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Infinium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
74
okay

1,056 Ratings
THE BROS
61
poor

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Ratings: 1,056
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 23.22%
Wants: 53
Gots: 152 | FT: 1
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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.

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scottfrie

California

3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to a predominantly non-drinking buddy of mine for bringing me a bottle of this to sporadically and uncharacteristically share with him. Poured into an AVBC snifter.

A: Pour a clear dark apple juice color with just an amazingly beautiful billowingly thick bright white head that did not move at all for a full 5 minutes. Finally this epic head slowly started to collapse under its own weight into an extremely thick frothy head. Great head retention, super dense solid sheet of lace. Very impressive.
S: I can't quite place this one. I definitely has notes of fruits, at least apples. Maybe some pears, apricots and grapes. It's hard to tack down. I pick up some yeast as well. After it sits for a while I get sweet notes of over ripened bananas.
T: A lot bolder, richer and stronger than the nose let on. Lots of alcohol in this one with a strange flavor. I definitely get grapes in the aftertaste along with some of the yeast. Other notes include raisins, sweet crackery malt, and banana. Finish is lightly sour and has a touch of bitter hops.
M: Medium-full body with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel and a pretty potent punch of alcohol. Finish isn't really dry at all.
D: Not sure how I feel about this one, but I think I'm good with my half a bottle. This is my first of the style so it is hard to compare other beers to it, and I'm not sure I would ever buy this again. My non-beer drinking friend loved it oddly enough. Perhaps this is an expensive gateway beer to the craft? Who knows.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 06:36:45 | More by scottfrie
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ngeunit1

California

3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy light golden orange color with about a finger and a half of foamy white head. The head did not last long and left behind no lacing. Lots of carbonation visible.

S - Very fruity aroma, with a combination of some sweet elements from apricots and pears to tart citrus elements like lemon. Also a bit of beady/yeast aroma mixed in.

T - Starts off with a combination of the fruity flavors from the nose with some sweet malt flavor also emerging. This transitions to a more spicy flavor with yeast flavor also pushing through. The finish has a kick of alcohol, making the 10.3% abv known. There is a slight amount of bitterness that is combined with very sweet flavors that lingers afterwards.

M - Light bodied and a heavy amount of carbonation. The carbonation and dryness of the beer make it super crisp, but the carbonation can be a bit much. The mouthfeel just feels a bit too tingly.

D - Decently drinkable. Very sweet, and after a while feels a bit too sweet. The overall light body and crisp mouthfeel are nice, but the crispness is cut by the sweetness. The taste balance is a bit unbalanced by the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 02:18:55 | More by ngeunit1
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was reluctant to drop $21 on this but I figured it was better than getting another barrel-aged stout or something.

A- Perfectly clear orange with a huge and foamy white cap. Good retention and a nice pillow stays behind. An infinium of bubbles rise fromt he bottom and a small coat of thick lace stays behind.

S- German Weihenstephaner yeast up front. Gives me some dark and citrus fruit. Slight banana and clove that actually build as it warms. Banana bread feel later on. Pear notes, sugar/vanilla?

T- Starts out with fruit-less champagne feel and German yeast slowly works its way in. Clove, banana, hops (citrus, grass, earth, spice). Sweet but not cloying. Raisins as it warms. Some alcohol.

MF- Fluffy and creamy light body with high carbonation and a slight oily feel. Slightly bitter. Some warming.

DB- Very interesting and sometimes hard to describe. Has champange (except sweetness) and German yeast elements to it. Nice but hard to justify the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 03:18:13 | More by cbutova
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JoePat

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear amber with a huge frothy white head that fills the glass on the least agressive pour. A great job on the champagne method removing the yeat.

The first thing I think of when I smell this is pineapple bananna juice. I get some wheaty malt notes too but the esters have taken over this beer.

The flavor mimics the aroma with the esters and phenols makeing up most of the favor. Banana, clove bready, sweet malt. It is a lot like a very big, very estery dunkleweizen.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky coating your mouth but leaving it ready for more when you swallow. This went down great for a high carbonation, high alcohol beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:56:18 | More by JoePat
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CWiggins

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I'll readily admit I've not had any experience with any "biere de champagne." Few are available here, and those that are tend to be a bit pricey. And besides, what are we talking about here: a super-carbonated beer? Really? More carbonation in a beer? Well, just this week I bought a case of this for my retail establishment to see what would happen, and I purchased a bottle to experience it for myself.

