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unclebunk
11-30-2009, 08:27
Anybody seen or tried this yet? Sounds very interesting but at $150 a bottle I'm out of luck.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091130/ap_on_bi_ge/us_extreme_beer

barturtle
11-30-2009, 09:15
I've seen it. I even held a bottle in my hands the other day. I have no intention of purchasing a bottle, though if someone wanted to share a taste of theirs with me, I'd give it a go.

DeanSheen
11-30-2009, 09:19
I've seen a bottle of the previous release that is not for sale.

It's a pretty bottle. I doubt anyone around here will be trying it anytime soon. That's a lot of bourbon money to buy that bottle.

doubleblank
11-30-2009, 09:54
A wine bar we hang out at (Brix) also sells a few interesting beers on tap and the occasional specialty beer bottling. They have this one and have it offered at $200. We've thought of getting ten of us together and sharing one. It is in a very cool package for sure.

Randy

funknik
11-30-2009, 10:04
Yeah, we always get all of the Sam Adams specialty stuff up here in Maine, but I won't even spend $15 on a bottle of beer, much less ten times that.

spun_cookie
11-30-2009, 11:42
I have the BT barreled release from a couple years ago. Very good and interesting stuff. It lasts forever and I let folks have a sip when they come to town.

If you are a beer drinker - I do not mean Coors Light - then you will enjoy this at a 1/2 oz at a time... Fun stuff

nor02lei
11-30-2009, 12:27
Anybody seen or tried this yet? Sounds very interesting but at $150 a bottle I'm out of luck.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091130/ap_on_bi_ge/us_extreme_beer

I did try it at Stockholm beer and whisky festival in September and liked it a lot. It does taste more like Madera wine than beer though.

Leif

Vange
11-30-2009, 14:35
I have a bottle of the newly released 09 Utopias. Not sure when I will open it, but I will be sure to share my results.

OscarV
11-30-2009, 14:57
I remember reading a review in All About Beer magazine in the early '90's by Michael Jackson about a high alcohol beer whose name escapes me.
Said Mr. Jackson, "This beer proves that you can indeed get to much of a good thing."

Special Reserve
11-30-2009, 16:55
I've seen it. I even held a bottle in my hands the other day. I have no intention of purchasing a bottle, though if someone wanted to share a taste of theirs with me, I'd give it a go.

I've seen and held this some time ago. $150 for a bottle of beer is beyond my means.

By the way, I'd vote Sam Adams Winter Lager as the best mass produced beer on the market.

unclebunk
11-30-2009, 17:07
Anyone ever have Sam Adams Triple Bock from 1996/1997? It came in a little cobalt blue bottle and was supposed to improve with age. I bought a bunch of them, waited a few years and cracked one open. It tasted like fuc*%#g soy sauce! :lol:

Special Reserve
11-30-2009, 17:14
Anyone ever have Sam Adams Triple Bock from 1996/1997? It came in a little cobalt blue bottle and was supposed to improve with age. I bought a bunch of them, waited a few years and cracked one open. It tasted like fuc*%#g soy sauce! :lol:

Yes! I had a couple of bottle of that stuff. The bottle was very nice but its contents was terrible. Perhaps the second worst beer I've every tasted.

spun_cookie
11-30-2009, 18:10
Anyone ever have Sam Adams Triple Bock from 1996/1997? It came in a little cobalt blue bottle and was supposed to improve with age. I bought a bunch of them, waited a few years and cracked one open. It tasted like fuc*%#g soy sauce! :lol:

I had it as well. It was bad then and it did not get better... It actually turned me off of SA for a while.

MrB
11-30-2009, 20:34
For $150 I am definitely out of luck for this beer. I am a Sam Adams fan and love most all of there output.

whskylvr
11-30-2009, 21:41
MrB,

Have you had the Stingo. I really like this one.

ErichPryde
12-01-2009, 06:08
I've seen and held this some time ago. $150 for a bottle of beer is beyond my means.

By the way, I'd vote Sam Adams Winter Lager as the best mass produced beer on the market.

i'd second that. The winter lager is excellent. I used to really like their cream stout, but I haven't had it in quite a while and would have to revisit it.

unclebunk
12-01-2009, 08:40
By the way, I'd vote Sam Adams Winter Lager as the best mass produced beer on the market.

I have to agree that SA's Winter Lager is right up there with the best of the mass produced beers. You know, for a once small micro that has grown into a behemoth, Sam Adams has managed to consistently produce a wide range of truly excellent beers, with only the occasional misstep--Triple Bock.:puke:


i'd second that. The winter lager is excellent. I used to really like their cream stout, but I haven't had it in quite a while and would have to revisit it. The SA Winter Lager really is terrific. Erich, see if you can find their twelve pack sampler which I believe has both the cream stout and the winter lager among others.

smokinjoe
12-01-2009, 10:12
I have to agree that SA's Winter Lager is right up there with the best of the mass produced beers. You know, for a once small micro that has grown into a behemoth, Sam Adams has managed to consistently produce a wide range of truly excellent beers, with only the occasional misstep--Triple Bock.:puke:

The SA Winter Lager really is terrific. Erich, see if you can find their twelve pack sampler which I believe has both the cream stout and the winter lager among others.

