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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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739 Ratings
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Ratings: 739
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 31
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of AgingWarrior
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this brew! It pours as black as motor oil with a nice two finger dark reddish brown head with plenty of lacing.

The smell is like the name Espresso with a strong coffee scent. The mouth feel is what a stout should be, nice and thick with a strong finish. I'll look forward to drinking more of these.

AgingWarrior, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Tulip glass.

Pours a dark black with a finger width of creamy tan head that shrinks down into a thin soft retention that left some nice spotty lacing. The aroma is Wow! Just a fantastic bouquet of straight-up eye opening espresso and burnt coffee notes.

The taste is must more of the same. Biting espresso and roasty coffee bitterness that is nicely balanced by a backing chocolate sweetness. Burnt bitterness lasts through the finish and lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy feel.

Wow, this one caught me off guard. Just a really fantastic Coffee Stout with an almost perfect blend of coffee bitterness and sweetness, a full creamy body and excellent drinkibility. More please!

Kegatron, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very coffeeish and coffee ground stout.Very well roasted coffee grinds and some cocoa chocolate, with above average even thick mouthfeel. Decent stout, and not reminding me of the typical American made one, which is a good change of pace. Not much of a head. Understated carbonation.

Sammy, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of melmoth100
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Very dark brown color almost purplish at times. 2 fingers of head, also quite brown. Reasonable legs. Also, love the beer's charming mascot.

S - Espresso, of course! Very rich, roasted coffee bean smell, felt like I was walking into a Starbucks. Undertones of sweet malt.

T - Almost like eating a very dark bar of fine chocolate. Very complex. Loved it. Aftertaste was very bitter, though not unpleasant.

M - Maybe a little on the light side for a stout.

D - Rich smell and taste make this beer one to savor. ABV a little on the high side for a stout, so don't know if I would want to drink two.

Overall this beer was a real treat! Highly recommended, especially for chocolate and coffee lovers.

melmoth100, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Scoobydank
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:Dark brown head that stays for a bit. The color itself of the beer is a dark black.
S:A very strong dark chocolate. The coffee parts come in to play after awhile with a roasted coffee bean
T:The taste that pops out first for me is dry roasted coffee beans. The chocolate is a sweet maltiness.
M:Even though the beer is cold I think it gives you a nice warm fizziness. Very small finite bubbles do that.
D:Good. I think this is a neat take of stouts done by a Japanese brewer. Very smooth.

Scoobydank, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark black with a two-fingered tan head. Excellant head retention and moderate amounts of sticky lacing left behind. Gorgeous looking beer.

The smell threw me off a bit. It has a sweet oat and malt smell and not a coffee aroma. Very powerful smell.

The coffee comes through in the taste however. The coffee and sweet, dark malt offer a very dynamic taste. Heavy bitter coffee aftertaste. A bit much for me. The body is thinner than what I expected and may be a bit overcarbonated. One bottle is enough. Overall a good beer but one I probably won't be seeking out in the future. Just not my taste.

morimech, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a slight ruby hint around the edges. Thin lacing and nice legs.
Smells mostly of coffee, I don't think it's strong enough to be classed as espresso. Some mild sweetness as well.
Taste is coffee up front, sweet and fruity. Maybe some plums in the finish. As it warms it gets mellower, not really an improvement.
Mouthfeel is kind of thin, mildly carbonated.
Easy to drink and pretty well done.

kirok1999, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of alexwag
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good looking beer. Dark as a dark night on a moonless night. Enormous head, rich and coffee-tinted, that has tremendously all-encompassing lacing and lasts forever -- never seen anything like it. Smells deep, rich and vibrant. Tastes creamy, smooth and dark and malty, roasted and sweet. This is a good tasting beer. Thickens up as it warms and becomes perhaps a little too much, but can't hold it against it as a real malt bomb. Better somewhat chilled. A great brew, though could do with some hops to balance the sweetness.

alexwag, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at just under cellar temperature in a tasting tulip.

Appearance- Wow... awesome. This could very easily be mistaken for Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, with its enormous brown head that would billow over the glass if not careful. That's where the comparison ends, however... even after 10 minutes, this beer still has a three finger head with monster lacing draped across the inside of the glass. Outstanding, completely and ridiculously perfect.

