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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

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Reviews: 396
Hads: 899
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 44
Gots: 86 | FT: 3
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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 IPAcraig
2.13/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I have had some great coffee beers, like Terrapin's Wake and Bake, but recently all the ones I taste have burnt coffee flavors combined with Worcestershire. This is one of those beers.

This beers is very nice looking. Pitch black with a dark brown head that is sizable for a double stout.

Worcestershire and burnt coffee aroma. Not as bad as some of the aforementioned brews. That is to say it is unpleasant, but tolerable.

Worcestershire and burnt coffee again; however it finishes with a sweet nutty roastiness that is pleasant. Still not good though.

Body is smooth, rich, lightly carbonated, and slightly decadent. Nice, but it cant make up for the bad flavor.

Nearly a drain-pour. I do really like the finish in this beer though; sweet and nutty.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of espresso coffee is gorgeous with some notes of roasted malt also noticeable. Taste is a well balance mix between some roasted malt, nice black chocolate notes with some lactose also noticeable. Full creamy body is perfect for the style with no discernable alcohol. I must admit having been surprised by the creamy body and the nice balance between all the element in this beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours with a medium brown head one finger tall. The body is black with no light penetration. The head hangs on for a couple of minutes before settling to a raft of big bubbles in the middle of the glass and leaving a nice ring of lace clinging to the walls of the glass.

S - Strong aroma of chocolate, cherries and espresso. Subtle hops in the background with some minor yeast notes.

T - It begins with the flavor of bitter, dark chocolate, followed by malty sweetness. The espresso flavors come in the middle and are balanced by a moderate, velvety hop flavor. The finish is all malt bitterness, with chocolate and coffee flavors melding to produce a flavor very similar to a chocolate covered coffee bean.

M - Fairly thick body, with moderate carbonation and just enough sweetness in the finish to keep the bitterness from becoming overwhelming.

D - Wow, this may be the best coffee beer I have had. The aroma is simple, but robust and immensely enjoyable. The flavor is nicely balanced and brings out the best in the coffee. I am not much of a coffee drinker, but the beautiful character of the espresso in this beer could really change that. Easily drinkable and one hell of a coffee stout.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely solid black beer. Has a thick foamy brown head and plenty of sticky lace. You cannot miss the espresso coffee in the aroma with a hint of chocolate in the background. If you're jones'in for a coffee then the aroma's got you. A roasted malt/coffee bean bitterness washes over your tongue to start. In the middle there is a small bump of sweet malt. Then on the finish the just chewed espresso bean character leaves a great coffee note at the back of your mouth and down your throat.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle of this at Brickstore Pub in Decatur, Georgia. Pours a black color with no head to speak of. Little lacing. Smells like (what else?) roasted coffee beans. Tastes like (what else?) coffee. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. One beer is very drinkable. I don't think I could have more than one though. Overall, a pleasant surprise out of Japan.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, chocolate cream colored head. The beer is quite black and opaque in color. The aroma has huge, dark roast, espresso aromatics to it. Noticed aromas of burnt berry notes, charcoal, dark chocolate, burnt toast and a middle that is made up of sweet, malty chocolate candy like notes. At times the aroma can be quite rich and satisfying, but at others the roast character is a bit overwhelming and tends to make this seem a bit thin, sharp and burnt.

Very thick bodied and sweet, this is much more of a meal than I was expecting. Through the middle the thick, sweet, malt flavors do a good job of balancing the roast & espresso notes. The burnt malt and espresso malt notes are found in the long finish were they slightly dry out the up front sweetness, but there is also a distinct, lingering note that tastes like burnt blueberries. The sweet notes accent a rich chocolate middle, sweet coffee cream flavors and a blackened toffee flavor. The body of this thing really is quite creamy, rich, thick and viscous; I can't remember a beer of this strength that is as thick as this brew.

An interesting beer, while the flavor was quite sweet, it was much more in balance than the aroma was. The huge, dark malt sweetness was needed to balance out the aggressive roast grain and espresso notes. The aroma is a bit too dominated by the roast aromatics. Actually based on the aroma I was expecting the flavor to be overly burnt and acidic, quite happily this is not. The most interesting thing about this beer is that lingering, fruit flavor in the far finish that is a mix of blueberries and tropical fruit. More than likely this last is from the espresso beans.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of jeonseh
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a bottle of this at FFF brewpub and poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - wow this was one beautiful stout when poured into the glass. It was a deep chocolate brown color with light golden rays of light streaming through it as well. Had a nice very espresso colored head that was very fluffy and creamy looking and reminded of the froth on a latte. The head stuck round for the whole beer and left a ton of lacing down the glass.

