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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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726 Ratings
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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 30
Gots: 41 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 07-20-2007)
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Photo of LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

poured at room temperature, its a dark brown almost black with an ever expanding camel coloured foamy head. Low marks here because of some floaties that eventually settled out.
The nose is espresso first, then molasses, dark chocolate and a slight sourness.
The taste is of a nice chared smokiness, then espresso and a subtle fruity yeast. There is a bitterness on the finish that battles nicely against the the srown sugar sweetness.
Its very creamy and the bitterness presence adds a nice layer of richness.
The alcohal is hidden well and there are good flavours here. I very well could be sipping on a cold espresso, but in fact its a 7.5% luxurious coffee bomb.

04-29-2011 04:58:02 | More by LazyL
Photo of ph2001


3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

11.2 oz bottle in pint glass

pours slightly thick. it gets a nice brown head that settles down into half a finger of foamy head. black in color with no light getting through.

taste is like a mouth full of coffee beans. creamy and roasty, some nice warm flavors in there. there is an odd sharpness to it. it is very rich and full of flavors. worth a try

06-04-2008 16:42:55 | More by ph2001
Photo of EPICAC


3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

I picked up a bottle of this at Downtown Wine & Spirits a week or two ago. I had it tonight while packing for my flight tomorrow. I let this warm to 50º or so and served it in one of my NERAX ping glasses.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black except for the hints of brown at the edges when held to the light. It's topped by a thick brown head that fades to a thin later leaving patches of lace.

Smell: The coffee smell is evident when the bottle is opened, before the beer hits the glass. In the glass coffee aromas dominate. There's also a nice chocolate aroma and some dark fruit that comes out on swirling.

Taste: Sweet maltiness upfront. Moves into a nice dark chocolate sweetness, which gives way to a nice coffee bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, low carbonation. There's an odd chalkiness.

Drinkability: Very tasty, coffee provides a nice balance.

12-23-2007 03:12:44 | More by EPICAC
Photo of Guitarctica


3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Dark opaque black with a half finger of dark brown head. Pours thick. No lacing on glass.

S - Smells like coffee sweetened with honey. Perhaps some molasses. Some raisins. The nose actually reminds me of rum raisin ice cream.

T - Wouldn't you know it, it tastes like espresso! I also get some honey roasted malts in there. The back end hits with hop bitterness.

M - Full bodied and pretty heavy. Finishes dry like black coffee without much lingering aftertaste except for some bitterness.

D - Although this is a very tasty beer, I couldn't drink more than one. It is such a filling beer! Even moreso than Sammy Smiths Oatmeal Stout. Not to mention the 7.5% alc.

Final thoughts: Very nice brew with complex flavors. Drinking any more than one would be pushing it for me. Would make a good after dinner beer i think. If you like espresso this will definitely not disappoint.

02-05-2011 21:22:34 | More by Guitarctica
Photo of bennetj17


3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Black pour, semi-thick liquid, topped with beautiful tan foam that lasts several minutes. The head never completely dissipates leaving a nice lace. The aroma is quite pleasing, a fresh roasted coffee bean character, lightly dry, with minimal sweetness.

The taste has a dry and toasty maltiness, but doesn't turn out very sweet/rich as expected. Because of this it doesn't finish out very well as the flavor kind of lingers at the front of the tongue without changing. The coffee/espresso is present but not as potent as the smell would suggest. The beer feels smooth but almost a bit watery like an Oatmeal Stout on the palate. The carbonation is fine but solid.

For a stronger Stout, the alcohol is well-hidden, and drinkablility is nice. The problem here is the lack of rich complexity that you would expect from this type of beer. Overll it's a good beer, just not great. Worth a try...

11-29-2008 06:43:57 | More by bennetj17
Photo of daledeee


3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

I had not had any good Japanese beer. I was told this is good stuff.

I started pouring this like other stouts and was surprised to see a tremendous eruption of dark tan foam that made me wait to completely pour the bottle.

The smell is hard to describe; maybe somewhat earthy and barnyard.

Taste is strong and clean. Coffee, bitter and a little smokey with a dash of salt thrown in.

Mouth feel is as thick as it gets for a stout. Not a lot of carbonated bite though.

This beer is fairly drinkable. A very unique drinking experience.

12-15-2008 00:25:22 | More by daledeee
Photo of rwathree


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

A: opaque, jet black, as it should be. The nice part is the reddish hue of the head, which yields a decent cap and leaves a sticky lace as it settles.

S: coffee aromas are subdued, too much so given what this is supposed to be. That said, smell of chocolate, candied sugar, and hints of vine fruit and booze, makes for a nice combo. Appetizing, but not what I was hoping for.

T: no mistaking the coffee here, though. Strong, earthy espresso flavor with chicory, smoke, and chocolatey sweetness. Nice.

M: solid. Bubbly enough to refresh, and quite creamy.

O: there's a spot in town that makes a New Orleans-style coffee, and the chicory notes I get here make this the beer version of that for me. Nothing's blowing my mind; just a strong interpretation of the style, which is what I expect from Kiuchi.

