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Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) - Kiuchi Brewery

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

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 21.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 07-01-2002

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fudge-like black, which is wonderful, but that head just looks weird: some of the biggest bubbles I've seen on any beer's cap, kind of like sea-foam. Really interesting.

Aroma is quite sweet, reminds me of chocolate/peanut butter cupcake frosting. Anise pushes through in the background. Also pretty yeast-laden. As with the look, it's certainly a bit different.

Tastes like watery chocolate milk, with caramel and toffee limping up to the front for attention. Cheap chocolate lingers in the finish. Kind of plastic-y overall. Something about it I liked, probably the sweetness, which was obviously a little more upfront than your usual stout, but generally it's a little weird, and that "texture"...

The mouthfeel is revolting--for a stout. Carbonation is crisp to the point of having an almost numbing effect on the tongue, while the body itself is watery. I can't imagine wanting this texture in any kind of beer style, but especially not a stout of any sort.

Not good. I'm amazed this is by the same brewery responsible for the completely wonderful Celebration ale. I'll keep trying Hitachino stuff--so far they've got one truly great beer, one so-so beer (Red Rice ale) and this thing.

Photo of KeefD
3.66/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black color with a massive three finger creamed coffee head with good retention and some sticky lacing. Awfully thick on the pour, like spent motor oil. Aroma of roasted malts, some burnt caramel and hints of sweet lactic acid. Flavor is a bit watered down, and the slightest hint of sourness. Chocolate flavors permeate the brew, some nice roastiness, and a biting bitterness on the finish. Some sweet cola flavors appear as it warms. Mouthfeel seems kind of thin, considering the look upon the pour. Carbonation is light and it goes down awfully smooth. Not a bad brew, but would like a little more flavor.

Photo of SargeC
3.47/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown-black brew with a limited, tan head.

Smell: Toffee, coffee and subdued smoke undertones.

Taste: Sweet flavor throughout that resemble refined sugar. Mild bitterness with a medium malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Creamy texture, very smooth.

Drinkablity: Different interpretation of the style but very drinkable and intense.

Photo of timtim
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.

Photo of jDoubleU
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hmmm...a different brew. Dark cola colour with a thin head and some lazy lacing. Couldn't get much from the aroma. Which is strange because every beer that I've had from Kiuchi has had a wonderful and arresting aroma. A little smokiness and something sweet. Couldn't decipher it.

Taste. Zowee! Tobacco? VERY smoky. If it wasn't for the lacto I would've felt like I was drinking from an ashtray. It wasn't the most unpleasant taste. It just wasn't something that I was accustomed to. The roasted malts also imparted some coffee and subtle chocolate flavours. But these were definitely in the background.

Mouthfeel was on the thin side. I like a little more volume in my stouts. This had more of a porter feel.

A strange beer. I would have it again just to compare to my first one. But overall it was a little confusing and my least favourite of the Hitachino lineup.

Photo of Nowhereman529
3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice coffee color with about a half inch head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell is pretty malty with a definite overtone of chocolate and perhaps an undertone of coffee.

Taste is a chocolately, malty affair. The beer is sweet, but about as sweet as I generally like a sweet stout to be, which is to say that they didn't go overboard with the sugar. Aftertaste does have a hint of milk which is delightful.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for stout. I'd prefer a richer, thicker feel from this style of beer, so fairly lacking in that arena.

As far as drinkability goes this is just slightly above average. For the price I'd rather find something with a little bit more flavor and classic stout characteristics. That said, it's worth at least one try.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.62/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark coffee color with a moderate 1 finger tan head.

S: Big sweet chocolate malt and coffee dominate the aroma.

T: Flavor is sweet chocolate malt, some citrus, with a very smooth sweet caramel presence along with some cocoa and coffee. Overall a very sweet stout with a milky like texture and palate. Theres a slight sweet and sour finish from the lacto upon warming.

M: creamy light from the lacto.

D: A tad sweet but good drinkability and unique. At only 4% abv it comes off sweet with lots of flavor but is limited in multiples.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.31/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich black color with a small caramel head that maintains. Sparse, spotty, lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet with a roasted malt smell. There is a definite hint of tobacco in the aroma.

Cloyingly sweet upfront, it gives up a bit and lets some roasted malt flavors come through. I also get a bit of tobacco flavor and "twang" just as it finishes cloyingly sweet.

Thin body, mild carbonation.

Overall, I think that this beer is a mess. Too much lactose. Tobacco flavor and twang. Avoid this.

Photo of russpowell
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

Photo of irishkyle21
3.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a light brown head, very nice lacing and retention. Pretty dark in color, its basically black with brown at the top and bottom of the glass.

Smells of milk chocolate bars, faint sourness accompanied by a mild roasted malt scent.

Milk chocolate is apparent on the palate but not as strong as the nose. Also tastes of some sort of roasted malt bitterness and sourness.

Photo of mhewes
2.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A : Poured a nice dark brown with a good head

S : Grainy, sweet, some malts and chocolate

T : Really sweet but it was off. Definitely sour lactic acid in it. Not that great and I'm really glad that I didn't let it warm up too much

M : Thinner than expecting

D : I'll pass on this one.

Photo of FMetzger
4.07/5  rDev +34.3%
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.

