Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

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Reviews: 393
Hads: 886
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 39
Gots: 84 | FT: 3
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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 bowersdm
2.74/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - jet black with 1cm of a light brown to brown head. I guess only Duvel has a massive head in a Duvel tulip. there was no hint of light coming through. the head shrank a little, but for the most part it stuck around.

S - Espresso, espresso, and espresso. I've had Breakfast Stout, Kentucky Breakfast Stout and even Peché Mortel and none of those has as strong of a coffee flavor as this beer. it was so powerful that i couldn't smell anything else in this beer. that's why the smell rating suffered: one dimensionality.

T - powerful espresso taste with some suggestions of dark cocoa. roasted dark malts is also present. my experience with Imperial Stout is as follows: Russian Imperial Stouts tend to have more complex yet balanced flavor profiles. American Double Imperial Stouts tend to be more focused on one flavor, while also having some diversity and not seeming one dimensional. The beer for the most part had nothing else in it except coffee. Some other flavors would have been nice. And overall, I can sum up my feeling on the flavor as follows: If i wanted to drink a cup of coffee, I'd drink a cup of coffee. I want to know that I'm drinking a beer. This does not taste like beer. This is coffee.

M - creamy full bodied feel with loads of carbonation but yet it never seemed overcarbonated.

D - this beer was a drain pour for me, but it is rated pretty high because my reviews are as always, objective. I hated the flavor, but it did partially meet the qualifications of the category well. (1,550 characters)

Photo of hiku7
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark reddish brown to black, but looks opaque black once it's in the glass. One-finger light brown head with moderate lacing.

This beer does smell like espresso as you would expect. Heavy roastiness with a coffee grounds aroma. Also some well-toasted bread aroma. None of the anise or licorice aroma you so often get in a big stout.

Taste and feels a bit like a cappucino. Very roasty! Very little hop bitterness. The sweetness and alcohol are balanced primarily by the espresso roast flavors. Milk chocolate flavor too. Earthiness could be hops, but it could be the coffee too. One interesting flavor is a grainy wheat or rice like flavor mixed in that I didn't expect. Not sure what to make of it. For me this flavor detracted a bit from the experience at first, but as I got to the end of the beer I started to see it as a flavor that distinguished this stout from others and I enjoyed it.

Creamy mouthfeel, like a cappucino. Pleasant roast aftertaste. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Interesting coffee stout that substitutes for actual coffee nicely for someone like me who no longer drinks coffee but loves coffee aroma and beer. (1,153 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 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 Jablonski
2.47/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I got this beer from a bottle at Port Royal Lounge in BR. It poured a deep black color with a decent sized head and lacing. The smell was lacking for most Imperial stouts, as I could barely pick up any aroma besides some faint malts. The taste was a strong maltiness followed by a funky bitter flavor, which dominated the aftertaste. I think the coffee flavor was too pronounced, which hid away the taste of the beer itself. The beer had a decent thickness and carbonation, but the aftertaste was awful. I had trouble finishing this beer, and only finished it because of it's cost. It wasn't worth the price, and I probably will not purchase this beer again. (658 characters)

Photo of bhalter8
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am really starting to have a "thing" for these well built imperial stouts infused with coffee or espresso. Hitachino was next on the list to try. Here goes: pours a deep black with a slight brown tint. Aggressive pour yields a huge, two finger, foamy dark tan head. Decent lacing left on the glass as it slowly recedes. A delicious, espresso aroma wafts from the glass. Not overwhelming by any stretch, but definitely a strong espresso character. It is a perfect balance in taste, a nice bitter espresso taste upfront, that mellows with the sweet malt backbone. Others of this style have a more chocolate malt character to it as well, but that is not the case here. It is not a negative that it lacks that chocolate taste, though, it sits Hitachino apart in a good way, I think. Not quite a as thick as other coffee/espresso stouts either, which makes it dangerously drinkable. In fact, too easy, I am drinking this thing rather easily and enjoying it. At this point, I have enjoyed a number of these imperial coffee stouts for different reasons, in Hitachino's case, it is is its bitter espresso taste, while not overwhelming, but very apparent, and it is lighter, and not to carbonated mouthful. (1,199 characters)

Photo of Lazerlobe
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours inky black in my tulip, crowned with 2 fingers of graham cracker colored head. The foam recedes, leaving behind little bubble animals on the ring of the glass.

In the effluvium are faint chocolate and coffee scents

Malty chocolate, bitter hops and roast as well as some iron notes permeate the flavor. Carbonation is spot on and this come across pretty light as far as double stouts go.

The roasted coffee flavor is the dominant aftertaste, earning the brew its espresso title.

Its a good beer for what it is. Glad to have tried it. (544 characters)

Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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 of 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. (403 characters)

Photo of seanbhudson
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chocolate with a tan head.

Smell: First impression is a frappacino not beer. A little chocolate and hint of vanilla. Smell roasted malts and a little yeast.

Taste: A medium to full bodied beer. Starts with a nice a sweet coffee flavor transitioning to a little bitterness (but not overwhelming).

