Infinium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.95/5 rDev +22.7%
A - This pours a beautiful transparent golden color. It has a big white fluffy champagne head, that overflowed from the glass and went all over my counter top. The head also left little bits of scattered lacing as it fizzed down to a small ring at the edge of the glass. There are also a lot of carbonation bubbles present.
S - The smell is sweet and yeasty. There are doughy, and bread notes, as well as some earthiness. I am so getting some golden fruits and just a touch of hops.
T - It tastes of bready malts and belgian yeast. There is also a nice bit of light golden fruits present. It is sweet, but there is also a nice spiciness to it. I am getting a small hint of the alcohol presence as well.
M - This has a nice medium body and high carbonation. The carbonation tickles the tongue and mouth. It is creamy and goes down smooth. There is also a slight alcohol warming sensation.
D - The drinkability is good. A lot of people have been a little too harsh on this beer in my opinion. I think it is a very interesting beer. I have never tried this style before, and it is certainly different than anything I have ever had. I think this is a great drink for a beer drinker who is at an occasion that normally calls for champagne. Other than a lot of people, I am glad I spent the $19 for a new experience. Good beer for special celebrations.
01-03-2011 08:51:19 | More by JizackFH
3/5 rDev -6.8%
Poured from the bottle into a flute. Classy.
This is beer is an excellent example of why glassware matters. My friend sitting on the other end of the couch poured his into part of the bottle into a tulip and I poured it into a flute....I wrote that already. I was having problems picking up the scent of the beer. I could pick up some apple notes and some grape, a little bit of the alcohol from the 10.3abv but that was it. It smells like the welches sparkling champagne.
Oh the look, I went out of order. There's a lot of head on this one, as there should be. It's strange, not unnerving, just strange seeing a beer bubble as much as this. I haven't experimented in the Biere de Champagne style before, but I've had champagne and well, this definitely looks like one.
It's sort of tart. Infinium is a very sweet beer. There's some pear to it, apple (lots of apple) and grape, like an alcoholic capri sun. Not that sweet, but close. After my first sip I started racking my mind trying to come up with what I've had that tasted this way before and I freaking just figured it out. It is very reminiscent of Rogue's Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor. That's right, this reminds me of a malt liquor. It's very appley with this strange drying component to it. If I was to drink a beer out of a paper bag, I could easily do it with this beer. It looks like a champagne but it tastes like a beer. It lacks the "tickling my nose" sensation that champagne is supposed to have.
I don't know where to put this, this is just a strange musing. Infinium sits oddly in my stomach. It's got the heaviness and warmth of a bourbon but I feel very gassy from drinking this. Possibly not safe to drink in the presence of female company ;-)
This is - again - a really sweet beer and this kind of drags to drink after prolong periods of time. It's not very bubbly either which is sad seeing as it bubbles like a fish tank. Infinium is also a twenty dollar beer so that's a hefty price tag for this. Drink it if you like to buy pricey things but you're probably not missing out on anything else wise.
01-03-2011 03:01:59 | More by FernMaster
2.55/5 rDev -20.8%
750mL bottle served into a tulip
Pours a crystal-clear amber color. I almost expect to find a fly in it, ala Jurassic Park. Two fingers plus or soft, soapy off-white head. Lacing is pretty meh, actually, despite the amount of foam. Still, that abundantly translucent body is nice to look at.
Weird nose. I'm not sure that it's good, but it is interesting. Lots of phenolic astringency up front, like rubbing alcohol. Past that, I pick up some pear skin and a little bit of white grape. As the beer warms, I get some apple-like flavors. Some sniffs it reminds me of apple juice, others it reminds me of the tiny dehydrated apple chunks that you find in apple-cinnamon flavor Quaker oatmeal. There's a also strong, sour-mash malt flavor going on with warmth that I don't find particularly appealing. Having no experience with the style, I have to hazard a guess that this is only very slightly above average, if even that. It has some complexity, even if I don't much care for it. I'm going back to type that some of the complexity gets washed out as the beer warms. The malts take over some of the pleasant white grape.
