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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

656 Ratings
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Ratings: 656
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%


Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 07-20-2007)
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small khaki head, which has pretty good retention, and leaves spotty lacing. The Aroma has espresso, cocoa, dark chocolate, and dark roasted malt.

The taste is somewhat charred with dark roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, cocoa, and black licorice. There is not much sweetness, and there is a bit more of a charred taste than I would like, but it is still pretty good.

Light to medium bodied with modest carbonation. There is a charred malt aftertaste. Somewhat creamy. Not a bad beer at all. Worth trying if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:41:57 | More by hardy008
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NSD-NerdGirl

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

I love esoresso stouts and this just did not do it for me.

Taste: Comes on nice and smooth with a good espresso taste then turns very bitter for the after taste Its got a very strange middle that is quite unpleasant to me.

Smell: It smells quite nice very strongly of dark coffee and lightly of stout under that.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 10:19:42 | More by NSD-NerdGirl
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TBoneJones

Texas

3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From earlier tasting notes:
Pours a near black with a dark tan lacing, barely a lingering head.
Fresh milky coffee smell, chocolate, dates. Nice.
This tastes nice, and most of the flavor seems, to me, to come from the dark fruit/ nutty characteristics and not from the espresso. The bitterness from the roast is also there, but the espresso doesn't seem to dominate or even take center stage. This is not to say this isn't a good stout, it's just a different balance of ingredients from what you'd normally expect from an espresso/ coffee-based brew. The more it warms, the less I favor the flavor; dark fruit/nut characteristics take on more of a vegetable-like aspect. It ends pretty dry. Mouth feel is fairly thick, more oily than sticky. Good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 20:41:20 | More by TBoneJones
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wildlife

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a - beer is black. thick bubbly, caramel head. some thick lacing

s - sweet, roasty malts. slightly metallic. coffee barely detectable

t - sweet, coffee beans, oats, chocolate, booziness

m - well carbonated, watery, bitter

o - good stout. I expected it to fall short in taste/mouthfeel but no complaints. the coffee was very welcome here.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 08:34:22 | More by wildlife
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SteveTheDog

California

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me just say that I think the serving size of this beer is perfect and of course love the look of the bottle. That said, I love a good stout where when you stare into it, it reminds me of looking straight down in the ocean after a drop off - can't see crap, very curious, a little scared. The smell, even in a snifter, was actually kinda understated, which is ok because the taste more than made up for it. It was like drinking some of those really dark chocolate covered espresso beans. As an aside, I wonder if this would be a good beer to drink with a cold because the smell is negligible, at least to me. And alcohol kills bacteria I believe. It finished nice and smooth. I love this beer - I'll have it again and again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:01:28 | More by SteveTheDog
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Richardbeerlover

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark dark brown color with a nice 1 inch med brown colored head. Smells like expresso with smokiness and some bitterness. Very strong coffee taste with a nice medium body too it. Alkaline feel. You can see a lot of chunks if coffee bits and grinds. Can't taste any alcohol at all for a 7% abv. If you are a serious coffee drinker this one is about as good as it gets. They hit the nail on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 04:30:25 | More by Richardbeerlover
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Auraan

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a rich black with a one finger tan head that receded to a tan ring that left a bit of lacing down the glass. Very typical imperial stout appearance, nothing wrong with it at all. Scents of soy sauce, dark chocolate, slight coffee and roast malt. Not a lot of coffee for an espresso stout, though it may be because this is an older bottle. Otherwise its a good enough stout aroma. Flavor begins with chocolate and some slight soy sauce off notes, moving into darker chocolate and some coffee, some slight sour notes, with coffee and roasted malt bitterness coming through on the finish and lingering in the aftertaste, which also has burnt herbal notes. A good, solid stout flavor with just a hint of coffee. Not quite as good a flavor as some coffee stouts, but good for a basic imperial stout, with just enough coffee to give it some character. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation and thick, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice and robust, especially given the relatively low ABV. Overall this is a good imperial stout. Its got the usual aromas, flavors and mouthfeel and nothing too off, other than the soy sauce, which again may be due to the bottle's age. Its not as innovative as Hitachino's other stuff, but it is solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 06:48:12 | More by Auraan
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FLima

Brazil

4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful appearance, deepest black color with a thick tall caramel head with long retention and leaving a curtain of laces. Hard to beat.
Aroma of fresh roasted coffee beans with notes of hay and completely unsweetened dark chocolate.
Intense flavor of creamed espresso coffee, roasted malts, grassy and earthy hops, cocoa powder, caramels and pepper. Quite nutty as well and it finishes dry with a residual charred coffee taste.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is not felt.
Very balanced Imperial Stout, coffee is very present but does not shadow other flavors. I was positively surprised, really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 21:41:30 | More by FLima
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is near black with a small beige head. The aroma brings some coffee presence, though not nearly as much as expected. Additional scents include roast, chocolate. Pretty standard. Decent flavor with coffee character leading the charge. A little bit acrid in the finish. Chocolate notes with a touch of bitterness. Pretty drinkable, but this is not near the top of its class.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 23:34:34 | More by Huhzubendah
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pimpinmidget

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a nice finger of tan head that sticks

S: Coffee, chocolate, slight roast malt

T: Chocolate upfront with the coffee/espresso coming in right behind it and staying throughout. Nice balance.

