Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout

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Reviews: 393
Hads: 885
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 39
Gots: 84 | 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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Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (770 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +1%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (939 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,198 characters)

Photo of robby23
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
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... (601 characters)

Photo of seand
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
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). (440 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
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! (624 characters)

Photo of quirkzoo
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Nice creamy, bubbly head. Pitch black. Smell and taste of burnt coffee, slight hint of raisin. Maybe a bit too much bitterness for me, but still appealing. Very nice mouthfeel, rich, smooth. Overall, a very tasty and well-done stout. Good value. (268 characters)

Photo of BS-
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a highball glass

A: Pitch black with a rich, dark gold head that settled at about 1-2mm. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of coffee with some chocolaty sweetness and soya sauce-esque scents.

T: Deep coffee notes with touches of chocolate and a slight maltiness. Slight touch of citrus can be detected. Aftertaste is mostly sweet and chocolaty with hints of citrus.

M: Decent to thick with slight carbonation.

O: A very nice stout. Very mellow and quite balanced without getting boring. Very comforting aftertaste. Definitely a beer I would have more of. (560 characters)

Photo of rarbring
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A black/brownish brew, a tan head, little lacing and small curtains.

Smelling coffee and chocolate, soy sauce and licorice.

Sweet brown bread, espresso and chocolate chip cookies.

Medium carbonation, soft, a big body, a smooth dry finish.

A really powerful after dinner stout. (280 characters)

Photo of machalel
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Oily, dark black-brown with a thick coffee-crema coloured head. Head lasts for a good amount of time, and leaves sticky lacing down the glass.

Aroma: A shot of coffee straight up, followed by some dark chocolate, vanilla, and burnt caramel.

Taste: The first thing that I could taste was a strong, almost creamy, bitterness that quickly dissipated into smooth burnt-caramel / brown-sugar and roasted malt. A very deep and complex palate, but without any of the usual lingering bitterness that espresso stouts often have. This is potentially the best espresso stout that I have tasted yet!

Mouthfeel: Creamy and balanced, with carbonation that matches the style well. Possibly slightly thinner than an Imperial Stout should be, but only if you are thinking about it.

Overall: This is probably the best espresso stout that I have tasted. Where most others leave a lingering sharpness or bitterness on the tongue, this one is very smooth and only traces of espresso remain after swallowing. Creamy and rich, like a good espresso should be, it is quite morish and is one that I will definitely repurchase and introduce to others. (1,141 characters)

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- Black in color with a half finger of mocha head that dissipates into a small layer that leaves excellent multi layered sticky lacing.

Smell- Espresso, coffee and a bitter hop

Taste- Black coffee with a middle to backend bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Full body that makes you feel like you are almost chewing.

Overall- This is great if you are a black coffee drinker. I personally would have liked a little bit more sweetness for balance. (508 characters)

Photo of korguy123
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +1%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of tony223366
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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! (1,050 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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! 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! (742 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (915 characters)

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.