I'll tell you right up front that I don't really like the taste of this beer. It has a malt component that reminds me of Colt 45, of straight-up malt liquor. It's pungent booze-and-apples. Take some malt liquor and toss in some noble hops and ferment it in such a way so as to get some band-aid phenols going, and you have this beer. This is too boozy for my enjoyment. And not really complex or unique, despite the price point. It's blunt fruit and alcohol heat. Whoopee.
Not as prickly with carbonation as I expected a methode champnoise made beer to be. It's pretty thick, actually, which befits the malt flavors, I suppose. It reminds me of the mouthfeel in Dr. Pepper -- it thickens up and becomes very sudsy in the mouth. This isn't a drinkable beer by any standard, really. You taste and feel every bit of its 10.3% ABV, it is blunt and unsatisfactory to my palate. And if you want to factor in price, well, this beer becomes a hideous affront to value.
It was worth trying this, I suppose. But I would not recommend that people trade for this, or even buy it unless you're splitting it with someone (as I am with FernMaster right now). Count this my first beer disappointment of 2011.
01-03-2011 02:55:50 | More by Reaper16
2.2/5 rDev -31.7%
Is it a beer?
Is it champagne?
While crisp and fruity our taste buds were confused! 1000 years of experience and 2 years in the making and this is the best you could do? I guess purity laws are no guarantee of great taste. A waste of Noble hops. Samuel Adams Noble Pils is a superior brew.
I am now sorry we bought 2 bottles. This is very expensive for a lousy beer/champagne.
To Infinium and beyond!
01-03-2011 02:26:37 | More by thebonedaddy
2.98/5 rDev -7.5%
Infinium | 750 ml. | 10.3% ABV | 2010 vintage
Brewer: Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
Glass: Champagne flute
"It pours a crystal-clear bronze, with a small snowy cap. The nose is full of candied peaches and apricots drenched in champagne. The first sip registers the alcohol-soaked tropical fruits, and from there it segues into a resplendent candi-sugar finale. Effervescent mouthfeel. It has some nice moments but lacks the requisite complexity."
Clean and clear; somewhere between bronze and peach.
Peaches, candi sugar, fruit cake
Very sweet but straightforward. Candi sugar and alcohol-drenched tropical fruits are the main players. There's a malty backdrop, but it's nothing special.
Light, bubbly and a little foamy. Carbonation is underplayed.
Simple but not unattractive. Unfortunately, I was expecting more.
Would I get it again?:
Bottled: It doesn't say
Price = $19.99 at Whole Foods
01-03-2011 00:46:36 | More by BeerNemesis
3.68/5 rDev +14.3%
Appearance- Body is a clear, effervescent medium amber color with light hints of gold/orange when held up to the light. .The head is white, foamy and almost 3 fingers thick, with some decent head retention. Not a whole lot of lacing.
Smell- Light notes of golden fruit sweetness and breadiness. Good maltiness and malt sweetness come through the nose. Smells like a fine Belgian trippel.
Taste- Not nearly as sweet as it smells. A solid maltiness with lots of melanoidins. What sweetness there is is quite nice, with elements of white grapes and yellow apples. Very little in the way of hops o bitterness. Hints of spicyness as it warms.
Mouthfeel- Medium body and a lotsl of carbonation. It continues to effervesce for quite a long time. Very lively on the tongue, it almost dances.
Drinkability- Quite nice, but there is no way this stuff is worth 20 bucks a bottle.
01-03-2011 00:36:37 | More by theopholis
1.98/5 rDev -38.5%
Like many, consumed when the ball dropped on New Year's Eve.
A = Medium orange in color, with massive amounts of carbonation. Big white bubbly, frothy head adorns with bits of lacing.
S = Sweet, malty, earthy, astringent, herbal, slight citrus, medicinal.
T = Cloying sweetness, with some stale orange notes, slightly tart, with stale herbal hop medicine.
