Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) - Kiuchi Brewery
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3/5 rDev -20.4%
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?
03-19-2014 13:39:25 | More by Ozzylizard
3.69/5 rDev -2.1%
a - dark orange/brown, a finger of frothy khaki head, good lacing but dissipates over time
s - citrus, hops, fruitiness
t - medium piny hops, bready/cream malts usual to belgian darks but largely subdued. alcohol heat, can pick up the sake just barely.
m - slightly sticky, bitter, astringent carb the first few sips, metallic toward the end
o - pretty good beer. definitely tastes like a hitachino, they all seem to have this specific creamy backbone. wouldn't have picked up on the sake if I wasn't looking for it.
01-30-2014 08:12:27 | More by wildlife
4.11/5 rDev +9%
Appearance: The color is a red amber color. Beer is transparent with a good amount of active carbonation while in the glass. Light head, only present on the edges of the glass while drinking.
Smell: Toffee amber malt body jumps out right away. There is a semi-sweet, slightly sour grape must type aroma that I assume is from the sake casks. Medium dry fruit really brightens up the aroma.
Taste: Subtle fruits and some sourness greets the palate. A chewy amber malt presence warms up the body and gives this beer a great backbone. Accents of toffee, caramel, apricots, and raisins are prevalent. The dry fruits continue to dance on the palate long after drinking.
Mouthfeel: Very subtle with everything going on but really pleasant drinking throughout.
Overall: Very much impressed by this one. The tones of this beer mesh together well and create a unique brew. It's been hit or miss from this brewery for me but this one is definitely a hit. Highly recommended if you are looking for something a little different.
01-26-2014 05:51:15 | More by KFBR392
3.56/5 rDev -5.6%
330 ml bottle poured into a tulip.
A- Pours a chestnut color with a bit of an off white head. Retention is poor.
S- Vinous caramel notes, and a little booze.
T- Slight caramel backbone, with a grape/wine tone.
M- Medium body, with a very dry finish.
O- Interesting. A little too fruity. I think the sake character is pulled out quite a bit, especially in the feel.
01-21-2014 02:36:49 | More by BWED
Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.