The bottle is a nice package, with the reddish foil and black bottle with a small explanatory hang tag hung around the neck. Popping the cork proved to be not as intense as the same on a bottle of sparkling wine; just a press of the thumb on the back and it fell away. (The audible was impressive, though.) The smallest pour caused an incredible amount of eggshell white foam to develop, nearly filling my glass from the git-go. After waiting for the bubbles to disperse and practicing my technique, the rest of the pour wasn't nearly as dramatic. I held the glass up and examined the dark gold--nearly amber--hue. Bubbles continue to shoot up from the bottom of the glass, and the head, although shorter, seems effortlessly sustained.

The nose is really unique. Honey, a light fruit character (possibly apricot), and fresh-baked sweet bread are easily detected, while minor notes of crystal malts, light brown sugar, and alcohol linger in the background. Very enticing, that's certain.

Honey, bananas, apple cider, sweet malts, caramel, etc. Is there a flavor that doesn't show up here? Wow. I have to say this is a very flavorful beer, although the body is a tad lean (sparkling wines are typically the same). The carbonation isn't as off-putting as I assumed it would be. It's a wonderful blend of sweetness and maltiness, and finishing fairly dry. It's hard to imagine this is 10.3% ABV from the flavor. What I'm enjoying now is the lingering aftertaste that blends the honey and malts, with just a tad of fruity sweetness. (More banana than anything.) The alcohol becomes more noticeable at the end of the glass.

I can certainly understand why some might not find this enjoyable. The sweeter flavors are a bit unusual for many beer drinkers. For my taste, it's fine and very interesting, and I can imagine getting another bottle or two to cellar for awhile. I know the price tag is high, but this is an expensive brew to make. It should be sampled by many, just for the experience and a chance to broaden all our beer horizons. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 23:12:33 | More by CWiggins
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.
Sweet, bubbly.
Very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 22:29:06 | More by lordofthewiens
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:

Tonight I decided to use my extra large fluted glasses since my household is lacking champagne flutes. I unwrapped the beautiful orange foil off the deep brown almost black flat bottom bottle and proceeded to pull out the cork and cage. Wow, this is hard as hell to get the cork out. I ended up snapping the head off and had to get a wine bottle opener out to extract the rest. Right before I slid it out a piece of the bottle lip cracked off and almost went in the bottle. After all that mess, I proceeded with the pour and knew this was going to be one heavily carbonated beer so I tilted very hard and went at it very slowly. I was left with a beautiful three finger thick bone white head that hung around for quite a while. There were loads of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass the whole time. As I hold my glass up to the light this baby pours a deep golden almost straw colored with some shimmers of tan and orange. As I give a swirl there is a decent amount of lacing sticking to the walls of the tall glass.

Smell:

Right of the start I am greeted with fresh baked biscuits, caramel and light fruit undertones. Peaches and apricots are really coming to mind especially the candy rings that you can find at the store. Maybe some toffee and lemons with a little brown sugar thrown and in the finish there is just a touch of the 10% alcohol that pokes through. The more I think about it, it reminds me of some kind of trail mix I have had before.

Taste:

The first thing that comes to mind is something that resembles a blend of apple and banana cider. Loads of malty sweetness complimented by caramel, toffee, and nougat. In the middle some spiciness and cloves that could be from the Weihenstephan yeast and maybe some white pepper. Overall there is just a load of sweetness and a mish mash of fruity flavors delivered by a high level of carbonation and some tartness. But I will admit, you really cannot tell the high ABV in this beer and there is absolutely no burn at all. In the finish, I am pulling out more bananas and some sour tartness that leaves you with a dry finish yearning for more.

