Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) - Kiuchi Brewery
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4/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
(purchased at Free Bridge Wine & Spirits, chilled - bottle code XH.12.05 - poured into a balloon)
A: orange-ruby liquid, fair amount of haze and speckled proteins in suspension... about a finger width of tan foam on the pour that slowly petered out into a messy outer collar... little boogers of lace here and there
S: dried-out wood planks, bruised grapes, hint of dark crystal malt, touch of bourbon... has an overtone of oxidized malt that I've become familiar with in old bottles of German lagers, however, the aforementioned aromas do match and balance the aged qualities... faint hint of floral alcohol
T: vague port/plum wine flavors up front... dark, turning-over fruit flavors, however, not too much sweetness... fair bit of rum-soaked raisin and lightly-tart citrus peel in the finish... a quiet, dried-leaf, tea-like hop bitterness slowly builds at the back of the palate with each sip... a weak flavor of old black coffee builds in the back, only becoming apparent in the final few sips...
been so long since I had sake - can't say for sure what flavors it picked up from the oak casks, however, their seems to be a similar nuance to some Japanese plum wines I've had - could it be this particular oak plus oxidation/age?
M: medium-bodied and round, attenuated ever so slightly by an undercurrent of brandy-like booze... a touch chewy on the edges... touch of tannic puckering and mellow warmth after the finish... fairly dry in the end
O: very much in line with the qualities of their other stronger ales... dunno if it's good practices or having fortunately stumbled upon a long-chilled bottle, but their (stronger) stuff seems to hold up and age fairly well... got lucky I suppose
Serving type: bottle
04-30-2014 03:36:39 | More by Bouleboubier
3/5 rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bottle marked XH.13.06 at 50 degrees into pint glass – much sediment on bottom
Aroma very faint spice
Head large (6 cm), off white, creamy with some rocks, slowly diminishing
Lacing – fair, sparse ribbon partway around the glass
Body orange, hazy
Flavor very unremarkable – weak spice, no malt, no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl, no hint of that oak sake barrel it was aged in.
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation
Pretty much a “meh” beer, but with the potential to sneak up. This is 8 % and drinks like an unassuming bland session beer, although with the weak flavor why would you drink more than one?
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2014 13:39:25 | More by Ozzylizard
Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.