Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout
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Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerBeing on 07-20-2007

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Reviews: 406 | Ratings: 944
Photo of Auraan
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a rich black with a one finger tan head that receded to a tan ring that left a bit of lacing down the glass. Very typical imperial stout appearance, nothing wrong with it at all. Scents of soy sauce, dark chocolate, slight coffee and roast malt. Not a lot of coffee for an espresso stout, though it may be because this is an older bottle. Otherwise its a good enough stout aroma. Flavor begins with chocolate and some slight soy sauce off notes, moving into darker chocolate and some coffee, some slight sour notes, with coffee and roasted malt bitterness coming through on the finish and lingering in the aftertaste, which also has burnt herbal notes. A good, solid stout flavor with just a hint of coffee. Not quite as good a flavor as some coffee stouts, but good for a basic imperial stout, with just enough coffee to give it some character. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation and thick, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice and robust, especially given the relatively low ABV. Overall this is a good imperial stout. Its got the usual aromas, flavors and mouthfeel and nothing too off, other than the soy sauce, which again may be due to the bottle's age. Its not as innovative as Hitachino's other stuff, but it is solid.

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Photo of FLima
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful appearance, deepest black color with a thick tall caramel head with long retention and leaving a curtain of laces. Hard to beat.
Aroma of fresh roasted coffee beans with notes of hay and completely unsweetened dark chocolate.
Intense flavor of creamed espresso coffee, roasted malts, grassy and earthy hops, cocoa powder, caramels and pepper. Quite nutty as well and it finishes dry with a residual charred coffee taste.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is not felt.
Very balanced Imperial Stout, coffee is very present but does not shadow other flavors. I was positively surprised, really good stuff.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is near black with a small beige head. The aroma brings some coffee presence, though not nearly as much as expected. Additional scents include roast, chocolate. Pretty standard. Decent flavor with coffee character leading the charge. A little bit acrid in the finish. Chocolate notes with a touch of bitterness. Pretty drinkable, but this is not near the top of its class.

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Photo of pimpinmidget
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Swongler
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I feel like I was more impressed by this stout than most people. Very damn good.

A - Dark brown coffee color with a very porous and impressive white-brown head.

S - Typical stout smell layered with a little cacao, coffee, and vanilla. Does not smell very alcoholic. Smells more like a post-dinner beverage than a beer.

T - My favorite part of this beer. Definitely the most important part. While called espresso stout, the espresso does not overpower the rest of the beer. Actually quite mild. Has a little flavor of unsweetened/baking chocolate as well as a little bit of a chili pepper taste. Nicely balanced and the alcohol is hidden. Coffee, not espresso, on the back end.

M - Not too heavy for a beer as dark as this. Bites your tongue just a little. Feels okay.

O - I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Thought I was getting solid stout, and I got something more. I went back the same day and bought the last remaining bottle. I suspect I will be drinking this again in the near future.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Typical stout pour - pitch black with a caramel colored creamy, foamy head with sticky lacing.

S - Espresso, coffee, dark bitter chocolate and some cream.

T - Follows the nose with creamy cocoa beans and bitter chocolate malt up front before the coffee/espresso bitterness settles in midway through and sticks around through the finish. There is some roastiness to the malt and the bitterness lingers in the form of a creamy coffee bean.

M - Lighter side of medium.

O - Not bad and sits in the middle of the stout pecking order.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout has a thick, creamy, beige head, a very dark brown appearance, and pretty good lacing left behind. The aroma is of heavily roasted barley malt, dark coffee, faint chocolate, and black cherries. Taste is of acidic, sour, dark-roasted malt, black coffee, cherries, and some chocolate. Mouthfeel is mostly heavy and syrupy, and Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout finishes rich, sweet, charred, and dry. Overall, this is an interesting and well-made flavored beer. I score it most excellent.

RJT

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Photo of jpro
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz single from CBX. Poured into a DFH snifter...

A: deep brown / near black; mocha head; no lace; a few bottle conditioning floaties.

S: roasted malts; dark chocolate / fudge notes.

T: roasted / black malt flavor; chocolate; late espresso follows up and lingers.

