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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Ratings: 1,133 |  Reviews: 516
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow 86 reviews already a couple of weeks ago I bought this and there were two. Anyway Poured into a flute. Pours a clear golden color fizzy white heading that did stick around for a bit.

Nose is decent. Wheat malts,with nice touches of lemon zest,corriander and how can I explain a slight band-aid aroma ???

Taste is a bit better than the nose. Again wheat malts with a slightly breadiness that poke's the palate.Slowly taken over by the champagne like qualities of soft fruits. Decent spicey linger and corriander.Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouth is very light bodied, smooth, bubbley and finishes like a fine champagne.

I don't know why all of the criticism. This is a good beer and very like the champagne qualities I believe they were going after.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.69/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While the wives enjoyed their champagne, I figured it was time to open my Infinium. Enjoyed this in a champagne flute just like all the other folks.

A rather aggressive head indeed reminded me of pouring a glass of champagne. The only difference is that this head had much more retention vs. champagne. The beer was a bright amber/gold color. No lacing remained.

The aroma was the low point on this beer for me. I really thought it was terrible. Burnt rubber, solvent like with some alcohol coming through. Also a bit of spice. Really not nice.

The flavor also had a bit of this burnt rubber/solvent flavor and the alcohol was there. After you adjust to this unappealing flavor lots of sweet pear and other light fruits come through. Some real bread like moments and some white pepper. It would grow on me for a bit, then I would not enjoy it. I wonder if I was trying to justify the $20 in my mind...

Very light and bubbly, aggressive carbonation.

The aroma and alcohol keep the drinkability down.

Don't believe that I'll pick this one up again.

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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 Genuine
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a chance to try this during Christmas today.

Poured a very clear yellowish body that had a huge head, a good 3-4 fingers worth.

Smell - Immediately reminded me of champagne. Grape notes hit my nose first, some figgy fruits.

Taste - Grape, figs and a bit of booze. I think this one tasted better when it was chilled. Warmed up the booze came out a bit more. No lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very bubbly and crisp, very close to champagne for sure.

Drinkability - I could only have a lil bit of this. No way I'd be able to have the entire bottle to myself. Definitely a good one to share with friends.

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Photo of Onslow
4.54/5  rDev +40.1%
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 industrialswill
1.96/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What a shame.
The advertising made it look so promising.
Dark amber, extremely bubbly.
Fairly powerful smell of roasted malt and dark fruit.
The moment of truth where this beer fails is at first sip. It was vinegary, somewhat boozy, like a bad...very bad malt liquor. After letting it reach room temperature and allowed to "gas off" for about an hour the flavor has improved somewhat, but this stuff is really nothing more than highly carbonated King Kobra malt liquor in a wine bottle.
I can not imagine how anyone who claims to hate malt liquor could give this stuff a higher rating than a "D".
I would love to take some pretentious beerjerks aside and do a blind tasting with this stuff VS a few cheap malt liquors to expose some of those frauds for what they are.

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Photo of nova009
4.13/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a flute
A- pours a dark golden hay color, one finger foamy head appears and sticks around showing no signs of leaving, constant stream of bubbles rising to the top, no real retention against the glass

S- smells like a brut champagne with a little kick, the alchol is noticeable, coriander and other spices present, crisp fruits, clean and crisp smelling

T- alcohol, spices mixed with a malty bready taste, fruity mixed with a dry champagne like finish, complex like a champagne mixed with a spiced ale

M- this light body carries the champagne like carbonation however it is not completely that, it does carry a slightly heavier feel that makes it somewhat creamy body, very nice for the person who loves both beer and champagne

D- this beer was very easy to take down, this is one I would classify as a celebratory/celebration beer, at around $20 a bottle it is one you want for special occasions only, throughly enjoyed it

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Photo of Stigs
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, split amongst a few people - served in generic cocktail glasses

A - pours with a healthy, inch or so of loose, fuzzy white bubbles. steadily falls to a thin but remaining film. the beer is mostly clear, solid gold in color.

S - very grainy, with hints of fruity pears and red apples. slightly musty and banana peel.

T - loads of fruity pear, turns to somewhat abrasive yeasty esters. hints of thyme, ginger, lemon peel, banana, crackers and biscuits....another small dose of sweetness via honey and caramel. finishes with a slightly spicy cinnamon and allspice kick.

M - very dry finish as expected from the champagne yeast and sweetness. minor, yet noticeable alcohol burn. while fizzy and effervescent, turns a bit flat rather quickly.

D - interesting to say the least, though everyone agreed it was just missing something, especially on the sweet side. its a bit confusing honestly, and while not bad, certainly not worth the pricetag.

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Photo of tburus
4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute.

