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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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Ratings: 739
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 31
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
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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 TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/13/09 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong coffee and dark chocolate, roasted malts and some dark fruit.

T: The taste starts with bitter-sweet flavors of black coffee and dark chocolate, followed by a very hearty roasted malt character. There's a mild but complementary hops presence and a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky and very dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's not one of the better stouts that I've had but it's still a decent beer.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of TheEremite
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second Kiuchi beer of the night, pours dark, black, lots of carbonation that leaves a decent ring of dark tan head that lasts to the end of the glass. Looks nice. Smells like fruit punch and coffee. Tastes a little like a homebrew. Not my cup of tea, but I guess it's ok. I don't think I'm a fan of this beer or this brewery.

TheEremite, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of creamy roasted coffee with good amounts of lightly roasted malts and smooth dark chocolate. Everything's present in good amounts.

Tastes good. Smooth roasted malt flavors up front are joined simultaneously by dark chocolate and coffee flavors midway through the sip. These flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending leaving hints of coffee flavors on the palate. As with the smell everything's present in good amounts however the flavors don't have quite the oomph the aroma has.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer. A very good offering for a beer a bit lower on the ABV scale than most others in the category. Worth a shot.

glid02, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of dpnelson1978
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. (330ml) bottle into Duvel tulip.

$4.99 / ea.

S: Coffee and a bit of chocolate. Tough to pick out anything else, but there is already plenty to digest.

A: Opaque black body with a large loose dark tan head. Head lingers and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

T: Coffee and chocolate. Not much hop bitterness but it might be hidden by the coffee. -OH is well hidden.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

D: Not something to have more than one at a sitting, but is interesting to say the least.

O: Great beer to experience.

dpnelson1978, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of Lldeegan
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours deep black, no light gets through this beast of an Imperial Stout. Huge billowy dark tan head with both large and fine bubbles that stays in glass leaving behind a nice thick lace

S- Initially a raisin, fig smell mingles with chocolate, then the coffee notes appear. A nice Deep espresso aroma, bit of vanilla.

T- Contrary to the aroma, coffee is the primary thing that hits the palate, followed by the dark fruit. This is a very good balance of those two main tastes that dominate this style. Some overplay the coffee which, I like, and some that have too much fig/raisin taste, which I don't really enjoy. It has a really nice creamy finish with a hint of vanilla.

M- This has a surprisingly light body for an Imperial stout. Everything about this beer screams stout, from the dark syrupy pour and robust malty flavor, but it is pretty medium bodied. It has a creamy coffee then bitter finish. Leaves some stickiness in the mouth.

D- For an Imperial Stout, it's pretty drinkable. That being said, one must enjoy the flavor of coffee and the extreme of an Imperial stout. Definitely not a session beer, but nice to enjoy. It is by no means on the top of the list of Imperial Stouts but I think it is a little more versatile than others as a result of its lighter body

Lldeegan, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Nesued
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few 11.2oz bottles at Green's on Buford Highway in ATL, while there on a business trip.

Appearance - Deep brown in color, pours dense with a huge head forming as the glass fills. Poured into a pilsner glass and I'd say 2/5ths retained as headspace. The head and lacing was amazing. Like the head of a whipped chocolate milkshake. Slick and sliding down the sides as I rotate the glass. Topped it off after the head dropped a bit. Still, after a few minutes, I'm looking at a one-finger head. Very inviting.

Smell - The chocolate is the first to grab your nose and hold on. Followed by a coffee and bitter/tart aroma as well. Wonderful nose that draws you in.

Taste - Rich coffee, bitter chocolate and a bit of vanilla all come to the surface in just the first sip. Unlike many of the other Hitachio offerings, there is no site (or taste) of the cedar. Well-balanced malt and a mild finish. I had to check the ABV on this one, as I didn't detect the slightest alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel - My only down-tick. A bit thin on the mouthfeel. Expected more from both the style and also the impressive aroma and taste. Moderate carbonation appears to help out. Perhaps the thin feel adds to the drinkability, along with the masking of the alcohol.

Drinkability - For the company it keeps in the style (i.e. Founders, Peche Mortel, etc) it would be a tall order to try to measure up. It's no DFH WWS, but then again few, if any, are at that level. I'm happy to say this is a fine example of a very drinkable American Double/Imperial Stout.

Nesued, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black body with brownish tinges. Not a very robust head.

S: Roasted malts and some bitter chocolate. I can't really detect any coffee.

T: Okay, here's the coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. Baker's chocolate makes its presence felt as the beer warms up. Also a hint of vanilla.

M: Lighter than the typical RIS, but still heavy enough.

D: I've had bad experiences with non-American RISes, but this was a pleasant surprise. Not the best coffee stout I've ever had, but a solid example nonetheless.

BarrelO, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing look! Great embodiment of what a stout should look like, poured heavy like sludge. Rich caramel colored head adorned the top.

A quick short sniff didn't pick up a whole lot... but a deep long inhale picked up heaps of warm creamy coffee. If you smelled this with your eyes closed, youd swear it was a cup of coffee with a bit of hazelnut creamer.

Strong coffee hits you upon tasting...in a good way. If coffee was good "black", Id imagine this is what it would taste like. Bittersweet chocolates, toffee and caramel... but those notes definitely take second chair to the coffee beans. Overall great.

Not to thin, not too heavy. Medium to full, and works perfectly. Love it.

The alc. doesn't really show up in the taste. The drink is great, but not sure how much coffee i can drink at once... I don't like coffee by itself, but it's great in a beer...just not too many.

