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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

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Reviews: 396
Hads: 899
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 44
Gots: 86 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of shivtim
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this in Atlanta. What a nice surprise!
Pours out oily opaque black with just the slightest tinges of red/brown around the edges when you hold it up to a strong light. Head is dark bloody brown and fades rather quickly. Nose is incredible! Sweet charred malts, coffee grounds, sweet cream, slight bourbon, and layered dark and milk chocolates. Evolves upon warming. Very nice. Taste is burnt malts, ashy, with a fairly intense sweet coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is very full and rich. Drinkability is above average, it's a strong but drinkable stout.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter, The liquid is black with ok carbonation. The head is only a small mocha pad and leave no lace.

The smell is coffee with out a pronounced roastyness.

The taste is great lots of coffee and medium roasted malt, with a great hopyness in the finish. Great balance and a nice refined taste with no staleness or bad after taste.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a Impy stout but this is not a real big beer, The carbonation feels good.

The drinkability is very good nothing wrong with this beer and most worth a try if the coffee is your thing. It's mine!

Prosit MK

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Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the purest coffee brews available. Pours Espresso black with a thick firm brown head.

Pure espresso nose opens up with some air and as it warms to pure bitter chocolate pleasant nose.

Intense espresso and bitter chocolate flavors, that, again, as it gets some air and warms a bit develops into a sweet, full, creamy espresso/coffee/dark chocolate character and flavor, with a hop balance. Hops are there but not overwhelming. The coffee/dark chocolate character is the star here.

Strong and long espresso and hop finish. A really nice dessert or after dinner beer. I really recommend room temperature to get the most out of this one.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/10/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle, no freshness info found on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep blackend pour. Larger one inch plus dirty brown head. Settles at a bit less than 1/4 inch for the duration. Leaves nice lace sheeting that is kind of short lasting and some small patches.

Smell- Very large coffee-espresso nose. Just about of coffee fumes with a touch of dark chocolate and a bit of pine hop resin. A bit more sweetness and it would be perfect.

Taste- Granted this is a coffee beer and not a chocolate driven malt flavored beer, but I would be head over heels if it had some more chocolate notes. It has a minor amount of chocolate-toffee-caramel goodness and a touch of fig or some kind of dark dried fruit flavor, but the point this dude is trying to make is death by coffee. All coffee grounds, espresso shop-mile down the road-but I can smell you from my house-coffee. Deep dark roasted malts almost to being burnt. Seems to be a middle of the road sweetness and a short bite of bitterness, but alos has a tiny sour note as well, which actually adds to the enjoyment.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, low almsot cask like carbonation level. Suprisingly a shorter lived coffee aftertaste with a bit of hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Feels like the excat 7.5% abv that it says.

Drinkability- Damn well crafted beer. For coffee lovers, probably will be one of the best beers you have ever had. As a double stout...strong, but kind of one sided. Still a very very good beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am really starting to have a "thing" for these well built imperial stouts infused with coffee or espresso. Hitachino was next on the list to try. Here goes: pours a deep black with a slight brown tint. Aggressive pour yields a huge, two finger, foamy dark tan head. Decent lacing left on the glass as it slowly recedes. A delicious, espresso aroma wafts from the glass. Not overwhelming by any stretch, but definitely a strong espresso character. It is a perfect balance in taste, a nice bitter espresso taste upfront, that mellows with the sweet malt backbone. Others of this style have a more chocolate malt character to it as well, but that is not the case here. It is not a negative that it lacks that chocolate taste, though, it sits Hitachino apart in a good way, I think. Not quite a as thick as other coffee/espresso stouts either, which makes it dangerously drinkable. In fact, too easy, I am drinking this thing rather easily and enjoying it. At this point, I have enjoyed a number of these imperial coffee stouts for different reasons, in Hitachino's case, it is is its bitter espresso taste, while not overwhelming, but very apparent, and it is lighter, and not to carbonated mouthful.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black body with brownish tinges. Not a very robust head.

S: Roasted malts and some bitter chocolate. I can't really detect any coffee.

T: Okay, here's the coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. Baker's chocolate makes its presence felt as the beer warms up. Also a hint of vanilla.

M: Lighter than the typical RIS, but still heavy enough.

D: I've had bad experiences with non-American RISes, but this was a pleasant surprise. Not the best coffee stout I've ever had, but a solid example nonetheless.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice coffee stout from Kiuchi. Dark coffee colour with a coffee-and-cream head that is dense but thin.

Rich, roasted coffee smell. Slight sugary flavour to it. Rich, slightly bitter black coffee. Very rich espresso flavour.

