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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

747 Ratings
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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 31
Gots: 46 | 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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Photo of KTCamm
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours dark black with tan foam. Good stickiness.

Deep coffee smell, quite roasted. Creamy taste, full on dark chocolate & coffee blend. Lite bittering.

Very smooth and light carbonation. Bitter-er as the beer warms.

Quite good. Balanced nicely.

KTCamm, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So many things are great about this beer I hate to review it at this rating but the taste wasn't pleasing and that is the dominating factor.

The appearance was awesomely dark black with a nice tan head that had great lacing and retention. The smell was a nice balance of roasted malt, espresso, cocoa and even a hint of vanilla. A bit of earthy hops in the back.

The taste was a bit too bitter. Old coffee, bakers chocolate, and earthy hops. Not enough sweet middle to balance anything.

It was a bit thin for a stout as well as overly carbonated. I've had much better coffee stouts.

JayS2629, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha head, solid retention and lacing.

S - Slightly bitter, but the milk chocolate notes come through nicely alongside a touch of espresso.

T - Surprisingly sweet with the dark cocoa malts dominating. The espresso comes through on the finish and lingers alongside the dry cocoa.

M - Medium bodied and goes down smooth but finishes a tad sticky.

O - A tasty espresso stout and certainly worth picking up. It's airs more on the side of sweet than bitter, making it easily drinkable.

andrenaline, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Diesel76
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick dark pout. Thick head which slowly disapates. I smell and taste hints of chocolate, but no espresso. Go figure, but still a great stout... thick and flavorful. Still has great taste and aroma for not having any hint of the Espresso name... Honestly surprised this was a Japaneese beer. Hai!

Diesel76, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter.

Out of the bottle pours a classic walnut dark brown. Body color is a classic dark walnut brown, almost getting into black. Head forms very creamy like in a nice light brown, slowly receeds but also gives some good solid lacing of the same color. Looks great and impressive.

Solid bouquet, off milk chocolate, roast, roasted coffee bean. A hot simple milky sense of fresh brew, very nice, very well done. Looking for win here and it seems to come in spades.

Taste is a little light bodied and small. It's good, but it seems like a let down compared to what is on the nose. Light bodied roasted coffee, with a little watery bent and some fizz. No hint of high or harsh alcohol. Other nose notes of chocolate and milk and maltyness don't become as obvious.

While not a killer classic example of this impressive style, it is still a solid good tasting beer for what it is. I would have this again over many in this style, but there are certainly others that do better too. Espresso perhaps not, but good coffee stout to say the least.

smakawhat, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass. 12oz bottle.

Pours a very dark coffee brown with a solid two finger block of medium khaki foam, nice fluff and tiny bubbles. Retention and lacing are good. Smell is a big but balanced chocolate, espresso bean, and roasted malt. Some smoke and sweetness in the background. Taste is surprisingly restrained with a nice, bright acidity: mostly medium-dark roast coffee and roasted malt. Creamy body and finishes dry; carbonation is good. Overall, this was a surprisingly good stout, smells really good and tastes good too, although with less chocolate than I was hoping for. In any case, I'd be happy to drink this again. Seems like it would pair nicely with dessert.

pmarlowe, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of kjyost
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A small pour due to circumstances beyond my control... Beer served a touch too cold (~4C).

Rich and deep brown body with a tan head that last well. Coffee and roasted malt notes on the nose. Body is dominated by a strong coffee flavour with a stronger than expected residual sweetness. Little apparent bitterness. I wish the serving had been larger, and I will seek this beer out again.

kjyost, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Black color, no highlights. Nose is coffee and flavor is black coffee and some sweetness from the malt. Pricey at $5.65 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was really excited to see this one on the shelf at my local shop. They always have a good amount of Hitachino on the shelves and every time something new shows up I get it because I find them to always be pretty good.

So anyway the Stout pours out in typical fashion, it's got a solid black body with a strong looking brown head on it. Some pretty nice lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is roasted and has plenty of coffee on the nose. I'm even picking up some of the lactose sourness on the nose too. The taste has got to be the best part of this brew. I find that the coffee tastes great in this beer, the bitterness blends really well with the creaminess of it all too. The mouthfeel has a really good thickness to it, giving me the feeling that they really did want to make it feel like an Imperial Stout. Good carbonation also. Overall Very good beer, probably my favorite from this brewery so far!

Knapp85, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, totally opaque with two fingers of fluffy tan head. Strong retention and lace.

S: Delightful! Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and some vinous aromas.

T: Chocolate up front and all the way through. Faint sweetness underneath balances the roasted flavors. Coffee appears mostly on the finish, with a nice, bitter bite. Suave and delicious. Each sip has a little bit different balance of the flavors, which keeps the beer interesting through the whole glass. Alcohol completely hidden.

