Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) - Kiuchi Brewery
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Reviews by datalager:
3.18/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
I added a single bottle of this to my last purchase. Seems interesting enough, and I suppose I had $5 to spare to try something quirky.
The pour is very dark brown, although not completely opaque, with a 1/2 finger tan head. There was a ton of large sediment floating around in mine. I'm not sure if this is normal for this brew, or if I had abnormal amounts of yeast build up in mine from age, as the bottle was a tad dusty upon purchase.
Smell is good, if not overwhelming. Chocolate nibs, roasted malt, a little hops.
Flavor is the best part of this beer for me, although it really needs more punch, IMO. Chocolate and smooth malt up front fades to a medicine like finish that reminds me of Moxie soda. I like Moxie, so the flavor didn't turn me off. I just wish it was stronger. Sadly, there was little yeast or hop flavor to remind you that this is actually a beer, and not a soda.
Sip and swallow is smooth, but nothing memorable.
It's a good beer. That's about it. NOT worth $5.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2011 17:30:56 | More by datalager
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3.45/5 rDev +13.5%
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 308 ratings.