Drinkability:

Overall this was decent beer, although I don't think I could drink a whole bottle myself. I think this will really be a great beer to get people who are on the fence with craft beer into the game. Especially since everyone recognizes their name and their brand distribution is huge, this is a nice addition to the Sam Adams profile. I would say if you are OK with the price tag of $20 be sure to grab a bottle and give it a shot because this really is a fun beer to try, even if you are not a huge Sam Adams fan.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 22:18:43 | More by Bmoyer0301
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Greywulfken

New York

3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok. Wow. No offense, but I was disappointed. And a $26 bottle near me.

Accompanied med rare filet mignon and steak fries. Champagne-style bottle was fun to open - made it all very festive.

A: Dark amber - I mean, nice, but when I hear, "champagne of beers," I'm expecting something a little paler in color; head forms easily - make sure to pour off the side of the glass or the head'll overwhelm you. Visible carbonation makes sense.

S: Warm, thick, sweet beer. Honeys and spice.

T: a little too sweet for my liking; reminded me of a one of the Unibroue beers (which are just as good and cheaper) - don't remember which one - either the Don De Dieu, the Maudite, or the Trois Pistoles (all worth trying)

M: a little too syrupy for my liking; the carbonation passes through readily enough, but cannot compensate for a too-heavy mouthfeel.

D: This sounds bad, but I didn't finish what I had poured - the last bit of a glass-and-a-half in a Duvel snifter. Part of this is the abv of the drink (I was already feeling its effects), and part of this was the overall drinking experience.

Too much hype, overpriced, and really just an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 22:09:12 | More by Greywulfken
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mcallister

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks no different than anything else which hurts this considering it's 20 bux a bottle.

Tart fruit and berry aromas, with a yeasty, spice riddled esters. White pepper, lemon zest, and other tropical fruit notes.

It's not overly bad it's just not that great for the price. Tropical fruit, floral hops, pineapple, lemon zest, more white pepper, odd ester alcohol flavors, and just somewhat offputting.

Thin and lifeless very dissapointing.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 21:09:49 | More by mcallister
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another beer that falls in the "I'd like to buy it but it's too expensive" category shared by cbutova. Thanks Cam!

Pours a rusty orange, darker than I expected. Super carbonated with bubbles everywhere. Big soapy white head stays at about a finger leaving some lacing.

Smell reminds me of a saison - yeasty, farmy, grassy, sweet, slightly funky.

Definitely getting that Weihen yeast character...kind of grassy with bready vanilla notes. Apples, pears, floral hops. Kind of reminiscent of white wine and champagne (kind of reminds me of Stone VE 10.10.10 in the wine aspect). It is pretty sweet but it's not quite cloying. There is not alot of booze in the taste but it is extremely heavy and warm in the stomach.

Mouthfeel is light, fluffy, highly carbonated, fits the beer properly.

Kind of a novelty beer, not something I'd want to drink very often, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 16:18:05 | More by Chico1985
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Pahn

New York

3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Lots of anticipation and ad copy surrounding this beer. I'm in the "Sam Adams and Weihenstephan both are capable of producing world class beer," camp, but was still trying not to get my hopes up too high for this one. As another note, the bottle is beautiful.

Appearance: Soft pour down the middle and side of the glass yields a 3 inch fizzy and active white head that dissipates steadily and loudly, leaving a somewhat long lasting 1/4 inch head and no lacing. Pours a translucent light amber and leaves occasional islands of lacing.

Smell: Fruity, like various berries and pear, along with some light citric hoppiness. Gets more floral and boozy with warmth. Not the deepest aroma I've gotten from a beer, but consistently pleasant and inviting.

Taste: Up front, vague fruitiness that transitions with bright carbonation to a thick, milky creaminess, with a clean finish and long, yeasty, sourdough bread aftertaste. The hops are mild; indistinct, but faintly herbal and citric. With warmth, the alcohol heat borders on solvent-like and completely overshadows all of the subtler aspects of the taste (e.g. the fruitiness disappears entirely before long). Eventually, some nice, interesting herbal and malt-forward flavors emerge, though the alcohol and yeasty finish are consistently dominant.

Mouthfeel: From start to finish and for better or worse, the mouthfeel of this beer is far more interesting and impressive than the taste. It's on the full side of medium bodied, with a substantial carbonation that never even gets close to irritating or distracting; rather, it moves from a pleasant effervescent feel to a thick creaminess that works well with the bready finish. There's very little dryness (personally, I think the beer would benefit from being a bit more dry).

