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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Reviews: 516 | Ratings: 1,133
Photo of sisuspeed
3.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, the bottle design is awesome. One of the cooler bottles I've seen in a long time.

Anyways, Infinium pours a light golden-orange with a thin white foamy head. Beautiful lacing.

Swirling the glass reveals lots of bready notes with citrus and light alcohol. Fruity esters and somewhat yeasty. Very bread dominant.

On the tongue I'm picking up a good amount of fruitiness and bread again. Faint, dry, citrus in the background. Estery. Slightly tart with a bit of yeast. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is crisp, dry and well carbonated. Works well with the flavor of the beer. Substantial, but not heavy.

This is an interesting beer. Different than most out there. It's not really my thing and for $20 I won't be buying it again. Kind of disjointed and odd. However, I wouldn't mind seeing these guys do another collaboration again.

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Photo of bbeane
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a snifter... Starts off with two finger thick white fizzy head that mostly disappears quickly leaving some behind. Liquid is a crisp light amber color with lots of activity

S- Has a semi sweet pear-like aroma with a boozy backbone

T- Starts out with a malty sweetness, tastes of pears, cinnamon, spice. Has a subtle bitterness that comes in mid swig and is present through the finish... accompanied by some boozy heat in the back of your throat

M- Medium body with medium/high carbonation

D- Its different and not really like any other american strong ale I've had... that being said, I don't think it's something I would drink normally, but worth a try depending on the price. I got mine for $16 which was high but worth it to try


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Photo of rlee1390
3.84/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked 750mL bottle into Champagne flutes

A-Pours a very clear yellow, almost looks like a macro lager. The carbonation though, the carbonation is apparent from the beginning. The carbonation is overwhelming, more than any beer I've seen

S-Fruit, banana, some hints of nuts

T-Very sweet. There does not seem to be any bitterness. Tastes a little tart. An interesting taste, unlike anything I've had before.

M-Very light and carbonation. The carbonation is felt like crazy. Very interesting feel.

D-The carbonation gets to you so after having a few I started burping like crazy. Glad I split this with my friend.

EDIT-Forgot mouthfeel, added it.

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Photo of MarioL66
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - The light toasted hazelnut colored liquid contains a lava lamp appearance from the bubbles underneath a thick cream puff crown. As the head dissipates, a solid foam wall clings to the side of the glass instead of your typical lacing.

Smell - Appley sweet but with the alcohol scent present. Some spice in there as well. Almost like a spicy, caramel coated fruit.

Taste - Starts very dry into a very subtle level of light hop bitterness (very faint) before the white wine-esque middle comes roaring in. There is a slight tartness intermixed with the malty sweetness which is playing with the alcohol notes. With the smell, this is coming off a little boozy.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation lightens up what could be an overly thick beer otherwise.

Drinkability - Between the nose, viscous character and malty sweetness; this feels a tad much. Even for a sipper, I am not really reaching for the next sip more so than I don't want to waste the rather pricey liquid.

Interesting for sure in that it isn't quite what I expected but it isn't' what I necessarily want either. Glad I tried it once.

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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 bobhits
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Champaign, alcohol, bananas, white grapes,

Darker brown, HUGE amount of carbonation, bubbles all over the place, big white head, not overly thick and creamy, very Champaign like.

Fruity, lots of esters, a hell of an alcohol kick, almost a light light banana white grape and vanilla mix. The flavors really are focused on the back of the tongue. Other than a sweet note at the front. Really wish I could better explain this flavor.

The mouth is as carbonated as anything, though I have ot admit I burp less than with some other beers. The alcohol is a bit more than I expected or wanted but while it is there and VERY noticeable I still thought it was under 10%. I think this type of beer hides the ABV while still show casing it in a way. Very full body but the carbonation hides it a well early on.

I have to say a 20 dollar bottle is a hard pill to swallow and why is this 20 bucks? That said this is pretty unique and extremely interesting. It on uniqueness alone justifies the price and while not my style it's still something I'm happy to have paid 20 for. If my buzzed math works this is about 57 bucks for a 6 pack so in the EXTREME higher prices.

This is about the hardest beer I've ever reviewed. Unique to justify cost vs just what I enjoy. It's tasty and unique which works for me.

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Photo of Jason
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml brown magnum. Corked, caged and foiled. 2010 vintage date on the foil.

Lots of hype around this brew before the release. The head is nearly explosive which obviously shows a lot of carbonation here, Crystal clear pale amber color with some bubble action. Sweet nose of fresh baked bread, taffy, nougat, faint dried tropical fruit and a light chalky yeast. Massive crispness cuts a little bit into the sizable body, a sweeter palate here which I expected something a bit dryer. Odd dextrin sweetness clashes against a boozy alcohol, reminiscent of a clean malt liquor. Fruitiness of white cherries and ripe pears is nearly missed as the alcohol drops a peppery warmth on the palate. Malty? Sure ... some bread and dried grass. Hops are present with herbal tones but seems to just add a bit of flavor than balance. Semi-sweet finish with lots of booziness on the breath.

