Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout
Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout
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Kiuchi Brewery
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,826
Ranked #14,068
3.94 | pDev: 11.17%
May 13, 2023
Jul 20, 2007
Very Good
Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout
Notes: This Espresso Stout is brewed using well-roasted espresso beans. The recipe is based on the imperial stout loved by the Russian emperor. Please enjoy the balance of its rich taste and coffee flavor.

Hop: Chinook,Kent Golding
Malt: Pale,Crystal,Black,Chocolate
Other: Roasted Barley, Coffee beans
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
The beer is dark brown/near black in color. Small tan head.
Aroma of coffee and chocolate.
The taste amplifies the aroma. Espresso coffee, dark chocolate.
A little on the thin side, but still a very drinkable beer.
May 13, 2023
Rated: 3.91 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Mar 27, 2023
Rated: 3.3 by stephenlee93 from England

Feb 04, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Jan 08, 2023
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
11.2oz bottle served in a snifter glass. Date stamp on back label: E5.22.07m - whatever that may mean.

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown with ruby read highlights, but once in the glass, it's approaching black and letting no light through. Thin tan head with some strands and islands of lacing noted.

Smell: Espresso powder, dark chocolate, a little bit of an herbal note, and a tiny metallic whiff every now and then.

Taste: Roasted malt, but with some underlying sweetness for balance. Definite dark roast espresso coffee flavor, along with dark chocolate. Bitter finish that is part coffee, and part roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nice thickness, surprisingly dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite tasty, and the coffee definitely shows up in this beer. A bit sweeter than I expected, but I think that this was a good thing. I would not have minded a larger bottle of this.
Dec 29, 2022
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Nov 21, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
11.2oz bottle coded ES.21.06 P poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 7% ABV. The beer pours dense black with minimal light penetration and light brown head. The head recedes to a thin ring and little else. The aroma is moderate in strength featuring dark chocolate, rich black coffee and fudge. The taste is bittersweet with more of the same. Very dark chocolate, fudge, expresso all make an appearance. Moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with just less that average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. There's a fair amount of alcohol presence here for the ABV. Not enough to be a problem, but it's there. Overall, very good. You would have to like strong coffee in your stout to get behind this one.
Sep 12, 2022
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a bottle. Black color with a quarter inch of crema-colored head. Smells like dark roasted malt and iced coffee. Medium body. Roasted malt flavors and a dry earthy finish. Feels more like an Irish dry stout than a Russian imperial, but not complaining, it's good either way.
May 09, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by desint from Belgium

Apr 16, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by Beecham from California

Apr 10, 2022
Rated: 3.84 by Roejogan from Canada (BC)

Jan 31, 2022
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Reviewed by Blogjackets from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Dark black pour with brown head creates a nice looking beer in the glass. Not much lacing during my tasting.

Nose is a wonderful espresso coffee with strong chocolate and a bit of vanilla. Body flavor features the coffee beans and roasted malt. There’s a pleasant balance, so the beer is more of a traditional stout than a coffee one trick pony. Good flavor but I’d like a tad more body and mouthfeel. Reminds me a bit of Great Lakes Blackout Stout in what the body lacks the taste delivers.

Overall a very enjoyable stout which makes me curious to try its barrel aged sister.
Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by irishevans from California

Dec 16, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by altrio

Oct 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.5%. Pitch black colour, big brown head. Nice roasty aroma, notes of coffee and chocolate, hints of dark fruits and vanilla. The flavour has a distinct roasty character with strong notes of espresso coffee and dark bitter chocolate, some malty sweetness, bitter finish. Excellent rich mouthfeel.
May 05, 2021
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured very dark almost black with a light tan head that dissipated quickly.

In the taste, there is plenty of coffee, dark chocolate and a char dryness with light bitterness mixed in and a very pleasant lingering aftertaste. Nice one.
Mar 26, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, coffee, and caramel up front. Some dark chocolate in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt and coffee and then picks up some caramel and dark chocolate. Finishes with lingering coffee and roast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid coffee/espresso stout that is straight forward and easy to drink
Jan 19, 2021
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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a black small tan head not much in the way of lace.

Aroma is espresso beans no surprise there some light chocolate even lighter earthiness hints. Not bad not overly complex not really getting the Russian Emperor reference at 7% but not bad.