Mouthfeel: Has a slight oily consistency but leaves your mouth feeling dry at the end. Has a fizzy light carbonation.

Not something I would drink often. You need to be in the mood for something other than a normal beer. But if you are looking for something between coffee and beer. I think you would like this. (628 characters)

Photo of LazyL
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured at room temperature, its a dark brown almost black with an ever expanding camel coloured foamy head. Low marks here because of some floaties that eventually settled out.
The nose is espresso first, then molasses, dark chocolate and a slight sourness.
The taste is of a nice chared smokiness, then espresso and a subtle fruity yeast. There is a bitterness on the finish that battles nicely against the the srown sugar sweetness.
Its very creamy and the bitterness presence adds a nice layer of richness.
The alcohal is hidden well and there are good flavours here. I very well could be sipping on a cold espresso, but in fact its a 7.5% luxurious coffee bomb. (665 characters)

Photo of Brew_42
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark brown with a tan head

Smell- Coffee and chocolate. Strong aroma.

Taste-Follow the nose. HEavy coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate. Just enough to overcome the bitterness of the espresso

Mouthfeel- Smooth and heavy.

Overall- Great beer, definitely going to be sampling more from this brewery as I see it. An awesome coffee stout and the best beer I have had from an Asian brewery (394 characters)

Photo of bbb099
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Shared with mjyoung.

A - An almost black dark brown, typical stout color. Mocha-colored head that dissipated relatively quickly.

S - Coffee aroma, lots of it. Maybe hints of roasted malt, but very little amount.

T - The best way to describe is that it's a cold, carbonated coffee drink. I did not taste much of anything else besides a little bit of malt on the backside.

M - Highly carbonated. Medium to light bodied. I enjoyed the flavor very much; unfortunately, I have to knock the scores down a little bit because the texture was a little watery for the style.

D - Good drinkability. Not a complex beer, but worth a try just because it's so unique. (657 characters)

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

L:Dark brown head that stays for a bit. The color itself of the beer is a dark black.
S:A very strong dark chocolate. The coffee parts come in to play after awhile with a roasted coffee bean
T:The taste that pops out first for me is dry roasted coffee beans. The chocolate is a sweet maltiness.
M:Even though the beer is cold I think it gives you a nice warm fizziness. Very small finite bubbles do that.
D:Good. I think this is a neat take of stouts done by a Japanese brewer. Very smooth. (490 characters)

Photo of dciBA
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My second Hitachino nest beer, hopefully better than the milk stout. Pours black into a standard pint glass. A couple fingers worth of caramel colored head forms but quickly fades to a solid skimming. Plenty of attractive lacing as it goes down.

Smell is all coffee and quite strong. One quick whiff and your nose is filled with all types of coffee. Roasted coffee beans, freshly brewed coffee, and of course espresso.

Taste is more coffee, no surprise there. Along with the coffee there is a sweet maltiness to help balance things out. No noticeable hop flavor but there is a bit of sourness. Once the beer warms up the flavor really fills out and brings this up another notch. Along with the coffee some bitter chocolate works it's way in.

Mouthfeel is just adequate with this beer. It's not all that thick, but not thin enough to really detract. Carbonation is good and lets the thin amount of head linger for the duration. Drinkability is high with no hint of the slightly higher %ABV. I'm not sure if this beer really fits into the imperial stout category but it's quite enjoyable regardless. A must buy for coffee stout fans. (1,137 characters)

Photo of RomanW70
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Aroma of coffee, milk, toffee, and coffee. Taste of milk and coffee with a bitter roast finish. Medium chalky mouthfeel. Med-high carbonation. A good mix of sweet and bitter. A little bit of a style-buster. Quite a tasty beer. (267 characters)

Photo of snogglethorpe
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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!] (1,387 characters)

Photo of mjyoung
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of ph2001
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle in pint glass

pours slightly thick. it gets a nice brown head that settles down into half a finger of foamy head. black in color with no light getting through.

taste is like a mouth full of coffee beans. creamy and roasty, some nice warm flavors in there. there is an odd sharpness to it. it is very rich and full of flavors. worth a try (355 characters)

Photo of kaimcm
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle, no date, but sampled shortly after the first Mass. import.

A: black, mostly opaque body. the edges do let a bit of light through a deep mahogany. head is splotchy and sparse. some residue around glass but not much. leaves a bit to be desired. considering the espresso quality id appreciate a frothier head to complete the cappuccino image.

S: loads of sweet bean, espresso dust. some underlying sugar, bakers chocolate. familiar coffee liquor quality i find in heavily dosed coffee beers-hard to describe yet pretty obvious in the nose. some vanilla. nice but not overly complex.

T/M: big wave of roasted grain, bitter espresso, and finished with a stale acidity. drying and slick, the mouthfeel is coating but the body a little thin. a bit of bittersweet chocolate, hint of the vanilla nose. all in all this is a bit of a one trick pony. loads of espresso grounds on the mid and back palette, lingering finish thats bone dry, but not a whole lot else.

