On special occasions, Samuel Adams releases Utopias, a unique concoction that pushes the limits of what you think of as beer. It's brewed in pretty traditional ways, using two-row Caramel and Munich malts and Noble hops. Then things get crazy, as the fresh beer is blended with a variety of barrel-aged beers — including old stock from every previous Utopias release — before some maple syrup is added, and then the whole blended batch is finished in a variety of barrels. Included are barrels that once held cognac, Armagnac, ruby port, sweet Madeira, White Carcavelos wine, and Buffalo Trace Bourbon. It's uncarbonated and meant to be savored like a fine cognac or whiskey, and tips the scales at 28% ABV. Easily the most complex beer you'll ever get your hands on.