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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1.5/5  rDev -53.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 version, a 750ml caged, corked, and foiled champagne simulacrum bottle. 'Tis my anniversary with my better half, and this popping up on the local beer store shelves obviates the need to open up that dusty bottle of vintage grape bubbly I have kicking around. And only 18 Canuck bucks at retail - sounds like a steal after those earlier mentions of costs stateside.

This beer pours a lightly hazed, frigid-looking golden apple juice colour (very reminiscent of white ice wine), with a teeming, near-overflowing column of loose foamy beige head, which settles at an agreeable pace, leaving some random streaks of chalky lace around the glass on the way.

It smells of sweet grain, dry bready crackers, muddled, reserved citrus, earthy yeast, and leafy hops. The taste is much more about the caramel malt - toffee, a bit of butterscotch, a solid nondescript black fruitiness, and some mild yeast, all push things into Belgian Strong Pale Ale territory. Leafy, softly citric hops lend an air of balance, and only a slight booze warming emanates from deep down below.

The carbonation is crisp, for sure, and fairly light, although it does seem to persist longer than you might expect, which tamps down the otherwise strong candidacy for a medium body weight. That same crispness also goes somewhat prickly, and is consequently smoothness-damping. It finishes sweet, as the bubbles taper off - caramel and candy sugar, amongst some musty hoppiness.

Well, not exactly all that akin to that famous Gallic bubbly offering, is it? More like painting the right carbonation onto a strong Belgian pale ale. So, while still perfectly drinkable ("it's like Chimay with more bubbles" - thanks, hon - you pretty much nailed it), the subtleties of the best of this weird hybrid style are lost in the mire here. It does do one other Champagne-esque thing well though - the wine level booze sneaks up on you, well hidden as it is.

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1.5/5  rDev -53.7%

Photo of gordavidson
3.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Bottling.

A- Pours a clear peachy golden color with a thin, splotchy white head.

S- Abundant light and tart fruit and some mustiness. Complex and inviting.

T- Mustiness, light fruit, and alcohol. Very complex and hard to pinpoint anything specific. Something seems a little odd.

M- Astringent on the finish but a nice body with some spicy carbonation. The alcohol is warm and surprisingly tame considering the style and alcohol content.

O- An interesting beer but not with the money. Drinkable, especially considering the alcohol content.

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Destral
1.23/5  rDev -62%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Tried the 2010 on New Year's last year and the 2011 around the holiday's at Khoury's. Had a similarly bad experience both times with this failure of a beer. I'm not quite sure how 2 companies, especially Weihenstephaner, who make great beer decided to release this.

Nothing really wrong with the appearance. Poured a nice golden color with tons of carbonation.

Get your popcorn ready! Pure butter and diacetyl. Really hard to get anything else.

What a mess. The diacetyl definitely carries over. Its boozy to boot. Overly sweet, alcoholic butter.

The beer is sticky. It lingers. Its heavy. Everything a Biere de Champagne shouldn't be

This beer almost ruined my midnight toast on NYE. Couldn't get down more than 2 ounces before having to drain pour. The 2011 version was luckily split a few ways, but that couldn't be finished either.

I've talked to a lot of people about this beer, and my experience doesn't seem to be the exception. I'm not sure if there is a big variance from bottle to bottle on this, problems with transportation, the brewing process, or just an infection...but I dont think I'll be trying it in 2012.

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

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2/5  rDev -38.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the breweries and style. I'm really hoping this will be good.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and great retention - especially for the ABV. Nontransparent hazel colour.

Sm: Champagne yeast, crystal malt, and some light hop notes. A mild strength aroma.

T: A bit of apple crispness. Champagne yeast. Some candied sugar - which I like. Some other fruit esters I can't quite place. Not anywhere near as much crystal malt as expected. A bit simple for the style. I like it. It's got a good full body. The apple note on the finish is bothersome.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with tingly fizzy coarseness and candied sugar fullness.

Dr: Quite drinkable - especially for the ABV. I'd have it again if the price was better. It's good, but there are better beers in the style.


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Photo of MightyMonk
2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am a big fan of both Sam Adams and especially Weihenstephan so this review does not come easy. I knew the limited brew and supply (December) made it hard to find. When I found some I purchased 2 bottles without a second thought at 20 bucks a bottle.This was the first time trying this ale. I had high expectations.
My first impression was pretty good. I love the bottle and the champagne like presentation.

