This is what the world has been waiting for: A beer that comes directly out of a cognac cask. If you want to know more about ageing, please read the related article at the bottom of this article.

Samuel Adams Utopias is an extra strong beer, brewed with malts and syrup.. and aged in cognac casks. Okay, it’s also matured in bourbon and port barrels – but let’s concentrate on the fact the beer was stored in cognac barrels.

The bottle sells for $115 and will be available in Canadian stores this week.

Sam Adams Utopias

Utopias was introduced to the US market in 2002 and now the Canadians can taste it, too. Interesting: The beer was banned in several US states because its high alcohol content (27% ABV !) makes it just more liquor then beer. There are even vintages of Utopias which sell for several hundreds of dollars.

For how long was this beer aged in casks?

Utopias is a blend. The oldest of the string beers in this mix is 15 years old. The number of produced bottles is limited, at 10.000 to be precise.

The high degree of alcohol can be noticed directly, the oak notes can be recognized immediately. Apparently there are some caramel aromas, and the finish is supposed to be rather brief.


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Max is a spirits expert and speaker, into marketing, technology, startups, and business development. He’s also a farmer. He likes tools and machines, Game of Thrones, and Better Call Saul. Included in his Top 10 Cognacs are the Audry XO and Bache Gabrielsen 1973.Max founded Cognac Expert in 2010 at his family’s estate in Poullignac, in the Cognac region, France. Started as a blog, today Cognac Expert is the world’s largest website about all things Cognac, a blog, and a specialized online shop featuring 800+ different Cognac bottles.

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    Crap. Better off spending 5 USD more and grab Some Hennessy X.O – a real cognac

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