Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) - Kiuchi Brewery
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3/5 rDev -1%
A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin and dense tan head that quickly died down, leaving a bit of wispy lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of chocolate malts and lactose are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of lactose along with notes of chocolate and dark roasted malts. It has a slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some hints of smoothness are noticeable.
O: This beer was easy to drink but could use a fuller body and stronger flavors.
03-04-2012 14:59:11 | More by metter98
2.83/5 rDev -6.6%
Barely opaque (only because it's an overcast day) dark walnut with magnanimous red-amber highlights. The wheat toast brown head looks good right after the pour, but can't maintain its size or structure for long. I'm left looking at one finger of nearly featureless foam that has left the glass untouched in its hurry to depart.
Sweet Stout smells like a sweet stout, although not an especially good one. There's a modest degree of roastedness with some milk chocolate, but little else to keep my nose interested. A 'chocolate milk' sweetness is evident as well, thanks to the adjunct (lactose) that was used. No badness, just not much goodness.
The flavor is, in a word, odd. The beer is sweet, although not cloyingly so, with one of the leanest stout bodies that I've ever experienced. It's obvious that the sweetness comes from an outsider and not from the roasting of the grain. It's too artificial-tasting and seems a thing apart, completely separate from the rest of the flavor profile. There's also a sourness/acidity that is at least as prominent, if not more so, and is as annoying as the lactose.
I can also appreciate a very mild hop presence (Kent Goldings as it turns out) that I'm unable to enjoy because I find it impossible to filter out the rest of the flavor contributors. The unquestionably light mouthfeel, especially for a stout, makes a bid for medium thanks to the addition of the milk sugar.
Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) is a peculiar beer to be sure. That peculiarity, rather than making it good or interesting, makes it not so good and not that interesting. The major culprit, I believe, is the addition of the lactose. It has more than enough other faults, but losing that artificial sweetness would at least clear the decks so that the malt, hops and yeast could be appreciated on their own merits.
05-31-2005 14:58:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.73/5 rDev +23.1%
I love this brewery, taunting owl and all. I think it's because they make far better beer than anyone expects comming out of Japan. This Lacto-Sweet Stout is very good for it's style, but the style is a bit whacked. There are lots of sweet malts, roasted grain, creaminess and smoothness rising out of this beer. However, the lactose sugars are very strong, making the beer overly sweet and a little oily. I often get a grape Kool-Aid flavor from milk stouts when over done. The carbonation seems to make the beer prickly and too efforvescent on the toung, distracting from the creamy, smooth texture. But, an easy drinking stout regardless.
07-05-2006 15:29:58 | More by BEERchitect
1.78/5 rDev -41.3%
Hitochino Nest - 21oz format
Pour a thin black/brown with a thin tan head.
Nose is light plum with hints of light black coffee. Pleasant plum character.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery with little character.
Flavors are watered plum sugared black tea with a hint of citrus. Flavor are weak and watered and with little character. This one has a "sour" character but it's not a bad bottle; it seems to be part of the "sweet/lacto" profile.
Finish is a watery plum soda character.
No need to try again. More soda pop character than beer. Little to define it as stout, other than perhaps the color which is giving it the benefit of the doubt.
12-24-2010 23:04:54 | More by GRG1313
1.85/5 rDev -38.9%
Appearance: Pours a black, cola-like body with a bubbly, quickly dissipating tan head.
Smell: Weak aroma of watered down old milk. This does not bode well at all.
Taste: A very odd junction of random flavors here. Sour apples, lime juice, and a near virulent metallic taste, with a lactic acid finish suggestive of a lambic, or even spoiled Worchestershire sauce. No real malts or hops to speak of.
Mouthfeel: Extremely thin-bodied. Neither full or creamy and totally lacking in body. How very upsetting.
Drinkability: This one was a complete bust, unfortunately. There are far better examples of this style, and I'd wager most could be had for far cheaper than this one. If you must insist on trying this one get the smaller size.
12-04-2006 01:42:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.03/5 rDev 0%
This pours out as traditional black colored brew with a thin tan head on it that faded quickly. The smell was a little funky but had some decent smokey roasted aromas going on in there. The taste of this was sweet and roasted upfront that went into a subtle nuttiness in the end. The mouthfeel was ok, could have been creamier. This was an average stout at best.
05-24-2011 04:35:07 | More by Knapp85
3.38/5 rDev +11.6%
12 oz. bottle sampled at cellar temperature. It pours a dark mahogany with fizzy cola-like carbonation that very quickly disappears. Looks more like an aged Belgian Strong Dark Ale.
Smell is not worth mentioning, metallic and sort of off-putting. No roastiness, which comes as a surprise.
Taste is unusual, much more like a Belgian Dark with some dark fruit and vague nuttiness going on. Lactic quality suggests an Oud Bruin, but that link is far from solid. Very thin and bland after crossing the palate, however there's a nice roasty aftertaste that redeems it.
Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout has more in common with dark Belgians such as Vondel, Troubadour Obscura, and De Dolle Export Stout. However it's balance and drinkability fall below these examples. It's unique as others have said, but not especially palatable. Worth a try if you're comparing oddball Stouts.
04-10-2007 23:44:09 | More by emerge077
3.05/5 rDev +0.7%
A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, off-white head of sudsy foam. It receded to leave soapy trails of lace.
S - It smelled somewhat of chocolate and floral hops. Both aromas were mild at best.
T - Taste was mostly milk chocolate with some grassy hops. Neither flavor was great or strong.