Smell- Insane! Charred espresso beans, the bottom of a large coffeepot after a family gathering... wicked.

Taste- Does anyone remember Manhattan Special espresso soda? You can still find it here in North Jersey at some of the old school Italian delis... it's like that. The bitterness is over the top (whick works well here)... this is kinda cool because I'm having my very first Japanese coffee right here in my beer!

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Appropriate and enjoyable for the style, without being truly noteworthy. Texture is on the thin side for an Imperial Stout, but it really boosts the drinkability. This would be a terrific choice of dessert beer, paired with something that the bitterness would cut right through. A nice surprise that will definitely find its way back into my belly with cake or ice cream next time.

yelterdow, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter, The liquid is black with ok carbonation. The head is only a small mocha pad and leave no lace.

The smell is coffee with out a pronounced roastyness.

The taste is great lots of coffee and medium roasted malt, with a great hopyness in the finish. Great balance and a nice refined taste with no staleness or bad after taste.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a Impy stout but this is not a real big beer, The carbonation feels good.

The drinkability is very good nothing wrong with this beer and most worth a try if the coffee is your thing. It's mine!

Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a short, fat, 12oz bottle with a red owl on the logo, pours an opaque, dark-black color with a minimal tan head... copped this brew singly from Gary's in Madison for about $3.50... definitely worth it... love sampling Hitachino beers partly due to the exotic foreign facotr, but also because they produce some quality brews, and this happens to be one of the best... strong espresso aroma present, and the taste is comparable to a strong latte with an espresso, dark-coffee finish with burnt chocolate and cocoa aftertones... nicely complex without being overbearing... no bitterness here... and despite a 7.5% alcohol percentage, wouldn't notice it behind the distinct sweetness... an awesome stout and definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this at Downtown Wine & Spirits a week or two ago. I had it tonight while packing for my flight tomorrow. I let this warm to 50º or so and served it in one of my NERAX ping glasses.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black except for the hints of brown at the edges when held to the light. It's topped by a thick brown head that fades to a thin later leaving patches of lace.

Smell: The coffee smell is evident when the bottle is opened, before the beer hits the glass. In the glass coffee aromas dominate. There's also a nice chocolate aroma and some dark fruit that comes out on swirling.

Taste: Sweet maltiness upfront. Moves into a nice dark chocolate sweetness, which gives way to a nice coffee bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, low carbonation. There's an odd chalkiness.

Drinkability: Very tasty, coffee provides a nice balance.

EPICAC, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of kkipple
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed this out of the fridge when a coffee-loving friend who isn't crazy about beer came over. Glad to say it was well received.

Hitachino Nest Espresso is black, with a foamy head, some lacing, good retention.

Smell: Fresh cold coffee. Nice roast, too. Bit of cocoa. That's about it. As advertised. Simple.

Taste: Super coffee! The intense roasted bean smell reminds me of entering a coffee shop. I've heard a rumor they add Italian espresso beans to the boil when making this; it certainly seems plausible. This is the most intense coffee beer I've ever experienced. The stong bitter espresso flavor is there from beginning to end, and leaves the mouth feeling like you just sipped a cup of cold joe. Hints of earth and tobacco hide from my tongue. Bittersweet, but the bitterness comes from the coffee since as far as I can tell the hops are nonexistent. Fascinating, but not very beer like.

Mouthfeel is watery and wet, medium carbonation. Coffee flavor lingers long. Would prefer a thicker body, personally.

I'm torn on this one, I really am. If you like coffee you'll enjoy this (and I did) but it seems as if the brewers went overboard with the coffee character. I'm not sure how much caffeine is in here but I have suspicions it could double as a wake-me-up in the AM. Can't drink much of it.

Recommended for the coffee lover or for people who dig peculiar beers.

kkipple, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very thick and fully opaque deep dark brown, which was essentially black with a large three finger high head of tan colored lace across the top. Very slow retention as the head on this one literally hung around for the entire session giving it a very full dessert like appearance. Really a wonderful treat.

S – The aroma was full of coffee and chocolate. Lots of sweet roasted coffee and milk chocolate that you really had a tough time getting past. Very warm and inviting aroma, this one really had a load of sugar in it. Nice burnt caramel and perhaps even a touch of Vanilla towards the end. Very nice indeed.