M: Fairly light mouthfeel for the style helped by generous carbonation. Very smooth and luscious.

O: Wow, this is good. Loved it, highly recommend it. Just plain yummy. Had no idea there was such delicious beer in Japan, but now I know.

AmericanGothic, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Jazzcrop
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes of milk chocolate, espresso beans, freshly made coffee, roast, tree bark, brown sugar, hops, cardboard, acetone, molasses and floss. Smells like a good stout mixed with some fruit and coffee, limes, cheese, coconuts and can sugar, hops and awesomeness.

Jazzcrop, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Naugros
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the oddest espresso stouts I've ever had. In it's appearance it emulates a Belgian-style stout with a massive rocky head. Most American-style stouts or stouts from the British Isles display a more consistent head. This one is deep and bulbous and like some of the Belgian-style stouts I've enjoyed.

The smell and taste is something else entirely. You get some vanilla on the nose with the obvious coffee, but on the tongue this stout acts as a milk stout. Rich in lactic acid, you get more cream than coffee in this.

It's a Jekyll and Hyde beer and they really need to figure out what this one really is. Despite that, I do like this one. It has a grittiness and a chocolate characteristic that's stronger and better than many stouts lauded as "chocolate stouts"...yeah Rogue, I'm calling you out. I just think the Japanese misnamed this. It should have been named "Cafe au Lait Chocolate Stout".

Naugros, May 25, 2011
Photo of LazyL
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured at room temperature, its a dark brown almost black with an ever expanding camel coloured foamy head. Low marks here because of some floaties that eventually settled out.
The nose is espresso first, then molasses, dark chocolate and a slight sourness.
The taste is of a nice chared smokiness, then espresso and a subtle fruity yeast. There is a bitterness on the finish that battles nicely against the the srown sugar sweetness.
Its very creamy and the bitterness presence adds a nice layer of richness.
The alcohal is hidden well and there are good flavours here. I very well could be sipping on a cold espresso, but in fact its a 7.5% luxurious coffee bomb.

LazyL, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of aepb1
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark brown body with a tan head

S- Coffee and dark chocolate malts mostly

T- Coffee and sweet malts with a minimal bitter coffee finish

M- Full-bodied, moderate amount of carbonation

O- Solid, above average stout. Nothing offensive in there but nothing outstanding either.

aepb1, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of ritzkiss
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml from Premier in Buffalo. Pours a nice dark brown with a dark mocha head, dies to some swirls and almost looks like a good espresso.

Nice coffee presence in the nose, some fudge and roasted malts as well. Pleasant beer, sort of dry coffee notes mixed with sweet chocolate and fudge, hints of dark fruits, roast, a bit of alcohol. Sweet in the body with a dryer finish. Slick body but I feel it's a little over carbonated. Good but not great.

ritzkiss, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of The3rdbeer
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Bruery Tulip at fridge temperature

A- Poured rather viciously got about 2 1/2 fingers of head at first which is now after a minute settling to aobut a 1/2 a finger now, the head is a lighter dark beige, Opaque.

S- The smell was like a nutty milk chocolate, I don't really get much of anything else in the nose, maybe some lightly burnt toffee notes but not powerful enough to be considered much.

T- It starts off quick with that burnt toffee flavor, the coffee does not stand out much at all, the coffee could be mistaken for the bright bitterness that is apparent after the malt flavors subside, its a surprise for me but its something I could care not to endure, their should of been more coffee if they wanted to call this an "espresso stout" haha espresso would have been better!

M- Light and unsatisfying for this style, ( I want a Mikkeller mouth feel, I want something for my tongue to do when im drinking something, especially as boring as this.

O- Its something I've glad I have tried, so far this is my second Hitachino beer and the previous was better, but neither were that great. I have yet to try their most popular style, but trying a second dud is not helping my motivation.

The3rdbeer, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Seru1
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark Black with a thin dark brown head.

Smell- Strong coffee ground nose with a peppery almost anise aroma.

Taste- Big up front bitter coffee flavor with a hint of creaminess on the back end. The coffee flavor lingers on after.

Mouthfeel- Very filling with a long finish.

Overall- Quite the interesting beer you don't often come upon a japanese stout. The labeling is attractive and the beer is quite good. If you like coffee stouts this is a worth Very Roasty Offering.

Seru1, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of woemad
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle purchased at Bottles in Millwood, Washington for $5.79. I suppose this is my meager attempt to support Japan during their crises. On the rear label there's a freshness date stating "ES. 10.09."

Pours a viscous looking dark brown color that allows no light to penetrate it. There's about 1 ½ inches of bubbly tan foam that recedes slowly, leaving streaks of lace.

Roasty, coffee scent at first. As it warms up, there's some brown sugar and mollasses aromas as well.

