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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

747 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 31
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
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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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Tom-Peters, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of orcasteve
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this one sure is difrent, the espresso flavor overpours the malt witch tates like rice maby? the espresso is good and the hops kick in nicley but ther is somthing missing inbeetween, i think that it could have been sweeter. i dont hate this beer, it gets better as you reach the bottem. i think that this might make a good black and tan with an approcot wheat ale

orcasteve, Jul 22, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Sludgeman, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

tbeckett, May 01, 2012
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was thrown in as an extra in a recent trade from BucketBoy. Thanks again!

Appearance -- Pours a deep, dark mahogany - jet black in the glass - with two fingers of stiff tan head. Massive lacing.

Smell -- Not a whole lot going on; espresso, dark chocolate, char, some mild acridity. Everything is very muted.

Taste -- Espresso is abundant, with bitter chocolate, mild smokiness and charred wood. Finish is bitter coffee and burnt wood.

Mouthfeel -- Heavy, but not too heavy for the style. Carbonation is mild, slightly prickly, almost fluffy.

Drinkability -- Enjoyable. Goes down easy, feels good on the palate. Definitely enjoyable, but I would've liked to taste more malt sweetness to temper the espresso and bitterness. Still, quite good and I'm glad it was brought to my attention.

yeahnatenelson, May 23, 2010
Photo of Ralphus
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I have to admit I was little underwhelmed by this. It may be though that I get to drink Peche Mortel in abundance though, so many beers of this style are going to fall short.

It does pour well though. Jet black a big solid head that leaves plenty of lacing down the glass. The head doesn't stick around however.

Smellwise its decent but there's some room for improvement. Its mostly a dark raisin, coffee filled nose but it's just not that appealing. There's something a little off putting about it.

And that probably carries over from the taste, which has more of it. Lots of astringint raisin, some bitter burnt coffee.. but there's just no richness or depth of character that makes it appealing. Its a bit what I imagine drinking day old coffee mixed with plum juice might be like.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side or a such big beer. Drinkability.. I have my doubts I'll even get through the last part of this bottle.

Ralphus, Nov 10, 2010
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3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pitch black, non-transparent, thin tan color head that faded quickly

S- Fresh coffee, dark chocolate, sugary, creamy, vanilla

T- Cocoa powder, burnt malts, old coffee, bitter, hint of sweetness

M- Medium/heavy body, medium carbonation, smooth, slight burn of alcohol

D- Not worth trying

The appearance and auroma of this beer makes you anxious to try it, but all that excitement ends once you taste it.

iceball585, Feb 23, 2009
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3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours black, with a big foamy mocha head that sticks around, leaving nice a lacing.

S - Big coffee aroma with some dark chocolate detectable as well. I do get a slight funky smell that i can't put my finger on.

T - Coffee hits the taste buds and stays for for a little bit. Not that much in the finish besides coffee.

M - Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation

D - This beer is pretty drinkable, but personally, I wouldn't pay another $7.99 for an 11oz bottle.

Rizalini, Feb 28, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured absolutely black into a tulip. Completely opaque. A little cascading. Formed a thick 2 finger head. Excellent lacing.

Lots of coffee in the nose. That is all I get. As the beer warmed, the coffee smell becomes more prevalent. It smells like a lighter roast of coffee.

Wow. A lot more carbonation than I expected. Very fizzy. Lots of heavily roasted coffee from start to finish. Also some hints of chocolate and dark berries. Very long bitter finish. Totally reminds me of espresso. I wanted to add some sugar to this beer.

