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Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
71
okay

311 Ratings
THE BROS
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poor

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 21.78%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 07-01-2002)
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wrightst

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +56.8%

05-22-2014 02:54:32 | More by wrightst
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DrummerDan

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer but it isn't easy to find and it has always been a bit pricey.

Upon opening the bottle, dark chocolate, caramelized malty goodness, and a slight citrus aroma fill the air. As I pour it into a giant goblet the head grows and grows. There is highly active carbonation and now I smell a bit of berry. Although there is a definite creaminess the carbonation makes this beer taste lighter than it is. The head sticks to the side of the glass and last well past my drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 21:01:04 | More by DrummerDan
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manningkent


4.5/5  rDev +48.5%

06-25-2012 17:14:52 | More by manningkent
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goochpunch

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a big bottle into the glass a solid black body that appears rather thinnish. Head is tan and tall. Smell is a mix of chocolate, roasted malt, lactic acid, lemon juice, and some funk. The chocolate is surely present in the taste but the roastiness mellows it out. Lots of acid on the tongue with lemon juice flavors and lactic acid. I pick up some tobacco in the flavor somewhere. Finishes dry with more roasted grain and some black berry that sticks in my mind on into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is kind of light and lively. OK. This is an extremely refreshing, interesting, and delicious stout that I could see being a good summer session stout, especially since it's less than 4% abv.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 02:35:23 | More by goochpunch
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost completely opaque black with minimal hazy brown highlights at the rim. A short but creamy dark tan head soon drops to a collar. It does, howwever, last throughout the glass. The nose is somewhat limited but offers a thin roastiness and a mildly tart fruitiness. The body is light with a very fine and mild carbonation (from bottle conditioning) that's silky smooth and lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor is quite intriguing, and not at all what's normally expected of a sweet stout. It starts lightly fruity - turning gently tart - and warms to reveal some dark toffee and baker's chocolate followed by the promised sweetness before finishing with a lightly dry and mildly roasty finish. It's quite unique, as are all of the Hitachino Nest beers, with an interesting twist on the style. Refreshing, fairly complex and interesting, and quite enjoyable. Certainly worth trying for those who seek unusual beers!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 16:07:04 | More by NeroFiddled
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque, brown, milkshake color head is huge on this stout, and slow to go. Nose is roasty coffee, caramel, roast chocolate, herbal hop, and fruity, spicy and nutty yeast products. Crazy.

The first thing that hits me is fruit bouquet, then herbal hop ushers in phenols. There is a sourness I find off-putting and tobacco in the finish. Good if you don't think of it as stout. Awesome with lamb. This stuff is definately different. Mouthfeel gets points off for stinging.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 05:06:49 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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Stunner97

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +38%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say I actually really did enjoy this beer, it pour a very dark black in color with little to no carbonation and a slight white head. Its smelled of roasted malts and espresso, nice yet not overwhelming nose. I actually very much enjoyed the flavor to this stout. Nice sweetness and malt, a lot of roasted malts and sweet coffee and hints of chocolate. Very well balanced and not off putting in anyway. Mouthfeel was medium bodied soft and smooth. Overall drink ability on this was actually great and I liked this as a really nice session stout if money was no option. Its only at 4 percent alcohol and the flavor does not seem to suffer much from this at all. Overall this was more then I would have been expecting from a Japanese stout. This is one I would seek out again and think would go great with a good meal or to drink as something that wont get you bombed. Would be a good beer to have out when you would still have to drive later and dont want to be getting a dui with out sacrificing flavor in the process.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 06:56:44 | More by Stunner97
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: I am completely ignoring style in this review.

AP: Deep Mahogony body, thin and dissipating tan head.

A: Lambic like sourness. Lactic acid in the extreme. Roasted malts.

T: more lactic acid, roasted malts, coffee, milk, chocolate, lemon peals, lime zest, and wonderful lambic like acids.

MF: SOUR, SOUR, SOUR! Wonderfully sour. Blistering astringency. Thin body, much much too thin for any style but the wonderful sourness is so refreshing. If this beer was marketed as a black lambic it would be much more highly received.

D: Slightly above average.

As a “milk stout” this is the worst I have ever had, but as a beer I just love it. It has so many of the characteristics that I find charming and addicting in lambics, gauzes, and winter saisons. Absolutely unique and innovative.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 22:42:14 | More by DaPeculierDane
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FMetzger

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark body. Head is light khaki and thin. Not quite as heady as some.
S: Sweet and slightly grainy. Smells good.
T: Sweetness comes through on middle and back of tongue. Interesting dryness to the tip of the tongue. Not overdone, which I think adds to the drinkability.
M: A little thin, which I was not prepared for with the added lactose. A little fuller of a feel on the tongue would add to this beer.
D: Easy drinker. I definitely could have more than one. Thankfully it is low in alcohol, so that won't be a problem.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 04:38:11 | More by FMetzger
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dfillius

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger tan head that dissipates fgairly fast. Dark, dark brown - almost opaque, but red highlights exist along the bottom edge.
S: Malted milkball (whoppers), teriyaki sauce, black cherry, surprising combination, but good!
T: Fruit, milk, sweetness. Very interesting, like a blackberry malt. That flavor gives way to a dark bread flavor, then pleasant hookah tobacco smoke at the end. Some tart, wild almost Brett-like notes exist in here as well.
M: Light and a bit fizzy. Very light for a stout. A tad heavier than Guinness, but I'd like more body in a stout, especially a milk stout.
D: High drinkability due to good ratings on the above. Low alcohol makes this almost a session beer. Slightly odd taste brings down overall drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 19:14:55 | More by dfillius
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OStrungT

California

4.03/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown with a thin light brown head. The head fades quickle, leavinga good lacing.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. I can desect a slight coffee smell. It has a little nutty presence also. Maybe just a hint of chocolate in there also.

