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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

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860 Ratings
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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 35
Gots: 75 | FT: 2
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Japan

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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Ratings: 860 | Reviews: 396
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black body with a full, rich tan-colored head. Alright, this looks pretty solid.

Smell: A very aromatic, expressive nose of heavily roasted coffee beans. While there is a bit of roasted malts and dark, dark chocolate, it's mostly all cold coffee.

Taste: Powerful coffee taste through and through. Only a teensy bit of malty sweetness manages to get past it as does a very faint spiciness. The finish is packed with roasty bitterness and lingers incessantly.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Smooth, nearly oily mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Good for you, Hitachino. Espresso Stout is a beer that deserves polite, though not particularly raucous applause. Let's keep our heads, folks.

Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 720ml bottle, coming in at 5.5% ABV here.

This beer pours a solid black, with ever so slight brown tints at the edges, and two fingers of weakly puffy, and densely foamy beige head, which leaves a stellar active storm cloud vista of lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells quite strongly of bitter, dry roast coffee, dark chocolate, bready caramel malt, a bit of indistinct black fruit, wet ash, and an earthy hoppiness. The taste is more of the same, but much more laid-back - relatively sweeter chocolate, lightly bitter roasted coffee, grainy and bready caramel malt, and very mild grassy, earthy hop notes.

The carbonation is rather soft and trilling, the body a decently hefty medium weight, silken, duly smooth, and more than a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the chocolate and caramel malt persisting more or less unscathed, while the smoky coffee essence starts a long, dark wane.

A velvety, enticing, and overall tasty stout, that fits nicely into the realm of dessert, in the manner of panna cotta or Tiramisu. Well-made, and thankfully lacking (or perhaps merely obscuring) that Hitachino house yeast flavour.

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an oily black, with a brown cookie-dough head. As it settles, black rivulets slowly cascade through the foam. Surface is dimpled, and resembles a fresh baked cookie. Spotty lacing leaves a ring aroud the glass.

Aroma of coffee tree berries and blossoms, fresh roasted coffee beans, and dark chocolate.

Low acidity, with mild bitterness. There's still a strong, well-integrated coffee prescence that I love. Rich, thick mouthfeel...like liquid Black Forest cake without the coconut. Deep black roasted malts, leaving a dark trail down the throat. Not a monster stout, but decadent, balanced and well-crafted.

Recommended to coffee stout fans, you owe it to yourself to seek this out.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's, Philadelphia. 01.01.09

Opaque black body beneath a thick, light brown/dark tan colored head. Average lacing.

Rich coffee notes in the nose. Sharp, nutty/toasty/roasty coffee notes edged with carbon, berries, and black chocolate.

The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests, but with about the same amount of coffee. It's got some caramel notes to it, as well as chocolate. It's roasty and well-balanced without any harsh dark-malt or coffee acidity, although there is a hint of that in the berry character. Some hop flavors are present at low levels. A firm bitterness tethers it, and it finishes drying as the maltiness fades to leave lingering thin roasty notes and some fruitiness behind.

Surprisingly balanced in the end. Drinkable. You could have more than one of these and not be over-powered by coffee. Worth trying.

Photo of nickfl
4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours with a medium brown head one finger tall. The body is black with no light penetration. The head hangs on for a couple of minutes before settling to a raft of big bubbles in the middle of the glass and leaving a nice ring of lace clinging to the walls of the glass.

S - Strong aroma of chocolate, cherries and espresso. Subtle hops in the background with some minor yeast notes.

T - It begins with the flavor of bitter, dark chocolate, followed by malty sweetness. The espresso flavors come in the middle and are balanced by a moderate, velvety hop flavor. The finish is all malt bitterness, with chocolate and coffee flavors melding to produce a flavor very similar to a chocolate covered coffee bean.

M - Fairly thick body, with moderate carbonation and just enough sweetness in the finish to keep the bitterness from becoming overwhelming.

D - Wow, this may be the best coffee beer I have had. The aroma is simple, but robust and immensely enjoyable. The flavor is nicely balanced and brings out the best in the coffee. I am not much of a coffee drinker, but the beautiful character of the espresso in this beer could really change that. Easily drinkable and one hell of a coffee stout.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/13/09 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong coffee and dark chocolate, roasted malts and some dark fruit.

T: The taste starts with bitter-sweet flavors of black coffee and dark chocolate, followed by a very hearty roasted malt character. There's a mild but complementary hops presence and a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky and very dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's not one of the better stouts that I've had but it's still a decent beer.

