Infinite Wishes | Smog City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smog City Brewing
California, United States
smogcitybrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by goldspire on 01-15-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#476
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
137
pDev:
6.56%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
48
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of GreatStoutman
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duncian
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WickedBeer
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to get a try of this at Eureka Woodland Hills.

Pours a deep sienna brown pour, with an ivory head of frothy lace that settles quickly and doesn’t leave too much residual lace.

The nose gives off a lot of dark fruit.. subtle oak and roasty coffee balance out the profile. But a very nice, predominantly sweet nose on this stout.

The flavors are similar to the nose, introducing that sweet dark fruit first. More roasty coffee and malt however, and it lingers nicely. Well balanced.

Good medium body. Creamy mouthfeel, slightly sticky. Really well done stout.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Antg8989
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.66/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SierraFlight
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mnine
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maltznhopz
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bunuelian
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevanb
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, red label with white wax, 2017 vintage, poured into a 14oz snifter glass. Enjoyed on 7.21.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick and oily with a bubbly khaki head that has very good retention and a few spots of soapy lace. The aroma is good, tons of oaky barrel character, charred wood, roasted grain, soft bourbon, nice chocolate, toffee, a bit of marshmallow, and some lightly acidic stone fruits. The flavors are very good, loads of bittersweet dark chocolate, charred oak, roasted grain with a touch of coffee, light plum and fig, light brown sugar, soft bourbon with vanilla and toffee. The mouthfeel is good, coating full body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation with a dry and very hot finish.

Verdict: A good barrel aged stout from Smog City. Perhaps a bit boozy and dry, but a great expression of the barrel character and a well rounded beer. The aroma is particularly enjoyable, really complex and well developed, I think the booziness just mutes the flavors a bit.

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Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ficklenicholas for this 500ML bottle of 2017 extraction. Excellent white homemade wax job but that industrial strength black tape almost killed me. Split with the wife.

The pour is black & looks way too small – damn 500ML bottles. This is ‘Merica, dammit! The nose is chocolate soaked bourbon. If Betty Crocker made that, I’d be on it.

Infinite Wishes grows on me like the fungal infection I had back in ’91. The first swig is all char & roast & disappointment; but then it warms up & so do I. Aggressive bourbon with a sharp, hard edge emerges first, cut only a bit by soft chocolate, bitter roast, char, cinnamon. Harsh. A nice change from all the ice-smooth BA beers, & one I’d be happy to sip 750ML (or 22 oz.) of. Prepositions at the end of sentences rock.

Love the blast of bourbon, which only grows more pleasing & sharp as the beer warmed. Could have done with a few more ounces. Excellent beer.

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Photo of kmoen
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YvesB
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattreitz49
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Skellbop
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dro7
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 version with white wax seal.
Aroma: bourbon, chocolate, and wood.
Pours with a nice 2 finger head.
Palate: very woody, lots of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, with a slight dray bitter oat finish. Overall this is a great barrel aged stout. I love the chocolate, vanilla, and strong wood and bourbon flavors.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.77/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from vanlingleipa a while back. Cheers!

From a 50cl bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2017

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, somewhat foamy and crackly light tan head with half-decent retention. Black body with no real carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a full, foamy cap. A good cap remains leaving some foamier lacing down the glass as it empties. Foamy half wisp remains leaving a few foamy dots falling as the glass empties.

SMELL: Huge, massive nose of bourbon, oak, vanilla and creamy coconut. Lots of wood and bourbon here. Notes of milk chocolate come through as well. Bold and very barrel heavy.

TASTE: Lots of oak and bourbon up front. This is very spirit heavy, with wood, alcohol, and notes of vanilla coconut at the swallow. A big and boozy finish of woody oak, spirit, alcohol, some light milk chocolate and vanilla sweetness and some roasted bitterness. This is mostly woody booze, and is bold enough to make a statement.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation for the style. A touch foamy on the palate, goes down smooth enough with a bit of a scratch and finishes somewhat sticky. Some real alcohol heat lingers.

OVERALL: Tasty, but very barrel and wood heavy. If that’s your kind of thing, you’ll love this one. I usually prefer a bit more base stout to show up in this style, but it’s still plenty enjoyable. It’s perhaps a touch foamier than I’d like, though we don’t want to get too picky here I guess. A fine example of the style but not one I’d move mountains for. Thanks again vanlingleipa! Always a pleasure.

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Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Infinite Wishes from Smog City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 137 ratings