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Hitachino Nest Celebration AleHitachino Nest Celebration Ale
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Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan | website

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

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4.04
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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber color. VERY large white tiny bubbled head. Aroma is spice, orange zest and cinnamon. A medium bodied eisbock. Malts are bready and sweet. Hops are spicy. Cinnamon, orange, allspice, clove and vanilla flavors are in the mix. Smooth taste. There are a lot of subtle, and not so subtle, complexities to this beer. The sweetness and spicy play a nice point/counterpoint to the alcohol flavors. At 10% alcohol there is a lot of tummy warming going on, but the alcohol bite, although present is not objectionable. NICE beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Big and Fat Japanese man on the label holding a beer. Cool label.

Pours a dusty deep orangish mahogany. The rocky and frothy head morphs into a huge tsunami wave and rushes to the shore. The lacing is thick and active, bubbling as it sticks.

The aroma is excellent. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, caramel apples, cherries, light sugar glazed coriander and fresh fruitcake in the nose. Quite the sniffer, in fact, this aroma deserves a 5!

Particles everywhere. The tidal waves subdues. Orange peel jumps out and hits me first. Spices, many spices from the hops and then loads of cinnamon come in. Loads of juicy fruits come in on the finish with vanilla and an alcohol kick. Finish lingers.

However, this beer suffers.

Overcarbonation plays an enormous role in this beer. The mouthfeel was "soda like" and the overcarbonation affected the flavor and the mouthfeel.

This still was a delightful experience.

Smell the empty bottle when you are done. It smells like fresh peaches.

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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 TastyTaste
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice dark maroon colored body, some suspended particles in the beer, with some carbonation also visible. Head is creamy and slow fading, leaving a smal off white layer on the beer. Smell is sweet, with spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and yes, those vanilla beans it talks about on the bottle. Taste is very rich and smooth, the spices impart a mild smokiness to the beer, while the vanilla and alcohol give it a sweet, yet slightly tingling burning sensation. A very smooth drinker, doesn't challenge you, very agreeable on the palate. Excellent, probably the best Japanese beer I have ever had.

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Photo of clvand0
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown color with a huge head that has good retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very good for the style. Lots of dark fruits (raisins, plums) and alcohol and some sweetness - very intense aromas. The flavor is not what I expected. Much thicker than expected. The dark fruits are very prominent, but they are melded with some dark malts, possibly some chocolate malt. Very well blended. The alcohol is there only with its warming character toward the end. Very nice flavor. The mouthfeel is borderline thick and the drinkability is very good for the high alcohol.

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Photo of Damian
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods Market, West Hartford, CT
2004 vintage

First, I must comment on the amazing bottle graphics. Hitachino always does a great job with their cute and quirky designs but this bottle, complete with gold leaf-like Japanese lettering, complete outdoes all the rest.

As for the beer itself: It poured a murky, copper mahogany with lots of white, floating particles. The three-finger, light tan, sea foam head lasted a number of minutes before fading to a thin film of lace. Sparse amounts of drippy lacing trickled down the glass.

Aroma was fragrant, smooth and sweet. Rich malts, brown sugar and spices dominated, while notes of vanilla lingered in the background.

Taste was similar to the nose but a bit more sharp. Malty rich with spices, brown sugar, citrus and a slight alcohol bite. As the beer moved along the palate, some oaky and woody nuances came out as well. A slight hoppiness on the back end helped to balance things. Finish was a mix of leafy hops and residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel was quite disappointing. The body was medium and quite good but the excessive amount of carbonation was almost stinging.

As for drinkability, this beer was a mixed bag. It was quite tasty and the 9% ABV was hardly noticeable in the taste (yet it did warm the mouth and throat), but the carbonation made this beer almost difficult to drink at times.

Overall, this beer was rather good, albeit very unique for the style. (It looked, smelled and tasted like a Belgian tripel yet was somehow labeled as a "winter warmer.")

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark orange russet hued pour with plenty of suspended particles floating around topped off with a mountainous beige head cap that took about five minutes to settle. Lattice lace was already left before the first sip. 11.2 oz stubby browner.

Exceptionally bold scents of fresh oranges and spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. (Reminds me in the nose of local Barley Creek Super Hop.)

