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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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Reviews: 396
Hads: 901
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 46
Gots: 86 | 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 rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a straight-sided mug)

A- This beer pours an opaque black body with a warm tan head that is very creamy but turns rocky after a bit.

S-During the pour the smell of real black espresso beans comes through with a note of black malt and a deep earthy quality.

T- This beer has a big dark espresso bean flavor with a slight tartness and a note of chalky taste.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a creamy texture.

D- This beer has a big espresso flavor with a nice cream stout buried underneath. There is a slight quality of the Hitachino yeast that I have tasted in their other beers and it is just as pleasant in this one. I enjoy espresso and I enjoy this beer, I’m not sure that I could drink many of these in one session.

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Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at State Line Liquors.

A: The stout is black as night, no red, no brown no nothing. A coffee-with-cream colored head arose on pour (quire appropriate for an espresso stout).

S: The nose has the one-two punch of sweet oatmeal and bitter espresso coffee. The coffee has been nicely seeped into the beer, infusing every element of the aroma with java.

T: The smoothness of the nose is in stark contrast with the bitterness of the taste. Roasted, burnt toast greets you upfront, biting at the tastebuds with charred harshness. The acrd flavor of the espresso is evident, building on the burnt malts. Coffee flavors linger long after the sip is gone.

M: When compared to the nose, the taste is a drop-off. The coffee flavor does appear throughout but it is hidden behind a heavy roasted malt flavor.

D: For the nose alone, I'd try another bottle.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and had a half finger of bubbly head leaving plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it did have some espresso character but had some roastiness, lacto milky notes with hints of vanilla, and mild dark fruits mostly raisins.

T: the dark fruits were more apparent on the taste alongside espresso, chocolate, vanilla accents but had roasty notes and a touch of lacto milky flavors.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, mild dark fruity, and milky finish.

D: definitely a decent stout that was quite tasty and I don't really like too many drinks with caffeine character.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: completely black with a little bit of dark brown around the edges. Head is a thick finger of pillowy dark tan foam. Nice.

Smell: roasty coffee aroma with a pretty substantial amount of vegetal hops. Love the coffee, but the hops are just too forward.

Taste: tons of coffee and roasted barley flavor. The vegetal hop character is thankfully much milder here than in the aroma. Bitter and astringent like a cup of coffee, this beer is successful in that area -- this is definitely an espresso stout and not a mocha stout. I actually rather like it.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation and a big, rich, smooth creaminess that is thick and satisfying yet goes down easy. Wonderful.

Overall: I like this beer a lot. I might not be in the mood for something like this every day, but for the most part it is quite successful. Good stuff.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark opaque color with a light cherry tan head.

S: Dry pine and citrus are on the nose.

T: Nice oaked aged woodiness for flavor along with dry pine, raisin, fresh espresso beans, dark chocolate and some lactose. Theres some citrus hopping. Theres a dry pine fade from the hopping and the coffee flavor is very rich and clean leaving you wanting more along with some vanilla bean and dark roasted malts and grain.

M: Moderate body and creamy mouthful along with an unique citrus hopping per style with a rich espresso coffee flavor.

D: Good drinkability in a small stout bottle.

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

Very dark, basic black beer, tan cap of fine bubbles that settled quickly to a thin sheet, spotty lace. Intense coffee, roast, and caramel aromas. A bit burnt, some toffee. Same in the flavour, but with moderate to strong bitterness and mild hop character. Light alcohol towards the end with lingering bitterness. Full bodied with mild warmth, nearly creamy texture. Solid.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours black with a 2 finger head of tannish foam. I get roasted malt, milk chocolate, and some coffee. Very roasty to my palate, coffee grounds are strongish, dark chocolate bitterness, hops bring a hint of fruit. Nice. Nice body and mouth feel. This is very good and not over the top with the abv. Geez, look at that lacing!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

720ml bottle poured into pint glass dec23 2009

A black with a giant mocha head that just hangs around to the bottom of the glass. just a few loose rings of lace but great retention, nice looking stout

S very heavy on the dark roasted coffee with some mild chocolate

T a little more chocolate and a little less coffee then on the nose, but it's pretty close to the smell and I enjoyed it a fair bit

M not as thick as expected but not watery by any means

D I can't complain with any aspects of this beer other then the price

pretty pleased with this brewer and can't wait to try their other beers

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Photo of dgilks
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black colour with a moderately-large creamy tan head. Decent head retention.

Moderate coffee aroma with notes of cinnamon and sweetness.

Sweetened black coffee. That's what I get here. Some nice sweet malts play with a dry, roasty coffee flavour which is rounded and very good.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid beer, full of flavour and very, very tasty.

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Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't reviewed enough beers from Japanese breweries.

Pours a pitch-black color with a brown one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma has a light amount of bitter coffee followed by cream and a bit of chocolate. Not bad so far.

Taste is light and creamy upfront with astringency from the coffee kicking in the middle. A bit of chocolate and dark fruit as well. The coffee is the star here but it's not too bitter.

Moufhfeel is full of lingering coffee and cream. This stout goes down so easily, there's barely anything left on the palate.

A very nice example of its' style. The coffee feels just right here. The mouthfeel is exactly where I want it to be. It's decent for sure.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy brown head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee/espresso, chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and some dark fruit aroma also shows up as the beer warms. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the coffee/espresso flavors being the strongest. Has a nice bitter and dry finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy but also on the thin side for a stout. It's also well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's enjoyable and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a good brew. If you like coffee and/or espresso, then you would probably like this beer too.

