Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery
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4.3/5 rDev +9.7%
I will have to admit that I was a bit surprised at how good this brew actually was...I loved everything about it.. It might have been a little thin but hell, I'm nitpicking with that. Its darker than midnight on a back road in Tennessee, smells exactly like a fresh brewed espresso, and tastes like espresso and bittersweet chocolate. I thought the brew was great all the way around and would recommend it highly!!!!
04-11-2008 05:05:56 | More by Tilley4
4.45/5 rDev +13.5%
11.2 oz bottle
Pours black..dark khaki head of foam cascades slowly from the bottom and ends up forming a small dark haze over the brew.
ok, I know there are thousands of them out there, but you haven't smelled a real coffee stout until you've had this one...yeah, I said it. The aroma is fresh-brewed coffee..rich, eye-opening, incredible.
The flavor is sweet, roasted chocolate malt combined with an edgy, nutty bitterness.
Mouthfeel is robust & pretty smooth going down.. i love how the coffee aftertaste lingers just like the real thing. bad ass.
A definite crowd-pleaser for anyone who likes coffee-inspired brews. These guys over at Kiuchi know what they're doing.
04-09-2008 23:09:12 | More by hero27
3.88/5 rDev -1%
Totally black with a very small tan head.
Smells like leather, coffee and dried fruit.
Tastes very sweet , dark roasted malts, strong dark espresso, a bit of licorice and dates...just a hint of chalk near the end.
Mouthfeel was thick and cloying.
I enjoyed one , but would not want a second.
04-08-2008 20:31:39 | More by Hautacam
4.58/5 rDev +16.8%
This beer pours dark black but not quite opaque, with almost no head whatsoever. Dark red highlights around the edges.
The first thing that truly stands out is the aroma. Very much fresh brewed coffee, and little else. Very roasty, but with strong undertones of sweetness. The taste is just as good as the aroma. Very strong bitter espresso flavors which are balanced out by the sweetness of the malt. There's little hop flavor, but possibly some undertones of vanilla. The bitterness and sweetness are in perfect contrast to each other.
Mouthfeel is lacking a bit due to the low carbonation, but due to this the body is reminiscent of actual coffee. This is definitely the best coffee beer I've had so far. I rate drinkability a little on the low side because the flavors are very strong and there is a quite a lingering espresso aftertaste. Overall this is a fantastic beer, definitely good for a cold night, or anytime for that matter.
04-06-2008 05:58:07 | More by mpetty7052
3.15/5 rDev -19.6%
Bottle courtesy of Beerlando. Thanks!
Pours fairly opaque black with a big fizzy, foamy chocolately brown colored lasting head. Smell is strong espresso, coffee grounds. Taste is strongly of coffee, and not much else at all. Medium bodied and drinkable, but the coffee flavor almost got boring after a while and was very one note. Decent, but I've really enjoyed other coffee beers more.
04-06-2008 00:25:52 | More by JDV
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
Aroma is strong and mainly of unsweetened chocolate; there are some coffee and malt hints. It pours a deep sable, almost black, with a thick, dark tan head. Flavor is chocolaty and has some smoky, malt and hop undertones. Texture is smooth and pleasant. Drinking this beer is somewhat like drinking liquid unsweetened chocolate that has a little well-roasted coffee in it.
03-27-2008 00:45:51 | More by Cyberkedi
2.13/5 rDev -45.7%
I have had some great coffee beers, like Terrapin's Wake and Bake, but recently all the ones I taste have burnt coffee flavors combined with Worcestershire. This is one of those beers.
This beers is very nice looking. Pitch black with a dark brown head that is sizable for a double stout.
Worcestershire and burnt coffee aroma. Not as bad as some of the aforementioned brews. That is to say it is unpleasant, but tolerable.
Worcestershire and burnt coffee again; however it finishes with a sweet nutty roastiness that is pleasant. Still not good though.
Body is smooth, rich, lightly carbonated, and slightly decadent. Nice, but it cant make up for the bad flavor.
Nearly a drain-pour. I do really like the finish in this beer though; sweet and nutty.
03-25-2008 02:10:19 | More by IPAcraig
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of espresso coffee is gorgeous with some notes of roasted malt also noticeable. Taste is a well balance mix between some roasted malt, nice black chocolate notes with some lactose also noticeable. Full creamy body is perfect for the style with no discernable alcohol. I must admit having been surprised by the creamy body and the nice balance between all the element in this beer.
