Sam Adams Utopias

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Sam Adams Utopias

Postby wilco » Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:28 pm

Got an email from the LCBO saying that the Utopias is coming back. Here are the pertinent details from my blog:

"Big news for fans of the Sam Adams Utopias – the LCBO is getting 400 bottles of the Utopias 10th Anniversary. To celebrate the release, Sam Adams founder Jim Koch is coming to the Summerhill LCBO in Toronto on Thursday, February 28th for a small tutored tasting event at noon. The tasting will feature four Sam Adams beers and include food pairings. Tickets will be limited – only 24 will be available. They will cost $75 and go on sale Friday, February 22nd at 8:30am. Limit of two per person by calling the helloLCBO Contact Centre at 1-800-668-5226 or 416-365-5900. Tickets also include the opportunity to buy a bottle of Utopias before the release.

The Utopias will go on sale at 8:30am on Friday, March 1 on a first-come, first-serve basis and there will be a one bottle limit per customer. The 710mL bottle will sell for $114.95 and can be bought by calling the same phone numbers (1-800-668-5226 or 416-365-5900)"
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Postby midlife crisis » Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:11 pm

Everyone will be different of course, but this exceeds my personal "who cares" threshold (speaking as someone who spent hours on the Westy quest).
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Postby Belgian » Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:49 pm

I sampled Utopias at the (now dead) Burger Bar on 319 Augusta. It was worth a try, for sure. It is a bit like a fortified wine. For the cost of one Utopias, though you could buy a lot of great-quality sherries (Oloroso, Amontilado, Pedro Ximinez) - arguably a better quaff.

Although can't deny the SA bottle is cool.
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Postby ercousin » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:33 pm

And now it will sell out immediately, thestar covered it:

http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2 ... hours.html
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Postby TheSevenDuffs » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:35 pm

ercousin wrote:And now it will sell out immediately, thestar covered it:

http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2 ... hours.html
*sigh*
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Postby Bytowner » Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:01 pm

Novelty aside, for those who have had some before, does the quality of Utopia justify the price if you were to compare it to, say, a much cheaper bottle of port or whiskey? Or can it be compared?
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Postby grub » Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:29 pm

Bytowner wrote:Novelty aside, for those who have had some before, does the quality of Utopia justify the price if you were to compare it to, say, a much cheaper bottle of port or whiskey? Or can it be compared?


It is a different animal from a port or whiskey. When I first tried it, I had very low expectations and expected a boozy incomprehensible mess. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much it still tasted like beer - nice malt character, good depth, etc - and yet had taken on properties of all the different barrels and such it's aged in. I quite loved it and have been on a quest since to get a bottle, failing in both of the previous LCBO lotteries. I'll happily pay the LCBO price (which is a bargain compared to some states) if I manage to get one tomorrow.

I was quietly hoping this wouldn't get bumped again here or see media attention... guess I'll have a battle in the morning... at least we don't have to wait out in the cold for this one though!
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Postby ChrisK » Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:00 pm

TheSevenDuffs wrote:
ercousin wrote:And now it will sell out immediately, thestar covered it:

http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2 ... hours.html
*sigh*

If I had the money to spend on it I would be pissed.
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Postby JeffPorter » Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:42 pm

ChrisK wrote:
TheSevenDuffs wrote:
ercousin wrote:And now it will sell out immediately, thestar covered it:

http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2 ... hours.html
*sigh*

If I had the money to spend on it I would be pissed.


I do want to try it and may even shell out the 20-25 bucks for an ounce, but for 30 dollars less, I could buy a bottle of the John Hall Port Wood whiskey, which is damn fine.
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Postby boney » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:31 pm

ercousin wrote:And now it will sell out immediately, thestar covered it:

http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2 ... hours.html


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Postby atomeyes » Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:57 am

man, this is a tough call.
it is equivalent to spending $$ on a good bottle of scotch. so if you can justify that, then spend a few minutes to try to get one.
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Postby icemachine » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:21 am

Still have yet to crack my bottle from the last sale, couldn't justify buying this one this morning. Congrats to those that did
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Postby grub » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:23 am

woohoo, I finally got one! 20min of busy signals, then 20min on hold, but i was victorious!
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Postby Cass » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:32 am

grub wrote:woohoo, I finally got one! 20min of busy signals, then 20min on hold, but i was victorious!


Congrats! I was able to get one last year. I think even with the media attention, seeing that this is the 3rd release those on the board who are diligent should be able to score one!
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Postby KW1 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:39 am

I managed to get one as well this morning. :D Solid busy lines.

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