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Old 11-15-2012, 06:59 PM   #1
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Just ran into my local distributor and noticed that they recived a case of utopias....

There retailing them for $240
Ive had a small tasting of this fine beverage at a local festival during a VIP session and thought it was acually very deep and complex, wanting a bottle for myself to age and enjoy thru the years.

What do you guys think. Anybody ever buy a bottle? Over-hyped? Over-priced at my place?
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:19 PM   #2
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Over priced imo. Never tried it, doubt i ever will. That much money could always be spent on something better/useful. Feed the poor with that 240$

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:24 PM   #3
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$240 a bottle is overpriced for any beverage.

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:36 PM   #4
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It's worth it in the right context. I wouldn't get it to have at random, but if you break it out on a special occasion, people will never forget it.

I paid $180 for my bottle, and it was steep even at that. But in my case, totally worth it. Considering how much time, energy, equipment, thought, and ingredients go into it, the price isn't actually that terrible. I recall on a tour of SA them saying that the profit margins aren't even that big on it.

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Old 11-15-2012, 08:01 PM   #5
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Yeah a bit steep i have always wanted to have this beer. But I hear my local craft pub gets bottles and sells it 15 bucks a shot. Lol I know thats high but id rather do that then 180-260 a bottle.

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Old 11-15-2012, 08:06 PM   #6
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Just buy a $100 bottle of Cognac and call it a day.

In all seriousness, if you're that much of a connoisseur then get it. You said you tried it before and liked it very much so you answered your own question.

Fugu sashimi probably isn't worth the steep price for most people either, but it's an easy purchase for the connoisseur.

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Old 11-15-2012, 08:08 PM   #7
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I've never had it, but I'm pretty sure I'd rather buy a case of Parabola, and use the change to get a few sour beers.

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Old 11-15-2012, 08:13 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by GilaMinumBeer View Post
$240 a bottle is overpriced for any beverage.
I guess someone has never had exceptional wine(that happened to be expensive)

Utopias is good and interesting but I cant say I would want to own very much of it.

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Old 11-15-2012, 08:15 PM   #9
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Wow!! That's a lot of cash for beer!

I think the answer to that depends on your income.
What is $240 to you? If $240 isn't something you miss and you want to have some of the most expensive BEER you can get, then go for it.
If $240 is a lot of money and you can think of several ways to spend it on things that last, then you probably aren't going to enjoy it as much because you know you spent more than you should have.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:19 PM   #10
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I didn't care for it, so to me, not worth it. If you liked it and think you can build an experience to make it worth the price tag, then do it. I personally would spend it on other beers, but its your money.
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