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!