12-15-2011 02:37:48 | More by rwathree
Photo of RomanW70

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Aroma of coffee, milk, toffee, and coffee. Taste of milk and coffee with a bitter roast finish. Medium chalky mouthfeel. Med-high carbonation. A good mix of sweet and bitter. A little bit of a style-buster. Quite a tasty beer.

05-31-2008 03:05:39 | More by RomanW70
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at Monk's, Philadelphia. 01.01.09

Opaque black body beneath a thick, light brown/dark tan colored head. Average lacing.

Rich coffee notes in the nose. Sharp, nutty/toasty/roasty coffee notes edged with carbon, berries, and black chocolate.

The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests, but with about the same amount of coffee. It's got some caramel notes to it, as well as chocolate. It's roasty and well-balanced without any harsh dark-malt or coffee acidity, although there is a hint of that in the berry character. Some hop flavors are present at low levels. A firm bitterness tethers it, and it finishes drying as the maltiness fades to leave lingering thin roasty notes and some fruitiness behind.

Surprisingly balanced in the end. Drinkable. You could have more than one of these and not be over-powered by coffee. Worth trying.

01-16-2009 03:43:28 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Macca


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

This pours jet black with a generous tan head that hangs around.

Aroma - coffee, coffee and coffee. I'd like to think I am getting a bit of choc in there as well but I think I might be kidding myself.

That is the sort of lush mouthfeel that I was hoping for. Some great acidity. The dark choc is certainly there on the palate. Bitter bitter chocolate.

Wow. Never drunk anything like that before. I think I'd prefer it with a sweet chocolate dessert though.

07-11-2010 11:40:06 | More by Macca
Photo of Tifore


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 330 ml. bottle into a Founders Tulip.

A - Pours very dark with a khaki to deep tan head. The head is very large and looks awesome, it stands three fingers tall and hangs around for a while leaving a sticky white lacing.

S - You know, I have to admit, the guy at the store made it sound like all it tasted like was espresso but I barely get it. I get lots of coffee with sweetness and some chocolate notes. Lots of malt as well.

T - Tastes more espresso-y than it smells. I get lots of espresso and chocolate up front with a sweet and malty taste remaining at the end.

M - Mouthfeel is very smooth and enjoyable. More carbonation than I expected and I enjoy that. Makes it have kind of a light taste instead of that heaviness I would expect.

D - I could definitely drink this again. I know ageing would only loose the espresso falvors so I don't know how I feel about keeping one around in the cellar. Might be interesting to try though.

11-10-2010 02:28:56 | More by Tifore
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a five+ finger brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Black color, no highlights. Nose is coffee and flavor is black coffee and some sweetness from the malt. Pricey at $5.65 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

07-03-2011 22:29:32 | More by jdhilt
Photo of JMBSH


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

With a hard pour, a fairly large head developes. The head shrinks fast enough for me to finish the pour without any overflow. A very stong scent of coffee fills the air. Once the head becomes a single layer of bubbles on the surface, I take a sip.
At first, the flavor of coffee seems strangly distant. The almost pitch black liquid seems to be a mistake in labeling. But then from the back of my tongue and throat, I feel something changing. My second taste intensifies this. A dark roast, a strong brew is detected with just a hint of milky sweetness. A clean taste with no noticable alcohol detected. I am half way through the pint glass and the lace is still covering the top. A deep inhale while my nose is in the glass only intensifies the flavor of the coffee. I Only drink coffee a few times a year and even then it is a fufu mixed creation, not just coffee. This beer smells like the coffee my four cups a day coworkers might have. The coffee lingers in the back of my throat well after having a sip.
It is a good beer but I am more into some of the sweeter coffee beers (my liking of frilly coffee case in point). This beer is probably more to the people who take their coffee black with little added. For those people, this is a beer to try.

08-17-2008 23:46:37 | More by JMBSH
Photo of BamaViper1


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

This espresso stout pours dark brown forming a thick caramel-colored head. The head eventuall dissipate to a film, but it leaves beautiful lacing along the edge of the glass.

The nose of this Hitachino Nest is full of espresso and bitter dark chocolate.

The beer opens with the slightly bitter espresso. This fades into bitter dark chocolate notes within heavy malt. The finish is all chocolate with traces of almost burned coffee and earth. Long after the beer is gone, the mouth is left with hints of sweet milk chocolate.

This beer has a full-bodied mouthfeel. There is a lot of carbonation in each sip which becomes almost overwhelming when the beer moves around the mouth for an extended period of time. But in a straight sip, it's great. Almost nitro creamy.

There is nonreal alcohol presence and the flavors marry quite well, making this stout easily drinkable. After a couple the sweetness could get to be a little much, but still this is a fine stout.

02-02-2011 07:50:27 | More by BamaViper1
Photo of Gobzilla


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and had a half finger of bubbly head leaving plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it did have some espresso character but had some roastiness, lacto milky notes with hints of vanilla, and mild dark fruits mostly raisins.