M = Medium in body, too creamy, lacked the feel of all that carbonation that seemed present on the pour. I'm not a champagne drinker, but I know there's an effervescent quality, and none of that was there. Carbonated syrup.
D = The sweetness was cloying, neither the taste nor aroma really melded, and I just couldn't finish my glass. I couldn't drink it again.
I love Sam Adams, but this was awful.
01-02-2011 23:59:30 | More by EgadBananas
4.08/5 rDev +26.7%
Thanks to Skip for sending the bottle. I was really looking forward to trying this ambitious beer and was surprised to see the highly mixed reviews to date.
Served at 45F into a champagne flute. Pours deep golden and clear with a huge champagne head that dissipates quickly.
Mild aroma of fruit amd malt.
Clean malt/toffee taste with mild cherry notes. The 10.3% alcohol was well hidden.
Champagne like mouthfeel, despite rapidly dissipating carbonation, with a clean dry finish.
The bottle was split three ways and I was left wanting more.
This experiment may be only a partial success, but kudos to Boston Beer Comapany and Weihenstephan for producing a truly innovative beer.
01-02-2011 23:33:27 | More by dandeibler
3.8/5 rDev +18%
I bought a bottle in Berlin brewed by Weihestephaner. I did get two champagne-like glasses with it.
The beer pours a golden body with clear white head that quickly disolves. It smells very beery with strong emphasis on malt notes.
However, once you take you first sip you will experience something completely different.
I tasted some pleasent sourness up front together with fruit aromas (maybe some apple?). The finish brings out a clean, dry and straight forward malt character. Given the high amount of alcohol (10%) you do not taste any of it, which is pleasent.
Do not expect it to taste like your everyday beer or to be full of crazy hop aromas. This beer tastes very much like a good sparkling wine.
Interstingly all of this achieved while still following the strict rules of the Reinheitsgebot (only water, malt, hops and yeast allowed as ingridients). It is good to see how these boundaries can be pushed to the limit.
Would I recommend it? Certainly to someone who likes champange or is open-minded enough for something completely unique in the beer world. It is not for people who love imperialized beer and big brews.
01-02-2011 21:48:54 | More by hotzenklotz
2.2/5 rDev -31.7%
Beautiful 750ml bottle into a snifter.
A - Pours a hazy gold, with a couple of fingers of off-white head that recedes quickly to a thin cap. Nice lacing.
S - Strange aromas - a mix of wheat, dark sugar, and something that reminds me of vegetable soup. Nothing like I'd expected, and not very pleasant.
T - More of the same. Heavy elements of grain and maybe corn. A slight sweetness around the edges. The only thing saving it is the very short dry finish. But it also has a dark aftertaste that is almost as bad.
M - Great carbonation, but not as light as some bubbly that I've had.
D - The flavors coupled with the high abv make this a certain one-and-done. Not a drain-pour, but I'm struggling to finish the (large) bottle.
O - Factoring in the price, this is certainly a disappointment, as others have noted. The presentation is very nice, but the beer doesn't live up to it.
01-02-2011 20:52:55 | More by djmichaelk
3.83/5 rDev +18.9%
I was surprised to see so many bad reviews on Infinium. Had it for New Years and liked it a lot. Pours a shiny golden color with lots of fizzy bubbles, champagne like. Smelled fruity, pears, peaches maybe. Tasted like I expected and that wasn't bad, fruity and fizzy, great for toasting, had little hops and little alcohol which was surprising considering its ABV. Mouthfeel was dry and pleasant, flavors did not linger. Drinkability may be limited, this was a solid toasting beer.
01-02-2011 17:11:14 | More by gskitt
2.05/5 rDev -36.3%
A friend of mine popped this open New Years Eve at our favorite watering hole.
I wasn't expecting much so I wasn't disappointed when that was delivered.
Had a decent appearance, very buubbly. Smelled sweet, tasted sweet, no hops and there was something in the background that was very off-putting. The mouthfeel was appropriate.
The bottle looks cool though.
