Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...
Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest BeerAdvocate updates delivered to your inbox.

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

Not Rated.
Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

395 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 395
Hads: 894
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 43
Gots: 85 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 07-20-2007

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (28) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 395 | Hads: 894
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 !!! (396 characters)

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" (391 characters)

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. (785 characters)

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 (162 characters)

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 (682 characters)

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! (234 characters)

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. (1,451 characters)

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
3.82/5.00 (1,886 characters)

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. (426 characters)

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 (912 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown...

Poured jet black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Dark dirty brown head poured thick and foamy then faded to nice thickish covering... very faint lacing...

Aroma - Strong (maybe slightly harsh) espresso coffee and toasted malts, some milk chocolate, oats, light blackcurrent/blackberry notes, cocoa, leathery, some solvent notes, woody, some faint vanilla traces, light spicy hops, burnt sugar...

Taste - Dark chocolate and strong rich dark coffee to the fore, roasted malts, smokey / char notes, some liquorice, some peppery hops, nutty, light molasses sweetness..

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness after... full bodied... pretty drinkable for 7.5%

Overall - A very good coffee stout if a little rough around the edges... certainly worth a try though (861 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from local LCBO for $4.25 CDN.

Appearance - Big and black with a half finger of brown head. Poor retention and no visibility into the beer.

Smell - Plenty of coffee, some dark chocolate and a boozy backbone that forewarns you. Rye bread notes too.

Taste - Plenty of coffee, especially on the aftertaste with some flavors of dark chocolate and some booziness throughout. Improves as it warms.. Mild and steady bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy with sufficient carbonation to cut through the oily creaminess to give the beer some texture. Quite nice.

Overall - Definitely a nice coffee stout, however it's a bit one dimensional and the coffee while being a star doesn't completely take over. For those who like a subtler coffee presence this may be the beer for you for those looking for a huge coffee presence, look elsewhere. (898 characters)

Photo of Mit
4/5  rDev +1%

Pours a blackish colour with a creamy brown head that is thin but persistent.

Creamy coffee.. burnt notes.....Oatmeal.......earthy...all dominate the bouquet.

Coffee coffee coffee.....burnt malts...dark chocolate...dark fruit....slight alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Good for the alcohol level.

Overall this is a good strong beer. Would buy again for sure. (376 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into snifter. 7% abv. best before "2015.08", enjoyed on november 24, 2014

a: pitch black with just over a finger of coffee-coloured head

s: roasted malt, dark roast coffee (smells sour?), jalapeno potato chips (???), slight vanilla, toasted bread, and a kind of nutty presence. mild chocolate tones here and there

t: there's a quick flash of bready notes in the front, but massive bitter espresso then follows and dominates. the coffee flavour is so strong that it feels a bit sour come mid-palate. i guess there are hints of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and nuts as well, but the coffee just dominates over all of those flavours throughout the tasting. not getting any alcohol

m: quite thick and viscous, with mild carbonation. nice!

o: coffee coffee coffee! very one-sided which makes this a dark ale only for hardcore coffee lovers like myself. the sour qualities are a bit off-putting, but this is still tasty and a huge flavour bomb of a beer (974 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Aug 2014. Listed at an even 7%, and served only slightly chilled.

Pours black as night, crowned with one finger of dense, creamy, beige-coloured head that recedes ever-so-slowly. It takes roughly four minutes for it to seep away entirely, leaving behind a bubbly cap and narrow collar of froth. Good legs, too. The aroma is very heavy on the malts, providing notes of coffee (with cream and sugar), milk chocolate, toasted nuts, roasted grains and molasses. A little boozy, with a touch of vanilla and licorice.

My eyebrows raised with the first sip - the bouquet is quite nice, but I still was not expecting such a bold-flavoured brew. The sturdy backbone of roasted malts, molasses, raisin and cocoa is soon overtaken by huge notes of rich-tasting coffee that coat the palate. It provides a beautiful, roasted coffee bean bitterness that mingles nicely with hints of anise, vanilla, milk sugar and some herbal notes. Coffee roast lingers long into the aftertaste, with a slight notion of ethanol warmth. On the lighter side of full-bodied, with modest carbonation levels that provide some gently agitation for the palate. Extremely smooth, and absolutely delicious.

