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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

727 Ratings
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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 30
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
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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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erosier

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +14%

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium bodied and thick tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, deeper black and chocolate malts, nice chocolate, espresso, coffee, and caramel aromas at the end of it.
T: Tastes like the nose but better. Sweet roasted malts, deep roasted black and chocolate malts with hints of caramel mixed in. Then a huge coffee and espresso flavor that is really smooth and enjoyable.
M: Very smooth, warming, rich, full bodied, full flavored, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable even with the high abv and the full flavor and body. Really well done.

05-12-2010 10:42:02 | More by erosier
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Brad007

Vermont

4.47/5  rDev +14%

Haven't reviewed enough beers from Japanese breweries.

Pours a pitch-black color with a brown one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma has a light amount of bitter coffee followed by cream and a bit of chocolate. Not bad so far.

Taste is light and creamy upfront with astringency from the coffee kicking in the middle. A bit of chocolate and dark fruit as well. The coffee is the star here but it's not too bitter.

Moufhfeel is full of lingering coffee and cream. This stout goes down so easily, there's barely anything left on the palate.

A very nice example of its' style. The coffee feels just right here. The mouthfeel is exactly where I want it to be. It's decent for sure.

05-07-2009 21:09:40 | More by Brad007
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +14%

An absolutely solid black beer. Has a thick foamy brown head and plenty of sticky lace. You cannot miss the espresso coffee in the aroma with a hint of chocolate in the background. If you're jones'in for a coffee then the aroma's got you. A roasted malt/coffee bean bitterness washes over your tongue to start. In the middle there is a small bump of sweet malt. Then on the finish the just chewed espresso bean character leaves a great coffee note at the back of your mouth and down your throat.

03-02-2008 19:03:03 | More by ybnorml
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Hoagie1973

New York

4.47/5  rDev +14%

Thanks to kbnooshay for the recommendation.

Pitch black with a massive cake-like head that keeps expanding after the pour. Settles to about 2 fingers of thick rocky brown foam. Clumpy sticky rings of lace.

Robust chocolate and coffee aroma; pretty straightforward in the nose.

Dark roasted espresso beans dominate up front (but don't overshadow the malts at any point). A little char and smoke follow with a nice sweet roasted malt finish. Faintly medicinal (very slight). Alcohol is there, but barely noticeable. Same goes for the hops. Nice balance between the sweet malts and bitter roastiness. More tobacco-like smokiness shows up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full with perfect carbonation that holds up even after a strong pour and a huge head.

This beer reminds me of the chocolate covered espresso beans we used to get at the candy shop in my first year of graphic design school. I love it. First Asian beer to garner an A+ from me. Wish it wasn't so damn pricey.

03-20-2009 23:30:23 | More by Hoagie1973
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%

a deep brown/black pour with 2 fingers of tan head. head stayed throughout the whole glass and gave off excellent head. smells of tobacco, dark roasted coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet molasses. taste is a perfectly bitter sweet chocolate and coffee lover's dream come true. slight backdrop of grassy hops, but mainly roasted grain/coffee flavors and milk chocolate. a medium/full body stout.. thick with a chalky feeling, yet nicely carbonated and thin enough to go down smooth and easy. a great stout, well worth the price tag to at least try once.

08-05-2012 19:54:28 | More by facundoCNB
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thryn

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%

Visual: Black as night, but not night in Southwest Florida, where the moon is bright and the light pollution brighter. Night in North Georgia. Night in South Alabama. An oily night. There is no head. A latte-colored halo of lace around the outer edge. Not a mostly-milk latte. One of my lattes. It's half espresso, plenty dark.

Olfactory: Espresso beans in the grinder. Whisky in oak barrels. Unlit cigarettes. Bitter chocolate. Not dark chocolate. Not anything edible, for most people. The baking chocolate I pulled out of the freezer as a child and shaved bits off of, and ate, savoring the bitterness and the thrill of getting away with something.

Taste receptors: Dark chocolate covered coffee beans. Roasted, oily beans. Peat. The sludgy bits at the bottom of an espresso. A hint of bourbon.

Touch: Heavy. Slick. Less heft than expected. It lingers.

Drink: Yes. I could. All night.

04-11-2009 07:57:56 | More by thryn
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julian

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%

Appearance: Deep, dark black in color with a thick, dense mocha colored head with good retention.

Smell: Intense aroma of roasted coffee, some chocolate, burnt, nutty.

Taste: Heavy roasted coffee flavor as expected, chocolate, roasted malts, mostly coffee. Excellent!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium thickness and average carbonation. No real presence of alcohol.

