year’s version is 28 percent alcohol by volume, slightly lower than last year’s 10th Anniversary Utopias, which was 29 percent ABV.
I had an opportunity to try the new Utopias last week. I drank a two ounce sample at the recommended 70 degrees (give or take a degree or two).
The beer is phenomenal. You get a lot of sweetness at first, almost like maple and vanilla. The Bourbon then comes through, mixing with the other flavors.
The KFM is noticeable right away. It brings in some pepper flavors that adds a little more balance to the sweetness, and there’s a just a little sourness and funkiness, along with a slight cherry flavor.
The 2013 Utopias is a wonderful beer, but it’s pricey. When it hits stores in a few weeks, the suggested retail price is about $200. It’s definitely worth trying, so maybe get a group of friends together to buy a bottle and each get one glass out of it. Either way, its a treat.