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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

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712 Ratings
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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 27
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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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 afksports

New York

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 04:54:42 | More by afksports
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 21:46:05 | More by Minkybut
Photo of Unchi


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-12-2013 14:21:09 | More by Unchi
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 02:59:50 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 02:52:55 | More by leaddog
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 03:11:06 | More by JRed
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-02-2013 06:14:13 | More by cyrushire
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-23-2012 00:57:22 | More by dsauter
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-17-2013 22:53:00 | More by JohnQVD
Photo of shivtim


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 16:12:26 | More by shivtim
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4/5  rDev +2%

07-12-2013 03:28:10 | More by ilikebeer03
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4/5  rDev +2%

08-20-2013 20:24:00 | More by RMoeNay
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4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 14:29:07 | More by jeonseh
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 22:44:57 | More by scottyshades
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4/5  rDev +2%

06-19-2014 04:58:29 | More by tykechandler
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 04:25:18 | More by seaoflament
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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

07-13-2012 17:42:49 | More by ajs4bd
Photo of stewart124


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 02:24:42 | More by stewart124
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-18-2013 03:18:55 | More by JellyJacket
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-11-2013 15:29:40 | More by fionn13
Photo of RedHaze


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, brand new to Omaha.

Pours a deep black, with only the slightest hints of ruby peeking through the edges. The head peeks at a quarter of an inch, and fades quickly to a wispy swirling head, leaving behind a thin webbing of lace.

Smell; the espresso really comes through right away. Very roasty, alomst charred coffee at first, but then fades a little to some chocolate and molasses.

Taste; as with the aroma the coffee hits right away, and for a litle while it's hard to pick out the other flavors. As it warms though the coffee fades just enough to get some chocolate, molasses and raisins. The finish is all bitter dark roasted malts and coffee beans.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a light smooth carbonation, and the drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 00:56:10 | More by RedHaze
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3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown brew with a huge active chunky head. Great head retention, nice lacing.

Brew smells of slight malts, more of a chocolate a coffee/espresso smell.

Brew tastes sweet; chocolate flavors. Has a big coffee taste (more so as it warms). The brew really is as advertised, tastes like an espresso. Has a coffee dry aftertaste left on the tongue. Has a carbonated mouthfeel, more then a creamy/smooth that I was expecting.

This brew is good; more for a try - but I would not session it. It is a bit to sweet, and doesnt really hammer home the taste of beer for me. Good to try, but not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 01:00:33 | More by magine
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super black pour! Id say the head is as dark as Ten fidy's head; super brown and frothy. Aroma is of creme/milk, caramel and lots of coffee. Taste is of real coffee! This is one super roasty beer. The tasty nuttiness and coffee bitterness is great. Feel is smooth and creamy. I would do a few of these for sure. Its a tad too drying to drink more than a few.

Don't drink a a hoppy beer before this it will ruin it! I made that mistake once. Idiot.

One awesome dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 02:06:34 | More by kbnooshay
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%

11-29-2012 06:28:37 | More by KalanM
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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as a gift from a friend. Bottle poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a nice, dark, black which as a red hues when held to light. Did not pour with much head, but what stayed provided some nice lacing.

S: Coffee, Malt, Nuts, and black cherries. There is a faint smell of alcohol. Nice full aroma.

T: Espresso coffee is well represented. It is sweet but it has a bitter finish that balances the beer. You can also taste malt, chocolate, and caramel.

M: Creamy with a medium carbonation. Coats the mouth and sticks with you for a while.

D: Good drinking beer as an after dinner beer. Good for dessert or just to have a good, rich beer. Will definitely drink again. Awesome stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 04:21:54 | More by everetends
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
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