Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout

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very good

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Ratings: 884
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 36
Gots: 83 | FT: 2
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Japan

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 Bitterbill
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of gcamparone
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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 .

Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%

$ 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.

Photo of Brew_42
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of 57md
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of hopsputin
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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

Photo of leolevorin
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of hardy008
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of NSD-NerdGirl
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

I love esoresso stouts and this just did not do it for me.

Taste: Comes on nice and smooth with a good espresso taste then turns very bitter for the after taste Its got a very strange middle that is quite unpleasant to me.

Smell: It smells quite nice very strongly of dark coffee and lightly of stout under that.

Photo of TBoneJones
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From earlier tasting notes:
Pours a near black with a dark tan lacing, barely a lingering head.
Fresh milky coffee smell, chocolate, dates. Nice.
This tastes nice, and most of the flavor seems, to me, to come from the dark fruit/ nutty characteristics and not from the espresso. The bitterness from the roast is also there, but the espresso doesn't seem to dominate or even take center stage. This is not to say this isn't a good stout, it's just a different balance of ingredients from what you'd normally expect from an espresso/ coffee-based brew. The more it warms, the less I favor the flavor; dark fruit/nut characteristics take on more of a vegetable-like aspect. It ends pretty dry. Mouth feel is fairly thick, more oily than sticky. Good carbonation.

Photo of potion
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a - beer is black. thick bubbly, caramel head. some thick lacing

s - sweet, roasty malts. slightly metallic. coffee barely detectable

t - sweet, coffee beans, oats, chocolate, booziness

m - well carbonated, watery, bitter

o - good stout. I expected it to fall short in taste/mouthfeel but no complaints. the coffee was very welcome here.

Photo of SteveTheDog
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me just say that I think the serving size of this beer is perfect and of course love the look of the bottle. That said, I love a good stout where when you stare into it, it reminds me of looking straight down in the ocean after a drop off - can't see crap, very curious, a little scared. The smell, even in a snifter, was actually kinda understated, which is ok because the taste more than made up for it. It was like drinking some of those really dark chocolate covered espresso beans. As an aside, I wonder if this would be a good beer to drink with a cold because the smell is negligible, at least to me. And alcohol kills bacteria I believe. It finished nice and smooth. I love this beer - I'll have it again and again.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark dark brown color with a nice 1 inch med brown colored head. Smells like expresso with smokiness and some bitterness. Very strong coffee taste with a nice medium body too it. Alkaline feel. You can see a lot of chunks of coffee bits and grinds. Can't taste any alcohol at all for a 7% abv. If you are a serious coffee drinker this one is about as good as it gets. They hit the nail on this one.

Photo of Auraan
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a rich black with a one finger tan head that receded to a tan ring that left a bit of lacing down the glass. Very typical imperial stout appearance, nothing wrong with it at all. Scents of soy sauce, dark chocolate, slight coffee and roast malt. Not a lot of coffee for an espresso stout, though it may be because this is an older bottle. Otherwise its a good enough stout aroma. Flavor begins with chocolate and some slight soy sauce off notes, moving into darker chocolate and some coffee, some slight sour notes, with coffee and roasted malt bitterness coming through on the finish and lingering in the aftertaste, which also has burnt herbal notes. A good, solid stout flavor with just a hint of coffee. Not quite as good a flavor as some coffee stouts, but good for a basic imperial stout, with just enough coffee to give it some character. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation and thick, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice and robust, especially given the relatively low ABV. Overall this is a good imperial stout. Its got the usual aromas, flavors and mouthfeel and nothing too off, other than the soy sauce, which again may be due to the bottle's age. Its not as innovative as Hitachino's other stuff, but it is solid.

Photo of FLima
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful appearance, deepest black color with a thick tall caramel head with long retention and leaving a curtain of laces. Hard to beat.
Aroma of fresh roasted coffee beans with notes of hay and completely unsweetened dark chocolate.
Intense flavor of creamed espresso coffee, roasted malts, grassy and earthy hops, cocoa powder, caramels and pepper. Quite nutty as well and it finishes dry with a residual charred coffee taste.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is not felt.
Very balanced Imperial Stout, coffee is very present but does not shadow other flavors. I was positively surprised, really good stuff.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of pimpinmidget
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a nice finger of tan head that sticks

S: Coffee, chocolate, slight roast malt

T: Chocolate upfront with the coffee/espresso coming in right behind it and staying throughout. Nice balance.

M: Medium bodied, nice and smooth. Has a creaminess texture to it. Decent carbonation and almost no alcohol taste at all.

O: Really enjoyed this one. While nothing about it blew my socks off; it was just nice all around. Well done. Will be drinking this one again.

Photo of Swongler
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I feel like I was more impressed by this stout than most people. Very damn good.

A - Dark brown coffee color with a very porous and impressive white-brown head.

S - Typical stout smell layered with a little cacao, coffee, and vanilla. Does not smell very alcoholic. Smells more like a post-dinner beverage than a beer.

T - My favorite part of this beer. Definitely the most important part. While called espresso stout, the espresso does not overpower the rest of the beer. Actually quite mild. Has a little flavor of unsweetened/baking chocolate as well as a little bit of a chili pepper taste. Nicely balanced and the alcohol is hidden. Coffee, not espresso, on the back end.

M - Not too heavy for a beer as dark as this. Bites your tongue just a little. Feels okay.

O - I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Thought I was getting solid stout, and I got something more. I went back the same day and bought the last remaining bottle. I suspect I will be drinking this again in the near future.

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.