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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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Ratings: 708
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 25
Gots: 41 | 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 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 mjyoung


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

Split w/ bbb099

A: A dark dark brown color with a murky alcohol tinge. The head dissipated extremely quickly leaving behind little lacing.

S: VERY strong coffee notes, with a hint of roasted malt underlying it.

T: It really does taste like carbonated coffee that's been chilled and spiked. It's mostly a sweet coffee, but you can get the malt below it as well. A fairly simple flavor, but you can get slight roasted notes and a slight hint of fruit as well. I was expecting a bit more roast...

M: It's a little bit more thin than I was expecting. The carbonation is spot on, and aside from the body it sits decently well on the palate.

D: It's pretty good, but the thin body and the lack of complex flavors knocks it down a bit in my book. I would definitely drink again, but it's not necessarily top-shelf.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 03:44:57 | More by mjyoung
Photo of AwYeh


4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into snifter; thanks John (JM03)!

A: Dark, dark brown/black with one finger of foamy dark brown head, which subsides slowly to form chocolate milk lacing all around the glass.

S: Lots of coffee, as one might expect, alongside dark chocolate and roasted malts.

T: Very pleasant, sweet "quality" coffee flavor with more balancing dark chocolate. Roasted malts provide a solid backbone.

M: Prickly carbonation, smooth and milky.

D: Extremely high for the style; this is a rare beer where I wish I had a bomber all to myself rather than being able to try another new beer after it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 05:46:52 | More by AwYeh
Photo of snogglethorpe


4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thiiick, oily, black as night, and pretty much completely opaque (really -- holding it up to the light in a glass, nothing gets through)... this truly does look like motor-oil when you're pouring it [I'd heard that said about some stouts, but had never seen it before...]! Dark tan thick head.

Smell is of chocolate, with a faiiiint hint of beer.

Taste... thick, very roasty, very chocolatey, some resemblance to coffee, but really this stuff is like bitter liquid chocolate. I'd say it sits _right_ in that sweet spot between chocolate and coffee that just makes people swoon... It's definitely quite bitter, but a _nice_ bitter, exactly right. It's not sweet.

The alcohol is very well hidden, and it's extremely drinkable, like liquid desert, despite its lack of sweetness, the bitterness is just very well placed. The mouthfeel is thick and oily, which ads to the illusion that one is drinking chocolate.

Wow, I'm not generally a fan of the Hitachino Nest Beer line (generally not bad, but not really that good either), but this is really really good!

This is probably the first stout I've had that I really, really, liked.

[Note: this bottle had a special Valentine's-day label "Happy Valentine's day!" (with hearts), and is a very nice contrast to the usual slew of excessively sweet chocolate beers that seem to show up around Valentine's day in Japan. Go for it, Hitachino!]

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 03:38:19 | More by snogglethorpe
Photo of joecast


4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, seriously thick dark pour. Big foamy dark tan head. Heaps of lacing and stability. Low carbonation, pitch black. Excellent.

Coffee aroma at the forefront. Dark chocolate and roast.pillows of sweet maltiness arise as it warms.

Big malt, roast and bitterness. Mixes well keeping this big beer interesting. Complex yet accessible. Smooth and balanced. Just enough sweetness in the finish to ward off palate fatigue.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Smooth without being too heavy and filling. One can easily become two. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 09:16:56 | More by joecast
Photo of SteveO1231


3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Nubby. Pours jet black with a fluffy tan head. Lots of carbonation. Huge espresso aroma, it literally smells like a glass full of fresh coffee grounds, toasty, burnt popcorn, and roared malts. The brew has an exceptionally fluffy mouthfeel, aost creamy. Full bodied. Some light sweetness, burnt sugars, a hint of saki, and semi dark chocolate. I'm getting a dry bitter finish seems to be more from the coffee than roasted malts. Some roasted malt flavors come out more as I sip. Sweetness shows a but more ad well. The brew has a bit of a fruity aftertaste that I can't quit put my finger on. I enjoyed this as my first Japanese RIS.


Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 20:57:52 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of Patrick999


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass, nice thick cascading foam. More of an opaque extremely dark brown than a "black" looking body.

Aroma touches all the bases. Smoky caramel and an acrid coffee note, yup, smells like an espresso.

