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Infinium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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511 Reviews

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Reviews: 511
Hads: 1,119
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 22.05%
Wants: 62
Gots: 160 | 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:
Beer added by: LtCracker20 on 12-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured a hazed darker orange color. Champagne head is fizzy and froths off a bit. Not a big lacer.

S-White wine vinous characteristics. White grapes and other fruits. Sweet and fruity with wine-forward notes but there is also a musky hint and a light herbal or grassy hop scent. Interesting.

T-Akin to the nose. Champagne grapes combined with a bit of musk and underlying bready sweetness. Booze is masked very well. Unusual flavor. Light grassy hops too. A nice hybrid flavor. I am a bit shocked to see how hard this beer-brid has been slammed on here.

M-Medium bodied with some nice fizz. Alcohol is drying but not too extreme.

O/D-Overall, I find this beer to be underrated. Its not the Second Coming or anything, but its a pretty cool glass of fizz. Too expensive for a $20 750 ml but its an interesting novelty worth trying (preferably sharing). Not as bad as its rating may lead you to believe.

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Photo of madeofsteel
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation is wonderful. Caged, corked and foiled, and a tag that suggests a best of for July 2012.

A - Poured into a flute. Pours a lovely honey color. Fluffy looking head of about an inch, but with little retention and no lacing.

S - Crisp alcohol, mild yeast. Meh.

T - Very sweet, with a pear fruitiness. Kinda bready and a little bitter at the finish. Very reminiscent of white wine.

M - Dry, with very excited carbonation. Prickly.

O - At $18, it's a bit hard to justify getting this again. While not entirely off, it's out of my spectrum. I don't mind having this as a birthday beer, but it's difficult to approach.

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Photo of abrand
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into flute glass

This pours a clear yellow color with loads of head that quickly fades. This takes some time to pour into the small flute glass. Lots of carbonation from the base of the glass. Nice looking pour. Smell is pretty subtle but yeasts, doughs, and malts make up the nose. Taste is very carbonated with euro yeast and some fruits. Grapes are definitely on the palate. Mouthfeel is thin but super carbonated. Overall this was alright. Decent in small portions but the full bottle is not for me.

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Photo of roblowther
2.69/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Love Deus Brut de Flanders and Malheur Brut so this has some clown-sized shoes to fill. Love the packaging! Looks clear caramel with an active head that goes away quickly. Not reminding me of champagne so far. Smell is cherries and pears, very sweet. Taste is really sweet up front, then pepper, then a really odd pear aftertaste. Clean finish but wow an odd aftertaste. Its nice and tingly with a slickness but that's the best bit. Overall just not doing it for me. I'm finishing the bottle, but its making me burp weird pear candy smell into my nose. Yes, that's my official review.

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Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hop, hint of citrus, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Biere de Champagne / Biere Brut. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong yeast, alcohol, sweet malt, slight hops, slight pale malt, hint of citrus, and a hint of spice. Overall, great aroma, blend, body, and complexity.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
2.27/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

2011 Vintage.

A: 1 1/2" tan coloured fine head over cloudy copper coloured liquid.

S: Apples, orange, pears with cinnamon, cloves and other spices. Quite sweet and different smelling.

T: Orange, floral, and grassy hop flavours with a bitter grassy hop finish. As it warmed it got worse, and had a stomach bile tasting aftertaste.

M: Soapy with a slippery medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation. Kind of a strange plasticky mouthfeel.

O: One of the strangest beers i have ever had. My first ever drain pour. I wanted to like it, but couldn't.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazed copper with orange leanings. Head is bright-white and bubbly. Drops to a thin cap quickly. Small ring remains for the duration. Loads of carbonation.

Smell: Apples, slight wheat tang, and a grassy note. Some pale malts and sweetness. Faintly earthy with an lively side. Slightly floral and fruity. Very delicate aroma.

Taste: Grapes, apples, and flowers with a wheat backbone. Ever so faintly funky. White wine notes and a touch of something woody. Very clean finish, almost like a seltzer. Floral notes mingle with a subtle citrus note. Pale malts add a layer of sweetness. White wine spritzer. Light fruit and floral notes meld with the mild wheat tang.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly. Drinks like seltzer or champagne. Crisp and clean.