The taste starts out sweet, but is quickly dominated by coffee flavor. There's an acidic undercurrent to the flavor, and theres a moderate bitterness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, a little light bodied for a stout, really. The mouthfeel is slick and sticky.

I'd call this a pretty good beer, not a great one. Certainly it's the best Japanese beer I've had so far, though that's almost a case of damning with faint praise. If this were cheaper, I might buy it again, but I probably won't for what I paid for it.

woemad, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of brystmar
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pitch black -- completely opaque -- with a mountain of brown head atop the brew. Sticky lace.

S: strong bitter coffee, dark roasted malts. Big and bold!

T: milky chocolate presence starts things off alongside bitter coffee and bittersweet powdered cocoa. Turns roasty on a dime, but remains surprisingly thin for an espresso stout.

M: thinner than expected; slick and oily. Feels good in the mouth, but I really prefer thick and creamy here.

O: (what happened to drinkability?) a solid offering overall, especially for a Japanese brew! This might be the first Japanese beer I actually enjoyed.

brystmar, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and opaque--I can barely get this to show any colour even at the edges. Even when held to light I get a murky blackened red-brown colour. Head is fine, but relatively small. Lacing forms in rings as it is drunk. Good looking beer.

Nose is sharp with coffee characters, but pleasantly so; blended nicely with big roasted malt and astringent piquancy, almost like seaweed. Dark chocolate from the blackest depths makes an appearance, but adds no sweetness. This is a big, dark, roasted-- slightly woody and organic--but unapologetic beer.

Taste is also very good, and very lengthened along the palate. Initially, light chocolate sweetness hits dominate, but these are almost instantaneously removed by the welling of dark bittersweet espresso characters, big grainy richness and a bitter astringency on the finish. It's an extremely long palate, and indeed, one that doesn't even begin to develop until the beer has been swallowed. Throughout it all, there's this oddly organic character that lifts the beer from being effectively muted by a low-pass filter. (If you know what I mean).

Feel is light, but smooth. I would perhaps expect more heft behind such a beer, but as it stands, the lightness in the feel mimics the hidden lightness on the palate.

A very decent brew and a very interesting take on a stout, and even an interesting take on a coffee stout.

lacqueredmouse, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of boudreaux
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: black like coffee, with a thin brown head that leaves little/no retention; very stout looking stout (ha)

S: bitter coffee beans, dark cocoa powder, and chalk; i love the bold smell of strong coffee, so this is right up my alley; also, sweet roasted malt aroma

T: molasses and roasted coffee; hints of roasted malt; chalky and bitter up front, with a semisweet finish; a touch of alcohol also present

M: bold and thick, but not syrupy; just the right amount of carbonation to fizz on the lips and tongue; leaves an astringent, oily coffee feel

O: I've had better offerings of this style, but it's really good; surprisingly good for a Japanese beer!

boudreaux, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby bottle into a large open snifter. Dark brown in color with an off white creamy foam. Aroma is sublime, milk chocolate and malt. Seriously milk chocolatey. In the flavor, some roasted malt, hint of chocolate, touch of vanilla and an even bitterness. Alcohol is certainly well masked. A flavorful brew and was very impressive, worth revisiting.

Stinkypuss, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulilp. Beer pours a dark brown with a finger of dark tan head. Leaves behind a nice ring of spotty lacing. THe head fades quickly.

Standard smell here. Not the most complex beer I've stuck my nose into but it's nice. Roasty malts with noticable espresso aromas with a hint of cocoa to round it out. Simple. Not a lot going on in the pallet either. Mostly an espresso bomb. Bitter espresso from start to finish and it's tough to notice anything else.

Feels alright, decent sizes body with ample carbonation but it's a bit more drying than I would prefer to see. Overall this one left me wanting a bit more. It's an enjoyable beer but I think there are better on the market. Especially for almost five bucks a bottle.

Bendurgin, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Jet black with some dark brown head that sticks around for a while. Nose gives off a bit of espresso, some big chocolate notes, and some malty sweetness--something about it is just a tad stale (maybe?). Flavor is really nice. I love espresso stouts, and this nails it with a nice chocolatey, roasty stout with a supporting espresso accent. It's definitely there, but it doesn't overpower the beer. The flavor really crescendos and develops in the mouth. Feel left me a bit disappointed, however, as it was thin--too thin for this big of flavor. It did make it easy to drink, though.

LordAdmNelson, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of Rizalini
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours black, with a big foamy mocha head that sticks around, leaving nice a lacing.

S - Big coffee aroma with some dark chocolate detectable as well. I do get a slight funky smell that i can't put my finger on.

T - Coffee hits the taste buds and stays for for a little bit. Not that much in the finish besides coffee.

M - Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation

D - This beer is pretty drinkable, but personally, I wouldn't pay another $7.99 for an 11oz bottle.

Rizalini, Feb 28, 2011
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.