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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: 846
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 35
Gots: 69 | FT: 2
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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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Westyn
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sammyg832
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of cyrushire
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bnes09
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Velvety dark brown color and almost opaque. Thin, tannish head with a few lingering patches and minimal lacing.
Nice roasty, nutty, coffee aroma. Fairly complex yet balanced and inviting.
Lots of malt in the flavor. Cooked corn, coffee, wheat toast, oak and almonds. Also a hint of maple sweetness. Very well balanced.
Smooth texture, solid medium body. Good carbonation.
Solid coffee stout. Not too strong but still complex. Plenty in here to keep my attention.

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of daledeee
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had not had any good Japanese beer. I was told this is good stuff.

I started pouring this like other stouts and was surprised to see a tremendous eruption of dark tan foam that made me wait to completely pour the bottle.

The smell is hard to describe; maybe somewhat earthy and barnyard.

Taste is strong and clean. Coffee, bitter and a little smokey with a dash of salt thrown in.

Mouth feel is as thick as it gets for a stout. Not a lot of carbonated bite though.

This beer is fairly drinkable. A very unique drinking experience.

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of Tom-Peters
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulilp. Beer pours a dark brown with a finger of dark tan head. Leaves behind a nice ring of spotty lacing. THe head fades quickly.

Standard smell here. Not the most complex beer I've stuck my nose into but it's nice. Roasty malts with noticable espresso aromas with a hint of cocoa to round it out. Simple. Not a lot going on in the pallet either. Mostly an espresso bomb. Bitter espresso from start to finish and it's tough to notice anything else.

Feels alright, decent sizes body with ample carbonation but it's a bit more drying than I would prefer to see. Overall this one left me wanting a bit more. It's an enjoyable beer but I think there are better on the market. Especially for almost five bucks a bottle.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich, black color with a thick, creamy mocha head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Deep roasted malt aroma with a burnt espresso smell. A bit of chocolate as well as a mild herbal hop smell are also present.

Roasted malt taste and burnt espresso dominate upfront. A bit of cocoa and some herbal hop flavors sneak through.

Medium body, creamy texture.

Quite a tasty coffee stout, with plenty of both for fans of either. Not for those who dislike coffee.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- Black in color with a half finger of mocha head that dissipates into a small layer that leaves excellent multi layered sticky lacing.

Smell- Espresso, coffee and a bitter hop

Taste- Black coffee with a middle to backend bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Full body that makes you feel like you are almost chewing.

Overall- This is great if you are a black coffee drinker. I personally would have liked a little bit more sweetness for balance.

Photo of steve8robin
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one in the fridge for a while. Time to crack this baby open.

A: Dark as night. No transparency or translucency at all. Very nice mocha colored head that quickly disappears.

S: Smells of coffee, not overwhelming though, and hops.

T: This one is definitely a pleasant surprise. I was not expecting much, so this one exceeded those expectations. Has an awesome dark coffee taste that really hits you in the aftertaste quickly followed by bitter hops. The cabonation is the only thing I don't really like about the taste. The more I drink, the more the bitter hop flavor overtakes it.

M: A little too much carbonation for my taste.

D: This one goes down fairly easy. I love the initial taste, it's just the high level of carbonation that throws me off.

All in all, this beer will not disappoint you. It will be a pleasant surprise for a nice evening beverage for anyone who enjoys coffee.

Photo of halo3one
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DavidHume
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ritzkiss
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml from Premier in Buffalo. Pours a nice dark brown with a dark mocha head, dies to some swirls and almost looks like a good espresso.

Nice coffee presence in the nose, some fudge and roasted malts as well. Pleasant beer, sort of dry coffee notes mixed with sweet chocolate and fudge, hints of dark fruits, roast, a bit of alcohol. Sweet in the body with a dryer finish. Slick body but I feel it's a little over carbonated. Good but not great.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Photo of neonbrown82
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This isn't one of the better coffee stouts I've had, but it's decent. Definitely worth a shot.

The beer pours to an inky black color. Not too much head to speak of, and retention is fairly poor. Subsequently weak lacing.

The smell is alright. Plenty of espresso notes. Rich roasted malt with dark chocolate, black licorice, and berry notes. Seems like it is plenty hoppy as well.

The taste is good. Fairly sweet up front with some thick and chewy roasted malt flavors. Still has the notes of berries, chocolate and black licorice, but they are well hidden under a slightly sour coffee flavor. Some herbal hops provide a nice bitter sensation at the finish.

The body is quite thick. Just enough carbonation to keep it crisp and accentuate the hops without sacrificing the creamy, chewy aspects of the malt. Not a bad stout, but I couldn't picture myself drinking more than a bottle in a sitting, and I'm kind of doubtful I will pick up another bottle. Great to see Japan producing some great beers, however, even if it is just from this one brewery.

Photo of BMoney575
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 7-4-10
E.09.11 printed on the bottle.

Pours completely black and opaque, with a very thin tan head that quickly fades. Lacing is very thin, just a few brown rings.

Smell is very complex, aromas of chocolate, coffee, and anise. Sweet, but well balanced, not overly strong and very enjoyable.

Taste is huge malt right up front, strongly smoky and sweet. Flavors of anise and coffee bitterness dominate, with a sharply hoppy finish. The aftertaste is all coffee, with a slight sourness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is a little light, but still slick and creamy to go with the malty flavors.

Drinkability is good, but the sweetness and bitterness are a brutal combo.

Overall, a good beer that's definitely worth a try.

Photo of eulerthegrape
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Pours very dark brown, black in the glass, with a huge three-finger brown head. Head eventually settles down to a light cap. Rings of sticky spotty lacing. Rather attractive.

Aroma big on coffee, with a slight funkiness, roasted malts, and some dark fruits.

Flavor is coffee, chocolate, dark cherries, and other dark fruits with a light sour tang. Delicious.

Wonderful smooth creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation.

An excellent brew! Only thing holding this back is the price @ $4.99/bottle. Still worth it and I'm glad I finally got around to trying this wonderful beer.

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.