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:
994
Reviews:
420
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
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52
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Photo of tommy5
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ritzkiss
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml from Premier in Buffalo. Pours a nice dark brown with a dark mocha head, dies to some swirls and almost looks like a good espresso.

Nice coffee presence in the nose, some fudge and roasted malts as well. Pleasant beer, sort of dry coffee notes mixed with sweet chocolate and fudge, hints of dark fruits, roast, a bit of alcohol. Sweet in the body with a dryer finish. Slick body but I feel it's a little over carbonated. Good but not great.

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Photo of Tifore
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Black color, no highlights. Nose is coffee and flavor is black coffee and some sweetness from the malt. Pricey at $5.65 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of Lomochic82
3.88/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Freethyhops
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours pitch black. a vigorous pour produced a huge head. 3 fingers atleast, it was hard to tell as a little bit spilled over the top of the glass...oops. the head dissipated to a thin film but left heavy lacing.

S- espresso indeed. a ton of coffee and chocolate on the nose. not a whole lot going on besides that. but right on for a nice coffee stout.

T- a load of bitter chocolate is up front followed by some relatively faint coffee and a surprising breadiness. finishes a bit dry. maybe some of the foreign influence coming in. a nice smooth drinking imperial stout, but it could be a good bit more robust.

M/D- this is an interesting beer in the mouthfeel dept. it starts out quite creamy but finishes quite dry and reminds me a little bit of a Guinness extra stout. dryness isn't exactly what I'm looking for in a double stout. the carbonation level is quite pleasing. this is a very drinkable impy stout. not the strongest but it goes down smooth even considering the lower ABV(7.5%)

a nice beer but I don't think I'll be purchasing again at the $5 a bottle price tag. worth a try though.

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Photo of ph2001
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle in pint glass

pours slightly thick. it gets a nice brown head that settles down into half a finger of foamy head. black in color with no light getting through.

taste is like a mouth full of coffee beans. creamy and roasty, some nice warm flavors in there. there is an odd sharpness to it. it is very rich and full of flavors. worth a try

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and had a half finger of bubbly head leaving plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it did have some espresso character but had some roastiness, lacto milky notes with hints of vanilla, and mild dark fruits mostly raisins.

T: the dark fruits were more apparent on the taste alongside espresso, chocolate, vanilla accents but had roasty notes and a touch of lacto milky flavors.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, mild dark fruity, and milky finish.

D: definitely a decent stout that was quite tasty and I don't really like too many drinks with caffeine character.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Pours very dark brown, black in the glass, with a huge three-finger brown head. Head eventually settles down to a light cap. Rings of sticky spotty lacing. Rather attractive.

Aroma big on coffee, with a slight funkiness, roasted malts, and some dark fruits.

Flavor is coffee, chocolate, dark cherries, and other dark fruits with a light sour tang. Delicious.

Wonderful smooth creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation.

An excellent brew! Only thing holding this back is the price @ $4.99/bottle. Still worth it and I'm glad I finally got around to trying this wonderful beer.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The stout pours a darker than night black with a moderate dark tan head. The aroma is intensely coffee and a bit of sweetness. The flavor is highly coffee and rather sweet. The mouthfeel is very thick, creamy, syrupy with medium carbonation. Overall a well made espresso stout - the syrupy mouthfeel and sweetness knock the drinkability down a fair amount, but worth having one.

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Photo of ConanSachler
3.88/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Jmedoy
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Photo of beergoot
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of jonj
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RomanW70
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Aroma of coffee, milk, toffee, and coffee. Taste of milk and coffee with a bitter roast finish. Medium chalky mouthfeel. Med-high carbonation. A good mix of sweet and bitter. A little bit of a style-buster. Quite a tasty beer.

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Photo of Macca
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours jet black with a generous tan head that hangs around.

Aroma - coffee, coffee and coffee. I'd like to think I am getting a bit of choc in there as well but I think I might be kidding myself.

That is the sort of lush mouthfeel that I was hoping for. Some great acidity. The dark choc is certainly there on the palate. Bitter bitter chocolate.

