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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

697 Ratings
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Ratings: 697
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 25
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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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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BobbyBeerman

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark brown/black. I don't see any light through this one. The tan/brown head built up and dissipated quickly to a ring that persisted throughout the experience and laced well. It looks medium - not watery and not super viscous.

S: Let this one warm up to proper drinking temperature otherwise you will miss the fullness of this one. Strong robust coffee with rich chocolate and vanilla tones.

T: This is so good as a coffee stout. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea (well, beer really) but I like this. Rich dark coffee leads the charge with dark creamy chocolate and vanilla bringing up the rear. The coffee flavor lingers as it coats the tongue.

M: It feels creamy smooth with a nice warming effect. It definitely gives an oily sensation as it coats the tongue to prolong the sensation.

D: This is a well balanced, flavorful, wonderful coffee stout. It is a little rich. I like it but I know some people won't. This one is a one per session beer. I am really glad this one was brought to my area and my attention. I will add this as one of my favorites for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 01:13:07 | More by BobbyBeerman
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

quite dark with a good brown head. great altitude up front and it settled to a good coating and solid collar

the aroma is deliciously similar to the dark chocalate gelato i sampled in italy recently. super rich chocolate bouquet. i could wash my hair with this if i thought it might imbue my hair with the same aroma.

tastes super chocolatey and cappucinoish (i've never actually had cappucino). it's rich without heaviness and somewhat chocolatey. hops are deftly prominent, a delicate matter i am sure, with a modest stout like this

not thick, but rich enough (did i say that, already?). sweet

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 02:57:45 | More by bruachan
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at the Ginger Man NYC. Poured into a snifter.

A: Deep, dark brown colored with a deep caramel colored head that dissipated quickly but left a web-like, stringy lacing.

S: The only thing that really hits me here is the strong roasted coffee and malt aroma that seems to cover everything else. There's almost no hint of the 7.5 abv.

T: A roasted coffe smell lingers throughout this brew with dark chocolate malts coming through the middle. The roasted coffee is a little overpowering here though and it lingers toward the end and into the after-taste.

M: Medium to heavy bodied, leaning towards medium, the strong coffee flavors mask what is really pretty light for an imperial stout. There is low carbonation and the brew leaves a silky coating in the mouth.

D: A 3. This is honestly one of the better coffee stouts I've had. That being said, I realize maybe its time to go back and revisit Speedway stout and Founders Breakfast Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2009 00:48:31 | More by SpeedwayJim
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scottyshades

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, rich mahogany color that produces a massive mocha colored head that retains very nicely and leaves even better lacing.

S: Rich coffee and espresso right off the bat. Very nice. The overall profile of the nose is toasty, bitter-sweet, caramel, and chocolate.

T: The best part of this brew is the fact that the amount of espresso and coffee added to the brew is JUST enough not to compromise the flavor profile. Caramel, bitter-sweet chocolate, molasses, and a hint of lactose.

MF/D: Mixed feelings here...The body is too light for a double/imperial, but the alcohol is camouflaged and the drinkability is high due to its nicely done flavor

If you spot one of these, try it out

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 22:44:57 | More by scottyshades
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a very dark coffee color with a mocha head that is a little disappointing in its retention, but leaves quite a few dots of lace

Smell: There's a lot of coffee aroma, but it is most certainly a dark roast espresso, somewhat charred

Taste: Rather fruity, almost blueberry-like for a brief moment (Ethiopian Yirgacheffe?), but the roasty espresso flavors quickly move to dominate the flavor profile; the coffee flavors have considerable bitterness and char, but the blueberry fruit persists underneath, after the swallow and acts to mellow out the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is one powerful brew and while I don't particularly care for the Charbucks element, it is worth seeking out

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 01:01:47 | More by brentk56
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GRG1313

California

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the purest coffee brews available. Pours Espresso black with a thick firm brown head.

Pure espresso nose opens up with some air and as it warms to pure bitter chocolate pleasant nose.

Intense espresso and bitter chocolate flavors, that, again, as it gets some air and warms a bit develops into a sweet, full, creamy espresso/coffee/dark chocolate character and flavor, with a hop balance. Hops are there but not overwhelming. The coffee/dark chocolate character is the star here.

Strong and long espresso and hop finish. A really nice dessert or after dinner beer. I really recommend room temperature to get the most out of this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 00:34:08 | More by GRG1313
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mugglesandhops

Oklahoma

3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remember seeing a bottle of this years ago and wanting to drink it but I was scared of the style back then. I picked thi sup while I was in California in April. Poured 12oz. bottle into my snifter. Poured super dark brown, not quite opaque, big bubbly tan head that lasted through the whole beer. The smell and the taste threw me off. I got some coffee in the smell barely and none in the taste. It tasted very fruity like apricot. the mouthfeel was a bit lacking also.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 15:26:29 | More by mugglesandhops
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vacax

California

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from The Wine Country in Signal Hill @ $5.29. Glad to find this one, my first time sighting this one north of San Diego.