Photo of Kegatron
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice brown head. Firm coffee on the nose. Flavor is distinct coffee with oily and roasted tones. Quite hearty and deep. Sort of a "green" tone to it on the back end as well. Not overly complex, but clearly and without a doubt a coffee beer. Feel is pretty thick on the liquid and the carbonation is full enough. Pretty easy to drink espresso beer that has quite a bit of the bean going on in it.

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hitachino Nest, Espresso Stout, Japanese Dark Ale brewed with coffee beans", 11.2 oz, the trademark owl in the middle of a swirl of yellow and brown rings.

Dark brown, nearly black, with a rich, roasty tan head, 1/4 ", slowly simmering, but beautiful.

Cocoa, coffee, and cola coming out of the nose...vanilla beans and maple interject. Espresso notes get bigger, more bittersweet, richer, deliciouser.

Fullish mouthfeel, then flavor explodes and spills all over. Bittersweet dominates the flavor. Huge espresso, some licorice and molasses. Big chocolate, too.

Could use a fuller body, could be richer. Of course, I'm comparing it to things like Bell's Java Stout, which is plenty thick. Long, chocolatey, bittersweet cocoa finish. Lays long on the tongue.

Yum. Good stuff, Japan!

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is black (shocking I know), with a big head. The head leaves some moderate lacing on the glass but I have no idea about the carbonation, its too thick at the corners.

The aroma is sweetness and coffee, that's the espresso I suppose.

Medium body to this beer, nice and smooth feeling. The flavors, very sweet up front but not like syrup, like sugar, lots of coffee in the late mid- to the back palate of the beer. This beer probably has too much flavor, very much coffee. Its a seriously huge coffee beer. Be aware, if you don't like coffee....cautiously back away from this beer. Its not for you.

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/6/10 notes. Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black with no head.

s - Smells mostly of coffee and roasted malts. Little bit of chocolate.

t - Taste is mostly coffe, but also roasted malts and maybe a bit smokey.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation.

d - A decent stout, but coffee dmoinated the smell and taste. Would give another shot.

Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle:

Pours thick black with a light brown, thin head. Looks like an espresso - fitting. The thin head soon becomes a patch. Minimal trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of espresso with cream. Roasty to the point of being slightly burnt.

The taste is of roasted espresso with a touch of cream. Tastes like chewing on an espresso bean. A burnt characteristic seems like the espresso was on too long. Fruity alcohol gives it a kick in a warming finish.

This one is thick with minimal carbonation. Felt like I had a high-octane spiked espresso.

Well- I like coffee, even espresso. But, this borders on too much. The burnt characteristic makes is a bit tough to continue with it. Maybe this one should be served in a demi-tasse cup. A disappointment as a beer and certainly not worth the price, IMO.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a rich, chocolate and coffee scent that's sweet up front along with a dry, coffee aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth, dry coffee flavor that goes down easy with some chocolate malt sweetness. It's rich and easy drinking with tons of expresso character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine coffee inspired beer. It's dry as hell, but has tons of flavor.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and coffee with a touch of chocolate.

The flavor is chocolate and coffee with some roasted malt.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Relatively straight forward, but well done.

Photo of GClarkage
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/10/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle, no freshness info found on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep blackend pour. Larger one inch plus dirty brown head. Settles at a bit less than 1/4 inch for the duration. Leaves nice lace sheeting that is kind of short lasting and some small patches.

Smell- Very large coffee-espresso nose. Just about of coffee fumes with a touch of dark chocolate and a bit of pine hop resin. A bit more sweetness and it would be perfect.

Taste- Granted this is a coffee beer and not a chocolate driven malt flavored beer, but I would be head over heels if it had some more chocolate notes. It has a minor amount of chocolate-toffee-caramel goodness and a touch of fig or some kind of dark dried fruit flavor, but the point this dude is trying to make is death by coffee. All coffee grounds, espresso shop-mile down the road-but I can smell you from my house-coffee. Deep dark roasted malts almost to being burnt. Seems to be a middle of the road sweetness and a short bite of bitterness, but alos has a tiny sour note as well, which actually adds to the enjoyment.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, low almsot cask like carbonation level. Suprisingly a shorter lived coffee aftertaste with a bit of hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Feels like the excat 7.5% abv that it says.

Drinkability- Damn well crafted beer. For coffee lovers, probably will be one of the best beers you have ever had. As a double stout...strong, but kind of one sided. Still a very very good beer worth seeking out.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 4/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, caramel, light molasses, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee notes; with great strength. Taste of roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, caramel, light molasses, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, roast, toast, dark bread, caramel, light molasses, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and coffee flavors; with a great roasted sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, smooth, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent coffee stout. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
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