Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Celebration AleHitachino Nest Celebration Ale
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4.04/5
202 Ratings
Hitachino Nest Celebration AleHitachino Nest Celebration Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Naerhu on 10-12-2003

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pDev:
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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 mynie
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first Eisbock. My first Japanese micro.

Stubby 11.2 oz bottle with a bunch of crazy Hello Kitty Japanese crap written all over it. Creepy owl on the cap, which, when pulled off, made a noise like a very small jet engine taking off. The steam coming out looks like smoke. Strange.

This is the biggest, most uncontrollable head I've ever seen. The bottom of the beer eventually starts to look like dark cider.

Smells like dull fruits aplenty along with a harsh, zippy brandywine odor. Big malt in there, too.

Sweet as honey. Raisins upfront with sugar malt and alcohol. Alcohol in the back, along with more fruit and hops. Dry, zippy aftertaste. Almost too sweet. Hints of spices in the back go a long way to kill the sweetness.

The candy sweetness of this little brew pretty much makes it an occasional beer by default, I couldn't see myself having too many of these at once. It'd make a great desert drink, though.

I dunno, this beer is really complex and very pretty, I'm just not all that much into sweet brews.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/28/04- Purchased at Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12 oz stubby bottle with no expiration date. Poured into my Maredsous chalice.

Appearance- Absoultely gigantomongous billowy head that I literally had to scoop out part of it so I could hit it in the glass. Nice brown amber pour and nice lacing.

Smell- Very very sweet fruity smell. Mostly raisins.

Taste- Geez, am I drinking a prune cocktail here? HUGE prune and raisin taste. Actually they taste like they have been pickled in alcohol. Deep sweet dark grape taste also. Maybe a tad of cinnimon and vanilla in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Very heavy tasting beer. Lightly carbonated to the taste.

Drinkability- This is going to be a Christmas regualr try. Only once a year though. Not sure if prunes and I get along to well. Damn interesting though. Pick one up for a new experience.

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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 rousee
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Wow!! This is one crazy beer. I hate to give out a 5 but I have to --its as pretty as you get for this style. Unfortunately, it goes downhill from here:

Smell is strong alchol, barleywine-type smell. I don't care for it but it is hitting the style right on the nose, I still have to score it low. very hard to drink. All the nice holiday spices are weak compared to the alcohol esters. This is the worst beer from Hitachino to date.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a stubby 12oz bottle like the one pictured, the 2004 vintage, now nearly a year old, erupted from the bottle into my waiting glass. Even a gentle pour produced a mammoth frothy vanilla colored head that towered over a dark brown brew. The thick head lasted quite a while before settling down to a thick skim which left chunky lace in its wake.
The nose was heavily malty with a buttery undercurrent. Then on came a parade of spices and fruit aromas: nutmeg, vanilla, coriander, cinnamon and candied plums. Despite the listed 9.0% ABV, the alcohol notes were muted. Some light herbal hops notes were also detected.
Each sip yielded a sizzling zip to the tongue thanks to the lively carbonation. Heavily sweet with a fruitcake-like taste of candied fruit, nuts and bready malt before a hearty blast of nutmeg rolled up on the palate. A touch of buttery toffee flavor also briefly played across the palate. More spices followed, each delivering a surge of flavor before waning, like ocean waves hitting the beach. The nutmeg and coriander flavors were the most potent of all and left a residual bite at the very back of the tongue. The herbal hops taste rose the the surface as each sip was swallowed and the alcohol left a mild warmth in the throat. The feel was medium in body, dry, and slightly creamy.
Overall, my guess is this brew might have gotten a little long in the tooth to be truly exceptional. Nevertheless, it is a nicely complex beer that displays a wide breadth of tastes and aromas.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a murky brownish-orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is malty and spicy with coriander and nutmeg at the front. In the back of the aroma is a bit of orange peel and cinnamon. The flavor is extremely spicy. The nutmeg and coriander hit me like a ton of bricks. I get some ginger in here as well. The cinnamon and orange is also present. It has a solid malt backbone. It is fairly full bodied and warming. A very dry finish with this one. A unique holiday brew. Could only have one though.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Giant, sticky marshmallow head composed of bubbles of all sizes fills half the glass and more, quivering like gelatin where it sits above the rim. Eerie orange glow extends from the head through the chestnut-colored liquid with amber highlights. Lots of protein (?) floating around in the beer leads to medium clarity... With little carbonation to be seen, the head eventually dies, although very slowly. As soon as the cap leaves the bottle, the smell of clove-studded oranges fills the kitchen. After pouring, the glass fumes with gigantic odors of spiced apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg (which in turn suggests egg nog). Coriander gets stronger, and right quick. Celery? Vegetal nosefeel? Dried flowers and cedar chips... mental images of primaeval fern rainforests. Wait, it gets weirder. Heavy cinnamon and nutmeg flavors can barely stand up to coriander and celery seed. Cilantro, then more nutmeg. Raw, assaultive nutmeg. Space alien vanilla pods. Swishing in my mouth, I finally find some light toffee flavors... but I'm grasping for them, as I am for plum in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is prickly and almost numbing from the spice alone, slightly syrupy across the palate. Nutmeg belches fit for a Toho monster rev up about halfway through the bottle. Judgement? Let this be made clear: everything they list on the label will be tasted in turn, and tasted BIG. Other than that... This beer is like psilocybin that's been localized to affect only the tongue. As with psychedelia, the overall experience is difficult to perceive (or verbalize) because the mental shifts of proportion involved are just too great. A beer that bends my tongue as far back and forth as this one could be called "fun" to a certain extent... but it's just too weird for me to find truly enjoyable.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep red color body, with hints of orange. A poofy, VERY large head that, too, had a light orange color. Head got out of hand, actually, and it was slightly annoying ;) as the explosive carbonation blew it out of the bottle. Nose was hard to place, having lots of vegetable-like pickled beets, with some vinegar and cinnamon rested in sweet malts. No alcohol in the nose, which came as a surprise to me.

