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Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

207 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: czechsaaz on 12-24-2007)
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Reviews by StJamesGate:
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dirty blonde with rimming eggshell head.
Floral, woody, perfumed nose with maraschino notes- deep.
Candy apple, some blonde caramel, pineapple, lots of barky spice in the middle, and herbal, grassy end.
Vanilla bean finish and ringing minty linger.
Medium, some cling, but clean.

Hops are straight noble and there are bits of crystal and chocolate that add up to a solid amber with BSDA notes. It's also well-attenuated and hides it's heat, but strangely one-dimensional for everything that goes into it. I could see the coriander-cinnamon-nutmeg combo, but I'm not getting orange peel or vanilla as much. For holiday beers, SN Celebration brings similar spice with just hops, which is far more impressive.

Somehow less than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Jayman931
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale 2011
11.2oz bottle served in a snifter 8%

Very nice orange/amber color...white head that disappeared pretty quickly.

Decent malt smell and faint spices (hint of licorice and some orange and I guess the other is coriander)...wouldn't hurt to have a little more but this is 2 years old.

Its a solid beer. I would purchase it again. Really nice malt character but not overboard. Little caramel with light spices. I bet if this were a newer vintage it would have more spice flavor to it but I was expecting a little more spice but i am very okay with the lighter spice flavor.

Mouth feel is good. Well balanced and no heat from the alcohol.

Over all I think its a solid ale. I have had quite a few better...but have had a ton alot worse.

Cheers

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2014, so it's a little out of date. 2013 vintage; ABV stated as 8%. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a spiced beer brewed to commemorate the new year.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy coppery-orange hue with plenty of floating sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of warm spicy notes with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, mild coriander, subtle caramel malt, pine needles, a twinge of fruitiness, stewed hops and earthy yeast. A whiff of warming booze in the background. Complex but a shade overdone.

Tastes of a blend of spices with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, mild coriander, caramel malt, pine, stewed leaves, faint fruitiness, subtle earthy yeast and harsh cardboard. Well-attenuated, followed by a powerful herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Rather astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of acrid woody spice, stewed herbs/leaves and faint caramel malt.

It's certainly spicy, but not the most balanced or relaxing brew I've ever sampled. Looks alright, with an pleasantly spicy aroma. However, the flavour is rather harsh and dry due to an excess of spicing. Not much fruitiness to speak of and the malt takes a back seat. Subdued hops - mostly pine. Body is satisfying enough. Despite its strength, the malt just doesn't stand up to the spice regime. Someone chucked a rack into the mash if you ask me. Interesting but not particularly drinkable - no need to hunt it down.

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 on the label.

A: Pours a bright ruby orange with a 1 finger white head. Some visible carbonation but a fairly cloudy brew. Head sticks around for a minute or two before fleeting to the edges. Leaves some lacing on the edge of the glass. Layers nicely in the glass.

S: At first I get a banana like yeast from it. Reminds me of a German wheat beer. There is still some spicing you can pull through but it is fairly light. A pretty fruity aspect to it, raisin or fig, also orange.

T: As with the smell I do get a yeasty banana taste, not too much spice but the vanilla seems to mellow things out. Pretty complex, takes you on a ride from the banana to a sweet malt, vanilla and even a hop kick at the end.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy velvety mouthfeel. Real easy drinking. Sort of low carbonation.

Overall always a beer I look forward to. Have had the last few years and it continues to ease in the winter season. Great mix of german roots and new age spices.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml short-ass bottle, 8% ABV - the most New Year's Eve appropriate beer in my fridge - the label presents the Hitachino owl mascot, which looks like it's been watching "Battling Seizure Robots", pasted in front of Mt. Fuji. Sufficiently Japanese for this gaijin.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with four fat Western fingers of puffy, bubbly, and foamy off-white head, which recedes rather slowly, leaving some broadly awkward sudsy coral reef lace around the glass.

It smells of bready - the gingery sort - malt, mild musty citrus, metallic cinnamon, a softly spicy herbal note that is most likely the advertised coriander, and a musty, earthy, leafy hoppiness. The taste is more in the same vein - rather sweet caramel and wheaty malt, kissed with ginger and nutmeg, overripe citrus, sugary coriander, woody vanilla, and a bit of herbal, lightly perfumed spiced rum warming.