Drinkability: Pretty average abv for a stout, but definitely one of the best coffee/espresso stouts I've had from taste to texture to drinkability. Excellent all around.

03-04-2009 04:57:05 | More by julian
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hero27

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%

11.2 oz bottle
7.5% abv

Pours black..dark khaki head of foam cascades slowly from the bottom and ends up forming a small dark haze over the brew.
ok, I know there are thousands of them out there, but you haven't smelled a real coffee stout until you've had this one...yeah, I said it. The aroma is fresh-brewed coffee..rich, eye-opening, incredible.
The flavor is sweet, roasted chocolate malt combined with an edgy, nutty bitterness.
Mouthfeel is robust & pretty smooth going down.. i love how the coffee aftertaste lingers just like the real thing. bad ass.

A definite crowd-pleaser for anyone who likes coffee-inspired brews. These guys over at Kiuchi know what they're doing.

04-09-2008 23:09:12 | More by hero27
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +13.3%

(bottle code ES.13.04 - poured into a balloon)

A: dark, probably opaque black liquid... 2 finger width, dense, meringue-y, mocha-colored foam - doesn't seem to want to settle out

S: bold and beautiful, finely-ground espresso aroma, delicately roasty... light-moderate medicinal alcohol... dark chocolaty malt base

T: smooth, dark roasty malts and bittersweet chocolate... the coffee lingers like a mist in the aftertaste... subtle acidic funkiness starting to creep in, however, it either hasn't quite taken hold, drying it out, or a judicious portion of crystal malt and residual sugars has kept a fortunate modicum of sweetness to keep a sense of balance... ultimately, it has a fine European cocoa foundation with an aura of bitter espresso dusting it

M: expansive, wavy, and medium-full bodied, holds, then finishes with a vanishing drop... delicate, gritty scraping of the tastebuds in the afterglow... hint of alcohol desiccation on the back of the palate

O: quite excellent, even after a year... don't know how sweet it is fresh, but it seems like this has dried out nicely with nary a smudge of oxidation... very well done

05-13-2014 21:07:30 | More by Bouleboubier
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13%

12oz bottle into a Tulip glass.

Pours a dark black with a finger width of creamy tan head that shrinks down into a thin soft retention that left some nice spotty lacing. The aroma is Wow! Just a fantastic bouquet of straight-up eye opening espresso and burnt coffee notes.

The taste is must more of the same. Biting espresso and roasty coffee bitterness that is nicely balanced by a backing chocolate sweetness. Burnt bitterness lasts through the finish and lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy feel.

Wow, this one caught me off guard. Just a really fantastic Coffee Stout with an almost perfect blend of coffee bitterness and sweetness, a full creamy body and excellent drinkibility. More please!

02-08-2008 17:49:57 | More by Kegatron
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robby23

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +13%

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.

04-12-2013 02:11:07 | More by robby23
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13%

A-Pours a rich deep black with a thin tan head.

S-Rich and roasty with plenty of coffee, some chocolate and vanilla notes and an interesting grainy undertone.

T-Sweet chocolate notes at the front balanced by a mildly bitter roasted coffee finish. Excellent.

M-Rich and creamy with a light lingering bitterness.

D-Very smooth and tasty. Moderate ABV for the style but full flavor makes it an espresso stout you can have two of.

This is an excellent beer, one of my favorites in the style.

HV

07-17-2008 18:36:58 | More by sholland119
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +13%

Very rich and tasty coffee stout.

Presentation: 12 oz draft pour. Menu offers a short and fair description of the brew. Notes Alc. by Vol. (7.5%) Served in a tall conic glass.

A - Black body pour with minimal dark brown edges. Good frothy head with average retention and nice lacing.

S - Rich roasted malt nose with a nicely predominant coffee range.

T - Rich coffee range, with a sturdy and pleasing roasted malt sense holding the bitter-sweet coffee flavors, a bit of chocolate, and a touch of fruit.

M - Full to medium-full body with medium carbonation and a smooth and creamy finish.

D - This is a great espresso stout with the right and assertive notes of coffee, malt and bitterness. Rather nicely done.

Notes: I keep on being surprised and so far never disappointed by this Hitachino brews, always great to have them around.

02-17-2010 00:07:40 | More by Daniellobo
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

This is a re-review. The first one I had tasted of onions and I wrote it off but the one I'm having now is delicious.

A: Lucid black with espresso head, which ain't to bad.