S - the first note that you can pick up on even as just pouring the beer is the smell of pure espresso beans. It reminds me of walking into a coffee shop for the first time. Also gets a whiff of a caramely sweetness in there as well and after awhile one could easily convince themselves that they are smelling a Caramel Maccahiato from Starbucks. Just the kind of smell one expects from a coffee beer.

T - the taste was not as coffeeish as I would expect from the smell as there are actually more sweeter notes in the taste than I picked up in the nose. Of course there is a nice roasted espresso taste in there but there was also a bit of chocolate and caramely sweetness in there as well which balances out the coffee flavor and prevents the beer from having a bitter coffee taste. The aftertaste was a bit more of the roasted, dark bitter coffee taste that one expects when sipping espresso and reminded me of the coffee dominance of this brew.

MF - The body was a bit light for the style of beer in my opinion as I wish it had just a bit more thickness to it. The after feeling I felt was a bit grainy in the mouth which made me wonder if little bits of the coffee did not get filtered out. In that aspect the beer had the MF of a coffee brewed by the press method. Interesting feeling esp. the graininess.

D - have to say I was super surprised by this beer. When I sat the little owl on the bottle I did not expect such a flavor explosion as I got in this one. This beer is a coffee lover's dream and really it was super drinkable as I felt I could have this beer to wake up with and drink with breakfast, as a nice accompaniment to an Italian meal or chocolate cake or even by itself as a wonderful after dinner drink. Good job to this brewery and hope that they have some other wonderful surprises waiting around the corner for me.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this brew! It pours as black as motor oil with a nice two finger dark reddish brown head with plenty of lacing.

The smell is like the name Espresso with a strong coffee scent. The mouth feel is what a stout should be, nice and thick with a strong finish. I'll look forward to drinking more of these.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Tulip glass.

Pours a dark black with a finger width of creamy tan head that shrinks down into a thin soft retention that left some nice spotty lacing. The aroma is Wow! Just a fantastic bouquet of straight-up eye opening espresso and burnt coffee notes.

The taste is must more of the same. Biting espresso and roasty coffee bitterness that is nicely balanced by a backing chocolate sweetness. Burnt bitterness lasts through the finish and lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy feel.

Wow, this one caught me off guard. Just a really fantastic Coffee Stout with an almost perfect blend of coffee bitterness and sweetness, a full creamy body and excellent drinkibility. More please!

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very coffeeish and coffee ground stout.Very well roasted coffee grinds and some cocoa chocolate, with above average even thick mouthfeel. Decent stout, and not reminding me of the typical American made one, which is a good change of pace. Not much of a head. Understated carbonation.

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Photo of melmoth100
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Very dark brown color almost purplish at times. 2 fingers of head, also quite brown. Reasonable legs. Also, love the beer's charming mascot.

S - Espresso, of course! Very rich, roasted coffee bean smell, felt like I was walking into a Starbucks. Undertones of sweet malt.

T - Almost like eating a very dark bar of fine chocolate. Very complex. Loved it. Aftertaste was very bitter, though not unpleasant.

M - Maybe a little on the light side for a stout.

D - Rich smell and taste make this beer one to savor. ABV a little on the high side for a stout, so don't know if I would want to drink two.

Overall this beer was a real treat! Highly recommended, especially for chocolate and coffee lovers.

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

L:Dark brown head that stays for a bit. The color itself of the beer is a dark black.
S:A very strong dark chocolate. The coffee parts come in to play after awhile with a roasted coffee bean
T:The taste that pops out first for me is dry roasted coffee beans. The chocolate is a sweet maltiness.
M:Even though the beer is cold I think it gives you a nice warm fizziness. Very small finite bubbles do that.
D:Good. I think this is a neat take of stouts done by a Japanese brewer. Very smooth.

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Photo of morimech
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark black with a two-fingered tan head. Excellant head retention and moderate amounts of sticky lacing left behind. Gorgeous looking beer.

The smell threw me off a bit. It has a sweet oat and malt smell and not a coffee aroma. Very powerful smell.

The coffee comes through in the taste however. The coffee and sweet, dark malt offer a very dynamic taste. Heavy bitter coffee aftertaste. A bit much for me. The body is thinner than what I expected and may be a bit overcarbonated. One bottle is enough. Overall a good beer but one I probably won't be seeking out in the future. Just not my taste.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a slight ruby hint around the edges. Thin lacing and nice legs.
Smells mostly of coffee, I don't think it's strong enough to be classed as espresso. Some mild sweetness as well.
Taste is coffee up front, sweet and fruity. Maybe some plums in the finish. As it warms it gets mellower, not really an improvement.
Mouthfeel is kind of thin, mildly carbonated.
Easy to drink and pretty well done.

