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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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696 Ratings
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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 25
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of alcstradamus


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Black in color with dark brown 2 finger head that camped out for quite a while in my 16 oz. goblet and left a nice lacing down the glass

S--Nice and creamy roasted coffee scent, a bit fruity as well. A fine coffee variety was used to make this, that's for sure.

T--Very fresh roasted taste, detracted slightly by a burnt aftertaste. Take a fine fruit/nut coffee blend, brew it and let it sit in the pot for a few hours then cool it and voila you will have this beer. A very nice stout, but not on the level of the elite coffee beers.

M--Medium bodied and slightly creamy, washes down clean with a bit of a burnt aftertaste

D--A good one and done if you are craving a coffee beer, but I would go to others first for a session or a special treat

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 01:28:14 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich near black with brown highlights around the edges where light is let in, minimal cap of dense khaki head with moderate retention and lacing. Scent is of roasted malt with ample coffee notes and hints of chocolate and touches of sweetness. Taste is slightly more aggressive than scent although it says more black coffee with light sugar and cream than espresso. Decent roast qualities, some hint of chocolate. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, light carbonation. A very nice coffee stout which lacks any major umph to send it to the next level.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 02:29:14 | More by rfgetz
Photo of dqderrick


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Pours with a thick head (1in. in Chimay goblet glass). Head is chocolate milk in color, maybe darker. Head sticks around for a while.

Dark black in color. Absolutely no light gets through.

Carbonation seems light but I can't see much except toward the top where the beer meets the head. Head dissapates after about 5 minutes with just traces remaining.

Lacing is chocolate milk in color and only slight.

Smell - 3.0
Smells like a stout. Maybe even a little like a barrel aged stout. I pick up a little chocolate and espresso scent. Overall smell is nice but faint.

Taste - 5.0
First taste... espresso! Oh yes. Exactly what I wanted. A little chocolate in the after taste. Burnt oat flavor is light. The flavor hits the middle of my tongue and is pleasantly overwhelming.

The carbonation taste is on the medium side. Maybe a hair too much but does not detract from the experience.

This tasted as I had hoped and beat my expectations for the style. This will be on my shopping list when desiring an espresso stout.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
The head and light carbonation makes this feel velvety in the mouth. I get a little alcohol burn in the aftertaste, but not bad.

Drinkability - 4.0
I could see having two of the 12oz bottles. It does seem to be a little thick/heavy in the middle of each sip.

Toward the end of my first glass, I found myself wanting another bottle. Yes, I could have another. Maybe 3. Instead, I end up having a nice cup of coffee.

Comments - Awesome!
I don't normally buy beers from Japan. I live in Carlsbad, CA where I find myself very busy with discovering new west coast beers. But, I mix in others of course.

I've been into stouts lately and I really enjoyed this one. It has almost a perfect mix of stout, espresso and chocolate flavors. Try it, you can't go wrong.
Purchased at Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, CA on Friday, September 19, 2008. Consumed on Saturday, September 20, 2008.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 17:29:22 | More by dqderrick
Photo of BretSikkink


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown, well-tanned head is about one inch initially, recedes slowly with some pocking and lacing, and leaves a fairly attractive, thick lace around the top. Good stick left over.

The aroma stars to emerge more as the head recedes, mostly going with the heavily roasted coffee bean (thus the espresso). The carbonation apparent on the nose and initial taste makes me think of coca cola. Quite bittersweet, on the nose and palate.

The body is acceptable but definitely could stand to be richer, fuller, and less carbonated. It does remove some of the super bitter character from the finish. Chocolate, cocoa, coffee/espresso, licorice. All check.

Good version of a great style. Points for lots of character.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 04:27:56 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of hickmancase


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle from my first trip to Bruery Provisions with my buddy Rick.

A: Dark. Dark, three finger, espresso bubble colored head. Thicker than most stouts.

S: Coffee

T: Carbonated cold espresso. If it was an espresso it would be too weak, but for a beer... Damn! Delicious!

M: Thick. Perfect carbonation.

D: Made me hyper not buzzed. Excellent! But 5.49 for a 12 ouncer?

Similar to other coffee stouts.


Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 23:50:13 | More by hickmancase
Photo of AgentMunky


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Chimay goblet. Stamped "ES.10.11." October 2011?

A: Gorgeous, creamy-dark head with good retention. The beer is dark chocolate coloured and completely opaque.

S: Splendid. Huge and boozy, just oozing dark scents of coffee, chocolate, and roasted grain.

