Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout

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Kiuchi Brewery

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of hero27
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle
7.5% abv

Pours black..dark khaki head of foam cascades slowly from the bottom and ends up forming a small dark haze over the brew.
ok, I know there are thousands of them out there, but you haven't smelled a real coffee stout until you've had this one...yeah, I said it. The aroma is fresh-brewed, eye-opening, incredible.
The flavor is sweet, roasted chocolate malt combined with an edgy, nutty bitterness.
Mouthfeel is robust & pretty smooth going down.. i love how the coffee aftertaste lingers just like the real thing. bad ass.

A definite crowd-pleaser for anyone who likes coffee-inspired brews. These guys over at Kiuchi know what they're doing.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a short, fat, 12oz bottle with a red owl on the logo, pours an opaque, dark-black color with a minimal tan head... copped this brew singly from Gary's in Madison for about $3.50... definitely worth it... love sampling Hitachino beers partly due to the exotic foreign facotr, but also because they produce some quality brews, and this happens to be one of the best... strong espresso aroma present, and the taste is comparable to a strong latte with an espresso, dark-coffee finish with burnt chocolate and cocoa aftertones... nicely complex without being overbearing... no bitterness here... and despite a 7.5% alcohol percentage, wouldn't notice it behind the distinct sweetness... an awesome stout and definitely recommended...

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Photo of thryn
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visual: Black as night, but not night in Southwest Florida, where the moon is bright and the light pollution brighter. Night in North Georgia. Night in South Alabama. An oily night. There is no head. A latte-colored halo of lace around the outer edge. Not a mostly-milk latte. One of my lattes. It's half espresso, plenty dark.

Olfactory: Espresso beans in the grinder. Whisky in oak barrels. Unlit cigarettes. Bitter chocolate. Not dark chocolate. Not anything edible, for most people. The baking chocolate I pulled out of the freezer as a child and shaved bits off of, and ate, savoring the bitterness and the thrill of getting away with something.

Taste receptors: Dark chocolate covered coffee beans. Roasted, oily beans. Peat. The sludgy bits at the bottom of an espresso. A hint of bourbon.

Touch: Heavy. Slick. Less heft than expected. It lingers.

Drink: Yes. I could. All night.

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Photo of julian
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep, dark black in color with a thick, dense mocha colored head with good retention.

Smell: Intense aroma of roasted coffee, some chocolate, burnt, nutty.

Taste: Heavy roasted coffee flavor as expected, chocolate, roasted malts, mostly coffee. Excellent!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium thickness and average carbonation. No real presence of alcohol.

Drinkability: Pretty average abv for a stout, but definitely one of the best coffee/espresso stouts I've had from taste to texture to drinkability. Excellent all around.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(bottle code ES.13.04 - poured into a balloon)

A: dark, probably opaque black liquid... 2 finger width, dense, meringue-y, mocha-colored foam - doesn't seem to want to settle out

S: bold and beautiful, finely-ground espresso aroma, delicately roasty... light-moderate medicinal alcohol... dark chocolaty malt base

T: smooth, dark roasty malts and bittersweet chocolate... the coffee lingers like a mist in the aftertaste... subtle acidic funkiness starting to creep in, however, it either hasn't quite taken hold, drying it out, or a judicious portion of crystal malt and residual sugars has kept a fortunate modicum of sweetness to keep a sense of balance... ultimately, it has a fine European cocoa foundation with an aura of bitter espresso dusting it

M: expansive, wavy, and medium-full bodied, holds, then finishes with a vanishing drop... delicate, gritty scraping of the tastebuds in the afterglow... hint of alcohol desiccation on the back of the palate

O: quite excellent, even after a year... don't know how sweet it is fresh, but it seems like this has dried out nicely with nary a smudge of oxidation... very well done

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken 01/04/17:

Dark brown to black, very opaque. Tall head of rich medium brown, thick, rocky, and foamy, just shy of creamy with great retention and decent stringy lacing. As I pour in the last bit, closer to the outside of glass only due to opacity, I notice inordinately large chunks sink to the bottom and settle. Smells like concentrated coffee, dark chocolate, roast spices, and sweet soily dirt. Palate is astounding. This is an Espresso Stout in every sense of those words. First thing I notice, before even really let it come into contact with the topside of my tongue is a “naturally sweet,” dark chocolatey, tart, almost metallic bitterness. If you enjoy those 75% or higher dark gourmet chocolate squares, you’ll know exactly what I am referring to. This is present throughout and really subordinates all other flavors and suggestions to itself. Sloshing it around, letting it touch the sides and tips of the tongue, there are more overtly roasty and tart and coffee-like qualities. Swallowing and enjoying the after-breath, roastiness and smoke still there but with the addition of highly caramelized sugar, and then the sought-after hops and booze character: earth and spice. Full-bodied, a chewable syrup, a thick creaminess, quaffable suds, moderate heat, balanced astringency.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Tulip glass.

Pours a dark black with a finger width of creamy tan head that shrinks down into a thin soft retention that left some nice spotty lacing. The aroma is Wow! Just a fantastic bouquet of straight-up eye opening espresso and burnt coffee notes.

The taste is must more of the same. Biting espresso and roasty coffee bitterness that is nicely balanced by a backing chocolate sweetness. Burnt bitterness lasts through the finish and lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy feel.

Wow, this one caught me off guard. Just a really fantastic Coffee Stout with an almost perfect blend of coffee bitterness and sweetness, a full creamy body and excellent drinkibility. More please!

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a rich deep black with a thin tan head.

S-Rich and roasty with plenty of coffee, some chocolate and vanilla notes and an interesting grainy undertone.

T-Sweet chocolate notes at the front balanced by a mildly bitter roasted coffee finish. Excellent.

M-Rich and creamy with a light lingering bitterness.

D-Very smooth and tasty. Moderate ABV for the style but full flavor makes it an espresso stout you can have two of.

This is an excellent beer, one of my favorites in the style.


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Photo of Daniellobo
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very rich and tasty coffee stout.

Presentation: 12 oz draft pour. Menu offers a short and fair description of the brew. Notes Alc. by Vol. (7.5%) Served in a tall conic glass.

A - Black body pour with minimal dark brown edges. Good frothy head with average retention and nice lacing.

S - Rich roasted malt nose with a nicely predominant coffee range.

T - Rich coffee range, with a sturdy and pleasing roasted malt sense holding the bitter-sweet coffee flavors, a bit of chocolate, and a touch of fruit.

M - Full to medium-full body with medium carbonation and a smooth and creamy finish.

D - This is a great espresso stout with the right and assertive notes of coffee, malt and bitterness. Rather nicely done.

Notes: I keep on being surprised and so far never disappointed by this Hitachino brews, always great to have them around.

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Photo of robby23
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a re-review. The first one I had tasted of onions and I wrote it off but the one I'm having now is delicious.

A: Lucid black with espresso head, which ain't to bad.

S: Chocolate, bathwater hops, a sense of sweetness, roasted coffee beans. The last half of the glass reeks of fish food pellets.

T: Much better than the first one I had. Very chocolately indeed. Not sure where the espresso is though. Very accessible and drinkable for a strong stout, not like engine oil but also not watery. Loads of citrus in the aftertaste.

O: Delicious! Of all the Japanese craft beer I've tried, Hitachino seem to be the ones that really know what they're doing. However, 8,900 Korean Won for a pissy 300ml bottle (£5, $7.8)... What the hell!

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep brown/black pour with 2 fingers of tan head. head stayed throughout the whole glass and gave off excellent head. smells of tobacco, dark roasted coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet molasses. taste is a perfectly bitter sweet chocolate and coffee lover's dream come true. slight backdrop of grassy hops, but mainly roasted grain/coffee flavors and milk chocolate. a medium/full body stout.. thick with a chalky feeling, yet nicely carbonated and thin enough to go down smooth and easy. a great stout, well worth the price tag to at least try once.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - black as night, with a chocolate milk colored thin head

S - whoa, super mocha, unsweetened chocolate and roasted coffee bean aroma, like walking into a gourmet coffee shop, nice, but overpowering if there were any other possible aromas