Tastes follows aroma, with a big hint of caramel sweetness up front, quickly washed away by some pretty damned bitter coffee.

Oily, slick mouthfeel.

To those who love coffee stouts, this isn't breaking any new ground - but it is very well-executed, enjoyable, easy to drink. Coming from Japan, not an inexpensive 12-ouncer, but I'll buy again, especially considering I don't get Peche Mortel down here. As with most of the Hitachino Nest beers, well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 23:38:58 | More by Patrick999
Photo of July2Nov


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice Frothy brownish foamy head. Dark like a stout should be.

Smell: Deep roasted coffee smell that is very noticeable. If you love espresso, the nose alone wold have you panting to get at this.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Bold and creamy. Has a thick feel to it with a deep and rich coffee flavor. Has a slight metallic taste, but nothing that is crazy to detract from the beer experience. A bit chalky and chewy on the end tip of the beer. This is a very good coffee stout and one that I would drink again.

Drinkability: Hitachino ceases to amaze me. This Japanese brewery always produces excellent beers that run far away from what you normally consider the classic Japanese beer category. All I have to say is, "More please".

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 01:49:01 | More by July2Nov
Photo of juju7


3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brilliant looking beer. Two fingers of head all the way to the end. Definite espresso presence backed up with some cereal and even a touch of hop aroma. Coffee, coffee and coffee. A little astringent with the hop bitterness but a good beer if you like this kind of thing.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 10:34:20 | More by juju7
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours an inky black with a dense 3 finger milk chocolate colored head. Leaves gobs of lacing on the glass. Great retention.

S - the smell isn't so much coffee as the name implies but a decadent dark chocolate. Not complex but very enticing.

T - tastes like a carbonate alcoholic chocolate coffee concoction. Nicely balanced. Chocolate sweetness coats the tounge followed by some roasty malt coffee style bitterness which lasts long after the finish.

M - creamy. Like a milk shake. Smooth. Full bodied. High carb helps to smooth it out.

D - I could drink this throughout winter time. Just awesome.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 23:56:29 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of goalmaster2


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

during a cold snow storm this beer hit the spot with its boldness and complex flavors that converged to bring out coffee in this stout. i would not drink this beer when the temp is above 50 degrees, but in cold weather it seems to warm you inside.

the color was jet black with a nice copper head that held for 5 min it smelled of chocolate and coffee and those flavors were present during the drink. it reminded me of Brooklyn black chocolate stout
but much, much more drinkable.

i could drink 1-2 of these in the course of the night but anymore then that may overwhelm the pallet.

i would recommend this beer to friends and think it is worth a try to all who enjoy any type of coffee flavor in their brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 03:04:49 | More by goalmaster2
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bubbly solid black, tall sticky mocha head that retained well
S - coffee and dark chocolate, sweet and smoky
T - bitter espresso with subtle dark chocolate and smoky malt, a very light syrupy sweetness, very rich
M - smooth chewy and slightly oily with a coffee bitterness
D - very smooth and easy drinking, a well balanced combo of two of my favourite beverages

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 02:47:30 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of PicoPapa


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

11.2oz bottle. E 09 11 on the back of the label. Pours a brackish, dark brown with a good sized frothy head. Medium amount of lacing. Nice aroma of espresso but it also smells like coffee beans and cappuccino a bit. Some roasted malts and chocolate as well. Basically just a big aroma of a coffee shop and chocolate. Taste is a great blend of espresso and chocolate flavors. Not a harsh flavor of espresso but a nice sweet espresso taste. This is a very nice beer for people who enjoy coffee brews. Very well made and nicely balanced. I will be looking for some more of this beer but sadly it is pricey.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 18:55:27 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of circlenine


2.15/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured out of an 11.2 oz. bottle into a chalice.

A: This beer poured a nice dark brown, nearly black color with a decently thick light brown/tan head that lingered, slowly dissipating into the brew.

S: There was a slight at best coffee/espresso aroma to this brew.

T: No flavor or depth to the beer. The taste was extremely bitter and was gone immediately upon swallowing.

M: Although there was a nice head on the beer, drinking it gave the sense that very little carbonation was present.

D: At first, I found the lack of flavor annoying, but I persevered. As I continued through half the glass the bitterness was overpowering, leaving an almost metallic taste in my mouth - as if I had been licking stainless steel. I finished the bottle, but it was extremely difficult.