T/M: Good, but less powerful than the smell would suggest. On second evaluation, this may only indicate nuance...it's a much more balanced than many other heavy stouts. Especially on the aftertaste, gentle espresso notes emerge to great effect. The main taste is thin, but passable with a touch of carbonation and a bit of smooth alcoholic sweetness before the dry bitterness of the endtaste.

O: An enjoyable beer, one I would not have believed came from Japan. Recommended, but not an exceptional exemplar of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 22:40:37 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of gford217


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours dark brown out of the bottle and sits almost completely black in the glass with a huge tan head that shows excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma is like a mocha with some espresso and cocoa sweetness. Lightly roasted black malts, caramel and vanilla.

The taste has a little bit of lactose sourness with the sweet vanilla and espresso bitterness. Pretty sweet taste where the coffee isn't nearly as dominant as I expected. Some caramelized sugar as well.

The mouthfeel is excellent, super smooth and creamy. Lightly bitter in the finish.

This is a solid if not spectacular stout that's extremely smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 02:47:29 | More by gford217
Photo of rangerred


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle stamped E.8.12 which I'm guessing either means it was brewed in December, 2008 or it is best by August, 2012. I'm hoping for the latter.

Appearance is pitch black like used motor oil with a tiny dark tan head that quickly fades to a ring around the glass.

Smells quite strongly of espresso and roasted malt with a touch of caramel.

Taste is sweet caramel, coffee, an roasted malt. Much like a caramel mocha. Lots of bitterness from the malt and coffee. There is an earthy quality to this, kind of woody, that is chicory-like in nature. Mouthfeel is silky and smoothe but quite full-bodied.

Overall this is an excellent beer. The coffee is nicely balanced and I really like the earthy quality. One that I would like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 02:19:19 | More by rangerred
Photo of coldmeat23


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

This one pours a super deep, dark brown color. The head is just over one-finger of creamy, brown foam. The retention is very good and the lacing is plentiful and somewhat slippery.

As expected, there are definite espresso notes here. Big presence of roasted coffee beans. Light hints of cigar smoke and dark cherry sweetness. Very earthy quality to this one. Light trace of vanilla.

Bigtime dark roasted maltiness. Nice espresso notes. Very dark roasted coffee beans. Bittersweet chocolates. Tobacco and smoke notes. Light sweetness that I associate with dark fruits. Very light touches of vanilla creamer. While there is a light touch of bitterness in the mid-palate range, this is nowhere near as bitter as one might expect. Very nice.

This one is full-bodied and has a light level of carbonation. It is very smooth and has a very nice amount of creaminess to it. Very silk-like.

This is an enjoyable and easy drinking beer. It's a touch too rich and bold for everyday drinking, but it will do the trick when you need it to.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 20:11:08 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of seanbhudson


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chocolate with a tan head.

Smell: First impression is a frappacino not beer. A little chocolate and hint of vanilla. Smell roasted malts and a little yeast.

Taste: A medium to full bodied beer. Starts with a nice a sweet coffee flavor transitioning to a little bitterness (but not overwhelming).

Mouthfeel: Has a slight oily consistency but leaves your mouth feeling dry at the end. Has a fizzy light carbonation.

Not something I would drink often. You need to be in the mood for something other than a normal beer. But if you are looking for something between coffee and beer. I think you would like this.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 03:41:55 | More by seanbhudson
Photo of babaracas


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy very dark brown with dense two finger thick light brown head that slowly fades to a quarter inch leaving splotches of lace. Smell: nice robust coffee aroma, earthy, green, and slightly acidic. Caramel in the back. Taste: brown sugar, chocolate syrup, earthy and slightly citric hopping. More of a creamered coffee flavor here, the beans not contributing as much as in the nose. Supposedly based off an RIS recipe, so I guess this is the right style listing, but the body is not quite beefy enough. Not the best coffee stout, but a pretty nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 05:19:20 | More by babaracas
Photo of Aaron420

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very very very deep black, I am talking black as night. With a nice stack of about two fingers worth of dark tan head covering the top of this deep black stout on pouring. It has the smell of a fresh cup of coffee from your local coffee shop, I am not talking about Starbucks, but your local shop. But with a hint of alcohol. Now to the taste category, it is very smooth for such a dark beer. The espresso flavor sticks out but not to the point of becoming to bitter to be drinkable. It is very drinkable for being a coffee stout. Not to bitter but also not to sweet. Upon finishing this one I defiantly had the urge to head back to the beer store and get another.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 02:14:40 | More by Aaron420
Photo of glid02


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of creamy roasted coffee with good amounts of lightly roasted malts and smooth dark chocolate. Everything's present in good amounts.

