Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout
Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,262
ABV:
7%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,100
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 11.08%
Reviews:
443
Ratings:
1,045
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Kiuchi Brewery
 
Japan
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  56
Gots
  128
SCORE
89
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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Reviews by Vader444:
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Vader444 from Scotland

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into 2/3 pint glass. BB 03/18.

Hmmm. This is a really good coffee stout. Really rich and roasty with dark chocolate, a bit of black cherry and a tonne of fresh coffee. Thickish mouthfeel and an everlasting finish. Impressive stuff from Kiuchi Brewery. Love it. Cheers!

Aug 21, 2017
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interzen from England

4.64/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle served into a tulip glass

Look: Dark - pours a deep, deep brown with a couple of fingers of tan/khaki head with considerable staying power. Some lacing left behind. Head diminishes fairly quickly to a thin, tan-coloured foam cap.

Smell: Again, dark - dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee and deep, dark chocolate. The smell puts me in mind of a really good 90% cacao chocolate. Overall, a mighty fine combination of coffee and imperial stout characteristics. This could be a good one ...

Taste: Oh dear God, this is delicious - I've had a number of coffee/espresso stouts of late and up until now Bad Seed Espresso Stout was pretty much the high water mark. That has just changed - this is an absolutely delicious melange of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee flavours with just the right amount of alcoholic burn. Absolutely divine.

Feel: Quite dry, although that's not entirely surprising given the flavour profile. About par for the course as far as stouts are concerned although a bit heavy compared to, say, your typical IPA.

Overall: Well now, this was a surprise - there's more to Japan than sushi, Kirin Ichiban and weapons-grade weirdness. This Japanese take on an Imperial Stout puts me in mind of my first thoughts on Japanese whisky - you think it's going to be a pale imitation of the 'real thing' but in reality it ends up knocking your socks off. Absolutely stunning - I think there's a new favourite in town.

Feb 13, 2015
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The_Mad_Capper from Japan

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma gives off slightly sour bread crust, molasses, and dark roast coffee beans. The tan head is large and frothy; the body is black and opaque. The flavor is predominantly characterized by espresso and alcohol; the overall effect is strangely but distinctly reminiscent of the aged pepper quality of hot sauce. There is an undertone of dark fruit/molasses. Bread crust malt lingers in the finish. The body is medium-full with restrained carbonation.

The espresso, which was actually used, is quite apparent. I love coffee about as much as I love beer, but it's hard to say how well it works in this case. There doesn't seem to be much to taste besides the espresso and the alcohol, the latter of which verges on solventy. I won't say it's overall bad—far from it—but the alcohol and weird hot sauce flavor are a bit too distracting to enjoy the other aspects fully.

Oct 06, 2014
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bkoch81 from Nevada

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Dec 03, 2011
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beergoot from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black body capped with a thin tan head; decent lacing along the glass. Coffee, bitter chocolate and cocoa make up the bulk of the aroma. Rich, bittersweet chocolate flavor with a nice bitter undercurrent. Medium-heavy body, velvety smooth feel richly sweet texture.

A very well done stout, full of body and flavor. Rich and nicely complex. The espresso notes were immediately evident in the aroma and taste, yet the chocolate flavors soon came to be the dominant flavor. Lots of good stuff from this Japanese stout.

Jan 12, 2013
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BrewSTL from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Aug 06, 2013
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suzychesser from Alabama

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 14, 2015
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a big. creamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing. This is one of the best-looking stouts I've seen.

S: The espresso comes through the most, with traces of malt and some hops.

T: The espresso is almost overwhelming at first, but becomes less noticable as you go along. Also has some chocolate, mellow malt and just noticable hops.

M: Well carbonated with a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: An incredibly drinkable imperial stout. Very easy to like.

Dec 03, 2008
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LeeEvolved from Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 22, 2015
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krh from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

More coffee upfront than anything else. Complexity lacking, but I sampled right out of fridge. Worth the price? :/

Jun 18, 2015
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Robertas from Lithuania

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 03, 2016
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jakeaustin from Maine

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My second Hitachino nest beer, hopefully better than the milk stout. Pours black into a standard pint glass. A couple fingers worth of caramel colored head forms but quickly fades to a solid skimming. Plenty of attractive lacing as it goes down.

Smell is all coffee and quite strong. One quick whiff and your nose is filled with all types of coffee. Roasted coffee beans, freshly brewed coffee, and of course espresso.

Taste is more coffee, no surprise there. Along with the coffee there is a sweet maltiness to help balance things out. No noticeable hop flavor but there is a bit of sourness. Once the beer warms up the flavor really fills out and brings this up another notch. Along with the coffee some bitter chocolate works it's way in.

Mouthfeel is just adequate with this beer. It's not all that thick, but not thin enough to really detract. Carbonation is good and lets the thin amount of head linger for the duration. Drinkability is high with no hint of the slightly higher %ABV. I'm not sure if this beer really fits into the imperial stout category but it's quite enjoyable regardless. A must buy for coffee stout fans.