Hmm ... not what I expect at all. The sweetness and boozy character threw me for a loop and makes it hardly drinkable at all. Not sure if any length of cellaring will even help this beer. While I applaud the efforts from packaging to the idea this ends up being a miss for me.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had the chance to try this beer as Sam Adams were filming some of the promotional items for this (IE the commercials). Poured in to a Sam Adams snifter, the color is clear orange, with a good amount of foamy white head. The scores of air bubbles in this beer suggest that it is high in carbonation. From the nose I pick up some soft peach and pear notes, mango, baked bread, and a hint of spice. Flavor is dry, yet sweet, with many of the same traits found in the smell, but not nearly as accentuated or clear. As another reviewer stated, it does have a hint of Boston Lager to it (a byproduct of the yeast I am assuming). I also get a minor hint of funk. Like champagne, the mouthfeel is well carbonated, scrubbing the palate well, and medium in body. The alcohol is well hidden, which is a plus given its overall strength. I am not sure where Sam Adams/Weihenstephaner got the idea that this is a new style of beer, as there are others out there (not many, but still). I don't think I would throw down another twenty for a bottle, but it is worth trying given that there are so few examples of this style around. Cheers to this collaborative ale.

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Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle at Flying Saucer poured into 3 tulip glasses a crisp orange with a decent slowly diminishing off white head. The aroma is white wine with a trace of noble hops and mild alcohol. The taste is very sweet fruits and grape with just a slight hop bitterness. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with nice carbonation, there is certainly alcohol presence, but it's not too much. This is certainly a beer worth trying, also worth saving for a special occasion.

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Photo of crusian
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear budweiser color. yellow and fizzy, check. Four fingers of head that almost overflows onto my counter, check.

smell of bananas, wha? Lots of them, that was a bit unexpected, sure I expected a bit, but this was very strong. underneath that, which was hard to get through, was the smell of belgian yeast, some feet and a hint of cinnamon and coriander.

taste is very strong on the banana, but finishes VERY clean, my first swallow, I had planned on reviewing the flavors, but the finish sticks out after the banana assault. after sipping this a while, I am beginning to notice that I feel like I have a sort of mucus buildup growing near the back of my throat. It is most unpleasant, and cant say this has really happened with a beer before, I wonder what would cause this... not sure where to take that hit, so putting it under mouthfeel...

Anyway, back to the flavor profile... lemon on mid-palate. After a few sips the banana seems to disappear and more of the lemon comes out. The alcohol is WELL masked, cant believe this is 10.3%.

This is pretty good. I am pretty impressed, though I didnt have much of an expectation going into it.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 2010, 750 ml bottle into a flute glass.

A: Crystal clear, soft light copper, steady stream of carbonation bubbles. Soapy white billowing head that took some time to settle, but did so into a weak cap with no lacing.

S: Dry and champagne-esque. Malty qualities, bready, grainy and stale biscuits. The hops are hopelessly lost here and this definitely resembles more of a dry wine or champagne than a beer. Some sweet passion fruit and orange at the end of the nose.

T: The malt qualities dominate the palate, and once again the hops are gone. Dry and piercing, biscuits again with some grassy notes and a distinct Pinot Grigio finish.

M: Thin and light bodied, though the carbonation deceives the palate into thinking this has more body than in reality.

The high ABV and overall dryness of the beer is good, but nothing you'd want to stick with for long. This is good to share as a celebration drink, not your go-to, obviously. I'm glad I was able to grab two bottles of this, but in all honesty, I wouldn't buy it again. I applaud the two breweries for the collaboration and I'm happy I got to try this. It's definitely worth a shot since this is a once-and-done beer (we think).

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.12/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass

This beer pours a deep copper color with a decent fizz that settles down to just a thin layer that stays on the top throughout the drinking experience. The smell is of white grapes, caramel, honey and a bit of oak sour. It combines in a rather nice way that creates a sweet melange on the nostrils. The taste is fruity with some pear and orange. Caramel sugars are rather obvious on the palate as well. It's got the right amount of fizz, but I think the body is still a bit on the heavier side. This is still a really good drinking beer, and will be perfect for beer lovers on New Year's.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a 750ml bottle at the West Des Moines Hy-Vee. The bottle is an appealing black/cobalt blue with gold lettering and a festive pink and orange wrapper.
The brew itself is a clear medium-copper producing a boatload of fizz in my perfect pour glass. The foam was thick and settled to a 1/4 finger that lasted almost the whole glass.
The aroma has a touch of citrus on top of an interesting hop/malt mix.
The taste, amazingly, like a dry champagne. Take that flavor and add in what seemed like a touch of wheat and a hint of peach for something I've never tasted before.
The body was perhaps a light-medium with the consistency of a decent IPA.
The aftertaste fluctuated back and forth from semi-dry to dry, every gulp had a different amount.
This was definitely an experience to try out, but with the $19 price tag I don't see myself picking up this one frequently, even if it was a regular brew. On a positive note the alcohol is well hidden. I got through about 1/3 of the bottle and wasn't feeling buzzed at all.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lovely pour... a very nice golden honey hue, topped with a head taking up nearly 1/4 of the glass. It doesn't take long to recede to just a collar and film, but it's a good initial appearance all around.

