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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

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860 Ratings
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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 35
Gots: 75 | FT: 2
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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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Ratings: 860 | Reviews: 396
Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of melmoth100
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with ruby highlights and a thick creamy mocha head with plenty of sticky lacing everywhere.

S - Strong espresso with bittersweet chocolate, hints of roasted malt and sweet caramel.

T - Bitter, burnt coffee grounds, some roasted malt, sweet dark chocolate, a touch of spice, sweet and a bit astringent.

M - Smooth and creamy but on the light side for an imperial stout. Bitter astringency lingers on the tongue.

D - Bold coffee stout but not very complex.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark, brown with a thin, tan, head that slowly fades away to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. Light lacing.

Nicely roasted coffee beans with a touch of acidity on the nose. Almost smells like some green (unroasted) coffee beans are in there as well. Dark malts and some bittersweet chocolate.

Lots of bitter coffee grounds wash over the tongue, followed by dark, black malts, but still somewhat balanced with a sweeter chocolate presence. The finish is quite smooth and balanced. Fairly basic, but well done.

The body is smooth and roasty with lingering bitterness. The ABV is essentially unnoticeable. It would nice if the mouthfeel were a bit thicker, but not too bad. Light for an imperial stout.

Drinkability is good. There is a decent amount of coffee in the flavor and beer is fairly well balanced for a coffee stout. Overall, this is well done, but not overly complex. Worth trying if you see it, but there are better examples of the style.

Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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 valianes
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of smb
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of veinless
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours licorice black, with brown evident in the pour, but not in the glass. A healthy two-finger mahogany head was generated that faded at a pleasant rate, and was very foamy to make up for the relatively large bubbles on the edges of the head. Laced pretty well.

Aroma is 100% deep, roasted coffee beans, with not a hint of chocolate, other malt, or any hops, or ANYTHING else. Not even a bit of sweetness can be smelled. Coffee smells phenomenal though.

Taste follows, with an almost burnt-to-charcoal start that moves to the coffee mellowing out a bit, but still remaining black and unsweetened to the bitter end. A tiny bit of sweet hops are maybe present mid-sip, but they are so weak it may just be my palate playing tricks on me. Finish is supremely coffee-like, as this is much more like coffee than the weak mess I had a week ago at a joint named for white-hot heavenly bodies and $$$. Roasted woody flavors and a mild sweetness come out a bit more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth, although a bit thinner than expected. Doesn't get creamy, but drinks well. Drinkability is high, as it has the same finish, start, etc. as coffee which we all know is one of the most drinkable beverages on earth. I have had some coffee stouts that offer stronger coffee flavor, or a combo of coffee and other things, but this beer is unique in that the only flavor I get is coffee - and it's very enjoyable.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pimpinmidget
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a nice finger of tan head that sticks

S: Coffee, chocolate, slight roast malt

T: Chocolate upfront with the coffee/espresso coming in right behind it and staying throughout. Nice balance.

M: Medium bodied, nice and smooth. Has a creaminess texture to it. Decent carbonation and almost no alcohol taste at all.

O: Really enjoyed this one. While nothing about it blew my socks off; it was just nice all around. Well done. Will be drinking this one again.

Photo of hopsputin
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: a mix of dark brown and black with a ruby red note at the bottom of the glass. large 3-4 finger off white & tan head that fades and settles at about 1 finger

s: dark cherries, oak, toasted malt, smooth coffee, raisins, sweet toffee, a hint of burnt coffee beans

t: much more of that coffee/espresso in the flavor than the nose. right away its those espresso beans. that rich and toasted espresso fades to roasted malts, some sweet berries, caramel/toffee, and a nice creaminess. its not overly complicated, but its tasty

m: medium mouthfeel, with a little bit of sugary-syrup lingering feel. tiny bit of carbonation

o: this is my first offering from this brewery, and i'm quite impressed. its nothing mind blowing, but it definitely offerers a nice espresso flavor, and is backed by some other nice flavor you tend to see i a stout of this style. worth a try.

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: completely black with a little bit of dark brown around the edges. Head is a thick finger of pillowy dark tan foam. Nice.

Smell: roasty coffee aroma with a pretty substantial amount of vegetal hops. Love the coffee, but the hops are just too forward.

Taste: tons of coffee and roasted barley flavor. The vegetal hop character is thankfully much milder here than in the aroma. Bitter and astringent like a cup of coffee, this beer is successful in that area -- this is definitely an espresso stout and not a mocha stout. I actually rather like it.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation and a big, rich, smooth creaminess that is thick and satisfying yet goes down easy. Wonderful.

Overall: I like this beer a lot. I might not be in the mood for something like this every day, but for the most part it is quite successful. Good stuff.

Photo of bbb099
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Shared with mjyoung.

A - An almost black dark brown, typical stout color. Mocha-colored head that dissipated relatively quickly.

S - Coffee aroma, lots of it. Maybe hints of roasted malt, but very little amount.

T - The best way to describe is that it's a cold, carbonated coffee drink. I did not taste much of anything else besides a little bit of malt on the backside.

