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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout

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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%

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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 DrinkSlurm


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip during hitachino tasting 2013. Deep black color and tan bead. Smell is nice espresso coffee and roasted sweet malts. Taste is chocolatey roasted malt with nice roasted notes. The espresso is pretty nice but it a bit dry. Nice brew but better coffee brews are out there.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 04:06:26 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of LordAdmNelson


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Jet black with some dark brown head that sticks around for a while. Nose gives off a bit of espresso, some big chocolate notes, and some malty sweetness--something about it is just a tad stale (maybe?). Flavor is really nice. I love espresso stouts, and this nails it with a nice chocolatey, roasty stout with a supporting espresso accent. It's definitely there, but it doesn't overpower the beer. The flavor really crescendos and develops in the mouth. Feel left me a bit disappointed, however, as it was thin--too thin for this big of flavor. It did make it easy to drink, though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2011 04:00:52 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a 4oz tumbler. Poured a reddish black when held up in the light with a one finger tan head that lingered throughout. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt and subtle coffee beans. The flavor was of subtle espresso, roasted malt, a little watery, with a nice cream followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't that bad, but it also wasn't that great either. For me the flavor and aroma profile of this one was lacking a little bit. If this were to have been bumped up a bit this could be quite excellent. Worth trying on tap for sure, but that is about it...

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 16:18:26 | More by thagr81us
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/6/10 notes. Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black with no head.

s - Smells mostly of coffee and roasted malts. Little bit of chocolate.

t - Taste is mostly coffe, but also roasted malts and maybe a bit smokey.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation.

d - A decent stout, but coffee dmoinated the smell and taste. Would give another shot.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 04:30:13 | More by mdfb79
Photo of drabmuh


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is black (shocking I know), with a big head. The head leaves some moderate lacing on the glass but I have no idea about the carbonation, its too thick at the corners.

The aroma is sweetness and coffee, that's the espresso I suppose.

Medium body to this beer, nice and smooth feeling. The flavors, very sweet up front but not like syrup, like sugar, lots of coffee in the late mid- to the back palate of the beer. This beer probably has too much flavor, very much coffee. Its a seriously huge coffee beer. Be aware, if you don't like coffee....cautiously back away from this beer. Its not for you.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2010 02:33:57 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very rich and tasty coffee stout.

Presentation: 12 oz draft pour. Menu offers a short and fair description of the brew. Notes Alc. by Vol. (7.5%) Served in a tall conic glass.

A - Black body pour with minimal dark brown edges. Good frothy head with average retention and nice lacing.

S - Rich roasted malt nose with a nicely predominant coffee range.

T - Rich coffee range, with a sturdy and pleasing roasted malt sense holding the bitter-sweet coffee flavors, a bit of chocolate, and a touch of fruit.

M - Full to medium-full body with medium carbonation and a smooth and creamy finish.

D - This is a great espresso stout with the right and assertive notes of coffee, malt and bitterness. Rather nicely done.

Notes: I keep on being surprised and so far never disappointed by this Hitachino brews, always great to have them around.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 00:07:40 | More by Daniellobo
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Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/13/09 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong coffee and dark chocolate, roasted malts and some dark fruit.

T: The taste starts with bitter-sweet flavors of black coffee and dark chocolate, followed by a very hearty roasted malt character. There's a mild but complementary hops presence and a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky and very dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's not one of the better stouts that I've had but it's still a decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 19:31:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
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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 SpeedwayJim

New York

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at the Ginger Man NYC. Poured into a snifter.

A: Deep, dark brown colored with a deep caramel colored head that dissipated quickly but left a web-like, stringy lacing.

S: The only thing that really hits me here is the strong roasted coffee and malt aroma that seems to cover everything else. There's almost no hint of the 7.5 abv.

T: A roasted coffe smell lingers throughout this brew with dark chocolate malts coming through the middle. The roasted coffee is a little overpowering here though and it lingers toward the end and into the after-taste.

M: Medium to heavy bodied, leaning towards medium, the strong coffee flavors mask what is really pretty light for an imperial stout. There is low carbonation and the brew leaves a silky coating in the mouth.

D: A 3. This is honestly one of the better coffee stouts I've had. That being said, I realize maybe its time to go back and revisit Speedway stout and Founders Breakfast Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2009 00:48:31 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Ginger Man NYC.

A: Great looking beer. Pitch black body with a thick tight mocha head.

S: Strong espresso coffee with some roasted malt in the background.

T: Rich espresso and chocolate with a bitterness that increases in intensity through the aftertaste leaving a fairly intense bitterness at the end. In addition to the bitterness there is super dry cocoa and bitter coffee in the aftertaste.

