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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

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88
very good

835 Ratings
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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 32
Gots: 63 | FT: 2
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Japan

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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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, basic black beer, tan cap of fine bubbles that settled quickly to a thin sheet, spotty lace. Intense coffee, roast, and caramel aromas. A bit burnt, some toffee. Same in the flavour, but with moderate to strong bitterness and mild hop character. Light alcohol towards the end with lingering bitterness. Full bodied with mild warmth, nearly creamy texture. Solid.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my DFH snifter. Poured a deep, opaque brown (almost black), with a half inch tan head the quickly settled into a broken swirl of foam and ringlets. Nose is just like the label promised; espresso, malt and a sweet character, with a touch of earthiness (smell actually reminded me a little of Bell's java stout). Taste consistent with nose, but the espresso is not as big in the mouth and the sweetness is amplified a little. I also detected traces of toffee and perhaps dark fruit at the finish as the brew warmed. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium-bodied and perhap a little effervescent for the style; however, a hint of creaminess peaks forth at the start. The label doesn't lie. This is defintitely an espresso stout. Coffee is well represented; however, I prefer a little more sweetness to be revealed. All and all, well worth your time.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a resilient head. Aroma is stronger of coffee beans than the other coffee stouts I've had, it carried the sour, roasted aroma more than other stouts. Thick on the palate, with flavors of coffee and the long finish of dark cocoa. The strong coffee flavor gives this one the tang of an imperial porter... interesting beer. and I liked it.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is an uncompromising shade of charcoal black. Coming out of the bottle it was rich with maroon highlighting, but in the glass and even to the light, it is stark and opaque. There was a crowd of bubbles off the pour but all seem to have disappeared, leaving the surface barren and almost completely desolate of even a trim.

The aroma is more abundant with chocolate malt than espresso. It tickles at the nostrils with scents bittersweet. Alongside the chocolate are notes of molasses, dark caramel, blackberry, caramelized sugar and black coffee. It's nice but unlike other big stouts is not something I could sit there and smell all night.

The taste mirrors the smell with an ample level of dark bittersweet chocolate, java, caramelized sugar, molasses and cocoa beans. The taste of espresso is present, but shares the flavour profile equally with the others. This has much less coffee, but far more dimension, than I expected.

Kiuchi uses a recipe for a Russian Imperial as their base for this beer. It does show in the mouthfeel, which is thin but gooey with rich notes of anise, roasted malt, and bitter chocolate lingering. The sugary sweetness, alongside an absence of alcohol, mirrors this with many Foreign stouts too.

Whatever they set out to do, these Japanese brewers surely achieved it. Dark caramel, strong black coffee, raw cocoa bean and hints of vanilla make a great accompaniment to dessert, or just as well a dessert unto themselves. This doesn't exactly compete with my favourite higher gravity stouts, but it can hold its own. Be sure to give it a try.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger tan head that dies quick with little lace patches. Aroma is mostly roasted coffee malts but there is some sweetness in the aroma as well. The beer is thin, smooth, easy drinking fare that tended to be a little sweeter than some coffee styles which is my preference. Strong roasted coffee notes are balanced with a very slight espresso/milk/vanilla sweetness for both a dry and sweet beer (this sweetness helps the beer pass so easy over tongue). Rather simple and mild beer but it really hit the spot for me.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, molasses, roasted coffee, black licorice, touch of vanilla.

T - Dark chocolate and caramel malts, roasted coffee, molasses, black licorice, a touch of vanilla and dark fruit.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, roasted, and dry finish.

D - Nice coffee stout. Good overall balance.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.