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Photo of glid02
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of creamy roasted coffee with good amounts of lightly roasted malts and smooth dark chocolate. Everything's present in good amounts.

Tastes good. Smooth roasted malt flavors up front are joined simultaneously by dark chocolate and coffee flavors midway through the sip. These flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending leaving hints of coffee flavors on the palate. As with the smell everything's present in good amounts however the flavors don't have quite the oomph the aroma has.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer. A very good offering for a beer a bit lower on the ABV scale than most others in the category. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Gusler
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer decamps the stubby 330ml bottle a soot black with some light ruby highlights, the head pompous, the color chocolate and the texture creamy, upon its depletion the lace forms a nice concealing sheet. Nose has a rich nut like aroma, chocolate, coffee, caramel and a pinch of hops. Start is nicely malted; sweet with a burnt grain and hop spicy bite at the back, top is full in feel. Finish has a standard acidity, the burnt grain and hops provide a lingering bittersweet bite, aftertaste dry and long lasting, a fine stout.

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Photo of avalon07
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a big. creamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing. This is one of the best-looking stouts I've seen.

S: The espresso comes through the most, with traces of malt and some hops.

T: The espresso is almost overwhelming at first, but becomes less noticable as you go along. Also has some chocolate, mellow malt and just noticable hops.

M: Well carbonated with a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: An incredibly drinkable imperial stout. Very easy to like.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger tan head that dies quick with little lace patches. Aroma is mostly roasted coffee malts but there is some sweetness in the aroma as well. The beer is thin, smooth, easy drinking fare that tended to be a little sweeter than some coffee styles which is my preference. Strong roasted coffee notes are balanced with a very slight espresso/milk/vanilla sweetness for both a dry and sweet beer (this sweetness helps the beer pass so easy over tongue). Rather simple and mild beer but it really hit the spot for me.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured black with lot's of carbonation along the sides. Two fingers of khaki head on top. No lace and a film of retention.

S - Tons of coffee. Heavy on the coffee. Not much but burnt coffee.

T - Less coffee. Chocolate, roastiness. Less coffee than the aroma but still lot's there.

M - Good carbonation, full body, bitter coffee finish.

O/D - Couldn't have another. One dimensional for sure. A good effort for the coffee fiend. Too much for me, though I didn't particularly hate it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong and mainly of unsweetened chocolate; there are some coffee and malt hints. It pours a deep sable, almost black, with a thick, dark tan head. Flavor is chocolaty and has some smoky, malt and hop undertones. Texture is smooth and pleasant. Drinking this beer is somewhat like drinking liquid unsweetened chocolate that has a little well-roasted coffee in it.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my DFH snifter. Poured a deep, opaque brown (almost black), with a half inch tan head the quickly settled into a broken swirl of foam and ringlets. Nose is just like the label promised; espresso, malt and a sweet character, with a touch of earthiness (smell actually reminded me a little of Bell's java stout). Taste consistent with nose, but the espresso is not as big in the mouth and the sweetness is amplified a little. I also detected traces of toffee and perhaps dark fruit at the finish as the brew warmed. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium-bodied and perhap a little effervescent for the style; however, a hint of creaminess peaks forth at the start. The label doesn't lie. This is defintitely an espresso stout. Coffee is well represented; however, I prefer a little more sweetness to be revealed. All and all, well worth your time.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a liquorice brown creamy short-lived head.
Nose is full of intense coffee and sweet dark chocolate. A mix between a mocha and a rich chocolate cake. Plenty of roasted malt later on.
Roasted coffee really hits as a flavour but underneath there's still a lot of dark chocolate and sweet roasted malt. Some soft alcohol.
Creamy high carbonation, very rich, smooth body.

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Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pretty much an opaque black color. A massive, rocky tan head rises to over two fingers with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace is left behind. This is a looker.
S: Roasted malts and lots of fresh ground coffee. Cream, chocolate, nutmeg. Toasted, bready aromas. This is excellent.
T: Big on the roast and coffee again. The coffee is very nice, but not over barring which seems to be a problem with a lot of other version. Vanilla and chocolate. Very nice.
M/D: A medium to full body. Prickly carbonation, but smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. Everything is well incorporated, and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen. An excellent stout to sip on.

This is a really nice coffee stout. The alcohol is certainly pushing the imperial range, but it is not over barring at all. Really enjoyable and well made.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a 4oz tumbler. Poured a reddish black when held up in the light with a one finger tan head that lingered throughout. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt and subtle coffee beans. The flavor was of subtle espresso, roasted malt, a little watery, with a nice cream followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't that bad, but it also wasn't that great either. For me the flavor and aroma profile of this one was lacking a little bit. If this were to have been bumped up a bit this could be quite excellent. Worth trying on tap for sure, but that is about it...

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Photo of popery
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, home. Excellent coffee stout. Pours wall-to-wall black with a mocha head. The aroma has coffee, roasted barley, dark chocolate, earth, dark stone fruit, bit of spice and raisins. In that general order. The flavor is rich and sweet. Creamy espresso runs through the dark malt, like a dark chocolate ice cream swirled with coffee syrup. The mouthfeel is smooth and good. It's a great stout and the best or second best coffee stout that I've tried so far.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.