M: Grainy and puckeringly dry. Medium bodied.

D: The degree of bitterness and dryness makes drinkability hard.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2009 21:05:53 | More by drseamus
Photo of CrellMoset


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout, on tap at Capital Ale House, downtown location, Richmond, VA, on January 26th, 2009, at Black Moonday.

Appearance: Arrives a deep but not too deep brown with plenty of lighter brown hues, perhaps belying in advance its relatively light body and low abv%. Though there was no head when it arrived, there was a full collar of off-white tan foam, a faint, centrally-located sheen, and a few streaks of lace.

Aroma: Espresso notes, perhaps obviously, dominate, very earthy and heavily roasted, though with lighter flourishes of cocoa, grassyness, and fruity notes. There's also, distractingly, a slight aroma of fish sauce and, less distractingly, a few pleasant brown sugar-esque overtones.

Taste: Again not surprisingly, this is a very coffee-heavy stout, though not a in a milky or overly sweet sort of way - as far as the beer world goes, this is like taking your coffee (or espresso) straight. Other notes - slight toast, faint cocoa, a few acidic though not tart notes, hints of grass, raisins - occupy the remainder of the mouth on this one.

Mouthfeel: Big carbonation, uneven and aggressive, cuts through the medium body, surprisingly light for a stout, though it does even out slightly as it warms. Definitely has that crisp, "coffee acidic" sheen.

Drinkability: Not necessarily my cup of tea (or joe), though I appreciate what it is and what it's trying to be. If you like lighter stouts or coffee-infused stouts, this one's for you - has all the right notes, it's just not quite as "bold" or full as I'd like.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2009 22:32:10 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's, Philadelphia. 01.01.09

Opaque black body beneath a thick, light brown/dark tan colored head. Average lacing.

Rich coffee notes in the nose. Sharp, nutty/toasty/roasty coffee notes edged with carbon, berries, and black chocolate.

The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests, but with about the same amount of coffee. It's got some caramel notes to it, as well as chocolate. It's roasty and well-balanced without any harsh dark-malt or coffee acidity, although there is a hint of that in the berry character. Some hop flavors are present at low levels. A firm bitterness tethers it, and it finishes drying as the maltiness fades to leave lingering thin roasty notes and some fruitiness behind.

Surprisingly balanced in the end. Drinkable. You could have more than one of these and not be over-powered by coffee. Worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2009 03:43:28 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of johnmichaelsen


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

On tap at the Uber the other day.

The beer pours a dark brown color with very good head retention and lacing. Not unexpectedly, the nose provides masses of coffee, with some underlying hoppy bitterness and chocolate. The palate replicates the nose, with the most striking component the beer's light mouthfeel. There is almost a sake barrel flavor to this beer, though I was assured that must be my imagination.... this beer is not aged in sake casks. What's really impressive about this beer is it's light mouthfeel, with an abv. that is remarkably well disguised. So this beer is not the least bit heavy or tiring to drink on the palate, with the abv. well disguised.

Nothing special, but this is a nice, easy drinking coffee stout. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 04:44:24 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +11%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2008 15:25:01 | More by bobsy
Photo of hoegaardenhero


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at great japan beer festival 2008:

a: nice brown w/ copious tan head

s: strong coffee w/ hints of chocolate malts; light hops

t: coffee with chocolate malts; lightly bitter hops; really powerhouse coffee flavor, though

m: light carb; creamy bod

d: strong coffee flavor; a great sort of extreme coffe beer; i bet it would be good with a scoop of vanilla in it

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2008 15:01:34 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of hardy008


3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small khaki head, which has pretty good retention, and leaves spotty lacing. The Aroma has espresso, cocoa, dark chocolate, and dark roasted malt.

The taste is somewhat charred with dark roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, cocoa, and black licorice. There is not much sweetness, and there is a bit more of a charred taste than I would like, but it is still pretty good.

Light to medium bodied with modest carbonation. There is a charred malt aftertaste. Somewhat creamy. Not a bad beer at all. Worth trying if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:41:57 | More by hardy008
Photo of NSD-NerdGirl


3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

I love esoresso stouts and this just did not do it for me.

Taste: Comes on nice and smooth with a good espresso taste then turns very bitter for the after taste Its got a very strange middle that is quite unpleasant to me.