Taste was basically smooth and refreshing orange juice for me, with accents of balsamic vinegar and cloves. Juicy. Not too spiced--mild; not too sweet--but juicy; got body--but not heavy. Good balance and feel. Hops are way in the background but must be covering some of the alcohol. Easy drinkability for 9% -- great spiced brew, very refreshing.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first review of a beer from Japan and my first Eisbock review all rolled into one. This poured out with a murky opaque brown body with a huge light tan head. The head falls leaving a cap of bubbles to cover the body and leaves sticky rings of lace around the glass as it is consumed. Fruit sweetness with a good touch of caramel stands out first in the nose before giving way to the huge spiciness in this brew. Cinnamon and nutmeg where the two spices I could identify but there was a lot more going on in this great smelling brew. A nice caramel flavor greets you when you first sip that is covered in spices. There was a bit of fruitiness to the flavor as well as a nice bitter spicy after taste that was excellent. Very complex in the nose and mouth, I will need to gather a few more of these to full appreciate them. The mouthfeel was almost full and it was silky and left you wanting more with every sip. Unfortunately I only picked up one bottle, as after I drank this I wanted more. This is definitely on of the best beers I have had and really left me wanted more. Highly recommended to all.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a billowing offwhite head that bubbles to over 2 inches high which leaves a decent lace. Damn that's some bubbly shit. Aromas are initially spicey, following with some fig and grapes and other yeast esters, and a big of dose of malt. Initial flavors are sharply or spice but then quickly move to a pleniful amount of darks fruits, with figs, grapes, and a slight pear like flavor hit. Following there is some molasses light sugar sweetness and then almost a complete 180 with a smokey like flavor. This brew finishes spicy and fruity, with a final warm alcohol tone. Overall this brew is very full bodied, with a tingling carbonation.

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

Pours a nice crimson/amber color with a big, billowy, large bubbled head. Looks great!
Smells of sweet malt, orange, coriander, vanilla and baking spices.
Upfront tastes of rich sweet malt, brown sugar and orange peel. Nice mild tartness in the middle and vanilla and spices in the finish.
This got a bit more complex as it warmed and took on the flavor of rum raisin ice cream. The cinnamon came out a lot more as did the alcohol and lightly warmed the stomach.
Medium to full bodied with a rich tangy mouthfeel.
Good beer for dessert but to rich and spicy to drink a lot of.
Glad I picked this up, it really surprised me. Great beer.

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, creamy tan color and coarbonation dissapates with a silky evenness. the aroma reminds me of a full bouquet of exotic spices, connamon, cloves, vanilla bean, nutmeg, and pepper. tastes of sandlewood and vanilla, with a slow nuanced peppery, cinnamon lingering through the taste. A very sophisticated beer, an acquired taste and truly fabulous, memorable. One to savor slowly. the fullness of its falvor profile and rich body lingers on and on. Wonderful

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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 kbub6f
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head is huge. Creamy tan, flat top, fine and slow, leaving swoops and spots of lacing. The beer is a gorgeous ambery-ruby and quite clear until the last pour, which turns it hazy and leaves a few floaties. A sweet, tangy nose gives up nutmeg, grapes, a little overripe fruit, some cream and hops. Sweet and bitter fruit in the caramel, yeasty front. Some light chocolate and liqueur with nice, sour fruit in the middle. The finish is quite bitter, with grapefruit, cherries and more nutmeg. This is very, very good. Fantastic fruit-hop, sweet-bitter balance.