M: Medium bodied, nice and smooth. Has a creaminess texture to it. Decent carbonation and almost no alcohol taste at all.

O: Really enjoyed this one. While nothing about it blew my socks off; it was just nice all around. Well done. Will be drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 11:54:50 | More by pimpinmidget
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Swongler

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I feel like I was more impressed by this stout than most people. Very damn good.

A - Dark brown coffee color with a very porous and impressive white-brown head.

S - Typical stout smell layered with a little cacao, coffee, and vanilla. Does not smell very alcoholic. Smells more like a post-dinner beverage than a beer.

T - My favorite part of this beer. Definitely the most important part. While called espresso stout, the espresso does not overpower the rest of the beer. Actually quite mild. Has a little flavor of unsweetened/baking chocolate as well as a little bit of a chili pepper taste. Nicely balanced and the alcohol is hidden. Coffee, not espresso, on the back end.

M - Not too heavy for a beer as dark as this. Bites your tongue just a little. Feels okay.

O - I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Thought I was getting solid stout, and I got something more. I went back the same day and bought the last remaining bottle. I suspect I will be drinking this again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 16:48:28 | More by Swongler
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Typical stout pour - pitch black with a caramel colored creamy, foamy head with sticky lacing.

S - Espresso, coffee, dark bitter chocolate and some cream.

T - Follows the nose with creamy cocoa beans and bitter chocolate malt up front before the coffee/espresso bitterness settles in midway through and sticks around through the finish. There is some roastiness to the malt and the bitterness lingers in the form of a creamy coffee bean.

M - Lighter side of medium.

O - Not bad and sits in the middle of the stout pecking order.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 23:31:53 | More by jzeilinger
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout has a thick, creamy, beige head, a very dark brown appearance, and pretty good lacing left behind. The aroma is of heavily roasted barley malt, dark coffee, faint chocolate, and black cherries. Taste is of acidic, sour, dark-roasted malt, black coffee, cherries, and some chocolate. Mouthfeel is mostly heavy and syrupy, and Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout finishes rich, sweet, charred, and dry. Overall, this is an interesting and well-made flavored beer. I score it most excellent.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 14:25:07 | More by RonaldTheriot
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jpro

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz single from CBX. Poured into a DFH snifter...

A: deep brown / near black; mocha head; no lace; a few bottle conditioning floaties.

S: roasted malts; dark chocolate / fudge notes.

T: roasted / black malt flavor; chocolate; late espresso follows up and lingers.

M: full body; low carbonation; texture is a touch flat, but still pretty deep for 7.5% stout.

O: a very nice stout; espresso flavor isn't overdone; I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 22:43:30 | More by jpro
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, slight cookie dough, and coffee and espresso bean aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and slightly astringent coffee/espresso flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some very nice coffee and espresso aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 07:48:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Amalak

New York

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. It is a black brown, with a big tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. There's some light that comes though around the edges, but limited.

S. It has a poor metallic scent. Some coffee.

T/M. It has a good, crisp, espresso taste. The metallic taste is definitely off the scent. It is a bit dry. Some alcohol.

O. It's a solid espresso, but you really have to be in the mood. It isn't as good as I was hoping, but it at least lives up to its name so you know what you're getting in yourself into.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 04:09:31 | More by Amalak
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip during hitachino tasting 2013. Deep black color and tan bead. Smell is nice espresso coffee and roasted sweet malts. Taste is chocolatey roasted malt with nice roasted notes. The espresso is pretty nice but it a bit dry. Nice brew but better coffee brews are out there.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 04:06:26 | More by DrinkSlurm
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flagmantho

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: completely black with a little bit of dark brown around the edges. Head is a thick finger of pillowy dark tan foam. Nice.

Smell: roasty coffee aroma with a pretty substantial amount of vegetal hops. Love the coffee, but the hops are just too forward.

Taste: tons of coffee and roasted barley flavor. The vegetal hop character is thankfully much milder here than in the aroma. Bitter and astringent like a cup of coffee, this beer is successful in that area -- this is definitely an espresso stout and not a mocha stout. I actually rather like it.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation and a big, rich, smooth creaminess that is thick and satisfying yet goes down easy. Wonderful.