S: Chocolate, bathwater hops, a sense of sweetness, roasted coffee beans. The last half of the glass reeks of fish food pellets.

T: Much better than the first one I had. Very chocolately indeed. Not sure where the espresso is though. Very accessible and drinkable for a strong stout, not like engine oil but also not watery. Loads of citrus in the aftertaste.

O: Delicious, and better cold! Of all the Japanese craft beer I've tried, Hitachino seem to be the ones that really know what they're doing. However, 8,900 Korean Won for a pissy 300ml bottle (£5, $7.8)... What the hell!

07-19-2012 15:14:34 | More by Hoppsbabo
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snogglethorpe

Japan

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Thiiick, oily, black as night, and pretty much completely opaque (really -- holding it up to the light in a glass, nothing gets through)... this truly does look like motor-oil when you're pouring it [I'd heard that said about some stouts, but had never seen it before...]! Dark tan thick head.

Smell is of chocolate, with a faiiiint hint of beer.

Taste... thick, very roasty, very chocolatey, some resemblance to coffee, but really this stuff is like bitter liquid chocolate. I'd say it sits _right_ in that sweet spot between chocolate and coffee that just makes people swoon... It's definitely quite bitter, but a _nice_ bitter, exactly right. It's not sweet.

The alcohol is very well hidden, and it's extremely drinkable, like liquid desert, despite its lack of sweetness, the bitterness is just very well placed. The mouthfeel is thick and oily, which ads to the illusion that one is drinking chocolate.

Wow, I'm not generally a fan of the Hitachino Nest Beer line (generally not bad, but not really that good either), but this is really really good!

This is probably the first stout I've had that I really, really, liked.

[Note: this bottle had a special Valentine's-day label "Happy Valentine's day!" (with hearts), and is a very nice contrast to the usual slew of excessively sweet chocolate beers that seem to show up around Valentine's day in Japan. Go for it, Hitachino!]

01-23-2011 03:38:19 | More by snogglethorpe
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

A - black as night, with a chocolate milk colored thin head

S - whoa, super mocha, unsweetened chocolate and roasted coffee bean aroma, like walking into a gourmet coffee shop, nice, but overpowering if there were any other possible aromas

T - very similar to the aroma, rich dark unsweetened chocolate and roasted coffee beans, very well blended, despite the great taste it is monotypic, there are no competing flavors

M&D - a bit acidic, but not enough to dissuade a sip, well blended and layered, quite a fine stout, well done

09-23-2009 01:34:08 | More by sinstaineddemon
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kbnooshay

New York

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Super black pour! Id say the head is as dark as Ten fidy's head; super brown and frothy. Aroma is of creme/milk, caramel and lots of coffee. Taste is of real coffee! This is one super roasty beer. The tasty nuttiness and coffee bitterness is great. Feel is smooth and creamy. I would do a few of these for sure. Its a tad too drying to drink more than a few.

Don't drink a a hoppy beer before this it will ruin it! I made that mistake once. Idiot.

One awesome dessert beer.

02-10-2009 02:06:34 | More by kbnooshay
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emerge077

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours an oily black, with a brown cookie-dough head. As it settles, black rivulets slowly cascade through the foam. Surface is dimpled, and resembles a fresh baked cookie. Spotty lacing leaves a ring aroud the glass.

Aroma of coffee tree berries and blossoms, fresh roasted coffee beans, and dark chocolate.

Low acidity, with mild bitterness. There's still a strong, well-integrated coffee prescence that I love. Rich, thick mouthfeel...like liquid Black Forest cake without the coconut. Deep black roasted malts, leaving a dark trail down the throat. Not a monster stout, but decadent, balanced and well-crafted.

Recommended to coffee stout fans, you owe it to yourself to seek this out.

08-25-2007 01:40:31 | More by emerge077
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alexwag

New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

This is a good looking beer. Dark as a dark night on a moonless night. Enormous head, rich and coffee-tinted, that has tremendously all-encompassing lacing and lasts forever -- never seen anything like it. Smells deep, rich and vibrant. Tastes creamy, smooth and dark and malty, roasted and sweet. This is a good tasting beer. Thickens up as it warms and becomes perhaps a little too much, but can't hold it against it as a real malt bomb. Better somewhat chilled. A great brew, though could do with some hops to balance the sweetness.

