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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

733 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 733
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 31
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

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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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

akttr, Mar 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

A - dark with some red around the edges. Tall dark head that lasts forever.

S - coffee with some malt and chocolate.

T - coffee with some chocolate, but also something that I have never tasted before. It is a little bitter but I do not know what it is and I don't really like it.

M - oddly both coating and watery at the same time. Tingle on front sides of the tongue.

D - maybe one... but only if there is nothing else.

biglite351, Apr 22, 2010
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

LockeSD, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

jfcaa193, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%

11.2 oz. bottle:

Pours thick black with a light brown, thin head. Looks like an espresso - fitting. The thin head soon becomes a patch. Minimal trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of espresso with cream. Roasty to the point of being slightly burnt.

The taste is of roasted espresso with a touch of cream. Tastes like chewing on an espresso bean. A burnt characteristic seems like the espresso was on too long. Fruity alcohol gives it a kick in a warming finish.

This one is thick with minimal carbonation. Felt like I had a high-octane spiked espresso.

Well- I like coffee, even espresso. But, this borders on too much. The burnt characteristic makes is a bit tough to continue with it. Maybe this one should be served in a demi-tasse cup. A disappointment as a beer and certainly not worth the price, IMO.

jwc215, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of charlzm
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%

Consumed 11/14/08.

Pours virtually black into the glass, forming a very energetic and frothy tan head that almost overflowed the glass despite my careful pour. Intense light reveals deep garnet highlights and lots of active carbonation.

The aroma of this one is musty, powdery coffee with vanilla and a hint of sourness.

Mouthfeel is slick and thick.

Flavor is similar to nose: roasted dark coffee and powdered cocoa (which I hate in a beer) with moderate accompanying bitterness. Some vanilla as well. The problem is a sour note that's not entirely pleasing. Perhaps there was an infection in this bottle?

Flawed. Not one of my favorite coffee stouts.

charlzm, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%

Bottle courtesy of Beerlando. Thanks!
Pours fairly opaque black with a big fizzy, foamy chocolately brown colored lasting head. Smell is strong espresso, coffee grounds. Taste is strongly of coffee, and not much else at all. Medium bodied and drinkable, but the coffee flavor almost got boring after a while and was very one note. Decent, but I've really enjoyed other coffee beers more.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
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3.15/5  rDev -19.6%

I remember seeing a bottle of this years ago and wanting to drink it but I was scared of the style back then. I picked thi sup while I was in California in April. Poured 12oz. bottle into my snifter. Poured super dark brown, not quite opaque, big bubbly tan head that lasted through the whole beer. The smell and the taste threw me off. I got some coffee in the smell barely and none in the taste. It tasted very fruity like apricot. the mouthfeel was a bit lacking also.

mugglesandhops, Jun 25, 2009
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3.18/5  rDev -18.9%

Poured into a tulilp. Beer pours a dark brown with a finger of dark tan head. Leaves behind a nice ring of spotty lacing. THe head fades quickly.

Standard smell here. Not the most complex beer I've stuck my nose into but it's nice. Roasty malts with noticable espresso aromas with a hint of cocoa to round it out. Simple. Not a lot going on in the pallet either. Mostly an espresso bomb. Bitter espresso from start to finish and it's tough to notice anything else.

Feels alright, decent sizes body with ample carbonation but it's a bit more drying than I would prefer to see. Overall this one left me wanting a bit more. It's an enjoyable beer but I think there are better on the market. Especially for almost five bucks a bottle.

Bendurgin, Mar 18, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -18.9%

11.2oz bottle, courtesy of the Amanti Vino Beer of the Month program, poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours black, with subtle mahogany coming through along the edges when held to light. In other words, the beer's not stout black. Head formation is weak, the caramel foam cap is less than a finger in height, and head retention is just as poor. A hint of lacing is the only thing keeping this beer from an even lower appearance score, easily the worst looking stout I've ever seen. This bleeds over into the smell, as the lack of head renders the dark chocolate and coffee (surprisingly chocolate heavy for a beer with espresso stout on the label) a bit weak. I cracked this beer at fridge temperature, which was a mistake on my part. It was very murky cold, but really opened up once it warmed. Dark chocolate leads things off, though not as rich as I find in some stout. The second half is where the coffee comes in, and as with the nose I'm surprised it's not a bit more intense. There's a distinct bitter coffee finish though that I find myself enjoying. Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout it in a bit of a weird spot as at 7.5% it's a bit small for an imperial stout, and a bit big for a regular stout, and that issue shows up in the body. The beer doesn't have a big rich body, but it's bigger than most regular stouts, and just ends up stuck in no man's land. An overly aggressive carbonation doesn't help matters either. Given the flaws that crop up in HN Espresso Stout it's not all that drinkable for an imperial stout. This isn't a terrible beer, but it's not on the same level as many of the other stouts out there.

axeman9182, Oct 18, 2010
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3.18/5  rDev -18.9%

I love esoresso stouts and this just did not do it for me.

Taste: Comes on nice and smooth with a good espresso taste then turns very bitter for the after taste Its got a very strange middle that is quite unpleasant to me.

Smell: It smells quite nice very strongly of dark coffee and lightly of stout under that.

NSD-NerdGirl, Mar 01, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -18.4%

I poured this espresso stout into a glass stein.

Appearance- Body appears a very dark brown, with no notibeable highlights. The head is a dark, sappy brown that has a viscous, milky look to it. It builds to about a finger before thinning out, leaving barely enough substance to cover the top of the beer.

Smell- Uhh...I guess that has some coffee in there. It imitates a cold latte drink you would get packed with sugar. It also has a really strong chocolate note which is very surprising.

There is also something slightly off about this. Like a boozy smell is mixed in that is certainly not appetizing. Almost smells like vodka or a sake after it gets through the sugary latte and chocolate. Thankfully, that scent is really buried.

Taste- That iced mocha latte is the lead flavor. I think I would appreciate it much more if it smelled more like coffee than a sugary sweet mixed coffee drink.

The chocolate flavor has degraded a bit and is barely perceptible in the finish, and is already a shadow of what it once was on the nose, too bad.

There is also a slight grassy, wheaty expression picked up that may be the base of the off vodka smell from the nose. It still does the same thing here of making the end drink less enjoyable.

Mouth feel- This beer is relatively chewy and has a solid medium body. It also finishes rather easily despite that off flavor. Could be a little more smooth over the tongue, but otherwise good.

Overall- Hitachino Nest's espresso stout was an okay stout. The espresso had some disjointed flavors accompanying it that really affects the overall experience of the beer negatively. It needs more coffee and less whatever that off wheaty, grassy flavor is.

Oh, and if the espresso actually tasted more like espresso, that would certainly help matters. I cannot see myself ever returning to this one...

Pintofbrown, Dec 02, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

sabitu, Jan 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

supa0525, Nov 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Adavar, Mar 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

JasonTaverner, May 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a Guinness tulip pint. Coded: E.09.10. The body was the darkest brown. The head was dark tan, dense and creamy. Eventually the head faded to a film.

Smell was not as strong as I had anticipated. Coffee and metal. Spent coffee grounds. Light brown sugar notes.

Taste was tart/sour. Adequately sweet but an up front tartness which I found unusual. Coffee bitterness balanced any sweetness.

Mouthfeel was creamy and mouthfilling. Full to medium body and plenty carbonated.

Cresant, Mar 16, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

SidDuffman, Aug 02, 2014
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 733 ratings.