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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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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 33
Gots: 62 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 07-20-2007

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a straight-sided mug)

A- This beer pours an opaque black body with a warm tan head that is very creamy but turns rocky after a bit.

S-During the pour the smell of real black espresso beans comes through with a note of black malt and a deep earthy quality.

T- This beer has a big dark espresso bean flavor with a slight tartness and a note of chalky taste.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a creamy texture.

D- This beer has a big espresso flavor with a nice cream stout buried underneath. There is a slight quality of the Hitachino yeast that I have tasted in their other beers and it is just as pleasant in this one. I enjoy espresso and I enjoy this beer, I’m not sure that I could drink many of these in one session.

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

Thanks to jtd1969 for this bottle.

A - pitch black with a soft brown head

S - roasted malts and coffee with a hint of green chillies (there was much conversation about whether we were going crazy or not)

T - roasted malts, coffee, a bit bitter, and green chillies again

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a nice beer, but the odd pepper aroma and flavors was hard to wrap my head around. It wasn't bad, but it did seem out of place. I'm not sure I would seek this out given the cost per bottle, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered again.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a liquorice brown creamy short-lived head.
Nose is full of intense coffee and sweet dark chocolate. A mix between a mocha and a rich chocolate cake. Plenty of roasted malt later on.
Roasted coffee really hits as a flavour but underneath there's still a lot of dark chocolate and sweet roasted malt. Some soft alcohol.
Creamy high carbonation, very rich, smooth body.

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

Considering this probably came from Japan on a slow boat the espresso/coffee aroma is amazingly fresh and concentrated. I get some earthy soil and old tree bark notes, but they actually compliment the aroma rather than detract. Soot and charcoal also show up and again it smells very right in this beer. The body is full on black and holds a two finger thick mocha head that is quite lasting. The first sip is ash, dark fruit and chocolate. The coffee notes are much less pronounced int he flavor, though clearly still present. The middle gets almost chocolate covered cherry-like. Sweet cream, vanilla, baker’s chocolate and more coffee make up the finish. Pretty nice.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A thin half fingers worth of tightly packed creamy medium brown colored head that displays very impressive retention especially in light of its meager beginnings... A textboook dense opaque black color... Some very small, slow to medium paced carbonation climbs up along the sides of the glass... Some lacing clings to the glass...

S - Equal parts coffee and roasted malts... The coffee is very rich and very realistic... The roasted malts are strong and inviting... Also present is a hint of chocolate... Terrific straight-forward satisfying aroma...

T - The flavors aren't quite as pronounced on the palette as the aroma would have led you to believe... The flavors begin in a very muddled fashion... Roasted malt... Chocolate... Licorice... From the muddled begins rises a dark roasted black coffee bitterness that really asserts itself and last through the aftertaste...

M - Start creamy... Quickly turns exceedingly bitter and shows itself to be a bit on the thin side of full bodied... Slightly rich... Perfect carbonation... A burnt chalkiness rises on the finish...

D - The appearance and aroma are stellar... The remaining facets are solid... The total of which is a solid, better than average stout... Quite assertive and memorable... Stouts aren't a beer I associate with the Asian world, but folks at Kiuchi brewery nailed this one...

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

I tried this 330ml brown bottle at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. I've tried lots of Hitachino Nest beers before but this was a new one for me. The back label has an E: 9/11 on it so I'm assuming the "E" stands for expires, making this beer really fresh as this is only June of '10.

The bar was dimly lit so the pour looked jet black to me with a creamy 1 finger mocha brown head, although I noticed some reviewers claim it is actually really dark brown rather than black. In either case you can't see thru it, the head lasts a good while, and the beer leaves some good lacing on the glass.

Nice but mild chocolate and coffee aroma. Not as strong as I expected from an espresso, but still very nice.

This is a pretty solid stout. Big coffee flavor combined with roasted malts, chocolate, and just the right amount of bittering hops.

Smooth and light sounds contradictory, but that's what this beer is. It's creamy without being full bodied with low carbonation. Light for a stout but still very flavorful.

The bottle says 7.5% alcohol, but you cant taste it at all. It's a very easy and enjoyable drinker.

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.