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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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563 Ratings
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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 20
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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Japan

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-29-2002)
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WOTO97

California

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Based on other posts, my insane carbonation on this little guy seems par for the course. As a result, a huge frothy head sits on top a hazy, cider-like color, accompanied by some sticky lacing. Surprising barn-yard nose afronts pear and grass notes. Grape and faint citrus notes on the front and mid palate, along with some soft vanilla and very faint smokiness. Nice smooth mouthfeel despite high carbonation accompanied by a nice warming finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 19:35:21 | More by WOTO97
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours (after a slight gushing after popping the cap) a cloudy orange/copper color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, lacing is decent. It smells like sour/tart fruit along with some brown sugar, funk and oak. However, the taste isn't sour at all which is a bit disappointing. It tastes like grain, fruit, yeast, brown sugar and some oak. Mouthfeel/body is medium with high carbonation. Drinkability is decent, but it has a bit too much carbonation for my liking. I think it's a decent enough brew, but it's something I wouldn't pick up very often. With that being said, it's definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 00:25:47 | More by bluejacket74
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Crazyale

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into Chimay Goblet.

A: Pours a very cloudy, interesting maple syrup color. Fairly
agressive pour yielded almost no head, and the small head dissipated almost immediately. Minimal lacing.

S: Not much of a nose on this one - some faint sweet fruitiness mixed with alcohol. More fruit comes out as it warms.

T: Wow there is a refreshing taste of strawberries and grapes at first followed by a strong bite of sake. This is my first sake casked beer, and I'm liking it so far. The sake is very well balanced with the other flavors and doesn't overwhelm at all.

M: Given the cloudy look and the 7% abv, I was surprised how "spritzy" this beer tasted. Highly carbonated with a relatively thin mouthfeel. That being said, this is definitely a sipper, as the sake leaves a noticeable alcoholic aftertaste.

Overall I really enjoyed this. Not something I'd want to drink all
the time, but it would be great with sushi or Korean food. I'm
anxious to see what else is on offer from Kiuchi.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 03:18:26 | More by Crazyale
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hoegaardenhero

California

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a hazy deep and cloudy amber with a thick inch and a half of tan/yellowish foam; very light bubbles can be seen and there is a lot of yeast in there.

s: light sour notes; warm caramel; lots of orange and sweet citrus notes; sweet but still complex

t: first a strong sourness hits and lingers the whole sip--it is not unpleasant and interesting but not the greatest taste in the world either; caramel; even a light wateriness; hmm....ok is all i can say

m: i fel that the carb is aggressive and the mouthfeel is a little thin but overall ok

d: i'm not sure i would try this again; it was interesting and sour with lots of wild yeast notes but was not my favorite; it is probably worth one try, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 00:28:40 | More by hoegaardenhero
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw it was matured in sake casks and I had to try it.

Appearance: pours a light brown with a redish tint. No real head or lacing in my glass. Looks great.

Smell: smells of some funky bret and tart cherries. Some citrusy (spelling?) Smells pretty good.

Taste: some bret funkyness and tart cherries. There is some sourness for sure. Taste is ok. Wish there was a little more maltiness. The sourness is not as pleasent as I wish.

Mouthfeel: a little thin. Wish it was a little maltier to bring up the thickness on the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I might buy it again sometime but wouldn't drink it often.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 23:01:26 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to John for the sample. From a 330 ml brown bottle, abv listed as 8%.

Pours out with a tall tight spongy beige head, body is a deep dark opaque amber.

The aroma has a tart vinegar character to it, no doubt a result of the Shocyu casks. Dry, musty notes. Mild wood notes well in the background.

Flavour unravels with a bit of complexity. Dry earthy malt up front, some light caramel notes pop up in the middle, dry sherry-like finish, with cedar wood lingering well into the aftertaste. Some ambiguous sweetness pops up the longer it warms to round the finish and aftertaste out a bit more.