A: Pours as black as a shot of espresso. Poured aggressively, as is my custom with double stouts, and was graced with a large and thick tan head with some sparkling microbeads. Very solid retention and lacing.

S: Strong fresh espresso is immediate and robust. Roasted malts complement the espresso and a subtle hop character nearly blends completely in. A mild vanilla sweetness finishes it off, a bit of dark fruit appears as it warms.

T: I immediately regret opening this bottle after midnight... one of the most intense espresso or coffee presences I have found. This is close to espresso with beer rather than beer with espresso. There is a hop bitterness here that closely complements the bittering coming from the espresso, which is also matched by roasted malts. This beer is built around emphasizing what amounts to an overwhelming coffee presence. Behind the coffee there are only small hints of dark fruit, leather, and alcohol.

M: Full bodied but relatively light in the spectrum of imperial stouts. Carbonation is low and matches the style.

D: How many cups of espresso can you drink? The twelve ounce bottle is more than enough to share. I like this beer, but this is one I would recommend splitting. This is not really a condemnation for an imperial stout though.

An espresso bomb of a beer where everything works together to highlight one thing... espresso.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 08:29:09 | More by vacax
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alcstradamus

Washington

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

A--Black in color with dark brown 2 finger head that camped out for quite a while in my 16 oz. goblet and left a nice lacing down the glass

S--Nice and creamy roasted coffee scent, a bit fruity as well. A fine coffee variety was used to make this, that's for sure.

T--Very fresh roasted taste, detracted slightly by a burnt aftertaste. Take a fine fruit/nut coffee blend, brew it and let it sit in the pot for a few hours then cool it and voila you will have this beer. A very nice stout, but not on the level of the elite coffee beers.

M--Medium bodied and slightly creamy, washes down clean with a bit of a burnt aftertaste

D--A good one and done if you are craving a coffee beer, but I would go to others first for a session or a special treat

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 01:28:14 | More by alcstradamus
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the stout appears a dark brown color with at least an inch of dense lingering ecru foam. Aromas and flavors are dominated by notes of rich roasted grains, dark coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, mocha, cocoa, and caramel. Maybe a notch better than medium in body and adequately carbonated for the style. Great drinkability, despite the high price tag.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 04:25:47 | More by ClockworkOrange
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice brown head. Firm coffee on the nose. Flavor is distinct coffee with oily and roasted tones. Quite hearty and deep. Sort of a "green" tone to it on the back end as well. Not overly complex, but clearly and without a doubt a coffee beer. Feel is pretty thick on the liquid and the carbonation is full enough. Pretty easy to drink espresso beer that has quite a bit of the bean going on in it.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 02:39:23 | More by RblWthACoz
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Brad007

Vermont

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't reviewed enough beers from Japanese breweries.

Pours a pitch-black color with a brown one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma has a light amount of bitter coffee followed by cream and a bit of chocolate. Not bad so far.

Taste is light and creamy upfront with astringency from the coffee kicking in the middle. A bit of chocolate and dark fruit as well. The coffee is the star here but it's not too bitter.

Moufhfeel is full of lingering coffee and cream. This stout goes down so easily, there's barely anything left on the palate.

A very nice example of its' style. The coffee feels just right here. The mouthfeel is exactly where I want it to be. It's decent for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 21:09:40 | More by Brad007
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jminsc76

Texas

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

Followed up with this one after drinking an Oskar Blue's Ten FIDY, so I am not sure if any of the possible fruitier flavors have been blunted. However, here goes.

Pours a brownish/reddish head - big, creamy, and foamy - atop an impenetrable black body. The foam continues to pour as I empty the contents of the bottle. The head pours big and stays big, even without agitation, with thick creamy lacing spiraling down the side. Great visuals.

Aromas are nutty, oak-y, and strong espresso (surprise! surprise!). Some lighter fruit flavors upon agitation.

Flavors are similar to the aromas: deep coffee flavors, bitter, highly oak-y, and slight tastes of sawdust. Not a lot of the fruitier elements I found in the aromas, but this may be derived from consuming the Ten FIDY prior. I will have to try this again without previously drinking a strong stout. However, what's present is strong, with a nice, bitter coffee-like saturation on the palate.

