Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia have all banned the sale of the beer because of its outrageously high ABV, according to a report by Fortune. That's a 28% ABV, to be exact. To put that number in context, the Boston Lager has an ABV of 5%. Utopias is also uncarbonated (alcohol kills CO2), and the recommended serving size is just 1 ounce.
Earlier reports indicated Washington was among the states that prohibit the beer, but great news, a spokesperson for Sam Adams said it is actually fully legal to purchase there.
It's best to treat it more like a fine liquor than beer. According to the Sam Adams website, Utopias is "reminiscent of a rich vintage Port, old Cognac, or fine Sherry with notes of dark fruit, subtle sweetness, and a deep rich malty smoothness." And again, it's very, very strong.