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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

715 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 27
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
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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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner style glass. About 2 inches of dark creamy head. Body of the beer is almost black. Strong scents of coffee and chocolate almost remind me of a mocha. Slight roasted nut-like flavors really add to the rounded out flavors. Smooth mouthfeel. This beer is a nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 16:45:00 | More by mtnbikerpa
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New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- blackness with a espresso colored head
S- coffee beans ground soaked in licorice coffee and dark chocolate really bold
T- straight up coffee and espresso with bitter chocolate and a slight tang finish
M- medium carbonation and a bit watery for the style
D- i drink 3 cup of coffee a day who am i to judge?

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:46:38 | More by foogerd
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4/5  rDev +2%

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California

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at great japan beer festival 2008:

a: nice brown w/ copious tan head

s: strong coffee w/ hints of chocolate malts; light hops

t: coffee with chocolate malts; lightly bitter hops; really powerhouse coffee flavor, though

m: light carb; creamy bod

d: strong coffee flavor; a great sort of extreme coffe beer; i bet it would be good with a scoop of vanilla in it

Serving type: on-tap

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jminsc76

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Followed up with this one after drinking an Oskar Blue's Ten FIDY, so I am not sure if any of the possible fruitier flavors have been blunted. However, here goes.

Pours a brownish/reddish head - big, creamy, and foamy - atop an impenetrable black body. The foam continues to pour as I empty the contents of the bottle. The head pours big and stays big, even without agitation, with thick creamy lacing spiraling down the side. Great visuals.

Aromas are nutty, oak-y, and strong espresso (surprise! surprise!). Some lighter fruit flavors upon agitation.

Flavors are similar to the aromas: deep coffee flavors, bitter, highly oak-y, and slight tastes of sawdust. Not a lot of the fruitier elements I found in the aromas, but this may be derived from consuming the Ten FIDY prior. I will have to try this again without previously drinking a strong stout. However, what's present is strong, with a nice, bitter coffee-like saturation on the palate.

Imagine drinking an espresso that intoxicates instead of caffeine-ating you. And with a 7.5% ABV to boot as well as a mouthfeel consistent with the aforementioned beverage, I taste a complex stout that's uncanny from the more bitter/oak-y flavors but invites repeated indulgences. One per session, however, should be enough. I can't imagine myself downing two or more espresso shots in one sitting; this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me just say that I think the serving size of this beer is perfect and of course love the look of the bottle. That said, I love a good stout where when you stare into it, it reminds me of looking straight down in the ocean after a drop off - can't see crap, very curious, a little scared. The smell, even in a snifter, was actually kinda understated, which is ok because the taste more than made up for it. It was like drinking some of those really dark chocolate covered espresso beans. As an aside, I wonder if this would be a good beer to drink with a cold because the smell is negligible, at least to me. And alcohol kills bacteria I believe. It finished nice and smooth. I love this beer - I'll have it again and again.

Serving type: bottle

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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 05:19:00 | More by Chico1985
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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.