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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

735 Ratings
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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 31
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

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 lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and opaque--I can barely get this to show any colour even at the edges. Even when held to light I get a murky blackened red-brown colour. Head is fine, but relatively small. Lacing forms in rings as it is drunk. Good looking beer.

Nose is sharp with coffee characters, but pleasantly so; blended nicely with big roasted malt and astringent piquancy, almost like seaweed. Dark chocolate from the blackest depths makes an appearance, but adds no sweetness. This is a big, dark, roasted-- slightly woody and organic--but unapologetic beer.

Taste is also very good, and very lengthened along the palate. Initially, light chocolate sweetness hits dominate, but these are almost instantaneously removed by the welling of dark bittersweet espresso characters, big grainy richness and a bitter astringency on the finish. It's an extremely long palate, and indeed, one that doesn't even begin to develop until the beer has been swallowed. Throughout it all, there's this oddly organic character that lifts the beer from being effectively muted by a low-pass filter. (If you know what I mean).

Feel is light, but smooth. I would perhaps expect more heft behind such a beer, but as it stands, the lightness in the feel mimics the hidden lightness on the palate.

A very decent brew and a very interesting take on a stout, and even an interesting take on a coffee stout.

lacqueredmouse, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle at Against the Grain in NYC's East Village. Having homebrewed my own espresso stout, and sampled numerous other, I was still very impressed by the rich espresso flavor and smooth body. It's more reminiscent of an mocha or coffee dessert than a stout, but that's not a bad thing. This beer is exactly what the label says. Check it out if you love coffee beers.

tempest, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color. The beer has a two finger tall dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker patch near the center of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: This beer has such a wonderful aroma that really makes me want to have it over and over again. There is a light presence of dark roasted malts and chocolate but the smell is dominated by the intense coffee/espresso notes.

T: Quite delicious with a good amount of complexity. There are light dark roasted malt notes upfront and then there are some milk chocolate flavors. After that the flavor is dominated by the intense coffee/espresso flavors. The beer is sweet but has some lingering light bitterness.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and lightly dry in the finish.

O: I have been drinking this beer for about 7 years since I picked it up on a whim and still really enjoy it - and I will continue to pick this one up from time to time. This is a wonderfully delicious beer that is best served to be sipped slowly over the course of an hour or two - the flavors are too intense to have more than one of these at a sitting.

dbrauneis, May 20, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a wipsy brown head. It smells strongly of espresso up front and somewhat of fresh cream as well on the finish. Pleasant. The taste is bitter, even medicinal with coffee and bitter orange notes. The cream on the nose doesn't come through in the taste. It's pretty intense, bone of the more bitter examples out there, but the flavors are deep and lively. The mouthfeel is a bit tannic- could use a bit of that creaminess. Can't say this is the most drinkable beer, but its intriguing enough to keep sipping.

Georgiabeer, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

akorsak, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

rhoadsrage, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It may be dinner time, but by my side I have an egg, Canadian bacon, and Monterey Jack Cheese on an English Muffin...and this espresso stout. Sounds like yum! On to the beer:

Two finger-thick light tan head, black as night body with faint ruby brown hues at the bottom of the glass. Good lacing. Mild coffee aroma is good. So is the creamy sweetness mixed in. Into the mouth it goes...somewhat thick feel with little carbonation, but it's nothing to weight you down. Bittersweet chocolate upfront, the pleasant coffee flavor rushes in to make this beer a hit. The sweet and astringent flavors compliment each other well. Its coffee bean aftertaste is a pleasant reminder as you finish the sip.

Is there a coffee stout I'm not impressed by? It's great to see Japan come out with one nearly as good as the ones I've had.

DoubleJ, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown colored beer with a good brown head looks the part.

Smell is strong coffee with an intense Kahlúa scent. Faint chocolate aroma but this is mostly coffee.

The taste starts of neutral in sweetness and strong black coffee with a long coffee aftertaste. Solidly bitter but from coffee not hops. Little bit of chocolate but this is all coffee and Kahlúa flavor, bit of vanilla and cream but mostly it is coffee.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick.

Drinkability is good with the stipulation that you drink coffee. Pure coffee beer here.

Zorro, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Black color, no highlights. Nose is coffee and flavor is black coffee and some sweetness from the malt. Pricey at $5.65 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 4/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, caramel, light molasses, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee notes; with great strength. Taste of roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, caramel, light molasses, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, roast, toast, dark bread, caramel, light molasses, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and coffee flavors; with a great roasted sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, smooth, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent coffee stout. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

wrightst, May 22, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is near black with a small beige head. The aroma brings some coffee presence, though not nearly as much as expected. Additional scents include roast, chocolate. Pretty standard. Decent flavor with coffee character leading the charge. A little bit acrid in the finish. Chocolate notes with a touch of bitterness. Pretty drinkable, but this is not near the top of its class.

