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Infinium | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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:
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Added by LtCracker20 on 12-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
516
Ratings:
1,132
pDev:
22.53%
Bros Score:
2.58
 
 
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Photo of Popsinc
2.46/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wonderful looking corked bottle. Extra points for presentation. As for the pour, nice orange colour with a medium off-white head. Unfortunately, the head disappears rather quickly and the beer is left looking flat and boring.

The nose is the best part of this beer. Some breadiness and yeast along with sweet, ripened fruits. Promising.

The taste of this beer is where it fell apart for me. Not what I was expecting at all and not a pleasant surprise either. Overly sweet. Very little complexity or balance. Somewhat medicinal. Hints of apricot where burried underneath the sugary sweetness and an off flavour I can't put my finger on. Almost reminded me of Tang drink crystals.

I actually wondered if this was actually the beer they intended to brew or did I open a ridiculously off bottle?

If not for the extra marks given for presentation, my score would have been even lower. I don't find anything pleasant about this beer & I doubt I will ever buy another.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle has table presence and then some--love it or hate it, it can only help elevate beer's status in the public eye.

From a caged and corked bottle it pours with a champagne like effervescence, a honied golden topped by a thick, bright and bubbly head. The cork was the worse for wear and some of it stuck to the mouth of the bottle.

There is much of a Belgian pale ale about the aroma, surprising for a America-Germany collaboration. Very sweet like candy or icing sugar with abundant phenols, and I may be projecting my own expectations on this beer, but there is something of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier about this, with notes of clove and spice and banana.

There taste is beyond pleasant, with apricot, lemon zest, Granny smith apples, a light caramel malt and some light spice, underpinned by a pleasant fruitiness. Finishes very dry, very tart--highly attenuated. I can't quite peg it, but it reminds me of something Unibroue would (or maybe even has) come up with. As it warms the fruity yeast flavours really open up and the alcohol starts to warm up.

The mouthfeel is very reminiscent of a champagne, if nowhere near as dry.

Very easy drinking and surprisingly approachable. I could drink about a million of these.

Definitely worth a try--it's a whole new style only inasmuch as it's equal parts Beglian pale ale meets hefeweizen meets champagne--and while I'm not sorry I picked up two bottles of this, for the pricetag I can get three bottles of La Fin Du Monde or five Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbiers for about the same price and be just as happy, so it's hard to justify getting this again. Which is a shame as there was literally hundreds of these at the Summerhill LCBO earlier today.

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Photo of wingman14
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like apple juice that is very bubbly, a very frothy head when pouring. The smell has tart fruit notes, and a sweet champagne aroma. The taste starts somewhat tart with the fruit notes, and has a very light refreshing feel. The flavor moves right into the champagne feel and flavor, just not as dry. The mouthfeel is light, heavily carbonated, which is expected and nice. This is not the most drinkable beer, but it is still interesting and flavorful. Worth checking out.

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
2.27/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After all the hype (and my vocal anticipation) surrounding this beer's arrival, I feel obligated to review it. This is sad way to end my long break from reviewing...

Appearance: This is by far the beer's strong suit. It really does look a lot like champagne, or some other very light-colored sparkling wine. A copious amount of tiny bubbles punctuates the beer's body, producing a bright white, dense-looking head that disappears after several minutes. Bright, clean, and inviting.

Smell: Hmm...something is amiss. I'm a guy who likes malty, sweet, and/or yeasty beers (Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is one of my two favorites), but this one smells almost sickly sweet. There's something at once floral, sugary, chalky, and noble hoppy in my nostrils, and I'm not sure I like it.

Taste: Oh, man, this is a mess. Complex? Yeah, maybe, but not in any coherent, desirable way. There are a ton of different flavors going on here, but rather than flow together into an integrated masterpiece, they seem to be battling with one another for supremacy on my palate. Honeysuckle flowers, citrus zest, compost-pile grass clippings, apple juice, marijuana, light corn syrup, and clover honey all flood my mouth, and the results are kind of unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Aw, crap. When I swallow a sip of this stuff, only the most cloying and acrid flavors remain stuck on my palate: a coating of noble hops suspended in Karo syrup comes to mind. As others have noted, in spite of its brisk carbonation, this beer is unexpectedly sticky and heavy in the mouth -- syrupy.

Drinkability: I split a 750-ml bottle of this with both of my brothers, and we REALLY struggled to finish it. After all that anticipation -- and in spite of the involvement of my favorite brewery and one of America's true craft beer champions -- this brew is a chore to drink.

Those who detect echoes of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier in this brew are imagining things -- no doubt projecting due to the involvement of Brauerei Weihenstephan (which, incidentally, brews several other styles of beer, not just their famous weissbier).