Taste is roasted malts with light chocolate sweetness and good espresso notes. Fairly decent stout wouldn't really put it in Imperial category at 7% otherwise I would be lowering my scores some. Not bad little stout with some earthiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall no a bad regular stout with some added espresso beans.
Jan 10, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by cauchysequence from Maryland

Dec 28, 2020
Rated: 3.67 by chrisb53188 from Wisconsin

Dec 25, 2020
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Reviewed by mhuber from New York

3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours dark redish-brown with a thick head that lingers. Some lacing. Smell of caramel and dark chocolate. Taste is full-bodied, creamy, sweet with a bit of bitterness and strong burnt chocolate. The chocolate flavor lingers on the palate. Not too bad but not the best stout I've had, but a pleasant surprise for a Japanese beer.
Sep 15, 2020
Rated: 4.57 by MacStinson from Michigan

Aug 05, 2020
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Solid coffee stout - rich flavors suggest both the bitterness of espresso as well as creamy, sweet coffee flavors - medium-weight but full-bodied feel, smooth, bittering coat lingers - each sip brings a wash of sweet coffee and molasses as well as drier, charred, wood-like notes - the sweet and dry and bitter play against each other through the finish...
May 01, 2020
Rated: 4.41 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Apr 11, 2020
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Reviewed by aatazebeats from Wisconsin

4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Look: a very dark brown, almost black with a 1 inch light brown head that dissipates within a minute. Standard for the style.

Smell: A faint scent of cocoa nibs, coffee and maybe sea salt. Not a crazy amount going on here.

Taste: Very good. 80 percent dark chocolate, mild coffee notes. The dark chocolate flavor stays for a solid 20 seconds after consuming, delicious. Not sweet or bitter, just a great balance.

Feel: Smooooth and silky. Creamy. Rich. A damn near perfect texture for a stout.

Overall: A very good solid stout. Would recommend.
Mar 30, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle. Near black pour, cola colored, light beige head fades. Sweet, roasty aroma, coffee. Taste also features coffee, light roast, minor sweetness. Finishes dry, light stickiness.
Mar 29, 2020
Rated: 3.81 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Feb 17, 2020
Rated: 4.29 by markallmon from Tennessee

Feb 16, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Jan 30, 2020
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
330ml bottle from Beerhawk online shop (£3.69):
Dark & opaque, bordering on black with a thumb-sized, bubbly beige head that's turns to a patchy surface lacing. It's sweet on the nose, almost like a foreign extra stout that has some vanilla to go with the coffee & darker malts. Dark fruits with an alcohol backing follow whilst the taste is mainly coffee & chocolate with the usual dark malts & sugars too. It was well-carbonated & slightly fizzy with a medium body & semi-sweet finish.
Jan 16, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by Eltrandos from France

Dec 30, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by BubbleBobble from New York

Dec 30, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by csfcmitchell from Texas

Dec 09, 2019
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Filtered, so zero sediment to be concerned about.
L- One of the darkest beers I've seen; held right by a halogen bulb all I get through the black is an occasional thin flash of ultra deep ruby red. Pours with 1Cm deep tan/caramel coloured fine-bubble head. Also notable as one of the darkest heads I've seen.
S- Clear pungent coffee notes together with a some smoke.
T- Coffee, smoke, sooty log ash from a fireplace. Sip2 and boom the coffee soars.
F- The richness is enough to stop the coffee/smoke overpowering. The Feel might be best suited to winter, as a slow-sipping beer.
O- I think you need to enjoy notably strong black coffee to have a chance with this, as it's the big and central focus here. I start the day with a couple of espressos so that flavour is ok for me. [My wife drinks tea, but also has an occasional coffee with milk and sugar and she found the espresso notes way to pungent/blunt for her. To be clear: Her view is not reflected in my ratings.] It's very different, interesting to try and as usual with Hitachino Nest shows exceptional skill in it's recipe and crafting. That said, it's that idiosyncratic I'm not sure I'd buy again due to it's pretty off-the-scale pungent flavour.
330ml bottle: BB: 12/20. Bought from Beerhawk/UK
Nov 28, 2019
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Reviewed by mintzmeet from Washington

3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Dark orange head, super strange! Dark black color. Little bitter. Head dissipates quickly. Burnt coffee flavor. Not very creamy, but it’s not bad! “A deep and profound stout brewed with well-roasted coffee beans.”
Sep 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

3.07/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Bitter nose and bitter taste. That is how I don't like my coffee stout. But that is exactly what you get here. Burned coffee beans. Regular stout lovers may enjoy it more, but those who prefer Peche Mortel or Founders KBS, will probably not.
Having said that, Hitachino did a relatively good job replicating the style...even if there is no head retention and there is a bit of stickiness. Okay. I seem to be bashing more than giving kudos, so I will just quit at this point.
May 04, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Black liquid; some light passes at the edges.

Nice khaki head; nice lacing.

Coffee beans & milk chocolate smell. Inviting.

Thick mouthfeel.

The flavor is a touch more muted than the smell; nice espresso & milk chocolate but surprisingly easy to drink.

A tasty beer with a big nose. I'll return for more.
Apr 07, 2019
Rated: 3.52 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Feb 16, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by DissentFatsquirrel from Minnesota

Jan 11, 2019
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Medium light carbonation , slightly above average body with a bit of a oily feel
Aroma is a mix of espresso, fresh black coffee,and roasted malts
Taste is rich,like a shot of espresso backed up by dark and milk chocolate, and roasted malt
Dec 02, 2018
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