M - It was fairly crisp and smooth. A light bodied ale.
O - Looked pretty good but failed to deliver on anything else.
03-30-2011 21:07:34 | More by zeff80
2.95/5 rDev -2.6%
330ml stubby, with that hypno-owl staring straight out from the label.
This beer pours a solid black 'hue', with no edges or highlights, and one finger of thin creamy beige head, which leaves a low ring of lace around the glass in its hasty departure. It smells of faint roasted caramel malt, and sour milk. The taste is chocolate, coffee, and a milder version of the sour milk from the aroma. The carbonation is quite low, the body quite light and thin, but still coming up smooth and creamy somehow. It finishes quite plainly, on a drying note.
At first whiff, I was expecting the worst. However, the sourness, presumably from the lactose, settles down for the most part. What's left is indeed sweet and milky, but without a whole lot else in term of actual flavour. Not worth seeking out.
12-23-2010 23:20:12 | More by biboergosum
4.22/5 rDev +39.3%
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!
01-04-2003 16:07:04 | More by NeroFiddled
3.23/5 rDev +6.6%
A shade or two from total black in colour, nice looking foamy tan lace holds to the side of the glass in the beginning.
Smells slightly astringent with a light tartness from the roasted malts … hint of dark caramel and lacto sugar also.
Crisp with a viscous smoothness from the full body and sturdy carbonation. A little tartness from the roasted malts, acrid in a way with some astringency. Some creamy sweetness from the lacto sugar in not enough to balance and the astringent roasted maltiness encroaches on the palate even more. Finishes with the residual lacto sugar sweetness and a fading roasted character.
If it was not for the addition of lacto sugar this brew would be nearly undrinkable. This is a beer to sip with a hearty meal and perhaps too full of a brew that you would want as a session style beer. Not a bad stab at the style.
09-08-2002 12:48:43 | More by Jason
2.05/5 rDev -32.3%
Pours a deep ruby brown almost opaque, with a moccha highly carbonated fizzy two fingered head, and from my pour is leaving no lace at all. The aroma is a sharp slightly acidic sweetness, this is my first time grappling with a milk or cream stout so here it goes. Underneath of the harsh sourness are light coffe tones and dark chocolate from the dark roasted barley malt. The flavor at first seems a bit offensive from the rush of acidity, but I think it's growing on me after my fourth sip a little. The light flavors in the background from the dark roasted malts are definitely overshadowed from the sourness in the flavor creating an unbalance that doesn't form a happy experience with me. Nice to try a stout from a Japan micro, but I will try the Hitachino Nest wit and wheat before I count them off as bad brewers. The overall mouthfeel is a bit thin for this lucious style of a stout, and I just can't get down with this beer on any level. Drinkability is low due to the fact that the sourness overbears the rest of the characteristics of the beer therefore ruining the pleasures this beer has to offer.
06-15-2003 09:25:16 | More by WVbeergeek
3.95/5 rDev +30.4%
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
06-09-2008 13:08:35 | More by russpowell
3.85/5 rDev +27.1%
Big 24.3 oz bottle, not tops in volume, but it just feels big in the hand.
I've only had their wheats before, so I anticipate this one eagerly...
fully opaque appearance, dark brown color, with light creeping in the edges, revealing reddish tinges,and blessed with a huge, zesty, light tan head, bubbling and popping as it chaotically collapses down to size...bet it crackle, too...oh, it's a buzzing, aural cacophony, when it set it up to your ear.
Aroma: definite shades of coca-cola, but after that creamy, cocoa, some bitter espresso notes, as well, bitter-sweet, I should say, for it's an even-tempered smell. I can detect a bit pitch and tar, a hint of mollasses and spice, but that may be a stretch.
Taste: has a heft, but feels mellow in the mouth, very cool, and not too sweet at all. Ah, but that changes further in, and the bright, fruity character that comes close to cola emerges more full on the palate. The "lacto" is detected a bit, as well, and only adds to the smoothness of the brew. Body is medium, finish is soft, and pleasant, a nice, sweet treat.
Though not my favorite style of stout by any means, this is not such a bad bottle of beer. Goes done well, and could possibly make a case for itself as a "session stout", if it weren't for the price. ($8.19's what I paid)
Still, I'm interested to see what they would do with an Imperial Stout, even an Oatmeal.
02-25-2004 02:04:12 | More by feloniousmonk
2.05/5 rDev -32.3%
Share a bottle with my wife the other night. This beer was a HUGE disappointment. Beer is black and still, no carbonation no head no lacing, nothing. Bummer.
Aroma is a roasty, sweetness. Smells fine.
Beer is way too thin, almost no flavor, the primary flavor is ashy and dirty. There is a minimal sweetness up front but I really dislike this beer.
11-18-2010 22:48:15 | More by drabmuh
3.73/5 rDev +23.1%
The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a weird black malt scent that is a bit tart smelling. There may be some chocolate malts in here as well. The taste is good. It has a tangy crystal and black malt flavor that is sweet with lactose, creamy on the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This was an interesting take on a sweet stout. I liked the taste although it was a bit tangy instead of retaining a true stout -like flavor.
09-01-2005 23:35:11 | More by WesWes
2.95/5 rDev -2.6%
The beer pours a brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is heavy on the cream, with some lactose, chocolate and roasted malt mixed in. There is also a slight medicinal aroma which I am not really caring for. The flavor is more straightforward, with the basic characteristics of cream, lactose and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
06-03-2012 18:46:58 | More by Mora2000
Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) from Kiuchi Brewery
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