Infinium wasn't brewed with hefeweizen yeast or a ton of wheat. It's filtered, it's not bottle-conditioned, and it otherwise has nothing to do with Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier beyond the brewery's name. Please don't go into this expecting anything remotely hefeweizen-like, or you'll be even more greatly underwhelmed.

Very disappointing...is it naive to hope that these world-class breweries might try to atone for this mistake with a better-executed collaboration in the future? A dark weizenbock, perhaps?

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Photo of hopsolutely
2.94/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Something unlike any barley beverage I have ever enjoyed before. The video was excellent and the concept intriguing. The appearance was truly champagne-like and I thought it looked stunning (in a champagne flute). But the bready rather than hoppy aroma, followed by the absence of the deep & complex taste profile for which I'd hoped, were both a real disappointment...

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Photo of jsulko
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serrved in a tulip glass

This bottle was a Christmas present from the wife and kids, opened for valentine's day.

Lots of head that took a while to come down.
Pours a nice gold color.

Scent has notes of a sparkling wine, I can see what they were going for.

Taste is quite unique. Little or no hops and the higher alcohol is masked well. More of a cider flavor than a regular beer.

Wife loved it, I thought it was good. Can't see paying $20 again.

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Photo of Bajasith
2.76/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a champagne glass as a nice white head appeared atop a clear amber effervescent liquid...
Smell of dried fruits and caramel malts...
Taste is that of sweet slightly roasted malts with a strange mild sour aftertaste I could not discern. Hops are non existent...
Mouthfeel is not as dry as one would expect from a champagne yet pleasant to the palate.
I would give Sam Adams props for the hype with this colab. For me, this brew was not what I expected taste wise.

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Photo of prototypic
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Infinium pours a really nice gold color. There's a slight bit of haze, but not much. Backlighting gives it a slight orange look. Carbonation is very active and produces a white head that's about two fingers in depth. It holds for quite a while, but leaves a lighter coat of lace behind. Looks pretty good to me.

The nose is above average. It's lacking in strength throughout. It kicks off with a bit of a sweet, malty scent. It features a few fruity notes of apple, pear, and light pineapple. Spicy yeast seems to be the centerpiece. The spicy notes smell mostly like pepper and clove. The yeast smells alright, but needs some stronger complements around it. Alcohol is noted, but doesn't smell overly strong.

The flavor isn't bad, but isn't quite good either. Spicy yeast kicks things off and permeates the flavor profile. The spicy flavors are primarily pepper and clove. There are perhaps some subtle spices that I can't identify. Fruit flavors of apple and pear are noted, and work well with its spicy side. Light citric notes of pineapple and mango are noted, but they're very subtle. The malt base is slightly sweet and cracker-y. It's more substantial than I anticipated, and seems to be a little much. Honestly, the collision of the malts and the spicy yeast doesn't seem to work very well. It definitely knocks it down a peg. Alcohol is noted in flavor, and is a little warm. I don't know that I'd say it's boozy, but it's getting there. Finishes malty and yeasty.

Infinium has a medium body that has a pretty decent feel. Carbonation is active, but doesn't feel buzzy. At the end of the day, it feels nice and smooth. Drinkability, on the other hand, is quite average. The flavor really doesn't do much for me, and it feels too warm. A 750 is definitely a chore.

I really like the idea behind Infinium and applaud the collaborative effort. The marketing was fantastic and the packaging was even better. The bottle is really slick, good label and small booklet, corked and caged, foil wrapper - it's the goods. Unfortunately, the beer inside isn't as impressive. It's definitely unique and interesting, but the malt and yeast flavors do not gel well and it's a little warm. Nonetheless, I'm glad I picked it up, and believe it was worth the purchase...at least once. I understand this wasn't exactly well-received and I understand why, but I hope BBC and Weihenstephaner won't be deterred from blazing trails in the future.

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Photo of Lukie
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute. Very slow, as it is super carbonated. Pale gold, with heaps of bubbles. Head is about 1 inch, effervescent, and not like a beer at all. It lives up the champagne name.

Nose is of sweet caramels, hints of cider apple, and brown sugar. Slight lingering clove and spice.

Incredibly sweet, bordering on cider/beer in the front pallete, with slight toffee and green apple skins, cutting away quickly into super dryness. Warming alcohol presence, gives off a biscuity flavour.

Maybe I am in the minority here, and actually enjoy what they have produced. It's tending very far away from being a beer, and could easily full people who don't know what it is. Did it live up to the hype? Probably not, but no one knew what to expect to begin with. Interesting.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Light orange brown in color. Head is rocky and foamy and stays around for a long. No lacing on this beer at all.

S - Very fruity and sweet smell. Though just single toned. Apples, cherries maybe some clove spice. Nothing complex. Just up in your face fruit sweetness.

