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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

761 Ratings
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Ratings: 761
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 33
Gots: 50 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Japan

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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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

JRod1969, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ToasterChef
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle is poured into a chalice.

A finger of light brown foam sits atop a dark brown body. A good, even coat of foam is left behind when I swirl the glass.

The nose has element of dark, roasted malts and coffee beans. A mild sweetness permeates the aroma, but never gets too strong. A little bit of alcohol rounds things out.

The initial flavor isn't as roasty as I thought it would be, but the aftertaste has a lot of roasted malt flavors. Mild dark chocolate sweetness gives way to coffee bitterness as I swallow.

The body is heavy and carbonation is at a good level. There is a long lasting coat, but it isn't too thick. It provides and low but noticeable amount of coffee and chocolate flavors. My lips are left a little bit sticky.

I find this to be an enjoyable stout. No aspect of it is too overbearing. I could enjoy a few of these in an evening.

ToasterChef, Nov 04, 2011
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.

AgentMunky, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic pint-shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a rocky dark tan colored head; 2+ fingers in size; head builds rather rapidly and holds very well; moderate amount of lacing formed around the edge of the glass; dark brown, almost black colored body formed; no visible carbonation in the body of the beer; visible soot at the bottom of the glass

S - Espresso, coffee nose, very heavy, but slightly watery; roasted malt scents; dark chocolate

T - Very bitter coffee ground taste; almost like drinking the soot at the bottom of the coffee maker; hop bitterness is hidden in there and is faint on the back-end of the tongue; very dark, bitter chocolate

M - Hop-enriched bitter aftertaste; lingers for quite a while; slightly creamy, chocolate milk consistency; very dry

D - I liked this drink for a few reasons, one being that its probably the best espresso-laced beer I've ever had; but two, it was exactly as described, an espresso stout, nothing more or less; you get what you pay for

ferrari29, Oct 23, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours very dark brown with brown highlights. It is capped with an inch and a half of mocha head.

S - Rich roasted aromas including dark chocolate.

T - I get dark chocolate, mild coffee, and it finishes with some burnt popcorn.

M - Moderate. Smooth with little carbonation

O - This is a pretty tasty brew. I would prefer it a bit thicker in body but I really can't complain about this beer.

buschbeer, Oct 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: 11.5oz poured into a porter glass. The ABV is listed, but there is no brewed on date or drink by date.

A: Espresso bean black with a huge milk chocolate brown head. It has very nice retention and leaves wonderful lacing. There is some sediment apparent at the bottom of the glass.

S: Espresso, cream, smoke, and roasted malt.

T: Lots of chocolate, coffee, cream, sweet malts, and bitter hops which balance.

M: Medium, smooth, and creamy.

O: I am a big fan of this brewer; everything they make is delicious. This beer is smooth, creamy, and silkily. It has nice coffee and smoke flavors, but they are reserved rather than in the consumer's face. The beer is balanced by a healthy bit of bitter hops, which adds a slight grapefruit to the beer.

ianjsullivan, Sep 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a surly darkness snifter.

This beer is to me the ruler by which I measure all espresso stouts. It has such a nice spicy espresso smell and taste, this is a great go to stout. Complexity and enjoyability embodies this beer and I'd recommend it to anyone. Great espresso character and drinkability for the abv.

Klym, Sep 23, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours dark black with tan foam. Good stickiness.

Deep coffee smell, quite roasted. Creamy taste, full on dark chocolate & coffee blend. Lite bittering.

Very smooth and light carbonation. Bitter-er as the beer warms.

Quite good. Balanced nicely.

KTCamm, Sep 10, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So many things are great about this beer I hate to review it at this rating but the taste wasn't pleasing and that is the dominating factor.

The appearance was awesomely dark black with a nice tan head that had great lacing and retention. The smell was a nice balance of roasted malt, espresso, cocoa and even a hint of vanilla. A bit of earthy hops in the back.

