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Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) - Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto)Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto)

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291 Ratings

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 21.85%

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website

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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Photo of Naerhu


3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This maybe the best Japanese stout I have come across. Although, it is a bit watery, it has a lovely dark chocolate aroma. It has a high acidity which I believe makes it refreshing, which is not a characteristic found in stouts. It is definitely brewed with the Japanese consumer in mind as I have not had beers from other countries with such high acidity. Other reviewers stated they noted sour taste. Acidity is often mistaken for sour taste (in drinks such as wine and sake) especially by drinkers who are sensitive to acidity. I challenge you who think this is a sour brew to reconsider you position. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2002 22:14:42 | More by Naerhu
Photo of BillyBrew


3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet stouts are, well, pretty sweet. Nearly-black colour with a thick, brownish head that settles into a broad lace. Heavy syrupy-sweet nose. Heavy sweet-stout flavor with an odd toasted tastes that comes and go, slight chocolate malts and earthiness. Medium body surrounded by a fine, fizzy coarseness.

My bottle may have been a bit off (maybe a few too many warm closet days), but its sweet-stout heart is still strong. Sweet, toasty and earth stout. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2002 14:29:50 | More by BillyBrew
Photo of putnam


3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There is no doubt that the Kiuchi brewery excells at beers with finesse and mystery. But is that what you want in a "stout"? That is not a rhetorical question. I give them credit for putting their signature on a style that seems to be heading in an opposite direction: bigger, bolder, stickier.
Aromas of chocolate skim milk and soy. Decent retention of the latte-colored head. Wispy, watery, chocolate flavors surround mild bitterness, Mexican mole (moe-lay), and water cracker notes. Not heavy.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2002 16:33:01 | More by putnam
Photo of Jason


3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2002 12:48:43 | More by Jason
Photo of Todd


1.88/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Presentation: 12oz short brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Near pitch black beer with dark brown hues and a clinging tan laced head -- good retention.

Smell: "Thick" smelling, milky, sugary ...

Taste: Fizzy mouthfeel, sharp sour flavours (from the lacto), acidic, coarse, dry malts, little sweetness except for hints of chocolate and a dextrin body. Thin, light milky consistency. Apple, pear and earth. Any hop bitterness is masked by the lacto characters and an astringent roasted flavours. Finish leaves an oddness on the palate.

Notes: Kiuchi Brewery produces some outstanding beers, but this is not one of them. There's nothing "sweet" about this beer. It's horribly balanced and the use of lacto in this beer is abusive and overwhelming to the point of making it nearly undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2002 05:37:34 | More by Todd
Photo of Wildman


3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It poured a very dark brown color and formed a medium bubbly tan head that receeded quickly and left some lace. The aroma was of malt and some chocolate. The flavor was of malt and chocolate. The lacto may account for the sour taste and finish to the beer. Any hopes of this beer to be enjoyable are hurt by that aspect of the beer. A weird concept to try with a beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2002 17:42:37 | More by Wildman
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Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) from Kiuchi Brewery
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