Tastes good. Smooth roasted malt flavors up front are joined simultaneously by dark chocolate and coffee flavors midway through the sip. These flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending leaving hints of coffee flavors on the palate. As with the smell everything's present in good amounts however the flavors don't have quite the oomph the aroma has.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer. A very good offering for a beer a bit lower on the ABV scale than most others in the category. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2009 03:26:10 | More by glid02
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 720ml bottle, coming in at 5.5% ABV here.

This beer pours a solid black, with ever so slight brown tints at the edges, and two fingers of weakly puffy, and densely foamy beige head, which leaves a stellar active storm cloud vista of lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells quite strongly of bitter, dry roast coffee, dark chocolate, bready caramel malt, a bit of indistinct black fruit, wet ash, and an earthy hoppiness. The taste is more of the same, but much more laid-back - relatively sweeter chocolate, lightly bitter roasted coffee, grainy and bready caramel malt, and very mild grassy, earthy hop notes.

The carbonation is rather soft and trilling, the body a decently hefty medium weight, silken, duly smooth, and more than a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the chocolate and caramel malt persisting more or less unscathed, while the smoky coffee essence starts a long, dark wane.

A velvety, enticing, and overall tasty stout, that fits nicely into the realm of dessert, in the manner of panna cotta or Tiramisu. Well-made, and thankfully lacking (or perhaps merely obscuring) that Hitachino house yeast flavour.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 07:57:44 | More by biboergosum
Photo of smakawhat


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter.

Out of the bottle pours a classic walnut dark brown. Body color is a classic dark walnut brown, almost getting into black. Head forms very creamy like in a nice light brown, slowly receeds but also gives some good solid lacing of the same color. Looks great and impressive.

Solid bouquet, off milk chocolate, roast, roasted coffee bean. A hot simple milky sense of fresh brew, very nice, very well done. Looking for win here and it seems to come in spades.

Taste is a little light bodied and small. It's good, but it seems like a let down compared to what is on the nose. Light bodied roasted coffee, with a little watery bent and some fizz. No hint of high or harsh alcohol. Other nose notes of chocolate and milk and maltyness don't become as obvious.

While not a killer classic example of this impressive style, it is still a solid good tasting beer for what it is. I would have this again over many in this style, but there are certainly others that do better too. Espresso perhaps not, but good coffee stout to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 02:58:09 | More by smakawhat
Photo of largadeer


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Completely black with a dark mocha head. Pretty nice retention here and a good bit of lace.

Smell: Roasted grains and espresso - pretty mild in aroma for a coffee beer. There's a bit of malty sweetness to it as well, but it's decidedly more roasty.

Taste & mouthfeel: Bittersweet coffee, like espresso with a cube of sugar in it. There's a roasty, acidic twang that hits the sides of the mouth mid-sip, leading into a long, bitter and drying finish that's unsurprisingly similar to espresso. Nice and thick for 7.5% ABV while still remaining pleasantly dry - lots of oats in this I'd guess.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 19:19:17 | More by largadeer
Photo of MaltyGoodness


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich, black color with a thick, creamy mocha head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Deep roasted malt aroma with a burnt espresso smell. A bit of chocolate as well as a mild herbal hop smell are also present.

Roasted malt taste and burnt espresso dominate upfront. A bit of cocoa and some herbal hop flavors sneak through.

Medium body, creamy texture.

Quite a tasty coffee stout, with plenty of both for fans of either. Not for those who dislike coffee.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 04:00:53 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of OldSchoolGamer


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My fourth Hitachino beer, and a great one at that. I finally found the hidden gem of their lineup. Here is my review:

A: Pours a dark black. Head was quite large on the pour, but it shrunk quite a bit. Lacing is excellent. Just a very creamy and delightful looking stout.

S/T: Upon the first smell, I am reminded of their Lacto Sweet Stout, which isn't a bad thing. Somewhat sweet with a smokey character. The taste on the other hand, is much more complex and rewarding. This is a very balanced beer. Lots of different flavors, but nothing really stands above the rest. Coffee is the initial flavor, but its not a super rich or strong coffee. Its more of a mellow, less acidic coffee flavor. Chocolate is right there as well. More of a dark chocolate and a little sweet. Also a nice roasted malt and smoke character in there as well. The flavors just mingle well on the palate to create a balanced and enjoyable stout.

M/D: Very creamy and tasty in the mouth. Would be excellent as a breakfast or dessert beer. Drinks pretty typical for a stout. Not over the top, so it could be sessioned if desired. Nothing offputting about the beer at all.