The important points on this are spot on, but I do think it is a bit thin. This could be "beefed" up a bit. I'm surprised at the light body on this as the alcohol content suggests this should be a bigger beer.

But still, quite enjoyable and a very tasty beer.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass, nice thick cascading foam. More of an opaque extremely dark brown than a "black" looking body.

Aroma touches all the bases. Smoky caramel and an acrid coffee note, yup, smells like an espresso.

Tastes follows aroma, with a big hint of caramel sweetness up front, quickly washed away by some pretty damned bitter coffee.

Oily, slick mouthfeel.

To those who love coffee stouts, this isn't breaking any new ground - but it is very well-executed, enjoyable, easy to drink. Coming from Japan, not an inexpensive 12-ouncer, but I'll buy again, especially considering I don't get Peche Mortel down here. As with most of the Hitachino Nest beers, well done.

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Photo of Crosling
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears black in the glass. Full, large, well-developed light tan foam. Nose has an expressive espresso character, with mocha, dark roast coffee and a touch of chocolate and vanilla. Lots of taste, with a really impressive coffee character. Finish lasts and lasts. What else to say. Just a really impressively crafted beer. If I were in Ibaraki, I'd drink this daily.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color with thin creamy tan head, good retention and nice lacing. Smells of espresso, , roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar and lactose. Tastes of creamy cappuccino with a maple syrup sweetness, followed by a bit of milk chocolate and a shot of espresso. Finishes with a bitter roasted coffee blast and even some citrus notes. Medium full body, creamy and smooth with a good flow of flavors and a nice bitter bite in the finish. Hides alcohol well and is nice to drink for coffee lovers.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very thick and fully opaque deep dark brown, which was essentially black with a large three finger high head of tan colored lace across the top. Very slow retention as the head on this one literally hung around for the entire session giving it a very full dessert like appearance. Really a wonderful treat.

S – The aroma was full of coffee and chocolate. Lots of sweet roasted coffee and milk chocolate that you really had a tough time getting past. Very warm and inviting aroma, this one really had a load of sugar in it. Nice burnt caramel and perhaps even a touch of Vanilla towards the end. Very nice indeed.

T – The flavor was wonderful. A very nice full coffee stout, something I always love. The first taste you get is that of deep espresso with a hint of vanilla and sugar. This rolls very nicely and actually has quite a long lingering profile to it. After a few minutes you can start to pick up a bit more of the sugar notes inside and some of the chocolate notes that were lying way underneath. A slightly hopped finish dried out and made the ending very nice and full.

M – A very full bodied stout. This was a creamy dessert beer to the fullest of the word. A very nice shake like feel to it, with the ample carbonation actually serving to bring out even more of the flavor. Long lasting finish kept you coming back for more.

D – This was the perfect cold night in front of the fire type sipper. Really a great choice to hang out with while you watch TV. I really enjoyed the fullness of it and the rich coffee textures just added to an already superb experience.

Overall this was definitely a winner. It was my first one from the brewery but I can promise it will not be the last. A really excellent choice this was a full on dessert in of itself. Not only would I not turn this down, I will be actively seeking it out any time I see it. Go get this if you love nice full flavored stouts, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer bootle (33 c;L) purchased from wine vendors in Mende (48) city.

Appearance : black color with tan foamy head.
Smell : very sweet aromas with strong notes of roasted malt and espresso coffee.
Taste & mouthfeel : sweet flavors with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, espresso coffee, leading to a dry roasted coffee finish.
Overall : a very nice beer in the style "Japan Imperial Stout"

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Photo of mwilbur
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very dark blackish-brown with 1/2 inch bubbly dark tan head. Good retention. Decent lacing.
S: Nice espresso note, dark sweet chocolate malt, and a hint of cream. Delectible.
T: Wow! The espresso note hits strong. Dark chocolate and hint of cream...follows aroma well, which is a great thing.
M: Light-medium body. Some bitter coffee and chocolate notes. Bitterness is well-balanced by a sweet and creamy feel.
D: One of the best coffee brews I've had. Quite the pleasant surprise from a Japanese brewery. Not complex...but what it does do, it does very well. Seek it out!

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a huge fluffy brown head. Rededed to a big blob island in the middle of the glass and left huge curtains of lace around the edges.

Aroma is a salty sort of soy sauce with strong coffee notes, some brown sugar and herbs. There was quite a bit of depth to the nose. Definitely some smells I couldn't identify maybe some beef broth in there.

Taste is truly coffee-like with bitterness and perfectly balanced with a healthy dose of sugary sweetness.

Perfect carbonation brings the flavors to life and the mouthfeel is similar to coffee in that it has a slick smoothneess.

