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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout

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89
very good

798 Ratings
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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 31
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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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Photo of fipoceilz7
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma gives off slightly sour bread crust, molasses, and dark roast coffee beans. The tan head is large and frothy; the body is black and opaque. The flavor is predominantly characterized by espresso and alcohol; the overall effect is strangely but distinctly reminiscent of the aged pepper quality of hot sauce. There is an undertone of dark fruit/molasses. Bread crust malt lingers in the finish. The body is medium-full with restrained carbonation.

The espresso, which was actually used, is quite apparent. I love coffee about as much as I love beer, but it's hard to say how well it works in this case. There doesn't seem to be much to taste besides the espresso and the alcohol, the latter of which verges on solventy. I won't say it's overall bad—far from it—but the alcohol and weird hot sauce flavor are a bit too distracting to enjoy the other aspects fully.

fipoceilz7, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Bf_89
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Bf_89, Yesterday at 07:00 PM
Photo of Mit
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a blackish colour with a creamy brown head that is thin but persistent.

Creamy coffee.. burnt notes.....Oatmeal.......earthy...all dominate the bouquet.

Coffee coffee coffee.....burnt malts...dark chocolate...dark fruit....slight alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Good for the alcohol level.

Overall this is a good strong beer. Would buy again for sure.

Mit, Wednesday at 11:13 PM
Photo of ChrisFischer
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%

ChrisFischer, Tuesday at 01:29 AM
Photo of kevinlater
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into snifter. 7% abv. best before "2015.08", enjoyed on november 24, 2014

a: pitch black with just over a finger of coffee-coloured head

s: roasted malt, dark roast coffee (smells sour?), jalapeno potato chips (???), slight vanilla, toasted bread, and a kind of nutty presence. mild chocolate tones here and there

t: there's a quick flash of bready notes in the front, but massive bitter espresso then follows and dominates. the coffee flavour is so strong that it feels a bit sour come mid-palate. i guess there are hints of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and nuts as well, but the coffee just dominates over all of those flavours throughout the tasting. not getting any alcohol

m: quite thick and viscous, with mild carbonation. nice!

o: coffee coffee coffee! very one-sided which makes this a dark ale only for hardcore coffee lovers like myself. the sour qualities are a bit off-putting, but this is still tasty and a huge flavour bomb of a beer

kevinlater, Monday at 09:35 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

nathanmiller, Monday at 04:37 PM
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Trashcat, Sunday at 08:42 PM
Photo of OneEye78
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

OneEye78, Sunday at 07:15 PM
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

beernazi, Sunday at 04:48 PM
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3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

lillitnn92, Nov 22, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

tappangordo, Nov 21, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

TAKENTYO8781, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Aug 2014. Listed at an even 7%, and served only slightly chilled.

Pours black as night, crowned with one finger of dense, creamy, beige-coloured head that recedes ever-so-slowly. It takes roughly four minutes for it to seep away entirely, leaving behind a bubbly cap and narrow collar of froth. Good legs, too. The aroma is very heavy on the malts, providing notes of coffee (with cream and sugar), milk chocolate, toasted nuts, roasted grains and molasses. A little boozy, with a touch of vanilla and licorice.

My eyebrows raised with the first sip - the bouquet is quite nice, but I still was not expecting such a bold-flavoured brew. The sturdy backbone of roasted malts, molasses, raisin and cocoa is soon overtaken by huge notes of rich-tasting coffee that coat the palate. It provides a beautiful, roasted coffee bean bitterness that mingles nicely with hints of anise, vanilla, milk sugar and some herbal notes. Coffee roast lingers long into the aftertaste, with a slight notion of ethanol warmth. On the lighter side of full-bodied, with modest carbonation levels that provide some gently agitation for the palate. Extremely smooth, and absolutely delicious.

Final Grade: 4.28, a superb A-. Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout is the first craft beer I've tried out of Japan, and I must say I am thoroughly impressed with it. This is one of the best coffee-flavoured beers I've ever had the pleasure of trying, with a very rich-tasting profile that abounds with coffee and chocolate presence. The only disappointing aspect of this review is that I do not have any more bottles of this amazing stout to share and enjoy - and the nearest reliable source is at least 100 km away. Definitely worth a try for any fan of strong stouts, and totally worth the relatively high price.

thehyperduck, Nov 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Marius, Nov 19, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +7.9%

jprivott, Nov 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Halluxone, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

yancot, Nov 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

RedAleMan, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of mick303
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle from the lcbo. poured a deep black colour with a nice frothy coffee tan head, showed some pretty good retention and a nice film. Very large bubbles on the film.

S - aromas of dark roast coffee, bitter espresso, dark chocolate, lots of black licorice as well, maple notes, with some complex characters - underripe banana, hazelnut, almost eggnog aromas. A nice integration of the roasty espresso beans.

T - taste brings initially a lot of festive wintery stout character, then a big blast of espresso coffee. Dark roasty coffee, plums, rich dark fruits and licorice, very creamy, some lactic/dairy character to it, which smooth some of the bitterness, the coffee beans bring a really pleasant complexity and a lot of interesting spice mixed in, maple notes again, strong earthy notes with the coffee. Leading to a pleasant bitter finish, drying espresso character. Very coffee forward.

M - full coffee feel, and the carbonation is so mild and soft you could be fooled that it was a robust bitter americano. but the espresso doesn't hold up the alcohol as well. A big espresso bitterness develops and satisfies through the finish. Quite rich and satisfying, but certainly with a bitter and drying body. As it warmed I did feel it could use more substantial malts to hold up and provide balance.

Certainly one of the more forward coffee beers out there, this has a lot of the roasty bitterness being complimented by licorice and strong espresso notes from the beans, the aroma is great, festive and complex. The taste has some of the fruitiness and somewhat tropical spiciness complimenting a complex coffee body. Full feel and all around an interesting and complex espresso stout, which bring some interesting coffee side notes with it rather than just roasty notes. Good stuff, though I would agree that the body relies a bit heavily on the coffee and has a bit of a drying quality.

mick303, Nov 16, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Cycle69, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Mantooth, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

I picked this up at Hunger ‘n’ Thirst recently and with the chill air and the return of Standard Time, this seems like a good time to drink it.

From the bottle: “Japanese Dark Ale Brewed With Coffee Beans”.

I Pop!ped the cap and began a heavy-handed pour that set off a pseudo-cascade that settled into three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with stunning retention. I just sat back and let it dissipate on its own, even though it took a while to happen. Color was Opaque/Black (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was powerfully redolent with Espresso coffee and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was creamy and I was reminded very much of Coffee ice cream while drinking it. The taste was more than simple coffee, however. It was very dark, rich and roasty, quite evocative of Espresso. I was getting amped up drinking it, which was appropriate since I was anticipating Sunday Night Football between the Browvens and Th’ Stillers. Great sticky lacing lined the length of the glass. Finish was dry, bittersweet and a real case of truth in advertising. My my.

woodychandler, Nov 12, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -4.3%

SavageHopHead, Nov 11, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Coronaeus, Nov 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

WillAndSarah, Nov 09, 2014
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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 798 ratings.