Infinium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by MadCat:
3/5 rDev -6.8%
Says drink by July 2011, so I figured I should drink this sooner than later. Bottle has a 2010 label on the neck.
Appearance: A light brown/tan color, pours with good white head, leaves minimal lacing
Smell: Bread, some citrus hops, a little sweet, some black pepper
Taste: Bread, spicy yeast, some citrus hops, a decent balance of sweet and bitter. A little boozy, but not too much. I think theres a tad oxidation in there as well.
Mouthfeel: Light body, high carbonation like Champagne, semi dry finish.
Overall: I was very curious how this would be, and while it is decent, it is in no way worth anything close to what I paid for it. Maybe half the price. I expected much better for the price and the reputation of the two breweries involved. I guess I should have listened to the reviews.
05-21-2011 01:18:46 | More by MadCat
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3.43/5 rDev +6.5%
Had this Saturday night rather than champagne.Poured into a pilsner glass a straw hazed color with spritzy head atop,pretty much what was expected.Aromas are light with toasted bread and some pear notes,flavors are decent but they became a little to sweet after awhile.Caramel/butter flavors mixed with some greenapple-like tartness,the alcohol began to creep and bring the sweetness level way up after about mid bottle.Not as bad in my opinion as many others think but it's not great by any means and overpriced,glad I tried it.
01-03-2012 14:19:17 | More by oberon
2.4/5 rDev -25.5%
Wonderful looking corked bottle. Extra points for presentation. As for the pour, nice orange colour with a medium off-white head. Unfortunately, the head disappears rather quickly and the beer is left looking flat and boring.
The nose is the best part of this beer. Some breadiness and yeast along with sweet, ripened fruits. Promising.
The taste of this beer is where it fell apart for me. Not what I was expecting at all and not a pleasant surprise either. Overly sweet. Very little complexity or balance. Somewhat medicinal. Hints of apricot where burried underneath the sugary sweetness and an off flavour I can't put my finger on. Almost reminded me of Tang drink crystals.
I actually wondered if this was actually the beer they intended to brew or did I open a ridiculously off bottle?
If not for the extra marks given for presentation, my score would have been even lower. I don't find anything pleasant about this beer & I doubt I will ever buy another.
02-20-2011 14:24:26 | More by Popsinc
3.95/5 rDev +22.7%
A: Pale gold and very effervescent having a large, rocky off-white head with a moderate retention time. The overall appearance is that of a champagne.
S: Yeast and hops on the first sniff with the yeast quickly dissipating. The moderate Noble hops aroma dominates having floral and citrus notes. The moderately-light malt aroma is toasty and biscuity.
T: This is dry having a medium bitterness with a touch of sour. There is a moderate lemony hops flavor with a light florar note. A touch of sweetness chows itself mid-palate but is quickly overtaken by a dry bitter finish. There is some fermentation derived fruitiness that like a light peach and very light apricot.
O: This is a lot more appealing to those seeking a beer alternative to champagne with a solid bitterness and a dry refreshing finish that works well on its own or paired with dessert, fish or a light salad.
Note: Nothing like the one I had last year where the residual sweetness was just short of cloying. I'm not sure f the bottle was infected, if it is it's in a good way, but I don't care because dry is good and sour is great in my book.
08-09-2012 01:13:52 | More by MadScientist
3.25/5 rDev +0.9%
Found this 2010 vintage in the Cork and Keg in Julington Creek. 25.00 bucks for one hell of a dry Mother.
A- Poured into a champ. glass producing a hefty white head that falls to a sticky froth and ring.
S- Sweet dextrin and mild malts uphold the front of this biere. Malted apple juice is in the backbone.
T-M- Rotten apple jucie is upfront with very bubbly aftermath... Slightly sour and sweet with mixes of hard cider alcohol equals a ok beer. Mouthfeel is hot in esters of alcohol but unique in flavor.
Overall a expensive drink but worth tring it...
07-03-2011 03:07:43 | More by wesbrownyeah
2.35/5 rDev -27%
I had this beer twice within the last week or so and this review is a composite of both those tastings.
750mL bottle poured into some tulip and snifters shared among friends both times.
The cork comes out with a loud pop and a pours a crystal clear yellow golden color with a white head that dies quickly. As promised a strikingly champagne like bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. I kind of wish I used an etched bottom glass with this beer.
And then it goes downhill...
The first time I had it the aroma had a huge acidic bite to it, I couldn't pinpoint the exact aroma but a friend suggested malt vinegar. I didn't get that smell exactly but I could see the resemblance, I just didn't pick up as much acetic character. My second tasting lacked the acidity but made up for it in diacetyl. For the most part I find it hard to detect diacetyl, it's a trait not that uncommon and from tasting diacetyl doctored samples of beers I know I'm not sensitive to it. In order for me to get that aroma from a beer the levels have to be pretty high. The aroma just wasn't anything close to what I would consider appealing.
Flavor-wise it was better but not by much. Both tasting were pretty much just a highly carbonated acidic version of a light bodied light colored lager.