Final Grade: 4.25, a superb A-. Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout is the first craft beer I've tried out of Japan, and I must say I am thoroughly impressed with it. This is one of the best coffee-flavoured beers I've ever had the pleasure of trying, with a very rich-tasting profile that abounds with coffee and chocolate presence. The only disappointing aspect of this review is that I do not have any more bottles of this amazing stout to share and enjoy - and the nearest reliable source is at least 100 km away. Definitely worth a try for any fan of strong stouts, and totally worth the relatively high price. (1,829 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle from the lcbo. poured a deep black colour with a nice frothy coffee tan head, showed some pretty good retention and a nice film. Very large bubbles on the film.

S - aromas of dark roast coffee, bitter espresso, dark chocolate, lots of black licorice as well, maple notes, with some complex characters - underripe banana, hazelnut, almost eggnog aromas. A nice integration of the roasty espresso beans.

T - taste brings initially a lot of festive wintery stout character, then a big blast of espresso coffee. Dark roasty coffee, plums, rich dark fruits and licorice, very creamy, some lactic/dairy character to it, which smooth some of the bitterness, the coffee beans bring a really pleasant complexity and a lot of interesting spice mixed in, maple notes again, strong earthy notes with the coffee. Leading to a pleasant bitter finish, drying espresso character. Very coffee forward.

M - full coffee feel, and the carbonation is so mild and soft you could be fooled that it was a robust bitter americano. but the espresso doesn't hold up the alcohol as well. A big espresso bitterness develops and satisfies through the finish. Quite rich and satisfying, but certainly with a bitter and drying body. As it warmed I did feel it could use more substantial malts to hold up and provide balance.

Certainly one of the more forward coffee beers out there, this has a lot of the roasty bitterness being complimented by licorice and strong espresso notes from the beans, the aroma is great, festive and complex. The taste has some of the fruitiness and somewhat tropical spiciness complimenting a complex coffee body. Full feel and all around an interesting and complex espresso stout, which bring some interesting coffee side notes with it rather than just roasty notes. Good stuff, though I would agree that the body relies a bit heavily on the coffee and has a bit of a drying quality. (1,899 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +1%

I picked this up at Hunger ‘n’ Thirst recently and with the chill air and the return of Standard Time, this seems like a good time to drink it.

From the bottle: “Japanese Dark Ale Brewed With Coffee Beans”.

I Pop!ped the cap and began a heavy-handed pour that set off a pseudo-cascade that settled into three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with stunning retention. I just sat back and let it dissipate on its own, even though it took a while to happen. Color was Opaque/Black (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was powerfully redolent with Espresso coffee and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was creamy and I was reminded very much of Coffee ice cream while drinking it. The taste was more than simple coffee, however. It was very dark, rich and roasty, quite evocative of Espresso. I was getting amped up drinking it, which was appropriate since I was anticipating Sunday Night Football between the Browvens and Th’ Stillers. Great sticky lacing lined the length of the glass. Finish was dry, bittersweet and a real case of truth in advertising. My my. (1,108 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for a mighty steep $4.25 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 10deg C in a tulip

A- Excellent! Very dark and roasty looking. No head at all in 1min

S- A bit thin. Not a lot of coffee but lots of alcohol

T- Good amount of coffee. Bit nutty. Nice blend. Worth the taste

M- A bit thin. Not a lot of creaminess. Lots of chalkiness. No like

O- Pretty good. Enjoyable darkness. Have one for later but drink fresh.