01-02-2011 16:58:14 | More by ZX6Chris
3.35/5 rDev +4%
First beer of 2011. As a novel alternative to champagne, this is not bad: it's a happy, bubbly, belch-inducing brew with a lemony-golden color similar to that found in Weihenstephan's lager (a family favorite at my house). The finish is dry; the body is light; the hop presence is low; it's fun to drink. The bottle weighs a ton and would make a handy, well-decorated weapon. The taste is a bit fruity, with cantaloupes and pineapples dominating. As a beer, it's a novelty. Not sure I'd buy a bottle, but if you handed me a glass I'd certainly drink it and ask for another.
01-02-2011 15:48:31 | More by gfreed
3.2/5 rDev -0.6%
Pours a very clear honey gold into a flute glass with a very large frothy white head ( almost champagne bubbly) with moderate retention and some nice lacing.
Aroma was sweet along with bready malt.
Taste was doughy with malt and some sweetness of pear and candy sugar, not as sweet as the aroma lead me to think it would be.
Mouthfeel was a light body with huge amount of carbonation, very champagne like. After warming the beer does settle down and is much more enjoyable. I was surprised the alcohol was very well masked for the 10.3% ABV.
This is an average beer, I was concerned with the Champagne bottle that it was in, however, I was glad that I tried it, was a little pricy and I should have saved it to bring in the new year.
01-02-2011 15:45:56 | More by dtivp
4.35/5 rDev +35.1%
A: Bright copper, bubbly pour with a dense, pillowy white head.
S: Vinous, fruity, clean malt aroma. Bready. Slightly floral delicate hop nose.
T: Biscuity malt, slightly fruity, nice hop flavor. good level of hop bitterness to the finish which was refreshing and dry. Very champagne-like.
M: Bubbly, medium full mouthfeel.
D: Very tasty. A nice balance between malt and hops. The alcohol content was well-hidden--no heat or solventy notes. I enjoyed it, though I don't know if I'd add it to my cellar collection.
01-02-2011 15:39:53 | More by Ambiorix
1.93/5 rDev -40.1%
Picked this up for a Midnight toast on NYE. I was surprised when I found a bottle at the local Hannafords in Keene, NH last week.
It looked fine, very bubbly, a nice golden color. The aroma was really fruity and sweet, much more than I had anticipated. The taste was a let down to say the least. Of the four people who tried it, I was the only one who had more than one sip, and I only did because I felt like I had to after spending 20.00 on the bottle. I was expecting more of a beer taste than the really sweet, fruity champagne taste I had instead. To me the taste was all fruit and sweetness and nothing to balance against it. There was some malt aftertaste, but not enough. I ended up saving the bottle, but pouring the rest out.
This is my first review and I wanted it to be a positive one, but hopefully that will be the next one...I have a 12 pack of the Peak Organic sampler just waiting to be enjoyed!
01-02-2011 15:02:21 | More by jimbutlermusic
2.68/5 rDev -16.8%
Like many others had this "champagne" style beer on New Years Eve. I Was very much looking forward to this Weihenstephaner
and Sam Adams crossover brew. Sadly though I was very disappointed in this $20 bottle done by two big name breweries.
01-02-2011 13:44:59 | More by vener812
2.33/5 rDev -27.6%
Poured the big old funky looking 750 ml bottle into a Pilsner Urquell Flute on January 1, 2011. I'll quickly note that my bottle had a sticker slapped on the bottom to denote that some of this beer was brewed in Hammandsport NY. First pour at roughly cellar temp ~55
The beer looks great. Really bright golden with near perfect clarity and a dense thick head and big foamy bubbles couple of inches thick, stark white, effervescent with fairly large bubbles of carbonation and signs of lacing.
Aroma should hints of pear, bazooka bubble gum, hard candy like jolly ranchers. Some orange and floral alcohol hit the nose a lot.
It all goes south in the mouth. This beer has a horribly harsh alcohol ester flavor, not really fusel to say, but really tangy and bubble gum like a cheap wine. Nearly impossible to get past that flavor I tried a good three gulps and that is all I got. First glass, drain pour, let bottle refrigerate a while. Came back poured again, beer still has the same nice look, virtually the same aroma but a touch more crisp malt note. Flavor is still an unappealing heavy twang of funky ester laden alcohol.
