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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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397 Reviews
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Reviews: 397
Hads: 912
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 47
Gots: 90 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews: 397 | Hads: 912
Photo of orcasteve
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
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

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a rich deep black with a thin tan head.

S-Rich and roasty with plenty of coffee, some chocolate and vanilla notes and an interesting grainy undertone.

T-Sweet chocolate notes at the front balanced by a mildly bitter roasted coffee finish. Excellent.

M-Rich and creamy with a light lingering bitterness.

D-Very smooth and tasty. Moderate ABV for the style but full flavor makes it an espresso stout you can have two of.

This is an excellent beer, one of my favorites in the style.


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Photo of seanbhudson
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chocolate with a tan head.

Smell: First impression is a frappacino not beer. A little chocolate and hint of vanilla. Smell roasted malts and a little yeast.

Taste: A medium to full bodied beer. Starts with a nice a sweet coffee flavor transitioning to a little bitterness (but not overwhelming).

Mouthfeel: Has a slight oily consistency but leaves your mouth feeling dry at the end. Has a fizzy light carbonation.

Not something I would drink often. You need to be in the mood for something other than a normal beer. But if you are looking for something between coffee and beer. I think you would like this.

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Photo of BlueHammer
4.92/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was served to me in the bottle which I poured myself into the glass. It is a deep brown-black opaque color with a tan head. The smell is of (naturally!) espresso, coffee and chocolate and the taste is the same. And yet, even though it tasted exactly as it should, it was still unique! The flavor was strong, like roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate, a perfect balance. It was easy to drink, one of those beers that is gone before you realize it.

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Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle poured into a Piraat tulip. Poures a nice opaque black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is roasted coffee with roasted barley right behind. The taste is a nice smooth coffee flavor with malt and dark chocolate right behind. The beer is on the light side of medium with a nice smoothness. This is a very good beer, one I would love to try again on a cold winter night.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark, nearly opaque seal brown with ruby hints at the edges and bottom of the glass. The head, a dark, custard-brown hue, builds to a towering inch and slowly recedes to a thick cap of foam. The lacing is sticky and mottled--big bubbles cling to the sides and leave large craters in an otherwise continuous sheet of lace. Overall, a gorgeous appearance. The aroma is unique for the style; you can really pick up the Japanese influence. Milky espresso notes hit first, backed by a grainy, husky, chocolate and caramel malt presence. The hops smell a bit worn, but the muskiness is intriguing.

First sip: not overly impressed, but it's good and gets better with every taste. The coffee is a bit acrid on the finish, but the sweet espresso notes at the front of the palate are backed by this unique, slightly sour earth note that really works for Kiuchi (I noticed this in their other brews that I've reviewed). Mouthfeel is impeccable: thick, smooth body with a near-perfect carbonation level (just a tad bit too high), and the bitter coffee finish is top-notch, giving some of the better American coffee stouts (Pisgah Valdez, Big Boss Coffee Stout, Beer Geek Breakfast...okay, so the last one is Danish) a run for their money. Overall, a very satisfying Double Stout from across the pond, and one I'll surely be purchasing again.

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Photo of Crosling
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears black in the glass. Full, large, well-developed light tan foam. Nose has an expressive espresso character, with mocha, dark roast coffee and a touch of chocolate and vanilla. Lots of taste, with a really impressive coffee character. Finish lasts and lasts. What else to say. Just a really impressively crafted beer. If I were in Ibaraki, I'd drink this daily.

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Photo of ph2001
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle in pint glass

pours slightly thick. it gets a nice brown head that settles down into half a finger of foamy head. black in color with no light getting through.

taste is like a mouth full of coffee beans. creamy and roasty, some nice warm flavors in there. there is an odd sharpness to it. it is very rich and full of flavors. worth a try

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Photo of RomanW70
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Aroma of coffee, milk, toffee, and coffee. Taste of milk and coffee with a bitter roast finish. Medium chalky mouthfeel. Med-high carbonation. A good mix of sweet and bitter. A little bit of a style-buster. Quite a tasty beer.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love me an espresso stout and when this one hit the shelf I bought it with low expectations.

A: Pours a nice dark jet black hue with a big foamy two finger head. The retention is wonderful and nice sheets of lace are left behind as the contents disappear.

S: Nice sweet coffee aromas. Nice bitter espresso melded with pure raw cane sugar and cream.

T: A wonderful Java stout. Nice roasty espresso flavors with a splash of cream and molassess. The taste is very nice and it all melds together wonderfully.

M: Medium in body but very smooth.

D: Very.... I paid $5 for the bottle, but it's worth every penny. I will be buying more.

Overall: A wonderful espresso stout. I am suprised it actually comes from Japan. I had avoided their other brews in the past, but may just give them a try. If this one is any indication Hitachino makes some great brews.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Mostly black with brown edges. Three fingers of mocha head.

S: Coffee, chocolate and roasted sweetness.

T:Sweetness/molasses, Jamaican Coffee? espresso beans. Almost had a hint of milk from the sweet stout.

M: Very nice and creamy. Very smooth. This would kill on nitro tap.

D: The sweetness really cuts down on the drinkability for me. Very glad we split the bottle. Would make a nice desert beer but for the price I probably will never pick this up again.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of everetends
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as a gift from a friend. Bottle poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a nice, dark, black which as a red hues when held to light. Did not pour with much head, but what stayed provided some nice lacing.

S: Coffee, Malt, Nuts, and black cherries. There is a faint smell of alcohol. Nice full aroma.

T: Espresso coffee is well represented. It is sweet but it has a bitter finish that balances the beer. You can also taste malt, chocolate, and caramel.

M: Creamy with a medium carbonation. Coats the mouth and sticks with you for a while.