Drinkability: I haven't fallen in love, but this is a solid beer that I'll have no trouble finishing. I'm not sure it delivers enough flavor to justify being the sipper that it is (the alcohol is very pronounced), but there are no off flavors and the mouthfeel is very nice.

The first sentence of any summary of an evaluation of this beer needs to mention that Infinium is overpriced. The beer is simply not worth $20, though perhaps the details of its creation necessitated this pricetag (I wouldn't know). If any of the above categories were mitigated by price, "Mouthfeel" is the only one that would score above a 2.5. This is a well-crafted beer, but I'm not tasting any particular flavors that I haven't had before (nor am I "seeing any of them in a new light.").

Sometimes I end a review saying, "This is the kind of beer that makes me excited about beer," and Infinium was marketed precisely as "that kind of beer". It's not. I'm reasonably pleased, but not excited. If I wasn't level-headed enough to realize that I would pay $20 to try what comes out of a Sam Adams / Weihenstephan collaboration even if it isn't ultimately noteworthy, I would be pretty pissed that I paid so much for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:54:44 | More by Pahn
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atremains

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - looks like an outrageous IPA. Sea foam like white head. Vey aggressive bubbles.
S-pear, soapy, slightly pinelike. It was funky.
T- weihenstephaner dominates the taste. Citrus and champagne in the beginning. Apple malt
a-relatively smooth and fluffy, not overly carbonated. Slightly metallic
D-heavily carbonated maybe rough on the stomach.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:14:21 | More by atremains
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Zorro

California

3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong champagne like pop when the cork is removed.

Clear copper colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smell of vanilla and wine when uncorked. Very fruity aroma peach, raspberry and banana. Over ripe banana and vanilla with some caramel, makes me think Banana Brûlée.

Starts out sweet and spicy with an apple and banana aftertaste. Lots of banana flavor here with caramel, something like the dessert Bananas Foster.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability will depend on your like of banana, I personally like it but not $20 a Bottle Like.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 01:57:11 | More by Zorro
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Brad007

Vermont

3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Lots of carbonation present.

Lots of clove with perhaps a hint of citrus (grapefruit) in the nose. Very polarizing in general.

Clove, raisin and earthy tones run the gamut here, followed by a good dollop of booze. I don't think it's "boozy" but rather hard to pick out anything unique for taste.

Mouthfeel has lingering clove with a bit of banana bread and lingering alcohol/hops.

Polarizing would be the best way to describe this collaboration. It's certainly not SA Triple Bock but I'm not sure why I paid so much either. Would probably not buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 01:37:26 | More by Brad007
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searsclone

Arizona

3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet.

Yellow gold color very similar to the foil on the bottle.

Smelled honey, spices and alcohol.

Tastes sweet at first, then alcohol, green apple, and finish is smokey. The carbonation is very high and the beer is very sharp but seems to leave a bit of a syrupy coating on the tongue.

Drinkability is average, I will finish this bottle but I'm not in a huge hurry to open another one.

** originally purchased two bottles and reviewed one in Dec 2010 and kept one in the fridge. Opened the second bottle to taste and review on 01-01-12. Surprisingly, not much has changed. After reading my review, it seems to have less smell than before. Only get smokey scents now. Otherwise, everything seems the same.**

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 00:40:32 | More by searsclone
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Franz4

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Explosive head, a lot more like champagne than beer in that respect. Color of a blush wine with a tint of gold to it.

S- scents of sweet raspberries with a hint of straw to it, quite inviting actually.

T- fruity and sweet, lots of fruit flavors collide on pallate.

M- Very much like champagne here, probably just what they were going for

D- A nice experiment in brewing I think, but too sweet for just any occasion, and I wouldn't substitute this for champagne. Overall though it was quite enjoyable in small amounts.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 00:38:20 | More by Franz4
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mariposafan

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours with a big, beautiful fluffy head over a medium amber body. Almost looks like a darker Duvel, but the head collapses much more quickly.

The aroma is citrusy hops with a little malt thrown in. Really reminds me a lot of Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Not a good thing, but not too bad, either.