T - Taste is sweet and sour. Green apples with a bit of cherry. Finish is sour and dry. Nothing special.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Not very drinkable. I shared the bottle with my brother. I wouldnt have been able to drink the whole thing

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with a white head, quite champagne like. In the aroma, dry caramel and hints of tart fruit. In the taste, dry caramel, and a bit boozy, and ends with small tart fruit. A bubbly bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry caramel and alcohol aftertaste. Quite champagne like, but boozy and a small roasty caramel is icky, jusy about average.

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Photo of beergod1
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gold sparking color with a thick foamy head. Bubbling like champagne. Smells of bananas and clove. The taste was much heavier then it looked. Has a toasty/caramel flavor with an aftertaste of light alcohol and tropical fruits. This was a good beer, and was for sure unique, but once is enough.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours an awesome looking brew. This beer has a golden fizzy look with tons of carbonation exactly like champagne. Had been waiting to try this and was very exciting.
Smell is interesting. There is a nice floral and fruity taste to the beer. Some good smells coming out.
Taste falls flat compared to smell. I was expecting more, but there was not a ton going on. A bit of a fruity taste, but the finish falls very flat and dull.
Mouthfeel is nice. Very refreshing and crisp just like a champagne.
Drinkability is not good. For one, the beer is really expensive. Secondly, the taste is nothing to right home about. Finally, I would recommend trying it because it is a one and only type of beer, but it might be one and only for a reason...

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ive been looking forward to trying this ever since i heard about it just hope it lives up to its hype and when i pop the cork its a very loud pop and white frothy head gushes out everywhere it eventually settles and pours a see through golden hue with a white frothy three finger head and some clingy lacing here and there,the aroma is very sweet with hints of barley sugar,boiled candy,,toffee and a tinge of herbal hops,it has light-medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of brown sugar,boiled candy,candied pears and finishes with a slight bitter herbal hoppiness but the bitterness is clearly outweighed by the sweetness first encountered and overall to be quite honest after hearing the hype and paying the price i was definately expecting more and im glad i wasnt the first to review this brew as it clearly is borderlining on different styles with its german influence making itself known and the fact its mouthfeel is a little heavy for me to be classed as a proper BDC/BB but netherless glad ive tried it.

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Photo of GeezLynn
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good appearance is beyond doubt - generous creamy head, slightly hazy golden color, and champagne like bubbles. Nose is light with some old cheese, mustyness, dried fruits. Palate offers plenty of sweetness with more dried fruits, chalky-cheese flavors, and more dry on the finish. Easy to drink, perhaps with pint glass being more suitable than champagne flute.

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Photo of Kidfrogger
3.79/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Was very excited to give this one a try as a friend busted it out late last night.

It wasn't what I was expecting but I could appreciate it for what it was. There is definately a lot to drink here and it is sweeter than I prefer. I believe this would be best shared w/ dinner or at least allowed to age longer than we let it (bottled in 2010)
Lots of fruit flavors could be tasted and smelled. The alcohol is in the smell and can certainly be tasted (it isn't hiding at all)

I will buy again and age it a little longer and share it with friends over dinner as to late night after already sampling some IPA's

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Photo of bmwats
3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle, into an oversized flute.

A: Cloudy, golden hue. Pours about a 3 finger, bubbly, white head. Large bubbles burst and pop as the head disintegrates very quickly. Soon there is no sign remaining of the once formidable head. No lacing.

S: Cloyingly sweet nose, floral rose scent, grass, and a little woodiness.

T: Bittersweet flavor of licorice, nutshells (you know the part in a pecan between the two halves), and peat.

M: Light, carbonated, floral, and a little cloying. Dry.

D: The bottle is too big.... Bring a friend, because there's more here than you'll want to finish. I'm not saying it's bad, it's not; it's just the sort of thing you don't want too much of in one sitting.

Atmosphere is okay. Appearance is alright. Big bubbly head, and a rich cloudy golden hue. The head is mostly just soft carbonation that quickly abandons you. Definitely catches the champagne spirit. Nose is sweet and floral, akin to rose bouquet. Flavor is sweet with a little peaty nature and some bitterness. Airy, carbonated body. Overall, this is an okay quaff. It's actually probably good enough for this style, it seems put together well, but it's really just not my thing. If you like champagne and you're a beer fan, this is a nice hybrid for you... kind of tastes like beer mixed with champagne.

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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 generallee
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: It was poured from a very cool champagne style bottle into a Flute Glass. The bottle is 750ml and comes corked and caged. This bottle is labeled 2010 with 10.3% abv. It also comes with a small leaflet describing the beer and the collaboration with Weihenstephan.

Appearance: The body has a clear orange amber body with tons of effervescent carbonation rushing up to the bright white head. The head is tall and lightly packed with tiny loosely packed bubbles that settle quickly. It looks very much like champagne but with a much deeper colored body.