Although I think this is a good beer, it isn't very drinkable. It was just a little too bitter for me. But, for what it is, it is great.

brantadid, Dec 05, 2007
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3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--> not black, but extra dark chocolate colored. It had almost no head to maybe a 1/4 inch.
S--> Immediate coffee, coffee, coffeee!!! and dark chocolate. It had some subtle spicy aromas of cream and yeasty bread.
T--> Again, coffee and dark choc. but the yeasty bread came out much more in the taste than the smell. aftertastes of bitter coffees alcohol and hops...leaves a trail of sourness that I didn't particularly care for, but maybe that could be a good thing being that this beer is so over-explosively rich and sweet!
MF--> viscosity is very nice but more head would be nice. has a meaty bite in the latter half of the drink.
D--> A pleasant drink, but one is enough. :-)

spazmonkeyy, Oct 11, 2008
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3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Cylinsier, Aug 15, 2009
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3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Alright, my first taste of Japanese craft beer, let's go...

Pours a nice black-brown, with lovely ochre head that disperses, leaving a ring of beige lacing around the top with great stickiness. Carbonation is steady, and has a bit of wobble to the body. Looks pretty nice.

Lots of cool espresso notes on the nose, kind of spicy coffee, hints of mint on there, a mild cocoa touch but not a lot of roastiness. Coffee dominates and it's rich, strong, bitter. Good aroma but a bit simple.

Taste is also full of coffee, quite sour, spicy and phenolic with peaks and troughs of flavour. Taste is more roasty with strong coffee ground flavour, hints of peppery spice, caramel sweetness underlying and a bit of a clovey spice on the late-mid as well. Never loses sight of the flavour, but sweetness dips late and that produces a slight soapy astringency which doesn't quite sit right with me. There's a good front, but by the finish it's a bit on the nasty bitter side which leaves a harsh, ashy aftertaste.

Good body but swills around in a watery kind of way. It has a slight carbonation tingle which is not bad, but yeah, feels a little on the thin side.

The aftertaste is a little rough but otherwise a decent drinking stout.

laituegonflable, Jul 26, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Bruery Tulip at fridge temperature

A- Poured rather viciously got about 2 1/2 fingers of head at first which is now after a minute settling to aobut a 1/2 a finger now, the head is a lighter dark beige, Opaque.

S- The smell was like a nutty milk chocolate, I don't really get much of anything else in the nose, maybe some lightly burnt toffee notes but not powerful enough to be considered much.

T- It starts off quick with that burnt toffee flavor, the coffee does not stand out much at all, the coffee could be mistaken for the bright bitterness that is apparent after the malt flavors subside, its a surprise for me but its something I could care not to endure, their should of been more coffee if they wanted to call this an "espresso stout" haha espresso would have been better!

M- Light and unsatisfying for this style, ( I want a Mikkeller mouth feel, I want something for my tongue to do when im drinking something, especially as boring as this.

O- Its something I've glad I have tried, so far this is my second Hitachino beer and the previous was better, but neither were that great. I have yet to try their most popular style, but trying a second dud is not helping my motivation.

The3rdbeer, Apr 05, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark brown coloring with ruby highlights around the edges. A thin, filmy, frothy light brown colored head rests atop the surface. Aromas of bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and some earthy qualities slowly engulf the nose. Very rich and dark smelling. Very inviting. Flavors are rich and darkly sweet on a smooth, creamy body. More chocolate and roast than anything else popping up on my tastebuds, which is kind of misleading given the name of the brew. The aftertaste is rich and roasty, and leans slightly towards bitter. Rich, slightly cloying and slick finish caps off a very tasty beer. As tasty as it was, if you are putting espresso in the title, people are going to expect a more coffee-centric palate. Other than that, it was a very solid stout.

GarthDanielson, Aug 28, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rigorous pour into my Rusty Wallace Miller Lite pint glass (Hey! It was free. What?) results in a gigantic, fluffy head. The smell is good, though nothing to freak out about.

I'm a coffee beer fan, and this one is just okay for me. I can't really pinpoint what I don't like about it. It's like a little coffee and a lot of meh. It just doesn't hold a candle to Bell's Java Stout. I want a coffee beer to smell and taste like fresh coffee. This just tastes like they added some mediocre coffee to a mediocre stout. I bet it's much better in Japan, however.

Still searching for that standout coffee beer!

BandFan, Feb 19, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.