M: full body; low carbonation; texture is a touch flat, but still pretty deep for 7.5% stout.

O: a very nice stout; espresso flavor isn't overdone; I'd have it again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. It is a black brown, with a big tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. There's some light that comes though around the edges, but limited.

S. It has a poor metallic scent. Some coffee.

T/M. It has a good, crisp, espresso taste. The metallic taste is definitely off the scent. It is a bit dry. Some alcohol.

O. It's a solid espresso, but you really have to be in the mood. It isn't as good as I was hoping, but it at least lives up to its name so you know what you're getting in yourself into.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip during hitachino tasting 2013. Deep black color and tan bead. Smell is nice espresso coffee and roasted sweet malts. Taste is chocolatey roasted malt with nice roasted notes. The espresso is pretty nice but it a bit dry. Nice brew but better coffee brews are out there.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of teromous
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark black body with a medium tan fluffy head. Lacing sticks well on the glass, and leaves nice rings.

S: The scent is very mild with some notes of chocolate and some coffee.

T: It has a fairly charcoal-like roasted flavor. There is a lot of this charcoal bitterness. I don't get as much coffee or chocolate flavor as I smell.

M: The bitterness takes away a lot from the mouthfeel, giving it a harsh unpleasantness. The aftertaste is just more burnt popcorn. The beer feels like the carbonation is just right, but the beer feels too dry. Fairly thin mouthfeel as well.

O: Overall I didn't like the beer. For a imperial stout the beer was just way too harsh and burnt. It lost any true espresso flavor. Maybe if you like to scrape your coffee off the bottom of a pot that has had the burner on all night, this could be for you. If you're a fan of delicious tasting coffee, with that rich roasted bean flavor and freshly ground aroma...this beer is not for you.

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Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles quickly, leaving a smattering of bubbles and a ring around the rim. Slight spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malt, roasted espresso, lots of sweet dark chocolate and cocoa. Really grainy.

T: Bitter, roasted, nutty coffee. Unsweetened dark chocolate.

M: Peaty bitterness. Just a hint of unsweetened dark chocolate in the finish which kind of lingers. Something of an oily feel.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, decent head, and fair lacing. Nose is really strong combination of roasted malt and coffee, with lots of chocolate and cocoa. Peaty, bitter, roasted coffee and chocolate. Really grainy and nutty. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, molasses, roasted coffee, black licorice, touch of vanilla.

T - Dark chocolate and caramel malts, roasted coffee, molasses, black licorice, a touch of vanilla and dark fruit.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, roasted, and dry finish.

D - Nice coffee stout. Good overall balance.

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Photo of acevenom
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours dark brown and falls into the glass as an opaque liquid with a two-finger length creamy tan head. Some webs of lacing are left behind as the head retreats. Coffee hits the nose up front, but not much else. There is some dark malt roastiness that is there, but the coffee takes the forefront. There's just a hint of chocolate in the aroma. The espresso richness and roastiness comes through well in the flavor. There's some maltiness and hints of chocolate in the taste as well. The alcohol is well-hidden and I can't tell that I'm having a 7.5% ABV beer. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The roastiness hangs in the aftertaste and the finish does coat the mouth pretty well. This is a good beer. What this beer does right, it does it well. It just doesn't stand out in the sea of coffee stouts. For $4.99 a bottle, I wouldn't try this unless you are a serious fan of stouts.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in tulip glass.

Espresso Stout pours with a thick, pillowy, mocha-colored head and a deep black body that shows blood red highlights when held up to the light. The head is lasting and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma consists of fresh brewed espresso and not much else. It seems fairly one-dimensional and I think that could be improved upon. At least it delivers what it says, and really goes after that rich espresso aroma.

The taste is similar to the aroma, like fresh espresso but has an added depth as well, with nice toasty malt and roasted coffee beans. Not much hop flavor here. Focused primarily on the espresso and dark malt flavor.

Medium to full body with a soft, pillowy head. Full-bodied beer, almost creamy finish, with plenty of carbonation to give this beer a lift on the palate. It goes well with the style and helps improve the drinkability of this beer.

