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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

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395 Reviews
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Reviews: 395
Hads: 894
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 43
Gots: 85 | FT: 3
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Japan

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 Hoppsbabo
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a re-review. The first one I had tasted of onions and I wrote it off but the one I'm having now is delicious.

A: Lucid black with espresso head, which ain't to bad.

S: Chocolate, bathwater hops, a sense of sweetness, roasted coffee beans. The last half of the glass reeks of fish food pellets.

T: Much better than the first one I had. Very chocolately indeed. Not sure where the espresso is though. Very accessible and drinkable for a strong stout, not like engine oil but also not watery. Loads of citrus in the aftertaste.

O: Delicious! Of all the Japanese craft beer I've tried, Hitachino seem to be the ones that really know what they're doing. However, 8,900 Korean Won for a pissy 300ml bottle (£5, $7.8)... What the hell! (742 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker: Three fingers of glistening, souffle-like mocha head over black body with just a few little highlights around the edges. Head drops to one thick, lumpy finger & leaves substantial lacing.

Moderate, nutty coffee aroma, on the sweet side; grape juice; maybe a little musty, oxidized, but not unpleasant. Get an interesting whiff of corn chips after a while, hmm.

Little bit of fruity bite, with some plum skins, figs; roasted coffee & dark chocolate bitterness; hops bring up the rear & give some citrus bitterness, even a little wine-like. Long, dry, bitter aftertaste with little spurts of cocoa sweetness.

Medium-full-bodied, goes down pretty smoothly with a lot of residual feel.

Good, nothing terribly surprising: the espresso was noticeable & not overwhelming, some dark fruits, presumably from age & oxidation, but I don't think it hurt anything. Good stuff, I'd be down for it again. (915 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle 'born on' date is 10.11

Pours a black-looking dark brown with a 1-finger head that dissipates quickly. Smell is dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and and odd date-like sweetness. Mild, but pleasant. Taste is bitter and crisp at first, and ends with an oddly sweet dark coffee/espresso flavor. In between is deep, malty chocolate and toffee. Mouthfeel is decently creamy and no alcohol shows up. The bitter feeling is just right as well.

At $5 a bottle I can't afford to pick this up all the time, but I would if I could.

EDIT: had a two-year-old bottle recently and it was still excellent (608 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color. The beer has a two finger tall dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker patch near the center of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: This beer has such a wonderful aroma that really makes me want to have it over and over again. There is a light presence of dark roasted malts and chocolate but the smell is dominated by the intense coffee/espresso notes.

T: Quite delicious with a good amount of complexity. There are light dark roasted malt notes upfront and then there are some milk chocolate flavors. After that the flavor is dominated by the intense coffee/espresso flavors. The beer is sweet but has some lingering light bitterness.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and lightly dry in the finish.

O: I have been drinking this beer for about 7 years since I picked it up on a whim and still really enjoy it - and I will continue to pick this one up from time to time. This is a wonderfully delicious beer that is best served to be sipped slowly over the course of an hour or two - the flavors are too intense to have more than one of these at a sitting. (1,254 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured black with lot's of carbonation along the sides. Two fingers of khaki head on top. No lace and a film of retention.

S - Tons of coffee. Heavy on the coffee. Not much but burnt coffee.

T - Less coffee. Chocolate, roastiness. Less coffee than the aroma but still lot's there.

M - Good carbonation, full body, bitter coffee finish.

O/D - Couldn't have another. One dimensional for sure. A good effort for the coffee fiend. Too much for me, though I didn't particularly hate it. (527 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a minimal mocha head. It is a pitch black color with some signs of carbonation at the top of the glass. There
is nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: super roasted coffee, mocha, and toasted and roasted malts too.

Taste: the espresso up front is not that bad at all. There are mocha and bready notes too. Bitterness from the coffee lingers for a bit also.

Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice mix on the stout style. Espresso beans added or the coffee itself was pulled off well. This was a hard find down in Brooklyn, but well worth it. Not sure about the bottle cost, but a good introduction into the breweries beers. (764 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark brown with a 2 finger tan mocha head.