Feb 27, 2011
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Jan 10, 2013
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robby23 from Iowa

4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This was my first coffee stout beer and i have to say it was pretty good. What impressed me was the heaviness of the beer along with the smoothness. The second was the smell it smelled like coffee and like a good stout all at the same time, neither of which over powered the the other. Overall as this was my first coffee stout it was a great entry beer in my mind to get someone into this kind of style.

Apr 12, 2013
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TheBen5 from Alabama

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 16, 2015
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guthrie from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty nice...pours black - very little light goes through when the glass is held up to light. A fine milk-chocolate colored dissipates quickly with a little sticking to the glass. The smell is coffee...with a boozy hint of...how do i describe it...Bailey's? It's nice whatever it is. And that's what the taste is like too. Maybe I'm getting a little chocolate in there. A little bit of a bite in the back of the throat from the alcohol. I wish I had vanilla ice cream to try pouring a bit of this on there.
It's nice, but I don't think I could have more than one of these.
Definetely a must try for fans of the style.

Apr 25, 2008
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The3rdbeer from California

3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Bruery Tulip at fridge temperature

A- Poured rather viciously got about 2 1/2 fingers of head at first which is now after a minute settling to aobut a 1/2 a finger now, the head is a lighter dark beige, Opaque.

S- The smell was like a nutty milk chocolate, I don't really get much of anything else in the nose, maybe some lightly burnt toffee notes but not powerful enough to be considered much.

T- It starts off quick with that burnt toffee flavor, the coffee does not stand out much at all, the coffee could be mistaken for the bright bitterness that is apparent after the malt flavors subside, its a surprise for me but its something I could care not to endure, their should of been more coffee if they wanted to call this an "espresso stout" haha espresso would have been better!

M- Light and unsatisfying for this style, ( I want a Mikkeller mouth feel, I want something for my tongue to do when im drinking something, especially as boring as this.

O- Its something I've glad I have tried, so far this is my second Hitachino beer and the previous was better, but neither were that great. I have yet to try their most popular style, but trying a second dud is not helping my motivation.

Apr 05, 2011
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hit728 from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Jun 13, 2014
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YvesB from Belgium

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 25, 2016
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CrellMoset from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout, on tap at Capital Ale House, downtown location, Richmond, VA, on January 26th, 2009, at Black Moonday.

Appearance: Arrives a deep but not too deep brown with plenty of lighter brown hues, perhaps belying in advance its relatively light body and low abv%. Though there was no head when it arrived, there was a full collar of off-white tan foam, a faint, centrally-located sheen, and a few streaks of lace.

Aroma: Espresso notes, perhaps obviously, dominate, very earthy and heavily roasted, though with lighter flourishes of cocoa, grassyness, and fruity notes. There's also, distractingly, a slight aroma of fish sauce and, less distractingly, a few pleasant brown sugar-esque overtones.

Taste: Again not surprisingly, this is a very coffee-heavy stout, though not a in a milky or overly sweet sort of way - as far as the beer world goes, this is like taking your coffee (or espresso) straight. Other notes - slight toast, faint cocoa, a few acidic though not tart notes, hints of grass, raisins - occupy the remainder of the mouth on this one.

Mouthfeel: Big carbonation, uneven and aggressive, cuts through the medium body, surprisingly light for a stout, though it does even out slightly as it warms. Definitely has that crisp, "coffee acidic" sheen.

Drinkability: Not necessarily my cup of tea (or joe), though I appreciate what it is and what it's trying to be. If you like lighter stouts or coffee-infused stouts, this one's for you - has all the right notes, it's just not quite as "bold" or full as I'd like.

Jan 29, 2009
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mungus from Australia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Apr 08, 2012
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eabarth from New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Mar 22, 2013
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EdgarGerik from Venezuela

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 18, 2016
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nmann08 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Nov 18, 2011
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Tifore from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml. bottle into a Founders Tulip.

A - Pours very dark with a khaki to deep tan head. The head is very large and looks awesome, it stands three fingers tall and hangs around for a while leaving a sticky white lacing.

S - You know, I have to admit, the guy at the store made it sound like all it tasted like was espresso but I barely get it. I get lots of coffee with sweetness and some chocolate notes. Lots of malt as well.

T - Tastes more espresso-y than it smells. I get lots of espresso and chocolate up front with a sweet and malty taste remaining at the end.

M - Mouthfeel is very smooth and enjoyable. More carbonation than I expected and I enjoy that. Makes it have kind of a light taste instead of that heaviness I would expect.

D - I could definitely drink this again. I know ageing would only loose the espresso falvors so I don't know how I feel about keeping one around in the cellar. Might be interesting to try though.

Nov 10, 2010
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1045 ratings