Food Pairing

This good stout went well with..... Roasted chicken with root veggies and smashed potatoes

Enjoy (542 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +1%

Pours black with a deep mocha head, big and fluffy, going down really slow to a small cap and thick messy lace. Looks really nice.
Rich smell of dark chocolate with a bit of cream, Italian espresso, a bit of sweet nut, molasses, soy sauce, vanilla, cinnamon, faint prune and dried fig.
Surprising taste, really strong clear espresso character. Starts with some light dark fruit and coffee acidity, easing into chocolate and rich espresso, robust, sweetened by a just bit of caramel and with a very faint milky note. Light dark spices, the dusty woody kind. A "green" hoppy crispness in the finish, just in time to balance out the dark bready malt that brings more and more roast.
Medium body and carbonation, close to being smooth but not quite there. Aftertaste of coffee, a bit of roast and cocoa powder, and even a bit of lingering fruity hop. Bit of booze.
Big points for the nice espresso notes, but in the end there's something holding it back. Not sure what, but it's not that serious. It's a sure shot for anybody in need of an espresso stout fix, and a really good one at that. (1,086 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours black with a 2 finger head of tannish foam. I get roasted malt, milk chocolate, and some coffee. Very roasty to my palate, coffee grounds are strongish, dark chocolate bitterness, hops bring a hint of fruit. Nice. Nice body and mouth feel. This is very good and not over the top with the abv. Geez, look at that lacing! (328 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma gives off slightly sour bread crust, molasses, and dark roast coffee beans. The tan head is large and frothy; the body is black and opaque. The flavor is predominantly characterized by espresso and alcohol; the overall effect is strangely but distinctly reminiscent of the aged pepper quality of hot sauce. There is an undertone of dark fruit/molasses. Bread crust malt lingers in the finish. The body is medium-full with restrained carbonation.

The espresso, which was actually used, is quite apparent. I love coffee about as much as I love beer, but it's hard to say how well it works in this case. There doesn't seem to be much to taste besides the espresso and the alcohol, the latter of which verges on solventy. I won't say it's overall bad—far from it—but the alcohol and weird hot sauce flavor are a bit too distracting to enjoy the other aspects fully. (877 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from 2009 into a snifter.

Appearance is deep brown nearly black body with a huge mocha colored head that reduces slowly and leaves thick lacing. Looks beautiful.
Smell is heavy coffee, chocolate covered espresso beans, toffee and pale malt. Not overly aromatic.
Taste redeems the aroma with huge espresso, dark chocolate, roast coffee, big chocolate and deep roasted coffee aftertaste. Very tasty and charred coffee forward.
Mouthfeel is light carbonation and medium body, but very easy to drink.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much taste and espresso flavor this beer expressed. One of the best coffee + espresso forward beers I've tried . (672 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful black beer with a thick dark tan head with fantastic retention and lacing.

Strong, spicy aroma featuring tons of dark coffee and roasted barley.

Delicious beer whose flavor follows the nose. Extremely dark and smooth coffee, tons of roasted barley, and non-sweet dark cacao. There's a slight peppery spice that kicks the beer up a notch; mild notes of vanilla.

Very smooth and lively beer, with a medium-full mouthfeel. I'd prefer a thicker feel for a stout.

This is an excellent, underrated beer. I'm very impressed with my first beer from Hitachi Nest. (570 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2014, so it's out of date. ABV is stated as 7%. Hope it's still good. The label mentions that this is brewed with well-roasted espresso beans.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very dark brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy mocha-coloured foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of rich roasted malt and coffee with hints of espresso, burnt grain, dark malt, cocoa, mild molasses, sugar, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves.

T: Tastes of rich coffee and roasted malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of espresso, roasted malt, burnt grain, cocoa, subtle molasses, a hint of sugar, earthy yeast and stewed leaves. Well-attenuated, followed by a lingering, malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Could be a tad creamier for the style. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of roasted coffee, burnt malt, bitterness and earthy yeast.

O: Delicious - a superb coffee stout. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are a fantastic blend of rich coffee notes and roasted malt, underpinned by subtle yeast. Body is alright, though could be thicker. Packs a real flavour punch; well worth sampling if you have the chance. (1,349 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%

$ 5.49/11.2 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman. OH
Bottle dated ES.14.03 at cellar temperature into imperial pint
Aroma roasted malt and coffee with a presence of nuts
Head huge (8 cm), medium brown, frothy,
Lacing OK – atolls and small islands of mi
xed bubble sizes
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with an instant coffee taste and bitterness, the roasted malt does not come through. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium to full, slightly creamy, soft carbonation

Aroma 3.75, Appearance 4.0, Taste 3.25, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.62: Final 3.62
A passable coffee stout, not exceptional. (610 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.