Note: I am left to wonder how long this beer sat around at the liquor store before I picked her up. It seemed too awful to be fresh. Unfortunately, I am not sure if I can bring myself to purchase another as if it is a fresh/lack thereof issue, I will have no way of knowing where the others on the shelf fall on the freshness scale.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 05:46:05 | More by circlenine
Photo of afksports

New York

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another notch in the belt of the JapanQuest! Kiuchi is far and away my favorite brewery on that part of the globe, and this Espresso Stout is a testament to their skill. I can't say it's perfect; doing a coffee stout in an American style is pretty much setting yourself up for failure when compared with others, but this one is darn drinkable.

It pours a dark brown hue and has minimal head that goes away fairly quickly. Swirling it around makes for some nice trails. The smell is of coffee - well, perhaps espresso - and another usual suspect - malty dark chocolate. Tastes that way too, with a tiny hint of fruits and tartness.

Its typical mouthfeel and average alcohol content of 7.5% does the style, but doesn't do it exceptionally. I'd be happy with this as long as there weren't better options, but I won't be lining up for this red owl.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 04:54:42 | More by afksports
Photo of tavernjef


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

11.2 oz(330cl) bottle: Blackened brown semi glossy body capped well with a medium sized crown of firm, creamy tan foam. Which diminshes to a thick skim and a thicker collar. Lots of fantasic lacing painted about in patterns like that of butterfly wings.

Aroma is straight up cold creamed coffee, semi blackened malt roastyness, dusty dark chocolate bits, and a dark berry sweetness emerging upon deeper wiffs as well as some molasses and fig notes. A complexing nose thats very nice to take in. Perhaps not overly huge like some coffee stouts/porters out there, but its worth every wiff.

Tangy, mid-ranged mild taster with a semi roasty core of coffee, tanged lightly with a heavy and dark berry-like presense melding within. Chocolate makes up some more of the tang and sweetness levels along with a small portion to some bittering dark chocolate notes. A small mix of molasses shows late in the finish as it holds a solid tone of bittering coffee and chocolate notes for good length. Again, fairly complex, but nothing overpowering. Just a smooth ride of easy going dark stuff.

Smooth, creamy, tangy, dark, and fun with a nice balance of roast and darkly sweet tang. Seems about medium with a low carbonation level of goodness that creates a well constructed amount of easy drinkability.

A very solid stout! Osu! Too bad about the price tag though, seeing its from Japan and all.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 01:15:32 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Tifore


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

Poured from a 330 ml. bottle into a Founders Tulip.

A - Pours very dark with a khaki to deep tan head. The head is very large and looks awesome, it stands three fingers tall and hangs around for a while leaving a sticky white lacing.

S - You know, I have to admit, the guy at the store made it sound like all it tasted like was espresso but I barely get it. I get lots of coffee with sweetness and some chocolate notes. Lots of malt as well.

T - Tastes more espresso-y than it smells. I get lots of espresso and chocolate up front with a sweet and malty taste remaining at the end.

M - Mouthfeel is very smooth and enjoyable. More carbonation than I expected and I enjoy that. Makes it have kind of a light taste instead of that heaviness I would expect.

D - I could definitely drink this again. I know ageing would only loose the espresso falvors so I don't know how I feel about keeping one around in the cellar. Might be interesting to try though.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 02:28:56 | More by Tifore
Photo of Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I have to admit I was little underwhelmed by this. It may be though that I get to drink Peche Mortel in abundance though, so many beers of this style are going to fall short.

It does pour well though. Jet black a big solid head that leaves plenty of lacing down the glass. The head doesn't stick around however.

Smellwise its decent but there's some room for improvement. Its mostly a dark raisin, coffee filled nose but it's just not that appealing. There's something a little off putting about it.

