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

815 Ratings
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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 32
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
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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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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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: 4.28, 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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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.

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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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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

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.