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Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Celebration AleHitachino Nest Celebration Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

195 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 32
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 11-27-2005)
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GregPearson33

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance/Smell:
Murky copper/amber with a really frothy multi-finger head that settled down after a few minutes. Much lighter than I thought I would see, but looks tasty. Smells of rich caramel, plum, honey, cinnamon. Even though this beer is close to 2yrs old there is absolutely no funk or contamination discernible. On my second whiff I just got something like apple pie? Anyway, if those flavors weren't conclusive, it smells absolutely delicious!

Taste:
Not quite what I expected from the smell. It's a fairly tart and dominated by dark fruitiness. There's definitely some sweet malt, but it's not as bready as most winter warmers are. Definitely not as spiced either. The cinnamon/allspice/nutmeg that dominate the style is present, but definitely not in the forefront. Wayyy more compatible with my tastes than the brews I've recently had in the same style (Avery Old Jubilation, Harpoon Winter Warmer).

Mouthfeel/Drinkability:
Mid-low level of carbonation gives it a solid drinkability (for a 9% beer), but it's definitely a sipper. There is a vibrant mouth-coating that lingers pleasantly and fades without any adverse back-end bitterness. Again, much better than some of the more spice dominated Winter Warmers out there.

All in all, fantastic winter beer. One of the first I've had from Hitachino (the White Ale was pretty great, but its a bank-breaker) and piques my interest to try more!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 01:44:06 | More by GregPearson33
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Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.