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Infinium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,099 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,099
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 22.91%
Wants: 61
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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Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of dedrinker
2.82/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden straw yellow color with white/off-white head.

Aromas of sweet malt and almost a banana phenolic note.

Sweet rich malty flavor with tropical fruity esthers and sweet warm alcohol notes quickly closing in.

Medium-full body with some hop character on the finish, but not enough to hold back the sweet malty/fruity/alcohol aspects which quite frankly ruined the experience for me, causing a pre-mature dumping of the beer.

It's a shame they spent so much time producing this beer with so little to show for the effort.

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Caudalie
1/5  rDev -69%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass

A - Beer poured with a copper hue (brown); one finger white foam formed; foam dissipated pretty quickly; the body of the beer remained clear from start to finish

S - Scent of high ABV, spice (coriander) come up with hints of malts and hops; crisp clean smell; sweet aroma of fruits on back-end shared with liquor tones; the beer has a malt liquor smell

T - Not too much taste on the front of the tongue; soft spiced beer in the middle with a malty/bourbon high ABV finish on the back of the tongue; nice mixture of highly complex ingredients

M - bubbly like a champagne wine; accompanied by a slight creamy mouthfeel' smooth down the hatch

D - This beer was definitely worth the two-year wait; I enjoyed every sip of this one; a celebratory beer, should be shared on special occasions and best served during the holidays; SA and Weihenstephan should collaborate again to make another brew

Photo of rvdoorn
2/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle from the local liquor shop.The beer comes in a beautiful bottle.
Look: The beer pours a clear pale-amber-yellow color with a nice fluffy white head.
Smell: Very sweet malts, corn, fruits (tropical mango, pineapple, banana), yesat.
Taste: Sweet and boozy. Caramel, malts, sugar and added ethanol. Crisp in the end. Extremely unbalanced brew.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, sharp on the tongue, very thin body.
Overall: What a horrible beer. The bottle is great, but better not put the contents in next time. How dare they to ask 16 euro for this…. This is not a biere brut, go to the masters and learn how to brew this style (like DeuS)

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.77/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first beer and first review of the second decade of the 21st century.

750-ml corked-and-caged bottle poured into a pilsner flute.

The pop of the cork is like that of the fireworks exploding in the night outside my window. Deep golden in color, it's reminiscent of an all-malt lager, perhaps a good Pils. The thick white head crackles loudly, echoing the bursting firecrackers, and fades away almost as quickly. A constant stream of fine bubbles is--aside from the bottle--the only part of the beer's appearance that harkens back to Champagne. Bubbly isn't known for its head retention, after all. The head settles to a thick cap that leaves behind some thick, patchy lacing as the glass drains away.

Aroma is quite fruity, displaying notes of the vine similar to those of Champagne or Prosecco; a particular Prosecco/Chardonnay blend comes to mind. Notes of grape, apricot and lemon zest are apparent, with a slight herbal quality and a faint hint of must. Very intriguing.

A rather full body is lightened mightily by the bright effervescence, making it feel much softer than it is. Sweet, honeyed malt notes combine up front with ripe stone fruit to set the stage. As things play out, a tart, fruity acidity takes hold, encompassing the palate with notes of sour grape, orange, earth and hay. A distinct pale malt sweetness shows up mid-palate, and faintly herbaceous hops provide a faint backdrop before combining them all near the end, leading to a finish that is long and medium-dry with lingering notes of honey, must, wet earth and tart green grape.

This is certainly one difficult brew to place. Boston Beer Company and Weihenstephan have certainly created something noteworthy, but as it stands, this brew is not something inherently drinkable; it is best consumed in somewhat smaller doses, perhaps similar to Champagne, but when consumed thusly it can seem cloying at times yet quenching at others. Alcohol is a bit warming at points, but is otherwise nearly invisible, so at over 10% it's best to play it safe as far as quantity goes.

Innovative? Yes. Mind-blowing? No. An entirely new beer style? Debatable. Regardless, this one should stand up to aging just as any fine Champagne, so save it for special times, and be sure to share it with friends.

Photo of droomyster
3.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At $20, this is most of I've ever paid for a beer and my expectations are high. Pours into a flute with a clear gold body and a small white head; champagne-like bubbles fire up for several minutes after the pour. Aromas are interesting but not what I consider appealing: strong aromas of kiwi, grapefruit, sour cherries, and yeast. The same notes carry over to the flavor, which also had a pronounced breadiness. I like the weight and feel of the body, and the way it finishes very crisply, but the aromas and taste, while unique, are not attractive to me. Overall one of the most interesting beers I've ever tried.

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1.5/5  rDev -53.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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 errantnight
1.75/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I had very high hopes for this, as I'm sure many did, and I really wasn't put off by the mixed reviews. But woof.

