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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:
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Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 07-01-2002)
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Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

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

Poured from a 24.3oz bottle into a pint glass.

Thin cola-colored pour. About a finger of tan foam fizzes away quickly, leaving behind a thin, bubbly ring. Very little lacing, if any, remains stuck to the glass.

I think the most prominent element of the aroma is borderline sour milk. The "Lacto" part of "Lacto Sweet Stout" jumps out right away. There's milk, caramel, and chocolate, and that's pretty much all I'm getting. Very weak, boring, whatever other descriptor you'd like to use to convey that there's just not a whole lot going on here.

The flavor's the same, there's just not much to/of it. There's nothing off-putting about it, which is a plus. It's just hard to stay interested. One added element that I didn't pick up in the aroma is a coffee-like roast flavor that adds a little bit of balance to the sweetness. Alcohol is never noticeable, but at 3.9% that was never a concern.

Thin body does little to deter one from drinking this rather quickly, nor does the low level of carbonation. There's a bit of fizziness early on that provides a bit of a tingle, but it disappears rather quickly. It doesn't take long to drain the 24oz bottle, but it's not something I'd go out of my way to try again.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 03:48:36 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of shortbus7


3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown, almost black. Very little head. Appears very thin.

S: Some carmel and malt, with a slight sugary smell.

T: Very weak. A little malt and molases with a hint of lactose.

M: Again, very thin. No creaminess what so ever.

O: Not a beer that I would actively seek out again. A little more flavor and some body would do this beer some good.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 01:39:31 | More by shortbus7
Photo of jmshulk


2.75/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: There is a bit of a strong cream aroma with some carmel and molasses. I also get a weird sour milk smell, that kind of turns me off.

Appearance: Dark dark brown, basically black, with a nice rocky tan head with a little retention. Little bit of lace. Doesn't look too bad.

Taste: A little bit of molasses sweetness and maybe some malts, but not much. Hop bitterness is too balanced leading to little sweetness. The taste is a bit thin. A coffee aftertaste.

Feel: Like the taste there could be a little more body in this beer. Low carbonation.

Overall: Kind of meh. Probably won't pick this up again. Just doesn't have a nice smooth creamy mouthfeel that I would like. Also not enough sweetness.

Serving: 11.2 oz bottle in shaker
Date: 10/2/2011

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 00:58:49 | More by jmshulk
Photo of mdvatab


1.45/5  rDev -52%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from 330ml bottle into snifter.
Bottle code: "SS.8.6"

Aroma: Rusty metal transitions to cabernet, molasses, and dark chocolate. Aromatics improve over time, but I was a bit nervous after smelling this beer.

Appearance: One finger of light tan lacing falls quickly. Dark brown body, with some clear visibility around the edges.

Flavor: Wow... Something went horribly wrong with this one. Tastes like some kind of cleaning solution (Mop & Glo?, though I've admittedly never imbibed it) up front and then blood. Once the malt starts showing up, the flavor is as if someone cut the beer with some water, and squeezed-in few drops of lemon juice.

Mouthfeel: Very light & watery. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: In one word: "Drainpour". The only thing worse than the thought of having paid $5.50 for this bottle was the thought of actually finishing the whole thing. I don't dole out Fs very often, but this is, regrettably, one of the worst beers I've ever had. It's way off the reservation style-wise, and can't possibly be what the brewer envisioned. Avoid!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 01:54:24 | More by mdvatab
Photo of lacqueredmouse


2.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very fine light brown colour, opaque in the middle but otherwise a bit lacklustre. Head is fine and mild-bubbled. Some patchy lacing. Otherwise, not that great.

Nose is sweet, but slightly organic, with a rotting character that really doesn't bear repeating. Some roasted notes, but the sweetness is a little sickening, giving the impression of vomit and chewed grains. Not impressed.

Taste is similar, although the sweetness is more subdued, giving a pleasant grain character instead. It's still very light-bodied and rather easily drinkable. Not much to it at all, but it's not unpleasant. Body is extremely thin, however.

It's not bad, but it's very, very unexciting. A stout? Questionable. It has the lightness and easy drinking of any generic beer you choose to name. Pretty boring.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 09:11:35 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml stubby bottle served in a pint glass. Some dark sediment remaining in the bottom of the glass added mid-tasting.

Pours an opaque near-black with a creamy tan head. Head dies down soon but leaves a lasting ring and partial top coat.

The aroma is not as expected, being a bit weak, not particularly sweet, and with a quality suggestive of teriyaki sauce and certainly not that of a typical stout. Aroma suggests a higher ABV than 4%.

