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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

790 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 790
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 31
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 07-20-2007)
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Photo of mick303
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle from the lcbo. poured a deep black colour with a nice frothy coffee tan head, showed some pretty good retention and a nice film. Very large bubbles on the film.

S - aromas of dark roast coffee, bitter espresso, dark chocolate, lots of black licorice as well, maple notes, with some complex characters - underripe banana, hazelnut, almost eggnog aromas. A nice integration of the roasty espresso beans.

T - taste brings initially a lot of festive wintery stout character, then a big blast of espresso coffee. Dark roasty coffee, plums, rich dark fruits and licorice, very creamy, some lactic/dairy character to it, which smooth some of the bitterness, the coffee beans bring a really pleasant complexity and a lot of interesting spice mixed in, maple notes again, strong earthy notes with the coffee. Leading to a pleasant bitter finish, drying espresso character. Very coffee forward.

M - full coffee feel, and the carbonation is so mild and soft you could be fooled that it was a robust bitter americano. but the espresso doesn't hold up the alcohol as well. A big espresso bitterness develops and satisfies through the finish. Quite rich and satisfying, but certainly with a bitter and drying body. As it warmed I did feel it could use more substantial malts to hold up and provide balance.

Certainly one of the more forward coffee beers out there, this has a lot of the roasty bitterness being complimented by licorice and strong espresso notes from the beans, the aroma is great, festive and complex. The taste has some of the fruitiness and somewhat tropical spiciness complimenting a complex coffee body. Full feel and all around an interesting and complex espresso stout, which bring some interesting coffee side notes with it rather than just roasty notes. Good stuff, though I would agree that the body relies a bit heavily on the coffee and has a bit of a drying quality.

mick303, Nov 16, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Cycle69, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Mantooth, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +1.8%

I picked this up at Hunger ‘n’ Thirst recently and with the chill air and the return of Standard Time, this seems like a good time to drink it.

From the bottle: “Japanese Dark Ale Brewed With Coffee Beans”.

I Pop!ped the cap and began a heavy-handed pour that set off a pseudo-cascade that settled into three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with stunning retention. I just sat back and let it dissipate on its own, even though it took a while to happen. Color was Opaque/Black (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was powerfully redolent with Espresso coffee and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was creamy and I was reminded very much of Coffee ice cream while drinking it. The taste was more than simple coffee, however. It was very dark, rich and roasty, quite evocative of Espresso. I was getting amped up drinking it, which was appropriate since I was anticipating Sunday Night Football between the Browvens and Th’ Stillers. Great sticky lacing lined the length of the glass. Finish was dry, bittersweet and a real case of truth in advertising. My my.

woodychandler, Nov 12, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -4.3%

SavageHopHead, Nov 11, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Coronaeus, Nov 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

WillAndSarah, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for a mighty steep $4.25 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 10deg C in a tulip

A- Excellent! Very dark and roasty looking. No head at all in 1min

S- A bit thin. Not a lot of coffee but lots of alcohol

T- Good amount of coffee. Bit nutty. Nice blend. Worth the taste

M- A bit thin. Not a lot of creaminess. Lots of chalkiness. No like

O- Pretty good. Enjoyable darkness. Have one for later but drink fresh.

Food Pairing

This good stout went well with..... Roasted chicken with root veggies and smashed potatoes

Enjoy

DaveBar, Nov 09, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

Nat1975, Nov 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

AussieAbroad, Nov 08, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

Synapstic, Nov 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

22Blue, Nov 07, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

valianes, Nov 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

BeerTruck, Nov 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

spycow, Nov 02, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

TetonMike, Nov 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

R_Kole, Nov 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

deadliest, Nov 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

JackieKu, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours black with a deep mocha head, big and fluffy, going down really slow to a small cap and thick messy lace. Looks really nice.
Rich smell of dark chocolate with a bit of cream, Italian espresso, a bit of sweet nut, molasses, soy sauce, vanilla, cinnamon, faint prune and dried fig.
Surprising taste, really strong clear espresso character. Starts with some light dark fruit and coffee acidity, easing into chocolate and rich espresso, robust, sweetened by a just bit of caramel and with a very faint milky note. Light dark spices, the dusty woody kind. A "green" hoppy crispness in the finish, just in time to balance out the dark bready malt that brings more and more roast.
Medium body and carbonation, close to being smooth but not quite there. Aftertaste of coffee, a bit of roast and cocoa powder, and even a bit of lingering fruity hop. Bit of booze.
Big points for the nice espresso notes, but in the end there's something holding it back. Not sure what, but it's not that serious. It's a sure shot for anybody in need of an espresso stout fix, and a really good one at that.

dcmchew, Oct 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.76/5  rDev +21.1%

vaughtex, Oct 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Devman171, Oct 19, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

maltlikker, Oct 17, 2014
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.