Overall: I like this beer a lot. I might not be in the mood for something like this every day, but for the most part it is quite successful. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 20:50:35 | More by flagmantho
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teromous

Virginia

2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark black body with a medium tan fluffy head. Lacing sticks well on the glass, and leaves nice rings.

S: The scent is very mild with some notes of chocolate and some coffee.

T: It has a fairly charcoal-like roasted flavor. There is a lot of this charcoal bitterness. I don't get as much coffee or chocolate flavor as I smell.

M: The bitterness takes away a lot from the mouthfeel, giving it a harsh unpleasantness. The aftertaste is just more burnt popcorn. The beer feels like the carbonation is just right, but the beer feels too dry. Fairly thin mouthfeel as well.

O: Overall I didn't like the beer. For a imperial stout the beer was just way too harsh and burnt. It lost any true espresso flavor. Maybe if you like to scrape your coffee off the bottom of a pot that has had the burner on all night, this could be for you. If you're a fan of delicious tasting coffee, with that rich roasted bean flavor and freshly ground aroma...this beer is not for you.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 22:03:59 | More by teromous
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles quickly, leaving a smattering of bubbles and a ring around the rim. Slight spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malt, roasted espresso, lots of sweet dark chocolate and cocoa. Really grainy.

T: Bitter, roasted, nutty coffee. Unsweetened dark chocolate.

M: Peaty bitterness. Just a hint of unsweetened dark chocolate in the finish which kind of lingers. Something of an oily feel.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, decent head, and fair lacing. Nose is really strong combination of roasted malt and coffee, with lots of chocolate and cocoa. Peaty, bitter, roasted coffee and chocolate. Really grainy and nutty. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 02:32:25 | More by bmwats
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, molasses, roasted coffee, black licorice, touch of vanilla.

T - Dark chocolate and caramel malts, roasted coffee, molasses, black licorice, a touch of vanilla and dark fruit.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, roasted, and dry finish.

D - Nice coffee stout. Good overall balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 04:22:03 | More by ngeunit1
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours dark brown and falls into the glass as an opaque liquid with a two-finger length creamy tan head. Some webs of lacing are left behind as the head retreats. Coffee hits the nose up front, but not much else. There is some dark malt roastiness that is there, but the coffee takes the forefront. There's just a hint of chocolate in the aroma. The espresso richness and roastiness comes through well in the flavor. There's some maltiness and hints of chocolate in the taste as well. The alcohol is well-hidden and I can't tell that I'm having a 7.5% ABV beer. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The roastiness hangs in the aftertaste and the finish does coat the mouth pretty well. This is a good beer. What this beer does right, it does it well. It just doesn't stand out in the sea of coffee stouts. For $4.99 a bottle, I wouldn't try this unless you are a serious fan of stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 17:37:21 | More by acevenom
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in tulip glass.

Espresso Stout pours with a thick, pillowy, mocha-colored head and a deep black body that shows blood red highlights when held up to the light. The head is lasting and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma consists of fresh brewed espresso and not much else. It seems fairly one-dimensional and I think that could be improved upon. At least it delivers what it says, and really goes after that rich espresso aroma.

The taste is similar to the aroma, like fresh espresso but has an added depth as well, with nice toasty malt and roasted coffee beans. Not much hop flavor here. Focused primarily on the espresso and dark malt flavor.

Medium to full body with a soft, pillowy head. Full-bodied beer, almost creamy finish, with plenty of carbonation to give this beer a lift on the palate. It goes well with the style and helps improve the drinkability of this beer.

Very solid coffee beer worthy of trying if you see it available would go very well with chocolate cake without overpowering the dessert. I will probably not be purchasing more of this, but I am glad that I tried this beer. Would recommend to other beer drinkers looking for a rich coffee beer experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 17:36:26 | More by MusicaleMike
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robby23

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This was my first coffee stout beer and i have to say it was pretty good. What impressed me was the heaviness of the beer along with the smoothness. The second was the smell it smelled like coffee and like a good stout all at the same time, neither of which over powered the the other. Overall as this was my first coffee stout it was a great entry beer in my mind to get someone into this kind of style.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 02:11:07 | More by robby23
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle ovah tha boahdah (that's my Maine accent) for $4.75 plus about the same amount for duty. Ouch.

Pours a dark brown with minimal head, but a good tan lace around the edges. Smells sweet, dark fruits, dates, chocolate, no coffee smell as one might expect. Smells more like a strong dark ale. Bittersweet chocolate on the palate giving way to a nice bitterness, maybe even a hint of spice and a nice warming feeling on the back of the tongue. A bit rough feeling on the mouth, but otherwise this is pretty darn good beer. Best of Japan, as far as I go. Worth $10 a 12oz bottle? euhh...

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 01:01:17 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 656 ratings.