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Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
71
okay

342 Ratings
THE BROS
62
poor

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 21.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 07-01-2002

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3.42/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.67/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with head that thins to less than a lace. Smells of sweet chocolate malts...a little mild. Kind of tastes artificially flavored with chemicals. Starts smooth then turns bitter. Not much stands out here and I wouldn't really recommend it.

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3.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bitterbill
3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pitch black with a 1 finger head of tan foam with plenty of sticky lacing.

It smells milky, a bit on the sweet side, not a lot of firmness to the aromas.

The taste starts off sweetish, has that Milk Stout flavour though it IS subdued because of the low abv. It finishes neutral taste wise and watery body wise.

A true session ale here but I'm not leaning towards buying a lot more and sessioning.

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3.86/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very sweet stout, low alcohol content..didnt know what to expect from a japanese stout

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1.3/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Easily the worst Milk Stout ever.

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1.82/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottled 5/2012. 4% ABV per the label.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with roasted malt, cocoa, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sour roast, cocoa, char, metallic, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty horrible beer with sour and funky characteristics in both the smell and taste that basically make this one undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle.

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2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

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3.49/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jsh420
2.28/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours dark dark brown with a 2 finger tan head that fades to nothing and left no lacing on the glass

smell is sour and off putting -little dark fruit cherries chocolate

taste is bad - sour/sweet watered down milk chocolate flavors

mouthfeel is thin very little carbonation

overall this beer would have been a drain pour but at almost $5 a bottle i could not bring my self to do that

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3/5  rDev -1%

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3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3/5  rDev -1%

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3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -1%

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2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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3/5  rDev -1%

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3.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I always get über excited when I review a new beer from Japan (I even need to put the umlaut over the ‘u’ when spelling über). Why do you get so excited Doc? Because Japanese brewers almost always manage to give their brews a unique twist, and Hitachino Nest is one of the uniquest (not a word, I know, cram it) of the unique Japanese brewers. So much so that I feel like using my angry samurai voice when I say “Hitachino!”. Lacto Stouts, as you well know informed reader, are brewed with lactose, which is basically milk sugar (and unfermentable), this imparts smoothness and sweetness. I wish more brewers brewed this style, I love a good Milk Stout!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Black as the night is dark, as they say, with a nice khaki lace ring around the glass. I’m not going to lie - I’m looking forward to this. 7/10.

S: Woah, funky, roasty and toasty. Smells a touch like off milk, and the BB date on the label says: 07 2013 - better let Plonk know about that. A second whiff reveals a milk chocolate slant, but I still can’t shake away that milk funk. 4/10.

T: Sweet roasted malt with smoke notes upfront. There is undertones of chocolate as well. Finish has a miniscule amount of bitterness, just enough to counter the sweetness a touch. Aftertaste has an interesting amount of acidity (normally you would get this from the hops) that makes the tongue salivate a little. Delicate and well-rounded for a Stout. Thankfully the milk funk is just an aroma thing. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a flat carbonation, the body is decent given the 4% ABV, feels like a heavier beer. 6/10.

D: Not bad HITACHINO!* not bad at all. Whilst this doesn’t come close to beating their fantastic Red Rice Ale it is a nice quiet, slightly bashful, evening sipper. That’s it. You want more? Well, ok then - Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout Lacto is overpriced, there I said it, and if you’re looking for Doc’s favourite Milk Stout: bad news, I’m still searching for it... Though I had a superb Australian Milk Stout years, nay a decade, ago but I can’t remember who brewed it or where to get it (I’ll find you one day Milk Stout!). 7/10.

Food match: Chocolate pie, or something else chocolate related, like chocolate cats (I made that one up fool!).

*said in my angry samurai voice

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3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

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Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) from Kiuchi Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.