2016 Infinite Wishes by Smog City

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2016 Infinite Wishes by Smog City is a 12.7% ABV Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels

Label:
Infinite Wishes is an inspired reimagination of a classic Imperial Stout. Decadently aged for 12 months in bourbon barrels, Infinite Wishes draws from the depths of nothingness and pours obsidian black with intense aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and cooked sugar finishing with the layered richness of a bourbon chocolate pie.

==Introduction==

Obtained this one on release date at Smog City in Torrance California. I unfortunately had missed last years released but was granted the ability to purchase last years as well. This time, I would not miss it not matter what. This brew reminded me so much of the Neverending Story. That cult classic from the 80’s which is basically their The Nothing (The Antagonistic Entity of the movie) aged in bourbon barrels. May not say much but The Nothing was pretty ridiculous and delicious. Hence, I could not wait to get this one regardless, take up Falcor the Magic Dragon and take Flight!!! Let’s take a look and see what is the true infinite wishes all about.
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Aromas:
Rich Pecan pie aroma, Oak, Bourbon, dark fruits raisins, figs, prunes, bananas, clove spice, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, German Chocolate, Bakers Chocolate, Belgian Chocolates, Chocolate Mousse, clove spice, Vanilla, dulce de leche caramel, molasses, anise, toffee, Three Milks/Tres Leches, port wine, rocky road ice cream, crème brulee, flan, coconut, graham crackers, coffee notes and lots of marshmallows.

Flavors:
Rich Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, German Chocolate, Bakers Chocolate, Mexican chocolate, chocolate mousse, chocolate cheese cake, Oak, Bourbon, Vanilla, Dulce De Leche Caramel, Pecan pie, hazelnut nectar, rich bananas, grilled Bananas, dark fruit raisins, plums, figs, currants, black cherries, raspberries, flan, leche nestle/sweetened condensed milk, choco flan, brown sugar, Three Milks/Tres Leches cream, Toffee, Piloncillo Sugar Cone, Cotton candy, marshmallows, chocolate smores, choco flan, toasted coconut, port wine, clove spice, crème brulee, molasses, mint anise, maple syrup, rocky road ice cream, tobacco notes, and chocolate pudding.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with flavors of Rich Dulce de leche caramel, dark chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, dark fruits, cherry cordials, oak, bourbon, pecan pie, coconut, tres leches cake and marshmallows. No alcohol in the taste despite the ABV. Dark pitch black like the nothing body. Velvety, silky, syrupy, smooth and rich creamy mouthfeel, and a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
This little bottle is pure damn magic! If magic potions do exists, then this is one of them. Granting an immense amount of richness to seemingly all senses, the wishes aspect is all true. One of the the many things you could wish for is in this bottle. Ridiculously complex, just like the super well made great beers of our times and one of the most coveted. Supremely recommended and a must have!

Anime Corner:
Rydia of Mist from Final Fantasy IV was used in this pairing as I wanted to pair with the childlike empress who grants Bastian the infinite wishes for destroying the nothing by giving her a name, that name was *Spoiler Alert* MoonChild! *SpoilerEnds* Essentially, Rydia in the pictures I found was a child in the beginning and later you find out that she had summoning powers. A real powerful sorceress princess. She did travel to the moon to save the world another reason why I think it paired greatly. In the last picture she is holding a flame and you see the white dragon in the background paying a tribute to the Luck Dragon and the infinite wishes crystal that the childlike empress gives Bastian as well as the Auryn.

Sources:
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The Dread by Elysian brewing

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The Dread by Elysian brewing is a 9.2% ABV Imperial Stout aged in Oak Staves.

Label:
As Dark as your darkest fears, The Dread is a constant, lurking companion, encircling you with dark malts, a touch of rye, and the engulfing complexity of oak aging.

==Introduction==
Essentially, their awesome Dragonstooth aged in oak Staves. So if Dragonstooth is a dragon then aging it it in oak for the briny deep ocean of dark flavor goodness, sounds a lot to me like sea dragon of some sorts. Either way, getting what little I could find hidden behind the shelf at the local Total wine where I barely noticed it dude to being all the way in the back made me realize how coveted this beer was. It truly was extremely coveted as I can only assume many craft beer fishers had fished this out many times out of the sea that is the craft beer shelves at the store. Damn, lucky to find a sea monster like this. Let’s see what is up with this one.

Aromas:
Rich oak, coffee, toasted coconut, marshmallow smores, dark fruit raisins, plum, figs, currants, Deep dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, German chocolate, marzipan, mocha, vanilla, caramel, leather, smokey notes, hazelnut nectar, pecan pie, oats, cookie dough, caramel cake, roasted barley, brown sugar, port wine hints musty grapes and molasses.

Flavors:
Deep dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, German chocolate, marzipan, roasted coffee, mocha, vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut, oak, marshmallow smores, dark fruit raisins, plum, figs, currants, rye bread, molasses, anise, leather, smokey notes, hazelnut nectar, pecan pie, oats, cookie dough, caramel cake, roasted barley, brown sugar, port wine hints and musty grape notes.

Aftertaste:
Coffee notes, Rich oak, rich chocolate notes, smokey hints, Earthy notes and rye. No alcohol in the taste, silky, creamy, smooth and velvety mouthfeel with a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
A bit above exceptional this monster is! Reminding me of the Chocolate Oak Yeti, with its rich oak and chocolate infused flavors surely getting heavier as the beer warms up to room temperature. I think I really fell for this one reminding me of the great Dragonstooth I tried oh so damn long ago but also taking it to the next level. I don’t think this special sea monster will last long, even if Elysian’s distribution has gotten greater. Highly recommended though.

Anime Corner:
Annet Futanabi from El Viento and Rydia of the Myst with Leviathan from Final Fantasy IV were used in this pairing as I wanted to show case the dread, as seen by Annet’s face in the pairing, that is felt when being chased by a huge deep oak sea monster. Opening this bottle is a damn struggle when you realize the crazy flavors and aromas this has. However, even at the deepest darkest parts of the ocean, by having the magic to tame a monster like Rydia of the mist has, you can really take on the beer and make it your own sipping and enjoying everything the sea beast onslaughts on you palate.

Sources:
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