T - very similar to the aroma, rich dark unsweetened chocolate and roasted coffee beans, very well blended, despite the great taste it is monotypic, there are no competing flavors

M&D - a bit acidic, but not enough to dissuade a sip, well blended and layered, quite a fine stout, well done

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Photo of alexwag
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good looking beer. Dark as a dark night on a moonless night. Enormous head, rich and coffee-tinted, that has tremendously all-encompassing lacing and lasts forever -- never seen anything like it. Smells deep, rich and vibrant. Tastes creamy, smooth and dark and malty, roasted and sweet. This is a good tasting beer. Thickens up as it warms and becomes perhaps a little too much, but can't hold it against it as a real malt bomb. Better somewhat chilled. A great brew, though could do with some hops to balance the sweetness.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thiiick, oily, black as night, and pretty much completely opaque (really -- holding it up to the light in a glass, nothing gets through)... this truly does look like motor-oil when you're pouring it [I'd heard that said about some stouts, but had never seen it before...]! Dark tan thick head.

Smell is of chocolate, with a faiiiint hint of beer.

Taste... thick, very roasty, very chocolatey, some resemblance to coffee, but really this stuff is like bitter liquid chocolate. I'd say it sits _right_ in that sweet spot between chocolate and coffee that just makes people swoon... It's definitely quite bitter, but a _nice_ bitter, exactly right. It's not sweet.

The alcohol is very well hidden, and it's extremely drinkable, like liquid desert, despite its lack of sweetness, the bitterness is just very well placed. The mouthfeel is thick and oily, which ads to the illusion that one is drinking chocolate.

Wow, I'm not generally a fan of the Hitachino Nest Beer line (generally not bad, but not really that good either), but this is really really good!

This is probably the first stout I've had that I really, really, liked.

[Note: this bottle had a special Valentine's-day label "Happy Valentine's day!" (with hearts), and is a very nice contrast to the usual slew of excessively sweet chocolate beers that seem to show up around Valentine's day in Japan. Go for it, Hitachino!]

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super black pour! Id say the head is as dark as Ten fidy's head; super brown and frothy. Aroma is of creme/milk, caramel and lots of coffee. Taste is of real coffee! This is one super roasty beer. The tasty nuttiness and coffee bitterness is great. Feel is smooth and creamy. I would do a few of these for sure. Its a tad too drying to drink more than a few.

Don't drink a a hoppy beer before this it will ruin it! I made that mistake once. Idiot.

One awesome dessert beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an oily black, with a brown cookie-dough head. As it settles, black rivulets slowly cascade through the foam. Surface is dimpled, and resembles a fresh baked cookie. Spotty lacing leaves a ring aroud the glass.

Aroma of coffee tree berries and blossoms, fresh roasted coffee beans, and dark chocolate.

Low acidity, with mild bitterness. There's still a strong, well-integrated coffee prescence that I love. Rich, thick liquid Black Forest cake without the coconut. Deep black roasted malts, leaving a dark trail down the throat. Not a monster stout, but decadent, balanced and well-crafted.

Recommended to coffee stout fans, you owe it to yourself to seek this out.

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Photo of leaddog
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

720 ml bottle

Appearance- Pours a dark chocolate brown/black with two fingers of frothy mocha head.

Smell- Espresso beans, chocolate syrup, cocoa, vanilla.

Taste- Hit right away with strong espresso and coffee bean followed by bittersweet chocolate and cocoa nibs. Roasted flavours linger in the finish. Flavours lean to the bittersweet side of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- A bold and flavourful espresso stout. Definitely delivers on the espresso side of things as I feel like I am getting hit with a jolt of caffeine (in a good way). Sticking with bittersweet flavours makes this stout an enjoyable and unique experience.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy brown head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee/espresso, chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and some dark fruit aroma also shows up as the beer warms. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the coffee/espresso flavors being the strongest. Has a nice bitter and dry finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy but also on the thin side for a stout. It's also well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's enjoyable and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a good brew. If you like coffee and/or espresso, then you would probably like this beer too.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout has a thick, creamy, beige head, a very dark brown appearance, and pretty good lacing left behind. The aroma is of heavily roasted barley malt, dark coffee, faint chocolate, and black cherries. Taste is of acidic, sour, dark-roasted malt, black coffee, cherries, and some chocolate. Mouthfeel is mostly heavy and syrupy, and Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout finishes rich, sweet, charred, and dry. Overall, this is an interesting and well-made flavored beer. I score it most excellent.