The mouthfeel is so fleeting that almost what isn't there is what makes it so good. It flies across the palate in an ephemeral flash, smooth, effervescent and dry.

Greater than the sum of its parts, unique and enjoyable by the end of the glass, a beer definitely worth revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 05:25:27 | More by IronDjinn
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MPLS

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Lively carbonation and a light tan billowy head that has decent retention. Color is an opaque cinnamon like color. The beer possesses some lace as well. It was so carbonated that it was flowing like champagne out of the bottle upon initially opening it.

S: Spicy, belgian-like yeast, clove, rotten bananas, alcohol, hint of wood and sake, although the sake would have been negligible if I didn't know it was from sake casks. It becomes noticeable if you really sniff it out and I though limited in experience, I have had sake with sushi several times.

T: At first it has slightly sweet and caramel malt character. Once the sweetness is gone a big medical elixir for a short time before metamorphosing into a very dry peppery and spicy finish. An interested beer, that is quite smooth, albeit short of amazing still.

M: Bigger bodied that expected from the uber-carbonation, but certainly yields a certain sharpness on the tongue when you first sip it. Good.

D: I very interesting beer that blends several elements to create it. I would be hard pressed to seek a lot of this out often, but a great chance to knock another beer from Kiuchi down. I typically reach for their witbier.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 05:09:31 | More by MPLS
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Tifore

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Unibroue Tulip.

A - Pours a murky muddy color. Orangeish brown. Pours almost no head. Maybe 1/2 a finger but holds for quite a bit and leaves behind some good lacing.

S - Smells very very yeasty and bready. Almost carmel and rye like. Perhaps even sweet? I guess thats the sake coming through.

T - Tastes of carmel at first and yeast second. The yeast / bread flavor hangs around for a while. Makes my mouth water, not sure why. The very last flavor I get is sake which comes through very nice. I'd be intrigued to see how this ages for a while to see if the malt / yeast leaves and the other flavors come through. I wish there was more complexity to this.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty heavy. Some carbonation but not much.

D - A pretty good beer but I wish the taste was more on the sake side. A overall good belgian that I want to revisit again.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 04:30:49 | More by Tifore
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MCDuhamel

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice at cellar temp. Bottle says abv is 7.0%; BA says 8.0%. Perhaps this is an older bottle? Forms very little head; there's some white lacing on the surface and a ring around the beer. The liquid is a clear dark amber. The nose is plum, cherry, red fruit. Maybe a trace of clove? More of that on the tongue, with a delicate hint of wood and some yeast character right before the fairly dry finish. It's light on the tongue, and prickly. Overall, a pretty nice beer, well balanced though tending toward the lighter side of the style. More of a dubbel than a strong dark, I think.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 00:26:12 | More by MCDuhamel
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the barrel-aged craze at full throttle, I'm surprised to only now see shocyu casks being used. It takes a mighty base beer to absorb these boozy flavors in balance and not to be dwarfed by them.

XH pours with a diffused amber-brown color. Haze allows for a soft glow for a masculine and refined appearance. A delicate sheet of creme coats the surface of the beer with intermitten pockets of foam and lace. Good retention despite such alcohol dominance and wood aging.

Thin and spicy alcohols meet the nose with a tanic, woody scent of cedar, ginger, and light must. Caramel scents seem to be the bridge between the oak aroma and malty base. Lightly peppery and vinous with berry-like esters with light vanilla and almond. The beer seems to give new scents with each visit to the glass.

Sweet caramel flavor meets the front of the tongue but quickly develop into burnt caramel, bread crust, and graham crackers. Fruity esters of grapes, plumbs, dates, and figs develop from the caramel maltiness and morph towards the woody elements of spice, maple, and raw cedar or ginger. Piney hops also help to round out the tanins from oak and balance the sweetness.

Timidly robust early, the beer releases a mild creamy notation before the spice and alcohol usher in a warm and moderately astringent finish. Quite harsh with fusal alcohols for a beer topping out at 7%-8% abv.

