Sunday, January 1, 2012

Samuel Adams - Infinium (2011)

Infinium is a limited-release seasonal collaboration between Sam Adams and Germany's Weihenstephan, the world's oldest brewery. Part of the uniqueness is that they set out to create a new style while sticking to the traditional four brewing ingredients.

Infinium comes corked and caged, in a 750ml champagne bottle, and is not cheap. I paid $20 for a bottle at Total Wine, which was limiting purchases to two per customer.

10.3% ABV

Infinium pours a honey-amber color with a hazy appearance. It has champagne-like carbonation and the explosion of fine bubbles creates a thin, fizzy white head.

This beer has a light, sweet aroma. The malt is filled with honey and apricots, while citrusy hops notes round out the bouquet.

Taste & Feel
Wow... this is incredibly carbonated. Thin body, but very sweet and somewhat tart up front, with hints of apricot and orange marmalade. It's a bit aggressive through the middle with a citrusy hop flavor paired with a slight spiciness. More orange marmalade comes through toward the finish, before giving way to a perfumy, floral aftertaste. Despite being a higher-alcohol brew, you really can't taste it.

It's great. Definitely amazing that they were able to craft such a unique beer while conforming to Reinheitsgebot.

Now, I'd be lying if I said it was one of my all-time favorites, but its unique character and relative rarity makes Infimium worth shelling out twenty bucks to get yours hands on a bottle. 

Also, I normally wouldn't say this, but this is definitely a beer to share. Typically, I can finish a bottle this size in one sitting by myself, but between the sweet flavor and intense mouthfeel, I think this warrants at least two people to drink it. Besides, at twenty bucks apiece, you may want to go halves on it.

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