Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery
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3.45/5 rDev -12%
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.
08-27-2012 23:55:09 | More by GarthDanielson
4/5 rDev +2%
Thanks to jtd1969 for this bottle.
A - pitch black with a soft brown head
S - roasted malts and coffee with a hint of green chillies (there was much conversation about whether we were going crazy or not)
T - roasted malts, coffee, a bit bitter, and green chillies again
M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied
This is a nice beer, but the odd pepper aroma and flavors was hard to wrap my head around. It wasn't bad, but it did seem out of place. I'm not sure I would seek this out given the cost per bottle, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered again.
08-25-2012 14:55:48 | More by tdm168
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
Velvety dark brown color and almost opaque. Thin, tannish head with a few lingering patches and minimal lacing.
Nice roasty, nutty, coffee aroma. Fairly complex yet balanced and inviting.
Lots of malt in the flavor. Cooked corn, coffee, wheat toast, oak and almonds. Also a hint of maple sweetness. Very well balanced.
Smooth texture, solid medium body. Good carbonation.
Solid coffee stout. Not too strong but still complex. Plenty in here to keep my attention.
08-22-2012 04:11:39 | More by bnes09
4.45/5 rDev +13.5%
a deep brown/black pour with 2 fingers of tan head. head stayed throughout the whole glass and gave off excellent head. smells of tobacco, dark roasted coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet molasses. taste is a perfectly bitter sweet chocolate and coffee lover's dream come true. slight backdrop of grassy hops, but mainly roasted grain/coffee flavors and milk chocolate. a medium/full body stout.. thick with a chalky feeling, yet nicely carbonated and thin enough to go down smooth and easy. a great stout, well worth the price tag to at least try once.
08-05-2012 19:54:28 | More by facundoCNB
3.53/5 rDev -9.9%
A: Extremely dark walnut color with a tan/brown fluffy white head. The head was huge! Three inches at least. Retention is ok and there's some great lacing.
S: Interesting aroma. There's certainly an acidity in the beer, I assume from the coffee? I'll be damned if I don't also smell some pepper in here, but maybe I'm crazy. Definitely some coffee and rich roastiness. Some light chocolate, but actually surprisingly light in that. It's certainly an interesting aroma.
T: I'm definitely getting a lot of rich expresso/coffee bean. Maybe some cocoa as well. Absolutely roasted/smokey on the finish. The first thing I taste is coffee, which leads to a surprisingly thin malt flavor of light cocoa and some caramel. That's followed by some acidity and a rich smokiness that finishes the beer out.
M: A little too light for an Imp. Stout in my opinion. Almost a little watered down. Carbonation is good though.
O: This is a little light for my liking. Had they made this a little richer and fuller we would be having a much different conversation!
08-01-2012 05:22:14 | More by tony223366
United Kingdom (England)
4.4/5 rDev +12.2%
This is a re-review. The first one I had tasted of onions and I wrote it off but the one I'm having now is delicious.
A: Lucid black with espresso head, which ain't to bad.
S: Chocolate, bathwater hops, a sense of sweetness, roasted coffee beans. The last half of the glass reeks of fish food pellets.
T: Much better than the first one I had. Very chocolately indeed. Not sure where the espresso is though. Very accessible and drinkable for a strong stout, not like engine oil but also not watery. Loads of citrus in the aftertaste.
O: Delicious, and better cold! Of all the Japanese craft beer I've tried, Hitachino seem to be the ones that really know what they're doing. However, 8,900 Korean Won for a pissy 300ml bottle (£5, $7.8)... What the hell!
07-19-2012 15:14:34 | More by Hoppsbabo
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured into a shaker: Three fingers of glistening, souffle-like mocha head over black body with just a few little highlights around the edges. Head drops to one thick, lumpy finger & leaves substantial lacing.
Moderate, nutty coffee aroma, on the sweet side; grape juice; maybe a little musty, oxidized, but not unpleasant. Get an interesting whiff of corn chips after a while, hmm.
Little bit of fruity bite, with some plum skins, figs; roasted coffee & dark chocolate bitterness; hops bring up the rear & give some citrus bitterness, even a little wine-like. Long, dry, bitter aftertaste with little spurts of cocoa sweetness.
Medium-full-bodied, goes down pretty smoothly with a lot of residual feel.
Good, nothing terribly surprising: the espresso was noticeable & not overwhelming, some dark fruits, presumably from age & oxidation, but I don't think it hurt anything. Good stuff, I'd be down for it again.
07-12-2012 14:26:38 | More by OneDropSoup
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
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