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Infinium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
74
okay

1,057 Ratings
THE BROS
61
poor

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Ratings: 1,057
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 23.22%
Wants: 52
Gots: 151 | 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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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BEST BEFORE: July 2011

It's very pretty in the glass. It has a medium amber color to it with light hints of golden orange and a touch of burnt sienna. A medium pour produces a head that is almost three-fingers thick. It is bone-white and very fluffy. It surprises me by hanging around for a few minutes. It recedes to a 1/16" surface covering film and leaves some nice, thick, strands of lacing.

Light notes of golden fruit sweetness. Very good presence of maltiness. A good deal of yeast and a slight trace of hops. It is somewhat reminiscent of a high-octane tripel.

Loads of pale and medium malt notes are all over this thing. Not really what I had prepared for. Very much towards the sweet side of the spectrum. Big hints of white grapes and 'golden delicious' apple flesh. No real hop bite or bitterness, but it does manage to finish quite dry. The malty sweetness and some spiciness come through right at the end as well, and manage to linger for a little while.
(If this were a champagne, it would be a spumante.)

This has a medium body and a high level of carbonation. It's filled with tons of tiny champagne bubbles. This help it stay lively, active and crisp, on your tongue. No real sense of creaminess, which I was somewhat expecting.

It's fairly easy-to-drink, yet too sweet to really want to. The bonus here is that for a 10.30%abv beer, it certainly doesn't show it. But you sure do feel it, effects-wise. It just sneaks up and slams you.
Very glad to have had the chance to try this one. It's not what I'd hoped for from such a collaboration, but it's not horrible, either. I'm already hoping that if they collaborate again (next year?), they make a different beer than this one. I'd buy a bottle again, if it's the same, but I'd rather that it was different.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 03:53:53 | More by coldmeat23
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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.
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Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
74 out of 100 based on 1,057 ratings.