This beer has a light coffee like taste. It has trace flavors of chocolate. It is also pretty sweet. It has a slight flavor of half and half. The kind from McDonalds when it is a little warm.

This beer is carbonated well. It has a creamy texture to it. It goes down smooth, leaving a creamy half and half like aftertaste.

This beer would probably be a good session beer. It is very low in alcohol, so that definately wouldnt be a problem. Also, the flavor is not offensive or overbearing. I think this beer is pretty good. The half and half flavor took a little while to get used to, but not I kind of like it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 04:21:40 | More by OStrungT
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a opaque dark brown body with a tan head that is thick and creamy but sounds a bit like soda pop when pouring. The head settles to a thin layer after a bit.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt and grain has a very nutty almost hazelnut aroma to it. There is some earthiness to the roast and it is a light aroma.

T- This beer has a faint nutty flavor and instant coffee (but in a positive way) accent to the malt flavor. There is a strong milk flavor to the malt aswell. There is no real hop finish but a note of dry carbonic bite balances the malts.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture that makes the mouthfeel more full. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- I would call this a Japanese stout. Its flavors remind me of the taste of traditional Japanese cuisine. Very soft subtle flavors yet complex and interesting at the same time. There are nuances that are good flavors but hard to describe. Nice beer that is subtle, yet mysteriously interesting.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 03:48:00 | More by rhoadsrage
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin, dense, espresso crema-colored head. Sweet Stout is very, very dark brown in color and smells a bit like Kahlua, with chocolate and cafe latte notes. The taste is creamy, with strong coffee and cream flavor and a touch of dry cocoa. The influence of the lactose is easy to detect, as it makes this brew creamy, sweet, and a touch sour in the finish. Nice, full mouthfeel. This beer isn't at all oppressive, especially for a stout, and is surprisingly easy to drink. Overall, it reminds me very much of a slightly smoky Kahlua flavor. I'll have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 00:25:12 | More by RockyTopHeel
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GinaBeerInc

California

4/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on bottle. Thick, dense light tan head, moderate in duration, tops a coal-black body...sweet milk chocolate and licorice in the nose with a bit of wet pine...body extremely smooth and milky, with a light pervading fizzy sourness, a bit like the faint underlying citrus in a cola, and a moderately sweet chalky cocoa texture overlaying it, touches of anise and cherry...relatively dry, smooth and quick finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 19:45:16 | More by GinaBeerInc
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Yorr


4/5  rDev +32%

09-16-2012 19:00:38 | More by Yorr
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +32%

11-26-2011 14:06:45 | More by mdillon86
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dcbdc1

Virginia

4/5  rDev +32%

07-22-2012 02:21:26 | More by dcbdc1
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Pellinore1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +32%

11-22-2011 19:32:01 | More by Pellinore1
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MNPikey

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +32%

02-28-2014 03:15:31 | More by MNPikey
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +32%

11-20-2011 05:02:43 | More by JAHMUR
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SteelCityHops89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +32%

12-15-2011 04:29:46 | More by SteelCityHops89
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +32%

11-28-2011 20:21:44 | More by Rochefort10nh
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at Goebbels in Wichita, 1st from this brewery, review based on notes

Pours chestnut with 3+ fingers of mocha head. No head retention or lacing

S: Chocolate, some coffee & roasty malt

T: Lactic acid notes, coffee, & iron up front. Roasted malt, more coffee & a hint of molasses as this warms. Finishes dry, roasty & with lactose; almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks good, a nice sweet stout, a bit pricey, paid about $5.50 for 12 ounces

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 13:08:35 | More by russpowell
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Sixpoint

New York

3.95/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't know why this beer had such unfavorable reviews. Perhaps it is because sweet stout is one of the most unpopular categories on this site...

Anyway, I had this beer on tap at (where else?) Spuyten Duyvil. The beer poured a deep brown, definitely not black... looked more like a robust porter.

Exept it did not smell like one! Definitely dominated by roasted barley and chocolate malts, although some crystals were peeping through as well. Hop aroma was basically nonexistent, this one was all sugar.

The taste was good. The balance was definitely not from the hop flavor, but rather the sweetness was balanced by the roasted malt character.

The beer was medium to full-bodied, and had a nice mouthfeel.

Overall, pretty drinkable considering I don't care for the style that much.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2004 13:39:45 | More by Sixpoint
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timtim

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

kind of a weird one and not my favorite hitachino offering, but far from bad. the lactose or something gave it a strange, but for some reason pleasing, soured milk scent and taste. a bit of smoke and tobacco in there as well, it kind of reminded me of guiness in the can with a spoiled milk funk. i know that sounds terrible, but it wasn't half bad. i'll stick to the classic, espresso, white and ginger. oh yeah, and celebration and xh. one of my favorite breweries, this one just lacks a bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 22:30:54 | More by timtim
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Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) from Kiuchi Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.