Yep, it's good. For the 3rd consecutive year I have purchased my Holiday Case Pack of SA beers from Costco. Regular Sam Adams (good), Winter Lager (Very Good), Old Fezziwigs Ale (Pretty Good), Holiday Porter (Dang Good), Coastal Wheat (Pretty Good), and....Cranberry Lambic (:puke:) I really wish they'd quit putting the Cranberry Crap in the pack. I really can't get to liking this one.

ErichPryde
12-01-2009, 10:36
yeah, the cranberry lambic was terrible. I wasn't a huge fan of the blackberry whitbier either...

funknik
12-01-2009, 10:37
Cranberry Lambic (:puke:) I really wish they'd quit putting the Cranberry Crap in the pack. I really can't get to liking this one.
I never liked fruity beers when I was younger, but I love the Cranberry Lambic -- it's my favorite out of the Sam holiday pack -- so bready and zesty -- there's really nothing else like it. The Holiday Porter is a close second -- a great porter. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

smokinjoe
12-01-2009, 10:52
I never liked fruity beers when I was younger, but I love the Cranberry Lambic -- it's my favorite out of the Sam holiday pack -- so bready and zesty -- there's really nothing else like it. The Holiday Porter is a close second -- a great porter. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

You need to move down here then Andy! I can pawn them off on you! :D I probably have the last 3 years collecting dust. I even have a swingset/jungle gym in the back yard for your soon-to-arrive littlen'. :)

MarkEdwards
12-01-2009, 15:10
Anybody seen or tried this yet? Sounds very interesting but at $150 a bottle I'm out of luck.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091130/ap_on_bi_ge/us_extreme_beer

I asked about it today. Here (Arlington, TX), it's $189 a bottle. Um... no thanks!

ThomasH
12-01-2009, 15:33
I heard on the radio today about a brewer in Scotland that came out with a beer last year that was about the same proof as Utopia and people were complaining about it being so high. This year, the same brewer will be or already has come out with a 32% ABV beer. I don't see what the big deal is. People drink whiskey that is at a higher ABV all the time!

Thomas

AVB
12-01-2009, 15:41
Here (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/north_east/8380412.stm) is the story on the 32% beer. Much better price than the SA too.

Special Reserve
12-01-2009, 17:37
I don't get the sampler pack because of the Cranberry Lambic, that and the triple bock are two brews from Sam Adams that I don't like.

I tried a six pack or two for the blackberry. At first, I didn't like it. My usual way of drinking a beer is from a glass with a nice touch of salt. Surprisingly the blackberry was much more pleasing direct from the bottle.

ThomasH
12-01-2009, 19:34
Thanks for the link AVB. I was in a liquor store checking out the Christmas gift packs and as I was walking around I got out of range of the stores sound speakers. I do now remember hearing the 18% ABV of the Tokyo offering instead of the 27% ABV I originally posted. Anyhow, that would be some seroius beer none the less. The strongest beer I have had was Molson XXX which was something like 8%. My favorite Sam Adams is the cherry wheat but don't drink that much of it. Right now in our area, Great Lakes Brewery has their annual release of the Christmas ale out on the market. It runs 10.99 a 6 pack and my wife loves but my wallet doesn't. I look at it as a good excuse to buy more upper shelf bourbon!

Thomas

Odiedog52
02-19-2010, 12:04
Here (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/north_east/8380412.stm) is the story on the 32% beer. Much better price than the SA too.

It may be better priced (though still very expensive once you factor in shipping), but there is much debate about this beer being the strongest, compared to Utopias. Utopias is the strongest by actually having yeast strains that are capable to still be active at those insanely high ABV's, whereas the beer from Scotland is so high in alcohol due to freeze distillation.. They freeze off the water and concentrate the alcohol. Everyone has different opinions. But a German brewery just contested the 32% beer from
Scotland .. And Scotland rebutted with a 40% beer. Wow.

I've had 07 Utopias and I have an 09 Utopias and they are great. I have a bottle of the beer from Scotland, though I've yet to try it.. Though many agree it's way too hot. Another good thing about Utopias is that it can be opened and you can drink the suggested 2 ounce pour and put the top back on .. And put it back on the shelf and it will be fine. With it not being carbonated and the high alcohol content, it can sit on a shelf for a year or two no problem.

Lastly ... Sorry for resurrecting a dead thread! :)

Vange
02-19-2010, 12:07
I have a SAU 2009 and will open it soon not that I know I can store it like a whisky after its opened.

nor02lei
02-19-2010, 13:11
Here (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/north_east/8380412.stm) is the story on the 32% beer. Much better price than the SA too.

They did release this beer at 3 of our government stores this Monday. As I am from a small town I cant order it until one week after and as it seem it is already sold out. I did however bay a utopia from one these 3 stores and we will share it between 10 men and women along 3 bottles of Tokyo mars 14.

Leif