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Photo of alexwag
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good looking beer. Dark as a dark night on a moonless night. Enormous head, rich and coffee-tinted, that has tremendously all-encompassing lacing and lasts forever -- never seen anything like it. Smells deep, rich and vibrant. Tastes creamy, smooth and dark and malty, roasted and sweet. This is a good tasting beer. Thickens up as it warms and becomes perhaps a little too much, but can't hold it against it as a real malt bomb. Better somewhat chilled. A great brew, though could do with some hops to balance the sweetness.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at just under cellar temperature in a tasting tulip.

Appearance- Wow... awesome. This could very easily be mistaken for Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, with its enormous brown head that would billow over the glass if not careful. That's where the comparison ends, however... even after 10 minutes, this beer still has a three finger head with monster lacing draped across the inside of the glass. Outstanding, completely and ridiculously perfect.

Smell- Insane! Charred espresso beans, the bottom of a large coffeepot after a family gathering... wicked.

Taste- Does anyone remember Manhattan Special espresso soda? You can still find it here in North Jersey at some of the old school Italian delis... it's like that. The bitterness is over the top (whick works well here)... this is kinda cool because I'm having my very first Japanese coffee right here in my beer!

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Appropriate and enjoyable for the style, without being truly noteworthy. Texture is on the thin side for an Imperial Stout, but it really boosts the drinkability. This would be a terrific choice of dessert beer, paired with something that the bitterness would cut right through. A nice surprise that will definitely find its way back into my belly with cake or ice cream next time.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter, The liquid is black with ok carbonation. The head is only a small mocha pad and leave no lace.

The smell is coffee with out a pronounced roastyness.

The taste is great lots of coffee and medium roasted malt, with a great hopyness in the finish. Great balance and a nice refined taste with no staleness or bad after taste.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a Impy stout but this is not a real big beer, The carbonation feels good.

The drinkability is very good nothing wrong with this beer and most worth a try if the coffee is your thing. It's mine!

Prosit MK

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Photo of dsa7783
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a short, fat, 12oz bottle with a red owl on the logo, pours an opaque, dark-black color with a minimal tan head... copped this brew singly from Gary's in Madison for about $3.50... definitely worth it... love sampling Hitachino beers partly due to the exotic foreign facotr, but also because they produce some quality brews, and this happens to be one of the best... strong espresso aroma present, and the taste is comparable to a strong latte with an espresso, dark-coffee finish with burnt chocolate and cocoa aftertones... nicely complex without being overbearing... no bitterness here... and despite a 7.5% alcohol percentage, wouldn't notice it behind the distinct sweetness... an awesome stout and definitely recommended...

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Photo of EPICAC
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this at Downtown Wine & Spirits a week or two ago. I had it tonight while packing for my flight tomorrow. I let this warm to 50º or so and served it in one of my NERAX ping glasses.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black except for the hints of brown at the edges when held to the light. It's topped by a thick brown head that fades to a thin later leaving patches of lace.

Smell: The coffee smell is evident when the bottle is opened, before the beer hits the glass. In the glass coffee aromas dominate. There's also a nice chocolate aroma and some dark fruit that comes out on swirling.

Taste: Sweet maltiness upfront. Moves into a nice dark chocolate sweetness, which gives way to a nice coffee bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, low carbonation. There's an odd chalkiness.

Drinkability: Very tasty, coffee provides a nice balance.

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Photo of kkipple
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed this out of the fridge when a coffee-loving friend who isn't crazy about beer came over. Glad to say it was well received.

Hitachino Nest Espresso is black, with a foamy head, some lacing, good retention.

Smell: Fresh cold coffee. Nice roast, too. Bit of cocoa. That's about it. As advertised. Simple.

Taste: Super coffee! The intense roasted bean smell reminds me of entering a coffee shop. I've heard a rumor they add Italian espresso beans to the boil when making this; it certainly seems plausible. This is the most intense coffee beer I've ever experienced. The stong bitter espresso flavor is there from beginning to end, and leaves the mouth feeling like you just sipped a cup of cold joe. Hints of earth and tobacco hide from my tongue. Bittersweet, but the bitterness comes from the coffee since as far as I can tell the hops are nonexistent. Fascinating, but not very beer like.

Mouthfeel is watery and wet, medium carbonation. Coffee flavor lingers long. Would prefer a thicker body, personally.