First swigs: Dark chocolate like malts in the forefront. Brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Biscuit malty chewy bready flavors make up most of the palate here. 9.0 % ABV is not at all detected until the end once warmed. Overall, loads of fresh oranges await at each turn spotted with alternative flavors of ginger spices, and yogurt like milkyness. Quite a complex brew with endless flavors.

Full bodied and thick with sediment. Quite a dessert like brew with an effervescent rolling carbonation.

Last swigs: Sip after sip of orange sherbert fresh ginger and coriander. Although an eisbock, this seems like a spiced ale actually. Thanks to PopeDX for this bottle.
Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice as an after dinner brew. solid one finger head that has fortitude and body. Dark tan color almost brown in the middle. smell some metallic but after the first drink it fades. Caramel was the dominant smell and taste. some burnt flavors but mostly sweet and the alcohol is well hidden. This brewery is outstanding and they seem to push the edge of their styles. I do think this brew is at its peak or close to it coming into 2006. I just wish they would ship their beers over in bigger sizes as the stubie to me is not the greatest for long distance.

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Photo of mentor
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) in Feb 2005 and consumed a couple days later. Huge hiss when I opened the bottle, so I poured as gentle as possible, but still got a 7-finger head from just half of the bottle. A light beige head over the orange liquid...cloudy, even though I'm sure the yeast sediment was retained in the bottle (of which there is a bunch of). Smells enticing. Orange and spicy, with some gentler tones of caramel and vanilla. Starts sweet with notiable alcohol playing strongly over orange, coriander, and a belgian-like yeasty funk. Has a caramel and lightly toffee flavor...any bock character is buried beneath the spicing. Strong wet sugar and some fruity esters do rise barely above the spices. Medium-thick and creamy-smooth mouthfeel and, amazingly, the carbonation is moderate. It forms fine acrid bubbles that dances with the alcohol burn. Couldn't help but get some sediment in the beer now that I've poured the second half in...but the foaming is only about half as bad as the first half of the bottle. The small amount of yeast in the beer definitely does not help the flavor as it flattens some of the fruity character and amplifies the funk and acrid. What the heck, this beer is already shot...in goes the rest of the yeast. It's now a muddy chocolatey appearance of it's former self. Even the head (which is still 3-fingers) is darker... a full-fledged tan. Yeast is more prevalent in the smells. Taste...this is an entirely different beer from the very frist sip. Better than with a smidge of the sediment in the glass. The spicing is more subdued and overall the beer is flatter and more earthy. Still very sweet though. It ends now with a milder alcohol that mixes with noticable caramel/toffee. No lacing and, damn, I've got a buzz off of one beer (am I back in Jr. High again?). 9%...I'll bet it's more. I'm glad I tried it, this was definitely a challenging beer, but I'm not interest in trying it again. So...I'm not going to judge this as an eisbock (as it is presently categorized her on BA), but as a spiced beer. Too bad about the excessively foamy head and clouody liquid, it could have scored much higher.

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Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Turbid deep chestnut hue. Mountainous, rocky light tan leaves steadfast lace. Complex, yet balanced melange of vibrant spices, of which orange peel and cinnamon are dominant. Subtle coriander along with rich, deep toffee surface as the beer warms. Trace diacetyl adds a mellow, agreeable, buttery note. Quite "festive" and inviting aromawise. Cinnamon cookie sweetness hits the palate upfront. Orange peel and hop immediately leap in and lend a sharp, bright, but unastringent bitterness. Mild cocoa notes and sour, fermented plum persist throughout. Subtle vanilla melds with trace butterscotch fully facilitating a dessert like flavor profile. Coriander is slight, but decidedly herbaceous and akin to the leaf of the plant, cilantro. Alcohol augments in intensity after being initially overshadowed, and lends a spicy, red licorice note. Medium bodied and quite spritzy in mouthfeel initially, but eventually viscous and nearly creamy. Finishes with lingering citric sourness contrasted by dark caramalt sweetness. A very tasty, whimsically spiced and potent brew. Not everything has coalesced yet in flavor yet, but this should change with time. Enjoyable and dangerous, indeed.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was purchased at Belmont Party Source. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear bronze coloration. The head was a thick and creamy biege coloration. The head had pretty good staying power. The beer left thick creamy rings of lacing around my glass.

