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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Added by BeerBeing on 07-20-2007

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark beer, basically a zero head beer, sparse perally tan bubbles. Bitter espresso flavors and a slick easy drinking mouthfeel. Body isn't overly heavy.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opaque black, 2-finger tan head, nice laces, good retention.
Fresh chocolate & coffee smell.
Taste - roasted, chocolate, coffee.
Medium body, soft carbonation.
Simple, but effective stout.

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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 Skrumpy
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown molasses like color with a lot of particulate. Chocolate brown, foamy head with trace amounts of lacing. Aroma is espresso and dark chocolate. Very rich. Hints of raisins and nutmeg. Toasted malt and espresso with dark chocolate in the flavor. Earthy and bittersweet. A very good beer overall.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a sniffer.

Opaque black in color, fairly good foamy tan head builds up and dissipates with just some retention to bubble sheet on the surface along with some lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Nice espresso aroma blending with dark and creamy chocolate dominate all over, roasted and bready malt dwell inside the inner layer as well as hop with a slight grapefruit and spice while that so aromatic espresso coffee is still eminent with really a slight astringency. That is truly a kill scent for coffee lovers.

The taste is just wow. It blows me away in each sip. Kicked off with a significantly sweetness and breadiness from malt, however, it is not here to stay when espresso coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted profile begin to take over in the middle to balance and long-lastingly dominates the taste buds until the finish that also provides a slight astringency and some bitterness as an aftertaste.

The body is medium to rather bold with smooth mouthfeel and some chewiness through the palate, medium carbonation that is enough to carry all the things well, dry finish.

Oh I could drink this all day all night, no words to describe how great it is. Just a must try and definitely worthy.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours near black, thin tan head fades leaving some spotty lace. Coffee and dark chocolate in the aroma. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate flavor, falls a litte flat in the finish but overall very tasty. Mouthfeel on thin side but slick. Solid coffee stout.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours a dark brown with heaps of white floaties, it has a good light brown head that disapates to a small layer. Aroma coffee, chocolate, cocoa. Taste follows the nose, this is very nicely done. Very beautiful.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into 350ml beer glass.

Poured a very dark brown/black with a descent light brown head which stuck around for a bit and left a film. Some lacing.

Nose is interesting with lots of coffee and a slight woody aroma. A little chocolate.

Palate is nice bit not overly complex - espresso dominates with a woody flavour coming through. A little chocolate.

Mouth is nice. Quite full.

I enjoyed this beer. Not overly complex and a strange woody thing going on that i"m undecided on but it's enjoyable.


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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black body with a super dense head that’s dark tan, creamy and would make an awesome pillow to sleep on. The lacing is just a thick.
Smell: cocoa nibs, coffee, brown sugar, caramel and mild butter.
Taste: Roasted coffee beans, cocoa butter, slightly bitter and just damned good to drink.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied and smooth.
Overall: This is one awesome espresso stout, one of the best I’ve tried so far, if you see it don’t pass it up.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another awesome beer from these guys, this one on tap at choice city in fort collins. it has a lot going for it, and a lot of beers that use the "espresso" moniker end up just using coffee, or it tastes like coffee, this tastes like espresso, really and truly, and it tastes like a lot of it was blended in. lets start with the base beer, rich and black, not the least bit sweet, nitro looking chocolate brown head, soft and creamy, excellent retention. smells like black roasted barley, high proportion as its bone dry and ashy, the deepest past malted notes here. some dark chocolate in the flavor, but this is heavy on the dark side without a lot of caramels or pales balancing it out with any sweetness. i think thats a cool base for the espresso, which exudes some of the same dry bitter heavily roasted properties. almost tastes like a half and half blend, its that espresso driven. some acidity here too, it doesnt feel thin, but the java definitely cuts the would be body pretty significantly. insanely dry for a stout like this, and i kind of like the sharpness the proper espresso adds. if you like real bitter espresso, check this one out. everything these guys make is unique, and this is another creative and delicious brew from them. yum!