03-10-2008 16:50:50 | More by Phyl21ca
4.6/5 rDev +17.3%
A - Pours with a medium brown head one finger tall. The body is black with no light penetration. The head hangs on for a couple of minutes before settling to a raft of big bubbles in the middle of the glass and leaving a nice ring of lace clinging to the walls of the glass.
S - Strong aroma of chocolate, cherries and espresso. Subtle hops in the background with some minor yeast notes.
T - It begins with the flavor of bitter, dark chocolate, followed by malty sweetness. The espresso flavors come in the middle and are balanced by a moderate, velvety hop flavor. The finish is all malt bitterness, with chocolate and coffee flavors melding to produce a flavor very similar to a chocolate covered coffee bean.
M - Fairly thick body, with moderate carbonation and just enough sweetness in the finish to keep the bitterness from becoming overwhelming.
D - Wow, this may be the best coffee beer I have had. The aroma is simple, but robust and immensely enjoyable. The flavor is nicely balanced and brings out the best in the coffee. I am not much of a coffee drinker, but the beautiful character of the espresso in this beer could really change that. Easily drinkable and one hell of a coffee stout.
03-05-2008 06:26:24 | More by nickfl
4.47/5 rDev +14%
An absolutely solid black beer. Has a thick foamy brown head and plenty of sticky lace. You cannot miss the espresso coffee in the aroma with a hint of chocolate in the background. If you're jones'in for a coffee then the aroma's got you. A roasted malt/coffee bean bitterness washes over your tongue to start. In the middle there is a small bump of sweet malt. Then on the finish the just chewed espresso bean character leaves a great coffee note at the back of your mouth and down your throat.
03-02-2008 19:03:03 | More by ybnorml
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
Purchased a bottle of this at Brickstore Pub in Decatur, Georgia. Pours a black color with no head to speak of. Little lacing. Smells like (what else?) roasted coffee beans. Tastes like (what else?) coffee. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. One beer is very drinkable. I don't think I could have more than one though. Overall, a pleasant surprise out of Japan.
02-26-2008 00:12:45 | More by jdubjacket
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, chocolate cream colored head. The beer is quite black and opaque in color. The aroma has huge, dark roast, espresso aromatics to it. Noticed aromas of burnt berry notes, charcoal, dark chocolate, burnt toast and a middle that is made up of sweet, malty chocolate candy like notes. At times the aroma can be quite rich and satisfying, but at others the roast character is a bit overwhelming and tends to make this seem a bit thin, sharp and burnt.
Very thick bodied and sweet, this is much more of a meal than I was expecting. Through the middle the thick, sweet, malt flavors do a good job of balancing the roast & espresso notes. The burnt malt and espresso malt notes are found in the long finish were they slightly dry out the up front sweetness, but there is also a distinct, lingering note that tastes like burnt blueberries. The sweet notes accent a rich chocolate middle, sweet coffee cream flavors and a blackened toffee flavor. The body of this thing really is quite creamy, rich, thick and viscous; I can't remember a beer of this strength that is as thick as this brew.
An interesting beer, while the flavor was quite sweet, it was much more in balance than the aroma was. The huge, dark malt sweetness was needed to balance out the aggressive roast grain and espresso notes. The aroma is a bit too dominated by the roast aromatics. Actually based on the aroma I was expecting the flavor to be overly burnt and acidic, quite happily this is not. The most interesting thing about this beer is that lingering, fruit flavor in the far finish that is a mix of blueberries and tropical fruit. More than likely this last is from the espresso beans.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
02-17-2008 02:30:36 | More by Gueuzedude
4.58/5 rDev +16.8%
Had a bottle of this at FFF brewpub and poured into an imperial pint glass.
A - wow this was one beautiful stout when poured into the glass. It was a deep chocolate brown color with light golden rays of light streaming through it as well. Had a nice very espresso colored head that was very fluffy and creamy looking and reminded of the froth on a latte. The head stuck round for the whole beer and left a ton of lacing down the glass.
S - the first note that you can pick up on even as just pouring the beer is the smell of pure espresso beans. It reminds me of walking into a coffee shop for the first time. Also gets a whiff of a caramely sweetness in there as well and after awhile one could easily convince themselves that they are smelling a Caramel Maccahiato from Starbucks. Just the kind of smell one expects from a coffee beer.