Very solid coffee beer worthy of trying if you see it available would go very well with chocolate cake without overpowering the dessert. I will probably not be purchasing more of this, but I am glad that I tried this beer. Would recommend to other beer drinkers looking for a rich coffee beer experience.

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Photo of robby23
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This was my first coffee stout beer and i have to say it was pretty good. What impressed me was the heaviness of the beer along with the smoothness. The second was the smell it smelled like coffee and like a good stout all at the same time, neither of which over powered the the other. Overall as this was my first coffee stout it was a great entry beer in my mind to get someone into this kind of style.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle ovah tha boahdah (that's my Maine accent) for $4.75 plus about the same amount for duty. Ouch.

Pours a dark brown with minimal head, but a good tan lace around the edges. Smells sweet, dark fruits, dates, chocolate, no coffee smell as one might expect. Smells more like a strong dark ale. Bittersweet chocolate on the palate giving way to a nice bitterness, maybe even a hint of spice and a nice warming feeling on the back of the tongue. A bit rough feeling on the mouth, but otherwise this is pretty darn good beer. Best of Japan, as far as I go. Worth $10 a 12oz bottle? euhh...

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Photo of seand
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep opaque black with a large amount of tan head. The head dissipates to a thin but solid blanket, but the larger ring around the edge leaves nice lacing.

S: Lots of smoky molasses, cocoa, and coffee. It's just short of harsh, but nice.

T: Mildly sweet and mildly bitter roasted coffee, with the bitterness coming through more towards the finish. The balance is nice with good complexity and nothing overwhelming.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, nice, and a little unusual. Worth trying, but definitely not my favorite stout.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the third beer I've picked up from this brewery. They have all been quality products and very enjoyable.

This Stout pours the usual color. It has a small but nice head. The aroma is subtle but just right. The taste similarly is what it should be. It is very reserved. The aftertaste is exceptional. It is coffee flavored but perfectly so.

I doubt that I would ever pick up any of these again, at least not for the price ($4.99).

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Photo of leaddog
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

720 ml bottle

Appearance- Pours a dark chocolate brown/black with two fingers of frothy mocha head.

Smell- Espresso beans, chocolate syrup, cocoa, vanilla.

Taste- Hit right away with strong espresso and coffee bean followed by bittersweet chocolate and cocoa nibs. Roasted flavours linger in the finish. Flavours lean to the bittersweet side of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- A bold and flavourful espresso stout. Definitely delivers on the espresso side of things as I feel like I am getting hit with a jolt of caffeine (in a good way). Sticking with bittersweet flavours makes this stout an enjoyable and unique experience.

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Photo of beergoot
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black body capped with a thin tan head; decent lacing along the glass. Coffee, bitter chocolate and cocoa make up the bulk of the aroma. Rich, bittersweet chocolate flavor with a nice bitter undercurrent. Medium-heavy body, velvety smooth feel richly sweet texture.

A very well done stout, full of body and flavor. Rich and nicely complex. The espresso notes were immediately evident in the aroma and taste, yet the chocolate flavors soon came to be the dominant flavor. Lots of good stuff from this Japanese stout.

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

Poured from 330 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very dark blackish-brown with 1/2 inch bubbly dark tan head. Good retention. Decent lacing.
S: Nice espresso note, dark sweet chocolate malt, and a hint of cream. Delectible.
T: Wow! The espresso note hits strong. Dark chocolate and hint of cream...follows aroma well, which is a great thing.
M: Light-medium body. Some bitter coffee and chocolate notes. Bitterness is well-balanced by a sweet and creamy feel.
D: One of the best coffee brews I've had. Quite the pleasant surprise from a Japanese brewery. Not complex...but what it does do, it does very well. Seek it out!

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours straight black with a very thin khaki head. Nice looking beer, exactly what I want from my stout.

Smell is very nice. Tons of roasted coffee up front with some other dark malts behind it.

Taste is also very good. Very roasty up front with just enough bitterness to balance it out. Pretty straightforward in both aroma and taste, not terribly complex but what it does, it does well.

The mouthfeel on this is just about perfect for me. Slightly creamy, full but not filling.

Overall this beer exceeded my expectations, definitely worth picking up if you like coffee stouts.

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.