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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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Kiuchi Brewery
Japan | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerBeing on 07-20-2007

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black body with a super dense head that’s dark tan, creamy and would make an awesome pillow to sleep on. The lacing is just a thick.
Smell: cocoa nibs, coffee, brown sugar, caramel and mild butter.
Taste: Roasted coffee beans, cocoa butter, slightly bitter and just damned good to drink.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied and smooth.
Overall: This is one awesome espresso stout, one of the best I’ve tried so far, if you see it don’t pass it up.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another awesome beer from these guys, this one on tap at choice city in fort collins. it has a lot going for it, and a lot of beers that use the "espresso" moniker end up just using coffee, or it tastes like coffee, this tastes like espresso, really and truly, and it tastes like a lot of it was blended in. lets start with the base beer, rich and black, not the least bit sweet, nitro looking chocolate brown head, soft and creamy, excellent retention. smells like black roasted barley, high proportion as its bone dry and ashy, the deepest past malted notes here. some dark chocolate in the flavor, but this is heavy on the dark side without a lot of caramels or pales balancing it out with any sweetness. i think thats a cool base for the espresso, which exudes some of the same dry bitter heavily roasted properties. almost tastes like a half and half blend, its that espresso driven. some acidity here too, it doesnt feel thin, but the java definitely cuts the would be body pretty significantly. insanely dry for a stout like this, and i kind of like the sharpness the proper espresso adds. if you like real bitter espresso, check this one out. everything these guys make is unique, and this is another creative and delicious brew from them. yum!

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle, stamped ES.15.12 (Dec 15?), 7% ABV. Pours black with a large sized khaki head; no lacing. Smells of mostly rich cocoa and coffee with some earthy hops and roasted malt; great smell but could be more intense. The taste follows exactly with more coffee, cocoa, hops, and roasted malt; again great, but could be more intense. Better as it warms to cellar temperature. Fairly earthy with some subtle sweetness and bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel and thinner body; drinkable for an IS. Overall, this is straightforward and tasty stout. Good presence of cocoa and coffee, but also fairly earthy.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into glass

black in color, with tan head. nice pleasant strong coffee aroma. taste is slightly bitter, acidic, strong roast. medium bodied. good beer to pair with a sweet dessert.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours fairly thick into the glass, with a bit of a brown head.
The nose is minimal. A sight coffee hint.
The taste is interesting. I get a hint of coffee first. Then a bit of sweetness. Then a slight bitterness in the end.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black, with brown hints, opaque, with a tan head about a finger high, fading away to a thin ring and lacing.

S - Roast malts, coffee hints, and a very strong hit of alcohol.

T - Big roast malt, strong coffee and chocolate hit, a hint of soy, a middle full of molasses and toasted bread, and a mildly bitter close.

M - Slick and full, very big for its middle of the road ABV. A bit of dryness in the close.

O - An interesting, pleasant take on the imperial stout. The nose is full of booze, but the taste is moderate. The coffee is not terribly forward, but is present and underpins the molasses and roasted malts.

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Photo of bark
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The colour is black, the two finger head is brown and compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is semi-sweet with distinct notes of espresso coffee. Quite a lot of caramel, hints of bitter hops and coffee.

The taste is semi-sweet with lots and lots of coffee and chocolate. Cream and roasted malt, red berries and passing bitterness. Medium body. The aftertaste got even more coffee and some dark chocolate, smooth bitterness and growing clean sweetness. Hints of red berries, cocoa, coconuts and liquorice.

The carbonation is strong, the many small bubbles are fresh and long-lived. The liquid is smooth.

A very smooth beer with elegant coffee and chocolate.

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Photo of drmeto
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium,foamy,beige head
-oats,coffee,hazelnuts,molasses,milk chocolate
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Great Coffee Stout

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice licorice black with a creme brule colored head, leaving hilly lace and fading slow.

Smells like straight up prune juice. Maybe a little coffee or charred chocolate in the background.

The flavor brings more of the coffee forward, and lingers with acidity and pleasant bitterness as it fades. A touch of "chokoreto" and roast malt also float in. I'm left with pure coffee ground on the finish.

