Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Celebration AleHitachino Nest Celebration Ale
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Hitachino Nest Celebration AleHitachino Nest Celebration Ale

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Naerhu on 10-12-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by CRJMellor:
Photo of CRJMellor
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper/amber color. Absolutely enormous head recedes slowly leaving massive gobs of thin lace on the glass.
Aroma is highly spiced. Most noticeable is cinnamon and nutmeg; also slight orange citrus, coriander and malt and yeast.
Flavor has a malty front, spicy and yeasty middle with cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel on the finish. slight alcoholic mouthfeel on the finish. Beer is very alive in the mouth and highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clouded coppery-brown color capped with a dense, foamy cream-colored head.

Smell: Good gracious, me. What a rich, dense aroma! The nose is exceptionally malty, and abundant with potent scents of caramel, cherry, ginger, and orange zest.

Taste: The rich malt bases delivers a very clean, pure caramel flavor further enhanced and rounded out by notes of orange sorbet, vanilla, brown sugar, and various other spices. Yet, it still manages to finish slightly dry. It's delish!

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with a smooth, velvety texture. A bright effervescence helps to prevent the beer becoming syrupy.

Drinkability: Definitely a palate pleaser with such a depth and range of flavors. Particularly wonderful.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper/amber with a slight haze with a big fluffy off white head that settles to a nice creamy mass,aromas of green apple brown sugar with a light smokiness in ther as well.There is so much going on flavor wise its hard to put a finger on everything,I get some juicy orange and some spice like nutmeg and cloves some pepper in there like others have notes as well.The sharp prickly mouthfeel is not so great but Iam sure as it ages it might round out better.I think this one would only get better after putting up for awhile its big and in your face as is.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – For a high ABV beer this thing has a monster head. It came up huge on an easy pour and went down slowly. The body is a thick, dark, deep orange in color.

Smell – Oh, man, this is a monster. This is more like a heavy-duty Barley Wine than an Eisbock. Either way you cut it, this is a big ‘un.

The huge malt and wine notes are just soaked in alcohol. The big fruits are juicy sweet and very inviting. The chewing tobacco juice almost oozes from the glass. Overall, a seriously big nose with lots of promise.

Taste – Man is this big. The malts are soaked in sugar and alcohol with strong grape notes and, again, lots of chewing tobacco juice. The dark fruits are enormous. I especially like tasting the booze-soaked raisins, but there are plenty others to choose from.

I can also pick up some bready yeast as unbelievable as that sounds. This is the “kitchen sink” of Japanese beers, that’s for sure.

Mouthfeel – This one is full-bodied and very entertaining. Everything from sharp booze to sugary grapes to some dry spicing to a tingly yeast mouth are to be found here.

Drinkability – You have to try this “full effect” beer just to say you’ve had it. It is a wild ride.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris at Ebenezer's Pub for getting me this. It was a cloudy amber color with a small head. Wonderful spicy aroma, as well as some vanilla. The taste was disappointing. A nice citrus tang, spice (mainly clove), but I felt overwhelmed by the vanilla. The more I drank, the more the vanilla predominated. Not a very exciting beer.

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Photo of merlin48
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise to find this one stashed away in my cellar.
Appearance: Whoa! Better be careful with the pour on this one, it's a foam monster with half beer and half foam on the initial pour into a tulip glass. Body is a cloudy apricot color with an immense beige head that relaxes but never fades away. The pitted head eventually gives way to profuse sticky lace all over the glass.

Aroma: Deep and complex sweet malty notes are everywhere, with caramel, toffee, molasses, rum soaked figs and raisins, and spiced prunes. The spiced prunes lead into an array of spices that suggest orangerind, coriander, and black pepper. Quite interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium full to full bodied with highly charged carbonation.

Taste: Malty sweet, with dark fruits and spices. Maple syrup, toffee, caramel, overripe banana, rum drenched raisins and figs, and a prominent spicy component mingle together nicely. Bitter hops are dry and herbal, balancing the sweet maltiness well. Alcohol is apparent, but is folded into the malt, hop, and spice complexity very well. The fizzy carbonation seems to swirl all the flavors together in a very well fashioned manner. Sweet toffee malt, followed by bitter herbal hops comprise the finish.

Drinkability: Very impressive Eisbock from this always intriguing, Japanese brewery. This is one of their better offerings, and is really an adventure to enjoy and sort through all its nuances. Lots of complexity allows the high abv to sneak up on you, but this one is a lot of fun to enjoy.

