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Infinium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
74
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1,099 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,099
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 22.91%
Wants: 62
Gots: 157 | 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

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.22/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 release bottle, unique 750mL corked and caged bottle.
poured into tall thin pilsner glass.

appears a clear golden color with massive 3 inch foamy white head very reminiscent of champagne. fades down to a thin covering, leaving clumps of lacing clinging of the sides of the glass.

aroma is fruity, solventy, odd. it's almost exactly like scented dish soap. not good. taste is much better. light biscuity malt some sweetness, but it's balanced with a touch of earthy, grassy hops. no booziness. thinner body, bubbly carbonation. fizzy, sorta like champagne.

overall - to be compared to real champagne I would have expected drier, but that's fine as I don't really care for dry wine. I like the taste, and nice to try the unique style. However, not worth the high pricetag.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.46/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fills ¾ of the Infinium flute glass with a creamy white head that turns to a meringue as it slowly recedes, leaving behind a webbing of lace. The beer itself is a slightly hazy golden amber with streaming bubbles as promised.

The nose is fruity and closer to a sour than anticipated. Some solvents up front, but mostly peppery, followed by pineapple and mango.

Some sharp acidity, similar to a dry white wine. The wheat is clearly present as is the yeast as the fruitiness subsides. A long, dry finish, with some herbal pops. Becomes fruity again with warmth.

Heavy to medium body with high alcohol as expected but not hot. There is a light astringency in its dryness. Lively carbonation.

A good event beer, Infinium would do better with less hype. This said, quite enjoyable and definitely improves with warmth.

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of warnerry
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2010 bottling. About 6 months after the best by data

A - Pours a clear copper with a finger of white head. Head doesn't last long or leave lacing.

S - a bit musty, huge alcohol notes and some fruit notes.

T - Starts with some slightly tart fruit, then the mustiness takes over. Alcohol noticeable in the taste as well. Heavier taste than I was expecting. Not sure what to think of this. Not great, but not horrible.

M - Medium mouthfeel. Actually a bit creamy.

O - Not sure how this was when fresh, but as is, it isn't something I would want to have again.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.16/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful dark gold/orange color with a perfect two finger white head. Awesome cloud-like head that leaves good lacing for the 10.3% abv. Fairly cloudy in appearance. The nose is a little on the weak side- grains, weak hops, super light fruit smell- and that's about it. Taste is slightly funky and sweet, with hops, citrus, yeast and a very champagne/beer type taste to it. Definitely unique, but I don't have anything to compare it to within the style. Not bad, but not a great taste. I don't get any of the alcohol either, which is fairly amazing. Feel is light, and very carbonated. Definitely has that champagne fizzy quality to it. Overall, this is my first Biere de Champagne, and.... I'm not sure I dig it. Glad I got to try this one though, and tick the style. Cheers.

Photo of Pintofbrown
2.54/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I dig this bottle, straight off a steam punk airship. I served the Infinium in a stein.

Appearance- The ridiculous carbonation tells me this really belongs in a champagne glass, but seeing as I don't drink champagne...

When it settles, there is still an enormous three and a half finger lump of white foam. The lacing is also very chunky and clings hard to the side of the glass.

The body is an auburn-gold with tons of fast rising bubbles.

Smell- The champagne yeast comes off earthy and slightly chalky, not really that appetizing as it butts up against some very sweet pear and imitation watermelon, almost plastic like aromas. Weird.

Taste- The front of the drink imitates the champagne-like and plasticy, sweet flavors. Then the pear starts to mix with a slight tinny note.

The finish is more champagne and band-aid, with some sweet and earthy intimations thrown in. This is just a strange and unpleasant mess.

Mouth feel- At least Infinium is medium bodied and fairly smooth. Hang on, how does that happen with so much carbonation and a champagne back bone? Just as bad as it sounds to be honest.

Overall- This beer has two masters and is serving neither. The flavors mix as well as water and oil. The fruity character of the beer and the champagne come off chalky and plastic like.

Maybe if the body had been crisp and bubbly it could have been salvaged, but it falls flat.

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of stealth
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
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
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
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%

Photo of Daniellobo
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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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of giblet
3.65/5  rDev +13%
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
2.26/5  rDev -30%
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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4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
74 out of 100 based on 1,099 ratings.