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 Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerBeing on 07-20-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
989
Reviews:
419
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
122
For Trade:
4
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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, totally opaque with two fingers of fluffy tan head. Strong retention and lace.

S: Delightful! Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and some vinous aromas.

T: Chocolate up front and all the way through. Faint sweetness underneath balances the roasted flavors. Coffee appears mostly on the finish, with a nice, bitter bite. Suave and delicious. Each sip has a little bit different balance of the flavors, which keeps the beer interesting through the whole glass. Alcohol completely hidden.

M: Fairly light mouthfeel for the style helped by generous carbonation. Very smooth and luscious.

O: Wow, this is good. Loved it, highly recommend it. Just plain yummy. Had no idea there was such delicious beer in Japan, but now I know.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Pencible
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured an opaque black with fluffy dark tan head. It smelled like strong espresso and coffee bean malts with a bit of dark chocolate. It tasted like bittersweet espresso hops and dark chocolate malt with a hint of soy sauce. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a lasting bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this tasted more like a Starbuck's brew than a beer, but it was delicious either way. It had great body too, making it a perfect after-dinner drink.

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4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't reviewed enough beers from Japanese breweries.

Pours a pitch-black color with a brown one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma has a light amount of bitter coffee followed by cream and a bit of chocolate. Not bad so far.

Taste is light and creamy upfront with astringency from the coffee kicking in the middle. A bit of chocolate and dark fruit as well. The coffee is the star here but it's not too bitter.

Moufhfeel is full of lingering coffee and cream. This stout goes down so easily, there's barely anything left on the palate.

A very nice example of its' style. The coffee feels just right here. The mouthfeel is exactly where I want it to be. It's decent for sure.

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4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely solid black beer. Has a thick foamy brown head and plenty of sticky lace. You cannot miss the espresso coffee in the aroma with a hint of chocolate in the background. If you're jones'in for a coffee then the aroma's got you. A roasted malt/coffee bean bitterness washes over your tongue to start. In the middle there is a small bump of sweet malt. Then on the finish the just chewed espresso bean character leaves a great coffee note at the back of your mouth and down your throat.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kbnooshay for the recommendation.

Pitch black with a massive cake-like head that keeps expanding after the pour. Settles to about 2 fingers of thick rocky brown foam. Clumpy sticky rings of lace.

Robust chocolate and coffee aroma; pretty straightforward in the nose.

Dark roasted espresso beans dominate up front (but don't overshadow the malts at any point). A little char and smoke follow with a nice sweet roasted malt finish. Faintly medicinal (very slight). Alcohol is there, but barely noticeable. Same goes for the hops. Nice balance between the sweet malts and bitter roastiness. More tobacco-like smokiness shows up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full with perfect carbonation that holds up even after a strong pour and a huge head.

This beer reminds me of the chocolate covered espresso beans we used to get at the candy shop in my first year of graphic design school. I love it. First Asian beer to garner an A+ from me. Wish it wasn't so damn pricey.

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

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium bodied and thick tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, deeper black and chocolate malts, nice chocolate, espresso, coffee, and caramel aromas at the end of it.
T: Tastes like the nose but better. Sweet roasted malts, deep roasted black and chocolate malts with hints of caramel mixed in. Then a huge coffee and espresso flavor that is really smooth and enjoyable.
M: Very smooth, warming, rich, full bodied, full flavored, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable even with the high abv and the full flavor and body. Really well done.

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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 coffee..rich, 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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4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 989 ratings.
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