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, expensive at over $4! Oh no, this is real expensive when it turns out to be a gusher upon opening. My immediate thought was expensive drain pour..but after the gush, the huge head and the excess foaming, this one settled down to a murky very dark brown, under a dark tan, mottled head that left blobs of thick lacing. A load of pungent nutmeg/cinnamon in the nose. More heavy spicing on the tongue, as well as plenty of caramel/toffee and rich, velvety smooth, thick wintery goodness. Interesting stuff. Too expensive to go to often, but worth a (large) splurge to see what is going on here.

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Photo of FMetzger
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the best examples of a holiday spiced beer I have had. It was the 2007 version.

A: Great deep amber color. Head was light khaki, but lighting was bad. Probably lighter than what I could see.
S: Delicious. Caramel, malt, vanilla and spices I can't put my finger on. They were well matched and nothing too overwhelming.
T: Smooth sweet maltiness. The spices really come through, and the vanilla is not overpowering as it sometimes can be with other beers that use vanilla. A little goes a long way, and this beer has it in perfect harmony with the other spices. The alcohol is noticible, but does not interrupt the flavors.
M: Full, but not unpleasant. I am drinking this in April in Tucson, so winter is not here anymore, if it ever was. I would not drink this during the day, but the fullness is perfect for after dinner or as a nightcap.
D: The 9% is hidden fairly well. But it is a strong beer, so I think I would limit myself to one out of respect for my fellow man. My bottle was overcarbonated, maybe shaken in the case on the way home. So it took a while to pour and drink, but overall a very tasty beer.

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Photo of jakester
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. No daate on the label, but with this one, it doesn't really matter. I had no idea the Japanese made beer like this. Wonderful! I drank this in a pilsner glass.

Pours a very hazy amber with a two finger head of yellowish-white foam. Drops to a coating, with very good lacing. I poured the dregs from the bottom of the bottle into my glass, and I'm not sure I should have done that. Didn't affect the flavor much, I don't think.

A huge, spicy, malty aroma hits your nose as soon as you pop off the cap. There is definitely some orange peel and coriander in there also. Maybe black pepper. As it warms you can pick up alcohol.

Flavor is fairly crisp, clean caramel-like malt, with a fine complimenting array of spices. Orange peel, coriander, pepper, nutmeg can all be detected. Label says vanilla bean is in there, but I can't pick it up. The flavors seem to work very well together. Alcohol strength is very well masked by the other flavors. Aftertaste is long and spicy, with some residual sugar showing through.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, with a soft carbonation bite. After a while, you start to pick up alcohol warmth. Finish is sweet, creamy heat.

This beer is very interesting from start to finish. Pleasant spices, strong alcohol, and a nice malt base. Not much in the way of hops, but well balanced, nonetheless. Recommended.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
This is a bottle of the 2006 beer.
A- This beer pours a very hazy orangish-mahogany brown with gentle carbonation of micro-bubbles. The head is a thick creamy light tan with a red hue.

S- This beer smells of slightly sweet lightly toasted malt with a fain aroma of spices. The spices are not strong enough to pick out each one but adds a very warm unique depth to the malt.

T- This beer has a light soft flavor of lightly toasted malt with a slight sweetness. The sweetness taste of orange and soft spices. Like the smell the taste of the spices just enhances the malt and doesn't stand out on its own. The finish is a very soft vanilla note that compliments the malt but no alcohol taste. There is a nice soft bitterness in the hops at the finish. As it warms the notes of coriander starts to come though in the orange peel note which is ver y pleasant.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel, with a creamy texture.

D- This is a wonderful winter warmer. It has nice spice that really just enhance the malt qualities and they don't need to stick out on their own. In Japanese cooking, there are a lot of very subtle flavors that still add lots of complex. This beer really takes on that idea of "less is more" in the same regard.

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Photo of sloejams
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05 Celebration

This pours a nice amber color with a 2 finger head. It has a wonderful aroma full of spices: vanilla, nutmeg, quite dessert-like. Taste is well-balanced - woody malt backbone, some caramel and the above spices evident. I was surprised to see the bottle say 9% ABV, it s seemed extremely light in that regard. The mouth was nice - a slight creaminess, very little warmth.