Imagine drinking an espresso that intoxicates instead of caffeine-ating you. And with a 7.5% ABV to boot as well as a mouthfeel consistent with the aforementioned beverage, I taste a complex stout that's uncanny from the more bitter/oak-y flavors but invites repeated indulgences. One per session, however, should be enough. I can't imagine myself downing two or more espresso shots in one sitting; this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 16:52:21 | More by jminsc76
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apowar

California

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a dense, one inch tan-brown head I'm just so surprised by how dark this pours! Holding the glass up to the light allows absolutely no light through--entirely opaque.

Nose is a mixture of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, tobacco and a touch of nuttiness--maybe hazelnut?

The flavor profile opens with a bit of bitterness, roasted malt, mocha and chocolote and develops into a slightly sour, strong espresso brew with a bit of anice coming through as it warms up. It finishes with chicory, a strong roasted flavor, and moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a surprisingly persistent carbonation, despite my concern based on other reviews.

Overall, pretty solid beer! I'm looking for a fuller flavor from an imperial stout, but even so, it maintained a reasonable complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 03:47:55 | More by apowar
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thryn

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visual: Black as night, but not night in Southwest Florida, where the moon is bright and the light pollution brighter. Night in North Georgia. Night in South Alabama. An oily night. There is no head. A latte-colored halo of lace around the outer edge. Not a mostly-milk latte. One of my lattes. It's half espresso, plenty dark.

Olfactory: Espresso beans in the grinder. Whisky in oak barrels. Unlit cigarettes. Bitter chocolate. Not dark chocolate. Not anything edible, for most people. The baking chocolate I pulled out of the freezer as a child and shaved bits off of, and ate, savoring the bitterness and the thrill of getting away with something.

Taste receptors: Dark chocolate covered coffee beans. Roasted, oily beans. Peat. The sludgy bits at the bottom of an espresso. A hint of bourbon.

Touch: Heavy. Slick. Less heft than expected. It lingers.

Drink: Yes. I could. All night.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 07:57:56 | More by thryn
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bowersdm

Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - jet black with 1cm of a light brown to brown head. I guess only Duvel has a massive head in a Duvel tulip. there was no hint of light coming through. the head shrank a little, but for the most part it stuck around.

S - Espresso, espresso, and espresso. I've had Breakfast Stout, Kentucky Breakfast Stout and even Peché Mortel and none of those has as strong of a coffee flavor as this beer. it was so powerful that i couldn't smell anything else in this beer. that's why the smell rating suffered: one dimensionality.

T - powerful espresso taste with some suggestions of dark cocoa. roasted dark malts is also present. my experience with Imperial Stout is as follows: Russian Imperial Stouts tend to have more complex yet balanced flavor profiles. American Double Imperial Stouts tend to be more focused on one flavor, while also having some diversity and not seeming one dimensional. The beer for the most part had nothing else in it except coffee. Some other flavors would have been nice. And overall, I can sum up my feeling on the flavor as follows: If i wanted to drink a cup of coffee, I'd drink a cup of coffee. I want to know that I'm drinking a beer. This does not taste like beer. This is coffee.

M - creamy full bodied feel with loads of carbonation but yet it never seemed overcarbonated.

D - this beer was a drain pour for me, but it is rated pretty high because my reviews are as always, objective. I hated the flavor, but it did partially meet the qualifications of the category well.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 07:12:36 | More by bowersdm
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Hoagie1973

New York

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kbnooshay for the recommendation.

Pitch black with a massive cake-like head that keeps expanding after the pour. Settles to about 2 fingers of thick rocky brown foam. Clumpy sticky rings of lace.

Robust chocolate and coffee aroma; pretty straightforward in the nose.

Dark roasted espresso beans dominate up front (but don't overshadow the malts at any point). A little char and smoke follow with a nice sweet roasted malt finish. Faintly medicinal (very slight). Alcohol is there, but barely noticeable. Same goes for the hops. Nice balance between the sweet malts and bitter roastiness. More tobacco-like smokiness shows up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full with perfect carbonation that holds up even after a strong pour and a huge head.

This beer reminds me of the chocolate covered espresso beans we used to get at the candy shop in my first year of graphic design school. I love it. First Asian beer to garner an A+ from me. Wish it wasn't so damn pricey.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 23:30:23 | More by Hoagie1973
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drseamus

New York

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Ginger Man NYC.

A: Great looking beer. Pitch black body with a thick tight mocha head.

S: Strong espresso coffee with some roasted malt in the background.

T: Rich espresso and chocolate with a bitterness that increases in intensity through the aftertaste leaving a fairly intense bitterness at the end. In addition to the bitterness there is super dry cocoa and bitter coffee in the aftertaste.

M: Grainy and puckeringly dry. Medium bodied.

D: The degree of bitterness and dryness makes drinkability hard.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2009 21:05:53 | More by drseamus
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glossy mahogany with accents of copper and orange. The burnt sienna colored cap filled most of the glass on the pour and is still at three fingers after several minutes. What a lovely looking chunk of foam. An abundance of beautiful, sticky lace is seen as well.

