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Sam Adams' 2011 Utopias Comes in at 27% ABV, Costs $150

Samuel Adams has announced the biannual release of their Utopias, a high-alcohol, non-carbonated beer that's been aged for "up to 18 years."

Back in 2002, the first batch of Utopias got the Guinness World Record for being the strongest beer commercially available at 24% alcohol by volume. It has long been surpassed by much boozier beers — Dutch brewery 't Koelschip makes a 60% ABV beer, and BrewDog makes one that 55% — but this year's Utopias is still pretty high up there at 27% ABV. (The average beer has 5%.)

And you're paying for all that alcohol: the recommended retail for one bottle is $150. At least each one comes in a fancy ceramic decanter?

· Samuel Adams Uncaps the 2011 Batch of Utopias [PR Newswire via AdAge]
· All Beer Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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