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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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568 Ratings
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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 21
Gots: 24 | 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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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-14-2014 23:05:21 | More by mdagnew
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Thailand

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

02-09-2014 03:13:36 | More by Poupae
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bbrown12

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-07-2014 15:49:03 | More by bbrown12
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intoxabroad

Taiwan

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-05-2014 15:59:37 | More by intoxabroad
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Lukass

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

02-05-2014 03:02:12 | More by Lukass
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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-31-2014 07:17:20 | More by NorthCoastPranqster
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wildlife

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 08:12:27 | More by wildlife
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KFBR392

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 05:51:15 | More by KFBR392
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 02:36:49 | More by BWED
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-10-2014 05:14:37 | More by cyrushire
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-09-2014 14:19:45 | More by Norseman
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Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-01-2014 21:07:09 | More by Cooper
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Monkeypuker

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

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New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Richardbeerlover

Texas

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

I dig the sake influence on this one. The sake aroma is very very faint and not perceptable at all unless you know you are looking for it. This beer has a nice head and aroma. The taste is very Belgium like in that you have that aged oak barrel flavor. A nice beer with a traditional old world Belgium flavor. I recommend this one for the novelty of the sake and aged oak barrels alone. The beer itself is pretty darn good.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 06:27:57 | More by Richardbeerlover
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GarthT

Hong Kong

3/5  rDev -20.4%

12-21-2013 14:54:48 | More by GarthT
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Stu_Grimson

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

12-19-2013 01:57:11 | More by Stu_Grimson
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humulusphile

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-13-2013 05:51:06 | More by humulusphile
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ViragS

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-12-2013 04:34:50 | More by ViragS
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice offering, the barrel is a bit nondescript initially with some strange and subtle angles as it lingers.

Presentation: 330 ml custom brown bottle. Label design based around typography surrounding the seal of an owl, with the name of the brew in gold lettering. Shows notes in Japanese in both the front and neck label, the back custom made in English for exporting offers a small description of ingredients. Does not offer an evident date of freshness or bottling. Notes Alc. by Vol. (7%) Served in a chalice.

A - Amber brown pour with a modest if nice creamy head, moderate retention, nice surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Plenty of caramel with a fresh fruity hint.

T - Malty dash, caramel, and a fresh fruity touch that picks up some intriguing bitterness… Remotely vinous note towards the finish. Some bready sense with the caramel moving to offer some honey edges.

M - Medium-full bodied with medium/full carbonation, creamy feel after the intense but small textured carbonation. Feels fuller than what the 7% percent would indicate with a warmth that might be in part barrel-driven?

O - Worth the try, nice flow but a touch short of a distinct complexity.

Notes: Dunno, I liked it, but I was surely expecting a touch more in the barrel/sake edge. Nice brew in any event.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 03:35:25 | More by Daniellobo
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

12-09-2013 04:18:24 | More by XmnwildX12
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DRTBrewster

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

12-08-2013 21:57:47 | More by DRTBrewster
Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.