Story from Comcast.net. Written by Russell Contreras, AP
BOSTON It is banned in 13 states and sure doesn’t come in a six-pack.
The maker of Samuel Adams beer has released an updated version of its biennial beer Utopias now the highest alcohol content beer on the market. At 27 percent alcohol by volume and $150 a bottle, the limited release of the brandy-colored Utopias comes as more brewers take advantage of improvements in science to boost potency and enhance taste.
One hopes this is better than their Triple Bock, which tastes like used motor oil. A brewer I know produced a beer he claimed was 40 something percent and didn’t taste like motor oil, Ohio brewers who tasted it told me it was no 40, but at least 27-28 and it didn’t taste like motor oil. What a compliment. He told me part of the way he got it that high was it was an Eisbock. I suppose if you keep freezing and removing water you might get there, but it would taste terrible. So a small brewpub (at the time) brewer just over the border in KY out did Sam.
Since beer yeast has it’s limitations there’s not a lot of good options once you get into the high teens.