Smell: The beer has a apricot caramel bready base. The beer lays out a fantastic combonation of spices. The spice bill as I can smell consist of peppery coriander, spicy cinnamon, vanilla, ceder, oakey wood, citus zest. This is a great combo and never ventures into over spiced.

Taste: The beer delivers on the smell big time. The beer has sweet and sour maltyness and plenty of spicyness. The beer never goes into a cloying sweetness. The alcohol is definately a spicy component in the taste but never offensive.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The alcohol is well incorporated in the beers flavor and smell. This is a dam fine strong ale. I will actively seek this beer treat out. This beer was hard not to guzzle. This is a first class beer offering from Kiuchi Brewery.

The beer vastly improved as it approached the warmer side. The beer took on a pineapple, starfruit tropical fruit mix of smells and flavors. I would recommend serving this with just the lightest chill possible.

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Photo of mntlover
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark hazy amber with a huge light tan head leaves good coating of lace. Only my 2nd Hitachino Nest brew but both have had huge heads lots of carbontation but not overly so in the feel.
Aroma is spice cinammon, orange, hints of nutmeg some malt comes thru but spices dominate.
Taste is also spice cinammon, nutmeg, hints of orange rind and vanilla riding on top of malt base that has some caramel present. Finishes with peppery coriander and some hops adding bitterness.
Taste is pretty good just a little to much spice for me.
Mouthfeel is a little light of medium spices just don't add much body .
Drinkability is good not a bad little beer, if you love spicey beers this one is for you. My bottle had 2004 on it but it was the spiced version 2005 for sure, not the eisbock of 2004.

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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 granger10
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a super hazy orange color with a large highly carbonated head. Aroma is strong on the sweet orange flavor and a sweet malty alcohol hit then a whole bunch of spices. This beer is packed with spices. Too many to name but here's what I got: sweet and bitter orange, cinammon, vanilla, cloves, coriander, and nutmeg. These spices were strong and unique but didn't really blend together much. The body was medium and creamy with an adjunct rice flavor base. A good hit of alcohol subdued the spices a bit and warmed my belly. The finish is dry but I'm getting a lot of fusel alcohol esters in there. This beer has a lot of promise and I think in about 6 months to a year it will be really good. However, right now it's on the rough side and a bit too young. Once to spices work with each other and the alcohol flavor goes down a little this will be great. Still, this was one unique beer experience.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2004 edition. I'd been sitting on a couple bottles of these, and it's time to crack one.
Sedimented cinnamon orange, topped with a mountain of off white foam. Good head retention. The bottom of the bottle looks like it's got little flecks of ginger in it, with the orange tinted bottle conditioning. Ginger dominates the aroma, with honeyed, caramel maltiness and a veritable spice rack going on. Some doughy, wooden yeast notes. An odd, mellowed aged quality underscores everything, a bit of sweet, barleywine-like sherry. Crazy. Taking a sip, my entire mouth is immediately assaulted by supercharged carbonation, fizzing so much it makes my eyes water. Tons of burps. Underneath all that, ginger seems to dominate the flavor, along with a bevy of other spicy flavors. Rather peppery into the finish. Fruity and sweetish, though quite dry in the end. With the dryness and ginger overtones, the yeast creates a flavor not unlike chewing on a piece of wood. Not particularly appealing. Fuller medium body, though the amped-up carbonation makes it feel lighter.
I wasn't super crazy about it when fresh, and it's still not really jiving with me. The ginger dominates the flavor, and the high levels of carbonation seem to add to that feel. I like ginger well enough, but it seems to interact oddly with the malt, not meshing particularly well. The wooden flavor is rather unappetizing. This brew seems to be at odds with itself, wanting to be sweet, but spicy and peppery as well. I think I liked it better when it was young, so the scores are a half and half.