The feel on the palate is significant and creamy. It's huge, and filling in a good way. A mild carbonation keeps it from turning into sludge.

Espresso Stout is a good one to try if you like coffee beers. It lives up to its name and for me, that is all that matters.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a dreamy, dark creme colored head. A spot or two of lacing left behind. Fantastic look. Coffee and espresso hit the nose first, with a smooth, malty aroma in the background. The taste is a good espresso, with some malt, stout complexities. Mouth feel is rather nice, although not exceptional. Still feels robust and smooth. Overall, I really quite enjoy this beer. The espresso/coffee flavors are nice and at the front, without being overdone or feeling charred.

Served in a 12oz snifter. I will say, I'm biased in that I love coffee. So keep that in mind with my review.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black with a tan head that goes away and only leaves a trace of lacing behind. The smell is coffee and roasted malts. The taste is massively bitter coffee with a minor amount of sweetness. This is a solid coffee beer and it is all coffee.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with a small brown head. Taste has a really nice espresso/coffee ground flavor that is smooth and not bitter. Aroma has espresso and lightly roasted dark malt. Slight coffee bitterness and a chocolate flavor develops as the beer warms. Finishes with a really nice lingering double-shot of espresso flavor.

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Photo of JayQLaw
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The slightly higher carbonation level releases the coffee flavor that much more. It has a (good) bitter bite at the end, with a nice espresso finish.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was served into a snifter.
The appearance was a moderately dark brown color with a slim almost fingered white to off white foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. Moderate filmy lacing stuck to the glass and slid at a nice pace.
The smell had a slight sweet espresso sort of stout-ishness to it. Roastiness was really light.
The taste was moderately sweet carrying the roasty part up with a slight bitter from coffee beans, but then there's a slight "sour" edge. Is that intentional? For a stout, I'm guessing not, but hey, I don't know enough about this company.
The mouthfeel had a nice roastiness rolling onto my tongue nicely. I'd say it has a nice sessionability about it.
Overall, I'd say this was a nice beer that I could have again.

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Photo of dcotom
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark caramel color with a voluminous tan head that recedes rather quickly, leaving little to no lacing. Aroma is coffee forward with notes of burnt toffee and caramel. Coffee forward again on the palate, with lots of sweetness and a dark-fruity lingering bitterness. Quite pleasant and very drinkable.

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Photo of hophugger
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a great deep deep chocolate brownish-black. Head is about a finger or so and lacing is very light. Aroma is of espresso, coffee, roasted beans. Taste is a very quick hit of sweetness, then immediately into espresso, wow !! also slight hints of chocolate and roastiness follow. Finish is semi-bitter with lingering amounts of espresso. This is a very very nice beer. Coffee lover's dream !!!

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Malt_Man
2.97/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served cool from 330ml bottle into tulip glass.

L) Very dark brown, opaque, thin bubbly tan head.

S) Doesn't really smell like coffee. Or stout. Vaguely unpleasant sweetish... something.

T) Starts off with a bit of light coffee bitterness, followed quickly by a sourish beery flavour. There is a soda-like open-ness to the flavour. The only pleasant aspect is in the aftertaste, where light coffee flavour and / or roast hop bitterness come in.

F) As noted above, there is a soda-like quality to the drink, with a bit of bitterness coming in in the aftertaste.

O) Looking over the ingredients, I am surprised that malted barley is the only grain used; there are hints of adjuncts in this. There are better coffee stouts / porters out there, so I can't recommend this one.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this strong coffee smell taste more like an imperial stout with hint of dark coffee 2 finger toffee colored head
Thatleaves a small film with little lacing

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought this in a moment of weakness... ES 15.01 what ever that means...

Pours a very effervescent mahogany with a sliver of tan head. Traces of head retention & lacing, stays effervescent, but has a nice viscious look to it

S: Some coffee, leafy hops,

T: Coffee, dryness & charred grain up front. Dryness, faint astringency, Baker's chocolate, & a little carob as this warms, a little dryness, faint lactic sourness, leafy hoppyness. Finishes with coffee, a little dryness & carob, traces of leafy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, semi-firm carbonation

The coffee part of this beer is the best part, otherwise, kind of run of the mill, therefore a one & done, too pricey

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

-the head dissapeared....
-more imperieal stout smell than espresso, very mild hint of espresson
-great blend of imperial stout and espresso style stouts
-did somebody put water in my beer?
-great imperial just wished it was thicker!

