Category Archives: American Imperial Stout

Carbon Brews x Heroes Hot Solo

Brewery: Carbon Brews x Heroes Beer Co.
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 9.3%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: 51 IBUs. Malts – Pale, Oats, Wheat, Carafa st2, Carafa st3, Carared, Carabohemian and Chocolate. Hops – Ekg and Sabro. Yeast – Chico. Others – Lactose, Cacao, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Vanilla and Chipotle. Experience – Dark chocolate, cinnamon, chipotle

Brewer Description: (from can) BA Mexican hot chocolate stout.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.79
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 23rd July 2020. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a one finger tanned head that dissipated fairly quickly and left some sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, and a touch of spice, maybe its cinnamon.
Taste: Smoked milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, leather, and a light chili spice on the throat.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Much better than Cherrbacca (which was released on the same day) in my opinion. Imperial Stouts with a splash of chili spice usually works for me, and continues to do so here. More roast and less pastry, and I’d probably like it even more.

Carbon Brews x Heroes Cherrbacca

Brewery: Carbon Brews x Heroes Beer Co.
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 9.6%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: 51 IBUs. Malts – Pale, Oats, Wheat, Carafa st2, Carafa st3, Carared, Carabohemian and Chocolate. Hops – Ekg and Sabro. Yeast – Chico. Others – Lactose, Cacao, Cherry and Vanilla. Experience – Cherry, dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate

Brewer Description: (from can) BA black forest cake stout.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.42
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.3

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 23rd July 2020. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with a one finger tanned head that had good retention and left some nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, chocolate, vanilla, artificial cherry, oak, and light cherry and rubber notes.
Taste: Light roast, chocolate cake, vanilla, light bourbon spice, with hints of dark fruit.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Not too sweet, so that’s a good thing, and there’s chocolate cake, but I’m not really getting black forest. I’m not fond of the cherry addition here and I think that it could have been a better Milk Stout or something, without the cherry.

Against The Grain x De Molen Bo & Luke (Amburana Wood)

Brewery: Against The Grain Brewery x Brouwerij De Molen
Country: USA
ABV: 13%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: 2017 white wax. Amburana wood

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Beats all you ever saw! We have a reputation for being big, bold, and having the gumption to do things others won’t. In your hands is a barrel aged ale that exemplifies just that. We took Kentucky’s beloved bourbon recipe and flipped it upside down by employing rye, barley, corn, and cherry wood smoked malts. Then we aged it on freshly dumped bourbon barrels for three Kentucky months! The resulting beer is dark and smoky with hints of caramel, vanilla, and spice. Hang on to it while you can. This one’s going fast.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.28
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A white waxed 750ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date, but should be 2017 vintage. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with an one finger tanned head that had decent retention and left nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Light roast, chocolate, cocoa, oak, sweet, vanilla, cinnamon, and light smoke.
Taste: Sweet, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, bourbon, chocolate, cocoa, chocolate cake, caramel, and light smoke.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice aroma and flavours with a nice mix of especially vanilla and cinnamon. Smoke was there but a little light compared to the base, while mouthfeel was lighter than expected.

Against The Grain x De Molen Bo & Luke (Tequila Barrel)

Brewery: Against The Grain Brewery x Brouwerij De Molen
Country: USA
ABV: 13%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: 2016 gold wax. Tequila barrel aged

Brewer Description: (from bottle) It beats all you ever saw! This barrel-aged ale uses the staple ingredients barley, rye and corn, plus cherry wood smoked malt to create a huge imperial stout. To top it all off, we barrel age the beer for three Kentucky months! The result is a rich and complex Imperial Smoked Stout with hints of caramel, vanilla and spice.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.76
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A gold waxed 750ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date, but should be 2016 vintage. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with a one finger tanned head that had decent retention, and left spotty lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, chocolate, oak, soft sweet notes of tequila, and a touch of smoke.
Taste: Light roast, chocolate, cocoa, oak, and subtle notes of tequila and smoke.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Not as good as the other 2106 variants (red wine barrel and Islay scotch barrel) as the smoke and tequila were rather subtle, and the body was for some reason, lighter than I’d hope for.

Against The Grain x De Molen Bo & Luke (Red Wine Barrel)

Brewery: Against The Grain Brewery x Brouwerij De Molen
Country: USA
ABV: 13%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: 2016 purple wax. Red Wine barrel aged

Brewer Description: (from bottle) It beats all you ever saw! This barrel-aged ale uses the staple ingredients barley, rye and corn, plus cherry wood smoked malt to create a huge imperial stout. To top it all off, we barrel age the beer for three Kentucky months! The result is a rich and complex Imperial Smoked Stout with hints of caramel, vanilla and spice.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.29
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A purple waxed 750ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date, but should be 2016 vintage. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with a half finger tanned head that had decent retention and left nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Light roast, chocolate, vinous, red grapes, kyoho grape jelly, with hints of bourbon sweetness.
Taste: Chocolate, cocoa, roast, sweet bourbon, grape jelly, red grape, red wine, vinous, and light booze.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: At times it felt a little sweet, but I love the kyoho grape aroma in this. Unfortunately, all the smoked malts from the original seems to have been lost in all the bourbon, grape and vinous characteristics, but this was still an enjoyable sipper on a cool night.