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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

809 Ratings
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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 32
Gots: 59 | 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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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown beer with plenty of coffee in the nose. Plenty of roasted malt in the taste to compliment the coffee. This is a very well done stout. It doesn't have the oatmeal piece that the Founders Breakfast does, but nonetheless a very solid and enjoyable brew.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle. E 09 11 on the back of the label. Pours a brackish, dark brown with a good sized frothy head. Medium amount of lacing. Nice aroma of espresso but it also smells like coffee beans and cappuccino a bit. Some roasted malts and chocolate as well. Basically just a big aroma of a coffee shop and chocolate. Taste is a great blend of espresso and chocolate flavors. Not a harsh flavor of espresso but a nice sweet espresso taste. This is a very nice beer for people who enjoy coffee brews. Very well made and nicely balanced. I will be looking for some more of this beer but sadly it is pricey.

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

Pours deep dark reddish brown to black, but looks opaque black once it's in the glass. One-finger light brown head with moderate lacing.

This beer does smell like espresso as you would expect. Heavy roastiness with a coffee grounds aroma. Also some well-toasted bread aroma. None of the anise or licorice aroma you so often get in a big stout.

Taste and feels a bit like a cappucino. Very roasty! Very little hop bitterness. The sweetness and alcohol are balanced primarily by the espresso roast flavors. Milk chocolate flavor too. Earthiness could be hops, but it could be the coffee too. One interesting flavor is a grainy wheat or rice like flavor mixed in that I didn't expect. Not sure what to make of it. For me this flavor detracted a bit from the experience at first, but as I got to the end of the beer I started to see it as a flavor that distinguished this stout from others and I enjoyed it.

Creamy mouthfeel, like a cappucino. Pleasant roast aftertaste. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Interesting coffee stout that substitutes for actual coffee nicely for someone like me who no longer drinks coffee but loves coffee aroma and beer.

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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.

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 809 ratings.