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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 35
Gots: 69 | 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 Chico1985
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours pitch black with a small tan head that disappears completely, leaves absolutely no lacing. For shame! Smell is great, alot of chocolate with coffee floating in the background. Taste is good, although I was hoping for more espresso. Coffee is just about even with chocolate here. Mouthfeel is pretty thin for a stout, alcohol is well-hidden and it's easy to drink. Definitely a bit pricey at $5.50/bottle but I suppose since it's imported from Japan it's somewhat understandable. Good overall, nothing that blew me away but I'm always interested in trying a Japanese espresso stout, I picked it up on a whim.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a brown 720 ml bottle. Opaque pitch black in appearance, practically impermeable to light. Tall creamy mocha head that eventually settles to a very sticky cap with gashes of lacing.

Rounded char and espresso notes on the nose, treacle, some licorice, slight alcohol.

Intense robust flavours, roasted and char malt, sweetens a bit in the middle like cappuccino, clean smoky and earthy finish and aftertaste, rounded coffee grounds.

Full-bodied but not thick, smooth and rounded.

Very enjoyable, an amazingly approachable Imperial Coffee Stout, they get points for both approaches and pulling them off. A stout that everyone should seek out, I know I'm gonna get my fill while it's still available.

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

720ml bottle poured into pint glass dec23 2009

A black with a giant mocha head that just hangs around to the bottom of the glass. just a few loose rings of lace but great retention, nice looking stout

S very heavy on the dark roasted coffee with some mild chocolate

T a little more chocolate and a little less coffee then on the nose, but it's pretty close to the smell and I enjoyed it a fair bit

M not as thick as expected but not watery by any means

D I can't complain with any aspects of this beer other then the price

pretty pleased with this brewer and can't wait to try their other beers

Photo of elgiacomo
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Pours very dark brown, black in the glass, with a huge three-finger brown head. Head eventually settles down to a light cap. Rings of sticky spotty lacing. Rather attractive.

Aroma big on coffee, with a slight funkiness, roasted malts, and some dark fruits.

Flavor is coffee, chocolate, dark cherries, and other dark fruits with a light sour tang. Delicious.

Wonderful smooth creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation.

An excellent brew! Only thing holding this back is the price @ $4.99/bottle. Still worth it and I'm glad I finally got around to trying this wonderful beer.

Photo of steve8robin
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one in the fridge for a while. Time to crack this baby open.

A: Dark as night. No transparency or translucency at all. Very nice mocha colored head that quickly disappears.

S: Smells of coffee, not overwhelming though, and hops.

T: This one is definitely a pleasant surprise. I was not expecting much, so this one exceeded those expectations. Has an awesome dark coffee taste that really hits you in the aftertaste quickly followed by bitter hops. The cabonation is the only thing I don't really like about the taste. The more I drink, the more the bitter hop flavor overtakes it.

M: A little too much carbonation for my taste.

D: This one goes down fairly easy. I love the initial taste, it's just the high level of carbonation that throws me off.

All in all, this beer will not disappoint you. It will be a pleasant surprise for a nice evening beverage for anyone who enjoys coffee.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My fourth Hitachino beer, and a great one at that. I finally found the hidden gem of their lineup. Here is my review:

A: Pours a dark black. Head was quite large on the pour, but it shrunk quite a bit. Lacing is excellent. Just a very creamy and delightful looking stout.

S/T: Upon the first smell, I am reminded of their Lacto Sweet Stout, which isn't a bad thing. Somewhat sweet with a smokey character. The taste on the other hand, is much more complex and rewarding. This is a very balanced beer. Lots of different flavors, but nothing really stands above the rest. Coffee is the initial flavor, but its not a super rich or strong coffee. Its more of a mellow, less acidic coffee flavor. Chocolate is right there as well. More of a dark chocolate and a little sweet. Also a nice roasted malt and smoke character in there as well. The flavors just mingle well on the palate to create a balanced and enjoyable stout.

M/D: Very creamy and tasty in the mouth. Would be excellent as a breakfast or dessert beer. Drinks pretty typical for a stout. Not over the top, so it could be sessioned if desired. Nothing offputting about the beer at all.

I was more than impressed with this one. Such a complex and balanced flavor profile, its hard not to enjoy this one. I rarely buy import brews, and this is going to make the short list of ones I will revisit often. Not up there with Brunch Weasel or Founders Breakfast, but still an excellent choice. Highly recommended.

Photo of Freethyhops
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours pitch black. a vigorous pour produced a huge head. 3 fingers atleast, it was hard to tell as a little bit spilled over the top of the glass...oops. the head dissipated to a thin film but left heavy lacing.

S- espresso indeed. a ton of coffee and chocolate on the nose. not a whole lot going on besides that. but right on for a nice coffee stout.

T- a load of bitter chocolate is up front followed by some relatively faint coffee and a surprising breadiness. finishes a bit dry. maybe some of the foreign influence coming in. a nice smooth drinking imperial stout, but it could be a good bit more robust.

M/D- this is an interesting beer in the mouthfeel dept. it starts out quite creamy but finishes quite dry and reminds me a little bit of a Guinness extra stout. dryness isn't exactly what I'm looking for in a double stout. the carbonation level is quite pleasing. this is a very drinkable impy stout. not the strongest but it goes down smooth even considering the lower ABV(7.5%)

a nice beer but I don't think I'll be purchasing again at the $5 a bottle price tag. worth a try though.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of TheEremite
2.89/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.09/5  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.

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Lldeegan
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Photo of Nesued
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of BarrelO
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Goldfish19
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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! ~

Photo of Vengeance526
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of magine
3.56/5  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.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
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

Photo of notCreative
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of cvfish
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Photo of berkey
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of carsonplunkett
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.