T - the taste was not as coffeeish as I would expect from the smell as there are actually more sweeter notes in the taste than I picked up in the nose. Of course there is a nice roasted espresso taste in there but there was also a bit of chocolate and caramely sweetness in there as well which balances out the coffee flavor and prevents the beer from having a bitter coffee taste. The aftertaste was a bit more of the roasted, dark bitter coffee taste that one expects when sipping espresso and reminded me of the coffee dominance of this brew.
MF - The body was a bit light for the style of beer in my opinion as I wish it had just a bit more thickness to it. The after feeling I felt was a bit grainy in the mouth which made me wonder if little bits of the coffee did not get filtered out. In that aspect the beer had the MF of a coffee brewed by the press method. Interesting feeling esp. the graininess.
D - have to say I was super surprised by this beer. When I sat the little owl on the bottle I did not expect such a flavor explosion as I got in this one. This beer is a coffee lover's dream and really it was super drinkable as I felt I could have this beer to wake up with and drink with breakfast, as a nice accompaniment to an Italian meal or chocolate cake or even by itself as a wonderful after dinner drink. Good job to this brewery and hope that they have some other wonderful surprises waiting around the corner for me.
02-15-2008 14:29:07 | More by jeonseh
4.25/5 rDev +8.4%
Love this brew! It pours as black as motor oil with a nice two finger dark reddish brown head with plenty of lacing.
The smell is like the name Espresso with a strong coffee scent. The mouth feel is what a stout should be, nice and thick with a strong finish. I'll look forward to drinking more of these.
02-10-2008 01:51:28 | More by AgingWarrior
4.43/5 rDev +13%
12oz bottle into a Tulip glass.
Pours a dark black with a finger width of creamy tan head that shrinks down into a thin soft retention that left some nice spotty lacing. The aroma is Wow! Just a fantastic bouquet of straight-up eye opening espresso and burnt coffee notes.
The taste is must more of the same. Biting espresso and roasty coffee bitterness that is nicely balanced by a backing chocolate sweetness. Burnt bitterness lasts through the finish and lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy feel.
Wow, this one caught me off guard. Just a really fantastic Coffee Stout with an almost perfect blend of coffee bitterness and sweetness, a full creamy body and excellent drinkibility. More please!
02-08-2008 17:49:57 | More by Kegatron
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
Very coffeeish and coffee ground stout.Very well roasted coffee grinds and some cocoa chocolate, with above average even thick mouthfeel. Decent stout, and not reminding me of the typical American made one, which is a good change of pace. Not much of a head. Understated carbonation.
02-03-2008 03:08:14 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
A - Very dark brown color almost purplish at times. 2 fingers of head, also quite brown. Reasonable legs. Also, love the beer's charming mascot.
S - Espresso, of course! Very rich, roasted coffee bean smell, felt like I was walking into a Starbucks. Undertones of sweet malt.
T - Almost like eating a very dark bar of fine chocolate. Very complex. Loved it. Aftertaste was very bitter, though not unpleasant.
M - Maybe a little on the light side for a stout.
D - Rich smell and taste make this beer one to savor. ABV a little on the high side for a stout, so don't know if I would want to drink two.
Overall this beer was a real treat! Highly recommended, especially for chocolate and coffee lovers.
02-01-2008 01:39:02 | More by melmoth100
4/5 rDev +2%
L:Dark brown head that stays for a bit. The color itself of the beer is a dark black.
S:A very strong dark chocolate. The coffee parts come in to play after awhile with a roasted coffee bean
T:The taste that pops out first for me is dry roasted coffee beans. The chocolate is a sweet maltiness.
M:Even though the beer is cold I think it gives you a nice warm fizziness. Very small finite bubbles do that.
D:Good. I think this is a neat take of stouts done by a Japanese brewer. Very smooth.
01-24-2008 18:44:53 | More by Scoobydank
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
Poured a very dark black with a two-fingered tan head. Excellant head retention and moderate amounts of sticky lacing left behind. Gorgeous looking beer.
The smell threw me off a bit. It has a sweet oat and malt smell and not a coffee aroma. Very powerful smell.