The carbonation is rather tame, not even throwing up a front of frothiness, the body a stolid medium weight, mostly smooth and perhaps a tad creamy. It finishes well off-dry, malty, fruity and pleasantly boozy. And clean, let's not forget about that.

A pleasant, subdued, but still thoroughly flavourful holiday ale, one with strong mirror-world BSDA holiday-season tendencies. The large-ish (8% here) alcohol is well integrated, manifesting in nothing more than a particularly suitable warming, and as the last few hours of 2009 zoom by, the label's fortune cookie-esque English translation of a decidedly forward-looking upbeat New Year's saying actually hits the spot right now.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler. My first bottle randomly exploded (blowing out the bottom rather cleanly actually), so I'm not going to age this one after all. 2010 vintage...a bit of a gusher.

Cloudy yet radiant gamboge liquid with a relatively active mass of papaya whip foam. Turbid tendrils of lacing won't stay put. Good retention.

Japanese citrus, melon, and some floral notes in the nose - a distinctive albeit subdued yeast aroma, and a hint of hops as well.

Tart and fruity palate entry closely follows the elements found in the nose. The flavors develop slowly becoming richer and vaguely tropical. Some sweetness at times reminds me of a Tripel, though the finish is clean and fairly dry. Hints of white tea, rosewater, and pink peppercorn round out the profile.

Pillowy, effervescent, but then cutting mouthfeel. Heat grows more prominent as the beer warms.

Hard to guess at what ingredients went into this beer - but it is quite enjoyable (despite being volatile - not wanting to stay in the bottle!).

I actually mistook this for the 2004 New Year Celebration Ale at first (my favorite of their beers, and with some age on it, maybe my favorite Belgian Strong Dark Ales...sadly missed, that one) - glad I picked it up anyway (though unhappy to be out nearly $6 for the exploding bottle). Cheers to Kiuchi, busy at the moment bottling water for quake victims - here's hoping for a full (if not speedy) recovery.

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale 2012, 8% ABV.
Pours a frothy light amber head with moderate retention with a deminishing head.
Aroma is malt, hops and spices - coriander and nutmeg feature with hints of vanilla and
cinnamon.
Flavor is a mix of fruity flavors, citrus, and spices, with a decent malty backbone, late vanilla, coriander and nutmeg notes. The alcohol is well hidden.
Overall very drinkable spiced beer reminiscent of a belgian.

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at macadoodles in Springdale, AR; not sure if this is a freshness date, but NY 11.07 is at the bottom right of the rear label...

Pours a very effervescent copper with a pinky of fast fading cream colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Juicy fruit gum & white grapes

T: Ginger, cinnamon & apple peel with a touch of juicy fruit gum up front (this is actually working for me). The spices seize the day as this warms along with some pear brandy. Finishes warming with a nice mix of spices, some green apple peel & a touch of orange peel showing up very late to the party..

MF: Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation with a warming sensation. Thins out a tad as this warms

The spice mix in this beer works well, this is a bit of an odd bird, but pretty enjoyable. Would go great with dessert, or most Asian food

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of KTCamm
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a pint glass. 2/18 review.

Pours amber orange cloudy with a light layer on top of white foam. Orange nose with a wheat back. Slight sour. Some citrus taste. Label speaks of other spices, but all I get is orange. Good, not great.

Photo of elricorico
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy orange with a slight brown tinge to it. Way too much head, this bottle foamed and foamed, it took about 10 minutes to pour a glass.

Citric and somewhat soapy smelling. Yeasty funk. Not much else to say, despite a variety of ingredients.

Sticky sweet, then spicy, then funky, then finishes a little hot. Caramel to vanilla in the sweetness, notable cinnamon in the middle. Flavours are all over the place and don't really seem to work together as much as compete with each other. Not bad, just gives a disorganized impression.

Mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy. Carbonation just barely cuts through, feels a little heavy.

This isn't a bad beer, but it isn't a great beer either. I think it may have come together better with some age, but I'm not enthusiastic about it enough to bother trying.

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Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.