Appearance: Beautiful cloudy gold liquid with a sizable head. Very similar in appearance to a wheat beer.

Smell: Juicy pear and citrusy hops.

Taste: Strong pear and other fruit flavors. Nice hoppy character. Very carbonated but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Lingering fruitiness. Dry on the palate.

Drinkability: This is a delicious beer with a very unique taste and presentation. Served it very chilled (~35*). Did not pick up the booziness that others have noted, particularly for a beer at 10%. Aside from the price I would say that this beer is incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of JayMooch1
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass (closest I had to a flute)

A - Beer poured with a nice golden brown with lots (3-4 fingers) of head. Head dissipated very quickly though and was virtually gone within a minute or two.

S - Huge amount of spice with fruity notes.l

T - Light up front with some sweeter fruit tastes, maybe grape or pear. Spices were killing the middle/back of my tongue. It felt overly spiced, I got the tastes of pepper, lavender and basil. I really didn't enjoy the taste on the middle/back of my tongue and adjusted the way I was drinking it to minimize it. Had a nice finish with slight alcohol and malt.

M - Definitely Champagne like, but a little heavier than I was expecting. Not as light and bubbly as I'd hoped but still very crisp and refreshing.

D - I definitely enjoyed this beer, but was expecting more Champagne and less Farmhouse. Spices were reminiscent of Saison Du BUFF's floral spices. It paired very nicely with the Crabmeat stuffed shrimp and flounder I was eating, but I don't think I would enjoy this by itself. I definitely needed food to dumb down the taste a little.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Merry Christmas! Opened this beer to pour for the family on Christmas Eve. Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that disappears quickly. Aroma on this beer is A LOT of white grapes. I also get strong alcohol scent with a bit of coriander and sweet malts. This beer almost smells like a fruity liquor of some sort. Taste is very fruity with a definite high ABV presence, but not at all overwhelming. It starts of crisp and tangy, and finishes with more smooth flavors. Nice spice with malts and Noble hops. A lot of orange and lemon flavors along with lots of white grapes. The mouthfeel starts off nice with a crisp bite to it, but then finishes with a not so pleasant feeling that is hard to explain. Drinkability is fair...I was content with my little glass of this, as I couldn't imagine finishing a whole bottle. And at this price, I probably wouldn't purchase another bottle, although I am very glad I was able to try this collaboration between two awesome breweries!

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Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.96/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at Shaw's in Windham NH. Pours a crystal-clear amber body with over an inch of persistent off-white head that leaves some decent lacing. Citrus pulp and pith with hints of caramel and grape. Citrus pulp and pith dominate the flavor too with some caramel notes and a strong vinous quality. On the dry side but not astringent with a fairly clean finish. On the lighter side of medium bodied with ample carbonation. Unique and drinkable. Nuanced in flavor especially, but tasty. A good beer alternative for a special occasion that calls for champagne.

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Photo of Gosox8787
2.61/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 750 mL corked, caged, and wrapped black bottle. I love the packaging on this. Poured into my Portsmouth tulip glass and shared with a friend.

Appearance: Dark golden yellow in color with an uncontrollable head on the first pour. Lots of carbonation gives a bubbly white head but it dies down pretty quickly.

Aroma: Definitely sweet upfront in the nose. I get a lot of white grapes. A significant herbal note from the hops as well. They seem to be more prominent here than I expected. Some light caramel tones from the malt as well. Not sure of how these will all balance out though.

Taste: Very sweet upfront. Definitely cloying at first. The big problem here is that the hop profile completely opposes the sweetness for the alcohol and malt. Together they produce a flavor that is just plain unpleasant for me.

Mouthfeel: I enjoy the nice carbonation to try to keep this light, but the booziness and lack of balance here are too much for it.

Drinkability: Even with a little help, I barely was able to finish a bottle. And at $20 a bottle, I can't imagine having more than one anyway.

Overall, a real dissappoinment for me. Too much going on with nothing really complimenting anything else. The sweetness matched with the herbal hop profile was the killer for me. Not someting I'd recommend at this price tag.

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Photo of KenGage
4.23/5  rDev +30.6%
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 weeare138
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent light gold with a small white cap that slowly fades into a gentle film and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of wheat,doughy yeast, lemon, citrus, turbinado sugar, dried apricot, vanilla, and honey. Perhaps a touch of bubble gum, as well.
A sweet honey flavor with notes of vanilla and golden raisins are the most dominant of all flavors coming through.
Mouthfeel is boozy, sticky sweet, and medium bodied. It reminds me of a mead fermented with champagne yeast. Not bad but not the $24 I dropped with huge hopes.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden straw color. Very active decanting. Poured a 3 finger fizzy white head the dissipated quickly to ring around the edge. Random spots of lace.

