Drinking: Sam Adams Infinium

by Skip on January 19, 2011

in Drinks,Food & Eating

Sam Adams Infinium. Photo by Dan Schumacher

Sam Adams Infinium. Photo by Dan Schumacher

When Amy came back to the office saying she’d just seen a Champagne-like beer made by one of the oldest German breweries (and Sam Adams), I was intrigued. She went on to explain that the distributor had to get on a list years ago and received only one case. Very intrigued. And then she mentioned the price: $20. However shocked, I still wanted to pop a cork on one of Sam Adams’ Infinium.

Infinium - In Snow. Photo by Dan Schumacher

Infinium - In Snow. Photo by Dan Schumacher

Amy brought a bottle back to the office a few days later, but I have to say that none of us were impressed. Maybe it was the temperature, maybe it was so much different than any beer we’d tried before, or maybe it was a bad bottle. Who knows, but I was not too excited about the bottle I had sitting in the basement.

Infinium - Poured (close up).  Photo by Dan Schumacher

Infinium - Poured (close up). Photo by Dan Schumacher

This past weekend, I opened my bottle and shared it with the house. The fast-acting and intense head was the first thing we noticed, as well as its light golden color and fine, Champagne-like bubbles. After two minutes, the head subsided and we began to smell sweet crisp apple (or persimmon, thanks Atlantic).

Infinium - Glass. Photo by Dan Schumacher

Infinium’s combination of beer and Champagne, while not altogether seamless, is certainly interesting. Once on the palate, the acidity and carbonation were on the forefront but quickly transitioned to beerier notes of caramel, cloves and nutmeg. Hoppy bitterness is present but doesn’t receive the spotlight. At the finish, the 10.3 percent alcohol by volume booziness mixes with the apple scent from the nose reminding me of calvados. (I love calvados.)

Would I run out and grab another bottle? No, probably not. The prohibitively high price, for me at least, outweighs the beer’s novelty and flavor. Now that I’m back in New York and have access to so many new and interesting brews, I’d rather just move on.

Skip produces The Gourmetro. He loves beer and was the founding beer columnist for Birmingham Magazine. Check out his published works on Aisle 9, and talk with him on Twitter.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Deb Miller January 19, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Haven’t read the article yet…just saw the pics and had to say…very cool shots! First one is my fav!

Mark May 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Haven’t been here in a while. Liked the read. No It’s not to much to ask and like many things all you have to do is start and the rest will follow.

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