Smell: It smells quite nice very strongly of dark coffee and lightly of stout under that.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 10:19:42 | More by NSD-NerdGirl
Photo of TBoneJones


3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From earlier tasting notes:
Pours a near black with a dark tan lacing, barely a lingering head.
Fresh milky coffee smell, chocolate, dates. Nice.
This tastes nice, and most of the flavor seems, to me, to come from the dark fruit/ nutty characteristics and not from the espresso. The bitterness from the roast is also there, but the espresso doesn't seem to dominate or even take center stage. This is not to say this isn't a good stout, it's just a different balance of ingredients from what you'd normally expect from an espresso/ coffee-based brew. The more it warms, the less I favor the flavor; dark fruit/nut characteristics take on more of a vegetable-like aspect. It ends pretty dry. Mouth feel is fairly thick, more oily than sticky. Good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 20:41:20 | More by TBoneJones
Photo of wildlife


3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a - beer is black. thick bubbly, caramel head. some thick lacing

s - sweet, roasty malts. slightly metallic. coffee barely detectable

t - sweet, coffee beans, oats, chocolate, booziness

m - well carbonated, watery, bitter

o - good stout. I expected it to fall short in taste/mouthfeel but no complaints. the coffee was very welcome here.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 08:34:22 | More by wildlife
Photo of SteveTheDog


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me just say that I think the serving size of this beer is perfect and of course love the look of the bottle. That said, I love a good stout where when you stare into it, it reminds me of looking straight down in the ocean after a drop off - can't see crap, very curious, a little scared. The smell, even in a snifter, was actually kinda understated, which is ok because the taste more than made up for it. It was like drinking some of those really dark chocolate covered espresso beans. As an aside, I wonder if this would be a good beer to drink with a cold because the smell is negligible, at least to me. And alcohol kills bacteria I believe. It finished nice and smooth. I love this beer - I'll have it again and again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:01:28 | More by SteveTheDog
Photo of Richardbeerlover


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark dark brown color with a nice 1 inch med brown colored head. Smells like expresso with smokiness and some bitterness. Very strong coffee taste with a nice medium body too it. Alkaline feel. You can see a lot of chunks if coffee bits and grinds. Can't taste any alcohol at all for a 7% abv. If you are a serious coffee drinker this one is about as good as it gets. They hit the nail on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 04:30:25 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of Auraan


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a rich black with a one finger tan head that receded to a tan ring that left a bit of lacing down the glass. Very typical imperial stout appearance, nothing wrong with it at all. Scents of soy sauce, dark chocolate, slight coffee and roast malt. Not a lot of coffee for an espresso stout, though it may be because this is an older bottle. Otherwise its a good enough stout aroma. Flavor begins with chocolate and some slight soy sauce off notes, moving into darker chocolate and some coffee, some slight sour notes, with coffee and roasted malt bitterness coming through on the finish and lingering in the aftertaste, which also has burnt herbal notes. A good, solid stout flavor with just a hint of coffee. Not quite as good a flavor as some coffee stouts, but good for a basic imperial stout, with just enough coffee to give it some character. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation and thick, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice and robust, especially given the relatively low ABV. Overall this is a good imperial stout. Its got the usual aromas, flavors and mouthfeel and nothing too off, other than the soy sauce, which again may be due to the bottle's age. Its not as innovative as Hitachino's other stuff, but it is solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 06:48:12 | More by Auraan
Photo of FLima


4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful appearance, deepest black color with a thick tall caramel head with long retention and leaving a curtain of laces. Hard to beat.
Aroma of fresh roasted coffee beans with notes of hay and completely unsweetened dark chocolate.
Intense flavor of creamed espresso coffee, roasted malts, grassy and earthy hops, cocoa powder, caramels and pepper. Quite nutty as well and it finishes dry with a residual charred coffee taste.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is not felt.
Very balanced Imperial Stout, coffee is very present but does not shadow other flavors. I was positively surprised, really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 21:41:30 | More by FLima
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District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is near black with a small beige head. The aroma brings some coffee presence, though not nearly as much as expected. Additional scents include roast, chocolate. Pretty standard. Decent flavor with coffee character leading the charge. A little bit acrid in the finish. Chocolate notes with a touch of bitterness. Pretty drinkable, but this is not near the top of its class.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 23:34:34 | More by Huhzubendah
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North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a nice finger of tan head that sticks

S: Coffee, chocolate, slight roast malt

T: Chocolate upfront with the coffee/espresso coming in right behind it and staying throughout. Nice balance.

M: Medium bodied, nice and smooth. Has a creaminess texture to it. Decent carbonation and almost no alcohol taste at all.

O: Really enjoyed this one. While nothing about it blew my socks off; it was just nice all around. Well done. Will be drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 11:54:50 | More by pimpinmidget
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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
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