T: the dark fruits were more apparent on the taste alongside espresso, chocolate, vanilla accents but had roasty notes and a touch of lacto milky flavors.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, mild dark fruity, and milky finish.

D: definitely a decent stout that was quite tasty and I don't really like too many drinks with caffeine character.

02-14-2011 18:42:45 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of beergoot


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Black body capped with a thin tan head; decent lacing along the glass. Coffee, bitter chocolate and cocoa make up the bulk of the aroma. Rich, bittersweet chocolate flavor with a nice bitter undercurrent. Medium-heavy body, velvety smooth feel richly sweet texture.

A very well done stout, full of body and flavor. Rich and nicely complex. The espresso notes were immediately evident in the aroma and taste, yet the chocolate flavors soon came to be the dominant flavor. Lots of good stuff from this Japanese stout.

01-12-2013 02:30:20 | More by beergoot
Photo of elgiacomo


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

330ml bottle. Pours very dark brown, black in the glass, with a huge three-finger brown head. Head eventually settles down to a light cap. Rings of sticky spotty lacing. Rather attractive.

Aroma big on coffee, with a slight funkiness, roasted malts, and some dark fruits.

Flavor is coffee, chocolate, dark cherries, and other dark fruits with a light sour tang. Delicious.

Wonderful smooth creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation.

An excellent brew! Only thing holding this back is the price @ $4.99/bottle. Still worth it and I'm glad I finally got around to trying this wonderful beer.

12-20-2009 19:25:01 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of uwmgdman


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

The stout pours a darker than night black with a moderate dark tan head. The aroma is intensely coffee and a bit of sweetness. The flavor is highly coffee and rather sweet. The mouthfeel is very thick, creamy, syrupy with medium carbonation. Overall a well made espresso stout - the syrupy mouthfeel and sweetness knock the drinkability down a fair amount, but worth having one.

10-12-2008 02:45:09 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -1%

330ml from Premier in Buffalo. Pours a nice dark brown with a dark mocha head, dies to some swirls and almost looks like a good espresso.

Nice coffee presence in the nose, some fudge and roasted malts as well. Pleasant beer, sort of dry coffee notes mixed with sweet chocolate and fudge, hints of dark fruits, roast, a bit of alcohol. Sweet in the body with a dryer finish. Slick body but I feel it's a little over carbonated. Good but not great.

04-16-2011 16:34:32 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.88/5  rDev -1%

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.

07-13-2013 04:06:26 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Hautacam


3.88/5  rDev -1%

Totally black with a very small tan head.
Smells like leather, coffee and dried fruit.
Tastes very sweet , dark roasted malts, strong dark espresso, a bit of licorice and dates...just a hint of chalk near the end.
Mouthfeel was thick and cloying.
I enjoyed one , but would not want a second.

04-08-2008 20:31:39 | More by Hautacam
Photo of Jmedoy

3.88/5  rDev -1%

08-23-2014 03:29:46 | More by Jmedoy
Photo of magictrokini


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours dark brown, nearly black, with clear brown edges. Foam explosion of tan bubbles. Light, sweet espresso aroma with maybe a burnt malt/rice/grain scent? Not exactly sour, but different. Smooth mouthfeel more consistent with a milk stout. Full flavor; mostly coffee/espressso and grain, but a creeping oaky/veggie taste flows in and out. Someone mentioned sake, but it was kind of a light rice vinegar tartness in mine. Not enough to gag you, but to notice from time to time. Decent, not worth the price for the small bottle.

12-17-2008 19:36:46 | More by magictrokini
Photo of metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

A: It poured dark black with a medium-sized mocha colored head that slowly died down into a thin layer of patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark, roasted malts with some hints of chocolate and coffee.
T: The taste is very rich and filled with roasted coffee and chocolaty flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and relatively smooth; there is some dryness in the finish.
D: This is definitely a beer to let warm up and then slowly sip; there's no way I could have more than one of these in a sitting.

04-23-2010 03:07:30 | More by metter98
Photo of Freethyhops


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

33cl bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours pitch black. a vigorous pour produced a huge head. 3 fingers atleast, it was hard to tell as a little bit spilled over the top of the glass...oops. the head dissipated to a thin film but left heavy lacing.

S- espresso indeed. a ton of coffee and chocolate on the nose. not a whole lot going on besides that. but right on for a nice coffee stout.

T- a load of bitter chocolate is up front followed by some relatively faint coffee and a surprising breadiness. finishes a bit dry. maybe some of the foreign influence coming in. a nice smooth drinking imperial stout, but it could be a good bit more robust.

M/D- this is an interesting beer in the mouthfeel dept. it starts out quite creamy but finishes quite dry and reminds me a little bit of a Guinness extra stout. dryness isn't exactly what I'm looking for in a double stout. the carbonation level is quite pleasing. this is a very drinkable impy stout. not the strongest but it goes down smooth even considering the lower ABV(7.5%)

a nice beer but I don't think I'll be purchasing again at the $5 a bottle price tag. worth a try though.

11-15-2009 00:29:46 | More by Freethyhops
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.