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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: 860
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 35
Gots: 75 | 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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Ratings: 860 | Reviews: 396
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out all black with a thick dark tan head that drops to a thin layer and a thick ring over the beer.

Smell. Lots of burnt flavors in here. Coffee is quite present, and is more like a sweetened espresso. I also get some chocolate, and even some cream, like vanilla flavored half and half.

Taste. The espresso flavor certainly bulks up here. any of the vanilla cream flavors i got completely go away in the taste, as more chocolate comes out with the espresso flavor. There is still some sweetness here, but not as sweet as i thought it would be from the aroma. Malts are roasted and burnt in flavor. The aftertaste is what i really like about this beer. A strong bittering chocolate sensation jumps out, then the rich coffee flavors. Very nice finish.

Mouthfeel. Body is thick and full, with a real creamy texture to it. Carbonation is present, but overwhelmed by the thickness of the beer. A nice balance with the sweetness and bitterness.

Overall, a great beer, and the first coffee stout available in LA that i know of. Real good flavors come out, but i find the finish to be incredible. Certainly not one i would have often, but would be a nice treat, especially when the weather gets colder.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of EPICAC
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this at Downtown Wine & Spirits a week or two ago. I had it tonight while packing for my flight tomorrow. I let this warm to 50º or so and served it in one of my NERAX ping glasses.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black except for the hints of brown at the edges when held to the light. It's topped by a thick brown head that fades to a thin later leaving patches of lace.

Smell: The coffee smell is evident when the bottle is opened, before the beer hits the glass. In the glass coffee aromas dominate. There's also a nice chocolate aroma and some dark fruit that comes out on swirling.

Taste: Sweet maltiness upfront. Moves into a nice dark chocolate sweetness, which gives way to a nice coffee bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, low carbonation. There's an odd chalkiness.

Drinkability: Very tasty, coffee provides a nice balance.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this espresso stout into a glass stein.

Appearance- Body appears a very dark brown, with no notibeable highlights. The head is a dark, sappy brown that has a viscous, milky look to it. It builds to about a finger before thinning out, leaving barely enough substance to cover the top of the beer.

Smell- Uhh...I guess that has some coffee in there. It imitates a cold latte drink you would get packed with sugar. It also has a really strong chocolate note which is very surprising.

There is also something slightly off about this. Like a boozy smell is mixed in that is certainly not appetizing. Almost smells like vodka or a sake after it gets through the sugary latte and chocolate. Thankfully, that scent is really buried.

Taste- That iced mocha latte is the lead flavor. I think I would appreciate it much more if it smelled more like coffee than a sugary sweet mixed coffee drink.

The chocolate flavor has degraded a bit and is barely perceptible in the finish, and is already a shadow of what it once was on the nose, too bad.

There is also a slight grassy, wheaty expression picked up that may be the base of the off vodka smell from the nose. It still does the same thing here of making the end drink less enjoyable.

Mouth feel- This beer is relatively chewy and has a solid medium body. It also finishes rather easily despite that off flavor. Could be a little more smooth over the tongue, but otherwise good.

Overall- Hitachino Nest's espresso stout was an okay stout. The espresso had some disjointed flavors accompanying it that really affects the overall experience of the beer negatively. It needs more coffee and less whatever that off wheaty, grassy flavor is.

Oh, and if the espresso actually tasted more like espresso, that would certainly help matters. I cannot see myself ever returning to this one...

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz single from CBX. Poured into a DFH snifter...

A: deep brown / near black; mocha head; no lace; a few bottle conditioning floaties.

S: roasted malts; dark chocolate / fudge notes.

T: roasted / black malt flavor; chocolate; late espresso follows up and lingers.

M: full body; low carbonation; texture is a touch flat, but still pretty deep for 7.5% stout.

O: a very nice stout; espresso flavor isn't overdone; I'd have it again.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours dark brown and falls into the glass as an opaque liquid with a two-finger length creamy tan head. Some webs of lacing are left behind as the head retreats. Coffee hits the nose up front, but not much else. There is some dark malt roastiness that is there, but the coffee takes the forefront. There's just a hint of chocolate in the aroma. The espresso richness and roastiness comes through well in the flavor. There's some maltiness and hints of chocolate in the taste as well. The alcohol is well-hidden and I can't tell that I'm having a 7.5% ABV beer. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The roastiness hangs in the aftertaste and the finish does coat the mouth pretty well. This is a good beer. What this beer does right, it does it well. It just doesn't stand out in the sea of coffee stouts. For $4.99 a bottle, I wouldn't try this unless you are a serious fan of stouts.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the oddest espresso stouts I've ever had. In it's appearance it emulates a Belgian-style stout with a massive rocky head. Most American-style stouts or stouts from the British Isles display a more consistent head. This one is deep and bulbous and like some of the Belgian-style stouts I've enjoyed.

The smell and taste is something else entirely. You get some vanilla on the nose with the obvious coffee, but on the tongue this stout acts as a milk stout. Rich in lactic acid, you get more cream than coffee in this.

It's a Jekyll and Hyde beer and they really need to figure out what this one really is. Despite that, I do like this one. It has a grittiness and a chocolate characteristic that's stronger and better than many stouts lauded as "chocolate stouts"...yeah Rogue, I'm calling you out. I just think the Japanese misnamed this. It should have been named "Cafe au Lait Chocolate Stout".

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Deep mahogany - black, and opaque. Pours with 1 1/2 fingers brown head, which settles gradually into a thin cap.

S- BIG espresso notes (!) when first poured. Hints of chocolate and earthiness. Nice.

T- Wonderful roasty espresso hits right off. A berry-like (young raspberry??) flavor which I can't quite pin down rolls around the mid palate and adds a touch of sweet and sour. Bitterness is spot on and lingers exactly how I'd want it to in a coffee / espresso stout. I'm quite enjoying this.

M- Smooth and creamy...almost "fluffy" feeling.

D- Man....as a coffee / espresso fiend, I am digging this one more than about any coffee or espresso stout that I've ever had...

Future outlook: I must go get more of this....

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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Hitachino Nest glass.

A: Pours ink black with a tan head.

S: Epsresso, coffee, and some roasted barley.

T: A very good espresso stout. It's very smooth, very little bitterness and a good does of espresso.

M: Smooth and medium bodied.

D: Easy to drink, quite tasty.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
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