Overall a great coffee beer. Will get this one again.

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Photo of StoutKing0104
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Japanese beer and I think I chose a winner.

A - A pretty hard pour delivers a black body with about a half finger worth of deep mocha head. The head sibsides fairly quickly leaving decent lacing. This lacing gets better as the beer goes down.

S - Immediately hit with storng espresso and coffee aromas, then roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a little smoke.

T - NOse doesn't lie, a strong taste of black coffee and espresso bean which is countered nicely by the dark chocolate. There is also roasted malt with a little smokey effect.

F - Moderate carbonation tingles the tongue and brings out the full flavor of the espresso bean. The brew flows fairly smoothly over the pallet but the can sting a little if held too long on the tongue.

D - A terrific stout with nicely balanced coffee and chocolate flavors. Makes for a very nice, and delicious, drinking brew. I recommend that everyone should try this one.

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Photo of everetends
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as a gift from a friend. Bottle poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a nice, dark, black which as a red hues when held to light. Did not pour with much head, but what stayed provided some nice lacing.

S: Coffee, Malt, Nuts, and black cherries. There is a faint smell of alcohol. Nice full aroma.

T: Espresso coffee is well represented. It is sweet but it has a bitter finish that balances the beer. You can also taste malt, chocolate, and caramel.

M: Creamy with a medium carbonation. Coats the mouth and sticks with you for a while.

D: Good drinking beer as an after dinner beer. Good for dessert or just to have a good, rich beer. Will definitely drink again. Awesome stout.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will have to admit that I was a bit surprised at how good this brew actually was...I loved everything about it.. It might have been a little thin but hell, I'm nitpicking with that. Its darker than midnight on a back road in Tennessee, smells exactly like a fresh brewed espresso, and tastes like espresso and bittersweet chocolate. I thought the brew was great all the way around and would recommend it highly!!!!

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Photo of popery
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, home. Excellent coffee stout. Pours wall-to-wall black with a mocha head. The aroma has coffee, roasted barley, dark chocolate, earth, dark stone fruit, bit of spice and raisins. In that general order. The flavor is rich and sweet. Creamy espresso runs through the dark malt, like a dark chocolate ice cream swirled with coffee syrup. The mouthfeel is smooth and good. It's a great stout and the best or second best coffee stout that I've tried so far.

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Photo of elricorico
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle is marked "ES.8.2"

poured into shaped pint glass.

opaque black. lots of brown head that slowly fades to wispy layer. nice, webby lacing.

aroma definitely has espresso coffee, although not necessarily "fresh brewed". earthy, dark roasted malt and coffee. hint of estery fruitiness. whiff of stout-like acidity and alcohol.

flavor is coffee as well, quite rich, earthy and roasty. malt peeks through, then some grassy hop bitterness to mix with the coffee and charred malt bitterness. hint of fruit peeks in but quickly taken over. finish is relatively complex and coffee-like. nicely bitter throughout.

smooth, substantial but w/o getting too syrupy. moderate carbonation.

personally i actually think this is almost on par with peche mortel and even KBS, and it seems more readily available too.

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Photo of bobsy
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pint at Bakyusu Club Popeye in Tokyo.

Pitch black pour with a large tan head and sheets of lacing - a classic appearance! Nice espresso aromas, mixed in with bittersweet chocolate and a touch of piney hops. Great coffee flavour, and more balanced than I was expecting. Dark fruit and chocolate help to elevate this beer to a whole new plane, as does a splash of vanilla. Smooth medium body with very low carbonation.

Overall, an extremely pleasant package and it incorporates the coffee far better than most other attempts. I'll try it again if ever I'm back in Tokyo!

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Photo of bruachan
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

quite dark with a good brown head. great altitude up front and it settled to a good coating and solid collar

the aroma is deliciously similar to the dark chocalate gelato i sampled in italy recently. super rich chocolate bouquet. i could wash my hair with this if i thought it might imbue my hair with the same aroma.

tastes super chocolatey and cappucinoish (i've never actually had cappucino). it's rich without heaviness and somewhat chocolatey. hops are deftly prominent, a delicate matter i am sure, with a modest stout like this

not thick, but rich enough (did i say that, already?). sweet

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout has a thick, creamy, beige head, a very dark brown appearance, and pretty good lacing left behind. The aroma is of heavily roasted barley malt, dark coffee, faint chocolate, and black cherries. Taste is of acidic, sour, dark-roasted malt, black coffee, cherries, and some chocolate. Mouthfeel is mostly heavy and syrupy, and Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout finishes rich, sweet, charred, and dry. Overall, this is an interesting and well-made flavored beer. I score it most excellent.


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Photo of Nesued
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.