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
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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -53.7%

Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
2.01/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A Golden copper one finger off white head. Doesn't stick around but leaves a frothy top.

S Slightly grassy, a little musty, by of biscuit and a light citrus note. Weird bit of metal smell. Syrup.

T Obvious booze in the middle an the end with a sharpness up front. Definitely sweet and caramelly over a bready backbone. Apple and lemons. Lingering sweetness.

M Sharp all over with almost cloying sweetness especially in the finish. Tingling feeling left for a minute or two.

O Rather big beer, too sweet and boozy. There are underlying notes that seem to save it at moments, but generally not enough. I was quite disappointed by this beer. Not what I expected.

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Pauly2X
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Fantastically huge fizzy head very much like champange. Clear golden yellow with very effervescent carbonation visible.

S- There's a spicy yeast character up front reminiscent of clove, followed by a mild but noticeable hop aroma.

T- The malt backbone is light and grainy, very soft. It is almost shouted out by the spicy yeast character very reminiscent of many tripels. After which some noble hop flavor comes in just under the radar to add another layer, just before the dry finish.

M- Very fizzy but with some decent body as well.

O- Enjoyable for it's uniqueness, but not good enough to really seek out as something uttery great. Worth trying at least once. We cracked a bottle of this in the limo after I got married, so regardless of actual taste it will always be a special beer for me for the memories it recalls.

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2011 bottle into a champagne glass. The note hanging around the neck says the beer should be enjoyed before July 2012. Lots of smoke coming out the bottle once the cork was removed.
Hazy golden-orange color with lots of carbonation leading to almost all of the pour looking like head. The head dissipates fairly quickly but there is still tons of bubbles rising to the surface. Visually it looks very much like champagne.
Aroma is extremely fruity and sweet. It was hard to pick up anything besides the sweet fruity notes.
Taste upfront was also on the sweeter side. Crisp with some tartness from the middle to the finish; slightly astringent. However, the sharp carbonation acts as a nice palate cleanser.
The alcohol is extremely well masked, by no means does it feel like a 10% beer. Very good drinkability.
Overall, this is a 'different' beer, an interesting brew from Sam Adams and Weihenstephan. The price is too steep though and I honestly don't think it is worth $20 a bottle.
Definitely worth trying once for the experience. I am glad I tried it, but not sure if I will get another one.

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of efecher
4.3/5  rDev +32.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +38.9%

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3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle poured into a duvel tulip

Appearance: White foamy head over a true golden body with good lacing on the glass as the head fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet malt and sugars with hints of butter and caramel, these notes fade into a butterscotch and vanilla finish.

Taste: Buterscotch and butter/oil predominate with support by a heavy caramel not (especially as the beer warms), fading into light darker fruits.

Mouth: Very light/bubbly and dry (which makes sense for a champagne beer) but I don't think it fits the butter and caramel notes too well, needs to be a bit heavier.

Overall: A complex beer, and much better than the previous year, I like the buttery notes. I would drink this again if not for the price.

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a flute)
2011 vintage
A- This beer has a strong pop of the cork resulting in a glass full of white foam. Soon a crystal clear dark caramel colored body forms with a slow motion carbonation. The subsequent glasses have a boiling carbonation.

S- The fruity esters of pineapple mix with a cinnamon spice hop quality and some sweet fresh wort aromas. There is a Noble hop pellet bitterness that grows as the beer opens up. There is a lot going on but overall it is a light aroma.

T- The dry alcohol flavor has some sweet caramel wort flavors and a field corn flavor in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a big alcohol bite in the finish.

O- The boozy thin caramel flavored water is a bit hard to drink. It doesn't have any champagne-like qualities. Everything is out of balance with alcohol heat and sugar sweet being way to strong with the carbonation trying to do its part but it is still not crisp. I don't know if you chilled this in the freezer for a bit if it was designed to taste better ice cold? I don't think age would help this, especially with the sweetness.

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2.72/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The body is a murky orange-ish-brown. It's a gusher, too. It sat open for an hour or so before I poured my second glass and even that one gushed.

It smells like apples, pears, and dates, but then turns to a musty scent.

What a strange flavor profile. Tart and musty. There's some apple, but the finish had a strange aftertaste that resembles bile. Come to think about it, the taste is pretty gross. Upon first sip I didn't think it was that bad, but as it sits on the tongue it gets pretty grotesque.

Mouthfeel is the only redeeming quality. Light bodied with prickly carbonation that makes it drink like a sparkling wine.

The taste of this one is just bad. All other aspects barely make a statement beyond average. This is a beer I just couldn't get into.

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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