EgadBananas, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Goldfish19
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 330 ml bottle from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NY. Appearance is a deep dark brown color with a creamy tan head. The aroma is predominately coffee, followed by some hints of chocolate. Taste is the same. Body is medium to full. The incredible flavors do an exceptional job at masking the 7.5% ABV like it's not even there! There is no bitterness, just a smooth tasting stout that leaves behind a wonderful aftertaste.

When it comes to brewing quality beer, the Japanese really know what they are doing.

Highly recommended! ~

Goldfish19, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a dark brown head that holds up nicely and leaves moderate lacing.

Aroma of chocolate and vanilla with just a hint of coffee in the back.

Taste again yields notes of roasted chocolate with a slight bit of coffee in the finish. The coffee tone didn't seem all that dominant but it still tasted great all around.

Meidum bodied with medium carbonation. I wouldn't consider this to be the best example of a coffee stout, but I can't say anything too bad about this one either. For an imperial stout it was great, I was just expecting a little bit more of a coffee feel given the name.

Vengeance526, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of magine
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown brew with a huge active chunky head. Great head retention, nice lacing.

Brew smells of slight malts, more of a chocolate a coffee/espresso smell.

Brew tastes sweet; chocolate flavors. Has a big coffee taste (more so as it warms). The brew really is as advertised, tastes like an espresso. Has a coffee dry aftertaste left on the tongue. Has a carbonated mouthfeel, more then a creamy/smooth that I was expecting.

This brew is good; more for a try - but I would not session it. It is a bit to sweet, and doesnt really hammer home the taste of beer for me. Good to try, but not my thing.

magine, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - black as night, with a chocolate milk colored thin head

S - whoa, super mocha, unsweetened chocolate and roasted coffee bean aroma, like walking into a gourmet coffee shop, nice, but overpowering if there were any other possible aromas

T - very similar to the aroma, rich dark unsweetened chocolate and roasted coffee beans, very well blended, despite the great taste it is monotypic, there are no competing flavors

M&D - a bit acidic, but not enough to dissuade a sip, well blended and layered, quite a fine stout, well done

sinstaineddemon, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of notCreative
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Quite a high carbonation, be weary when pouring. Poured into my Darkness goblet, thick toffee head, but faded within a couple of minutes.
S: Took me awhile to get my head wrapped around this one; Coffee is dominant, but hints of something between blueberry and banana.
T: Fruitiness was more apparent, with strong espresso taste. Fades fast into roasted coffee flavor.
M: Decent, velvety, but not as viscuous as I would have liked.
D: Not how I picture an coffee stout, but certainly a good drink. However, that being said, not worth the $5+/12oz.

notCreative, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured an almost black color that produced a tan, fluffy, moderately sized head that had decent retention and laced the side of the glass decently

S - The aromas produced by this beer had roasted malts, coffee (don't expect it to be the focal point, but it is very noticeable)

T - The taste of this beer was your average coffee infused Stout, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, and a significant amount of coffee make up the layout of tastes

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body, and a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability is a little of a catch here, yeah it's nice to try a good Japanese craft beer, but on the other hand there are better ones out there

cvfish, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of berkey
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Forms a super dense tan head with a slight burnt red tone. Takes it's time fading but once it does it leaves gorgeous intricate lacing. This is about as good looking a stout as I've seen in awhile.

I gotta say this beer is aptly named. Intense roasty espresso notes leap right out of the glass at you. Some dry woody earthy aromas also there along with some faint alcohol in the background. Hint of malty chocolate aroma in there a little deeper.

Coffee momentarily gives way to bitter chocolate flavors and some more earthy character on entry to the palate followed by a very strong bitter espresso aftertaste on the finish.

Sufficiently thick for the style. Drinkability depends on whether you enjoy espresso enough to sit down and drink almost 12 oz in a sitting. It got a little old for me.

Overall I can't think of many other beers that showcase coffee notes so well. By the time it was room temp I almost believed I was drinking lukewarm espresso. Insomnia, heartburn, and all. Didn't know what to expect from a Japanese Stout but was mostly surprised with the quality. Won't go into rotation for me but I can think of some coffee fans that will be getting a few bottles as a gift from me.

berkey, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of carsonplunkett
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz single into a pint glass.

This beer is dark. I'm a big fan of stouts and this looks fantastic. Dark brown head that's about a finger and a half in size.

Smells of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Very sweet and rich smelling. Just what I'd expect from an espresso stout.

Tastes heavily of intense roasted coffee and chocolate. Alcohol-ey finish.

It's thick and creamy in the mouthfeel. Not as thick as I'd prefer in a stout but it's a nice balance.

This was fairly easy to drink but I can't see myself wanting another one after finishing it.

carsonplunkett, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick looking jet black with a head like brown sugar that is very thin but hangs around. Light doesn't really penetrate.

Smells like chocolate hazelnut coffee and slightly hoppy malts.

The taste is strong, very slightly acidic coffee, toasted grains and mineral water.

Mouthfeel is thick with thin carbonation like mineral water again.

I've decided I'm not a big fan of coffee beers but I could make an exception for this one under certain circumstances. Not liking the style doesn't distract me from the fact that this is well made and pretty enjoyable.

Cylinsier, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of BobbyBeerman
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.

BobbyBeerman, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of bruachan
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

bruachan, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
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

scottyshades, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
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.

GRG1313, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of mugglesandhops
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.

mugglesandhops, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of vacax
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.

vacax, Jun 24, 2009
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 739 ratings.