The taste was a bit too bitter. Old coffee, bakers chocolate, and earthy hops. Not enough sweet middle to balance anything.

It was a bit thin for a stout as well as overly carbonated. I've had much better coffee stouts.

JayS2629, Aug 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha head, solid retention and lacing.

S - Slightly bitter, but the milk chocolate notes come through nicely alongside a touch of espresso.

T - Surprisingly sweet with the dark cocoa malts dominating. The espresso comes through on the finish and lingers alongside the dry cocoa.

M - Medium bodied and goes down smooth but finishes a tad sticky.

O - A tasty espresso stout and certainly worth picking up. It's airs more on the side of sweet than bitter, making it easily drinkable.

andrenaline, Aug 02, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick dark pout. Thick head which slowly disapates. I smell and taste hints of chocolate, but no espresso. Go figure, but still a great stout... thick and flavorful. Still has great taste and aroma for not having any hint of the Espresso name... Honestly surprised this was a Japaneese beer. Hai!

Diesel76, Jul 22, 2011
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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.

smakawhat, Jul 14, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass. 12oz bottle.

Pours a very dark coffee brown with a solid two finger block of medium khaki foam, nice fluff and tiny bubbles. Retention and lacing are good. Smell is a big but balanced chocolate, espresso bean, and roasted malt. Some smoke and sweetness in the background. Taste is surprisingly restrained with a nice, bright acidity: mostly medium-dark roast coffee and roasted malt. Creamy body and finishes dry; carbonation is good. Overall, this was a surprisingly good stout, smells really good and tastes good too, although with less chocolate than I was hoping for. In any case, I'd be happy to drink this again. Seems like it would pair nicely with dessert.

pmarlowe, Jul 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A small pour due to circumstances beyond my control... Beer served a touch too cold (~4C).

Rich and deep brown body with a tan head that last well. Coffee and roasted malt notes on the nose. Body is dominated by a strong coffee flavour with a stronger than expected residual sweetness. Little apparent bitterness. I wish the serving had been larger, and I will seek this beer out again.

kjyost, Jul 13, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Black color, no highlights. Nose is coffee and flavor is black coffee and some sweetness from the malt. Pricey at $5.65 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was really excited to see this one on the shelf at my local shop. They always have a good amount of Hitachino on the shelves and every time something new shows up I get it because I find them to always be pretty good.

So anyway the Stout pours out in typical fashion, it's got a solid black body with a strong looking brown head on it. Some pretty nice lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is roasted and has plenty of coffee on the nose. I'm even picking up some of the lactose sourness on the nose too. The taste has got to be the best part of this brew. I find that the coffee tastes great in this beer, the bitterness blends really well with the creaminess of it all too. The mouthfeel has a really good thickness to it, giving me the feeling that they really did want to make it feel like an Imperial Stout. Good carbonation also. Overall Very good beer, probably my favorite from this brewery so far!

Knapp85, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, totally opaque with two fingers of fluffy tan head. Strong retention and lace.

S: Delightful! Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and some vinous aromas.

T: Chocolate up front and all the way through. Faint sweetness underneath balances the roasted flavors. Coffee appears mostly on the finish, with a nice, bitter bite. Suave and delicious. Each sip has a little bit different balance of the flavors, which keeps the beer interesting through the whole glass. Alcohol completely hidden.

M: Fairly light mouthfeel for the style helped by generous carbonation. Very smooth and luscious.

O: Wow, this is good. Loved it, highly recommend it. Just plain yummy. Had no idea there was such delicious beer in Japan, but now I know.

AmericanGothic, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Jazzcrop
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes of milk chocolate, espresso beans, freshly made coffee, roast, tree bark, brown sugar, hops, cardboard, acetone, molasses and floss. Smells like a good stout mixed with some fruit and coffee, limes, cheese, coconuts and can sugar, hops and awesomeness.

Jazzcrop, Jun 10, 2011
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.