The complexity of the beer reaches very high marks although the base beer claims more unresolved sweetness than dry maltiness. But the harshness of alcohol and tanin seem to be unnecessary and provide the only real detractions.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 04:24:50 | More by BEERchitect
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schlimenhaumer

New York

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 11.2 oz (noting that it has changed slightly from the picture posted here) into a Delirium tulip at low altitude in NY. Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm a bit over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a thin, creamy milk-colored head with a nearly opaque deep amber body. Hundreds of small carbonation bubbles float slowly up the sides of the glass as larger ones occasionally dart past them. Great retention as the head on this one lasts for the entire session. Plenty of lacing as well.

S: The sake barrel aging really stands out as this smells unlike any beer I've had before -- fermented rice qualities are prominent. Some dark fruits, oak and clean malts. Intriguing.

T: Opens with dark fruit notes -- specifically cherry -- followed by oak and rounded out by some definite sake flavors. The finish is quite bitter, a bit too much so in my opinion. Overall, a very interesting combination of flavors.

M: Full-bodied with a round mouthfeel that fills the whole mouth. Definitely the most exceptional aspect of this beer -- very nice.

O: Another unique offering from Hitachino Nest. Probably not a beer I would buy again given the price point, but definitely highlights the sake influences present in all of Hitachino's offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 04:38:37 | More by schlimenhaumer
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Klym

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stone nonic. Shared with Cavery.

A: Pours a dark red with some brown hues. A nice 1 finger white head with pretty exceptional lacing. Good looking beer.

S: Wasn't sure what to expect but this still caught me off guard. Definitely yeast is up front in the nose, a little bit of sourness but also a deep fruit sweetness that is singular but reminiscent of watermelon, cherry, and strawberry.

T: My first few sips of this seemed extremely sweet and fruit-centric. Almost exactly like my memory of cherry push-lollipops from childhood. The fruit taste is reminiscent of lollipops/other artificial renditions of fruits, but it doesn't come off as cheap or nasty. As I drink more the yeast starts to play more role in the flavor. Other than that there is a little woodiness and a tad of medicinal bitterness. As I sip more and more, taste seems pretty varying and inconsistent. Even sometimes in one sip I feel like I hit 'pockets' of fruit flavor, with the rest being a somewhat bitter yeastyness.

M: Quite carbonated but with some syrupy like smoothness to the body. Not unpleasant to drink but not a noteworthy pleasure either.

O: This beer had some interesting parts to it, especially the unexpected sweet fruitiness. At the same time, a lot of mediocre qualities took a lot of attention in this beer and made it hard to give it credit for being anything other than just a bit above average. I like Hitachino and they've really impressed me a couple of times, but this is one of the weaker offerings I've had from them. Wouldn't recommend going to any exceptional length to get a hold of this, or even recommend trying it unless you have some strong interest in doing so.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 09:25:07 | More by Klym
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice strong ale...hints of IPA, APA....

Amber colour, snow white head. Malty scent with a strong, zesty hop profile and even a suggestions of grape juice.

Sweet, malty taste with a big hop kick. Slight alcohol burn. Slightly sweet, fruit after taste.

Good carbonation...fizzy on the tongue, but a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 04:43:52 | More by BDTyre
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

sake sake sake. bit funky birdsnesty flavor. Poured uber extra foamy with an off white head and a load of lace. Color is medium dark amber. Aroma is heavy yeasty malty vineous. Flavor is a bit boozy, heavy on mustiness, yeast, funk, earthy, Maybe some of this is from the sake. Never had sake out of the cask, can only imagine. Big beer. Good body and great carbonation. Strong finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 04:01:35 | More by drpimento
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corey0212

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky reddish color, not unlike the color of some barleywines I've had. Nice foamy tan head settles quickly into a sudsy collar around the glass. Some definite sourness in the nose, fruity & yeasty, and a slightly eye-watering alcohol smell. Taste is softer than the nose would imply, some oaky flavors, slight tartness, some bitter green apple skin. Nice thick mouthfeel on this one, even though the ABV isn't raging high, it's still a slow sipper. All in all, a very interesting brew, but not something I'd actively seek out on any kind of regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 00:18:19 | More by corey0212
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep burnt orange hue with lots of sediment. The head is thick and frothy and retains well.

