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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

656 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 656
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%


Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 07-20-2007)
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter. No visible date.

A- Oily, inky, opaque black pour. Finger width light tan head. Lacing is chunky in some spots.

S- There is no hiding the strong black coffee in this. There is some dark bitter chocolate, some cinnamon and a touch of vanilla. Very bitter, very little sweetness in the smell.

T- It starts off with a huge wallop of dark roasted coffee than opens up to dark chocolate and creamy milk chocolate. Brown sugar, vanilla and some cinnamon.

M- Medium body, low carbonation, slightly creamy.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 17:14:30 | More by korguy123
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 23:55:09 | More by GarthDanielson
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tdm168

North Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 14:55:48 | More by tdm168
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bnes09

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 04:11:39 | More by bnes09
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 19:54:28 | More by facundoCNB
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tony223366

California

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 05:22:14 | More by tony223366
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 15:14:34 | More by Hoppsbabo
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 14:26:38 | More by OneDropSoup
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle 'born on' date is 10.11

Pours a black-looking dark brown with a 1-finger head that dissipates quickly. Smell is dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and and odd date-like sweetness. Mild, but pleasant. Taste is bitter and crisp at first, and ends with an oddly sweet dark coffee/espresso flavor. In between is deep, malty chocolate and toffee. Mouthfeel is decently creamy and no alcohol shows up. The bitter feeling is just right as well.

At $5 a bottle I can't afford to pick this up all the time, but I would if I could.

EDIT: had a two-year-old bottle recently and it was still excellent

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 20:19:06 | More by jimmah120
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 15:58:33 | More by dbrauneis
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 00:27:01 | More by tbeckett
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a minimal mocha head. It is a pitch black color with some signs of carbonation at the top of the glass. There
is nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: super roasted coffee, mocha, and toasted and roasted malts too.

Taste: the espresso up front is not that bad at all. There are mocha and bready notes too. Bitterness from the coffee lingers for a bit also.

Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice mix on the stout style. Espresso beans added or the coffee itself was pulled off well. This was a hard find down in Brooklyn, but well worth it. Not sure about the bottle cost, but a good introduction into the breweries beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 04:20:40 | More by Flounder57
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark brown with a 2 finger tan mocha head.

S - Picking up a lot of roasted malts and coffee.

T - Not as much coffee as I was expecting compared to others in its class. But, you do get some coffee and roasted malts. There's a slight sweetness to it also.

M - Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pretty velvety.

O - Not an "in your face" coffee stout. It's a bit muted where it should be bold.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 23:35:25 | More by cvm4
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JRed

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque in body with coffee head that fades. Smells of burnt coffee beans and sharp roast. Tastes of black coffee, roast, burnt bread, some tang, mild hop bitterness. Thick in body with low carbonation. A strong espresso roast fest but not a bad time. A bit heavy, a bit too coffee astringency but worth having.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 03:11:06 | More by JRed
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SLeffler27

New York

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours rich dark chocolate brown, nearly black, in the oversized wine glass. There is surprisingly little head and no lacing to mention, however, each swirl deposits a film on the glass.

Equal parts strong espresso, dark chocolate, and bourbon with cashews and amaretto in the background. Warmth allows the nuances to be amplified.

Black coffee dominates; however, some cigarette smoke invades. Bitterness carries throughout and into the lingering finish as baker’s chocolate.
This stout is full body with a smooth texture and prickly carbonation. Astringency is too high while alcohol is as expected.

Astringency and cigarette flavors hold this one back. Strong flavored foods such as beef or pungent cheese will help.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 22:24:46 | More by SLeffler27
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GinaBeerInc

California

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it at a Rock concert in Los Angeles, perfect beer for the occasion. Pours a black colour with a thick beige head. Aroma of rich espresso coffee with some vanilla notes. Rich flavour of espresso, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and some bitter hops in the background which I enjoyed. Light vegetable notes. Full bodied, soft carbonation and a long finish with some robustness and coffee. Very well balanced, could't ask for anything else.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 19:19:04 | More by GinaBeerInc
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle stamped E.8.12 which I'm guessing either means it was brewed in December, 2008 or it is best by August, 2012. I'm hoping for the latter.

Appearance is pitch black like used motor oil with a tiny dark tan head that quickly fades to a ring around the glass.

Smells quite strongly of espresso and roasted malt with a touch of caramel.

Taste is sweet caramel, coffee, an roasted malt. Much like a caramel mocha. Lots of bitterness from the malt and coffee. There is an earthy quality to this, kind of woody, that is chicory-like in nature. Mouthfeel is silky and smoothe but quite full-bodied.

Overall this is an excellent beer. The coffee is nicely balanced and I really like the earthy quality. One that I would like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 02:19:19 | More by rangerred
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output01x

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger mocha-colored head that fades to a thick, even coating and thick foam ring after a few minutes. The body is a near black mahogany that shows no traces of color when held to light. Some great lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

The nose is definitely more like a cup of joe than like a glass of beer. It is filled with coffee aromas, including coffee beans (not roasted), coffee grounds, and espresso.

