Dogfish Head Craft Brewery collaborated with new owner Samuel Adams to release Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout.
This limited-edition ale combines Dogfish Head’s World Wide Stout, an imperial stout and Sam Adams’ Utopias, a blend of aged ales dating back more than 25 years, a release stated.
After sitting for seven months in Utopias barrels, the result was Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout, a jet-black, beer with notes of espresso, cocoa, sherry, and vanilla. The stout, with 17.3 percent alcohol content will be available in limited quantities throughout Delaware in four-pack bottles starting on Friday, March 27.
“At Dogfish Head, we are always searching for innovative ways to push the boundaries of craft beer. Whether that’s discovering a new-to-brewing culinary ingredient, like using monk fruit to create our full-flavored, lo-cal IPA, Slightly Mighty; inventing a new brewing technique, like continual hopping, the process behind our 60 Minute IPA and 90 Minute Imperial IPA; or bringing a classic, off-centered ale to life in a new way, like we are doing with Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout,” said Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head. “And what better way to personify our explorative mindset than by borrowing some barrels from our pals at Sam Adams to integrate two pioneering bold and ageable beers?”
Since its founding, Dogfish Head has released variants of World Wide Stout, including: Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout, aged on oak with real vanilla beans, and Bourbon Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout, aged in bourbon barrels still wet with spirits.
Founder of Samuel Adams, Jim Koch, was an early proponent of aging beer in used spirits barrels, releasing one of the first commercial barrel-aged beers, Triple Bock, in 1994. In 2002, the brewery debuted Utopias that are reminiscent of a vintage port or fine sherry, a release stated.
“Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout is chock full of intricate aromas and warming flavors reflective of both World Wide Stout and Utopias,” said Calagione. “Upon tasting this new release, I encourage folks to see if they can pick up on the nuances that both World Wide Stout and Utopias have contributed to this one-of-a-kind collaboration.”
To celebrate the release of Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats will host a beer dinner with the title ‘Beyond the Barrels,’ on Friday, April 3. Tickets will be available at www.dogfish.com, starting at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11.