S: Lots of light-colored fruits. Wet grain. A little sourness in the background.

T: Huge malt flavor up front. Transitions to light, very sweet, fruits. Sourness in the finish that lingers through the bitter along with ripe fruit. Not real pleasant.

M: Light body. Tons of carbonation; actually turned flat as it decanted so rapidly (which didn't help anything). Crisp and fizzy at the start with alcohol building.

D: Unique and somewhat special, but I won't be buying a bottle to cellar.

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Photo of jeffaz02t
2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Very filtered and has a crisp look. Nice foam at first but goes down rather quickly. There is a nice Belgian-looking foam that remains in a circle throughout the life if this glass of beer.

S- Sweet, almost berry-like quality. Banana is also evident. Slight hop stank as well.

T- Just like another reviewer, DPFRD, states, this beer starts banana and then goes into a sour apple taste. Ends with a slight hop bitterness.

M- Medium-low bodied beer, VERY carbonated, not in a bad way though.

D- Too sweet to be very drinkable. This is one beer that I could have one, but anything more would be too much for me.

Notes: Very interesting beer, for sure. However, if you take the price, and then look at how enjoyable this beer is, I feel that it is not worth the $20+ price. Some who enjoy a sweeter beer may likely enjoy this more. This is unique for sure.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
2.42/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 750mL into a tulip. The look is spot on. Moderate gold, huge head, great lacing, very visible carbonation. The smell is where it starts to go a little downhill. Bready malts, yeast and light floral hops followed by a bit of over-ripe pear. Not amazing. Not $20 worth of smell. The taste mirrors the smell. Wheat somehow became sweet. Yuck, and this is the second chance I've given this beer. It finishes dry which is expected. Before that it is thin and overly sweet.
Barely drinkable, I would love my $20 back.

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Photo of Buebie
3.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pop goes the cork, great sounding beer.
Poured from the bottle to produce a billowing head, foaming more densely then champagne. Head retention is great, a long lasting thick coating. Lace is spotty, but in the one or two spots there is thick foam spattered on the wall of the glass.
Color is pale and showing light caramel color.
Taste is actually something that surprised me. I was expecting a more dry sharp flavor. But there is some sweetness here, completely masking alcohol. Mouthfeel has a mild slickness coating the sting of carbonation. A little bit of cane sugar woody flavors. I dont think I'm experienced enough to even review this haha
I really enjoyed the beer, its different and thats all I can really add.

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Photo of steelerguy
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden straw color with high carbonation. Nice high, white head that fades quickly to a covering.

S - Lots of fruitiness on the nose, but a lambic like sourness as well.

T - Lots of light malt flavors with a good dose of ripe fruit. Then that sourness hits again, perhaps what is good in a champagne is coming through too strong and even a bit of an offensive aftertaste.

M - Nice light feel with a crisp finish, accentuated with a alcohol warmth.

D - I must admit, I am glad this is a limited release...not too many people should have to spend so much on it.

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Photo of jpmclaug
2.69/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a flute.

A - Crystal clear, amber color with a ton of bubbles running up the middle. Big white head rests on top

S - Sweet, fruity aroma, some spicy notes and almost reminds me of a scented soap.

T - Unique would be one way to describe this... kind of fruity, a bit of a citrus hoppy presence, kind of boozy, spicy notes are present as well

M - surprisingly heavy and syrupy.

D - I dunno I'm not too big a fan though I do like it a bit more as I drink it. I wish it was less boozy. I'm glad to have tried it but don't see myself buying another bottle especially at its price.

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Photo of Kromes
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear straw color with a white head and some lacing.

S: A sweet and sour, almost brett smell.

T: Much like the smell, sweet and sour with a little bit of woody cork. It tastes a little like champagne mixed with beer. Not the best, but pretty good.

M: A little peppery on the tongue. Lively like champagne.

D: Definitely a unique beer. Wouldn't drink more than one of these, but the alcohol isn't very prevalent.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is floral and fruity with bubblegum-like esters and a soft sourness. Smells good.

Pours clear amber with large head. Looks good.

Very dry with spicy carbonation. Solid malty base with a good bit of malty sweetness. Estery fruity. Softly herbal. Moderate bitterness reminiscent of orange pith. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

Overall an enjoyable beverage experience. Now that I've experienced it, I won't need to again.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.02/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Infinium

Appearance: golden amber, small head, and little lacing.

Smell: hops and flowery goodness with a hint of honey.

Taste: malty grain and subtle flowers and hops.

Mouthfeel: thick and heavy.

It is much more malty than expected. It is pretty nice and rich.

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Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 1,133 ratings