Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout
Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout
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Kiuchi Brewery
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,698
Ranked #13,781
3.94 | pDev: 11.17%
May 09, 2022
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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Photo of detgfrsh
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by detgfrsh from Texas

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
4.13 by desint from Belgium on Apr 16, 2022
4.37 by Beecham from California on Apr 10, 2022
3.84 by Roejogan from Canada (BC) on Jan 31, 2022
Photo of Blogjackets
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Blogjackets from Ohio

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
3.83 by irishevans from California on Dec 16, 2021
Photo of Sigmund
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Sigmund from Norway

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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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by backblast from Alaska

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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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

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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3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by mntlover from Tennessee

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
4.37 by cauchysequence from Maryland on Dec 28, 2020
3.67 by chrisb53188 from Wisconsin on Dec 25, 2020
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3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
by mhuber from New York

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
4.57 by MacStinson from Michigan on Aug 05, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Greywulfken from New York

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
4.41 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Apr 11, 2020
Photo of aatazebeats
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by aatazebeats from Texas

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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3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

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
3.81 by nruhlig from Minnesota on Feb 17, 2020
4.29 by markallmon from Tennessee on Feb 16, 2020
4.08 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Jan 30, 2020
Photo of flyingpig
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by flyingpig from Scotland

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
4.08 by Eltrandos from France on Dec 30, 2019
4.08 by BubbleBobble from New York on Dec 30, 2019
4.25 by csfcmitchell from Texas on Dec 09, 2019
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3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by JonnoWillsteed from England

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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3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by mintzmeet from Washington

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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3.07/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

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
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
3.52 by mattjp03 from Alabama on Feb 16, 2019
3.5 by DissentFatsquirrel from Minnesota on Jan 11, 2019
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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
3.98 by mltobin from Connecticut on Nov 27, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into glass. Stamped on back label is 'ES.18.04Q'.
Black colored body, with a sliver of a dark brown edge when back lit. Aggressive pour yields a light tan head, which settles down to a thick, creamy cap. Leaves behind a few scattered spots of lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malts and roasted sweet/sour espresso beans. Traces of chocolate and vanilla.
Front part of the taste profile is sweet malts (including sweet prune), followed by dark roasted espresso beans. Not very bitter, but the espresso lingers. Again there are traces of chocolate but the vanilla is missing.
First impression for mouth feel is rather thin, but the creamy follow through mitigates this. Good carbonation.
I enjoyed this quite a bit, which was a surprise because this is the first Japanese stout I have sampled. Pleasant balance and depth of flavors between the malts and the espresso beans. Certainly the end taste is that of drinking an espresso.

Nov 14, 2018
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3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by AWolfAtTheDoor from Washington

This was part of a 6 pack sampler that I got for my birthday in 2017.

Pours jet black opaque into my clean back-up snifter (primary is dirty). Huge mocha colored head after pouring rather vigorously. Nice lacing throughout session.

Nose is a mixture of chocolate, and a sherry like sweetness. Oxygen may have snuck into the bottle over time, or it might be old. No bottle date, not sure how old this is.

Taste is a mix of bitter chalky chocolate, and more of a punchy sweetness, that again reminds me of age or oxidation.

Overall this beer is a little rough around the edges. There a sharpness and sweetness war in my mouth, and it's not a pleasant experience. I'm hoping this was an old or poorly handled bottle, I would not seek this out again.

Nov 11, 2018
4.07 by informaticsDoc from Pennsylvania on Oct 19, 2018
Photo of josanguapo
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by josanguapo from Spain

From Estucerveza. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 4. 23 months after bb date. Delicious roasty notes with light coffee and a pleasant swetness. High carbonation. To repeat fresh.

Sep 25, 2018
4.04 by robotic_being from Florida on Sep 25, 2018
Photo of dertyd
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by dertyd from California

The beer pours out black in the glass, with 1 finger of coffee creamer colored head and lots of sediment------------ the aromas are of roasted coffee, sweet vanilla and chocolate---------- the flavors are of light coffee, roasted malts and chocolate, the beer has a thin mouthfeel with a roasted bitter finish------------- overall this beer was good - this beer had nice flavors but everything was just way to light--

Sep 01, 2018
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