Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery
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4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
Appearance: Completely black with a dark mocha head. Pretty nice retention here and a good bit of lace.
Smell: Roasted grains and espresso - pretty mild in aroma for a coffee beer. There's a bit of malty sweetness to it as well, but it's decidedly more roasty.
Taste & mouthfeel: Bittersweet coffee, like espresso with a cube of sugar in it. There's a roasty, acidic twang that hits the sides of the mouth mid-sip, leading into a long, bitter and drying finish that's unsurprisingly similar to espresso. Nice and thick for 7.5% ABV while still remaining pleasantly dry - lots of oats in this I'd guess.
08-01-2008 19:19:17 | More by largadeer
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
01-16-2010 07:57:44 | More by biboergosum
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
01-16-2009 03:43:28 | More by NeroFiddled
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
05-14-2009 02:39:23 | More by RblWthACoz
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
11-14-2009 19:31:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.6/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
03-05-2008 06:26:24 | More by nickfl
4.43/5 rDev +13%
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!
02-08-2008 17:49:57 | More by Kegatron
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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!
09-27-2007 02:32:43 | More by feloniousmonk
4.22/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
05-09-2010 02:33:57 | More by drabmuh
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
10-15-2010 23:41:03 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
10-18-2010 19:49:37 | More by Mora2000
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
06-12-2010 04:30:13 | More by mdfb79
3.1/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
10-03-2007 02:14:16 | More by jwc215
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, chocolate cream colored head. The beer is quite black and opaque in color. The aroma has huge, dark roast, espresso aromatics to it. Noticed aromas of burnt berry notes, charcoal, dark chocolate, burnt toast and a middle that is made up of sweet, malty chocolate candy like notes. At times the aroma can be quite rich and satisfying, but at others the roast character is a bit overwhelming and tends to make this seem a bit thin, sharp and burnt.
Very thick bodied and sweet, this is much more of a meal than I was expecting. Through the middle the thick, sweet, malt flavors do a good job of balancing the roast & espresso notes. The burnt malt and espresso malt notes are found in the long finish were they slightly dry out the up front sweetness, but there is also a distinct, lingering note that tastes like burnt blueberries. The sweet notes accent a rich chocolate middle, sweet coffee cream flavors and a blackened toffee flavor. The body of this thing really is quite creamy, rich, thick and viscous; I can't remember a beer of this strength that is as thick as this brew.
An interesting beer, while the flavor was quite sweet, it was much more in balance than the aroma was. The huge, dark malt sweetness was needed to balance out the aggressive roast grain and espresso notes. The aroma is a bit too dominated by the roast aromatics. Actually based on the aroma I was expecting the flavor to be overly burnt and acidic, quite happily this is not. The most interesting thing about this beer is that lingering, fruit flavor in the far finish that is a mix of blueberries and tropical fruit. More than likely this last is from the espresso beans.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
02-17-2008 02:30:36 | More by Gueuzedude
4.35/5 rDev +11%
11.2 oz. bottle,
A: Pours black with a thick tan head, good retention, some thick lace, looks great.
S: Coffee for days.
T: Big espresso, bitter coffee notes immediately. The more typical stout flavours of roasted malt come out later with a great dark chocolate note at the end with a hint of dark dried fruit. Great robust, strong flavours, not for the weak of heart.
M: Smooth, full-bodied, strong coffee aftertaste, gives a pick-me-up. Prickly carbonation in the finish.
D: Man, I've been on a roll lately with great beer. This brew is delicious and flawlessly mixes the coffee and stout flavours, a great buy. But be careful, it'll stain your clothes.
01-18-2010 05:58:11 | More by Halcyondays
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
11-10-2008 23:40:54 | More by GClarkage
5/5 rDev +27.6%
Pours a dark black with a dark brown head. This beer has one of the most beautiful aromas I've ever experienced. Very strong coffee bean/espresso presence as well as a burnt dark chocolate scent. The coffee/espresso theme again is dominant in the taste but a nice dark chocolate taste balances it out perfectly not making it too bitter. A nice combination of caffeine kick and alcohol strength. One of the best infusion of coffee and alcohol that I have tasted and Hitachino's best beer.
12-01-2008 08:18:02 | More by corby112
3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
Thanks to egajdzis for grabbing this...
Appears a near black, dark brown with a clumpy, light tan head that fades into a mild film and cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of coffee grounds, caramel, nuts, vanilla, cocoa, mocha, and roasted malt.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a bitter, roasted wood-like flavor coming through.
Mouthfeel is slightly tart, nutty, and dry.
09-11-2007 17:00:38 | More by weeare138
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
Pours black and opaque--I can barely get this to show any colour even at the edges. Even when held to light I get a murky blackened red-brown colour. Head is fine, but relatively small. Lacing forms in rings as it is drunk. Good looking beer.
Nose is sharp with coffee characters, but pleasantly so; blended nicely with big roasted malt and astringent piquancy, almost like seaweed. Dark chocolate from the blackest depths makes an appearance, but adds no sweetness. This is a big, dark, roasted-- slightly woody and organic--but unapologetic beer.
Taste is also very good, and very lengthened along the palate. Initially, light chocolate sweetness hits dominate, but these are almost instantaneously removed by the welling of dark bittersweet espresso characters, big grainy richness and a bitter astringency on the finish. It's an extremely long palate, and indeed, one that doesn't even begin to develop until the beer has been swallowed. Throughout it all, there's this oddly organic character that lifts the beer from being effectively muted by a low-pass filter. (If you know what I mean).
Feel is light, but smooth. I would perhaps expect more heft behind such a beer, but as it stands, the lightness in the feel mimics the hidden lightness on the palate.
A very decent brew and a very interesting take on a stout, and even an interesting take on a coffee stout.
03-26-2011 07:07:36 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
Shared a bottle at Against the Grain in NYC's East Village. Having homebrewed my own espresso stout, and sampled numerous other, I was still very impressed by the rich espresso flavor and smooth body. It's more reminiscent of an mocha or coffee dessert than a stout, but that's not a bad thing. This beer is exactly what the label says. Check it out if you love coffee beers.
03-07-2010 19:56:07 | More by tempest
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
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