It pours with champagne like carbonation. Tall white head with lots of action.
The aroma is pleasing with floral, fruity, citrus notes.
The first taste surprised me with its bready very malty sweetness.
It seems the dry finish is full of bready, malty, citrus like flavors that don't appeal to me. I do like the Noble hops. The mouth feel is light and crisp but full of sweet, dry unflattering tastes. In my opinion.

Overall I was really disappointed in the beer that both Jim Koch (Sam Adams) and Weihenstephan collaborated with.

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of amk786
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is probably one of the coolest looking beer i have ever seen.
With a smell of sour grapes, feel of malted barley, with a slight aroma of hops, neither sweet nor bitter but balanced, smooth texture and feel, and retains a medium head on the glass.

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Photo of felipesegundo
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of GWaters
4.07/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Boston Bubbly"

Year: Infinium 2011

Poured from a champagne bottle
Served in 16 oz. plastic Patriots cups. Go Pats!!
Temperature: 32 F.

Pour: Pours smooth, but exploded with a foamy head. Took about 15 minutes to settle.

Smell: Light nose of citrus and apples backed by floral notes. Strong hints of malt and yeast to round out the experience. A truly enjoyable experience. It reminded me of a barley wine I had once had.

Taste: Light citrus notes and fruity flavors float on top what can only be defined as a barley wine spritzer. The overall taste is passive, and would not over power any other food or beverage flavors introduced.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, comprised of small tight bubbles. Like a seltzer, but coats the mouth just a bit more than simple water would.

Drinkability: Yes. This is a very drinkable beer in that it is a good social beverage. Perfect for what it was designed (New Years Celebration). This is not a session beer, or even what I would typically call a beer. It was crafted for a specific purpose, and it suits that purpose very well.

Food Pairing: I drank this beer with Maine lobster dipped in butter, and found this pairing to be about as close to perfect as I could have imagined. The beer didn't take center stage. Instead, it humbly gave way to the lobster, and butter, while strongly playing the role of supporting character. By itself this beer is uneventful but bring this beer to an event, and you have something.

Overall: I gave this beer a high rating because of what it was meant to be, and that it accomplished that successfully. It is not a campfire beer, or a session beer. This beer was made to compete with champaign, and it does that. My experience with this beer was very positive. The food tasted better because of the beer. Normally we talk about beer tasting better because of food, and that is the difference here.

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this as a gift from a fishing buddy.

Poured from the champagne bottle to a flute.

A - The beer pours a yellow slightly hazy honey-type color with minimal head and little to no retention or lacing.

S - Perhaps the beer's best feature was the nose: very floral and fruity in character with a strong apple aroma. A bit of yeast noticeable through the sweetness.

T/M - The apple from the nose is immediately present on the tongue with a slightly sour character. It's obviously dry on the mouth and drinks like champagne. It is definitely crisp throughout.

O - Overall I am glad I didn't purchase this beer but am appreciative to have tried it. Won't be back.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of AngryNucleus
2/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of chazmatz
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

WHen opening this brilliantly designed bottle, I was very excited. Was expecting something similar to a belgian in some respects. What I got was something less than I expected.

Look: It poured into a small fluted beer glass looking light golden and slightly bubbly. The head was fluffy and creamy.

Smell: grass, hay, barn-yard notes, a bit yeasty.

Taste: Sour, vinegary, tart, and earthy. the sour vinegar carried over from the smell, and was the overpowering flavor.
Mouthfeel was bubbly and sharp.

After: As the beer settled down, it left me feeling like I did not want another infinium, so it was not what I call highly drinkable. The qualities this shared with champagne were mostly in mouthfeel, but it came off more like a Berliner Weisse.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 1/22/12

Note: Infinium 2011

Appearance: Hazy dark golden color, a massive head due to massive carbonation - sticky carbonation

Smell: Light citrus, seltzer water, and champagne - kind of smells like a white wine spritzer - light fruits, lemon, maybe some wheat? - malts are very pale, overall aroma is very mild

Taste: Somewhere between beer and wine - light fruits that seem like they would fit in a white wine, like lemon and orange - some pale malts, some wheat twang - more light citrus, some bitterness - basically tastes like a white wine spritzer, perhaps with a splash of a wheat beer - very clean, seltzer-like, with some alcohol, some sweetness

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, prickly, light to medium, crisp

Overall: Weird, but good for what it is

This is not an earth-shattering beer in any way, but considering the strange style, it's pretty good. It seems to have a bad reputation because of the hype and the price tag. Haters gonna hate.

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +38.9%

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