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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 tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy orange color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate spice and fruit aroma. Light to medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium spicy sweet flavor with a medium spice finish of moderated duration. Refreshing complex beer.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a vintage 2007 had in nov '10

wow. completely textbook perfect with an edge of something nice and delectably warm, carbonated, malty, and spiced. pour is a cloudy dark amber with a very ample head about 3 fingers.. nose of orangepeel, clove and coriander, some burnt and toasty and a nice thick blanket of esters and toasty malt. the palate gave way to something fantastic of a blend of all those qualities. nice and toasted sesame seeds, clove rich, candied orangepeel and a backbone of bit-o-honey and chocolate. it tastes like liquid fruit cake. every aspect of a winter warmer spot on.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2004 vintage

Pours a hazy rust/boot leather color with a humongous, khaki head. this is really the best winter warmer I've ever seen. Big, malty nose with an abundance of spices and warming alcohol. The flavors are really based around the malt and very big. The spices, thankfully, don't overwhelm this and merely act as an accent. Additional "spiciness" comes from the 9% ABV. The alcohol tends to get in the way of things, honestly. I will admit that I did not like the mouthfeel very much. Too bubbly. In fact, as soo as it hit my mouth, a lot of the liquid turned into bubbles. Reall, the only downside here. I'm not exactly a fan of winter warmers, but this one is alright by me.

Thanks again to GreatGallaspy.

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

2004 vintage, designated as an Eisbock with ginger, vanilla, orange peel, coriander and cinnamon.

Murky chestnut pour with tons of floaters and sedimant due to the fact that is was in a cooler of ice before being opened, do'h. Forms a beautifully frothy tan head that is high and clingy, eventually settling to a thin veil.

Aromas are sweet and malty, almost syruppy. Caramel and toasty grain with spiced fruit cake, vanilla, dark fruit, peach preserves and raisins.

Flavor is sweet and complex, with many different malt notes, scorched brown sugar, honey, stewed raisins, cream sherry, Christmas spice, vanilla, candied orange peel, gingerbread, and a warming note of fine cognac. Very complex and interesting.

Body is medium, slick and velvet smooth. Mouthffeel is a bit dull due to the fine carbonation, but this is a very tastey and unique brew.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this at firewater's in atlantic city and had to try it. i'm glad that i did. it pours with an utterly monstrous head...so much so that my non-aggressive pour resulted in slight head spillage onto the bar (oops). regardless, this brew looked great with it's massive head and amber-ish colour. there is a slight cloudy effect here as well. nice. smells quite nice, with spice dominating vanilla, fruit, hop, malt and what reminded me of the soba noodle smell from rogue's morimoto soba brew. again, quite nice. the taste is quiet similar to the smell, with some alcohol flavouring mixed in, though nothing offensive, just the right amount actually. body is a bit lighter than expected but welcome and refreshing nonetheless. very easy drinking for a 9.0 brew. didn't even realize it was so until i was about 3/4 of the way through. recommended.

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Photo of froghop
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy amber with a large egg-shell head, and good lacing.

smell of pear, apricot, some wheat, citrus, and tangerine.

taste is sweet, pear, tangerine, some lemon, and malt, ends just a little bitter and sweet.

overall too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this as "Hitachino Commemorative Ale"....This was ridiculously carbonated to the point where it exploded from the bottle and immediately lost about 20%. Beyond that, I had to wait after pouring for the 3/4 glass of foam to subside before rating. That being said...

Poured to a murky reddish brown with the aforementioned tan head. Nose was a strange yet pleasant mix of malty raisin, banana, and various winter spices. Mouthfeel was tingly sweet, and the flavor was more of the malty dark fruit, spices and a hint of vanilla, with the 9% abv making itself more known as the drink went on.

Actually, aside from the carbonation, this was a pleasnat beer and definitely different than any other Asian product I've had.

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Photo of putnam
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber with crispy, honeywhite-colored foam on top.
Deep, malty, sweetly spicy aromas conjure images of palm, chicken broth, vanilla and cake.
The attack is jarring : unpeeled, raw bitterness introduces flavors of caramelized tropical fruits and woody resins. Burned toast, butterscotch and roasted fibers ornament a surging, alcoholic mass. Woody, vegetal tannins occupy one side of a clash with sticky, candied caramel alcohol.
With time in the bottle this could prove to be a treat. Now, it is a challenge.

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Photo of maxpower
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz short bottle pours a cloudy glowing reddish orange color with a nice creamy light brown head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Spicy cinnamon and citrus aroma, vanilla, cinnamon, citrus and wheat flavors. Full bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, alcohol is more noticeable as it warms, I like it.

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Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.
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