Overall: This is the beer equivalent of the white wine spritzer. Very delicate with a decent amount of nuance. It's hard to justify the price per bottle given these characteristics.

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Photo of Sdesenberg
2.66/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought the 750 ml champagne bottle for almost 20 bucks at a little corner liqueur store. To summarize, looks promising, smells ok, tastes bad. They had a sixer of hopslam for 17 bills. For three fewer dollars I could have had almost three times as much high gravity, super premium beer and I would have really enjoyed it. This stuff is very disappointing, and I won't have it again.

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Photo of ouser31
2.69/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

wasnt my favorite... for being advertised as a special beer or once in a lifetime special... it wasnt.. kind of dissapointed with it.. maybe i missed something or it just wasnt my style... im sure there are many more that will come and go... maybe ill try it again sometime and ill like it more

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Photo of Immortale25
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Foil says 2011.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a full inch of head that bears some retention before subsiding to a 1/8 inch head and hazy surface foam. Decent lacing.

S- Smells hoppy...is that intentional? Has that earthy, malt-balanced hop aroma that's reminiscent of west coast IPAs. Semi-astringent.

T- Surprisingly, doesn't taste hoppy. There's a smooth conjunction of flavors that, all put together, does remind one of champagne and its simple, neutral flavor. The strange aroma still throws that off but, just focusing on flavor, it hits the mark. Hops that aren't overly bitter, malts that aren't too sweet and it makes for easy drinking because I just remembered this is 10.3%. It may not have a white wine flavor to it, but that's a plus in my book. The malt character comes through stronger as the beer warms.

M- Medium-high carbonation and plenty of bubbles, as expected. Quite a full body for a beer that feels somewhat like champagne.

O- Pretty good. Not something that I'd drink all the time, but I guess that's the point. Not quite worth the $19 I spent on it, but I feel they accomplished what they were going for.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml brown teardrop shaped magnum bottle, thick red and yellow foil around the cap and neck, while underneath it is caged and corked. Pours out a dense, hazed honey gold hue with a tall creamy off-white hue.

The aroma immediately reveals moist wet white grapes and lighter preserved fruits, along with pear, papaya, and a mild yet sharp yeast twang.

Sweet white raisin and fleshy apple character up front in the flavour, pear skins and dry spicy yeast appear in the middle, finishing rather dry and clean with apples skins and faint herbal hops.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, texture starts out creamy silky smooth, however light effervescent carbonation contrasts that towards the finish. Contrasting elements yet balanced mouthfeel, a nice touch.

Rather curious flavour profile, and not one very common, however it works for me, enough at least. If I were to do things again I'd chip in on a bottle with a friend or two, I had enough to quench my curiosity about a glassful in. On that note a good bottle to pick up for a dinner party or pair with food.

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
2.01/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A Golden copper one finger off white head. Doesn't stick around but leaves a frothy top.

S Slightly grassy, a little musty, by of biscuit and a light citrus note. Weird bit of metal smell. Syrup.

T Obvious booze in the middle an the end with a sharpness up front. Definitely sweet and caramelly over a bready backbone. Apple and lemons. Lingering sweetness.

M Sharp all over with almost cloying sweetness especially in the finish. Tingling feeling left for a minute or two.

O Rather big beer, too sweet and boozy. There are underlying notes that seem to save it at moments, but generally not enough. I was quite disappointed by this beer. Not what I expected.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Fantastically huge fizzy head very much like champange. Clear golden yellow with very effervescent carbonation visible.

S- There's a spicy yeast character up front reminiscent of clove, followed by a mild but noticeable hop aroma.

T- The malt backbone is light and grainy, very soft. It is almost shouted out by the spicy yeast character very reminiscent of many tripels. After which some noble hop flavor comes in just under the radar to add another layer, just before the dry finish.

M- Very fizzy but with some decent body as well.

