Infinium | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by LtCracker20 on 12-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
5/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I saved my 750ml bottle of Infinium for 3 months waiting for a celebratory moment and one came last week. So, since I was pretty in-the-dark about this beer when I acquired it, I checked out all the info on the Boston Beer Co.'s website and read a few reviews on here. Feeling pretty prepared I popped the cork...

THE BODY is awesome. Poured into a champagne flute, the color appeared identical to Veuve Clicquot champagne which I was fortunate to enjoy a couple weeks prior--in other words, this looks like fine champagne! Infinium has an absolutely incredible bubbly foam head indicating a super effervescent brew, like a trippel.

THE SMELL is very floral and citrusy, along with some hints of cotton candy, yeast and a bit of sour hops.

THE TASTE is very crisp and tart like a green apple, but mixed with some qualities of a good pilsner. The finish is very dry and yeasty, very much like a trippel. Overall, I will say that Infinium has the skunky, yeasty qualities of a trippel combined with the crisp, tartness of champagne, and the hoppyness of a pilsner. This is an incredible beer!!!

THE FEEL is champagne, straight up. It is slightly heavier, but not by much.

In conclusion, this beer is incredible. It is very drinkable and well balanced in every respect. It feels good from nose to stomach. It is worth the hype and worth the price, so it is sad to me that so many reviewers want to turn up their noses for silly, snobbish reasons, rather than enjoying an amazing beer. This is the highest score I have given to any beer, and the Boston Beer Company has earned it. Infinium, it's been a pleasure!

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.83/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 Infinium; priced $24.99 tax included.

Almost the best thing I have tried this year! (Certainly , the most expensive brew per ounce!!).

Very light scent of citrusy fruit, slightly alchoholic smell. Taste is sweet and appealing. Poured an orangey/yellow body with full, unstoppable beige head. No hoppiness at all, will not appeal to hopheads at all! Bright and tingly on the tounge!

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Photo of csrbv
4.71/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into Ommegang tulip glass. Neck tag recommends 40-42F and a best before July 2012. $20 at Wegmans.

Appearance - Hazy apple juice body. Frothy white head..

Smell - Apple. Sweetish. Slightly musky and spicy.

Taste - Dry apple. Sour. Tart. Reminds me of a triple with a little something extra.

Mouthfeel - Very warming and boozy. Medium-light bodied. Very frothy, carbonated. Rounds out as it warms.

Overall Drinkability - Really enjoyed this one! Perfect beer for New Years Day!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.6/5  rDev +39%
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.

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Photo of Onslow
4.54/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle for Christmas, 2010 .. thanks Ma! ... .

Cork pops out with a massive shot, like a 45 slug!.. Pours out a strong gold, with medium size foam- good sticky lacing .. .

amazing sweet aroma, like honey from the 2010 honey bee playmate..

flavours range from honey, sugar, honey liqueur, golden syrup, pancake and LOTS of fun fresh sweet fruits like cantaloupe and sex berries, wonderful!!.. . .

light bubbles on the touch, but mellows after a while, very smooth with only the faintest touch of the alcohol .. .

A very fine and well made beer, one of my beers of the year, and obviously to good for most of the people who have rated it with a low score.. "waa waa! its tooo expensive!?!?!" .. fuck off with that shit you cheapskates..

This is a great beer!

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Photo of Frosty80
4.5/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours light golden yellow. sits crystal clear, slightly burnished gold with lots of active carbonation yielding a fluffy off-white head, but so much that it lasts a long time. lacing is good. if you swirl the glass you can see helixes of bubbles floating around in the middle of the beer. its glorious!

Smell: wonderful fruitiness dominated by bananas and apricots. there is a mild spiciness and alcohol presence directly underneath the fruity tones. light bready, yeasty character, floral hops and Pils malt to round it all out. great depth of aromas

Taste: mellow, rounded, dry fruitiness displaying bananas and apricots with a light spicy character from delicate hops and well hidden alcohol. nice Pils malt character. great balance but definitelytilted slightly more towards fruity. finish is slightly dry and balanced

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with medium-high carbonation

Notes: fantastic beer! not sure if im tasting something all that innovative in terms of style but no doubt a wonderful brew.

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Photo of ecoastman
4.47/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jzed for gifting this one to me.

Maybe people needed to let this one age a bit. Brewed in 2010 and reviewed in September 2011, I think this interesting brew has been way under rated. Then again, it warms you up pretty quickly so maybe I'm being a little generous and bias since Wienstephaner (the collaborating brewery) is also one of my favourites...

The appearance is a cloudy amber with streams from fine champagne-like carbonation. It has huge aroma of sour cherries and citrus along with exotic fruits (mango/pineapple). Some interesting complexity in the background of the finish... I want to say something like licorice... While the beer is also malty sweet it end with a clean finish due to the slightly sour acidity.

I like the mouthfeel with the fine carbonation, sweetness and finishing acidity. Interesting stuff and under rated. I haven't writted a review in a while but this stuff has inspired me again!

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Photo of sevopie
4.44/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Let me just state up front that this cork is a bitch and a half to get out. I love the effect of the cork, but I'm really starting to hate most of them as they are inevitably too tight.