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle, stamped ES.15.12 (Dec 15?), 7% ABV. Pours black with a large sized khaki head; no lacing. Smells of mostly rich cocoa and coffee with some earthy hops and roasted malt; great smell but could be more intense. The taste follows exactly with more coffee, cocoa, hops, and roasted malt; again great, but could be more intense. Better as it warms to cellar temperature. Fairly earthy with some subtle sweetness and bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel and thinner body; drinkable for an IS. Overall, this is straightforward and tasty stout. Good presence of cocoa and coffee, but also fairly earthy.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into glass

black in color, with tan head. nice pleasant strong coffee aroma. taste is slightly bitter, acidic, strong roast. medium bodied. good beer to pair with a sweet dessert.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours fairly thick into the glass, with a bit of a brown head.
The nose is minimal. A sight coffee hint.
The taste is interesting. I get a hint of coffee first. Then a bit of sweetness. Then a slight bitterness in the end.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black, with brown hints, opaque, with a tan head about a finger high, fading away to a thin ring and lacing.

S - Roast malts, coffee hints, and a very strong hit of alcohol.

T - Big roast malt, strong coffee and chocolate hit, a hint of soy, a middle full of molasses and toasted bread, and a mildly bitter close.

M - Slick and full, very big for its middle of the road ABV. A bit of dryness in the close.

O - An interesting, pleasant take on the imperial stout. The nose is full of booze, but the taste is moderate. The coffee is not terribly forward, but is present and underpins the molasses and roasted malts.

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Photo of bark
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The colour is black, the two finger head is brown and compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is semi-sweet with distinct notes of espresso coffee. Quite a lot of caramel, hints of bitter hops and coffee.

The taste is semi-sweet with lots and lots of coffee and chocolate. Cream and roasted malt, red berries and passing bitterness. Medium body. The aftertaste got even more coffee and some dark chocolate, smooth bitterness and growing clean sweetness. Hints of red berries, cocoa, coconuts and liquorice.

The carbonation is strong, the many small bubbles are fresh and long-lived. The liquid is smooth.

A very smooth beer with elegant coffee and chocolate.

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Photo of drmeto
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium,foamy,beige head
-oats,coffee,hazelnuts,molasses,milk chocolate
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Great Coffee Stout

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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 Harrison8
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a dreamy, dark creme colored head. A spot or two of lacing left behind. Fantastic look. Coffee and espresso hit the nose first, with a smooth, malty aroma in the background. The taste is a good espresso, with some malt, stout complexities. Mouth feel is rather nice, although not exceptional. Still feels robust and smooth. Overall, I really quite enjoy this beer. The espresso/coffee flavors are nice and at the front, without being overdone or feeling charred.

Served in a 12oz snifter. I will say, I'm biased in that I love coffee. So keep that in mind with my review.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black with a tan head that goes away and only leaves a trace of lacing behind. The smell is coffee and roasted malts. The taste is massively bitter coffee with a minor amount of sweetness. This is a solid coffee beer and it is all coffee.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with a small brown head. Taste has a really nice espresso/coffee ground flavor that is smooth and not bitter. Aroma has espresso and lightly roasted dark malt. Slight coffee bitterness and a chocolate flavor develops as the beer warms. Finishes with a really nice lingering double-shot of espresso flavor.

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Photo of JayQLaw
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The slightly higher carbonation level releases the coffee flavor that much more. It has a (good) bitter bite at the end, with a nice espresso finish.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strong Coffee Aroma. Overpowers everything else. Dark black. Nice head, fades quickly. Very Tasty. Bitter, dark chocolate and coffee flavor. A bit too bitter to have with a meal, but thin enough texture. A really nice Stout.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was served into a snifter.
The appearance was a moderately dark brown color with a slim almost fingered white to off white foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. Moderate filmy lacing stuck to the glass and slid at a nice pace.
The smell had a slight sweet espresso sort of stout-ishness to it. Roastiness was really light.
The taste was moderately sweet carrying the roasty part up with a slight bitter from coffee beans, but then there's a slight "sour" edge. Is that intentional? For a stout, I'm guessing not, but hey, I don't know enough about this company.
The mouthfeel had a nice roastiness rolling onto my tongue nicely. I'd say it has a nice sessionability about it.
Overall, I'd say this was a nice beer that I could have again.

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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 hophugger
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a great deep deep chocolate brownish-black. Head is about a finger or so and lacing is very light. Aroma is of espresso, coffee, roasted beans. Taste is a very quick hit of sweetness, then immediately into espresso, wow !! also slight hints of chocolate and roastiness follow. Finish is semi-bitter with lingering amounts of espresso. This is a very very nice beer. Coffee lover's dream !!!

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