T – The flavor was wonderful. A very nice full coffee stout, something I always love. The first taste you get is that of deep espresso with a hint of vanilla and sugar. This rolls very nicely and actually has quite a long lingering profile to it. After a few minutes you can start to pick up a bit more of the sugar notes inside and some of the chocolate notes that were lying way underneath. A slightly hopped finish dried out and made the ending very nice and full.

M – A very full bodied stout. This was a creamy dessert beer to the fullest of the word. A very nice shake like feel to it, with the ample carbonation actually serving to bring out even more of the flavor. Long lasting finish kept you coming back for more.

D – This was the perfect cold night in front of the fire type sipper. Really a great choice to hang out with while you watch TV. I really enjoyed the fullness of it and the rich coffee textures just added to an already superb experience.

Overall this was definitely a winner. It was my first one from the brewery but I can promise it will not be the last. A really excellent choice this was a full on dessert in of itself. Not only would I not turn this down, I will be actively seeking it out any time I see it. Go get this if you love nice full flavored stouts, you will not be disappointed.

mikesgroove, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was hoping Hitachio Nest was gonna have a new Celebration ale for the year but no luck there but this newer offering was a nice find.Poured into a pint glass a jet black with a thin but tight formed dark mocha colored head,big dark roast coffee in the nose infused with orange-like fruitiness and bitter chocolate.Roasted to the hilt flavors only light caramel sweetness,very earthy with deep penetrating espresso/dark roast coffee flavors.This big stout gets to the point with its heavily roasted dryer character and the alcohol is pretty well hidden although its deep roastiness may get a bit much after awhile,still very solid.

oberon, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great little extra received from Jay23, thanks!

A very attractive beer, dark brown and almost no light passes through it; at least two inches of mocha colored foam. Good retention.

A strong aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate chip cookies, strong cocoa, and malted milk. A pretty intense aroma as soon as I pour the beer, then the aroma is dominated by espresso and coffee beans. I’m a sucker for coffee! There’s also a dry graham cracker or corn flakes aroma as it warms up, and some hints of oats as well. Mmm, molasses and maple syrup as I’m getting down to the last couple of sips. Very sweet smelling and lots of malt aroma.

The taste is a bit thin, compared to the aroma but still very good. Coffee and chocolate malts followed by some roasted barley, toast, bitter chocolate, and malted milk-ball candy.

As I stated in the taste, the mouthfeel is also thin and a bit watery. The beer is decently carbonated with a dry and slightly bitter and roasted finish.

Hmm, both the taste and mouthfeel seem to get slightly better as the beer comes to room temperature, as it should, so I must bump up half a point for that.

I enjoyed this one very much, wish I had this one easily available.

seaoflament, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer decamps the stubby 330ml bottle a soot black with some light ruby highlights, the head pompous, the color chocolate and the texture creamy, upon its depletion the lace forms a nice concealing sheet. Nose has a rich nut like aroma, chocolate, coffee, caramel and a pinch of hops. Start is nicely malted; sweet with a burnt grain and hop spicy bite at the back, top is full in feel. Finish has a standard acidity, the burnt grain and hops provide a lingering bittersweet bite, aftertaste dry and long lasting, a fine stout.

Gusler, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of brantadid
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured absolutely black into a tulip. Completely opaque. A little cascading. Formed a thick 2 finger head. Excellent lacing.

Lots of coffee in the nose. That is all I get. As the beer warmed, the coffee smell becomes more prevalent. It smells like a lighter roast of coffee.

Wow. A lot more carbonation than I expected. Very fizzy. Lots of heavily roasted coffee from start to finish. Also some hints of chocolate and dark berries. Very long bitter finish. Totally reminds me of espresso. I wanted to add some sugar to this beer.

Although I think this is a good beer, it isn't very drinkable. It was just a little too bitter for me. But, for what it is, it is great.

brantadid, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky coffee black with two fingers of thick, dense, cocoa-brown head. Very good lacing. Rich, potent espresso grounds on the nose, along with dark chocolate bitterness and hints of dark fruit sweetness.

Roasted malt and dark coffee bitterness up front. Dark fruit sweetness with a tart cherry edge. Maybe dark chocolate covered cherries? Chocolate sweetness peaks before more coffee bitterness closes out the finish. Med-full body with a slightly oily feel. A very good coffee stout.

alexgash, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of soulgrowl
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Strangely, I cannot find this anywhere in Japan. I was very excited - and surprised - to see it at Discount in Milwaukee.

