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:
992
Reviews:
419
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
122
For Trade:
4
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles quickly, leaving a smattering of bubbles and a ring around the rim. Slight spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malt, roasted espresso, lots of sweet dark chocolate and cocoa. Really grainy.

T: Bitter, roasted, nutty coffee. Unsweetened dark chocolate.

M: Peaty bitterness. Just a hint of unsweetened dark chocolate in the finish which kind of lingers. Something of an oily feel.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, decent head, and fair lacing. Nose is really strong combination of roasted malt and coffee, with lots of chocolate and cocoa. Peaty, bitter, roasted coffee and chocolate. Really grainy and nutty. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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3.92/5  rDev -1%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours rich dark chocolate brown, nearly black, in the oversized wine glass. There is surprisingly little head and no lacing to mention, however, each swirl deposits a film on the glass.

Equal parts strong espresso, dark chocolate, and bourbon with cashews and amaretto in the background. Warmth allows the nuances to be amplified.

Black coffee dominates; however, some cigarette smoke invades. Bitterness carries throughout and into the lingering finish as baker’s chocolate.
This stout is full body with a smooth texture and prickly carbonation. Astringency is too high while alcohol is as expected.

Astringency and cigarette flavors hold this one back. Strong flavored foods such as beef or pungent cheese will help.

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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 SpAiReArGsEonNE
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hockeypuck
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bennetj17
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black pour, semi-thick liquid, topped with beautiful tan foam that lasts several minutes. The head never completely dissipates leaving a nice lace. The aroma is quite pleasing, a fresh roasted coffee bean character, lightly dry, with minimal sweetness.

The taste has a dry and toasty maltiness, but doesn't turn out very sweet/rich as expected. Because of this it doesn't finish out very well as the flavor kind of lingers at the front of the tongue without changing. The coffee/espresso is present but not as potent as the smell would suggest. The beer feels smooth but almost a bit watery like an Oatmeal Stout on the palate. The carbonation is fine but solid.

For a stronger Stout, the alcohol is well-hidden, and drinkablility is nice. The problem here is the lack of rich complexity that you would expect from this type of beer. Overll it's a good beer, just not great. Worth a try...

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Photo of tim007007
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Tilley4
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will have to admit that I was a bit surprised at how good this brew actually was...I loved everything about it.. It might have been a little thin but hell, I'm nitpicking with that. Its darker than midnight on a back road in Tennessee, smells exactly like a fresh brewed espresso, and tastes like espresso and bittersweet chocolate. I thought the brew was great all the way around and would recommend it highly!!!!

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with ruby highlights and a thick creamy mocha head with plenty of sticky lacing everywhere.

S - Strong espresso with bittersweet chocolate, hints of roasted malt and sweet caramel.

T - Bitter, burnt coffee grounds, some roasted malt, sweet dark chocolate, a touch of spice, sweet and a bit astringent.

M - Smooth and creamy but on the light side for an imperial stout. Bitter astringency lingers on the tongue.

D - Bold coffee stout but not very complex.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, nearly black, with clear brown edges. Foam explosion of tan bubbles. Light, sweet espresso aroma with maybe a burnt malt/rice/grain scent? Not exactly sour, but different. Smooth mouthfeel more consistent with a milk stout. Full flavor; mostly coffee/espressso and grain, but a creeping oaky/veggie taste flows in and out. Someone mentioned sake, but it was kind of a light rice vinegar tartness in mine. Not enough to gag you, but to notice from time to time. Decent, not worth the price for the small bottle.

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Photo of caahare
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mick303
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle from the lcbo. poured a deep black colour with a nice frothy coffee tan head, showed some pretty good retention and a nice film. Very large bubbles on the film.

S - aromas of dark roast coffee, bitter espresso, dark chocolate, lots of black licorice as well, maple notes, with some complex characters - underripe banana, hazelnut, almost eggnog aromas. A nice integration of the roasty espresso beans.

T - taste brings initially a lot of festive wintery stout character, then a big blast of espresso coffee. Dark roasty coffee, plums, rich dark fruits and licorice, very creamy, some lactic/dairy character to it, which smooth some of the bitterness, the coffee beans bring a really pleasant complexity and a lot of interesting spice mixed in, maple notes again, strong earthy notes with the coffee. Leading to a pleasant bitter finish, drying espresso character. Very coffee forward.

M - full coffee feel, and the carbonation is so mild and soft you could be fooled that it was a robust bitter americano. but the espresso doesn't hold up the alcohol as well. A big espresso bitterness develops and satisfies through the finish. Quite rich and satisfying, but certainly with a bitter and drying body. As it warmed I did feel it could use more substantial malts to hold up and provide balance.

Certainly one of the more forward coffee beers out there, this has a lot of the roasty bitterness being complimented by licorice and strong espresso notes from the beans, the aroma is great, festive and complex. The taste has some of the fruitiness and somewhat tropical spiciness complimenting a complex coffee body. Full feel and all around an interesting and complex espresso stout, which bring some interesting coffee side notes with it rather than just roasty notes. Good stuff, though I would agree that the body relies a bit heavily on the coffee and has a bit of a drying quality.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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

**
01/20/2013
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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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 992 ratings.
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