Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout

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Avg: 3.95
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 43
Gots: 86 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 07-20-2007

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

Appearance: dark brown, clean; produces a full, fine head that gives evidence to the name - looks just like espresso crema, though only a minute or so retention

Aroma: lovely roasted malts - creamy dark chocolate (not bitter) , floral (lavender), touch of cinnamon, maple

Taste & Mouthfeel: incredible buttery, silken mouthfeel, full and fatty; deep, robust espresso (not coffee) dominates, pure and rich, chocolatey and never bitter, everything you like about a proper shot; quite a bit of sweetness, a little more than I'd like, taste a little of lactose, and vanilla - may be used to fill out body; it's this flavour that lingers most which is unfortunate, takes away from the malts that are the real star

Overall: the roasted malts are such a delight you hunt for them and wish you could go back to that first sip before the sugar pushed it's way in; that being said, still a great stout you've got to try

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Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown...

Poured jet black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Dark dirty brown head poured thick and foamy then faded to nice thickish covering... very faint lacing...

Aroma - Strong (maybe slightly harsh) espresso coffee and toasted malts, some milk chocolate, oats, light blackcurrent/blackberry notes, cocoa, leathery, some solvent notes, woody, some faint vanilla traces, light spicy hops, burnt sugar...

Taste - Dark chocolate and strong rich dark coffee to the fore, roasted malts, smokey / char notes, some liquorice, some peppery hops, nutty, light molasses sweetness..

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness after... full bodied... pretty drinkable for 7.5%

Overall - A very good coffee stout if a little rough around the edges... certainly worth a try though

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from local LCBO for $4.25 CDN.

Appearance - Big and black with a half finger of brown head. Poor retention and no visibility into the beer.

Smell - Plenty of coffee, some dark chocolate and a boozy backbone that forewarns you. Rye bread notes too.

Taste - Plenty of coffee, especially on the aftertaste with some flavors of dark chocolate and some booziness throughout. Improves as it warms.. Mild and steady bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy with sufficient carbonation to cut through the oily creaminess to give the beer some texture. Quite nice.

Overall - Definitely a nice coffee stout, however it's a bit one dimensional and the coffee while being a star doesn't completely take over. For those who like a subtler coffee presence this may be the beer for you for those looking for a huge coffee presence, look elsewhere.

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Photo of Mit
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a blackish colour with a creamy brown head that is thin but persistent.

Creamy coffee.. burnt notes.....Oatmeal.......earthy...all dominate the bouquet.

Coffee coffee coffee.....burnt malts...dark chocolate...dark fruit....slight alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Good for the alcohol level.

Overall this is a good strong beer. Would buy again for sure.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into snifter. 7% abv. best before "2015.08", enjoyed on november 24, 2014

a: pitch black with just over a finger of coffee-coloured head

s: roasted malt, dark roast coffee (smells sour?), jalapeno potato chips (???), slight vanilla, toasted bread, and a kind of nutty presence. mild chocolate tones here and there

t: there's a quick flash of bready notes in the front, but massive bitter espresso then follows and dominates. the coffee flavour is so strong that it feels a bit sour come mid-palate. i guess there are hints of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and nuts as well, but the coffee just dominates over all of those flavours throughout the tasting. not getting any alcohol

m: quite thick and viscous, with mild carbonation. nice!

o: coffee coffee coffee! very one-sided which makes this a dark ale only for hardcore coffee lovers like myself. the sour qualities are a bit off-putting, but this is still tasty and a huge flavour bomb of a beer

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Aug 2014. Listed at an even 7%, and served only slightly chilled.

Pours black as night, crowned with one finger of dense, creamy, beige-coloured head that recedes ever-so-slowly. It takes roughly four minutes for it to seep away entirely, leaving behind a bubbly cap and narrow collar of froth. Good legs, too. The aroma is very heavy on the malts, providing notes of coffee (with cream and sugar), milk chocolate, toasted nuts, roasted grains and molasses. A little boozy, with a touch of vanilla and licorice.