The taste is a complete departure from the aroma. Very malty with some hops to back it up. Not sweet but also not dry. Very low bitterness with some nice richness. A comparison, for those who have had it, would be a drier version of Capital Brewing's Autumnal Fire with a little extra complexity. No alcohol noticeable in the taste which is amazing given that it's > 10% ABV.

The mouthfeel is very, very nice. Not too thick, not too thin and with the fine carbonation that you'd want from champagne.

It goes does very easily but it's rich enough that I wouldn't want many. And that's before the alcohol hits!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 22:59:25 | More by mariposafan
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TheSarge

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's see here. An American and German brewery making a French style beer. Awe, who am I to judge... This is my first stab at this style, though.

I poured this brew into a champagne flute, and it made about four fingers of rich off white head, and the body is ultra clear and gold with lots of suds keeping the heads retention to a finger thick.

In the aroma, it is very fruity esters, dry candied sugar, some apple, and maybe coriander or something like that.

Taste wise, it's like biting into a golden delicious apple with some candied sugar.

Altogether, I feel this is a tasty brew. A bit too expensive for what it is. I'd say this is like any other Tripel or some brew of that nature.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 21:34:38 | More by TheSarge
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bort11

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle poured into a Champagne flute. There is a quick flash of white fizzy head that disappears almost immediately and leaves no lacing. The body color is a clear dark yellow. Even though there is no head or lacing, there is still a lot of carbonation activity.

Once the cork popped there was an initial dry Champagne smell. As it warmed up it became a sweet, fruiter aroma. I was getting a lot of white grapes and apples. Hops barely make an appearance. A little floral flavoring blends in with the fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is a little heavier than a traditional Champagne, but the effervescent carbonation keeps it light and crisp. The yeast creates a bone dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 21:30:43 | More by bort11
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BigTuna612

Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A- For a complex expected beer this was surprisingly golden amber-colored, clear and filtered. The intended bubbles of this style were not present and with a half finger head.

S- Aroma from this beer fruity, with apple, pear and spice. Overall quite appealing.

T- The initial flavor screamed of fermented apple cider with a ton of added malt. Imagine yourself on a deserted island with only caramels and apples and you must melt them down as your only source of sustenance. After a few days you find a skanky hop bush and throw a few hops in at the end just so you know that they are there. Very little hoppiness is present, maybe only at the end.

M- The carbonation is similar to that of champagne with very small bubbles that are easily detected with each sip. Somewhat thin but coats the mouth.

D- Overall each sip became less bearable. The flavors wore on you and just were not that desirable. I could not imagine drinking more than one glass at a sitting as this beer was high in alcohol content and strongly flavored.

Notes- This beer was purchased at a local watering hole and served in pint glasses. The champagne flutes depicted in the in the advertisement were not given to us by the female bartender. It was worth trying as we were very curious but I would not purchase again especially at the price and just was not that enjoyable.

Peace, Love, Big Tuna

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 08:06:02 | More by BigTuna612
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rdilauro

Connecticut

4.01/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The other night after we closed our liquor store, we settled down and had a bottle of Infinium. From the beginning, I knew there was something different with this beer. Coming from an extensive wine background, the first thing I noticed while pouring this was the very delicate bubbles in the glass. This is how the best champagnes also look.
The ale was a light golden color with not a lot of nose. But as soon as I had the first sip, I realized what they were after.
The basics. The taste was pure clean and very refreshing.
It did not have tons of flavors, nor any distinguishing tastes, but it was perfect to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 02:33:37 | More by rdilauro
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Popped the cork on this and shared with my wife after we signed our lives away on our new home.
I had a bitch of a time getting the cork out, and when I finally did pieces of it were still attached to the glass in the neck like they were super glued there. I can't imagine how hard this will be to pull out if someone lays one of these down.
Pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a massive pillowy white head that slowly dissipates but leaves massive lacing on the way down. Killer aroma of toffee, taffy, tropical fruits, and a touch of herbal from the hops. The aroma reminds me a lot of a well aged barleywine or very fruity saison. Taste is tropical fruity mixed with toffee. Bits of herbal hops cut through some of the sweetness as does a touch of alcohol. The overall taste is sweeter than I thought it was going to be, the semi sweet finish leaves a lingering fruity sweetness after every sip. Medium body, Medium high level of carbonation pricks the tongue a bit with every sip.
I really enjoyed this one its a very tasty beverage. Its not what I expected it was going to be, I thought it was going to be champagne like dry, but I was pleasantly surprised. If this wasn't 20 dollars a bottle I would sock some away for a rainy beer day, but since it is I will just have to say I'm glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 23:30:50 | More by johnnnniee
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sevopie

