13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from the Four Firkins. Golden colored pour with an effervescent white head. Aroma is bready, fruity somewhat funky aroma. Flavor is dry, sweet and also fruity and funky. Dry finish.
bluejacket74 (1570) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a flute, the beer pours a clear golden color with a couple inch off-white head. Little bubbles continuously move from the bottom of the glass to the top. Head retention is good, with a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice, but weak. The brew smells like bready malt, apples, grassy hops and an herbal/floral aroma. It tastes like white grapes, pears, bready malt, grassy hops, a weird bitter flavor (not bitter in a good way) I donít know exactly what it is, and a bit of apples and booze. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, itís well carbonated and has a dry finish. Drinkability is average. Overall I think itís an OK beer. Itís not bad, but I donít think itís too good, either. It was nice to try this beer, but looking back now I certainly could have spent that $20 in better ways.
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful bottle and aroma, but the taste leaves much to be desired. The pour is nice, bubbly with a light head that quickly disappears, amber and quite transparent. The aroma is fruity, tart, with a hint of sweet and yeast. I was enticed by the smell. The taste however was quite disappointing, especially after such a nice nose. The initial burst of flavor is quite nice, a lot of yeasty flavor with some tart fruit and a hint of spice which all quickly disappear as it runs down the tongue. This beer typifies Sam Adams for me, a big advertising budget with a mediocre product. For $17.99 ON SALE, a disappointment. Iíd rather spend my money on two Deliriums for the same price.
SpicyBlonde (6) - USA - DEC 29, 2010 does not count
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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hamilton23 (617) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 29, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice looking bottle, but ironically, the beer fell flat. If they were trying to make champagne, they failed, if they were trying to make beer, they failed. Pours a pale, almost clear with loads of tiny bubbles like champagne. The head dissipated quickly. Smell was some pears, butter, and potpourri. Dry like champagne with interesting mouthfeel of champagne too. Tastes similar to a lambic but with almost no fruitiness left. Nice try Sam Adams, but at $22 a bottle there is no way I am buying this one again.
phaleslu (7650) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2011 Bottle shared by a Sam Adams rep who is a buddy of mine; he brought one back from Mass, not knowing we got it here. Very cool looking bottle, I have to give them a lot of credit for this design. Pours a clear, bubbly golden color with a huge, foamy, slightly off-white head. Not as pale as champagne. Aroma starts with an odd buttery note, then notes of sweet malts, cream, dry yeast, dough, and ripened bananas. Flavor of banana-like yeast, sweet, bready malts, dry grains, white grapes, sugary toffee, and some wood. Medium-bodied, with high, bubbly carbonation and a crisp, bubbly mouthfeel. I guess some champagne characteristics are there- carbonation, dryness, some white grape notes- but I wish I hadnít read the tag and bottle before trying it; my buddy was really caught up on selling this as a íchampagneí beer, so I guess thatís what theyíre telling their reps to say. That just messed with my interpretation of it, though (and made me think of High Life, which to be fair, this doesnít resemble). This is sweet, malty, and buttery in ways that champagne isnít. Still, Iím opening mine on NYE and Iíll see what some other friends think. Re-Rate: NYE 12/31/10: This is a buttery mess. I purposely withheld my thoughts until a couple other friends tried it, and one exact quote was, "Damn- this is super buttery and sweet. I donít think I can drink much more." If that element could be toned down, I sort of see what they were trying to do here, but I look at this as a misfire. I would save your $18-$22 if you see this beautiful bottle on shelves near you.
SPDickerman (1065) - Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2012 750mL corked bottle. Pours clear, bubbly pale orange-ish yellow with full, fluffy white head that fizzles away shortly. Smells like apples and other white, stone fruits from the yeast. Tastes of light, sweet fruits (such as apples, peaches, etc.) and champagne. Light-bodied and very delicate with a crisp, almost abrasive texture and champagne-like carbonation, Infinium Ale finishes dry and a little sweet. Too much like a malty champagne...
Moooooser (32) - Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An interesting íbeerí. The joint venture between Sam Adams and Weihenstephan intrigued me. Iím not used to having a very bubbly beer, and honestly Itís not for me. The complexity isnít what Iím used to with todayís microbrew standards, but itís still fun. Just not really worth the price. Definately good for a newbie, but not for someone who craves Russian Imperial Stouts (but still enjoys all beers, and loved his beer tour of Germany).
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
First of all, thanks for the beer Bill, but this is one seriously flawed beer. Itís buttery as hell and that made it difficult to drink. Perhaps a bit high in carbonation too. Aroma is of buttered biscuits. Flavor was butter and some sweet light malts. White grapes? The palate was carbonated and seemingly oily. I hated this beer.
nickd717 (3671) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Chevy Chase in DC, served at my engagement party. Every young girl, whether she admits it or not, dreams of finding herself a good ticker someday. Iím not one to brag, but good olí Nick D is a rather impressive one. Pours a clear bright copper color with a well-formed yellowish head. The aroma is nice and pleasant, sweet malty notes and light fruits, apple and pear, with mild spice. The flavor is not amazing but enjoyable. Sweet pale and caramel malts, light fruitiness, spicy hops, oak and vanilla. The palate is great. Lighter on the body but smooth, with somewhat lively carbonation. This is a nice concept beer and one that is great to drink. I approve.