The taste too was different than expected, wither based on style or aroma. Most notably, although not bitter this "Sweet Stout" is not sweet. In fact, it has a nice hop balance that is unusual for style and suggestive of a West Coast stout. Some chocolate initially followed by some coffee and teriyaki sauce in the finish. Rating leans towards 3.5.

The mouthfeel is a little bit thin and astringent for style (detriments), as well as crisper and more lively (not a detriment IMO). Semi-dry finish.

O - an enjoyable and modestly distinctive stout that is neither heavy nor sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 22:00:12 | More by chinchill
Photo of bluejacket74


3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch light tan head that went away quickly. Not much lacing. Aroma is milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a bit of soy sauce. The brew tastes like milk chocolate, roasted malt, lactose, and some coffee. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. It's not a bad brew, but there's nothing impressive about this one either.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 00:05:34 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of buschbeer


3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours dark brown with brown highlights. It had an inch of mocha head.

S - Milk chocolate and roasted malt

T - Milk chocolate up front. It finishes with rich roasted coffee.

M - Moderate

O - Up front this beer lacks taste but I love the iced coffee finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 20:38:30 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Lldeegan


3.8/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours smooth, black liquid with a capping of finely bubbled foam.

Gives off aromas of sweet chocolate, caramel, vanilla, coffee.

Light carbonation on the palate gives a prickle that leads to a sweet yet bitter dry cocoa, espresso and chocolate flavor mid palate followed by more coffee, some vanilla, and a caramel sweet finish.

This stout has a lingering stick, is sweet and slightly bitter.

Very drinkable stout and is very versatile, even good in warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 02:31:26 | More by Lldeegan
Photo of jcurtis55


2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was my first experience with a milk stout and I've since had others that are much better. The flavors are somewhat subdued compared to a normal stout, but I still found it pleasant to drink. The taste improved considerably as it warmed to something closer to a cellar temperature.

I didn’t find the aroma to be very strong and got almost no head from the pour at all. I wouldn’t have a problem drinking this again, but I can think of a lot of other stouts I would rather have. Very unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 03:30:24 | More by jcurtis55
Photo of ferrari29


3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Pint shaped glass

A - Beer poured with plenty of creme colored head, had a slight reddish tint to it; head was rocky and held pretty well, and left a solid amount of lacing behind, not very sticky; traces of yeast sediment are visible along with a light amount of visible carbonation; beer poured with a rather thin look, watery

S - Light notes of roasted malts, coffee; mostly licorice, rice and dark chocolate; some milk or lactose but very subtle; raisin and dried figs

T - Strong lactose taste gives this beer its sweetness; sweet with a touch of licorice and roasted malt flavors, not much to this, with some dry bitterness; subtle hints of coffee and dark fruit flavors

M - Watery and thin, not very effervescent; there really isn't much of an aftertaste; clean

D - Overall not a bad drink, but not great either; aftertaste grows to be a little weird well after drinking, in fact, the lactose I think hampers the full flavor character that rests in this recipe

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 04:07:19 | More by ferrari29
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 28/6/11

A dark cola with a tight finger of mocha foam that hangs on for some time but only leaves a little lace

S some cold coffee and chocolate milk that's about to turn

T bitter chocolate and coco powder with a little plum and raisin on top of what I smell

M light for the color but well carbonated

O OK beer but that's about it, a little light with a slightly sour sweet smell

not the best offering from this brewer but not as bad as I expected from the score for this one

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 04:29:52 | More by wordemupg
Photo of EgadBananas


2.1/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

There’s something very off about the aroma. It’s tart, acidic, and funky. There’s light roasted notes and some sweetness, but it’s drowned out by the former. It doesn’t look bad though. Very dark brown, with lighter tinges on the edges with a light brown head that dissipates fast and leaves nothing. The funk doesn’t really show itself much at all on the taste. Light roasted notes, a bit of milky sweetness, and possibly a hint of chocolate. The feel is creamy, but jeeze is it thin. There’s just not much substance to it. Overall, it’s a mess, and I’m glad I only paid a dollar for it on clearance.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 16:50:07 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Jazzcrop


3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes of sour milk, soggy French fries, paper, weeds, white chocolate, hops and albion sugar. Wanted something a bit more.... compact? I don't know but the flavors in this didn't really work all that well together. Nah, not really buy this again. Once was enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 02:40:51 | More by Jazzcrop
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1-finger light brown head that leaves no lace, very dark almost black beer, some yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is a sweet malt. Flavor is malty sweet, not dry but for a stout it seems thin. $5.20 for a 330ml bottle, from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 22:05:00 | More by jdhilt
Photo of ONUMello


