Category Archives: Carbon Brews

Carbon Brews Ambrotos

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 10%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Bottle 130 of 250. 86 IBUs. Malts – Oats, Wheat, Marris Otter, Carafa 2, Carafa S3, Caramunich, Chocolate and Amber. Hops – Chinook and EKG. Yeast – Chico. Experience – Oak, candy sugar, fig

Brewer Description: (from bottle) rum & red wine b.a. imperial stout.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.85
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 650ml bottle, bottle 130 of 250, bottled on 12th July 2019 and with a best before date on 12th July 2021. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: It poured black in colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malt, chocolate, oak, red wine vinous, dark fruit and licorice.
Taste: Much like the aroma, light roast, moderate sweetness, chocolate, red wine, vinous, dark fruit, licorice and booze.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: A little sweet and boozy which isn’t really my thing, but luckily it isn’t overly so. Body is also lighter than expected, but there is interesting roast, chocolate, red wine and dark fruit flavours.

Carbon Brews Choco Rainforest

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 10.1%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Bottle 85 of 300. 80 IBUs. Malts – Oats, Wheat, Marris Otter, Carafa 2, Carafa S3, Caramunich, Chocolate, Amber and Abbey. Hops – Chinook and EKG. Yeast – Chico. Experience – Rich, chocolate, vanilla

Brewer Description: (from bottle) b.a. imperial stout.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.92
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 650ml bottle, bottle 85 of 300, bottled on 9th July 2019 and with a best before date on 9th July 2021. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: It poured black in colour with a half finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly and left spotty lacing.
Aroma: Vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, with notes of caramel.
Taste: Chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, with light notes of licorice and raisin.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly only medium to light bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Enjoyable Imperial Stout with good flavours, although body was much lighter than expected.

Carbon Brews Zesty Feelings

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 4.9%
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Other Notes: 15 IBUs. Malts – Pilsner, Wheat, Oats and Carapils. Hops – Citra and Cryo loral. Yeast – Chico. Fruit – Grapefruit and Lemon Zest. Experience – Fruity, citrus, smashable

Brewer Description: (from can) Citrus wheat.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.2
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.1

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 5th September 2020. Poured into a Spiegelau wheat glass.
Appearance: A hazy straw blonde colour with an uncontrollable more than five finger white head that had fairly good retention, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Citrusy, lemon zest, lemon rind, and a floral character.
Taste: Light citrusy lemon zest, lemon rind, bready malt, wheat, and a splash of lime.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Very light and crushable, but didn’t leave any sort of impression on me.

Carbon Brews The Baltic Proper

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 7.7%
Style: Baltic Porter
Other Notes: 38 IBUs. Malts – Pale, Munich T1, Special W, Caramunich T2, Black Patent and Carafa Special T3. Hops – Willamette and Hellertau. Yeast – 34/70

Brewer Description: (from can) Experience – dark chocolate, coffee, rich dark malt.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.96
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 30th April 2020. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: Dark brown in colour with a two finger beige head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Roasty dark malt, chocolate, coffee, and caramel, with notes of dark fruit and nuttiness.
Taste: Roasty dark malt, toasty bitterness, dark chocolate, nutty, and coffee, with notes of sweet dark fruit.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Looks great with good dark chocolate bitter flavours. I was hoping for stronger dark fruit, but still, it was enjoyable.

Carbon Brews Little Rich Lupulins

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 6%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: 20 IBUs. Malts – Pilsner, Oats, Vienna and Carahell. Hops – Mosaic, Ekuanot, Citra, Simcoe, Galaxy, Idaho 7 and Cryo Mosaic. Yeast – London III

Brewer Description: (from can) Hazy IPA. Experience – tropical fruit, mango, lychee.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.21
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A fresh 330ml can, canned only about a week ago, with a best before date of 26th May 2020. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A murky dark orange colour with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly while leaving some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Lots of stone fruit, ripe mango, with hints of citrus peel and pith.
Taste: Tropical and stone fruit, mango, citrus pith, with a light but enjoyable hop burn.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Another enjoyable Hong Kong brewed IPA, and once again, from Carbon Brews. Juicy tropicalness balanced with some light pithy bitterness. Just very easy to drink.