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:
No notes at this time.

Added by LtCracker20 on 12-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,132
Reviews:
516
Avg:
3.31
pDev:
22.05%
 
 
Wants:
59
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157
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Photo of RichH55
4.5/5  rDev +36%

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4.5/5  rDev +36%

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4.5/5  rDev +36%

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 richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of Turing
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of Cincy_Joe
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of Jimbolikesbeer
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of jlove5
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

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 skiit13
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of matzah
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of Paracatu
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of Wiz99
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.31 out of 5 based on 1,132 ratings.
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