I could sit down with a few of these, the high ABV is very well hidden. The only problem is that at $5 a pop for 11.2 ounces - this Celebration serves for special occasions.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy light amber with some chunkies floating in the glass. Off white two finger head of loose bubbles.
Aroma is very spicy, heavy on nutmeg, cloves, and apricot fruits.
Flavor is malty sweetness with lots of spices and the apricot fruit flavors that end in alcohol.
Aftertaste seems to have some rice in it. Maybe it's my imagination, but there is a rice starch quality to the aftertaste that mixes with the booze and apricot left in the mouth.
A completely different take on a winter warmer.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Celebration 2006. I didn't notice the date when I bought it but I figure 4 years won't hurt a 9% spiced winter warmer.

Served cool into a Watou glass. Celebration has a beautiful red-amber color and good clarity. The head is thick at first, an off-white color, but it settles quickly leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma is nicely spiced with corriander, clove, and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla.

Flavor is, unfortunately, a bit of a let-down. There is definately a strong spice character, dominated by the clove but lesser amounts of cinnamon. There is a bit of cherry and port. It tastes like it could have been oak barrel aged such is the vanilla. Caramel rounds it out and the balance is all the better for it.

Mouthfeel is medium-full in body with lower carbonation.

Overall a decent beer but disappointing. I would love to try it fresh because it may not have been aged properly (I only bought it 6 months ago) so I'll keep my eye out for more.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Discovered and absolutely loved this beer in Portland, OR just shy of a couple months ago at the fantastic Yakuza restaurant (don't leave Portland without visiting!). Had to pick up a souvenir bottle. Will it stand up to memory?

The label has an owl, but no geisha girl, as shown here on BA. A healthy *ziss!!!* occurs when the cap is popped. The pour, although not light-speed, was apparently too fast, resulting in nothing but head. After a wait, I pour at a snail's pace revealing a gorgeous blood-orange meets muddy-caramel color and a three-finger head, sizzling and popping down, leaving a thick froth of lace on the glass. Head stays rocky and foamy for a long while.

Aroma highly features spices listed on the label (coriander, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla beans), with nutmeg and cinnamon clearly edging out the others. Incredibly fragrant, and something to put up against the mightiest pumpkin ale aroma. So it's tough to pick out malt, hops and yeast...big deal. This is something else, something clearly not tying to be your typical Winter Warmer, or Witbier, or stands on it own. It smells (and tastes) REAL. I'll eat every molecule of glass in this bottle if there was any artificial flavor used.

Flavor brings in everything the nose promises, plus a maltiness that reminds of root beer (a plus in my world), roasted nuts, fried plantains, and, yeah, more vanilla. No surprise that it's bouncy and tingly in the mouth, considering the good health of the carbonation. It delivers the flavors, rather than smothering them.

A ridiculously spicy, dessert-y beer, but superbly balanced, and without the thickness many similar beers might bring with it. Bright and lively...not anything near an everyday-beer, considering its bold spices and high ABV, but if you want a quality walk on the spiced side, there aren't many better choices than this.

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Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a Belgian, despite it’s geographical distance. Particle-strewn amber rust. The pale tan head is explosive, and retains it heightened stature.
Fragrant of oranges. Full, juicy ones. Not just the peels. Blessed by cinnamon. Laid upon a caramel base.
The sweetness materializes first. Gobs of caramel nougat. Fades towards drier breadiness just as the spicing gains control. Oranges are first and foremost. It's still quite juicy at this point. Peppery yeast hues are conjoined with the nutmeg and assertive cinnamon. They dry this out further, and add traces of astringency. Tartness creeps in -actually, it was always there, but the other goings-on relax enough for it to step to the fore. Lemon-juice mostly, but sour orange-pulp as well. Ying-Yangy sweettart white grapes poke around. Vanilla hues are present, but more so after a cheating peak at the label. Traces of rum-sweet alcohol. But it's magically cloaked by the collage of flavors.
Airy and deft in the mouth. Despite its fullness, this drinks only a fraction of its strength.
I couldn't down a lot of this...and not everyday. If only because of its wildly flailing flavors and aggressive spicing (something I typically abhor...though not here). But, somehow, this 330mL bottles is disappearing at a rapid clip. This just improves as it warms. I wish I had more bottles. Let me correct myself. Maybe I *could* drink a lot of this. Yes, yes, I think I could.
Good shit, this one. Lusty little sucker here.
Wrong again. It's not so little. As my swimming head reminds.

This is a beer-based Screwdriver-float, garnished with a cinnamon stick.

I dig it.
A lot.

Tasted blind, I'm pretty sure I could nail this as Japanese.
Yeah, right.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Won in auction at the 1/29/04 Pop the Cap Winter Warmer event at Tyler's Taproom in Carrboro, NC.

