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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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734 Ratings
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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 372
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 ToasterChef
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

A 12 oz bottle is poured into a chalice.

A finger of light brown foam sits atop a dark brown body. A good, even coat of foam is left behind when I swirl the glass.

The nose has element of dark, roasted malts and coffee beans. A mild sweetness permeates the aroma, but never gets too strong. A little bit of alcohol rounds things out.

The initial flavor isn't as roasty as I thought it would be, but the aftertaste has a lot of roasted malt flavors. Mild dark chocolate sweetness gives way to coffee bitterness as I swallow.

The body is heavy and carbonation is at a good level. There is a long lasting coat, but it isn't too thick. It provides and low but noticeable amount of coffee and chocolate flavors. My lips are left a little bit sticky.

I find this to be an enjoyable stout. No aspect of it is too overbearing. I could enjoy a few of these in an evening.

ToasterChef, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of joecast
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%

Wow, seriously thick dark pour. Big foamy dark tan head. Heaps of lacing and stability. Low carbonation, pitch black. Excellent.

Coffee aroma at the forefront. Dark chocolate and roast.pillows of sweet maltiness arise as it warms.

Big malt, roast and bitterness. Mixes well keeping this big beer interesting. Complex yet accessible. Smooth and balanced. Just enough sweetness in the finish to ward off palate fatigue.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Smooth without being too heavy and filling. One can easily become two. Nice.

joecast, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of HopDerek
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a dark brown almost black color with thin creamy tan head, good retention and nice lacing. Smells of espresso, , roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar and lactose. Tastes of creamy cappuccino with a maple syrup sweetness, followed by a bit of milk chocolate and a shot of espresso. Finishes with a bitter roasted coffee blast and even some citrus notes. Medium full body, creamy and smooth with a good flow of flavors and a nice bitter bite in the finish. Hides alcohol well and is nice to drink for coffee lovers.

HopDerek, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of mulder1010
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

330 ML bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A-- Poured black. Pretty straight forward there. Decently aggressive pour got a long lasting two finger dark mocha colored head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Thick and streaky. Well maintained head and good head retention.

S-- Espresso, more like over drawn espresso, chocolate, and roasted malts. A little bit of sweetness that sort of reminds me of Sticky Date Pudding. Just no Carmel sauce.

T-- Big hit of espresso, not real bitter but strong. Chocolate somewhat smooths out the espresso taste.

M-- Big espresso followed buy chocolate. Chocolate is a tad bit sweetened. Medium to full bodied low carbonation. Chocolate smooths out the espresso. Has bitterness but it is not over bitter.

D-- Good drinkable beer. Can do 2 of these and not get tired of it. ABV is very well hidden. if you like espresso and chocolate this is a must drink.

mulder1010, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured into an imperial pint glass, nice thick cascading foam. More of an opaque extremely dark brown than a "black" looking body.

Aroma touches all the bases. Smoky caramel and an acrid coffee note, yup, smells like an espresso.

Tastes follows aroma, with a big hint of caramel sweetness up front, quickly washed away by some pretty damned bitter coffee.

Oily, slick mouthfeel.

To those who love coffee stouts, this isn't breaking any new ground - but it is very well-executed, enjoyable, easy to drink. Coming from Japan, not an inexpensive 12-ouncer, but I'll buy again, especially considering I don't get Peche Mortel down here. As with most of the Hitachino Nest beers, well done.

Patrick999, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of leaddog
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

leaddog, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of drgonzo2k2
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Unchi
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Unchi, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of BYOFB
4/5  rDev +2%

BYOFB, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of July2Nov
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Appearance: Nice Frothy brownish foamy head. Dark like a stout should be.

Smell: Deep roasted coffee smell that is very noticeable. If you love espresso, the nose alone wold have you panting to get at this.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Bold and creamy. Has a thick feel to it with a deep and rich coffee flavor. Has a slight metallic taste, but nothing that is crazy to detract from the beer experience. A bit chalky and chewy on the end tip of the beer. This is a very good coffee stout and one that I would drink again.

Drinkability: Hitachino ceases to amaze me. This Japanese brewery always produces excellent beers that run far away from what you normally consider the classic Japanese beer category. All I have to say is, "More please".

July2Nov, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev +2%

ilikebeer03, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of afksports
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

Another notch in the belt of the JapanQuest! Kiuchi is far and away my favorite brewery on that part of the globe, and this Espresso Stout is a testament to their skill. I can't say it's perfect; doing a coffee stout in an American style is pretty much setting yourself up for failure when compared with others, but this one is darn drinkable.

It pours a dark brown hue and has minimal head that goes away fairly quickly. Swirling it around makes for some nice trails. The smell is of coffee - well, perhaps espresso - and another usual suspect - malty dark chocolate. Tastes that way too, with a tiny hint of fruits and tartness.