My eyebrows raised with the first sip - the bouquet is quite nice, but I still was not expecting such a bold-flavoured brew. The sturdy backbone of roasted malts, molasses, raisin and cocoa is soon overtaken by huge notes of rich-tasting coffee that coat the palate. It provides a beautiful, roasted coffee bean bitterness that mingles nicely with hints of anise, vanilla, milk sugar and some herbal notes. Coffee roast lingers long into the aftertaste, with a slight notion of ethanol warmth. On the lighter side of full-bodied, with modest carbonation levels that provide some gently agitation for the palate. Extremely smooth, and absolutely delicious.

Final Grade: 4.25, a superb A-. Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout is the first craft beer I've tried out of Japan, and I must say I am thoroughly impressed with it. This is one of the best coffee-flavoured beers I've ever had the pleasure of trying, with a very rich-tasting profile that abounds with coffee and chocolate presence. The only disappointing aspect of this review is that I do not have any more bottles of this amazing stout to share and enjoy - and the nearest reliable source is at least 100 km away. Definitely worth a try for any fan of strong stouts, and totally worth the relatively high price.

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Photo of mick303
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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


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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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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 The_Mad_Capper
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma gives off slightly sour bread crust, molasses, and dark roast coffee beans. The tan head is large and frothy; the body is black and opaque. The flavor is predominantly characterized by espresso and alcohol; the overall effect is strangely but distinctly reminiscent of the aged pepper quality of hot sauce. There is an undertone of dark fruit/molasses. Bread crust malt lingers in the finish. The body is medium-full with restrained carbonation.

The espresso, which was actually used, is quite apparent. I love coffee about as much as I love beer, but it's hard to say how well it works in this case. There doesn't seem to be much to taste besides the espresso and the alcohol, the latter of which verges on solventy. I won't say it's overall bad—far from it—but the alcohol and weird hot sauce flavor are a bit too distracting to enjoy the other aspects fully.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from 2009 into a snifter.

Appearance is deep brown nearly black body with a huge mocha colored head that reduces slowly and leaves thick lacing. Looks beautiful.
Smell is heavy coffee, chocolate covered espresso beans, toffee and pale malt. Not overly aromatic.
Taste redeems the aroma with huge espresso, dark chocolate, roast coffee, big chocolate and deep roasted coffee aftertaste. Very tasty and charred coffee forward.
Mouthfeel is light carbonation and medium body, but very easy to drink.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much taste and espresso flavor this beer expressed. One of the best coffee + espresso forward beers I've tried .

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Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful black beer with a thick dark tan head with fantastic retention and lacing.

Strong, spicy aroma featuring tons of dark coffee and roasted barley.

Delicious beer whose flavor follows the nose. Extremely dark and smooth coffee, tons of roasted barley, and non-sweet dark cacao. There's a slight peppery spice that kicks the beer up a notch; mild notes of vanilla.

Very smooth and lively beer, with a medium-full mouthfeel. I'd prefer a thicker feel for a stout.

This is an excellent, underrated beer. I'm very impressed with my first beer from Hitachi Nest.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2014, so it's out of date. ABV is stated as 7%. Hope it's still good. The label mentions that this is brewed with well-roasted espresso beans.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very dark brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy mocha-coloured foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of rich roasted malt and coffee with hints of espresso, burnt grain, dark malt, cocoa, mild molasses, sugar, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves.

T: Tastes of rich coffee and roasted malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of espresso, roasted malt, burnt grain, cocoa, subtle molasses, a hint of sugar, earthy yeast and stewed leaves. Well-attenuated, followed by a lingering, malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Could be a tad creamier for the style. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of roasted coffee, burnt malt, bitterness and earthy yeast.

O: Delicious - a superb coffee stout. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are a fantastic blend of rich coffee notes and roasted malt, underpinned by subtle yeast. Body is alright, though could be thicker. Packs a real flavour punch; well worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%

$ 5.49/11.2 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman. OH
Bottle dated ES.14.03 at cellar temperature into imperial pint
Aroma roasted malt and coffee with a presence of nuts
Head huge (8 cm), medium brown, frothy,
Lacing OK – atolls and small islands of mi
xed bubble sizes
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with an instant coffee taste and bitterness, the roasted malt does not come through. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium to full, slightly creamy, soft carbonation

Aroma 3.75, Appearance 4.0, Taste 3.25, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.62: Final 3.62
A passable coffee stout, not exceptional.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark brown with a tan head

Smell- Coffee and chocolate. Strong aroma.