Photo of kurtissellen
2.54/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe I should have listened to the reviews on this one. Well it looked ok, very dark brown with two fingers worth of light brown head, but smelled a little weird kind of like green olives. Had a watered down light feel to in the mouth and tasted a little sour with a very small amount of dark malts showing thru. Quite a strange smelling and tasting beer. I drank the entire bottle and have never poured out a beer before, but this one is closest I have come to doing such a horrible thing. I wouldn't recommend this beer and will never try it again... however, I would not dismiss this brewery because I absolutely love their white ale simply fantastic.

Photo of tapman
2.49/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Solid black body, trails of bubbles run up the sides of the glass, so decent carbonation in this stout. Head is khaki and creamy. Nothing bad though nothing distinguishing.

The nose consists a sweet, lambic like sourness, followed by a musty sweetness. Under that a little bit of caramel and chocolate. Musty sweet smell may be some American-like hops but I'm not sure. Not much else.

Sour/sweet taste that hits the palate unexpectedly. Taste is akin to a sop of fruit-brandy soaked bread. Lactose is apparent in the sweet flavor. Sourness is bitter and harsh on the palate.

Not as thick as I was expecting. Without the initial high gravity one would expect from a brew like this, why then the lactose, at least for the mouthfeel category. Lactose is a bit unnoticeable here.

Meh, interesting, but I pass. Too bitter/sour for the style. At least its something different.

Photo of morebeergood
3.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This little bad boy has been sitting in my beer cellar for about 3 years now, and I dug it out tonight. Served at cellar temp in a stemmed glass. Pours a dark black color, with a decent size head that faded quickly though. There was a cola-like fizziness to the carbonation. The taste was pretty good but not spectacular. Had some decent aspects of coffee and chocolate to it. Very thin body though, which was a negative. This is the 2nd milk stout I've had, and this one was surprisingly not as sweet as I expected. More roasted flavor than sweetness. A slightly subpar stout in comparison to others out there, but a decent introduction to a Japanese craft brewer.

Photo of dsa7783
2.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copped a single, short, fat, stout bottle from Oak Tree in South Plainfield... wasn't expecting such a weak 3.9% ABV... The best thing about this beer is its impressive appearance, which pours a jet-black, ebony, hue with an impressive foamy and frothy head that boasted some staying power... aroma was about average... some slight chocolate and malt flavors but not too dominant or overwhelming... flavor was somewhat bland and watery, with obvious mocha and espresso flavors apparaent, but were overshadowed by a weak and unimpressive watery aftertaste... certainly my least favorite brew from Kiuchi that I've sampled thus far... Not too impressed with this one... Pass it up - Hitachino makes much better beers than this one...

Photo of hwwty4
2.26/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a 21oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice (2 pours). Poured a hazy, opaque black with a slight tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The aroma reminded me of a glass of chocolate milk that had been left in the sun for about an hour to long. Taste is very weak. There was a faint sweetness, no creaminess, and a strange tartness at the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and there was a strange amount of carbonation. I try no to let one beer set my impressions of a brewery, but it will be hard to get it out of my mind.

Photo of DrummerDan
4.52/5  rDev +49.2%
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.

Photo of MrBen
2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this one.

Pour was great in color and head. Flavor was shallow, sweetness was hardly there at all, and mouthfeel was really thin. I also didn't think the somewhat tart note in the backround was appropriate. A sweet stout need not be chewy to be good, but this was too watery. It was worth a try, but I'll not be going back for more. I'm glad this wasn't the only beer I bought today.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer started out fine: Good dark ruby red/black pour, nice off-brown head built up to about 2 fingers. Aroma of chocolate and coffee dominate, with prune and molasses coming up behind.
then the taste: Stale chocolate and weak coffee. The malt seems to have been stale. Coffee is weak, like a watered down version of week-old Taster's Choice. Sweetness of a milk stout is almost sour, I mean bad sour. The prune flavor is a bit funky, not a good blend.
Feels thin and inconsistent, hops tries to give a bite at the end, but doesn't. Perhaps a sour-milk porter is a better description. Drain pour. But would like to try a fresher version.

Photo of kernalklink
2.45/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured thick and almost flat out of the bottle with no head to speak of. Aromas were of sweet roasted malts, some nuttiness too. Taste was on the verge of too sweet- sucralose sugars, somwhat artificial with no bitterness to balance. This is just too sweet. There is a slick oilyness to the mouthfeel, is there dairy creamer is this? well, whatever the case it is somewhat disturbing. There is an aftertaste of coconuts, and more sweetness. Not a balanced brew, i could hardly finish the small bottle.

Photo of kguyty
2.43/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not bad, almost too sweet though (hence the name). Imagine drinking a sweeter, carbonated version of Bailey's Irish Cream. Decent aftertaste.

A - Not too dark, dark brown.
S - Very sweet smell.
T - Very sweet, almost like drinking a soda.
M - Not too thick, a little on the watery side.
D - I'd drink this again if it were free.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.22/5  rDev +39.3%
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.

Photo of billybob
2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours a dark brown with a two finger sandy colored head that faded quickly to just the beer. looked like a glass of prune juice. aromas of burnt coffee and roasted malt. taste same with a sour acidicness that gets stronger as the beer warms, a unusual tasting beer i asume from the lactose. moutfeel light and carbonation light. not a very well put together beer. not one i would recommend or buy again.

Photo of goochpunch
4.28/5  rDev +41.3%
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.

Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) from Kiuchi Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.