Category Archives: Hong Kong

Heroes BR&MSBAIMSwMSCN&V (4th Anniversary)

Brewery: Heroes Beer Co.
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 10.4%
Style: Stout – Milk / Sweet Imperial
Other Notes: Bottle 307 of 720

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Bourbon, Rye, and Maple Syrup Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout with Maple Syrup, Cacao Nibs and Vanilla. Imagine eating a chocolate pancake with maple syrup while drinking an Americano. Starts off with dessert-like aromas of maple syrup, vanilla, and dark chocolate notes. Follows through with a complex but smooth malt profile with dark chocolate, espresso beans, raisins, dark caramel and toasted bread. Bitterness is medium but enough to support the sweetness. Medium oak character from bourbon, rye whisky, and maple syrup barrels comes through to help add structure to palate.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A boxed, black waxed, 650ml bomber, bottle 307 of 720, packaged on 4th October 2021, and with a best before date of 4th October 2024. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Maple syrup, dried dark fruit, raisins, prunes, vanilla, bourbon, light roast, chocolate, caramel.
Taste: Sweet, bourbon, dried dark fruit, raisins, prunes, maple syrup, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, light roast.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, velvety, full bodied with no carbonation.
Overall: Great aroma, but it was too sweet for me. I don’t get the bitterness that the description talks about, which would definitely help it along. It’s okay as a sipper, but usually when I think sipper, it’s due to the apparent alcohol or alcohol strength rather than because of it’s sweetness, and I easily preferred both the 2nd and 3rd anniversary beers.

Heroes BB&AWAIMSwCN&V (3rd Anniversary)

Brewery: Heroes Beer Co.
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 10.3%
Style: Stout – Milk / Sweet Imperial
Other Notes: Bottle 644 of 960

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Bourbon Barrel & Amburana Wood Aged Imperial Milk Stout with Cacao Nibs & Vanilla. Starts off with robust wood aged characters of gingerbread, tonka beans, and savory herbs from the Amburana wood. Follows with secondary vanilla and toffee like notes from the Bourbon barrels and vanilla pods. The malt base is complex with rounded dark chocolates and coffee, which is further enhanced by the cacao nibs infusion. Secondary malt profile caramel, and toasted bread provides great depth to the flavor. Drinks full body with a chewy mouthfeel.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.12
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A boxed, black waxed, 650ml bomber, bottle 644 of 960, packaged on 15th July 2020, and with a best before date of 15th July 2022. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Poured pitch black with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Strong aromatic coconut, gingerbread, and cinnamon from the Amburana, followed by lots of nice milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. The finish is Christmas spice like.
Taste: Sweet, chocolate, Christmas spices, vanilla, caramel, toffee, dried dark fruit and a light spicy kick on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and rich, with soft carbonation.
Overall: Aroma was wonderful, while taste was sweet and rich, which was fine while cool, but as it warmed, it started getting more intense to the point where it was on the borderline maybe too much for me. Amburana barrels are not my favourite, but this was certainly worth a try.

Yardley Brothers BUGS: Bourbon Marmalade Wheat Sour

Brewery: Yardley Brothers Brewing
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 7%
Style: Wild Ale
Other Notes: 2020 vintage, limited release

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Barrel-aged series. Bourbon Marmalade Wheat Sour aged in oak bourbon barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.37
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 330ml bottle, 2020 vintage, bottle 581 of 1000. Poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.
Appearance: A clear copper colour, with a one finger off white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving some decent lacing.
Aroma: Nice restrained bourbon, oak, vanilla, marmalade, honey, yuzu, almost candy like.
Taste: Sweet, whiskey sour, citrus zest, orange, pineapple, yuzu, lime, wheat, oak, with light bourbon notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: It reminds me of one of my favourite cocktails, the whiskey sour, so it was definitely enjoyable and easy to drink for me.

Carbon Brews Funky Rich Lupulins v3.0

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 8.5%
Style: Brett IPA
Other Notes: 15 IBUs. Hops – Citra and Mosaic. Yeast/microbes – Amalgamation II. Barrels – s003 & s004 French oak

Brewer Description: (from bottle) One barrel was pre-acidified before fermentation then we blended and dry hopped both to give us a more balanced acidity. Gives an abundance of tropical fruit and a moderate level of funk.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.13
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottled, packaged on 1st March 2021, and with a best before date of 1st March 2023. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A nice slightly hazy golden colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left some lacing.
Aroma: Floral, citrusy, lemon zest, funky, brett, stone fruit, mango and pineapple.
Taste: Funky, brett, oak, light tartness, tropical fruit, melon, pineapple, lemon zest, with light white wine notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Brett IPAs are not my favourite, but this was quite enjoyable, especially the aroma.

Yardley Brothers Frederiksdal Cherry Sour Ale

Brewery: Yardley Brothers Brewing
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 7%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: 2020 Limited release. Aged in French oak Beaujolais barrels. Collaboration with Frederiksdal Kirsebærvin and Good Beer Project

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A collaboration with world-renowned cherry wine producer Frederiksdal, this sour ale was aged in a French oak Beaujolais barrel for 12 months and blended with Stevnsbær cherries.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.16
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 375ml bottle, 2020 vintage, bottle 454 of 500. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A very nice ruby red colour with a two finger pink head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Slightly tart, cherry, oak, with notes of vanilla, almond and maybe red wine.
Taste: Moderately sour, cherry, red berries, red wine, oak, with light notes of cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Looks great with some nice flavours. Don’t know much about Beaujolais, so not sure if it’s just the way Beaujolais barrels are, but more and stronger barrel character with some funk would have added some interesting complexities to the beer.