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:
995
Reviews:
421
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
123
For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very coffeeish and coffee ground stout.Very well roasted coffee grinds and some cocoa chocolate, with above average even thick mouthfeel. Decent stout, and not reminding me of the typical American made one, which is a good change of pace. Not much of a head. Understated carbonation.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, slight cookie dough, and coffee and espresso bean aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and slightly astringent coffee/espresso flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some very nice coffee and espresso aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the purest coffee brews available. Pours Espresso black with a thick firm brown head.

Pure espresso nose opens up with some air and as it warms to pure bitter chocolate pleasant nose.

Intense espresso and bitter chocolate flavors, that, again, as it gets some air and warms a bit develops into a sweet, full, creamy espresso/coffee/dark chocolate character and flavor, with a hop balance. Hops are there but not overwhelming. The coffee/dark chocolate character is the star here.

Strong and long espresso and hop finish. A really nice dessert or after dinner beer. I really recommend room temperature to get the most out of this one.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was really excited to see this one on the shelf at my local shop. They always have a good amount of Hitachino on the shelves and every time something new shows up I get it because I find them to always be pretty good.

So anyway the Stout pours out in typical fashion, it's got a solid black body with a strong looking brown head on it. Some pretty nice lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is roasted and has plenty of coffee on the nose. I'm even picking up some of the lactose sourness on the nose too. The taste has got to be the best part of this brew. I find that the coffee tastes great in this beer, the bitterness blends really well with the creaminess of it all too. The mouthfeel has a really good thickness to it, giving me the feeling that they really did want to make it feel like an Imperial Stout. Good carbonation also. Overall Very good beer, probably my favorite from this brewery so far!

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured dark black with a medium-sized mocha colored head that slowly died down into a thin layer of patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark, roasted malts with some hints of chocolate and coffee.
T: The taste is very rich and filled with roasted coffee and chocolaty flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and relatively smooth; there is some dryness in the finish.
D: This is definitely a beer to let warm up and then slowly sip; there's no way I could have more than one of these in a sitting.

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3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Certainly an espresso-focused stout and among the most highly tauted of the Hitachino brand, this robust stout showcases the coffee very well and with little inflection from many other beer characteristics.

Dark brown, but not black, the beer displays mohogany highlights through the light-permiable glow. A delicate off-white creme forms on the beer and holds firm through about half of the session before faltering. The look of the beer seems more like espresso than beer.

Strong espresso aromas dominate the nose with subtle maltiness, caramels, alcohols, or esters that struggle to balance the roast. No real hop presence or interference from any other beery aspects in the aromatics of the stout.

Again, very solid espresso flavor with a modest support from deeply caramelized malts, licorice, burnt cocoa, and heavy toast. As the espresso flavors take hold, I realize that the beer offers no real reprieve or balance from the coffee taste, bitterness, or intensity.

As strong as the coffee flavors are, the beer could use more of a malty mouthfeel to keep the beer from feeling like espresso and more like a substantial stout. The beer struggles to acheive the body of an American stout, much less a Russian Imperial.

The beer has a bold and elegant display of espresso roasted coffees. But the lack of balancing malt flavor, sweetness, and complexity; the beer gives me a one-diminsional quality with little intrigue or interest.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 720ml bottle, coming in at 5.5% ABV here.

This beer pours a solid black, with ever so slight brown tints at the edges, and two fingers of weakly puffy, and densely foamy beige head, which leaves a stellar active storm cloud vista of lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells quite strongly of bitter, dry roast coffee, dark chocolate, bready caramel malt, a bit of indistinct black fruit, wet ash, and an earthy hoppiness. The taste is more of the same, but much more laid-back - relatively sweeter chocolate, lightly bitter roasted coffee, grainy and bready caramel malt, and very mild grassy, earthy hop notes.

The carbonation is rather soft and trilling, the body a decently hefty medium weight, silken, duly smooth, and more than a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the chocolate and caramel malt persisting more or less unscathed, while the smoky coffee essence starts a long, dark wane.

A velvety, enticing, and overall tasty stout, that fits nicely into the realm of dessert, in the manner of panna cotta or Tiramisu. Well-made, and thankfully lacking (or perhaps merely obscuring) that Hitachino house yeast flavour.

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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 mouthfeel...like 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 brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark coffee color with a mocha head that is a little disappointing in its retention, but leaves quite a few dots of lace

Smell: There's a lot of coffee aroma, but it is most certainly a dark roast espresso, somewhat charred

Taste: Rather fruity, almost blueberry-like for a brief moment (Ethiopian Yirgacheffe?), but the roasty espresso flavors quickly move to dominate the flavor profile; the coffee flavors have considerable bitterness and char, but the blueberry fruit persists underneath, after the swallow and acts to mellow out the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is one powerful brew and while I don't particularly care for the Charbucks element, it is worth seeking out

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of espresso coffee is gorgeous with some notes of roasted malt also noticeable. Taste is a well balance mix between some roasted malt, nice black chocolate notes with some lactose also noticeable. Full creamy body is perfect for the style with no discernable alcohol. I must admit having been surprised by the creamy body and the nice balance between all the element in this beer.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
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