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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

656 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 656
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%


Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 07-20-2007)
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SLeffler27

New York

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours rich dark chocolate brown, nearly black, in the oversized wine glass. There is surprisingly little head and no lacing to mention, however, each swirl deposits a film on the glass.

Equal parts strong espresso, dark chocolate, and bourbon with cashews and amaretto in the background. Warmth allows the nuances to be amplified.

Black coffee dominates; however, some cigarette smoke invades. Bitterness carries throughout and into the lingering finish as baker’s chocolate.
This stout is full body with a smooth texture and prickly carbonation. Astringency is too high while alcohol is as expected.

Astringency and cigarette flavors hold this one back. Strong flavored foods such as beef or pungent cheese will help.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 22:24:46 | More by SLeffler27
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GinaBeerInc

California

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it at a Rock concert in Los Angeles, perfect beer for the occasion. Pours a black colour with a thick beige head. Aroma of rich espresso coffee with some vanilla notes. Rich flavour of espresso, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and some bitter hops in the background which I enjoyed. Light vegetable notes. Full bodied, soft carbonation and a long finish with some robustness and coffee. Very well balanced, could't ask for anything else.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 19:19:04 | More by GinaBeerInc
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 02:19:19 | More by rangerred
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output01x

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:33:45 | More by output01x
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champ103

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 00:34:32 | More by champ103
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ckollias

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:44:48 | More by ckollias
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rwathree

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:37:48 | More by rwathree
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hiku7

California

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 14:09:17 | More by hiku7
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this espresso stout into a glass stein.

Appearance- Body appears a very dark brown, with no notibeable highlights. The head is a dark, sappy brown that has a viscous, milky look to it. It builds to about a finger before thinning out, leaving barely enough substance to cover the top of the beer.

Smell- Uhh...I guess that has some coffee in there. It imitates a cold latte drink you would get packed with sugar. It also has a really strong chocolate note which is very surprising.

There is also something slightly off about this. Like a boozy smell is mixed in that is certainly not appetizing. Almost smells like vodka or a sake after it gets through the sugary latte and chocolate. Thankfully, that scent is really buried.

Taste- That iced mocha latte is the lead flavor. I think I would appreciate it much more if it smelled more like coffee than a sugary sweet mixed coffee drink.

The chocolate flavor has degraded a bit and is barely perceptible in the finish, and is already a shadow of what it once was on the nose, too bad.

There is also a slight grassy, wheaty expression picked up that may be the base of the off vodka smell from the nose. It still does the same thing here of making the end drink less enjoyable.

Mouth feel- This beer is relatively chewy and has a solid medium body. It also finishes rather easily despite that off flavor. Could be a little more smooth over the tongue, but otherwise good.

Overall- Hitachino Nest's espresso stout was an okay stout. The espresso had some disjointed flavors accompanying it that really affects the overall experience of the beer negatively. It needs more coffee and less whatever that off wheaty, grassy flavor is.

Oh, and if the espresso actually tasted more like espresso, that would certainly help matters. I cannot see myself ever returning to this one...

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 04:24:03 | More by Pintofbrown
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle is poured into a chalice.

A finger of light brown foam sits atop a dark brown body. A good, even coat of foam is left behind when I swirl the glass.

The nose has element of dark, roasted malts and coffee beans. A mild sweetness permeates the aroma, but never gets too strong. A little bit of alcohol rounds things out.

The initial flavor isn't as roasty as I thought it would be, but the aftertaste has a lot of roasted malt flavors. Mild dark chocolate sweetness gives way to coffee bitterness as I swallow.

The body is heavy and carbonation is at a good level. There is a long lasting coat, but it isn't too thick. It provides and low but noticeable amount of coffee and chocolate flavors. My lips are left a little bit sticky.

I find this to be an enjoyable stout. No aspect of it is too overbearing. I could enjoy a few of these in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 00:11:41 | More by ToasterChef
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AgentMunky

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Chimay goblet. Stamped "ES.10.11." October 2011?

A: Gorgeous, creamy-dark head with good retention. The beer is dark chocolate coloured and completely opaque.

S: Splendid. Huge and boozy, just oozing dark scents of coffee, chocolate, and roasted grain.

T/M: Good, but less powerful than the smell would suggest. On second evaluation, this may only indicate nuance...it's a much more balanced than many other heavy stouts. Especially on the aftertaste, gentle espresso notes emerge to great effect. The main taste is thin, but passable with a touch of carbonation and a bit of smooth alcoholic sweetness before the dry bitterness of the endtaste.

O: An enjoyable beer, one I would not have believed came from Japan. Recommended, but not an exceptional exemplar of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 22:40:37 | More by AgentMunky
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic pint-shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a rocky dark tan colored head; 2+ fingers in size; head builds rather rapidly and holds very well; moderate amount of lacing formed around the edge of the glass; dark brown, almost black colored body formed; no visible carbonation in the body of the beer; visible soot at the bottom of the glass

S - Espresso, coffee nose, very heavy, but slightly watery; roasted malt scents; dark chocolate

T - Very bitter coffee ground taste; almost like drinking the soot at the bottom of the coffee maker; hop bitterness is hidden in there and is faint on the back-end of the tongue; very dark, bitter chocolate

M - Hop-enriched bitter aftertaste; lingers for quite a while; slightly creamy, chocolate milk consistency; very dry

D - I liked this drink for a few reasons, one being that its probably the best espresso-laced beer I've ever had; but two, it was exactly as described, an espresso stout, nothing more or less; you get what you pay for

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 04:36:33 | More by ferrari29
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours very dark brown with brown highlights. It is capped with an inch and a half of mocha head.

S - Rich roasted aromas including dark chocolate.

T - I get dark chocolate, mild coffee, and it finishes with some burnt popcorn.

M - Moderate. Smooth with little carbonation

O - This is a pretty tasty brew. I would prefer it a bit thicker in body but I really can't complain about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 18:24:22 | More by buschbeer
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: 11.5oz poured into a porter glass. The ABV is listed, but there is no brewed on date or drink by date.

A: Espresso bean black with a huge milk chocolate brown head. It has very nice retention and leaves wonderful lacing. There is some sediment apparent at the bottom of the glass.

S: Espresso, cream, smoke, and roasted malt.

T: Lots of chocolate, coffee, cream, sweet malts, and bitter hops which balance.

M: Medium, smooth, and creamy.

O: I am a big fan of this brewer; everything they make is delicious. This beer is smooth, creamy, and silkily. It has nice coffee and smoke flavors, but they are reserved rather than in the consumer's face. The beer is balanced by a healthy bit of bitter hops, which adds a slight grapefruit to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 16:38:02 | More by ianjsullivan
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Klym

California

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a surly darkness snifter.

This beer is to me the ruler by which I measure all espresso stouts. It has such a nice spicy espresso smell and taste, this is a great go to stout. Complexity and enjoyability embodies this beer and I'd recommend it to anyone. Great espresso character and drinkability for the abv.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 02:48:17 | More by Klym
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KTCamm

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 12:12:20 | More by KTCamm
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JayS2629

Alabama

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 00:39:18 | More by JayS2629
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 00:38:56 | More by andrenaline
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Diesel76

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 02:10:35 | More by Diesel76
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smakawhat

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 02:58:09 | More by smakawhat
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 05:37:14 | More by pmarlowe
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 23:51:11 | More by kjyost
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 22:29:32 | More by jdhilt
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 04:47:27 | More by Knapp85
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 02:15:29 | More by AmericanGothic
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 656 ratings.