Its typical mouthfeel and average alcohol content of 7.5% does the style, but doesn't do it exceptionally. I'd be happy with this as long as there weren't better options, but I won't be lining up for this red owl.

afksports, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Minkybut
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

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 KalanM
4/5  rDev +2%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of RMoeNay
4/5  rDev +2%

RMoeNay, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of andrewinski1
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

Poured into tulip with two inch head on top of a pitch black body. The bubbles are tiny and the head lasts quite a while. The coffee smell is prevalent. A hint of sweetness that is reminiscent of chocolate is in the background. The taste is dominated by smooth espresso flavor. Sweet chocolatey malt flavor is in the background. The bitterness is strong; after a couple sips the coffee flavor leaves a slight tang. This is a lighter bodied stout and drinks well considering. I would have again.

andrewinski1, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of shivtim
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Found this in Atlanta. What a nice surprise!
Pours out oily opaque black with just the slightest tinges of red/brown around the edges when you hold it up to a strong light. Head is dark bloody brown and fades rather quickly. Nose is incredible! Sweet charred malts, coffee grounds, sweet cream, slight bourbon, and layered dark and milk chocolates. Evolves upon warming. Very nice. Taste is burnt malts, ashy, with a fairly intense sweet coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is very full and rich. Drinkability is above average, it's a strong but drinkable stout.

shivtim, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of JRed
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

Opaque in body with coffee head that fades. Smells of burnt coffee beans and sharp roast. Tastes of black coffee, roast, burnt bread, some tang, mild hop bitterness. Thick in body with low carbonation. A strong espresso roast fest but not a bad time. A bit heavy, a bit too coffee astringency but worth having.

JRed, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of dsauter
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

dsauter, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of JellyJacket
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

JellyJacket, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of rdooley
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

rdooley, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of JohnQVD
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

JohnQVD, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%

Had a bottle of this at FFF brewpub and poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - wow this was one beautiful stout when poured into the glass. It was a deep chocolate brown color with light golden rays of light streaming through it as well. Had a nice very espresso colored head that was very fluffy and creamy looking and reminded of the froth on a latte. The head stuck round for the whole beer and left a ton of lacing down the glass.

S - the first note that you can pick up on even as just pouring the beer is the smell of pure espresso beans. It reminds me of walking into a coffee shop for the first time. Also gets a whiff of a caramely sweetness in there as well and after awhile one could easily convince themselves that they are smelling a Caramel Maccahiato from Starbucks. Just the kind of smell one expects from a coffee beer.

T - the taste was not as coffeeish as I would expect from the smell as there are actually more sweeter notes in the taste than I picked up in the nose. Of course there is a nice roasted espresso taste in there but there was also a bit of chocolate and caramely sweetness in there as well which balances out the coffee flavor and prevents the beer from having a bitter coffee taste. The aftertaste was a bit more of the roasted, dark bitter coffee taste that one expects when sipping espresso and reminded me of the coffee dominance of this brew.

MF - The body was a bit light for the style of beer in my opinion as I wish it had just a bit more thickness to it. The after feeling I felt was a bit grainy in the mouth which made me wonder if little bits of the coffee did not get filtered out. In that aspect the beer had the MF of a coffee brewed by the press method. Interesting feeling esp. the graininess.

D - have to say I was super surprised by this beer. When I sat the little owl on the bottle I did not expect such a flavor explosion as I got in this one. This beer is a coffee lover's dream and really it was super drinkable as I felt I could have this beer to wake up with and drink with breakfast, as a nice accompaniment to an Italian meal or chocolate cake or even by itself as a wonderful after dinner drink. Good job to this brewery and hope that they have some other wonderful surprises waiting around the corner for me.

jeonseh, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of stewart124
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Color is black with a tan head. Looks to have good head retention.

Big burnt malt nose with a chocolate and sweet raisin smell. Some hints of alcohol present.

Mouthfeel is a little less than I would have imagined. Nice almost nutty taste. The roasted malts don't seem too acrid or harsh. Very smooth with little hop presence. Some alcohol is noticeable and it's got a bit of raisin or prunes. Almost brandy character. This goes very well with the chocolate notes to round this beer out. The coffee is subdued a bit but is otherwise a good compliment.

This is a well-rounded imperial stout with a nice blend of malts and not overpowering alcohol. Well done Japan!

stewart124, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Pours a deep, rich mahogany color that produces a massive mocha colored head that retains very nicely and leaves even better lacing.

S: Rich coffee and espresso right off the bat. Very nice. The overall profile of the nose is toasty, bitter-sweet, caramel, and chocolate.

T: The best part of this brew is the fact that the amount of espresso and coffee added to the brew is JUST enough not to compromise the flavor profile. Caramel, bitter-sweet chocolate, molasses, and a hint of lactose.

MF/D: Mixed feelings here...The body is too light for a double/imperial, but the alcohol is camouflaged and the drinkability is high due to its nicely done flavor

If you spot one of these, try it out

scottyshades, Jul 19, 2009
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.