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Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH)Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

624 Ratings
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Ratings: 624
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 26
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-29-2002

From Japan's most prestigious brewery, Hitachino Nest XH (Extra High) is a strong Belgian Brown Ale, matured in shochu (distilled sake) barrels. Chinook & Styrian Goldings hops are use
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Photo of metsfan1
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Overly sweet taste, can't say I'd recommend this to anyone. They definitely have better offerings.

Photo of Philvillani
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Schlafly tulip.

Appearance: murky medium-brown hue with a thin layer of creamy ivory foam atop. Not too bad for the style.

Smell: sweet and malty with a light aroma of dark fruits, raisin and tobacco. There's a hint of alcohol in the aroma which works well with the fruitiness.

Taste: less fruity and a lot more earthy than the aroma, with a sweet malt backbone. Not bad, but I'd prefer more of that enticing fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: again, this is not a bad beer, but I do prefer this style to be a little fruitier. It's hard for me to specifically pick out any shochu characteristics here, though I probably haven't had shochu more than about half a dozen times so perhaps that's not unexpected. Still, I don't get much of anything resembling barrel characteristics.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of srletend
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tfsimpkins
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very very very good beer.

Photo of hunteraw
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rphx88
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Kyrojack
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of yancot
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jzlyo
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of embass
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of taospowder
3.92/5  rDev +4%

Photo of stakem
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Maltyduo
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of TallNerdGuy
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of BamfBacon
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mactrail
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Attractive dark amber with a creamy foam on the second pour.

Starts out sweet with the dry yeasty edge. This tastes very much in the Belgian style to me. It's actually better than a lot of actual Belgian dark beers. This is cleaner, with just enough funk, and it has a bitterish edge that is the right counterbalance to the sugars. Smooth caramel finish.

Tremendously drinkable and not excessively strong. It's complex, intriguingly fruity, and has that mysterious Belgian yeastiness. From the 3.75 ml bottle purchased in Tucson (thanks, Jason).

Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Kallenovsky
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.