D: Good drinking beer as an after dinner beer. Good for dessert or just to have a good, rich beer. Will definitely drink again. Awesome stout.

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Photo of Avryle
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Super dark brown with huge, we're talking three fingers, of dark mocha colored head. Spiderwebbing lacing. Looks a bit on the thin side though

S- Dark roasted malts, coffee beans and booze

T- Very sweet and tangy. The espresso doesn't make its appearance up front. Seems to wait until the tangy roasted malts leave the stage. Finishes with a slight hop bitterness along with the espresso.

M- Pretty thin bodied. Highly carbonated. Tangy sweetness hangs around after each drink.

D- A bit steep at neary $6 per 12oz bottle. The thiness of the body makes for easier drinking than I like to see in what should be a heavy style. Tasty though and I did enjoy this "owl" beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark opaque color with a light cherry tan head.

S: Dry pine and citrus are on the nose.

T: Nice oaked aged woodiness for flavor along with dry pine, raisin, fresh espresso beans, dark chocolate and some lactose. Theres some citrus hopping. Theres a dry pine fade from the hopping and the coffee flavor is very rich and clean leaving you wanting more along with some vanilla bean and dark roasted malts and grain.

M: Moderate body and creamy mouthful along with an unique citrus hopping per style with a rich espresso coffee flavor.

D: Good drinkability in a small stout bottle.

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Photo of andrewt960
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:dark black in color... dark brown head that stuck around for a few minutes.... but disapeared quickly. lacing was evident and stuck around on the side of the glass for the whole beer.
S: Smelled of dark roasted malt,nutty, coffee, and a typical roasted stout smells. Has an alcohol scent ... but only faint; not over powering. no hops present in the smell.
T: Taste great...has a smooth stout taste... with roasted flavors... definite coffee flavor... espresso... not sure... but definite coffee.
M/D: Mouthfeel is very smooth.... not bitter, and is very drinkable. At 7.5% it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of daythree16
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Black, letting no light through the glass. What little head it has does not linger.

S - Strong presence of dark chocolate with what smells like frozen pecans. Also, some caramel in there.

T - Bittersweet chocolate and nuttiness. Definite coffee tones are present, especially in the aftertaste. Very malty, can't detect much hop flavor.

M - Light carbonation with a silky mouthfeel. Not very heavy on the palate.

D - Smooth, without much hop bitterness. Feels like I've had a really good cup of cold coffee. I could probably have a couple more.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color with thin creamy tan head, good retention and nice lacing. Smells of espresso, , roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar and lactose. Tastes of creamy cappuccino with a maple syrup sweetness, followed by a bit of milk chocolate and a shot of espresso. Finishes with a bitter roasted coffee blast and even some citrus notes. Medium full body, creamy and smooth with a good flow of flavors and a nice bitter bite in the finish. Hides alcohol well and is nice to drink for coffee lovers.

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Photo of libbekat
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer! It is like crack cocaine, very addictive. Espresso and Beer, 2 of my favorite things in life, in a single beer.
This is a beauty of a pour, dark and slighly short of syrupy, in a good way. It is thick but does not fill your mouth, like a Guinness does.
The head is toffee brown, dark caramel color. It does taste like espresso, nit an imitation type either. There is no hint of artificial flavoring at all.
I would drink this by itself or with a dessert. It might even go well with a filet, covered with red onions in a port reduction and stilton cheese. In other words: sweet but tart and a hint of bitter.

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Photo of guthrie
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty nice...pours black - very little light goes through when the glass is held up to light. A fine milk-chocolate colored dissipates quickly with a little sticking to the glass. The smell is coffee...with a boozy hint of...how do i describe it...Bailey's? It's nice whatever it is. And that's what the taste is like too. Maybe I'm getting a little chocolate in there. A little bit of a bite in the back of the throat from the alcohol. I wish I had vanilla ice cream to try pouring a bit of this on there.
It's nice, but I don't think I could have more than one of these.
Definetely a must try for fans of the style.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will have to admit that I was a bit surprised at how good this brew actually was...I loved everything about it.. It might have been a little thin but hell, I'm nitpicking with that. Its darker than midnight on a back road in Tennessee, smells exactly like a fresh brewed espresso, and tastes like espresso and bittersweet chocolate. I thought the brew was great all the way around and would recommend it highly!!!!

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Photo of hero27
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle
7.5% abv

Pours black..dark khaki head of foam cascades slowly from the bottom and ends up forming a small dark haze over the brew.
ok, I know there are thousands of them out there, but you haven't smelled a real coffee stout until you've had this one...yeah, I said it. The aroma is fresh-brewed coffee..rich, eye-opening, incredible.
The flavor is sweet, roasted chocolate malt combined with an edgy, nutty bitterness.
Mouthfeel is robust & pretty smooth going down.. i love how the coffee aftertaste lingers just like the real thing. bad ass.

A definite crowd-pleaser for anyone who likes coffee-inspired brews. These guys over at Kiuchi know what they're doing.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Totally black with a very small tan head.
Smells like leather, coffee and dried fruit.
Tastes very sweet , dark roasted malts, strong dark espresso, a bit of licorice and dates...just a hint of chalk near the end.
Mouthfeel was thick and cloying.
I enjoyed one , but would not want a second.

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Photo of mpetty7052
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of JDV
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Beerlando. Thanks!
Pours fairly opaque black with a big fizzy, foamy chocolately brown colored lasting head. Smell is strong espresso, coffee grounds. Taste is strongly of coffee, and not much else at all. Medium bodied and drinkable, but the coffee flavor almost got boring after a while and was very one note. Decent, but I've really enjoyed other coffee beers more.

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.