Has a bit of a lambic sour to the nose. Sour fruit with some floral and herbal notes.

Quite a bit of hot booze in the taste. Picking up sake, a strong musky wood, caramel and herbal flavors. A touch of fruit. The alcohol is very noticeable and it actually tastes just like sake.

Over-carbonated. It really acts up in the mouth and the bottle was a little bit of a slow gusher. Medium bodied with a hot and dry finish.

I like the creativity with the sake casks. The alcohol is a pretty dang strong however. This tastes and feels like a twelve percent beer, not a seven. Definitely worth a try if you are into sake or want a beer that is one of a kind.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 23:29:40 | More by jera1350
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brendan13

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark copper colour with 2cm of off white head that slowly dissipates.
S - Quite a fruity citrus aroma with some oak and spice hints. Bit of sweetish caramel malt.
T - Some fruitiness also in the taste but dominated by oak & spice flavours with some sweet caramel malt also coming through.
M - Medium bodied, suprisingly high carbonation.
D - A nice enough beer worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 12:06:38 | More by brendan13
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jeremy13586

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle that I had purchased a little while back but kept forgetting to drink. Code on the back label is XH.11.07 and it is also labeled as 7% abv.

Muddy dark crown color. Some orangish amber along the edges where the light hit. One finger of creamy light tan head that didn't last too long. No lacing.

Some sweet, dark fruit and spice. Notes of booze and oak, with a bit of a sake finish. Booze comes out a lot more as it warms.

Very fruity. Plum, raisin, a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. Lots of spice and a little bit of wood and booze. Not very clean of a finish, but the spiciness was pretty nice.

Medium bodied and fairly smooth. Creamy carbonation.

The spiciness of the brew was quite nice, but it did muddy things up a bit. Also, the finish was a bit messy. It's a beer worth trying, but I can't see myself picking this up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 05:45:38 | More by jeremy13586
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BamaViper1

Alabama

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this bottle into a pint glass, no knowing what style of beer it was. I was eating some Thai food, and figured I'd try this beer out.

The XH poured amber brown with a thick, highly carbonated head. That head produces nice lacing. The beer has an earthiness on the nose that is immediately consumed and overwhelmed by dried and over-ripened fruit. It smells like a sour beer. The taste of the beer has elements of that too with raisins and earth enveloped within a strong malt backbone. There's also the presence of a mild, bitter crispness with a rice grain-like flavor as well. All of this fades into a long finish where, finally that hint of sour. The beer also has good carbonation and a medium body.

This is a tough beer to rate. Comparatively to other Belgian Strong Dark ales I've had, this one is lacking in a lot of areas. The hints of sourness are... atypical to say the least. The funkiness that I typically associate and enjoy with Belgian-style beers is not really present. However, the beer itself is actually pretty good. Great alcohol content, great body, and a flavor profile that is pretty tasty. Not a bad beer guys.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 09:00:25 | More by BamaViper1
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle marked "XH.11.02." into tumbler glass. Some sediment in the bottle.

Pours an opaque, warm-glowing copper color with a solid finger of foam and effervescent, champagne-like bubbles rising to the surface. Lacing sticks thickly to the glass wall, and retention is very good. Smells like warm caramel malt with spirits (I guess the sake), along with a slightly boozy, fermented apple and some oak (opens up more as it warms). In the taste you get more of the fruit you would expect from a Belgian which mixes with a hefty dose of alcohol spirits. Very dry. Medium body and carbonation. Overall, an interesting interpretation of the style. I'm all for experimenting with barrel aging. Although a little fatiguing to drink an entire bottle, I may have to try this out with Asian food. I can see that working well.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 01:18:22 | More by pmarlowe
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yeast filled brown/amber color. Leaves a decent amount of head that quickly subsides and leaves a thin creamy head that seems to last the whole beer. Clearly a decent bit of lacing to go with.