Large, pillowy beige head over a glowing, nearly opaque deep red-orange brew. Powerful aroma of spices from the minute I popped the cap--coriander, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla beans, according to the label, and I was able to pick most of those out, with an additional bready, yeasty element. Strong carbonation and a head that just wouldn't quit. On the tongue, a tart bitterness kissed by hops fades into a semisweet, dry finish, with strong alcohol presence without, and a repeat appearance of the yeast and spices. Afterflavor is soft, sprinkled with maltiness. Pretty good stuff, definitely appropriate for special occasions.

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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(2005 edition) A notch down from the 2005. Big soapy creamy head and peachy colour. Taste still nicely melded.
(2007 edition) white foamy head, all the spices there. Just below room temperature. Extremely gushy,lost at least a third of the bottle. Drying finish.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest's New Year Celebration Ale 2004 certainly delivers a beer worth celebrating! The huge creamy head of light-tan froth over it's reddish-chestnut body is quite attractive; and its head retention and lacing are excellent. The aroma is welcoming and exciting with brisk notes of pine and orange peel over a doughy, caramel drizzled maltiness. Its very fine, bottle-conditioned carbonation lends a gentle zest to the tongue that's then carried through to the finish by its bright spiciness. As it warms, however, the carbonation subsides a bit and it's full maltiness comes forward, leaving it dextrinous, creamy, and smooth. Bold cinnamon, nutmeg, and pine flavors appear right up front in the flavor; with some citrusy notes from the orange peel appearing mid-palate as it's honeyish and deeply caramelized malt becomes more apparent. The finish is extensive with more orange peel, some coriander, and even a note of vanilla appearing after the swallow. The ghost of some chocolate malt follows, and then some lingering hoppy flavors and a solid, drying bitterness and swirling spice. Forget that this is actually an eisbock, it's one of the most impressively spiced ales that I've ever tried!!! An although my initial thought was that it tastes like Anchor's "Our Special Ale", it's actually much more refined and complex. Brilliant!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty deep orange color with golden highlights, and a touch of yeast suspended in the body due to a less-than-careful pour. Nice carbonation yields a solid inch of off-white creamy head that sticks around for a while, leaving some nice lacing as it recedes. Aroma is spicy and yeasty, with lots of holiday spices (clove, nutmeg, allspice). Palate is full of sweet malt and tangy spices, along with a good bit of astringency. Body is nice and creamy, but the astringency leaves a tingly, antiseptic feeling in the mouth. A nice winter warmer, particularly if you like spiced ales.

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Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of beerluvr
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours forth with a spectacular head of orangey creamy foam that settles over very yeasty hazy brownish liquid. Orange peel aromas greet the nose with nutmeg wafting behind it. Malty sweet goodness and a tad of alcohol follows behind. Notes of vanilla, alcohol and orange wash over the palate, crashing together to form a wonderful taste sensation, full malty backbone/mouthfeel. The hops cut thru all of the above with a pleasant lingering bitterness after the sweet and spicy notes fade. Finishes warming and powerful, very unique and well worth the 4 dollar purchase price.

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Photo of Jon
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich amber color with a frothy white head. Very attractive.

Nose, dominated by spices, is a bit too much to be seriously inviting. Nutmeg and ginger notes, with emphasis on coriander and black pepper linger.

Flavor-wise, this beer traverses the boundaries of spiciness and maltiness, creating a pretty nice end product. Do not serve this too cold, as at a low temperature, the spiciness is just too much. As the beer warms, however, a nice, mellow doughy maltiness appears and is quite tasty. Minor astringency looms on the finish, with citrus and spice notes left behind.

Mouthfeel, creamy and full, is impressive. Nicely carbonated.

Deeply complex, yet simple enough to enjoy, this is a beer that hits hard with spice before settling into a mellow, satisfying sipper. A very nice brew with which to celebrate.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of DESTRO
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a heavy duty winter brew, this thing weighs in at 9% abv. on the bottle it states "ale brewed with spices, coriander, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla beans". yum. pours out a cloudy deep amber/orange with a big thick sticky/rocky slightly off white head. leaves sporadic lacing as the liquid diminishes. big aromas of tropical fruits (pineapple), citrus hops and i cant help but think of fruit flavored chapstick. taste is like the nose, big pineapple rush followed by a small spicy alcohol kick and ending on a light hop note. also some metallic flavors noticed on the finish. it's complex and i have a hard time nailing a certain something about's just damn different. creamy and's a sit back and take your time with it beer. very interesting, like nothing ive had before and im impressed.

paid $2.99 for 12oz.

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Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 202 ratings