Anyone who likes coffee-added beer will like the aroma. There's a little too much sourness for it to be considered great, which is really the only chink in the olfactory armor. Java isn't as thunderous as it could be, but then balance is probably preferable anyway.

Espresso Stout is the real deal. The underlying tartness of the nose is also appreciated on the palate. It's minor (some might say negligible), but I prefer my big stouts to be sweet, bitter or bittersweet. There is a fair amount of bitterness, and sweetness is noted as well.

Those who hate the way that some coffee beer tastes like cold coffee rather than beer will find a lot to like with HNES. The brewers at Kiuchi have added just enough espresso beans to complement the RIS base beer rather than overwhelm it. Other than those mentioned above, flavors include dark caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and slightly sour milk.

The mouthfeel doesn't quite measure up since it's on the thin side for the style and the ABV. A certain amount of chewiness is needed in all big stouts as far as I'm concerned. Ease of drinkablity is high, however. No hint of alcohol helps too.

Kiuchi is my favorite Japanese brewery by a long shot. Celebration Ale, White Ale and XH are all outstanding. Espresso Stout is good as well, but it fails to run with the big dogs in the increasingly popular world of coffee stouts. $4.75 per bottle doesn't do it any favors either.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 12:45:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
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bhalter8

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am really starting to have a "thing" for these well built imperial stouts infused with coffee or espresso. Hitachino was next on the list to try. Here goes: pours a deep black with a slight brown tint. Aggressive pour yields a huge, two finger, foamy dark tan head. Decent lacing left on the glass as it slowly recedes. A delicious, espresso aroma wafts from the glass. Not overwhelming by any stretch, but definitely a strong espresso character. It is a perfect balance in taste, a nice bitter espresso taste upfront, that mellows with the sweet malt backbone. Others of this style have a more chocolate malt character to it as well, but that is not the case here. It is not a negative that it lacks that chocolate taste, though, it sits Hitachino apart in a good way, I think. Not quite a as thick as other coffee/espresso stouts either, which makes it dangerously drinkable. In fact, too easy, I am drinking this thing rather easily and enjoying it. At this point, I have enjoyed a number of these imperial coffee stouts for different reasons, in Hitachino's case, it is is its bitter espresso taste, while not overwhelming, but very apparent, and it is lighter, and not to carbonated mouthful.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 22:49:04 | More by bhalter8
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macktbone

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was part of a sampling to advocate to family and friends.

A- dark black

S- strong espresso. Some malt in the background but solid bean.

T- cold espresso with out cream or sugar. Slight plastic aftertaste.

M- thin and watery, very little carbonation.

D- Split a 12 0z bottle amongst 7 people...need I say more.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 19:46:11 | More by macktbone
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JJBlanche

California

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

A likable offering from a unique brewery.

A - Black. One finger head. Lacing present.

S - Roastiness, coffee -- very profound.

T - The roastiness/astringency is there in a big way. Appropriate for a beer that calls it espresso stout, but a tad much in my opinion (just a tad).

M - Good. Not too thick, not too light.

D - Suffers in this regard because of the astringency, etc.

A beer worth trying, for sure. Bear in mind that this one lives up to the Espresso moniker, so be prepared for some bitterness/astringency.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 07:46:17 | More by JJBlanche
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julian

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep, dark black in color with a thick, dense mocha colored head with good retention.

Smell: Intense aroma of roasted coffee, some chocolate, burnt, nutty.

Taste: Heavy roasted coffee flavor as expected, chocolate, roasted malts, mostly coffee. Excellent!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium thickness and average carbonation. No real presence of alcohol.

Drinkability: Pretty average abv for a stout, but definitely one of the best coffee/espresso stouts I've had from taste to texture to drinkability. Excellent all around.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 04:57:05 | More by julian
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

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

A very dark brown beer with plenty of coffee in the nose. Plenty of roasted malt in the taste to compliment the coffee. This is a very well done stout. It doesn't have the oatmeal piece that the Founders Breakfast does, but nonetheless a very solid and enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 19:30:16 | More by FtownThrowDown
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iceball585

New York

3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pitch black, non-transparent, thin tan color head that faded quickly

S- Fresh coffee, dark chocolate, sugary, creamy, vanilla

T- Cocoa powder, burnt malts, old coffee, bitter, hint of sweetness

M- Medium/heavy body, medium carbonation, smooth, slight burn of alcohol

D- Not worth trying

The appearance and auroma of this beer makes you anxious to try it, but all that excitement ends once you taste it.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 23:54:57 | More by iceball585
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 697 ratings.