S - Picking up a lot of roasted malts and coffee.

T - Not as much coffee as I was expecting compared to others in its class. But, you do get some coffee and roasted malts. There's a slight sweetness to it also.

M - Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pretty velvety.

O - Not an "in your face" coffee stout. It's a bit muted where it should be bold. (409 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque in body with coffee head that fades. Smells of burnt coffee beans and sharp roast. Tastes of black coffee, roast, burnt bread, some tang, mild hop bitterness. Thick in body with low carbonation. A strong espresso roast fest but not a bad time. A bit heavy, a bit too coffee astringency but worth having. (310 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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

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

Astringency and cigarette flavors hold this one back. Strong flavored foods such as beef or pungent cheese will help. (723 characters)

Photo of GinaBeerInc
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it at a Rock concert in Los Angeles, perfect beer for the occasion. Pours a black colour with a thick beige head. Aroma of rich espresso coffee with some vanilla notes. Rich flavour of espresso, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and some bitter hops in the background which I enjoyed. Light vegetable notes. Full bodied, soft carbonation and a long finish with some robustness and coffee. Very well balanced, could't ask for anything else. (443 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle stamped E.8.12 which I'm guessing either means it was brewed in December, 2008 or it is best by August, 2012. I'm hoping for the latter.

Appearance is pitch black like used motor oil with a tiny dark tan head that quickly fades to a ring around the glass.

Smells quite strongly of espresso and roasted malt with a touch of caramel.

Taste is sweet caramel, coffee, an roasted malt. Much like a caramel mocha. Lots of bitterness from the malt and coffee. There is an earthy quality to this, kind of woody, that is chicory-like in nature. Mouthfeel is silky and smoothe but quite full-bodied.

Overall this is an excellent beer. The coffee is nicely balanced and I really like the earthy quality. One that I would like to have again. (777 characters)

Photo of output01x
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger mocha-colored head that fades to a thick, even coating and thick foam ring after a few minutes. The body is a near black mahogany that shows no traces of color when held to light. Some great lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

The nose is definitely more like a cup of joe than like a glass of beer. It is filled with coffee aromas, including coffee beans (not roasted), coffee grounds, and espresso.

The first sip reminds me of a cappuccino latte while held in the mouth. Notes of dark, sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel, espresso, and roasted coffee beans are all there. Upon swallowing, flavors of coffee, espresso, and hot chocolate all come out. The finish is rather dry and does not leave much of an aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer starts off very creamy on the tongue but has a sharp, dry finish. The body is nice and thick. It coats your mouth well, is a bit sticky, but isn't quite to the point of being syrupy. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy but does not detract from the flavors and really helps this beer's dry finish. (1,195 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pretty much an opaque black color. A massive, rocky tan head rises to over two fingers with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace is left behind. This is a looker.
S: Roasted malts and lots of fresh ground coffee. Cream, chocolate, nutmeg. Toasted, bready aromas. This is excellent.
T: Big on the roast and coffee again. The coffee is very nice, but not over barring which seems to be a problem with a lot of other version. Vanilla and chocolate. Very nice.
M/D: A medium to full body. Prickly carbonation, but smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. Everything is well incorporated, and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen. An excellent stout to sip on.

This is a really nice coffee stout. The alcohol is certainly pushing the imperial range, but it is not over barring at all. Really enjoyable and well made. (825 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black hue with amber highlights. Has a thick, tan, 3-finger head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail down glass and ending in a persistent lace.

S: Strong coffee and malt aroma with an alcoholic background.

T: Dark rich ale that is a little more sweet than bitter. Has a solid coffee and malt background hints of hops.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Delicious coffee stout. Huge coffee flavors and very boozy! (539 characters)

Photo of rwathree
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: opaque, jet black, as it should be. The nice part is the reddish hue of the head, which yields a decent cap and leaves a sticky lace as it settles.

