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Infinium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
74
okay

1,057 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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superdedooperboy

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first beer and first review of the second decade of the 21st century.

750-ml corked-and-caged bottle poured into a pilsner flute.

The pop of the cork is like that of the fireworks exploding in the night outside my window. Deep golden in color, it's reminiscent of an all-malt lager, perhaps a good Pils. The thick white head crackles loudly, echoing the bursting firecrackers, and fades away almost as quickly. A constant stream of fine bubbles is--aside from the bottle--the only part of the beer's appearance that harkens back to Champagne. Bubbly isn't known for its head retention, after all. The head settles to a thick cap that leaves behind some thick, patchy lacing as the glass drains away.

Aroma is quite fruity, displaying notes of the vine similar to those of Champagne or Prosecco; a particular Prosecco/Chardonnay blend comes to mind. Notes of grape, apricot and lemon zest are apparent, with a slight herbal quality and a faint hint of must. Very intriguing.

A rather full body is lightened mightily by the bright effervescence, making it feel much softer than it is. Sweet, honeyed malt notes combine up front with ripe stone fruit to set the stage. As things play out, a tart, fruity acidity takes hold, encompassing the palate with notes of sour grape, orange, earth and hay. A distinct pale malt sweetness shows up mid-palate, and faintly herbaceous hops provide a faint backdrop before combining them all near the end, leading to a finish that is long and medium-dry with lingering notes of honey, must, wet earth and tart green grape.

This is certainly one difficult brew to place. Boston Beer Company and Weihenstephan have certainly created something noteworthy, but as it stands, this brew is not something inherently drinkable; it is best consumed in somewhat smaller doses, perhaps similar to Champagne, but when consumed thusly it can seem cloying at times yet quenching at others. Alcohol is a bit warming at points, but is otherwise nearly invisible, so at over 10% it's best to play it safe as far as quantity goes.

Innovative? Yes. Mind-blowing? No. An entirely new beer style? Debatable. Regardless, this one should stand up to aging just as any fine Champagne, so save it for special times, and be sure to share it with friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 06:17:44 | More by superdedooperboy
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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.
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.
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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)
74 out of 100 based on 1,057 ratings.