Pours and amber/golden color with a large off white head thats somewhat thin, and disappears moderately quickly.

Mildly wine-like on the nose, some pear/apple fruit smells along with some vinegar and a touch of german hops.

Heavy fruit flavors dominate the initial taste, with peach, pear, apple, pineapple, and lemon all present. Finishes tart with some spice from the hops, but doesn't linger on the tongue for long at all.

The thinness surprised me a bit, as I was expecting more body and substance to it. As it is a champagne beer though, I suppose it fits. The carbonation is abundant here as well, and does its job to accentuate the tart and fruit flavors in the beer.

This is an incredibly easily drinkable beer for being over 10%, as there's merely a hint of the alcohol on the finish. Overall I'm impressed with this new creation, but I'm not blown away.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.42/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a champagne flute.

A: Looks quite nice-- golden orange color, clear, two fingers of off-white head looks like beer, but the bubbles really look like champagne. Good retention and lace.

S: Fruit, sweetness, and a little funk underneath. Really nice aromas.

T: Interesting-- pretty dry at first, then sweetening a bit thru the finish. Gentle lactic funk and creamy flavor, sweet bread, a little apple and cherry, faint spice. It's pretty tasty. Overall impression is of a saison that is mellower on the spice and a little fuller on the malt.

M: Light and fairly creamy.

O: Well, after seeing the other reviews, I ignored this bottle at the local store for many months. When they eventually reduced the price, I thought, what the heck, give it a try. Very glad I picked this up, it's pretty unique and very tasty. Will definitely be on the lookout for others of this style.

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Photo of Ambiorix
4.33/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.32/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy medium big color ale with a nice thick foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of noble hops with a sharp dry edge and peppery yeast notes is very unique and interesting. Taste is a well executed mix between some solid Belgian malt with light sweet notes which are well balanced by dry Noble hops and a spicy and peppery yeast finish. Body is full with great bottle conditioning and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. I thought this was somewhat expensive but considering the quality I wouldn't mind buying this beer again.

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Photo of huxcrunner
4.3/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into "infinium" promotional flute glass

Nice amber appearance with large amounts of head in the glass, very similar to champagne, head is an off white color, large amounts of carbonation present as expected.

Smell has caramel and apple aromas, slightly floral not a typical hop aroma

taste is sweet caramel malts with a very subtle bitterness/dryness to it

mouthfeel is very similar to champagne heavy carbonation but very smooth and refreshing

overall I really enjoyed this beer,many may bash this beer and not appreciate it but one must understand that this is not the typical beer and is far more like champagne as it is meant to be. If one understands that going into trying this beer a far better appreciation of this beer will be developed. If you dont like champagne dont even bother with the $20 something it will cost to buy it but if you can appreciate it it is worth it for that special occasion or worth trying.

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Photo of efecher
4.3/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What champagne would be like if made from beer instead of wine. Managed to procure a total of 4 bottles of this stuff as my whole state only got two "pallets" to distribute to the distributors' best accounts.

I was expecting greatness when they partnered with the worlds oldest brewery, and I wasn't disappointed. It really does taste like beer-champagne. I could definitely taste most of the fruit notes they described, and the alcohol content was just right to get you a nice buzz from the experience. I honestly can't see why so many people gave negative reviews. Next to possibly one day getting a hold of Utopias (which would probably be like meeting God) this would be my next choice.

Yes I happen to be a Sam man, and proud of it. Gotta love a company that never gets too big for its britches (i.e. the conglomerates) and can still innovate and experiment.

Sam Adams, always a good decision!

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.3/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep rich golden color with a robust head that goes down but still leaves you with a decent sized finger length.
S: Fruity hop notes with some real dryness that I can sense.
T: Fruity at first with a slight hop bitterness. This does get some sweet breadiness from the malt but finishes with a really thick candied sugar aftertaste. Might be a little overly sweet but good sugar notes.
D/M: Fantastic carbonation and great effect with the bubbles. Tickles the tongue but is still rather thick and sweet. Not overly drinkable but still a decent brew.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.29/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; clear straw yellow with a white fizzy head. Dissipates quickly, leaves acceptable lacing, yet it is not sticky enough to cling to the glass for the remainder of the drink. Very sparkling wein like carbonation.

smell; sweet, malty, pears. Some spicy and floral hops come through in the beer foam. Really nice balance, I'm impressed.

taste; starts off with sweet malts and finishes with an herbal hop bitterness. Malty notes hang around in the aftertaste. Some fruit flavors(perhaps raisen or fig and certainly pear) try to come through but are quickly muted by alcohol. This is one flaw I can detect, not that it ruins the beer but it compromises its complexity. Just a brief second of rich and sour yeast, which makes up for the fault in my opinion.

mouthfeel; fizzy and light bodied with an alcohol burn. Very crisp finish and somewhat dry.

drinkability; I had no problem finishing the bottle and the buzz was of a relaxing quality, good stuff.

Note: This beer is really OK, I liked it a lot but $20.00 for a bottle is a little ridiculous, it's not that good! If it were perhaps $10 cheaper, I would definitly buy again.