O- Enjoyable for it's uniqueness, but not good enough to really seek out as something uttery great. Worth trying at least once. We cracked a bottle of this in the limo after I got married, so regardless of actual taste it will always be a special beer for me for the memories it recalls.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2011 bottle into a champagne glass. The note hanging around the neck says the beer should be enjoyed before July 2012. Lots of smoke coming out the bottle once the cork was removed.
Hazy golden-orange color with lots of carbonation leading to almost all of the pour looking like head. The head dissipates fairly quickly but there is still tons of bubbles rising to the surface. Visually it looks very much like champagne.
Aroma is extremely fruity and sweet. It was hard to pick up anything besides the sweet fruity notes.
Taste upfront was also on the sweeter side. Crisp with some tartness from the middle to the finish; slightly astringent. However, the sharp carbonation acts as a nice palate cleanser.
The alcohol is extremely well masked, by no means does it feel like a 10% beer. Very good drinkability.
Overall, this is a 'different' beer, an interesting brew from Sam Adams and Weihenstephan. The price is too steep though and I honestly don't think it is worth $20 a bottle.
Definitely worth trying once for the experience. I am glad I tried it, but not sure if I will get another one.

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Photo of efecher
4.3/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What champagne would be like if made from beer instead of wine. Managed to procure a total of 4 bottles of this stuff as my whole state only got two "pallets" to distribute to the distributors' best accounts.

I was expecting greatness when they partnered with the worlds oldest brewery, and I wasn't disappointed. It really does taste like beer-champagne. I could definitely taste most of the fruit notes they described, and the alcohol content was just right to get you a nice buzz from the experience. I honestly can't see why so many people gave negative reviews. Next to possibly one day getting a hold of Utopias (which would probably be like meeting God) this would be my next choice.

Yes I happen to be a Sam man, and proud of it. Gotta love a company that never gets too big for its britches (i.e. the conglomerates) and can still innovate and experiment.

Sam Adams, always a good decision!

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle poured into a duvel tulip

Appearance: White foamy head over a true golden body with good lacing on the glass as the head fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet malt and sugars with hints of butter and caramel, these notes fade into a butterscotch and vanilla finish.

Taste: Buterscotch and butter/oil predominate with support by a heavy caramel not (especially as the beer warms), fading into light darker fruits.

Mouth: Very light/bubbly and dry (which makes sense for a champagne beer) but I don't think it fits the butter and caramel notes too well, needs to be a bit heavier.

Overall: A complex beer, and much better than the previous year, I like the buttery notes. I would drink this again if not for the price.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a flute)
2011 vintage
A- This beer has a strong pop of the cork resulting in a glass full of white foam. Soon a crystal clear dark caramel colored body forms with a slow motion carbonation. The subsequent glasses have a boiling carbonation.

S- The fruity esters of pineapple mix with a cinnamon spice hop quality and some sweet fresh wort aromas. There is a Noble hop pellet bitterness that grows as the beer opens up. There is a lot going on but overall it is a light aroma.

T- The dry alcohol flavor has some sweet caramel wort flavors and a field corn flavor in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a big alcohol bite in the finish.

O- The boozy thin caramel flavored water is a bit hard to drink. It doesn't have any champagne-like qualities. Everything is out of balance with alcohol heat and sugar sweet being way to strong with the carbonation trying to do its part but it is still not crisp. I don't know if you chilled this in the freezer for a bit if it was designed to taste better ice cold? I don't think age would help this, especially with the sweetness.

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Photo of Vonerichs
2.72/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The body is a murky orange-ish-brown. It's a gusher, too. It sat open for an hour or so before I poured my second glass and even that one gushed.

It smells like apples, pears, and dates, but then turns to a musty scent.

What a strange flavor profile. Tart and musty. There's some apple, but the finish had a strange aftertaste that resembles bile. Come to think about it, the taste is pretty gross. Upon first sip I didn't think it was that bad, but as it sits on the tongue it gets pretty grotesque.

Mouthfeel is the only redeeming quality. Light bodied with prickly carbonation that makes it drink like a sparkling wine.

The taste of this one is just bad. All other aspects barely make a statement beyond average. This is a beer I just couldn't get into.

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Photo of maxk
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle well chilled poured into a wine glass.

A: Cloudy orange/red brew with a head that quickly settles to nothing but a tiny ring of bubbles.