Wow. Never drunk anything like that before. I think I'd prefer it with a sweet chocolate dessert though.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BamaViper1
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

This espresso stout pours dark brown forming a thick caramel-colored head. The head eventuall dissipate to a film, but it leaves beautiful lacing along the edge of the glass.

The nose of this Hitachino Nest is full of espresso and bitter dark chocolate.

The beer opens with the slightly bitter espresso. This fades into bitter dark chocolate notes within heavy malt. The finish is all chocolate with traces of almost burned coffee and earth. Long after the beer is gone, the mouth is left with hints of sweet milk chocolate.

This beer has a full-bodied mouthfeel. There is a lot of carbonation in each sip which becomes almost overwhelming when the beer moves around the mouth for an extended period of time. But in a straight sip, it's great. Almost nitro creamy.

There is nonreal alcohol presence and the flavors marry quite well, making this stout easily drinkable. After a couple the sweetness could get to be a little much, but still this is a fine stout.

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Photo of samEBC
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbossman
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite black with a tiny hint of a red tint; nice one inch dark, mocha brown head; fantastic, nearly solid, lacing

S: Sweet chocolate malts; a touch of coffee/espresso but fairly subdued

T: Luckily much more complex flavors than the aromas indicate; roasted malts: chocolate and coffee with a hint of raisins and prune juice

F: Much more thin than I anticipate in a stout but still fairly creamy with a nice even mouth coating

D: A good stout--not as much espresso that I want in a beer of this style--but it's a nice beer nonetheless

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Photo of dcotom
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark caramel color with a voluminous tan head that recedes rather quickly, leaving little to no lacing. Aroma is coffee forward with notes of burnt toffee and caramel. Coffee forward again on the palate, with lots of sweetness and a dark-fruity lingering bitterness. Quite pleasant and very drinkable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice licorice black with a creme brule colored head, leaving hilly lace and fading slow.

Smells like straight up prune juice. Maybe a little coffee or charred chocolate in the background.

The flavor brings more of the coffee forward, and lingers with acidity and pleasant bitterness as it fades. A touch of "chokoreto" and roast malt also float in. I'm left with pure coffee ground on the finish.

The feel on the palate is significant and creamy. It's huge, and filling in a good way. A mild carbonation keeps it from turning into sludge.

Espresso Stout is a good one to try if you like coffee beers. It lives up to its name and for me, that is all that matters.

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Photo of LazyL
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured at room temperature, its a dark brown almost black with an ever expanding camel coloured foamy head. Low marks here because of some floaties that eventually settled out.
The nose is espresso first, then molasses, dark chocolate and a slight sourness.
The taste is of a nice chared smokiness, then espresso and a subtle fruity yeast. There is a bitterness on the finish that battles nicely against the the srown sugar sweetness.
Its very creamy and the bitterness presence adds a nice layer of richness.
The alcohal is hidden well and there are good flavours here. I very well could be sipping on a cold espresso, but in fact its a 7.5% luxurious coffee bomb.

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Photo of uvachief
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle pitch black. Coffee ground black with 2 full fingers of head with a tilted pour into a pint glass. Head dissipated by 1/3 of the glass. Little lacing. Smells like wait for it...Espresso! Little too light in the mouth. Not creamy. Espresso is there but not over powering. Little too much carbonation for me. Has this weird bubbling aftertaste and a little cigarette like. Good but not grand.

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Photo of Guitarctica
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark opaque black with a half finger of dark brown head. Pours thick. No lacing on glass.

S - Smells like coffee sweetened with honey. Perhaps some molasses. Some raisins. The nose actually reminds me of rum raisin ice cream.

T - Wouldn't you know it, it tastes like espresso! I also get some honey roasted malts in there. The back end hits with hop bitterness.

M - Full bodied and pretty heavy. Finishes dry like black coffee without much lingering aftertaste except for some bitterness.

D - Although this is a very tasty beer, I couldn't drink more than one. It is such a filling beer! Even moreso than Sammy Smiths Oatmeal Stout. Not to mention the 7.5% alc.

Final thoughts: Very nice brew with complex flavors. Drinking any more than one would be pushing it for me. Would make a good after dinner beer i think. If you like espresso this will definitely not disappoint.

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 994 ratings.
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