01-09-2008 00:52:02 | More by alexwag
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DoubleJ

California

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

It may be dinner time, but by my side I have an egg, Canadian bacon, and Monterey Jack Cheese on an English Muffin...and this espresso stout. Sounds like yum! On to the beer:

Two finger-thick light tan head, black as night body with faint ruby brown hues at the bottom of the glass. Good lacing. Mild coffee aroma is good. So is the creamy sweetness mixed in. Into the mouth it goes...somewhat thick feel with little carbonation, but it's nothing to weight you down. Bittersweet chocolate upfront, the pleasant coffee flavor rushes in to make this beer a hit. The sweet and astringent flavors compliment each other well. Its coffee bean aftertaste is a pleasant reminder as you finish the sip.

Is there a coffee stout I'm not impressed by? It's great to see Japan come out with one nearly as good as the ones I've had.

10-12-2008 02:57:21 | More by DoubleJ
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Goldfish19

New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

~ Purchased this 330 ml bottle from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NY. Appearance is a deep dark brown color with a creamy tan head. The aroma is predominately coffee, followed by some hints of chocolate. Taste is the same. Body is medium to full. The incredible flavors do an exceptional job at masking the 7.5% ABV like it's not even there! There is no bitterness, just a smooth tasting stout that leaves behind a wonderful aftertaste.

When it comes to brewing quality beer, the Japanese really know what they are doing.

Highly recommended! ~

10-10-2009 21:33:45 | More by Goldfish19
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +11.2%

720 ml bottle

Appearance- Pours a dark chocolate brown/black with two fingers of frothy mocha head.

Smell- Espresso beans, chocolate syrup, cocoa, vanilla.

Taste- Hit right away with strong espresso and coffee bean followed by bittersweet chocolate and cocoa nibs. Roasted flavours linger in the finish. Flavours lean to the bittersweet side of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- A bold and flavourful espresso stout. Definitely delivers on the espresso side of things as I feel like I am getting hit with a jolt of caffeine (in a good way). Sticking with bittersweet flavours makes this stout an enjoyable and unique experience.

01-21-2013 02:52:55 | More by leaddog
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +11%

Basic black in the glass, with two fingers of mocha coloured creamy head. Slow to recede and lots of lacing.

Smells most strongly of roasted coffee, but the roasted malt mixes in there. Overall aroma is fairly bitter, but nice.

Taste opens up quite sweet up front, with almost a caramel infused sweetened coffee right on the tip of the tongue. Right in the middle of the mouth it switches over to a roasted coffee and roasted malt that is just a little bitter. The overall taste impression stays pretty sweet though.

Thick and rich, almost creamy bodied, carbonation just barely cuts through. Very nice.

I really like this one, but the sweet side of it may become a bit much by the end of the bomber. I still see myself buying this one again though, it is a great coffee stout.

02-10-2010 03:23:28 | More by elricorico
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +11%

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy brown head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee/espresso, chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and some dark fruit aroma also shows up as the beer warms. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the coffee/espresso flavors being the strongest. Has a nice bitter and dry finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy but also on the thin side for a stout. It's also well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's enjoyable and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a good brew. If you like coffee and/or espresso, then you would probably like this beer too.

01-15-2010 22:56:44 | More by bluejacket74
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Nesued

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11%

Picked up a few 11.2oz bottles at Green's on Buford Highway in ATL, while there on a business trip.

Appearance - Deep brown in color, pours dense with a huge head forming as the glass fills. Poured into a pilsner glass and I'd say 2/5ths retained as headspace. The head and lacing was amazing. Like the head of a whipped chocolate milkshake. Slick and sliding down the sides as I rotate the glass. Topped it off after the head dropped a bit. Still, after a few minutes, I'm looking at a one-finger head. Very inviting.

Smell - The chocolate is the first to grab your nose and hold on. Followed by a coffee and bitter/tart aroma as well. Wonderful nose that draws you in.

Taste - Rich coffee, bitter chocolate and a bit of vanilla all come to the surface in just the first sip. Unlike many of the other Hitachio offerings, there is no site (or taste) of the cedar. Well-balanced malt and a mild finish. I had to check the ABV on this one, as I didn't detect the slightest alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel - My only down-tick. A bit thin on the mouthfeel. Expected more from both the style and also the impressive aroma and taste. Moderate carbonation appears to help out. Perhaps the thin feel adds to the drinkability, along with the masking of the alcohol.

Drinkability - For the company it keeps in the style (i.e. Founders, Peche Mortel, etc) it would be a tall order to try to measure up. It's no DFH WWS, but then again few, if any, are at that level. I'm happy to say this is a fine example of a very drinkable American Double/Imperial Stout.

10-14-2009 00:26:26 | More by Nesued
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.