Infinium | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

InfiniumInfinium
BA SCORE
27.9%
Liked This Beer
3.24 w/ 1,132 ratings
InfiniumInfinium
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by LtCracker20 on 12-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
516
Ratings:
1,132
Liked:
316
Avg:
3.24/5
pDev:
22.53%
Alströms:
2.58
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
159
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,132 |  Reviews: 516
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many highs and lows in this one, but glad I tried it despite the sprice. Cloudy yellow with a little head. Sour and sweet, the sourness always present, like apple juice. A tangy finish. Grows on me as I drink it. Aroma of armpit funk and Selsun dandruff shampoo. Well malted.Peesteen's bottle.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One and a half HANDS of frothy foam with some lacing on a bubbly, hazy golden amber body. Musty apple and pineapple smell, with orange peel. Smells a lot like one of those multi fruit juice Dole/Minutemaid mixtures. More cour multi fruit juice taste with a lingering musty aftertaste. Almost tastes like a bad wild ale. High carbonatin and light body. This is a cool idea. The taste is not very good but the rest is a actually ok. Just need to work on the taste.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of GRG1313
2.1/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Slightly hazy orange amber with a pure white head.

Very sweet cooked sugared banana nose with undertones of pear/peach and cooked sweet lemon. Good; not as good as it sounds.

Mouthfeel is lightly fizzy from Champagne yeast but not as carbonated or fizzy as Champange; elegant but a bit to "fuzzy" than "fizzy." (Taste it...you'll "get it.")

Flavor profile is just not appealing. There is a dull, lightly sour, lightly sweet apricot flavor that is more "spoiled" apricot than fresh/bright apricot. There is an almost sour flavor profile but there is also underlying malt and carmel undertones. I get the impression that this one is not quite sure what it wants to be and simply misses on all counts.

Finish is a dull sour/bitter old apricot character.

An example where a collaboration just didn't work. The ball was really dropped on this one. I had to force myself to take multiple tastes and the finish was such that I couldn't wait to get to the water. Just my thoughts. Price is not even relevant to the fact that I simply could not drink this beer, be it the $26 price tag on my bottle or be it a $1.69 a bottle; this one was just not for me.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

weird how little people like this, i thought it was pretty solid, although i had a bottle more than two years old. the pour was nothing special, cloudy and dull wheat color, looks like a hefe. the nose is crazy yeast, sweet booze, some strange fruity essences, and rotting wood. flavor is a little less disjointed than the nose, but the yeast is so weird it takes over. theres like a fermented peach or pear flavor to it, that works with the yeast. dry and stinging finish. i like the mouthfeel for what it is, smooth with an alcohol burn and more bubbles than most beers with this kind of age on them usually have. overall i think it probably missed the mark a little but, but its an ambitious brew with no shortage of complexity. i might pick up a newer bottle for the holidays, its got that kind of feel.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had the highest hopes for this beer when it came out. I managed to grab one of the last bottles that Abe's had left when they got it in. I saved it till new years ever and opened it after the ball dropped.

The beer pours out like a champagne, clear clean looking yellow with a bubbly looking body and white head. The smell of champagne is present along with the aromas of some malts and a slight melon on the nose. The taste nearly falls flat on it's face here, sadly there really isn't much of a positive to talk about here. There very little character to the beer. No dominant flavors really jump out at you. The mouthfeel is bubbly and light, which makes it easy to drink. I can say that I'm glad I only got one bottle. The bottle makes a great looking piece of decor for a bar at home but that's about all. Not the best beer from Sam Adams for sure.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a chance to try the 2011 version over New Years. Watched the youtube video of the story of this prior to drinking.. really cool video, definitely check it out. Anyways.. pours a highly carbonated golden color, smell is of apples. Taste is light to medium bodied, very effervescent and tart. Taste reminiscent of champagne and apples/pears. Finish is crisp and clean. Does not taste like a 10% ABV for sure, and goes down pretty smooth, although the tartness does get to you after a while. An interesting beer, a little steep price wise ($20 a bottle) to justify getting it again, but glad I tried it and has a cool story.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellowish amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a fluffy white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are faint aromas of grapes and malt in the nose, making this beer smell a bit like wine.
T: There are flavors of alcohol, apples, grapes and malty sweetness in the taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer would be a little easier to drink if it lacked sweetness and the alcohol was better hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caught somewhere between a Belgain Saison, a German Hefeweizen, and a Champagne, this fruity and dry beer is a hearty compliment along side of any sparkling wine for the Christmas and New Years celebrations.

Pouring a hazy deep staw color, the beer carries a spritzy carbonation on a creamy looking malty base with a fluid head stance that retains and laces very well. Just a pace off of the driest of beers, this beer carries a bit more visual weight than I expected.

Tropical fruit aromas release a plethera of appricot, peach, pineapple, pear, mango, papaya, kiwi, and banana. Mild spice of white pepper, orange zest, clove, corriander, and a touch of cinnamon decorate the peripheries of the fruity/yeasty/briny scent.

