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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

696 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 25
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Japan

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 07-20-2007)
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Strangely, I cannot find this anywhere in Japan. I was very excited - and surprised - to see it at Discount in Milwaukee.

Appearance: Purple-brown-black, totally opaque but for blackcurrant highlights. Restless coffee-stained beige head settles into a smooth, sticky cloud with very good retention.

Smell: Kahlua, tiramisu first; then fresh-roasted cofee beans, chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, lush and sweet caramel, toffee, subtle fruit notes. Calvados and oranges come to mind. Hops lend a very slight peppery/herbal spice, oh, and I just noticed roasted peanuts and honey! Mmm.

Taste: Excellent Bursting with coffee, chocolate, milk, brownies, coffee ice cream, and espresso. Savory, too, with just a touch of sweet (amakuchi) soy sauce. Floral honey abounds as well, plus a surprising light touch of fruity red wine. Malty as hell but well-bittered with burnt notes and cacao and tangy citric hops, which clean up the finish nicely.

Mouthfeel: Soft and smooth, thick and syrupy, yet somehow clean.

Drinkability: Awesome. Not a hint of the 7.5% ABV, just pure, sweet, coffee goodness. Strong but not aggressive, smooth but not boring. Seriously... is this the best brewery in the world?

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 16:21:49 | More by soulgrowl
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nickfl

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 06:26:24 | More by nickfl
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 14:29:07 | More by jeonseh
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mpetty7052

Tennessee

4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 05:58:07 | More by mpetty7052
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joecast

Australia

4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, seriously thick dark pour. Big foamy dark tan head. Heaps of lacing and stability. Low carbonation, pitch black. Excellent.

Coffee aroma at the forefront. Dark chocolate and roast.pillows of sweet maltiness arise as it warms.

Big malt, roast and bitterness. Mixes well keeping this big beer interesting. Complex yet accessible. Smooth and balanced. Just enough sweetness in the finish to ward off palate fatigue.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Smooth without being too heavy and filling. One can easily become two. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 09:16:56 | More by joecast
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Jamco_76

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

04-28-2014 17:20:59 | More by Jamco_76
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torriman

Spain

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

06-30-2014 09:01:08 | More by torriman
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BS-

Singapore

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a highball glass

A: Pitch black with a rich, dark gold head that settled at about 1-2mm. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of coffee with some chocolaty sweetness and soya sauce-esque scents.

T: Deep coffee notes with touches of chocolate and a slight maltiness. Slight touch of citrus can be detected. Aftertaste is mostly sweet and chocolaty with hints of citrus.

M: Decent to thick with slight carbonation.

O: A very nice stout. Very mellow and quite balanced without getting boring. Very comforting aftertaste. Definitely a beer I would have more of.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 13:16:43 | More by BS-
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 16:50:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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JohnQVD

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-17-2013 22:53:00 | More by JohnQVD
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JesseMurdock

Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

06-13-2013 08:51:19 | More by JesseMurdock
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 23:59:00 | More by dsa7783
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Edgerrin32

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

09-18-2012 19:37:14 | More by Edgerrin32
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superdoopersauce

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

05-10-2014 03:23:34 | More by superdoopersauce
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-02-2012 05:34:53 | More by Zachtheporter
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, totally opaque with two fingers of fluffy tan head. Strong retention and lace.

S: Delightful! Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and some vinous aromas.

T: Chocolate up front and all the way through. Faint sweetness underneath balances the roasted flavors. Coffee appears mostly on the finish, with a nice, bitter bite. Suave and delicious. Each sip has a little bit different balance of the flavors, which keeps the beer interesting through the whole glass. Alcohol completely hidden.

M: Fairly light mouthfeel for the style helped by generous carbonation. Very smooth and luscious.

O: Wow, this is good. Loved it, highly recommend it. Just plain yummy. Had no idea there was such delicious beer in Japan, but now I know.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 02:15:29 | More by AmericanGothic
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wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

05-22-2014 02:54:51 | More by wrightst
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thisiskatcooper

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-17-2011 18:20:02 | More by thisiskatcooper
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

04-14-2014 01:52:46 | More by jpd7374
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

06-29-2014 23:33:10 | More by sammyg832
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KevinDanger23

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

11-08-2013 03:27:40 | More by KevinDanger23
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WildMaverick1200

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-27-2013 17:35:35 | More by WildMaverick1200
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Svendozen

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

05-12-2014 01:52:49 | More by Svendozen
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Pieless

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-29-2011 20:10:43 | More by Pieless
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Pencible

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured an opaque black with fluffy dark tan head. It smelled like strong espresso and coffee bean malts with a bit of dark chocolate. It tasted like bittersweet espresso hops and dark chocolate malt with a hint of soy sauce. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a lasting bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this tasted more like a Starbuck's brew than a beer, but it was delicious either way. It had great body too, making it a perfect after-dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 20:59:01 | More by Pencible
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.