Smells like a sour amber. Certainly some alcohol, sour fruits (apples) and it finishes with a bit of caramel. Perhaps a hint of oak much like some oak aged wines subtly have a hit in the finish.

Mind you I don't think sake has any real flavors to speak of, but I'm not really picking up what characters that the barrels added. Perhaps the oak added to this sour flavor and perhaps mellowed some flavors while upping the alcohol, but it's hard to say without having the base beer. There is a literal medley of flavors in this beer. Everything from apples to plumbs followed by a sour subtly hopped finish. Rather good.

I've never thought an 11.2 oz beer was too small for a review but my glass is gone and I'm still trying to decide what I wasted. Extremely drinkable though a touch too watery for its own good.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 21:43:47 | More by bobhits
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SargeC

Japan

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy copper colored brew with minimal carbonation. Minimal off-white head. Some yeast floaties.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, malt alcohol and piney hops.

Taste: Tangy citrus and smoky malt, with a hint of yeast. Has an old ale quality to it and a good alcohol bite. The wood aging is apparent.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a strong ale/ barleywine consistency. Dry finish.

Drinkablity: A decent brew, but not the standout that I had hoped for.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 05:11:22 | More by SargeC
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LordChesterfield

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have the stuff all the time at the restaurant down the street. The price is a little steep, but what're you gonna do, it's Japan and micro brew is hard to find.

It's a deep brown pour, with a foamy tan head that disappears quickly. The smell is like a biscuit that was flavored with unfermentable sugars. The taste is basically the same although a lot more depth with wood and hop, but with a little too much sweetness. It's good for a first beer after work, just to kill the tension. It could use some more hops to balance that sweetness. These rednecks need to get a hold of some cascade hops. There's more to making a good beer than slapping a pretty label on it and charging a fortune. This is why I stick to Oolonghais most of the time. Oh and it's 8.00% ABV. It's not retired, they probably just don't export it to the U.S. anymore. I live in Ibaraki-ken. On Wikipedia it's listed as a Belgian strong ale, not an American strong ale. Which is right? Dunno. For anyone living in Japan and wants quality alcohol at a reasonable price, you should switch to shochu.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 12:46:56 | More by LordChesterfield
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange colour and bubbly head, floral aromas. A different culture and a different measure of what bitterness is. A definite woodiness, without too much of supporting flavours other than alcohol and a bitterness from the ale itself. I do not believe it was greatly drinkable, by different standards it is a successful ageing/barreling.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 16:51:15 | More by Sammy
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Didn't realize this was a once brewed beer. Glad I was able to snag one at my local Binny's in Plainfield.

Poured into a Beer Hunter tasting glass.

Pours a hazy light copper color with a huge three-fingered head, that really stands up. Good mix of large and small bubbles in carbonation. leaves an off-white/tannish head.

Aromas can be picked up from a few feet away. Licorice (?), mint, a little medicinal. Deceptive label, not matured in sake casks, but distilled sake casks, big difference.

First sip - initial taste and mouthfeel is like a saison, then the tannins, licorice, and mint hit, way late in the sip. Almost like a Sambucco (sp?) bomb in a beer. Absence of true bitterness perceived.

Mouthfeel is very drying at the end of the sip, the beers pulls the moisture out of your mouth and lips. Not astringent, but a little tannic as well.

Good drinkability for a bottle-full, but would not want to seesion this beer. Feels like it would actually make you more thirsty. glad I got to try it, not sure if I'll pick up more. Maybe to cellar a few, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 02:47:16 | More by JamnesCameron
Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.