M - Highly carbonated. Medium to light bodied. I enjoyed the flavor very much; unfortunately, I have to knock the scores down a little bit because the texture was a little watery for the style.

D - Good drinkability. Not a complex beer, but worth a try just because it's so unique.

Photo of mick303
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle from the lcbo. poured a deep black colour with a nice frothy coffee tan head, showed some pretty good retention and a nice film. Very large bubbles on the film.

S - aromas of dark roast coffee, bitter espresso, dark chocolate, lots of black licorice as well, maple notes, with some complex characters - underripe banana, hazelnut, almost eggnog aromas. A nice integration of the roasty espresso beans.

T - taste brings initially a lot of festive wintery stout character, then a big blast of espresso coffee. Dark roasty coffee, plums, rich dark fruits and licorice, very creamy, some lactic/dairy character to it, which smooth some of the bitterness, the coffee beans bring a really pleasant complexity and a lot of interesting spice mixed in, maple notes again, strong earthy notes with the coffee. Leading to a pleasant bitter finish, drying espresso character. Very coffee forward.

M - full coffee feel, and the carbonation is so mild and soft you could be fooled that it was a robust bitter americano. but the espresso doesn't hold up the alcohol as well. A big espresso bitterness develops and satisfies through the finish. Quite rich and satisfying, but certainly with a bitter and drying body. As it warmed I did feel it could use more substantial malts to hold up and provide balance.

Certainly one of the more forward coffee beers out there, this has a lot of the roasty bitterness being complimented by licorice and strong espresso notes from the beans, the aroma is great, festive and complex. The taste has some of the fruitiness and somewhat tropical spiciness complimenting a complex coffee body. Full feel and all around an interesting and complex espresso stout, which bring some interesting coffee side notes with it rather than just roasty notes. Good stuff, though I would agree that the body relies a bit heavily on the coffee and has a bit of a drying quality.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of DavidHume
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of potownbill
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another selection from Halftime in Poughkeepsie.
Appearance: This beer pours a very very dark brown with a great deep tan head. Good lacing.
Smell: Coffee, Raisins, Earthy
Taste: Major roasted grains. Coffee, chocolate,
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth
Drinkability: Delicious, but one is certainly enough.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, slight cookie dough, and coffee and espresso bean aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and slightly astringent coffee/espresso flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some very nice coffee and espresso aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

Photo of TheMistler
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bartender's eyes lit up when I ordered a bottle of this beer, and he spoke of his own taste for it as he poured the thick, oily, and very very dark brown concoction into a large wine glass. I was surprised by the amount of head. Tan and clingy, with about a pinky's width sticking around on top for the long haul. Well, so far so good.

A slightly sweetened coffee on the nose, juxtaposed with dark chocolate. Very pleasant.

This has 7.5ABV? Wowsa - that might not be a lot, but I expected to taste a bit more alcohol. Though there is an alcohol bite on the tail end, it is almost completely covered by strong flavors of coffee and chocolate and roasted nuts.

Carbonation builds throughout, but there is never very much of it, and I was left feeling that this beer had just a bit too heavy a feel. Nonetheless, a good stout whose tastiness makes drinking more than one in a sitting distinctly feasible.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Jet black with some dark brown head that sticks around for a while. Nose gives off a bit of espresso, some big chocolate notes, and some malty sweetness--something about it is just a tad stale (maybe?). Flavor is really nice. I love espresso stouts, and this nails it with a nice chocolatey, roasty stout with a supporting espresso accent. It's definitely there, but it doesn't overpower the beer. The flavor really crescendos and develops in the mouth. Feel left me a bit disappointed, however, as it was thin--too thin for this big of flavor. It did make it easy to drink, though.

Photo of iwanatalk2sampson
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glossy mahogany with accents of copper and orange. The burnt sienna colored cap filled most of the glass on the pour and is still at three fingers after several minutes. What a lovely looking chunk of foam. An abundance of beautiful, sticky lace is seen as well.

Anyone who likes coffee-added beer will like the aroma. There's a little too much sourness for it to be considered great, which is really the only chink in the olfactory armor. Java isn't as thunderous as it could be, but then balance is probably preferable anyway.

Espresso Stout is the real deal. The underlying tartness of the nose is also appreciated on the palate. It's minor (some might say negligible), but I prefer my big stouts to be sweet, bitter or bittersweet. There is a fair amount of bitterness, and sweetness is noted as well.

Those who hate the way that some coffee beer tastes like cold coffee rather than beer will find a lot to like with HNES. The brewers at Kiuchi have added just enough espresso beans to complement the RIS base beer rather than overwhelm it. Other than those mentioned above, flavors include dark caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and slightly sour milk.

The mouthfeel doesn't quite measure up since it's on the thin side for the style and the ABV. A certain amount of chewiness is needed in all big stouts as far as I'm concerned. Ease of drinkablity is high, however. No hint of alcohol helps too.

Kiuchi is my favorite Japanese brewery by a long shot. Celebration Ale, White Ale and XH are all outstanding. Espresso Stout is good as well, but it fails to run with the big dogs in the increasingly popular world of coffee stouts. $4.75 per bottle doesn't do it any favors either.

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
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