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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

585 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 23
Gots: 27 | 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:
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

ramrod666, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Axnjxn, Apr 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

mtomlins, Apr 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

jpd7374, Apr 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

JC333, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

vhmf1978, Apr 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

rcjennings, Apr 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

RuckusDu, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

kmos27, Mar 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Eighty, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
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?

Ozzylizard, Mar 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

sblanton83, Mar 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

wehttam, Mar 13, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

LarryAppleton, Mar 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

willbike4brew, Mar 09, 2014
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

djchrismac, Feb 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Andy_Luft, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

mdagnew, Feb 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Poupae, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

bbrown12, Feb 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

intoxabroad, Feb 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Lukass, Feb 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

NorthCoastPranqster, Jan 31, 2014
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3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

wildlife, Jan 30, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

KFBR392, Jan 26, 2014
Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.