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Photo of Nesued
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few 11.2oz bottles at Green's on Buford Highway in ATL, while there on a business trip.

Appearance - Deep brown in color, pours dense with a huge head forming as the glass fills. Poured into a pilsner glass and I'd say 2/5ths retained as headspace. The head and lacing was amazing. Like the head of a whipped chocolate milkshake. Slick and sliding down the sides as I rotate the glass. Topped it off after the head dropped a bit. Still, after a few minutes, I'm looking at a one-finger head. Very inviting.

Smell - The chocolate is the first to grab your nose and hold on. Followed by a coffee and bitter/tart aroma as well. Wonderful nose that draws you in.

Taste - Rich coffee, bitter chocolate and a bit of vanilla all come to the surface in just the first sip. Unlike many of the other Hitachio offerings, there is no site (or taste) of the cedar. Well-balanced malt and a mild finish. I had to check the ABV on this one, as I didn't detect the slightest alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel - My only down-tick. A bit thin on the mouthfeel. Expected more from both the style and also the impressive aroma and taste. Moderate carbonation appears to help out. Perhaps the thin feel adds to the drinkability, along with the masking of the alcohol.

Drinkability - For the company it keeps in the style (i.e. Founders, Peche Mortel, etc) it would be a tall order to try to measure up. It's no DFH WWS, but then again few, if any, are at that level. I'm happy to say this is a fine example of a very drinkable American Double/Imperial Stout.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It may be dinner time, but by my side I have an egg, Canadian bacon, and Monterey Jack Cheese on an English Muffin...and this espresso stout. Sounds like yum! On to the beer:

Two finger-thick light tan head, black as night body with faint ruby brown hues at the bottom of the glass. Good lacing. Mild coffee aroma is good. So is the creamy sweetness mixed in. Into the mouth it goes...somewhat thick feel with little carbonation, but it's nothing to weight you down. Bittersweet chocolate upfront, the pleasant coffee flavor rushes in to make this beer a hit. The sweet and astringent flavors compliment each other well. Its coffee bean aftertaste is a pleasant reminder as you finish the sip.

Is there a coffee stout I'm not impressed by? It's great to see Japan come out with one nearly as good as the ones I've had.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, no dating that I could find unfortunately becase I think it's at least 2 years old, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color, almost black and complely opaque. The head formed a creamy 1 finger thick and retained nicely.

Aroma: Sweet roasted and chocolate malts, and of course the coffee.

Taste: Coffee flavors up front, then some chocolate in the middle. The finish starts sweet then turns bitter, lingering nicely.

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied, extremely smooth and creamy. The 7.5% abv hides quite well.

Overall: If you like coffee stouts, this is a must. Simply excellent

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a thick tan head, good retention, some thick lace, looks great.

S: Coffee for days.

T: Big espresso, bitter coffee notes immediately. The more typical stout flavours of roasted malt come out later with a great dark chocolate note at the end with a hint of dark dried fruit. Great robust, strong flavours, not for the weak of heart.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, strong coffee aftertaste, gives a pick-me-up. Prickly carbonation in the finish.

D: Man, I've been on a roll lately with great beer. This brew is delicious and flawlessly mixes the coffee and stout flavours, a great buy. But be careful, it'll stain your clothes.

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Photo of Goldfish19
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 330 ml bottle from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NY. Appearance is a deep dark brown color with a creamy tan head. The aroma is predominately coffee, followed by some hints of chocolate. Taste is the same. Body is medium to full. The incredible flavors do an exceptional job at masking the 7.5% ABV like it's not even there! There is no bitterness, just a smooth tasting stout that leaves behind a wonderful aftertaste.

When it comes to brewing quality beer, the Japanese really know what they are doing.

Highly recommended! ~

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 984 ratings.
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