And that probably carries over from the taste, which has more of it. Lots of astringint raisin, some bitter burnt coffee.. but there's just no richness or depth of character that makes it appealing. Its a bit what I imagine drinking day old coffee mixed with plum juice might be like.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side or a such big beer. Drinkability.. I have my doubts I'll even get through the last part of this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 01:56:19 | More by Ralphus
Photo of generalnotsew


2.65/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Great 1 finger dark brown head. Head is much darker than most stouts I see these days with the body pitch black. Smell is mostly dark candied fruit. Has a very chocolate covered raisin quality to it. Deep dark chocolate. Big reminder of DFH WWS. Funny I don't really detect the espresso. But it does smell great and strong. The taste I am really not getting honestly. Very tart and tangy. A lot of citrus. And I do mean LOTS of sour citrus. Damn odd if you ask me. The chocolate does barely come thru in the end but I still don't see any espresso in this. I wonder if this may be my first infected bottle after 3 years? Also the carbonation is a bit aggressive. I think I will have to see this to a watery grave.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 00:37:56 | More by generalnotsew
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 ThreeWiseMen


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Giants win the pennant! Hell yeah! This be my victory beer.

Poured into a 7oz. snifter. Bottle date unknown, though "ES.8.4" is printed on the back label.

Appearance: Standard pour produced nearly half an inch of silky, brown foam. That head quickly settled to a modest crown, though it found its original form following vicious swirls. Body is essentially opaque (black), but shows a glimmer of reddish brown around the edges when held to light. Slight, spotty lacing.

Smell: Red currants, molasses, and roasted barley kicked things off. As it warmed, espresso, dark chocolate, and black pepper entered the fray. Espresso steadily intensified, though the overall aroma isn't anything special. Still good, but I was hoping for more (I'm a big coffee head).

Taste: Cold-brewed espresso, chocolate, dark currants, and roasted barley. Nicely balanced; not too intense. Equal mix of sweetness and bitterness. I dig.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy; excellent feel for an imperial stout. Not acrid, astringent or harsh at all. Unfortunately, the flavors don't stick to the palate. Bummer. Fix that and this would be an easy 5.0.

Drinkability: Went down pretty quick, but also left me unsatisfied. This is a nicely balanced, well-crafted imperial stout, but it seems to lack that "pop"/zing. Worth a try. I'll probably give this another try at sme point.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 03:59:35 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of Mora2000


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

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and coffee with a touch of chocolate.

The flavor is chocolate and coffee with some roasted malt.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Relatively straight forward, but well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 19:49:37 | More by Mora2000
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle, courtesy of the Amanti Vino Beer of the Month program, poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours black, with subtle mahogany coming through along the edges when held to light. In other words, the beer's not stout black. Head formation is weak, the caramel foam cap is less than a finger in height, and head retention is just as poor. A hint of lacing is the only thing keeping this beer from an even lower appearance score, easily the worst looking stout I've ever seen. This bleeds over into the smell, as the lack of head renders the dark chocolate and coffee (surprisingly chocolate heavy for a beer with espresso stout on the label) a bit weak. I cracked this beer at fridge temperature, which was a mistake on my part. It was very murky cold, but really opened up once it warmed. Dark chocolate leads things off, though not as rich as I find in some stout. The second half is where the coffee comes in, and as with the nose I'm surprised it's not a bit more intense. There's a distinct bitter coffee finish though that I find myself enjoying. Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout it in a bit of a weird spot as at 7.5% it's a bit small for an imperial stout, and a bit big for a regular stout, and that issue shows up in the body. The beer doesn't have a big rich body, but it's bigger than most regular stouts, and just ends up stuck in no man's land. An overly aggressive carbonation doesn't help matters either. Given the flaws that crop up in HN Espresso Stout it's not all that drinkable for an imperial stout. This isn't a terrible beer, but it's not on the same level as many of the other stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 04:41:07 | More by axeman9182
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a rich, chocolate and coffee scent that's sweet up front along with a dry, coffee aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth, dry coffee flavor that goes down easy with some chocolate malt sweetness. It's rich and easy drinking with tons of expresso character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine coffee inspired beer. It's dry as hell, but has tons of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 23:41:03 | More by WesWes
Photo of brewcrew76


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with ruby highlights and a thick creamy mocha head with plenty of sticky lacing everywhere.

S - Strong espresso with bittersweet chocolate, hints of roasted malt and sweet caramel.

T - Bitter, burnt coffee grounds, some roasted malt, sweet dark chocolate, a touch of spice, sweet and a bit astringent.

M - Smooth and creamy but on the light side for an imperial stout. Bitter astringency lingers on the tongue.

D - Bold coffee stout but not very complex.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 02:11:20 | More by brewcrew76
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 708 ratings.