Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) - Kiuchi Brewery
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Reviews by Gyle41386:
3.23/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured from a 24.3oz bottle into a pint glass.
Thin cola-colored pour. About a finger of tan foam fizzes away quickly, leaving behind a thin, bubbly ring. Very little lacing, if any, remains stuck to the glass.
I think the most prominent element of the aroma is borderline sour milk. The "Lacto" part of "Lacto Sweet Stout" jumps out right away. There's milk, caramel, and chocolate, and that's pretty much all I'm getting. Very weak, boring, whatever other descriptor you'd like to use to convey that there's just not a whole lot going on here.
The flavor's the same, there's just not much to/of it. There's nothing off-putting about it, which is a plus. It's just hard to stay interested. One added element that I didn't pick up in the aroma is a coffee-like roast flavor that adds a little bit of balance to the sweetness. Alcohol is never noticeable, but at 3.9% that was never a concern.
Thin body does little to deter one from drinking this rather quickly, nor does the low level of carbonation. There's a bit of fizziness early on that provides a bit of a tingle, but it disappears rather quickly. It doesn't take long to drain the 24oz bottle, but it's not something I'd go out of my way to try again.
Serving type: bottle
10-19-2011 03:48:36 | More by Gyle41386
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3.45/5 rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
(purchased at NoLibs Foodery(?), chilled - bottle code SS.12.04 - poured into a balloon)
A: impenetrably dark brown liquid... compact foam forms, about a finger width high, then dies down, leaving a spongy-bubbly collar but no lace
S: coffee and creme, the chocolate coating for a Ho-Ho, faint smoky ash, hint of black candy licorice, hint of lactic funk... later, it takes on a wet lawn and soil note, with a drop of chocolate-coated hard caramel candy underneath... the combo of ash and acids seem to dominate, with sub-medium intensity
T: it's held up pretty decent... dark cacao and roasted barley tea up front... light-moderately tart and acidic up front as well, leaving a mellow bitter bite in the finish... not much sweetness like sugar, maybe a thin thread of it left... mildly roasty and pretty dry... hints of turning
M: sub-medium viscosity up front... attenuates out somewhat thin and flat in the finish... a little residual roast matter left, mild scraping, but, again, pretty dry
O: decent for a dry stout... can't endorse it for a sweet stout, though Kiuchi has some fringe approaches to their products... it certainly did hold up alright after 2 years, maybe not so surprising
Serving type: bottle
05-22-2014 03:46:05 | More by Bouleboubier
Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) from Kiuchi Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.