2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: This looks in every way like root beer, including the fizzy head.
S: Smells metallic. A bit of cream and toasted malt.
T: Fairly light. Reminds me of pop. Some roasted malt characteristics and a bit of sweetness.
M: Very light. The slight carbonation is nice.
O: Got better as it warmed, but I won't be getting more.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 23:13:03 | More by ONUMello
Photo of Knapp85


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 04:35:07 | More by Knapp85
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - near black with a little light getting through on the bottom, two fingers of head bubbled away fairly quickly to a thin cover
S - astringent and sour, some sweetness and roasty malt bitterness
T - light sourish milk, tart roasty malt, fruit syrup sweetness, chaulky, with sour notes lasting through the finish
M - high carbonation, tartness its strong with astringent feel through finish
O - the tart sour nature takes away from the milk stout qualities I was hoping for, somewhat disappointed relative to other Hitachino's I've tried

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 01:04:55 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle from Buffalo, pours a dark brown with a thick tightly packed head. Nose is a weird dark fruit, sweet, smoke combo. More smoke in the flavor with a slight sweetness, smoke, charred wood, slight infection-type flavor notes. Worst part is the carbonation, WAY too high, bites in the mouth even after trying to swirl it out. Could be quite flavorful for the ABV but there are some major flaws here - Haven't had a beer this bad in a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 16:29:23 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of vandemonian


3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout

A: Black colour and a big 1 cm head. Fades to an ok amount of lacing.

S: It smells like roasty malt and chocolate with a hint of sour milk.

T: The taste is like sour coffee to begin with with an aftertaste of bitter coffee.

M: Reasonably foamy, but thin.

O: Very strange brew. I don't think I like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 01:44:16 | More by vandemonian
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep dark mahogany with a ruby red hue, thin layer of big bubbled mocha head with little retention and no lacing.

S - A touch metallic, but sweet chocolate, molasses and dark caramel notes come through.

T - Comes across a tad chalky, some leafy greens detectable with the dark cocoa and some sour cherries. Some sweeter molasses notes linger alongside some bitter coffee flavours on the finish.

M - A little too much carbonation for my liking, and finishes a little too dry as well.

O - A tasty offering, but by far the weakest of the Hitachino flagship beers that I've had the pleasure of trying to date. By no means terrible, but just not up to par with the rest of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 00:45:39 | More by andrenaline
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a glass-handled mug at Stout NYC in New York City.

A: Near-black, espresso brown color with a frothy head of tan-foam which leaves a little weak lacing on the glass.

S: Chalky, bittersweet chocolate, lightly spicy and earthy hop aroma and some roasted, specialty grains.

T: Light, roasted malt character with a slightly sweet and chocolaty flavor blended over mild, herbal and grassy hop component. Bits of hazelnut and near-Nutella sweetness flash quickly on the palate. Thin, creamy sweetness washes the brew to a slightly, slick and watery finish.

M: Medium bodied stout with minimal creaminess and a bit thin in some spots.

D: Certainly sessionable at just under 4% ABV, and although there's enough flavor squeezed out of such little malt, relative to ABV, this stout is minimalist to the point of exclusion in taste. A pretty tame offering and I'd move on after one, but some may fall for the charm of this sweet, light stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 02:11:20 | More by Gambrinus1184
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3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep black with little brown hues around edges of the glass.

S: Solid roasted barley scent with a nice brown sugar or burnt sugar scent.

T: Definitely sweet up front followed by the roasted grain. Finishes with an odd bite and a slight metalic taste.

M: Fairly thin and moderate to heavy on the carbonation. THereis some odd bite/spicyness that burns the gums and inside of my cheeks.

O: Not bad, not overwhelmingly amazing. For the price of these beers, I won't buy again. Wish i knew what this odd "spice" is from.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 23:29:03 | More by rrski198
Photo of gdrydenc


2.88/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Saved this baby from a drainpour by a friend.

A - Pours a dark, dark brown, if not black with a thin rim of light brown head.

S - Odd. Sweet? I suppose so. Stout? Yeah, I can see that. Slightly sour smelling, but mostly milk stouty.

T - Wow, this is a weird beer. Sour, sweet, stout. If they were shooting for those three characteristics, they hit the nail on the head. Sour/tartness comes out most. Slightly phenoly. Odd beer for sure.

M - Fairly standard fair for carbonation and mouthfeel, but lord does this have a weird aftertaste.

Overall, this is an odd beer. It is certainly for some people, but by no means is it for everyone. I hate to review it so low, because I actually kind of enjoyed this beer, in a masochistic way. Odd.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 06:40:36 | More by gdrydenc
Photo of zeff80


3.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 21:07:34 | More by zeff80
Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) from Kiuchi Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.