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Photo of interzen
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle served into a tulip glass

Look: Dark - pours a deep, deep brown with a couple of fingers of tan/khaki head with considerable staying power. Some lacing left behind. Head diminishes fairly quickly to a thin, tan-coloured foam cap.

Smell: Again, dark - dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee and deep, dark chocolate. The smell puts me in mind of a really good 90% cacao chocolate. Overall, a mighty fine combination of coffee and imperial stout characteristics. This could be a good one ...

Taste: Oh dear God, this is delicious - I've had a number of coffee/espresso stouts of late and up until now Bad Seed Espresso Stout was pretty much the high water mark. That has just changed - this is an absolutely delicious melange of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee flavours with just the right amount of alcoholic burn. Absolutely divine.

Feel: Quite dry, although that's not entirely surprising given the flavour profile. About par for the course as far as stouts are concerned although a bit heavy compared to, say, your typical IPA.

Overall: Well now, this was a surprise - there's more to Japan than sushi, Kirin Ichiban and weapons-grade weirdness. This Japanese take on an Imperial Stout puts me in mind of my first thoughts on Japanese whisky - you think it's going to be a pale imitation of the 'real thing' but in reality it ends up knocking your socks off. Absolutely stunning - I think there's a new favourite in town.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Espresso Stout is brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout with coffee beans added. Available as a rotating release in single 12 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 62 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy foam head of a mocha-tan color over a near black body. Retention is above average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas of earthy, acidic coffee beans up front with secondary imperial stout characters of medium roasted barley, licorice, molasses and dark fruit notes. Reserved sweetness aromatically. Potency is medium/high. 4

(Taste) The stout flavors are very forward with moderate roasted malt, toasted caramel syrup, earthy licorice and a moderate creamy sweetness. The coffee beans are a touch more reserved in the flavor, with lesser acidity as well as earthy bean character. Altogether enjoyable flavors all around, although slightly thinner in body than the aroma suggested. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is oily, mildly chewy and moderately dry. Carbonation is low, generating a mild frothiness and a delicate, soft crispness. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even earthy bitter to sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no notable off characters. 4

(Overall) Hitachino Nest may be one of the finest Japanese breweries when it comes to crafting traditional American and Belgian styles, and Espresso stout is another excellent addition to the lineup. Aside from the slight lightness of the body, this beer delivers on a solid stout malt profile, integrates the coffee bean for flavor as well as balance and manages high drinkability throughout it all. I wish this was available in bigger packaging, as one beer drives the craving for another. 3.75

Kiuchi Brewery's
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout

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Photo of uvachief
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle pitch black. Coffee ground black with 2 full fingers of head with a tilted pour into a pint glass. Head dissipated by 1/3 of the glass. Little lacing. Smells like wait for it...Espresso! Little too light in the mouth. Not creamy. Espresso is there but not over powering. Little too much carbonation for me. Has this weird bubbling aftertaste and a little cigarette like. Good but not grand.

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Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, clean; produces a full, fine head that gives evidence to the name - looks just like espresso crema, though only a minute or so retention

Aroma: lovely roasted malts - creamy dark chocolate (not bitter) , floral (lavender), touch of cinnamon, maple

Taste & Mouthfeel: incredible buttery, silken mouthfeel, full and fatty; deep, robust espresso (not coffee) dominates, pure and rich, chocolatey and never bitter, everything you like about a proper shot; quite a bit of sweetness, a little more than I'd like, taste a little of lactose, and vanilla - may be used to fill out body; it's this flavour that lingers most which is unfortunate, takes away from the malts that are the real star

Overall: the roasted malts are such a delight you hunt for them and wish you could go back to that first sip before the sugar pushed it's way in; that being said, still a great stout you've got to try

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