Flavors of wheat breads, fresh yeast/fresh baked breads give a firm malty base to the beer. Bold flavors of moderate fruits give a firm but mellow pace to the beer while mild spices of cinnamon, lemongrass, and sasafrass give roundness and refreshment to the fruity/malty mid palate and ushers in a zest finish.

The effervescent start subsides to allow creaminess and a bready fullness in the middle of the taste. But the finish of herbal, alcoholic, hoppy dryness helps as the beer fades into the fruity/bready aftertaste.

Reminding me of classic Sahti's, Saisons, Hefeweizens, and sparkling wines, this beer borrows a lot of characteristics from fruity/spicy/characterful beers of bready/wheaty origins. Where challenging, I applaude the bravery of otherwise traditional brewers to get to these new blends of taste. It's just a step off of the pace of DeuS and Brooklyn's Sorachi Ale. Instead of the medium bready mid palate that makes the beer a bit fatty, I'd prefer much more dryness and spiciness driving toward the finish.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 version, a 750ml caged, corked, and foiled champagne simulacrum bottle. 'Tis my anniversary with my better half, and this popping up on the local beer store shelves obviates the need to open up that dusty bottle of vintage grape bubbly I have kicking around. And only 18 Canuck bucks at retail - sounds like a steal after those earlier mentions of costs stateside.

This beer pours a lightly hazed, frigid-looking golden apple juice colour (very reminiscent of white ice wine), with a teeming, near-overflowing column of loose foamy beige head, which settles at an agreeable pace, leaving some random streaks of chalky lace around the glass on the way.

It smells of sweet grain, dry bready crackers, muddled, reserved citrus, earthy yeast, and leafy hops. The taste is much more about the caramel malt - toffee, a bit of butterscotch, a solid nondescript black fruitiness, and some mild yeast, all push things into Belgian Strong Pale Ale territory. Leafy, softly citric hops lend an air of balance, and only a slight booze warming emanates from deep down below.

The carbonation is crisp, for sure, and fairly light, although it does seem to persist longer than you might expect, which tamps down the otherwise strong candidacy for a medium body weight. That same crispness also goes somewhat prickly, and is consequently smoothness-damping. It finishes sweet, as the bubbles taper off - caramel and candy sugar, amongst some musty hoppiness.

Well, not exactly all that akin to that famous Gallic bubbly offering, is it? More like painting the right carbonation onto a strong Belgian pale ale. So, while still perfectly drinkable ("it's like Chimay with more bubbles" - thanks, hon - you pretty much nailed it), the subtleties of the best of this weird hybrid style are lost in the mire here. It does do one other Champagne-esque thing well though - the wine level booze sneaks up on you, well hidden as it is.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the breweries and style. I'm really hoping this will be good.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and great retention - especially for the ABV. Nontransparent hazel colour.

Sm: Champagne yeast, crystal malt, and some light hop notes. A mild strength aroma.

T: A bit of apple crispness. Champagne yeast. Some candied sugar - which I like. Some other fruit esters I can't quite place. Not anywhere near as much crystal malt as expected. A bit simple for the style. I like it. It's got a good full body. The apple note on the finish is bothersome.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with tingly fizzy coarseness and candied sugar fullness.

Dr: Quite drinkable - especially for the ABV. I'd have it again if the price was better. It's good, but there are better beers in the style.

B-

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Photo of oline73
2.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A bottle from last year poured into a champagne flute.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a lot of fluffy white head. Decent retention and no real lacing.

Smell: Chalked full of sweet malt, lots of caramel and some grape notes. A bit too sweet.

Taste: Really sweet, just like the smell. Bready malt with some caramel and grape notes. Slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I wanted this to be drier and a lot less sweet. Not a huge fan.

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Photo of SocalKicks
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.32/5  rDev +33.3%
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 largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber honey orange, nose semi sweet sugar, candi sugar, some dense belgian malts, effervescent a bit, light apricot and belgian yeast fruits.

Taste too much carbonation, little spicy warming booze, belgian candi, some light bitterness and floral and fruity hops, light syrupy sugars, fruits apricot, etc. finishes a little spicy booze, smooth and creamy, lingering candi sugar and bit of syrups, dry and effervescent.

Mouth is medium with too much carb, little tingly warming booze.

Drink is decent, dry finish and lots of palate clearing carb.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage.

A: Pours a lightly hazy light golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy white head that slowly reduces to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer. No visible lacing is observed.

S: Smells a little bit like real champagne rather than a beer - notes of wine and grape and just the faintest hints of malt.

T: This beer is quite sweet with light fruit (apple, pear, and white grape) in addition to the malts. Light to moderate presence of alcohol in the taste as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Not my favorite beer in this style as it is a little too sweet and the alcohol is not as well hidden as I would prefer.

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Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 27.9% out of 100 with 1,132 ratings
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