The first sip reminds me of a cappuccino latte while held in the mouth. Notes of dark, sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel, espresso, and roasted coffee beans are all there. Upon swallowing, flavors of coffee, espresso, and hot chocolate all come out. The finish is rather dry and does not leave much of an aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer starts off very creamy on the tongue but has a sharp, dry finish. The body is nice and thick. It coats your mouth well, is a bit sticky, but isn't quite to the point of being syrupy. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy but does not detract from the flavors and really helps this beer's dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:33:45 | More by output01x
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champ103

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pretty much an opaque black color. A massive, rocky tan head rises to over two fingers with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace is left behind. This is a looker.
S: Roasted malts and lots of fresh ground coffee. Cream, chocolate, nutmeg. Toasted, bready aromas. This is excellent.
T: Big on the roast and coffee again. The coffee is very nice, but not over barring which seems to be a problem with a lot of other version. Vanilla and chocolate. Very nice.
M/D: A medium to full body. Prickly carbonation, but smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. Everything is well incorporated, and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen. An excellent stout to sip on.

This is a really nice coffee stout. The alcohol is certainly pushing the imperial range, but it is not over barring at all. Really enjoyable and well made.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 00:34:32 | More by champ103
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ckollias

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black hue with amber highlights. Has a thick, tan, 3-finger head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail down glass and ending in a persistent lace.

S: Strong coffee and malt aroma with an alcoholic background.

T: Dark rich ale that is a little more sweet than bitter. Has a solid coffee and malt background hints of hops.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Delicious coffee stout. Huge coffee flavors and very boozy!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:44:48 | More by ckollias
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rwathree

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: opaque, jet black, as it should be. The nice part is the reddish hue of the head, which yields a decent cap and leaves a sticky lace as it settles.

S: coffee aromas are subdued, too much so given what this is supposed to be. That said, smell of chocolate, candied sugar, and hints of vine fruit and booze, makes for a nice combo. Appetizing, but not what I was hoping for.

T: no mistaking the coffee here, though. Strong, earthy espresso flavor with chicory, smoke, and chocolatey sweetness. Nice.

M: solid. Bubbly enough to refresh, and quite creamy.

O: there's a spot in town that makes a New Orleans-style coffee, and the chicory notes I get here make this the beer version of that for me. Nothing's blowing my mind; just a strong interpretation of the style, which is what I expect from Kiuchi.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:37:48 | More by rwathree
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hiku7

California

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

Pours deep dark reddish brown to black, but looks opaque black once it's in the glass. One-finger light brown head with moderate lacing.

This beer does smell like espresso as you would expect. Heavy roastiness with a coffee grounds aroma. Also some well-toasted bread aroma. None of the anise or licorice aroma you so often get in a big stout.

Taste and feels a bit like a cappucino. Very roasty! Very little hop bitterness. The sweetness and alcohol are balanced primarily by the espresso roast flavors. Milk chocolate flavor too. Earthiness could be hops, but it could be the coffee too. One interesting flavor is a grainy wheat or rice like flavor mixed in that I didn't expect. Not sure what to make of it. For me this flavor detracted a bit from the experience at first, but as I got to the end of the beer I started to see it as a flavor that distinguished this stout from others and I enjoyed it.

Creamy mouthfeel, like a cappucino. Pleasant roast aftertaste. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Interesting coffee stout that substitutes for actual coffee nicely for someone like me who no longer drinks coffee but loves coffee aroma and beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 14:09:17 | More by hiku7
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this espresso stout into a glass stein.

Appearance- Body appears a very dark brown, with no notibeable highlights. The head is a dark, sappy brown that has a viscous, milky look to it. It builds to about a finger before thinning out, leaving barely enough substance to cover the top of the beer.

Smell- Uhh...I guess that has some coffee in there. It imitates a cold latte drink you would get packed with sugar. It also has a really strong chocolate note which is very surprising.

There is also something slightly off about this. Like a boozy smell is mixed in that is certainly not appetizing. Almost smells like vodka or a sake after it gets through the sugary latte and chocolate. Thankfully, that scent is really buried.

Taste- That iced mocha latte is the lead flavor. I think I would appreciate it much more if it smelled more like coffee than a sugary sweet mixed coffee drink.

The chocolate flavor has degraded a bit and is barely perceptible in the finish, and is already a shadow of what it once was on the nose, too bad.

There is also a slight grassy, wheaty expression picked up that may be the base of the off vodka smell from the nose. It still does the same thing here of making the end drink less enjoyable.

Mouth feel- This beer is relatively chewy and has a solid medium body. It also finishes rather easily despite that off flavor. Could be a little more smooth over the tongue, but otherwise good.

Overall- Hitachino Nest's espresso stout was an okay stout. The espresso had some disjointed flavors accompanying it that really affects the overall experience of the beer negatively. It needs more coffee and less whatever that off wheaty, grassy flavor is.

Oh, and if the espresso actually tasted more like espresso, that would certainly help matters. I cannot see myself ever returning to this one...

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 04:24:03 | More by Pintofbrown
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 00:11:41 | More by ToasterChef
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AgentMunky

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Chimay goblet. Stamped "ES.10.11." October 2011?

A: Gorgeous, creamy-dark head with good retention. The beer is dark chocolate coloured and completely opaque.

S: Splendid. Huge and boozy, just oozing dark scents of coffee, chocolate, and roasted grain.

T/M: Good, but less powerful than the smell would suggest. On second evaluation, this may only indicate nuance...it's a much more balanced than many other heavy stouts. Especially on the aftertaste, gentle espresso notes emerge to great effect. The main taste is thin, but passable with a touch of carbonation and a bit of smooth alcoholic sweetness before the dry bitterness of the endtaste.

O: An enjoyable beer, one I would not have believed came from Japan. Recommended, but not an exceptional exemplar of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 22:40:37 | More by AgentMunky
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
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