Huhzubendah, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby bottle into a large open snifter. Dark brown in color with an off white creamy foam. Aroma is sublime, milk chocolate and malt. Seriously milk chocolatey. In the flavor, some roasted malt, hint of chocolate, touch of vanilla and an even bitterness. Alcohol is certainly well masked. A flavorful brew and was very impressive, worth revisiting.

Stinkypuss, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is an uncompromising shade of charcoal black. Coming out of the bottle it was rich with maroon highlighting, but in the glass and even to the light, it is stark and opaque. There was a crowd of bubbles off the pour but all seem to have disappeared, leaving the surface barren and almost completely desolate of even a trim.

The aroma is more abundant with chocolate malt than espresso. It tickles at the nostrils with scents bittersweet. Alongside the chocolate are notes of molasses, dark caramel, blackberry, caramelized sugar and black coffee. It's nice but unlike other big stouts is not something I could sit there and smell all night.

The taste mirrors the smell with an ample level of dark bittersweet chocolate, java, caramelized sugar, molasses and cocoa beans. The taste of espresso is present, but shares the flavour profile equally with the others. This has much less coffee, but far more dimension, than I expected.

Kiuchi uses a recipe for a Russian Imperial as their base for this beer. It does show in the mouthfeel, which is thin but gooey with rich notes of anise, roasted malt, and bitter chocolate lingering. The sugary sweetness, alongside an absence of alcohol, mirrors this with many Foreign stouts too.

Whatever they set out to do, these Japanese brewers surely achieved it. Dark caramel, strong black coffee, raw cocoa bean and hints of vanilla make a great accompaniment to dessert, or just as well a dessert unto themselves. This doesn't exactly compete with my favourite higher gravity stouts, but it can hold its own. Be sure to give it a try.

biegaman, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Uber the other day.

The beer pours a dark brown color with very good head retention and lacing. Not unexpectedly, the nose provides masses of coffee, with some underlying hoppy bitterness and chocolate. The palate replicates the nose, with the most striking component the beer's light mouthfeel. There is almost a sake barrel flavor to this beer, though I was assured that must be my imagination.... this beer is not aged in sake casks. What's really impressive about this beer is it's light mouthfeel, with an abv. that is remarkably well disguised. So this beer is not the least bit heavy or tiring to drink on the palate, with the abv. well disguised.

Nothing special, but this is a nice, easy drinking coffee stout. Recommended.

John_M, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter.

Out of the bottle pours a classic walnut dark brown. Body color is a classic dark walnut brown, almost getting into black. Head forms very creamy like in a nice light brown, slowly receeds but also gives some good solid lacing of the same color. Looks great and impressive.

Solid bouquet, off milk chocolate, roast, roasted coffee bean. A hot simple milky sense of fresh brew, very nice, very well done. Looking for win here and it seems to come in spades.

Taste is a little light bodied and small. It's good, but it seems like a let down compared to what is on the nose. Light bodied roasted coffee, with a little watery bent and some fizz. No hint of high or harsh alcohol. Other nose notes of chocolate and milk and maltyness don't become as obvious.

While not a killer classic example of this impressive style, it is still a solid good tasting beer for what it is. I would have this again over many in this style, but there are certainly others that do better too. Espresso perhaps not, but good coffee stout to say the least.

smakawhat, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

beerthulhu, May 03, 2008
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for this bottle.

A - pitch black with a soft brown head

S - roasted malts and coffee with a hint of green chillies (there was much conversation about whether we were going crazy or not)

T - roasted malts, coffee, a bit bitter, and green chillies again

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a nice beer, but the odd pepper aroma and flavors was hard to wrap my head around. It wasn't bad, but it did seem out of place. I'm not sure I would seek this out given the cost per bottle, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered again.

tdm168, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

DrJay, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +2%

dmorgan310, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

glid02, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark brown coloring with ruby highlights around the edges. A thin, filmy, frothy light brown colored head rests atop the surface. Aromas of bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and some earthy qualities slowly engulf the nose. Very rich and dark smelling. Very inviting. Flavors are rich and darkly sweet on a smooth, creamy body. More chocolate and roast than anything else popping up on my tastebuds, which is kind of misleading given the name of the brew. The aftertaste is rich and roasty, and leans slightly towards bitter. Rich, slightly cloying and slick finish caps off a very tasty beer. As tasty as it was, if you are putting espresso in the title, people are going to expect a more coffee-centric palate. Other than that, it was a very solid stout.

GarthDanielson, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Gusler, Dec 05, 2007
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.