The mouthfeel for this beer is just all wrong, for a pale high alcohol beer it is thick medium to near full bodied with a lingering cloying feel. It should come off dry and crisp and it feels like an under attenuated mistake that is hard to return to you palate.
Not drinkable at all. For two breweries that I have a lot of respect for (Vitus is one of my favorite go to beers and Sam Adams makes really good beers and effort in most instances in my opinion - example I thought that their Barrel Series Tripel was outstanding, if not lacking the barrel character) this beer is really an utter disappointment. At $20 a bottle, it was a total rip off and one of only a few drain pours I can lay claim to. It was impossible to drink.
01-02-2011 13:02:38 | More by PBoegel
3.78/5 rDev +17.4%
This was a great way to start the new year!!!
A: poured into a tulip. A champagne hue with an excellent head, leaving a sweet lace the whole way down the tulip.
T: light malts and yeast. Hint of alcohol...
M: Loud!!! Very carbonated, reminiscent of a Brut
D: Easy to drink. Excellent collaboration.
01-02-2011 08:50:20 | More by mvmalesci
3.13/5 rDev -2.8%
pours a golden honey hue with an immense cream-colored head that fades incredibly slowly... intense fine carbonation keeps the head going and leaves some pretty stellar lacing.
aroma is yeasty, doughy, bready. reminds me of sourdough starter mixed with hay. raisins, toffee, nougat. more yeast... earthy and bready.
taste is doughy and intense. a hint of booze... didn't want to believe it, but I'm getting that malt liquor flavor. intense sweet boozy malt. reminds me of Carlsberg Elephant... which is alright out of a big can. but not sure about this. Earthy malt with some toffee. almost english barleywine.
mouth is oddly sticky and gummy despite the ample carbonation. Not quite as light and smooth as other biere de champagnes I've had. not horrible, but not quite what I'd expect for the style.
all in all, I really wanted this one to be awesome. and even approaching it expecting little, I can't say I'm thrilled. Glad I tried it, and certainly interesting, but the flavors and mouth just don't quiet jive for me.
01-02-2011 06:27:06 | More by djeucalyptus
3.45/5 rDev +7.1%
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BEST BEFORE: July 2011
It's very pretty in the glass. It has a medium amber color to it with light hints of golden orange and a touch of burnt sienna. A medium pour produces a head that is almost three-fingers thick. It is bone-white and very fluffy. It surprises me by hanging around for a few minutes. It recedes to a 1/16" surface covering film and leaves some nice, thick, strands of lacing.
Light notes of golden fruit sweetness. Very good presence of maltiness. A good deal of yeast and a slight trace of hops. It is somewhat reminiscent of a high-octane tripel.
Loads of pale and medium malt notes are all over this thing. Not really what I had prepared for. Very much towards the sweet side of the spectrum. Big hints of white grapes and 'golden delicious' apple flesh. No real hop bite or bitterness, but it does manage to finish quite dry. The malty sweetness and some spiciness come through right at the end as well, and manage to linger for a little while.
(If this were a champagne, it would be a spumante.)
This has a medium body and a high level of carbonation. It's filled with tons of tiny champagne bubbles. This help it stay lively, active and crisp, on your tongue. No real sense of creaminess, which I was somewhat expecting.
It's fairly easy-to-drink, yet too sweet to really want to. The bonus here is that for a 10.30%abv beer, it certainly doesn't show it. But you sure do feel it, effects-wise. It just sneaks up and slams you.
Very glad to have had the chance to try this one. It's not what I'd hoped for from such a collaboration, but it's not horrible, either. I'm already hoping that if they collaborate again (next year?), they make a different beer than this one. I'd buy a bottle again, if it's the same, but I'd rather that it was different.