S: A mix of dark fruits and citrus fruits. I smell a tiny bit of caramel in there along with honey.

T: Very fruity and tangy. Somewhere between cider and beer, definite apple flavors. A bit of pale and caramel malt. Interesting hints of spice.

M: Well carbonated, very big bodied.

An interesting beer, worth trying, but not something I'd want to drink often.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.65/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml corked and caged poured into tulip 10/2/12

A clear golden liquid with more bubbles then I thought you could fit in a glass, even a gentle pour gives 3 fingers of creme colored retains well but leaves no lace

S lots of caramel apple and some butter, a little hops but mostly sweet malts

T not what I was expecting, overly sweet and reminds me more of a malt liquor then anything, some sour cracker and candied corn, some booze comes through I didn't smell. I really didn't care for this one's flavor, perhaps I should've grabbed a paper bag for this one and drank it on my stoop or on the corner near my home.

M over carbonated and syrupy, bad boozy finish and a little hard to swallow

O started off well and went downhill pretty fast, all I got was an over carbonated malt liquor

A wolf in a sheep's clothing? sexy presentation with the sleek bottle but the liquid inside is no where near worth what it costs. I want my money back, from two breweries I respect I expect much more, don't waste your money on this one.

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Photo of DapperGrowler
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at New Years served in a champagne flute.

A: light in appearance with the carbonation of champagne.

S: slightly fruity.

T: beer was cerise and tasted kinda like pears and apricots.

M: felt like champagne.

O: this was a nice alternative to a champagne, but it was not one of my favorites.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.87/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first experience of a Biere Brut...

A - Pours a golden copper colour, loaded with head, solid retention and no real lacing. A uniquely presented ale that is surprisingly reminiscent of a brut.

S - Loads of caramel, some earthy hops, fruity yeast, bubble gum, cotton candy, and wheat on the finish.

T - Much like the nose, loads of flavours but the caramel and toffee notes seem to dominate alongside the fruity yeast, cloves, wheat and cotton candy.

M - Lighter bodied ale, smooth going down and surprisingly wet.

O - Certainly an intriguing style with some unique characteristics, tons of flavour and the ABV is incredibly well hidden. Would be a great beer for food pairings and although I found it a bit pricey I would recommend trying it if ever given the opportunity.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very light yellow but settles a more hazy copper color. Bubbles are freaking huge and form an eggshell hued foam.

S: Aroma is predominantly spicy with cumin and cardamom, yeasty as well.

T/M: Medium to high carbonation on the tongue with some fruity apricot and peach but also traces of mildew funkiness.

Doesn’t feel as fizzy as it looks but also not as tasty as it ought to be. Not really sure what direction they were going with this one.


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Photo of jsprain1
3.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Apricot color with lots of carbonation bubbles and a thick billowy head to it. Good retention.
S- The aroma has just a touch of tartness to it for me with some breadyness and fruit to it.
T- Again I pick up just a touch of lemony tartness to it. There is a malt character and it's a bit buttery. It's kind of a jumbled mess for me but I like the pearlike flavor in the finish.
M- Fairly sweet in the finish and quite noticable carb. Carbonation is not as noticable as it looked like.
O- I can admit the mystique and hype gave me high expectations. They weren't met. If it was less hyped (and much cheaper) it would be a fine beer, but as is, it's a disappointment.

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Photo of huxcrunner
4.3/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into "infinium" promotional flute glass

Nice amber appearance with large amounts of head in the glass, very similar to champagne, head is an off white color, large amounts of carbonation present as expected.

Smell has caramel and apple aromas, slightly floral not a typical hop aroma

taste is sweet caramel malts with a very subtle bitterness/dryness to it

mouthfeel is very similar to champagne heavy carbonation but very smooth and refreshing

overall I really enjoyed this beer,many may bash this beer and not appreciate it but one must understand that this is not the typical beer and is far more like champagne as it is meant to be. If one understands that going into trying this beer a far better appreciation of this beer will be developed. If you dont like champagne dont even bother with the $20 something it will cost to buy it but if you can appreciate it it is worth it for that special occasion or worth trying.

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Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.