Appearance: Purple-brown-black, totally opaque but for blackcurrant highlights. Restless coffee-stained beige head settles into a smooth, sticky cloud with very good retention.

Smell: Kahlua, tiramisu first; then fresh-roasted cofee beans, chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, lush and sweet caramel, toffee, subtle fruit notes. Calvados and oranges come to mind. Hops lend a very slight peppery/herbal spice, oh, and I just noticed roasted peanuts and honey! Mmm.

Taste: Excellent Bursting with coffee, chocolate, milk, brownies, coffee ice cream, and espresso. Savory, too, with just a touch of sweet (amakuchi) soy sauce. Floral honey abounds as well, plus a surprising light touch of fruity red wine. Malty as hell but well-bittered with burnt notes and cacao and tangy citric hops, which clean up the finish nicely.

Mouthfeel: Soft and smooth, thick and syrupy, yet somehow clean.

Drinkability: Awesome. Not a hint of the 7.5% ABV, just pure, sweet, coffee goodness. Strong but not aggressive, smooth but not boring. Seriously... is this the best brewery in the world?

soulgrowl, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich, black color with a thick, creamy mocha head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Deep roasted malt aroma with a burnt espresso smell. A bit of chocolate as well as a mild herbal hop smell are also present.

Roasted malt taste and burnt espresso dominate upfront. A bit of cocoa and some herbal hop flavors sneak through.

Medium body, creamy texture.

Quite a tasty coffee stout, with plenty of both for fans of either. Not for those who dislike coffee.

MaltyGoodness, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this very black beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer had a great head but decayed rather fast. Great lacing also was present. This beer most certainly had the coffee taste but still had a great beer taste also. It was a little heavy coffee for me but I still drank it in good fashion. I will buy this again and was stunned to find out it was a Janan product.

Minkybut, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of kaimcm
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle, no date, but sampled shortly after the first Mass. import.

A: black, mostly opaque body. the edges do let a bit of light through a deep mahogany. head is splotchy and sparse. some residue around glass but not much. leaves a bit to be desired. considering the espresso quality id appreciate a frothier head to complete the cappuccino image.

S: loads of sweet bean, espresso dust. some underlying sugar, bakers chocolate. familiar coffee liquor quality i find in heavily dosed coffee beers-hard to describe yet pretty obvious in the nose. some vanilla. nice but not overly complex.

T/M: big wave of roasted grain, bitter espresso, and finished with a stale acidity. drying and slick, the mouthfeel is coating but the body a little thin. a bit of bittersweet chocolate, hint of the vanilla nose. all in all this is a bit of a one trick pony. loads of espresso grounds on the mid and back palette, lingering finish thats bone dry, but not a whole lot else.

D: a nightcap, and one at that. alcohol is balanced and at an appropriate level for this beer.

overall this is a nice offering from Hitachino who regularly impresses me but this beer is a bit one dimensional. the coffee character is not interesting enough on its own, nor integrated enough to really work well.

cheers to JB for the sample.

kaimcm, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Considering this probably came from Japan on a slow boat the espresso/coffee aroma is amazingly fresh and concentrated. I get some earthy soil and old tree bark notes, but they actually compliment the aroma rather than detract. Soot and charcoal also show up and again it smells very right in this beer. The body is full on black and holds a two finger thick mocha head that is quite lasting. The first sip is ash, dark fruit and chocolate. The coffee notes are much less pronounced int he flavor, though clearly still present. The middle gets almost chocolate covered cherry-like. Sweet cream, vanilla, baker’s chocolate and more coffee make up the finish. Pretty nice.

Jredner, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This Imperial pours near black with deep brown frothy head and some nice tall walls of lace.

Pungent and earthy in aroma with some bitter dark cocoa and sweet malt in the background. There is some black coffee and dark fruit present as well.

The flavor is initially a sweet syrupy coffee that fades in to heavily roasted malt. Some warmth allows you to detect some booze in the end. Nicely complex.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with some light/moderate carbonation and a nice lingering warmth that coats the palate.

letsgopens, Oct 12, 2007
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 739 ratings.