S: coffee aromas are subdued, too much so given what this is supposed to be. That said, smell of chocolate, candied sugar, and hints of vine fruit and booze, makes for a nice combo. Appetizing, but not what I was hoping for.

T: no mistaking the coffee here, though. Strong, earthy espresso flavor with chicory, smoke, and chocolatey sweetness. Nice.

M: solid. Bubbly enough to refresh, and quite creamy.

O: there's a spot in town that makes a New Orleans-style coffee, and the chicory notes I get here make this the beer version of that for me. Nothing's blowing my mind; just a strong interpretation of the style, which is what I expect from Kiuchi. (805 characters)

Photo of hiku7
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark reddish brown to black, but looks opaque black once it's in the glass. One-finger light brown head with moderate lacing.

This beer does smell like espresso as you would expect. Heavy roastiness with a coffee grounds aroma. Also some well-toasted bread aroma. None of the anise or licorice aroma you so often get in a big stout.

Taste and feels a bit like a cappucino. Very roasty! Very little hop bitterness. The sweetness and alcohol are balanced primarily by the espresso roast flavors. Milk chocolate flavor too. Earthiness could be hops, but it could be the coffee too. One interesting flavor is a grainy wheat or rice like flavor mixed in that I didn't expect. Not sure what to make of it. For me this flavor detracted a bit from the experience at first, but as I got to the end of the beer I started to see it as a flavor that distinguished this stout from others and I enjoyed it.

Creamy mouthfeel, like a cappucino. Pleasant roast aftertaste. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Interesting coffee stout that substitutes for actual coffee nicely for someone like me who no longer drinks coffee but loves coffee aroma and beer. (1,153 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this espresso stout into a glass stein.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oh, and if the espresso actually tasted more like espresso, that would certainly help matters. I cannot see myself ever returning to this one... (1,840 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle is poured into a chalice.

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

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

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

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

I find this to be an enjoyable stout. No aspect of it is too overbearing. I could enjoy a few of these in an evening. (868 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

O: An enjoyable beer, one I would not have believed came from Japan. Recommended, but not an exceptional exemplar of the style. (810 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic pint-shaped glass

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

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

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

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

D - I liked this drink for a few reasons, one being that its probably the best espresso-laced beer I've ever had; but two, it was exactly as described, an espresso stout, nothing more or less; you get what you pay for (1,014 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle
Served in a snifter

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

S - Rich roasted aromas including dark chocolate.

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

M - Moderate. Smooth with little carbonation

O - This is a pretty tasty brew. I would prefer it a bit thicker in body but I really can't complain about this beer. (435 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

M: Medium, smooth, and creamy.

O: I am a big fan of this brewer; everything they make is delicious. This beer is smooth, creamy, and silkily. It has nice coffee and smoke flavors, but they are reserved rather than in the consumer's face. The beer is balanced by a healthy bit of bitter hops, which adds a slight grapefruit to the beer. (751 characters)

Photo of Klym
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a surly darkness snifter.

This beer is to me the ruler by which I measure all espresso stouts. It has such a nice spicy espresso smell and taste, this is a great go to stout. Complexity and enjoyability embodies this beer and I'd recommend it to anyone. Great espresso character and drinkability for the abv. (322 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours dark black with tan foam. Good stickiness.

Deep coffee smell, quite roasted. Creamy taste, full on dark chocolate & coffee blend. Lite bittering.

Very smooth and light carbonation. Bitter-er as the beer warms.

Quite good. Balanced nicely. (287 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So many things are great about this beer I hate to review it at this rating but the taste wasn't pleasing and that is the dominating factor.

The appearance was awesomely dark black with a nice tan head that had great lacing and retention. The smell was a nice balance of roasted malt, espresso, cocoa and even a hint of vanilla. A bit of earthy hops in the back.

The taste was a bit too bitter. Old coffee, bakers chocolate, and earthy hops. Not enough sweet middle to balance anything.

It was a bit thin for a stout as well as overly carbonated. I've had much better coffee stouts. (586 characters)

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.