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

Finally, a Japanese beer that I liked. The beer poured a dark amber with a huge off-white head. It is hazy or maybe murky is the word with well defined lacing. The aroma is of spiciness. I think of coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and I believe a hint of vanilla. The taste is much like a Christmas ale in the US. The spiciness is very pleasant without being cloying. It is moderately thick in the mouth and gets better as you drink.

Note: There were considerable lees in the bottle, which turned off some drinkers, but it didn't bother me.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dirty brown body, cloudy with a huge foamy head, sticky and long-lasting. This scores big points for a 9% beer. Aroma is sweet and spicy, not unlike that of a well made gingerbread. There’s lots of curacao, coriander touch and altogether a great balance of the difference spices, which I assume is a great task and here much better executed than in last year’s anchor OSA. Nutmeg and candi sugar makes an apparition in this orangey beer. The main surprise of the first sip is the high level of yeast flavor which adds a belgian feel. At times, you feel it’s spicy enough that it’s more or less of a beer, but you’ve still got to recognize the deep complexity and art involved. Flavors are hard to grasp and put words on, but you know when you enjoy it. On the other hand, it would have scored much higher with me wouldn’t it be of this disturbing mouthfeel. 2-3 seconds after putting the liquid in your mouth, it becomes ultra-creamy, spongy and foamy (a bit like La Moneuse) and the flavors are not integrated as well, more reminding of food coloring than anything else, but it settles back to its greatness in the aftertaste. Still, the bottom line is that this is excellent, original as in a brewer’s imagination has no limits and very christmas friendly.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Maybe I'm dwelling on it too much, but when I think of Japanese beer, I can't get the notion of light lagers out of my head. Maybe Asahi and Kirin weren't the best two ways to introduce myself to this country's offerings, but Celebration 2004 dispelled these stereotypes.

The good news is, you can pull Celebration out of the fridge, cold as the living daylights, and by the time you finish pouring the bastard, it'll be at the perfect drinking temp. It took upwards of ten minutes to get the last drops into the glass because the head overstayed its welcome... just like an asshole uncle.

The body is a cloudy amber with a little sediment at the bottom, and the head was large and beige. Think of it as Andre the Giant sitting atop the Ultimate Warrior.

The taste is truly delightful. It's thick and sugary with a subdued bitterness. The spice contingent almost tastes apple-like and citrusy at the same time. I've always held that thick and sweet beers get tiresome all too easy, but there's enough carbonation in this to cut the weight on the palate.

This stuff is really awesome. I would say it belongs in Dogfish Head's repertoire, but that's not fair to Hitachino. I gotta try their other stuff. To the beer store, Fatman!

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

Pours a dark ruby brownish with an HUGE pillowy off white head.. Nose is of allspice, malt and prunes. Taste is a bit malty at first with spice. Orange bitterness, with some allspice,cinnamon, bitterness follows.. My first time tasting a Hitachino beer. I was suprised how tasty and close to a Belgian style grand cru this comes.. Mouthfeel was good with ample carbonation without being prickly ( granted I had this 4 months after the new year) Drinkability is a bit above average.. Dont think i would pay 6 bucks for 12oz of this again esp when other better beers are cheaper.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After I poured the whole bottle into a glass. It became apparent that this is bottle conditioned. As my glass was filled with a reddish amber liquid full of chunks floating around in it. I did notice the nice big foamy beige head. There is a strong tantalizing sweet and alcohol aroma with herbs and spices. The alcohol is not readily apparent in the taste. But you start feeling it in your stomach pretty quickly. The taste has some malt sweetness to it follwed by a hint of ginger and a smooth bitterness on the finish. Next time I try this I will be sure to not pour out the entire bottle. After a while the chunks melted and gave the beer a cloudy appearance.

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

Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale 2004 pours a deep red brown with a huge, thick head that stands tall above the beer for a long time. Nose has some spice (cinnamon and clove) and a little bit of malt. Taste is slightly sour (orange peel?), with some savory (as opposed to sweet) elements and some notes of wheat. Bitter finish. Very bubbly mouthfeel - almost champagne-like. Very drinkable - I would have guessed around 7% if someone had asked me - not the 9% that is actually hiding there. An excellent brew.

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