Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery
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4.25/5 rDev +8.4%
12oz bottle 'born on' date is 10.11
Pours a black-looking dark brown with a 1-finger head that dissipates quickly. Smell is dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and and odd date-like sweetness. Mild, but pleasant. Taste is bitter and crisp at first, and ends with an oddly sweet dark coffee/espresso flavor. In between is deep, malty chocolate and toffee. Mouthfeel is decently creamy and no alcohol shows up. The bitter feeling is just right as well.
At $5 a bottle I can't afford to pick this up all the time, but I would if I could.
EDIT: had a two-year-old bottle recently and it was still excellent
05-23-2012 20:19:06 | More by jimmah120
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
05-20-2012 15:58:33 | More by dbrauneis
3.28/5 rDev -16.3%
Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.
A - Poured black with lot's of carbonation along the sides. Two fingers of khaki head on top. No lace and a film of retention.
S - Tons of coffee. Heavy on the coffee. Not much but burnt coffee.
T - Less coffee. Chocolate, roastiness. Less coffee than the aroma but still lot's there.
M - Good carbonation, full body, bitter coffee finish.
O/D - Couldn't have another. One dimensional for sure. A good effort for the coffee fiend. Too much for me, though I didn't particularly hate it.
05-01-2012 00:27:01 | More by tbeckett
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: The beer poured a minimal mocha head. It is a pitch black color with some signs of carbonation at the top of the glass. There
is nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: super roasted coffee, mocha, and toasted and roasted malts too.
Taste: the espresso up front is not that bad at all. There are mocha and bready notes too. Bitterness from the coffee lingers for a bit also.
Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink.
Overall: A nice mix on the stout style. Espresso beans added or the coffee itself was pulled off well. This was a hard find down in Brooklyn, but well worth it. Not sure about the bottle cost, but a good introduction into the breweries beers.
04-20-2012 04:20:40 | More by Flounder57
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
A - Pours dark brown with a 2 finger tan mocha head.
S - Picking up a lot of roasted malts and coffee.
T - Not as much coffee as I was expecting compared to others in its class. But, you do get some coffee and roasted malts. There's a slight sweetness to it also.
M - Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pretty velvety.
O - Not an "in your face" coffee stout. It's a bit muted where it should be bold.
04-19-2012 23:35:25 | More by cvm4
3.53/5 rDev -9.9%
Opaque in body with coffee head that fades. Smells of burnt coffee beans and sharp roast. Tastes of black coffee, roast, burnt bread, some tang, mild hop bitterness. Thick in body with low carbonation. A strong espresso roast fest but not a bad time. A bit heavy, a bit too coffee astringency but worth having.
04-17-2012 03:11:06 | More by JRed
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
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