Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout | Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout
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Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery

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

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Ratings: 998 |  Reviews: 421
Photo of Thirstygoat
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Peter1977
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of soulgrowl
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Strangely, I cannot find this anywhere in Japan. I was very excited - and surprised - to see it at Discount in Milwaukee.

Appearance: Purple-brown-black, totally opaque but for blackcurrant highlights. Restless coffee-stained beige head settles into a smooth, sticky cloud with very good retention.

Smell: Kahlua, tiramisu first; then fresh-roasted cofee beans, chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, lush and sweet caramel, toffee, subtle fruit notes. Calvados and oranges come to mind. Hops lend a very slight peppery/herbal spice, oh, and I just noticed roasted peanuts and honey! Mmm.

Taste: Excellent Bursting with coffee, chocolate, milk, brownies, coffee ice cream, and espresso. Savory, too, with just a touch of sweet (amakuchi) soy sauce. Floral honey abounds as well, plus a surprising light touch of fruity red wine. Malty as hell but well-bittered with burnt notes and cacao and tangy citric hops, which clean up the finish nicely.

Mouthfeel: Soft and smooth, thick and syrupy, yet somehow clean.

Drinkability: Awesome. Not a hint of the 7.5% ABV, just pure, sweet, coffee goodness. Strong but not aggressive, smooth but not boring. Seriously... is this the best brewery in the world?

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Photo of kemoarps
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of azdback
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of kornkid8600
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Robertas
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Tom-Peters
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Harrison8
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
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 mwilbur
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very dark blackish-brown with 1/2 inch bubbly dark tan head. Good retention. Decent lacing.
S: Nice espresso note, dark sweet chocolate malt, and a hint of cream. Delectible.
T: Wow! The espresso note hits strong. Dark chocolate and hint of cream...follows aroma well, which is a great thing.
M: Light-medium body. Some bitter coffee and chocolate notes. Bitterness is well-balanced by a sweet and creamy feel.
D: One of the best coffee brews I've had. Quite the pleasant surprise from a Japanese brewery. Not complex...but what it does do, it does very well. Seek it out!

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulilp. Beer pours a dark brown with a finger of dark tan head. Leaves behind a nice ring of spotty lacing. THe head fades quickly.

Standard smell here. Not the most complex beer I've stuck my nose into but it's nice. Roasty malts with noticable espresso aromas with a hint of cocoa to round it out. Simple. Not a lot going on in the pallet either. Mostly an espresso bomb. Bitter espresso from start to finish and it's tough to notice anything else.

Feels alright, decent sizes body with ample carbonation but it's a bit more drying than I would prefer to see. Overall this one left me wanting a bit more. It's an enjoyable beer but I think there are better on the market. Especially for almost five bucks a bottle.

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Photo of JRed
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque in body with coffee head that fades. Smells of burnt coffee beans and sharp roast. Tastes of black coffee, roast, burnt bread, some tang, mild hop bitterness. Thick in body with low carbonation. A strong espresso roast fest but not a bad time. A bit heavy, a bit too coffee astringency but worth having.

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Photo of GregSemenza
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich, black color with a thick, creamy mocha head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Deep roasted malt aroma with a burnt espresso smell. A bit of chocolate as well as a mild herbal hop smell are also present.

Roasted malt taste and burnt espresso dominate upfront. A bit of cocoa and some herbal hop flavors sneak through.

Medium body, creamy texture.

Quite a tasty coffee stout, with plenty of both for fans of either. Not for those who dislike coffee.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Giants win the pennant! Hell yeah! This be my victory beer.

Poured into a 7oz. snifter. Bottle date unknown, though "ES.8.4" is printed on the back label.

Appearance: Standard pour produced nearly half an inch of silky, brown foam. That head quickly settled to a modest crown, though it found its original form following vicious swirls. Body is essentially opaque (black), but shows a glimmer of reddish brown around the edges when held to light. Slight, spotty lacing.

Smell: Red currants, molasses, and roasted barley kicked things off. As it warmed, espresso, dark chocolate, and black pepper entered the fray. Espresso steadily intensified, though the overall aroma isn't anything special. Still good, but I was hoping for more (I'm a big coffee head).

Taste: Cold-brewed espresso, chocolate, dark currants, and roasted barley. Nicely balanced; not too intense. Equal mix of sweetness and bitterness. I dig.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy; excellent feel for an imperial stout. Not acrid, astringent or harsh at all. Unfortunately, the flavors don't stick to the palate. Bummer. Fix that and this would be an easy 5.0.

Drinkability: Went down pretty quick, but also left me unsatisfied. This is a nicely balanced, well-crafted imperial stout, but it seems to lack that "pop"/zing. Worth a try. I'll probably give this another try at sme point.

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Photo of Jaisell
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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 BMoney575
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 7-4-10
E.09.11 printed on the bottle.

Pours completely black and opaque, with a very thin tan head that quickly fades. Lacing is very thin, just a few brown rings.

Smell is very complex, aromas of chocolate, coffee, and anise. Sweet, but well balanced, not overly strong and very enjoyable.

Taste is huge malt right up front, strongly smoky and sweet. Flavors of anise and coffee bitterness dominate, with a sharply hoppy finish. The aftertaste is all coffee, with a slight sourness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is a little light, but still slick and creamy to go with the malty flavors.

Drinkability is good, but the sweetness and bitterness are a brutal combo.

Overall, a good beer that's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This isn't one of the better coffee stouts I've had, but it's decent. Definitely worth a shot.

The beer pours to an inky black color. Not too much head to speak of, and retention is fairly poor. Subsequently weak lacing.

The smell is alright. Plenty of espresso notes. Rich roasted malt with dark chocolate, black licorice, and berry notes. Seems like it is plenty hoppy as well.

The taste is good. Fairly sweet up front with some thick and chewy roasted malt flavors. Still has the notes of berries, chocolate and black licorice, but they are well hidden under a slightly sour coffee flavor. Some herbal hops provide a nice bitter sensation at the finish.

The body is quite thick. Just enough carbonation to keep it crisp and accentuate the hops without sacrificing the creamy, chewy aspects of the malt. Not a bad stout, but I couldn't picture myself drinking more than a bottle in a sitting, and I'm kind of doubtful I will pick up another bottle. Great to see Japan producing some great beers, however, even if it is just from this one brewery.

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Photo of eulerthegrape
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of martyl1000
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 79.5% out of 100 with 998 ratings
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