The diacetyl didn't come through as much in the taste but the intense oiliness of the chemical does. The high amount of carbonic acid in the beer just adds to the acid taste and harsh mouthfeel. Drinkability it's ok, nothing too revolting but just disappointed in a beer I looked so forward too.
Overall this is just a terrible value. I'm 'glad' I was able to snag one for only $16. I really appreciate the techniques used in this beer and how that justifies the cost but it's just a disappointing beer. I hope if move forward with other batches they will take steps to improve it into a good tasting champagne-like beer.
01-06-2011 19:14:49 | More by weatherdog
2.93/5 rDev -9%
A - Clear golden straw color with high carbonation. Nice high, white head that fades quickly to a covering.
S - Lots of fruitiness on the nose, but a lambic like sourness as well.
T - Lots of light malt flavors with a good dose of ripe fruit. Then that sourness hits again, perhaps what is good in a champagne is coming through too strong and even a bit of an offensive aftertaste.
M - Nice light feel with a crisp finish, accentuated with a alcohol warmth.
D - I must admit, I am glad this is a limited release...not too many people should have to spend so much on it.
12-24-2010 01:58:04 | More by steelerguy
4.1/5 rDev +27.3%
A Christmas gift from a friend. Thanks, Steve.
In a flute, the beer was a golden color with an off-white head. Lots of carbonation. There was even a tiny bit of lace.
Nice aroma. Sugary sweet, fruit, peppery in the nose.
It tasted like a candied apple, with a late hit of hops.
12-19-2010 22:29:06 | More by lordofthewiens
2.78/5 rDev -13.7%
2010 bottling. About 6 months after the best by data
A - Pours a clear copper with a finger of white head. Head doesn't last long or leave lacing.
S - a bit musty, huge alcohol notes and some fruit notes.
T - Starts with some slightly tart fruit, then the mustiness takes over. Alcohol noticeable in the taste as well. Heavier taste than I was expecting. Not sure what to think of this. Not great, but not horrible.
M - Medium mouthfeel. Actually a bit creamy.
O - Not sure how this was when fresh, but as is, it isn't something I would want to have again.
01-15-2012 01:55:58 | More by warnerry
3.88/5 rDev +20.5%
This is probably one of the coolest looking beer i have ever seen.
With a smell of sour grapes, feel of malted barley, with a slight aroma of hops, neither sweet nor bitter but balanced, smooth texture and feel, and retains a medium head on the glass.
01-28-2012 03:19:02 | More by amk786
2.83/5 rDev -12.1%
Presentation: It was poured from a very cool champagne style bottle into a Flute Glass. The bottle is 750ml and comes corked and caged. This bottle is labeled 2010 with 10.3% abv. It also comes with a small leaflet describing the beer and the collaboration with Weihenstephan.
Appearance: The body has a clear orange amber body with tons of effervescent carbonation rushing up to the bright white head. The head is tall and lightly packed with tiny loosely packed bubbles that settle quickly. It looks very much like champagne but with a much deeper colored body.
Smell: The first thing that hit me was a wave of heavy alcohol, which I was not expecting. I knew it was 10.3% but it just hit me with a brandy or cognac like boozy character with some fruity white grape, caramel/candy covered apple and light banana notes. I also get some spicy and dry dusty basement like yeast notes in the nose as well.
Taste/Palate: It starts with a big boozy malty sweetness. There are notes of boozy grapes, caramel and sweet red apple inside the maltiness with some very mellow hops creeping in. They bring some light citrus and slight herbal, grassy, almost mint like hop notes to the party. The hops however, offer very little to balance the malt sweetness and it becomes cloying after a few sips. The mouth feel is a bit heavier than I was expecting but bubbly. The carbonation keeps the palate from getting sticky but I still fined it uneasy to drink.
Notes: I am a big fan of both the Boston Beer Co and Weihenstephan but I feel this beer doesn't live up to its hype or price tag. The look and aroma are interesting but it all falls apart in the taste and feel. This beer comes off as complex in flavor but in a convoluted way. Its way to sweet for me and nothing really coalesces in my opinion.
02-03-2011 14:37:50 | More by generallee
2.55/5 rDev -20.8%
750ml brown magnum. Corked, caged and foiled. 2010 vintage date on the foil.
Lots of hype around this brew before the release. The head is nearly explosive which obviously shows a lot of carbonation here, Crystal clear pale amber color with some bubble action. Sweet nose of fresh baked bread, taffy, nougat, faint dried tropical fruit and a light chalky yeast. Massive crispness cuts a little bit into the sizable body, a sweeter palate here which I expected something a bit dryer. Odd dextrin sweetness clashes against a boozy alcohol, reminiscent of a clean malt liquor. Fruitiness of white cherries and ripe pears is nearly missed as the alcohol drops a peppery warmth on the palate. Malty? Sure ... some bread and dried grass. Hops are present with herbal tones but seems to just add a bit of flavor than balance. Semi-sweet finish with lots of booziness on the breath.