Taste-Follow the nose. HEavy coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate. Just enough to overcome the bitterness of the espresso

Mouthfeel- Smooth and heavy.

Overall- Great beer, definitely going to be sampling more from this brewery as I see it. An awesome coffee stout and the best beer I have had from an Asian brewery

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A- Pours black with dark ruby around the edges and two fingers of dark khaki head.

S - I get a lot of espresso beans in the aroma followed by a chocolate sweetness.

T - Espresso is the main flavor here, with a slight bitterness, followed by sweet milk chocolate and a tiny bit of roasted malt. The coffee flavor in this is great, and there is less roastiness than I was expecting for the style.

M - Moderate-to-full body with moderate carbonation. There's nothing special in the mouthfeel, just smooth and creamy. Nice stickiness in the aftertaste.

O - This is my first beer from this brewery and I have to say I'm impressed. They got the espresso flavor just right and it was well balanced.

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Photo of 57md
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of beige head that retained for a good long time. Roasted notes combine with some subtle coffee notes on the nose. The roast in the flavor profile is quite strong but I am not getting any distinct coffee notes. The bitter finish is excellent.

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

a: a mix of dark brown and black with a ruby red note at the bottom of the glass. large 3-4 finger off white & tan head that fades and settles at about 1 finger

s: dark cherries, oak, toasted malt, smooth coffee, raisins, sweet toffee, a hint of burnt coffee beans

t: much more of that coffee/espresso in the flavor than the nose. right away its those espresso beans. that rich and toasted espresso fades to roasted malts, some sweet berries, caramel/toffee, and a nice creaminess. its not overly complicated, but its tasty

m: medium mouthfeel, with a little bit of sugary-syrup lingering feel. tiny bit of carbonation

o: this is my first offering from this brewery, and i'm quite impressed. its nothing mind blowing, but it definitely offerers a nice espresso flavor, and is backed by some other nice flavor you tend to see i a stout of this style. worth a try.

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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 Bouleboubier
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(bottle code ES.13.04 - poured into a balloon)

A: dark, probably opaque black liquid... 2 finger width, dense, meringue-y, mocha-colored foam - doesn't seem to want to settle out

S: bold and beautiful, finely-ground espresso aroma, delicately roasty... light-moderate medicinal alcohol... dark chocolaty malt base

T: smooth, dark roasty malts and bittersweet chocolate... the coffee lingers like a mist in the aftertaste... subtle acidic funkiness starting to creep in, however, it either hasn't quite taken hold, drying it out, or a judicious portion of crystal malt and residual sugars has kept a fortunate modicum of sweetness to keep a sense of balance... ultimately, it has a fine European cocoa foundation with an aura of bitter espresso dusting it

M: expansive, wavy, and medium-full bodied, holds, then finishes with a vanishing drop... delicate, gritty scraping of the tastebuds in the afterglow... hint of alcohol desiccation on the back of the palate

O: quite excellent, even after a year... don't know how sweet it is fresh, but it seems like this has dried out nicely with nary a smudge of oxidation... very well done

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Photo of leolevorin
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

hitachino nest espresso stout
imperial stout
pais japão
álcool 7%
validade 10/2014
cerveja preta com boa formação e persistência de espuma, de corpo médio e predomínio de aromas e sabor de malte tostado, alem de grão de café torrado, pão preto e cacau. Amargor de tosta com boa intensidade e persistência e um leve calor de álcool residual.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small khaki head, which has pretty good retention, and leaves spotty lacing. The Aroma has espresso, cocoa, dark chocolate, and dark roasted malt.

The taste is somewhat charred with dark roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, cocoa, and black licorice. There is not much sweetness, and there is a bit more of a charred taste than I would like, but it is still pretty good.

Light to medium bodied with modest carbonation. There is a charred malt aftertaste. Somewhat creamy. Not a bad beer at all. Worth trying if you get the chance.

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