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Infinium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,095 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,095
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 22.91%
Wants: 56
Gots: 156 | 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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4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of amk786
3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is probably one of the coolest looking beer i have ever seen.
With a smell of sour grapes, feel of malted barley, with a slight aroma of hops, neither sweet nor bitter but balanced, smooth texture and feel, and retains a medium head on the glass.

Photo of felipesegundo
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of GWaters
4.07/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Boston Bubbly"

Year: Infinium 2011

Poured from a champagne bottle
Served in 16 oz. plastic Patriots cups. Go Pats!!
Temperature: 32 F.

Pour: Pours smooth, but exploded with a foamy head. Took about 15 minutes to settle.

Smell: Light nose of citrus and apples backed by floral notes. Strong hints of malt and yeast to round out the experience. A truly enjoyable experience. It reminded me of a barley wine I had once had.

Taste: Light citrus notes and fruity flavors float on top what can only be defined as a barley wine spritzer. The overall taste is passive, and would not over power any other food or beverage flavors introduced.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, comprised of small tight bubbles. Like a seltzer, but coats the mouth just a bit more than simple water would.

Drinkability: Yes. This is a very drinkable beer in that it is a good social beverage. Perfect for what it was designed (New Years Celebration). This is not a session beer, or even what I would typically call a beer. It was crafted for a specific purpose, and it suits that purpose very well.

Food Pairing: I drank this beer with Maine lobster dipped in butter, and found this pairing to be about as close to perfect as I could have imagined. The beer didn't take center stage. Instead, it humbly gave way to the lobster, and butter, while strongly playing the role of supporting character. By itself this beer is uneventful but bring this beer to an event, and you have something.

Overall: I gave this beer a high rating because of what it was meant to be, and that it accomplished that successfully. It is not a campfire beer, or a session beer. This beer was made to compete with champaign, and it does that. My experience with this beer was very positive. The food tasted better because of the beer. Normally we talk about beer tasting better because of food, and that is the difference here.

Photo of Bito401
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.12/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this as a gift from a fishing buddy.

Poured from the champagne bottle to a flute.

A - The beer pours a yellow slightly hazy honey-type color with minimal head and little to no retention or lacing.

S - Perhaps the beer's best feature was the nose: very floral and fruity in character with a strong apple aroma. A bit of yeast noticeable through the sweetness.

T/M - The apple from the nose is immediately present on the tongue with a slightly sour character. It's obviously dry on the mouth and drinks like champagne. It is definitely crisp throughout.

O - Overall I am glad I didn't purchase this beer but am appreciative to have tried it. Won't be back.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of AngryNucleus
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of chazmatz
2.96/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

WHen opening this brilliantly designed bottle, I was very excited. Was expecting something similar to a belgian in some respects. What I got was something less than I expected.

Look: It poured into a small fluted beer glass looking light golden and slightly bubbly. The head was fluffy and creamy.

Smell: grass, hay, barn-yard notes, a bit yeasty.

Taste: Sour, vinegary, tart, and earthy. the sour vinegar carried over from the smell, and was the overpowering flavor.
Mouthfeel was bubbly and sharp.

After: As the beer settled down, it left me feeling like I did not want another infinium, so it was not what I call highly drinkable. The qualities this shared with champagne were mostly in mouthfeel, but it came off more like a Berliner Weisse.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 1/22/12

Note: Infinium 2011

Appearance: Hazy dark golden color, a massive head due to massive carbonation - sticky carbonation

Smell: Light citrus, seltzer water, and champagne - kind of smells like a white wine spritzer - light fruits, lemon, maybe some wheat? - malts are very pale, overall aroma is very mild

Taste: Somewhere between beer and wine - light fruits that seem like they would fit in a white wine, like lemon and orange - some pale malts, some wheat twang - more light citrus, some bitterness - basically tastes like a white wine spritzer, perhaps with a splash of a wheat beer - very clean, seltzer-like, with some alcohol, some sweetness

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, prickly, light to medium, crisp

Overall: Weird, but good for what it is

This is not an earth-shattering beer in any way, but considering the strange style, it's pretty good. It seems to have a bad reputation because of the hype and the price tag. Haters gonna hate.

Photo of polkaishot
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of marty21
4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of Bobheed
3.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Sort of a dark yellow-orange, slightly hazy with a huge eggshell head

S: A little bit of funkiness, some alcohol and pear

T: Sweet, fruity with characteristics of pear and honey. Also, get the alcohol quite a bit

M: A bit thicker and wetter than I would have expected, still dry for a typical beer, but with the addition of champagne yeast, I expected a drier beer

Overall, this one was still a fairly pleasant beer. I don't regret purchasing a bottle at $20 because I got to split the cost. It is definitely a unique beer worth a try and if you can go in halves with someone, I would recommend for sure

Photo of jwc215
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 vintage - best by July 1012 according to the tag.

Poured into a flute glass:

Pours with a large foamy head that becomes bubbly. Body is an orange-tinted yellow with small bubbles. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is alcoholic and medicinal with some citrus and floral notes and bready yeast.

The taste is of honey-ish sweetness that stays just ahead of a stale-ish yeastiness. Some nice floral and citric notes are there but struggle to stay in. The alcohol is slightly harsh. Finishes with a touch of sweetness and drying booze. Aftertaste is brief.

The feel is bubbly - somewhat champagne-like.

This is rather bland overall with prominent alcohol. A potentially nice floral and citrus presence is all but lost in the yeast and alcohol. I don't think it really is a $25 a bottle brew.

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a light orange yellow color that is slightly hazy with a large amount of carbonation bubbles and a two finger head that is pure white and has large bubbles and lingers very nicely
S: kind of an odd funky slight tart scent, not overly appealing
T: its pretty nice and definitely reminiscent to champagne in my opinion, tart and clean finishing
M: intense carbonation as expected, just bubbly all the way through, leaves the palate clean
O: an interesting brew, definitly could smell and taste better but im happy with it overall, is it a $20+ bottle, no, but ill take a hit and buy it again next year

Photo of hopsandstouts
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of RickS95
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first of this type so I'm not sure what it's supposed to look like. Pours a clear, coppery orange, with a few bubbles rising from the bottom. The head is enormous, full of different sized white bubbles. It actually looks like layers of different sizes.

The smell is bready, yeasty with some fruit added, apple or pear maybe.

It's got a strong flavor of whatever it is. The peppery spice is prominent. Alcohol is very noticeable as well.

Mouthfeel is a bit weird, but reasonably complex. Lots of layers to it. It's sweet and spicy, yet finishes both sticky and dry. Like I said, it's weird. Packs a punch, I can feel each sip all the way to my stomach.

Not sure what I was expecting. Not as bad as I expected based on other reviews, but not worth what I paid for it. Basically, just one more beer knocked off my wish list.

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of MrHirschybar
3/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of sh00ky
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.

Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
74 out of 100 based on 1,095 ratings.