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Young Master Days of Being Wild – Dried Cherry

Brewery: Young Master Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 7.5%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Single foeder sour ale series

Brewer Description: (from tag on bottle) Days of Being Wild series draws inspiration from the Lambic traditions of Belgium. It is the first mixed fermentation program of its kind in Asia with a medley of wild yeast strains and lactic acid bacteria doing their work inside an oak foeder. End result is a series of beers that all share an underlying haunting complexity, farmhouse funk and refreshing fruitiness. This dried cherry edition takes it a step further with a second fermentation in Chardonnay barrels together with a generous addition of dried cherries. The combination of deep cherry flavour and vinous notes from the barrels with a touch of residual sweetness makes for a beautifully balanced and yet incredibly complex beer.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.01
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 750ml bottle, 2017 vintage, bottle 405 of 470. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy pinkish orange colour with a half finger off white head that disappeared almost immediately and left no lacing.
Aroma: Tart and sweet, cherry, red lifesaver hard candy, white wine, lemon peel and light funk.
Taste: Tart, cherry, red lifesaver hard candy, lightly sour, vinous, hints of oak and funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Nice cherry aroma and flavours but seems closer to the American Wild Ale than Lambic even if it is inspired by Lambic. I think this is as good as or maybe just very slightly behind the mixed berries version.

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Young Master Days Of Being Wild – Mixed Forest Berries

Brewery: Young Master Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 7.5%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Single foeder sour ale series

Brewer Description: (from website) Inspired by the tradition of lambic style brewing in Belgium, this is the first mixed fermentation program of its kind in Asia. With a mixed-culture fermentation featuring a medley of wild yeast and bacteria strains, these beers have haunting complexity, natural farmhouse funk and refreshing fruitiness. We plan to release variations every couple of months. With our single-foeder sour ale as the base, we blended in a medley of mixed forest berries and fermented it a second time in brandy barrels. Intense berry flavors combined with funk and acidity from the base beer makes it incredibly complex, yet extremely refreshing.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.02
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, 2017 vintage, bottle 160 of 250. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A nice clear ruby red colour with a big two finger pinkish head that dissipated fairly quickly to a small ring around the glass that keeps replenishing with lots of small bubbles, while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Mixed berries, raspberry, strawberry and blackberry with mild tartness and light funk.
Taste: Mixed berries, mainly raspberry and blackberry, there’s also some oak, lightly sour and light funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Good berry aroma and flavours although the berry flavours end a little abrupt. Still though, it is well worth a try.

Young Master Hak Mo Sheung Con Chile Ancho Y Panca

Brewery: Young Master Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 10.1%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Stout Imperial Con Chile Ancho Y Panca anejadas en barriles de bourbon. Ancho & Panca chillies from South America. 45 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from website) Aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels from America for six months and infused with Ancho & Panca chillies from South America. A brooding beer, it starts off as a rich, chocolatey imperial stout with a touch of smoke and heat from the chillies taking over mid-palate. Get to know it for a few sips and you will be rewarded.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.27
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 330ml bottle, 2017 release with a best before date of 31st December 2022. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a big almost two finger tanned head that had good retention, but eventually settled to a thin layer, while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate with a touch of wood and chili.
Taste: Chili spice dominates but doesn’t overpower, and this is a good thing. In the background appears the roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, molasses, dark fruit and oak.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: A very nice sipper. I tried this just after the Raspberry version and preferred this a lot more. There is good heat that isn’t overpowering, but yet enough to mask any booze. In addition, the chilis complement the base roastiness and chocolate really well. Although there was oak, it would have been really interesting to me, if the bourbon actually turned up, but lets not take anything away from this great tasting beer.

Young Master Hak Mo Sheung Raspberry

Brewery: Young Master Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 10.1%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Raspberry Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels. Fresh raspberry and Valrhona cacao nibs. 45 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from website) Aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels from America for six months and fermented a second time with fresh raspberry and Valrhona cacao nibs. Reminiscent of a rich black forest gâteau, this is the perfect digestif after a nice meal.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.07
My ratebeer.com rating: 3

Intro: A 330ml bottle, 2017 release with a best before date of 31st December 2022. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a thin tanned head that disappeared quickly to a ring around that glass while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Gummy candy raspberry, plasticky, milk chocolate and roasted malts.
Taste: Tart, candied raspberry, artificial cherry, milk chocolate, cocoa and boozy on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: A bit odd in that it felt like two different things were going on at the same time with the tart candied fruit of raspberry and cherry which was quite strong and tasted a bit artificial, and secondly the roasty malt, milk chocolate, cocoa and booziness which was trying to balance except that the booze felt over the top, and in the end the two just didn’t mesh together well. This one just didn’t work for me. As a side note, I tried the Con Chile Ancho Y Panca version right after, and preferred it a lot more.

Young Master Fake Juice

Brewery: Young Master Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 6.5%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 30 IBUs. Juicy, hazy, hoppy.

Brewer Description: (from website) It’s really not fruit juice, but we won’t blame you for thinking so. Fake Juice. Real Beer. NE IPA. Loaded with Citra and Mosaic, Fake Juice is a NE IPA without any fruit addition. This is a hoppy, juicy, hazy IPA filled with note of grapefruit, guava and mango. Combination of soft bitterness and fluffy body makes this beer as sessionable as a glass of juice, if not more.

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

Intro: A 946ml crowler, filled on 21st December 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark orange colour with a just over one finger white head that had good retention and left some lacing.
Aroma: Mango, orange rind and a touch of lemon.
Taste: Like the aroma, there’s tropical and citrus fruitiness, mainly mango, citrus rind, grapefruit and a touch of pineapple.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: Nice, juicy and easy to drink.