Samuel Adams Utopias outscored two highly rated spirits last week in a blind tasting in Chicago.
The 2007 batch of Utopias, checking in at a beer-record 27% abv, lined up against Frapin VIP XO Grand Champagne and Fonseca 1994 Vintage Port from Portugal in an event at David Burkeâ€™s Primehouse Restaurant.
Utopias received a total of 287 points, while Fonseca 1994 Vintage Port scored 249 points. Receiving 227 total points was Frapin VIP XO Grand Champagne. Anthony Dias Blue, editor-in-chief of Pattersonâ€™s The Tasting Panel Magazine, and Wine and Spirits editor, Bon AppÃ©tit (1981â€“2004) led the tasting.
â€œMy goal with Samuel Adams Utopias was to challenge the very definition of beer,â€ said Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Co., producer of Samuel Adams beers. â€œIâ€™ve always strived to see how complex and unique a beer could be and to expand peopleâ€™s perception of beer. The 2007 batch of Samuel Adams Utopias definitely takes craft beer to a new level.â€
The 2007 Utopias is a blend of liquids, some of which have been aged in a variety of woods at the Boston Brewery for up to 13 years. A portion of the beer was aged in hand-selected, single-use bourbon casks from the Buffalo Trace Distillery.