I'm torn on this one, I really am. If you like coffee you'll enjoy this (and I did) but it seems as if the brewers went overboard with the coffee character. I'm not sure how much caffeine is in here but I have suspicions it could double as a wake-me-up in the AM. Can't drink much of it.

Recommended for the coffee lover or for people who dig peculiar beers.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very thick and fully opaque deep dark brown, which was essentially black with a large three finger high head of tan colored lace across the top. Very slow retention as the head on this one literally hung around for the entire session giving it a very full dessert like appearance. Really a wonderful treat.

S – The aroma was full of coffee and chocolate. Lots of sweet roasted coffee and milk chocolate that you really had a tough time getting past. Very warm and inviting aroma, this one really had a load of sugar in it. Nice burnt caramel and perhaps even a touch of Vanilla towards the end. Very nice indeed.

T – The flavor was wonderful. A very nice full coffee stout, something I always love. The first taste you get is that of deep espresso with a hint of vanilla and sugar. This rolls very nicely and actually has quite a long lingering profile to it. After a few minutes you can start to pick up a bit more of the sugar notes inside and some of the chocolate notes that were lying way underneath. A slightly hopped finish dried out and made the ending very nice and full.

M – A very full bodied stout. This was a creamy dessert beer to the fullest of the word. A very nice shake like feel to it, with the ample carbonation actually serving to bring out even more of the flavor. Long lasting finish kept you coming back for more.

D – This was the perfect cold night in front of the fire type sipper. Really a great choice to hang out with while you watch TV. I really enjoyed the fullness of it and the rich coffee textures just added to an already superb experience.

Overall this was definitely a winner. It was my first one from the brewery but I can promise it will not be the last. A really excellent choice this was a full on dessert in of itself. Not only would I not turn this down, I will be actively seeking it out any time I see it. Go get this if you love nice full flavored stouts, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was hoping Hitachio Nest was gonna have a new Celebration ale for the year but no luck there but this newer offering was a nice find.Poured into a pint glass a jet black with a thin but tight formed dark mocha colored head,big dark roast coffee in the nose infused with orange-like fruitiness and bitter chocolate.Roasted to the hilt flavors only light caramel sweetness,very earthy with deep penetrating espresso/dark roast coffee flavors.This big stout gets to the point with its heavily roasted dryer character and the alcohol is pretty well hidden although its deep roastiness may get a bit much after awhile,still very solid.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great little extra received from Jay23, thanks!

A very attractive beer, dark brown and almost no light passes through it; at least two inches of mocha colored foam. Good retention.

A strong aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate chip cookies, strong cocoa, and malted milk. A pretty intense aroma as soon as I pour the beer, then the aroma is dominated by espresso and coffee beans. I’m a sucker for coffee! There’s also a dry graham cracker or corn flakes aroma as it warms up, and some hints of oats as well. Mmm, molasses and maple syrup as I’m getting down to the last couple of sips. Very sweet smelling and lots of malt aroma.

The taste is a bit thin, compared to the aroma but still very good. Coffee and chocolate malts followed by some roasted barley, toast, bitter chocolate, and malted milk-ball candy.

As I stated in the taste, the mouthfeel is also thin and a bit watery. The beer is decently carbonated with a dry and slightly bitter and roasted finish.

Hmm, both the taste and mouthfeel seem to get slightly better as the beer comes to room temperature, as it should, so I must bump up half a point for that.

I enjoyed this one very much, wish I had this one easily available.

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

The beer decamps the stubby 330ml bottle a soot black with some light ruby highlights, the head pompous, the color chocolate and the texture creamy, upon its depletion the lace forms a nice concealing sheet. Nose has a rich nut like aroma, chocolate, coffee, caramel and a pinch of hops. Start is nicely malted; sweet with a burnt grain and hop spicy bite at the back, top is full in feel. Finish has a standard acidity, the burnt grain and hops provide a lingering bittersweet bite, aftertaste dry and long lasting, a fine stout.

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Photo of brantadid
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured absolutely black into a tulip. Completely opaque. A little cascading. Formed a thick 2 finger head. Excellent lacing.

Lots of coffee in the nose. That is all I get. As the beer warmed, the coffee smell becomes more prevalent. It smells like a lighter roast of coffee.

Wow. A lot more carbonation than I expected. Very fizzy. Lots of heavily roasted coffee from start to finish. Also some hints of chocolate and dark berries. Very long bitter finish. Totally reminds me of espresso. I wanted to add some sugar to this beer.

Although I think this is a good beer, it isn't very drinkable. It was just a little too bitter for me. But, for what it is, it is great.

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