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Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hop, hint of citrus, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Biere de Champagne / Biere Brut. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong yeast, alcohol, sweet malt, slight hops, slight pale malt, hint of citrus, and a hint of spice. Overall, great aroma, blend, body, and complexity.

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Photo of JoePat
4.26/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear amber with a huge frothy white head that fills the glass on the least agressive pour. A great job on the champagne method removing the yeat.

The first thing I think of when I smell this is pineapple bananna juice. I get some wheaty malt notes too but the esters have taken over this beer.

The flavor mimics the aroma with the esters and phenols makeing up most of the favor. Banana, clove bready, sweet malt. It is a lot like a very big, very estery dunkleweizen.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky coating your mouth but leaving it ready for more when you swallow. This went down great for a high carbonation, high alcohol beer.

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Photo of rarbring
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is clear deep golden and has a white fizzy head, little lacing, good curtains.

The smell is ripe grapes, sunny apples, champagne and yeast.

The taste starts with soft brown sugar nuances, grape juice, lemon, rhubarb lemonade, apple cider.

Medium high carbonation, small bubbly bubbles, soft and smooth with a good body and fresh dryness.

An excellent, or better, champagne as I see it!

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Photo of psycle
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear goldish color with lots of carbonation and a white head. Lots of champagne-like bubbles.
Not a huge aroma but smells of light malt with some fruitiness.
Tastes a bit sweet with what i assume is supposed to be champagne yeast. Almost like tart apples. Some hop presence.
Very crisp and very carbonated just like champagne.

Overall an enjoyable experience. Beer and champagne in one bottle. A very good effort but at $20 a bottle its difficult to buy more.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.24/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11/22..,.finally cracked open my bottle. Pours orange copper, dull matte with flecks of sediment with white foam that settles low. Chardonnay grape nose, woodsy. Taste is a bright juicy malt, with a champagne flavor. Oaky. Very creative and flavorful. Worth the wait.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.24/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a tinge of orange, head is white with large bubbles, faded at a fairly fast rate, no lacing is left on the glass which is not surprising.

Smell is actually quite fragrant, a sweet malt aroma balanced with a light fruity presence like apricot, hints of alcohol in the nose, not picking up any hops but I wouldn't really expect to, some other spiciness can be picked up.

Taste has a surprising alcohol kick, can definitely pick up a sharp alcoholic bite, part of it might be from the intense carbonation, sweet through and through some of which comes from the malt but most from the fruitiness, the light fruit really shines through with a nice peppery spiciness.

I'm not sure about all the hate regarding this beer, personally I prefer this to most of the champagnes on the market. But, it could be cheaper...

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a champagne flute, vintage 2011.

Off the pop some good launch, no suds or gush. While pouring though, very bubbly, after settling a real light caramel off white head, some soapy but with some good retention, lots of retention. Body color is really nice. Gold amber, bronze and brown with hints of caramel like accents and possibly some faint red. Great champagne elevator carbonation as well. Looks real nice.

Nose is quite surprising. Sweet smelling malts, lots of honey, thick. Light brown sugar, somewhat clove like, but very malty and doppelbock like. Sticky toffee...

Taste is a light and crispy, but also still very thick malt texture with a light effervescent palate. Malty, honey and clove. Like the play on this of sweet but not overbearing with a noticeable malt that takes away much of the sweetness. Not very prickly feeling or too dry. Maybe even some tangerine like orange on this as well.

Overall though I have to admit this is really different from the other beer champagne type beers I have had. It's this sens of a bubbly light doppelbock that gets stuck in my head it seems. It's very unique, it's own animal. Hardly any noticeable boozyness at all. Actually pretty darn good.

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Photo of KenGage
4.23/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very clear. Light caramel in color. Carbonated enough to propel the cork straight up, ricochet off of the light, and smack me in the face with's OK...I like it rough. Nice, light head disappears quickly.

S - No one smell dominates and it's hard for me to pick them all out. Wet grain. Banana. And what I believe is a small, measured amount of noble hop stank.

T - Light malty yeasty flavors...tastes like a dinner roll smells before being baked. I get over-ripe banana...not a lot, but it's there. Some other hints of fruits...guava and apricot. A soft bitterness makes an appearance and then a kind of a dry sour apple that hangs around for a while. To me, flavor-wise, there's a lot going on here, but not in a bad way. Vanilla with tastefully unleashed burp.

M - Light, crisp, dry finish. Small amount of alcohol warmth.

D - Interesting, flavorful beer that my wife and I both enjoyed drinking. For $20 it was a good one time buy.

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Photo of bloomlax33
4.23/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.21/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's see here. An American and German brewery making a French style beer. Awe, who am I to judge... This is my first stab at this style, though.

I poured this brew into a champagne flute, and it made about four fingers of rich off white head, and the body is ultra clear and gold with lots of suds keeping the heads retention to a finger thick.

In the aroma, it is very fruity esters, dry candied sugar, some apple, and maybe coriander or something like that.

Taste wise, it's like biting into a golden delicious apple with some candied sugar.

Altogether, I feel this is a tasty brew. A bit too expensive for what it is. I'd say this is like any other Tripel or some brew of that nature.

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Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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