Normally, I would review the standard Infinite Wishes as well as any and all 2021 variants. Since normal is still a few months away, I have cracked open a 2020 as well as the Peanut Butter Cup version.
Now let’s review these two from Smog City…
Oh the Wishes I should have made this time last year. But let’s talk about this waxed Bourbon Barrel Imperial stout, which the label describes as “a bourbon chocolate pie”. I initially get a red wine vinous note along with a touch of coconut. As it warms up, the chocolate starts to cone through. A mix of milk and dark versions. A tiny hint of oak adds a different taste along with a bit more carbonated sparkle than I expected.
Now let’s turn to Reeses, Jeff, Skippy or wherever your personal peanut butter fix comes from…
Big peanut hit upon popping the bottlecap. It is not a candy aroma or taste though. More peanut butter cookie to me. Maybe a cookie dough effect. Less carbonated than the previous Infinite Wishes which I think works better. The bourbon barrel flavors are effectively removed. I wish that some more of that remained to create a boozy cookie simulacrum.
One of the fun points in the LA beer calendar is being delayed a bit for safety reasons which I applaud. Here’s are the details on the coming Infinite Wishes release from Smog City.
“One of the best parts about Wishes Day is getting to try all the variants, talk about your favorite variant (or the OG) with you, which one you’re most surprised by, and which one you’re going to buy a whole case of. Since we can’t share that experience with you if we can’t serve beer onsite, we’ve decided that delaying the release was the best thing to do right now. Also, Wishes day always draws a huge crowd (yay!) and we all know that now is not the time for crowds, even if it’s for an amazing beer.
What we can tell you is that we are concocting 4 delicious variants in addition to the straight IW release and no matter what, the day is going to look different than it has in the past. Rest assured, we are working on creative ways to encapsulate the excitement and thrills of Wishes Day while still keeping our community safe!”
Well, maybe closer to (4) variants of the annual Infinite Wishes release from Smog City. You can buy 2/Max bottles of the following: Regular, Coconut Vanilla, Cinnamon, Double Bourbon and licorice.
Smog City throws a good party and they have the crowd control and lines down too. So head out to Torrance on January 25th and look into the infinite.
I am ever so slowly draining my cellar of beer and a weekend back, I decided to pull up two beers from Smog City. One from 2014 and one from 2015.
Goldie (2014) pours a deep amber color. This beer lets you know it’s big but not in an aggressive way. Cheeks aren’t warm but you can feel the effects of the beer. The bourbon character melds with the strong ale equally. Hint of pineapple and caramel. Slight burn with each sip. A little tiny touch of honey sweetness leads to a dry finish.
Infinite Wishes (2015) Pours dark black but not much head to it. The barrel has left this building. There is some red wine aged notes. Odd that a 2014 strong ale with less ABV in Goldie lasted longer. This may have turned just past the point of maturation. Getting some cherry notes making it a little bit sour. Chocolate is the predominant taste.
On January 19th, Wishes will be granted as Smog City returns their Bourbon Barrel-Aged Infinite Wishes. The stout has “spent over a year resting in bourbon barrels collecting intense aromas of vanilla, sweet bourbon, cocoa, cinnamon, and cooked sugar.” My suggestion: I would try a taster (take notes on how it smells and tastes) and then buy a bottle to try later this year.
As a bonus, Smog City will be releasing some special variants too.
If your wishes weren’t answered during Year1 of Smog City’s release of Infinite Wishes their bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout, well you get another chance tomorrow with the online pre-sale. The brewery calls it “bourbon chocolate pie” and boy does that sound delicious.
Where are you going to be on Saturday, January 17th at noon?
Smog City of course! You can get your 2nd vintage of The Nothing so you can taste test the 2014 to the 2015 and then you will want to compare them both to Infinite Wishes (2014 The Nothing which spent 364 days in bourbon barrels).
You will be kicking yourself if you don’t at least taste these two chocolatey stouts. But you should really plan on buying some bottles.