01-02-2011 03:53:53 | More by coldmeat23
2.63/5 rDev -18.3%
From 12/31/10 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one; thanks Nate.
a - Pours a clear golden/amber color with one inch of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. Looks great, what I imagine they were aiming for.
s - Smells of bready malts, biscuit malts, butter, and sweet fruity malts.
t - Tastes of wheat, grain, bready malts, and butter again. Little bit of sweetness but not as much as the smell.
m - Light body and high carbonation, like champagne. Crisp, dry body.
d - A decent beer, but ultimately disappointing. I know a lot of people have been bashing this beer lately, but it really is a below average beer. Not the worst, but I found the smell and taste bready and buttery, and below average. Glad I got to try it, but certainly not worth the $20 price tag in my opinion. Wouldn't look to get again.
01-02-2011 02:24:25 | More by mdfb79
4.25/5 rDev +32%
Just as we were finishing dinner with both sets of parents on New Years Day dinner I brought out this interesting bottle that everyone thinks is champagne, of course it is not. After a long battle with the cork, it took forever to get this out!!!
A: Pours a golden hue with a big frothy head just like champagne and also is bubbly like champagne. We all are very excited to try it but don't want to rush this experience. Looks amazing.
S: Sweet and tartness is what I am getting here with a light fruitiness. Even though there is such a high alcohol content here, 10.3 I think, you can not smell the alcohol.
T: Well, I got a very sweet and fruity taste and really enjoyed this. No lingering aftertaste and was very surprised how well this tasted, in fact wish this was our New Year's Eve bottle instead of the champagne we had.
M: Dry finish with a very light carbonation feel in the mouth. This is not your every day beer.
D: For the price, it is better than the champagnes out there at this level and a great taste. I would not want more than the two glasses that I did have, but can't wait to open my 2nd bottle!!! Great drink with a higher ABV and impressed with only using 4 main ingredients to get this taste.
I have read some of the reviews, you have to remember as Sam Adams stated, this is a beer to toast with and not a session beer.
01-02-2011 01:55:33 | More by bloomlax33
2.48/5 rDev -23%
Wow, what a let down celebrating new year. I didn't expect a great beer, but at least something drinkable. Thankfully I had other beers for back up duty.
Pours a faded golden color with a massive, big, fluffy white head. Has promise to be crisp or carbonated, just what I was looking for.
Aroma is faded a bit it seems. Dried apricot, white grapes, sweetened caramel and some green grass.
Uh, taste falls flat on its face. Super sweet caramel, musky grass, stale or severely overripe pear. Blah.
No carbonation whatsoever belying the foam from the pour. Flat and slick. Boozy. Nobody liked it...poured half the bottle out--kept the bottle.
01-02-2011 01:23:14 | More by Mebuzzard
3.63/5 rDev +12.7%
Just as dinner was ending out comes this beautiful bottle that everyone think is champagne, to their surprise and my delight it is not.
A: Pours an awesome orange/golden hue, big frothy head just like champagne and very bubbly, I am very excited to try it but take my time enjoying the hard work and time which went into this creation.(The first pour overflows the Champagne Flutes)
S: Sweet and malty punch the nose hard,light fruitiness comes slowly but sweet like pears or apples.Surprisingly no alchohol esters or even hint of what a high ABV are hidden within.
T: Sweet and fruity, not like some of the darker fruit tastes but almost like a nectar of apricot or peach but I do get a hint of some dark cherry in there hidden deep within. Something a bit off is there also but cant tell what it is but it seems out of place...?
M: Dry finish and light body, make a nice combo along with a slightly warming finish. Nicely carbed but as far as regular beer is concerned over carbed because of this highly carbed state it forces a new aroma as you enjoy it.
D: A bit high in the price but a most fine example of what can be achieved with minimal ingredients(Reinheitsgebot), easy to forget about the 10% ABV but overall a great product from both world masters Sam Adams and Weihenstephan very much a masterpiece.Sadly I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped Taste=$$$ off a bit
01-02-2011 00:43:19 | More by nukem5
Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
74 out of 100 based on 1,065 ratings.