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Infinium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,061 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,061
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 23.22%
Wants: 53
Gots: 152 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LtCracker20 on 12-04-2010)
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Reviews by ThePorterSorter:
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3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had to try this bottle after the hype. I am mildly uncertain after seeing reviews thus far.

Poured into a champagne glass; it has the color of hard cider with lighter tones of yellow around the edges. There was a tremendous amount of carbonation behind this cork which thankfully shot into my secure palm. The beer appears rich and has a slight haze, which is something I traditionally like in a golden ale (or whatever the hell this is). What is strange about this beer is a completely lacking head and absolutely no lacing whatsoever.

I get notes of ester sweetness, hoppy bitterness, and a slight yeasty funk/fruitiness. This beer is light yet complex to my senses. I find a slight cardboard stale scent that lingers aside from the traditional beer characteristics.

Something so strange and complex yet refreshing and celebratory. The secondary fermentation, which must have used a pretty resilient yeast, doesn't come though strong like a belgian, but does explain some of the bready thickness. I also note a lighter citrus hop bitterness that is appropriate for a beer attempting a bubbly classic; I wouldn't want a super piney hop for something that is supposedly light and refreshing.

The beer is fairly full-bodied with light, honey sweetness, but a slightly off-putting and syrupy aftertaste. The alcohol is not as easily hidden to my mouth as it is my nose, but does contribute to the fullness of this beverage's body. This beer is not like any other I've had and it's hard to believe that using only the 4 essentials of beer were they able to produce something with such contrast to the norm.

I think this beer is quite drinkable, it pushes the limits and I can appreciate the attempt. There is a distinct yet light yest characteristic followed by a sweet malt, bitter hops, and thousands of tiny bubbles.
However, I do not appreciate the price. I'm glad for trying it and I adequately celebrated a phenomenal semester, but I love my Belgians (which can pop a cork just as hard).


Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 05:12:33 | More by ThePorterSorter
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3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 vintage bottle.

A. Beautiful deep orange color with faint hints of red. Pours with a big head that dissipates rather quickly.

S. Strong clover honey dominates the nose. Barely any hops or phenols (from the Belgian yeast strain). For being 10.3%, there's no alcohol notes in the nose.

T. Sweet, honey-like malt upfront. A slight carbonic acid bite finishes the taste. No alcohol notes, very smooth.

M. Highly carbonated with a nice medium mouthfeel.

O. Not a bad beer. My first beer of this style. I didn't get many champagne notes, but this beer was interesting. I'd probably not buy it again, though.

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3.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Production date 07.02.13, had a few weeks ago, a bit after the expiration date.
Pours light amber, a tiny bit hazy, with a rich frothy head that subsides to a half finger thin white cap that lasts for a very very long time, but leaves few traces on the glass.
Rather Belgian in the smell, with sweet apple and apricot jam, some fig, plum and raisin, a hint of banana, lots of caramel, faint candi sugar and sweet cake spices (licorice, caramelised citrus peel). There are some rather strong alcohol vapors coming up, also a bit of a weird scent that at first it reminded me of cat urine.
Taste starts with fruit jam (apple, apricot, peach, sweet cherry, orange) and alcohol drenched raisins. Low maltiness, some caramel and Belgian sugars. There's a mixed yeasty feel, with some hefeweizen and Belgian ale elements, the second ones dominating tho (some pepper, clove, licorice, faint vanilla). Finish is close to champagne-dry, mildly bitter from some spicy/fruity hops (not too strong).
Medium body and quite carbonated, it isn't syrupy or heavy for its rather big sweetness. Gets really boozy drinking it, quite a big problem there. Sweet and fruity aftertaste, reminding a bit of sherry or strong red wine.
Not sure why people hate this one so much. I had it on a special occasion, so maybe i am biased, but i really liked it. Aside from the booze and the (yeasty?) weirdness, this was more than decent.

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Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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