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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

798 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 31
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
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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3/5  rDev -23.7%

jfcaa193, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of rangerred
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle stamped E.8.12 which I'm guessing either means it was brewed in December, 2008 or it is best by August, 2012. I'm hoping for the latter.

Appearance is pitch black like used motor oil with a tiny dark tan head that quickly fades to a ring around the glass.

Smells quite strongly of espresso and roasted malt with a touch of caramel.

Taste is sweet caramel, coffee, an roasted malt. Much like a caramel mocha. Lots of bitterness from the malt and coffee. There is an earthy quality to this, kind of woody, that is chicory-like in nature. Mouthfeel is silky and smoothe but quite full-bodied.

Overall this is an excellent beer. The coffee is nicely balanced and I really like the earthy quality. One that I would like to have again.

rangerred, Feb 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

shagal, Jan 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Stouttyme
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Stouttyme, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of output01x
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger mocha-colored head that fades to a thick, even coating and thick foam ring after a few minutes. The body is a near black mahogany that shows no traces of color when held to light. Some great lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

The nose is definitely more like a cup of joe than like a glass of beer. It is filled with coffee aromas, including coffee beans (not roasted), coffee grounds, and espresso.

The first sip reminds me of a cappuccino latte while held in the mouth. Notes of dark, sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel, espresso, and roasted coffee beans are all there. Upon swallowing, flavors of coffee, espresso, and hot chocolate all come out. The finish is rather dry and does not leave much of an aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer starts off very creamy on the tongue but has a sharp, dry finish. The body is nice and thick. It coats your mouth well, is a bit sticky, but isn't quite to the point of being syrupy. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy but does not detract from the flavors and really helps this beer's dry finish.

output01x, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of champ103
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pretty much an opaque black color. A massive, rocky tan head rises to over two fingers with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace is left behind. This is a looker.
S: Roasted malts and lots of fresh ground coffee. Cream, chocolate, nutmeg. Toasted, bready aromas. This is excellent.
T: Big on the roast and coffee again. The coffee is very nice, but not over barring which seems to be a problem with a lot of other version. Vanilla and chocolate. Very nice.
M/D: A medium to full body. Prickly carbonation, but smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. Everything is well incorporated, and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen. An excellent stout to sip on.

This is a really nice coffee stout. The alcohol is certainly pushing the imperial range, but it is not over barring at all. Really enjoyable and well made.

champ103, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

electtodefer, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

whartontallboy, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of ckollias
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black hue with amber highlights. Has a thick, tan, 3-finger head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail down glass and ending in a persistent lace.

S: Strong coffee and malt aroma with an alcoholic background.

T: Dark rich ale that is a little more sweet than bitter. Has a solid coffee and malt background hints of hops.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Delicious coffee stout. Huge coffee flavors and very boozy!

ckollias, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Cariadmum, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Pieless, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

thisiskatcooper, Dec 17, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: opaque, jet black, as it should be. The nice part is the reddish hue of the head, which yields a decent cap and leaves a sticky lace as it settles.

S: coffee aromas are subdued, too much so given what this is supposed to be. That said, smell of chocolate, candied sugar, and hints of vine fruit and booze, makes for a nice combo. Appetizing, but not what I was hoping for.

T: no mistaking the coffee here, though. Strong, earthy espresso flavor with chicory, smoke, and chocolatey sweetness. Nice.

M: solid. Bubbly enough to refresh, and quite creamy.

O: there's a spot in town that makes a New Orleans-style coffee, and the chicory notes I get here make this the beer version of that for me. Nothing's blowing my mind; just a strong interpretation of the style, which is what I expect from Kiuchi.

rwathree, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

tbeq00, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

headyhopzhead, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of hiku7
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark reddish brown to black, but looks opaque black once it's in the glass. One-finger light brown head with moderate lacing.

This beer does smell like espresso as you would expect. Heavy roastiness with a coffee grounds aroma. Also some well-toasted bread aroma. None of the anise or licorice aroma you so often get in a big stout.

Taste and feels a bit like a cappucino. Very roasty! Very little hop bitterness. The sweetness and alcohol are balanced primarily by the espresso roast flavors. Milk chocolate flavor too. Earthiness could be hops, but it could be the coffee too. One interesting flavor is a grainy wheat or rice like flavor mixed in that I didn't expect. Not sure what to make of it. For me this flavor detracted a bit from the experience at first, but as I got to the end of the beer I started to see it as a flavor that distinguished this stout from others and I enjoyed it.

Creamy mouthfeel, like a cappucino. Pleasant roast aftertaste. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Interesting coffee stout that substitutes for actual coffee nicely for someone like me who no longer drinks coffee but loves coffee aroma and beer.

hiku7, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

mondestrunken, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Exiled, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 798 ratings.