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Let me just state up front that this cork is a bitch and a half to get out. I love the effect of the cork, but I'm really starting to hate most of them as they are inevitably too tight.

Pours and amber/golden color with a large off white head thats somewhat thin, and disappears moderately quickly.

Mildly wine-like on the nose, some pear/apple fruit smells along with some vinegar and a touch of german hops.

Heavy fruit flavors dominate the initial taste, with peach, pear, apple, pineapple, and lemon all present. Finishes tart with some spice from the hops, but doesn't linger on the tongue for long at all.

The thinness surprised me a bit, as I was expecting more body and substance to it. As it is a champagne beer though, I suppose it fits. The carbonation is abundant here as well, and does its job to accentuate the tart and fruit flavors in the beer.

This is an incredibly easily drinkable beer for being over 10%, as there's merely a hint of the alcohol on the finish. Overall I'm impressed with this new creation, but I'm not blown away.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 05:15:42 | More by sevopie
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mynie

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well... the presentation alone is worth twenty bucks. It's a gorgeous contemporary champagne bottle done up with patent medicine font and text.

And it pours purty, too. Super dark, like a beer, but just as fizzy as champagne.

Smells... oddly, like Sam Adams Boston Lager. Like, there's a 95% similarity, if you held the two up to my nose I'd easily confuse one for the other.

Tastes like SA's Boston Lager up front, like a really heavy, sweet, and yeasty version of SA's BL in the back. It's an astoundingly weighty beer, and every bit of it is beery. I don't know where the Champagneyness comes in. Theres's nothing vinous here, nothing even Belgiany. It's just like a really alcoholic, aggressively yeasted American version of an English Pale.

This is Sam Adam's version of that Budweiser celebration ale that AB released a few years back. I mean, I know they were both brewed in different ways, but they have the same affect. It's like a bigger, sweeter, bubblier version of the flagship. And while it works, it's nothing too special.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 04:15:23 | More by mynie
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caught somewhere between a Belgain Saison, a German Hefeweizen, and a Champagne, this fruity and dry beer is a hearty compliment along side of any sparkling wine for the Christmas and New Years celebrations.

Pouring a hazy deep staw color, the beer carries a spritzy carbonation on a creamy looking malty base with a fluid head stance that retains and laces very well. Just a pace off of the driest of beers, this beer carries a bit more visual weight than I expected.

Tropical fruit aromas release a plethera of appricot, peach, pineapple, pear, mango, papaya, kiwi, and banana. Mild spice of white pepper, orange zest, clove, corriander, and a touch of cinnamon decorate the peripheries of the fruity/yeasty/briny scent.

Flavors of wheat breads, fresh yeast/fresh baked breads give a firm malty base to the beer. Bold flavors of moderate fruits give a firm but mellow pace to the beer while mild spices of cinnamon, lemongrass, and sasafrass give roundness and refreshment to the fruity/malty mid palate and ushers in a zest finish.

The effervescent start subsides to allow creaminess and a bready fullness in the middle of the taste. But the finish of herbal, alcoholic, hoppy dryness helps as the beer fades into the fruity/bready aftertaste.

Reminding me of classic Sahti's, Saisons, Hefeweizens, and sparkling wines, this beer borrows a lot of characteristics from fruity/spicy/characterful beers of bready/wheaty origins. Where challenging, I applaude the bravery of otherwise traditional brewers to get to these new blends of taste. It's just a step off of the pace of DeuS and Brooklyn's Sorachi Ale. Instead of the medium bready mid palate that makes the beer a bit fatty, I'd prefer much more dryness and spiciness driving toward the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 03:37:49 | More by BEERchitect
Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
74 out of 100 based on 1,056 ratings.