D: a nightcap, and one at that. alcohol is balanced and at an appropriate level for this beer.

overall this is a nice offering from Hitachino who regularly impresses me but this beer is a bit one dimensional. the coffee character is not interesting enough on its own, nor integrated enough to really work well.

cheers to JB for the sample. (1,307 characters)

Photo of WOTO97
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is without a doubt one of the most easy drinking coffee stouts I have yet reviewed.

Poured a deep brown to pitch with a very frothy cappuccino head and nominal lacing

Really enjoyed the big roasted malt character up front, roasted coffee beans soon overpowers the nose, some burnt qualities to the coffee character, with just a hint of hop bite in the background

The coffee is damn-near overpowering on the front of the palate but does fade to a nice cocoa-like bitterness on the back of the palate, some very big roasted malt notes on the finish with a faint freshly baked bread character lingering in the background

The mouthfeel was big and dense but finished surprisingly clean for the style, if you are expecting a dense motor oil type body...be advised, this is not that type of coffee stout, much more delicate of a mouthfeel (hard to judge whether I really like the change of pace or whether I really need that dense, thick MF)

Knowing this is a coffee stout, I want to immediately compare it to a BGB-type offering; however, I am probably better served setting this alongside HN's other offerings and drinking it as a much more subdued coffee stout. While I expect a coffee stout to have bold flavors (with a nose to match) throughout the experience, I will add points in the end to Espresso Stout for being so quaffable. (1,341 characters)

Photo of heliosphann
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snubby 330ml bottle. Served in a Pint Glass.

A: Pitch black pour into the glass. A very small amount of light brown head is gone as quick as it materializes. Lacing is very fleeting.

S: Fairly strong smell of espresso (shocker!), mixed with some vanilla and some hazelnut.

T: Big, big coffee action in this stout. There seems to be a few layers of coffee, with the Espresso flavors hitting up front and some bitter, roastiness towards the end. Dark chocolate and some hints of toffee are also present.

M: Medium/Big bodied. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy, with the carbonation allowing it to come across very smooth.

D: The 7.5% ABV is nowhere to be found. The lingering bitterness does seem to be a slight burden for multiple offerings, but I could see myself drinking a few in one setting.

A very solid Coffee Stout from Kiuchi Brewery. I enjoy several of the Hitachino brews, and this is probably one of if not my favorite. A little pricey, but worth the money. (968 characters)

Photo of Goldfish19
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 330 ml bottle from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NY. Appearance is a deep dark brown color with a creamy tan head. The aroma is predominately coffee, followed by some hints of chocolate. Taste is the same. Body is medium to full. The incredible flavors do an exceptional job at masking the 7.5% ABV like it's not even there! There is no bitterness, just a smooth tasting stout that leaves behind a wonderful aftertaste.

When it comes to brewing quality beer, the Japanese really know what they are doing.

Highly recommended! ~ (553 characters)

Photo of broken22
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have been in search of a dark beer made by an Asian country. Now I know that technically Russia and India fit in that description but I am talking about Eastern Asia. I have had many beers from this region but non that were dark. Now there may be a ton out their as I never really went on the web and searched. My searching consisted of my frequent trips to sushi, Mitsuwa grocery stores, or one of the noodle houses. When I would check the beer I never saw any dark beers; so when I found these from a Japanese brewery I had to them. I can't wait.

So popping this thing open and pouring a glass; I still cannot believe what I'm seeing. A medium sized tan to mocha colored head forms at the top and never really dies down. For pouring out so dark I was surprised that there wasn't more of smell. I was getting worried that this might be a precursor to the flavor. I take my first sip and wow. This is one of the most coffee tasting beers I have had. The bitterness is well matched with the coffee. The flavor is great and I'm very satisfied. The mouth feel is relatively light considering its darkness. Once again making a fool out of my assumptions.

I really like this beer. I wish it was being sold in packs instead of singles. When I say singles I don't mean in the 22 variety that would be fine. I'm talking about the sad state of affairs when you can only pick it up in 12oz singles. This beer is very much like Japanese cuisine. Japanese food is always cooked in a way that lets the flavor shine instead of heavily seasoning to beat the food into submission, and this beer reflects that. I can pick up a 12oz bottle for $5.22. I know kind of a weird price?! (1,669 characters)

Photo of macktbone
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was part of a sampling to advocate to family and friends.

A- dark black

S- strong espresso. Some malt in the background but solid bean.

T- cold espresso with out cream or sugar. Slight plastic aftertaste.

M- thin and watery, very little carbonation.

D- Split a 12 0z bottle amongst 7 people...need I say more. (320 characters)

Photo of TheEremite
2.89/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second Kiuchi beer of the night, pours dark, black, lots of carbonation that leaves a decent ring of dark tan head that lasts to the end of the glass. Looks nice. Smells like fruit punch and coffee. Tastes a little like a homebrew. Not my cup of tea, but I guess it's ok. I don't think I'm a fan of this beer or this brewery. (325 characters)

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.