Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerBeing on 07-20-2007

BEER STATS
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#11,076
Reviews:
430
Ratings:
1,020
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
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

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Photo of mltobin
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of informaticsDoc
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of josanguapo
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of robotic_being
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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--

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Photo of donaldgarner
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sparky44
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LocalBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice and good beer cold to enjoy with tastes of coffee and chocolate if only they made this one in a bigger bottles then we would enjoy it more.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: bold, smokey, dry finish, roasted coffee beans, molasses, tobacco, slight salty notes, Nose is sweeter than taste, roasted dark brew. Black, completely opaque, tan foam head with some lace. Full but oily body.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an espresso stout through and through, but the dominant aromatic note is dark chocolate. Luscious, luxurious dark chocolate, I might add. There are minor twinges of stone and dark fruits, as well as a nice secondary note of the advertised espresso. The aroma in general is nuanced nicely, yet the flavor profile follows nicely. Opening up with notes of toasted bread and faint cherry, it gives way to powerful dark chocolate, caramel, and espresso. Dark cherry touches return on the back end. Not only is it solidly deep, it's also very dry on the palate (the attenuation here is downright superb). It's a bit thin, but it's nicely soft and creamy the same (and at the end of the day, There's also a lot of carbonation, though it doesn't really detract much. This is a damn solid coffee stout, even if the espresso isn't center stage here. It's deeper than the average example while remaining incredibly easygoing. I'd definitely buy this one again, and if it's on tap - even better!

3.89/5: A Japanese coffee stout that can hang with many rock-solid American examples

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Photo of tomb_ride
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dawon
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ikidunot
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Frudel
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle bought at Library Cafe in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.
I was pretty amazed to find craftbeers in Thailand. I decided to grab this one and I didn’t regret it.

Dark chocolate and coffee smells.
Delightful mix of roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee beans, small notes of dark fruits.
First beer tasted from Japan. Amazing!

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Photo of Riik3
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shantto
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tim725
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,020 ratings