What starts off as a kind of vaguely Belgian/Hefe fruity-nosed pale strong ale quickly gives way to some uncomfortably strange strawberry shortcake. While it may indeed by technically dry, the round mid-palate and lack of firm bitterness leaves an impression of lingering sweetness that doesn't work. All-in-all a disappointment... and then the bottle sat and warmed to something more approaching room temperature (somewhere in the cellar temperature range) and all hell broke loose. And by "hell" I mean "diacetyl." An awful, ruinous, buttery mess. Drank closer to fridge temp I could get this down and at least be intrigued by the mildly unpleasant but unique strangeness. Towards the end this was a drain pour. I might be being a bit kind with my scores, here, frankly.

Photo of zhanson88
2.84/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Infinium pours a light straw color with a couple fingers of egg shell-white head. Retention is very nice as this beer has a ridiculous amount of carbonation, as advertised. Lacing is fine and abundant.

Smell: Very biscuity and bready, with some citrus and minor hop notes on the back end. Reasonable but not outstanding by any measure. Edit: the more I sit and take my time on this beer, the more diacetyl/butter I get. Really not appealing at all.

Taste: Bready malts show up first in this beer. Next comes light citrus and fruity notes (pear, pale apple). Again, some minor hop notes on the back end. I do get a bit of diacetyl in there too, but not too strong. Edit: the diacetyl gets MUCH stronger as the beer warms. Not good.

Mouthfeel: Body was very light with high carbonation, obviously. Overall this is an okay beer from Boston Beer/Weihenstephaner. Not something so seek out (or buy for the price), but decent nonetheless.

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of shadow1961
4.03/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adam's Infinium Ale pours a big fluffy head over a clear, deep gold brew. Carbonation is very lively: big fat bubbles- the nose sweet berry, with notes of bubble gum riding over funk. More fruit is up front in the flavor, riding a crisp light barley malt backbone. I'm picking up notes of wood and citrus too, with a touch of spicy/earthy hops off the back- Saaz, maybe? Mouthfeel is light and crisp tending dry, with a subtle, fruity/herbal tea aftertaste. I think this would make a pretty good dessert beer- a brilliant experiment just made to be shared with your wine drinking cronies!

Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.45/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked some up because I love beers from Weihenstephaner. I've never had other beers of this style, so I'm reviewing this based on my own tastes and what I think something of this style should be like.

A- Looks like a darker version of Champagne with more clingy lacing.

S- A weird smell that is tough to put a finger on the actual smell it is sort of a plastic smell. I'm really getting a permanent marker smell, you know the big thick fat black ones. I think that is some fruitiness and alcohol mix.

T- I'm not getting the butterscotch that everyone else seems to be getting. I'm getting more of a hearty earthy flavor. Almost more of a Biere de garde flavors.

M- For all the head this doesn't have all the carbonation I would have thought it would have.

D- Kinda hard to drink. Not a big fan of the taste and smell.

I'm not impressed, which is sad because I think Weihenstephaner put their necks way way out on the line and it didn't deliver. But perhaps the higher ups who made the beer liked what they made. I do have to say it is a novel idea, but for the price it elbowed out the average joe. That left the beer geeks all scratching their heads.

Photo of GeezLynn
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Finally got around to opening this bottle at a Superbowl party and was not impressed with the results. The appearance was decent with a nice amber color and a decent white head. Unfortunately, that was probably the strong point of the beer however. The smell was a wheat/yeast combination similar to a wit-hefeweizen cross, while flavor was not a strong suit in my opinion. Too much sugar and a peculiar slight tartness in addition to a slightly harsh alcohol burn were the main problems for me. Mouthfeel was light and effervescent considering the relative size of the beer and hopefully it's a strength they can take away from this experimental process.

I'll give credit to BBC/Weihenstephan for creativity and a nice presentation (bottle). But the flavor was subpar, and for me it was definitely not worth the hefty price tag.

Photo of grahuba
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.6/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a champagne flute.

Pours deep golden with a big, stark white head. Very effervescent, like champagne. Head drops down to about a quarter inch, made up of mostly tiny bubbles. Leaves a little lacing.

Aromas of sweet malt, hard candy, and earthy, slightly citrusy hops. Quince notes.

First sip is of sweet caramelly malt, apricots, with a firm bitterness. Lots of champagne-like qualities, a little bitter edge, mild sweetness. A fine hint of chalkiness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a hint of chewy malt, and a very fine prickle of carbonation. Very much like champagne on the mouthfeel, with a little more body.

Very drinkable. Very nice New Years Eve choice. I will enjoy finishing off this bottle tonight as my last review of the year. I find it very enjoyable.

Photo of EasyReader
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of blknikon
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of MenardMa
1.5/5  rDev -53.6%

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