Infinium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
74
okay

1,089 Ratings
THE BROS
61
poor

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 22.91%
Wants: 54
Gots: 159 | 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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2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks dragomni!

A champagne beer? Interesting. I like champagne, and I like beer. Don't like this so much. Very bland and underwhelming. I struggled to really smell anything, and the taste wasn't much different. Dirty fruit, but very subtle dirty fruit.

Photo of BobZ
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz. Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. A side-by-side tasting with both the 2010 & 2011 vintages. The numbers associated with this review will focus on the 2011.

Appearance: 2011 – Golden yellow, nice head & lacing. 2010 – More of a pale yellow (read: lighter)

Smell: 2011 – Peppery spice with bready malt, 2010 – Mostly peppery spice with some citrus.

Taste: 2011 – Some citrus, mild hops, but mostly a lager like caramel malt, pleasant flavor yet not really remarkable at all. I did not get a wide flavor profile just a bit of spice against a solid malt background. 2010 – More champagne like with lots of light fruit, mostly a pear flavor, very clean and crisp. The 2010 had much more citrus, much more pear, plus some hoppy flavor.
Mouthfeel: Both vintages were well carbonated and clean on the palate.

Overall: The changes made between the vintages are very evident. Basically the 2011 version dialed up the malt flavor in a major way. In some ways the 2010 vintage was more creative and flavorful albeit it’s probably not for everyone. In my mind, this beer still seems to fall short of what two strong breweries could/should produce. Also, this beer (as it stands in 2011) is not different or complex enough to warrant spending the amount charged.

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

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

An stimulating and maybe over-hyped brew, with sweeter notes than most might expect.

Presentation: 750 ml brown foiled and corked bottle with a festive champagne-like shape. Gold screen-printed embroidery with name of the brew and an orange and gold foil neck with the vintage date 2011. Back offers a small note about the collaboration, hanging neck label carries a narrative about the collaboration, characteristics, and intent, including "best by" recommendation of July 2012. Notes 10.3% Alc. by Vol. Served in a champagne glass.

A - Deep gold pour with a rich bubbly head, good retention, fair surface memory with small touches of lacing.

S - Softly sweet nose, faint spices… Malty with a fruity touch.

T - Rather sweet with a struggling dry hint in the finish when the caramel and bready touches recede. Touches of fruit, apples, pear, soft spice and back to a malty dash...

M - Medium body and carbonation, hardly any dry touches, and in fact a small soft sticky touch as it closes.

O - Not too bad a flow, unusual and worth the try, at least once...

Notes: Neither deserving the hate nor the hype seen in some places, at least not in this second brewing incarnation. A bit pricey for what one gets, the presentation socially is quite well made, but while approachable it is a tad too sweet for the casual gathering, where something like this seems to call for a dryer touch. Not so much champagne like, or even a hybrid beer-champagne offering, but a good brew nevertheless.

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3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this poured a nice job in my tulip glass with a three finger head and strong steady carbonation. thin continuous bubbles. wonderful lacing down the glass. nice amber color, good fruity malt aroma and at first taste good but, the alcohol is overpowering. a few points lower and i would love this beer.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Photo of mike08054
2.17/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Received the beautifully packaged bottle as a gift.

Popped it open a few nights ago and poured into a Belgian flute. A very good looking straw-colored beer with big head and good lacing.

The smell is all green apple, I am not getting any bread or malt. The taste is apple to the point that I wondered if it has a malt base. I've had other Belgians & sours that created the same impression. Hops somewhat perceptible.

Finish and aftertaste are sour apple. I think I've had this before, but it was called Boone's Farm Green Apple and the room was spinning.

I can't really fit this into any known beer category (likely was the brewers point), you probably can't drink more than one or two small glasses, and it really doesn't seem food friendly.

Probably worth buying if you enjoy funky Belgians/sours.

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3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into champagne glass on New Years.

Appearance - Pours an orange color with large bubbles and a head that decayed quite quickly.

Smell - It was quite a sweet smell. Citrus fruits and some banana as well as a little bit of malty/bready smell.

Taste - Sweetness hits the mouth first. Some citrus and hefeweizen flavor. This is then subdued a bit by the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation level was about right for a champagne, but a little off for a beer. So depending on what you are looking... The body was a little more thin then expected, but on par with something like a champagne.

Overall - More of a champagne with a bit of beer flavor. Not bad, but not really my cup of tea, and for the price not something I would likely do again.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a chance to try the 2011 version over New Years. Watched the youtube video of the story of this prior to drinking.. really cool video, definitely check it out. Anyways.. pours a highly carbonated golden color, smell is of apples. Taste is light to medium bodied, very effervescent and tart. Taste reminiscent of champagne and apples/pears. Finish is crisp and clean. Does not taste like a 10% ABV for sure, and goes down pretty smooth, although the tartness does get to you after a while. An interesting beer, a little steep price wise ($20 a bottle) to justify getting it again, but glad I tried it and has a cool story.

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Tasting courtesy of my bud coldbrewky. Pop! goes the cork on this, poured into a wine glass. Golden hue with a silky head that has outstanding retention. Tons of carbonation. Nose is mostly earthy, slight yeast, and past prime smelling apples. Malt is front and center. Mild fruitness on the edges. Medium bodied.

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Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
74 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.