The coffee comes through in the taste however. The coffee and sweet, dark malt offer a very dynamic taste. Heavy bitter coffee aftertaste. A bit much for me. The body is thinner than what I expected and may be a bit overcarbonated. One bottle is enough. Overall a good beer but one I probably won't be seeking out in the future. Just not my taste.
01-20-2008 18:44:46 | More by morimech
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours black with a slight ruby hint around the edges. Thin lacing and nice legs.
Smells mostly of coffee, I don't think it's strong enough to be classed as espresso. Some mild sweetness as well.
Taste is coffee up front, sweet and fruity. Maybe some plums in the finish. As it warms it gets mellower, not really an improvement.
Mouthfeel is kind of thin, mildly carbonated.
Easy to drink and pretty well done.
01-14-2008 00:11:53 | More by kirok1999
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
This is a good looking beer. Dark as a dark night on a moonless night. Enormous head, rich and coffee-tinted, that has tremendously all-encompassing lacing and lasts forever -- never seen anything like it. Smells deep, rich and vibrant. Tastes creamy, smooth and dark and malty, roasted and sweet. This is a good tasting beer. Thickens up as it warms and becomes perhaps a little too much, but can't hold it against it as a real malt bomb. Better somewhat chilled. A great brew, though could do with some hops to balance the sweetness.
01-09-2008 00:52:02 | More by alexwag
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
Served at just under cellar temperature in a tasting tulip.
Appearance- Wow... awesome. This could very easily be mistaken for Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, with its enormous brown head that would billow over the glass if not careful. That's where the comparison ends, however... even after 10 minutes, this beer still has a three finger head with monster lacing draped across the inside of the glass. Outstanding, completely and ridiculously perfect.
Smell- Insane! Charred espresso beans, the bottom of a large coffeepot after a family gathering... wicked.
Taste- Does anyone remember Manhattan Special espresso soda? You can still find it here in North Jersey at some of the old school Italian delis... it's like that. The bitterness is over the top (whick works well here)... this is kinda cool because I'm having my very first Japanese coffee right here in my beer!
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Appropriate and enjoyable for the style, without being truly noteworthy. Texture is on the thin side for an Imperial Stout, but it really boosts the drinkability. This would be a terrific choice of dessert beer, paired with something that the bitterness would cut right through. A nice surprise that will definitely find its way back into my belly with cake or ice cream next time.
01-04-2008 04:15:27 | More by yelterdow
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
Poured from a bottle to a snifter, The liquid is black with ok carbonation. The head is only a small mocha pad and leave no lace.
The smell is coffee with out a pronounced roastyness.
The taste is great lots of coffee and medium roasted malt, with a great hopyness in the finish. Great balance and a nice refined taste with no staleness or bad after taste.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a Impy stout but this is not a real big beer, The carbonation feels good.
The drinkability is very good nothing wrong with this beer and most worth a try if the coffee is your thing. It's mine!
12-30-2007 10:29:30 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
From a short, fat, 12oz bottle with a red owl on the logo, pours an opaque, dark-black color with a minimal tan head... copped this brew singly from Gary's in Madison for about $3.50... definitely worth it... love sampling Hitachino beers partly due to the exotic foreign facotr, but also because they produce some quality brews, and this happens to be one of the best... strong espresso aroma present, and the taste is comparable to a strong latte with an espresso, dark-coffee finish with burnt chocolate and cocoa aftertones... nicely complex without being overbearing... no bitterness here... and despite a 7.5% alcohol percentage, wouldn't notice it behind the distinct sweetness... an awesome stout and definitely recommended...
12-28-2007 23:59:00 | More by dsa7783
3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
I picked up a bottle of this at Downtown Wine & Spirits a week or two ago. I had it tonight while packing for my flight tomorrow. I let this warm to 50º or so and served it in one of my NERAX ping glasses.
Appearance: Pours an opaque black except for the hints of brown at the edges when held to the light. It's topped by a thick brown head that fades to a thin later leaving patches of lace.
Smell: The coffee smell is evident when the bottle is opened, before the beer hits the glass. In the glass coffee aromas dominate. There's also a nice chocolate aroma and some dark fruit that comes out on swirling.
Taste: Sweet maltiness upfront. Moves into a nice dark chocolate sweetness, which gives way to a nice coffee bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, low carbonation. There's an odd chalkiness.
Drinkability: Very tasty, coffee provides a nice balance.
12-23-2007 03:12:44 | More by EPICAC
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
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