Hmm ... not what I expect at all. The sweetness and boozy character threw me for a loop and makes it hardly drinkable at all. Not sure if any length of cellaring will even help this beer. While I applaud the efforts from packaging to the idea this ends up being a miss for me.
12-10-2010 00:38:29 | More by Jason
3.3/5 rDev +2.5%
Popped this on New Year's Eve with good friends
Appearance: one inch head, clear, light gold in color, high carbonation
Smell: toasted malt and light spices.
Taste: toasted malt, dry hops, bread, little honey, and slight citrus fruit
Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, dry, slightly sweet
Drinkability: Interesting and very dry. A decent beer, but nothing I would ever get again especially for the price. Not bad, but I would sooner get a sparkling wine for these same characteristics.
01-04-2011 15:28:12 | More by tigg924
3.1/5 rDev -3.7%
The beer pours a clear golden color with a white head. The aroma is very sugary, along with a little bit of butter, wheat and citrus notes. Not sure why, but the aroma reminds me quite a bit of circus peanuts. The flavor is wheat, grain, bubblegum, more circus peanuts, alcohol and some citrus - lemons and oranges. The flavor is very sugary and boozy, so maybe this would benefit from some aging. Medium mouthfeel and a very high, prickly carbonation.
The beer is not bad, but for the $20 price tag and all of the hype surrounding it, I was very disappointed. Overall, the beer is a boozy, sweet mess with a lot of different flavors and aromas that don't meld well together. I expected more from two world-class breweries. Glad I got to try it, but at an extremely high price point, I will not try it again.
12-13-2010 01:06:05 | More by Mora2000
3.58/5 rDev +11.2%
Poured vigorously into a mini Stella glass, requiring a good three top ups to finish the bottle. The pour left an incredible amount of foam - three or four inches - that took a great deal of time to settle to sippable levels. Naturally, there was tons of lacing and solid retention on the head here. The brew is a hazy pale orange, not entirely unlike sparkling grapefruit juice. No sediment that I can detect, however.
The nose is, well, complex. It took us several whiffs to figure things out. I get sparkling white wine, yeast, bread crumbs, hints of apricot, peach, sugar and light spices. Smells a great deal like a fruity Belgian tripel, except with a little funky musk that fits in more with a lambic style brew.
The brew is certainly effervescent, but thicker and less aggressively carbonated than a champagne - as to be expected for a champagne beer. The taste is musky and yeasty, but with a dry fruit character of tart apple, white wine, apricot and cherry. While not as malty as I'd thought, there is a nice bready character to it as well. Finishes tart, no hops to speak of, but sweeter than I was expecting. There's something a bit strange about this brew that I can't quite put my finger on. I think like it...I think....do I?
I guess I have to side with the folks who like the beer, as I usually do. Infinium landed somewhere in the middle of champagne and beer, but didn't really do anything to make me want to abandon either one. Too sweet for a champagne, too mixed-bag for a beer with the malts and yeasts fighting it out, but then again, it didn't taste bad either. I finished it, no problem, and the wife loved it. Hmmm. Um...sorry folks, I'm not sure where that leaves you. If you're looking for a definitive answer, I'm not going to be much help. Try it yourself and see what you think. It's not something I'm liable to get more of, for the price point and considering that I can get Fin du Monde, Weihanstephaner and a small bottle of Trocken for around the same price.
03-01-2011 03:38:09 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.85/5 rDev +19.6%
Had to try this one so I broke down and bought one.
Appearance: Cloudy, orange like color with a lot of carbonation. Significant white head.
Smell: Sweet and alcohol. Not much more.
Mouthfeel/Taste: Light bodied, interesting balance of flavors, but not in a good way. Alcohol was the dominant feature here. I could taste the champagne part of it and the dry after taste to go with it. Beer flavors were there but only in the background.
Overall: Glad I tried it, but won't buy it again. It was more of a novelty toy beer than something to have more than once as a taste. Little disappointed with Sam Adams on this one. However I I ranked this high on taste because of the uniqueness of this brew.
08-11-2012 22:02:07 | More by Cavanaghty
2.98/5 rDev -7.5%
750ml fancy bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
Pours a very light crisp and clear yellow/light amber - it's like a dark champagne. The head is giant, filled my tulip right to the brim with head (along with ~2" of liquid), tons of bubbles ripping up from the nucleation etching on my glass. Nose is a bit odd, there's bready yeast, some banana, and almost a yogurt scent - quite odd.
First off, the mouthfeel is quite light which I feel is correct, but the carbonation seems just a bit off, it's very fine and light and I feel like there should be a bit more. Taste is still quite fruity - banana and yogurt is what I'm tasting, not sure if this is intentional or not. The finish is a bit sweet as well. It's a decent beer, but at $17.99 it's not worth it at all.
12-27-2010 21:35:55 | More by kingcrowing
Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
74 out of 100 based on 1,065 ratings.