S: The aroma hits me not long after lifting the glass... I detect a rather fruity scent, along with some spicy notes. Some nice, sweet citrus aromas and some floral qualities. Not much for a pungent hoppiness... everything seems very 'pretty,' for lack of better words.

T: It's almost as if a pilsener has the assertive hopping removed and is replaced by fruity esters. On first contact, the flavour is a bit sweet, followed by a warm malt, a touch of spiciness, and a hint of alcohol on the finish, bringing with it a suitable warming. Maybe it's the influence of the alcohol flavour that gives it a bit of a vinous quality.

M: The sparkling carbonation makes for a lively drink. Had it been finished with more dryness, I would have been floored by it. Nonetheless, it is nice, crisp, and quite refreshing... granted, that could be a bit of a red flag, considering the alcohol content!

D: Aside from the little spot of alcohol noted on the finish, it's incredibly well hidden. It drinks ridiculously easily, though I would find myself on the fence about picking it up again at $20. I will admit that I enjoyed it enough that I do find myself interested in another... plus, it IS pretty much on par with other beers of the style, as far as cost goes. Perhaps it will be a beer of choice for the New Year celebration.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.86/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split into a Duvel tulip (I can't stand reviewing from flutes, they release too much of the nose for me). 10.3% ABV, "We recommend serving the beer at 40-42° F and enjoying it before July 2011."

A - After a difficult-to-remove cork a loud POP sounded followed by some serious gun smoke wafting out. I instantly expected a gusher. Great strong carbonation in the Duvel glass looks awesome as it endlessly billows through the crystal clear goldenrod beer. A strong off-white head has good retention and some sheets of lace left on the glass.

S - Nice collaboration of fruit and spice in the aroma initially. I really like the depth but it's very mellow to start with. Banana notes and spices meld together with a pinch of white grape. Hints of pale and pils malt finish with a touch of mineral. The more I smell it, the more I'm somewhat turned off by it. I begin to get old, dusty, earthy basement notes, not akin to a good funk. A little toasted malt too.

T - Sweet pale, pils, and Vienna malt across the board with a lingering toastiness after the swallow. The yeast is fairly prominent as it adds complex notes of light banana, white grape, and earthy spice. Some white pepper and perhaps clay. The sweetness becomes a little cloying though.

M - The mouthfeel is the only resemblance to champagne at all, and even then, it's still fairly different. Extreme carbonation has a great texture on the tongue and down the throat. It never gets over the top at any point surprisingly. It differs in the sense that, yes it's crisp but it's also medium-bodied and very sweet. No real dryness here. Again, the sweetness is a little bit cloying. The alcohol creeps up very stealthily.

D - This one is best shared with a group of people. It's definitely a nice and unique beer but it's a little too reminiscent of a spiked Samuel Adams Boston Lager (I realize they use that yeast in this) in the flavor. I wish it was a little more champagne-like. Is it worth the $20 price tag? If you've gotta try it, splitting a bottle with a few people would be the way to go. Maybe I'll pick up one more bottle for New Years, we'll see.

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams' collaboration with Brewery Weihenstephan. Holy hell, that's a tight cork...
Poured into a fluted glass.

A- Poura a crystal clear golden yellow with a 4-finger rocky white head that does dissipate kind of quickly for its size. Lots of carbonation that keeps on rising. Ok on the lace, but the head fell to a thin cap way to quickly.

S- Almost a saison-like aroma. Little grassiness, followed by a a candied sugar smell. Hop presence is there, but it plays a backing role here. A little spicy with NONE of the ABV % present.

T- The sugary/fruity sweetness hits the hardest. Slight banana there as well. Grassiness comes through in the end. Some lemon/citrus in the end as well. Again, the ABV hides itself amazingly well.

MF/D- Light to moderate body with a very crisp carbonated bite. Drinkable in the sense that it's a lighter body and with good carbonation it goes down very nice. A little on the sweet side though, so more than a glass or two might be asking much.

Notes: Wasn't too sure what to classify this as, so I went with their description. While being an exellent brew, it's not amazing, and would'nt really search it out again given the price on it and not being great. Again, not bad in any sense, just not worth the hype. Good to try once. Feel free to request a change of style if you think there's a better fit.

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Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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