I was more than impressed with this one. Such a complex and balanced flavor profile, its hard not to enjoy this one. I rarely buy import brews, and this is going to make the short list of ones I will revisit often. Not up there with Brunch Weasel or Founders Breakfast, but still an excellent choice. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 17:43:17 | More by OldSchoolGamer
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A squat, chubby 11.2-ounce bottle with a bug-eyed cartoon owl on the label, decrowned and poured into my Stone pint glass yields a matte-finished ebony body that defies penetration even by direct sunlight, capped with a thick two-finger head comprised of dark khaki, fine-bubbled foam. The soft, creamy head relaxes slowly, leaving thin sheets of fine lacing on the glass.

The smell is dark and coffee-laden with a burnt note of roasting beans way darker than the standard espresso. A winey twang of mellow dark malts sweetens the nose a bit, as does an emergent note of sweetened cocoa.

The taste is very similar to a lightly-sweetened cellar-cool double-shot latte with a drop of brandy and a dash of caramel syrup. A mild, but plentiful coffee bitterness works hard to keep the sweetness in check even as reinforcements of mocha chocolatiness emerge. The milky-coffee-chocolate theme pervades, taking over the late stages of the drink. A savory warming, winey note of mild alcohol in the finish lingers well into the aftertaste.

The drink is medium-bodied with fine carbonation, creamy, fluffy feel, and has the lingering stickiness of mocha-java syrup. A superb brunch drink with lots to offer the lovers of all things dark and roasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 14:28:36 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter. No visible date.

A- Oily, inky, opaque black pour. Finger width light tan head. Lacing is chunky in some spots.

S- There is no hiding the strong black coffee in this. There is some dark bitter chocolate, some cinnamon and a touch of vanilla. Very bitter, very little sweetness in the smell.

T- It starts off with a huge wallop of dark roasted coffee than opens up to dark chocolate and creamy milk chocolate. Brown sugar, vanilla and some cinnamon.

M- Medium body, low carbonation, slightly creamy.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 17:14:30 | More by korguy123
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz single from CBX. Poured into a DFH snifter...

A: deep brown / near black; mocha head; no lace; a few bottle conditioning floaties.

S: roasted malts; dark chocolate / fudge notes.

T: roasted / black malt flavor; chocolate; late espresso follows up and lingers.

M: full body; low carbonation; texture is a touch flat, but still pretty deep for 7.5% stout.

O: a very nice stout; espresso flavor isn't overdone; I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 22:43:30 | More by jpro
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the stout appears a dark brown color with at least an inch of dense lingering ecru foam. Aromas and flavors are dominated by notes of rich roasted grains, dark coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, mocha, cocoa, and caramel. Maybe a notch better than medium in body and adequately carbonated for the style. Great drinkability, despite the high price tag.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 04:25:47 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of htomsirveaux


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle tried 2 Mar 2010.

Last beer tried at Maple Ave (sniff...).

Served in a Liquor Mart shaker pint (yet again...). Oily black pour. Medium thick black head. Possibly medium carbonation, hard to tell. Opaque black color. Aroma is strong, coffee, some caramel, perfumey woodsy/floral, ethanol. Very roasty, lots of coffee, slightly acrid. Some chocolate, more coffee. Ethanol sneaks up on you. Did I mention coffee? Some coffee roastiness in the finish. Medium body.

Well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 03:09:51 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of GinaBeerInc


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it at a Rock concert in Los Angeles, perfect beer for the occasion. Pours a black colour with a thick beige head. Aroma of rich espresso coffee with some vanilla notes. Rich flavour of espresso, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and some bitter hops in the background which I enjoyed. Light vegetable notes. Full bodied, soft carbonation and a long finish with some robustness and coffee. Very well balanced, could't ask for anything else.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 19:19:04 | More by GinaBeerInc
Photo of mulder1010


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ML bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A-- Poured black. Pretty straight forward there. Decently aggressive pour got a long lasting two finger dark mocha colored head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Thick and streaky. Well maintained head and good head retention.

S-- Espresso, more like over drawn espresso, chocolate, and roasted malts. A little bit of sweetness that sort of reminds me of Sticky Date Pudding. Just no Carmel sauce.

T-- Big hit of espresso, not real bitter but strong. Chocolate somewhat smooths out the espresso taste.

M-- Big espresso followed buy chocolate. Chocolate is a tad bit sweetened. Medium to full bodied low carbonation. Chocolate smooths out the espresso. Has bitterness but it is not over bitter.

D-- Good drinkable beer. Can do 2 of these and not get tired of it. ABV is very well hidden. if you like espresso and chocolate this is a must drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 14:29:08 | More by mulder1010
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.