Smell: The first thing that hit me was a wave of heavy alcohol, which I was not expecting. I knew it was 10.3% but it just hit me with a brandy or cognac like boozy character with some fruity white grape, caramel/candy covered apple and light banana notes. I also get some spicy and dry dusty basement like yeast notes in the nose as well.

Taste/Palate: It starts with a big boozy malty sweetness. There are notes of boozy grapes, caramel and sweet red apple inside the maltiness with some very mellow hops creeping in. They bring some light citrus and slight herbal, grassy, almost mint like hop notes to the party. The hops however, offer very little to balance the malt sweetness and it becomes cloying after a few sips. The mouth feel is a bit heavier than I was expecting but bubbly. The carbonation keeps the palate from getting sticky but I still fined it uneasy to drink.

Notes: I am a big fan of both the Boston Beer Co and Weihenstephan but I feel this beer doesn't live up to its hype or price tag. The look and aroma are interesting but it all falls apart in the taste and feel. This beer comes off as complex in flavor but in a convoluted way. Its way to sweet for me and nothing really coalesces in my opinion.

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

Pours an off-white, one-finger bubbly head that fades to a ring leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Very strong carbonation, the strongest I've seen and medium bodied. Sweet fruity nose, but flavor is light caramel, with nutmeg and allspice. Seriously expensive at $20.00 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. My 50th bottle from Boston Beer.

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Photo of farrago
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very large frothy, crests at over three fingers of bone white foam, hordes of micro-bubbles, craters as much as dimples, powerful sheets of lacing which slide downwards at a languorous pace. Brownish orange color, at times suggests red or yellow, seems to change a lot given the viewing angle, consistent in the steady flow of tight bubble beads throughout. The sour, vinous aspect to the nose frames the whole while making adequate room for butterscotch, caramel sweetness and a blend of white grapefruit and blood orange citrus, more outright herbaceous than hoppy, buttered croissant flakes, strong apricot, peach and yellow apple fruit presence, at times peppery, overall truly needs what sourness it can muster or would smell way too sweetly. Full-bodied, in spite of the constant gentle churn from the carbonation tends to recline across the palate rather than move. Lots of white grape flavor, at once welcomes and pushes aside the peach, apricot, apple, banana fruit flavors. The honey, ginger, butterscotch, toffee accents weight it down further. Reduced and heavy, the sourness in the mandarin orange, lemon citrus can't bring life. Barley, lentil, and sage lend some breadth. The doughiness mostly unbaked and raw. Lingering tacky sweetness through the finish, could use added freshness and lift. Much credit granted for uniqueness, leaves you with the impression that this is a beer best served super-fresh, like growler fresh. (Served in a Riedel Vinum Bordeaux stem just because)

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Photo of budgood1
3.54/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. corked and caged.

pours out a dark gold colour with bronzed edges. big, thick, ample frothy head appears and is supported by a ton of active carbonation. lots of retention, which leaves a lot of thick lace. looks pretty damn nice. understated nose...bits of pale malt and light green fruit.. pears, apples and green grapes come to mind. the taste follows suit in that the yeasty esters and malt profile make for a definite champagne like beer throwing down some more green grapes and green apples with pear hints. there is a bit of must and sourness mixed in with an airy, flowery hop note, also. i get only a bit of boozy spice, which is amazing for a 10.30% ABV. it's full bodied, but not overbearing, syrupy or too cloying. mouthfeel is fairly spritzy due to the active carbonation and overall is fairly appropriate for what i think BBC was shooting for. IMO the drinkability is great. for such a big beer it's really easy to take bigger sips than one should.

overall i thought this was a pretty decent beer. it's certainly not Duvel, but maybe not as bad as some previous reviewers have stated. but for the price, it's not worth it at all. if it was 10 bucks a bottle instead of 20, then it might have a chance.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.31/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours champagne like in color and carbonation. Huge amount of head on this one due to the yeast. Really clear and clean looking.

S: Smells of a bit earthy twang. The same yeast aroma is in this as the Barrel Room Collection brews. Very clean on the nose and not overpowering, but also not really amazing.

T/M: Once again it is clean, its really easy to drink. Same earthy flavors come through as in the nose, good amount of alcohol although not overly present. Good carbonation but just not anything to get excited about.

D: Sure its easy to drink but its wicked expensive and its really not anything special. I wont be purchasing this one ever again. Really over-hyped and a let down for such a bit collaboration.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sampled at Sexual Chocolate 2011.
Pours a very clear amber color with a thick fizzy yellowish white head and very little lacing. Smells of grapes, apples, and some grainy hops. Tastes of complex grains, apples, caramel, mushroom, and some hops. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is wild. Drinkability is low.

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Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 1,132 ratings
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