Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan | website

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
Reviews:
414
Ratings:
963
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
17.17%
 
 
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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 lacqueredmouse
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and opaque--I can barely get this to show any colour even at the edges. Even when held to light I get a murky blackened red-brown colour. Head is fine, but relatively small. Lacing forms in rings as it is drunk. Good looking beer.

Nose is sharp with coffee characters, but pleasantly so; blended nicely with big roasted malt and astringent piquancy, almost like seaweed. Dark chocolate from the blackest depths makes an appearance, but adds no sweetness. This is a big, dark, roasted-- slightly woody and organic--but unapologetic beer.

Taste is also very good, and very lengthened along the palate. Initially, light chocolate sweetness hits dominate, but these are almost instantaneously removed by the welling of dark bittersweet espresso characters, big grainy richness and a bitter astringency on the finish. It's an extremely long palate, and indeed, one that doesn't even begin to develop until the beer has been swallowed. Throughout it all, there's this oddly organic character that lifts the beer from being effectively muted by a low-pass filter. (If you know what I mean).

Feel is light, but smooth. I would perhaps expect more heft behind such a beer, but as it stands, the lightness in the feel mimics the hidden lightness on the palate.

A very decent brew and a very interesting take on a stout, and even an interesting take on a coffee stout.

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Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black with a dark brown head. This beer has one of the most beautiful aromas I've ever experienced. Very strong coffee bean/espresso presence as well as a burnt dark chocolate scent. The coffee/espresso theme again is dominant in the taste but a nice dark chocolate taste balances it out perfectly not making it too bitter. A nice combination of caffeine kick and alcohol strength. One of the best infusion of coffee and alcohol that I have tasted and Hitachino's best beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark opaque color with a light cherry tan head.

S: Dry pine and citrus are on the nose.

T: Nice oaked aged woodiness for flavor along with dry pine, raisin, fresh espresso beans, dark chocolate and some lactose. Theres some citrus hopping. Theres a dry pine fade from the hopping and the coffee flavor is very rich and clean leaving you wanting more along with some vanilla bean and dark roasted malts and grain.

M: Moderate body and creamy mouthful along with an unique citrus hopping per style with a rich espresso coffee flavor.

D: Good drinkability in a small stout bottle.

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

(Served in a straight-sided mug)

A- This beer pours an opaque black body with a warm tan head that is very creamy but turns rocky after a bit.

S-During the pour the smell of real black espresso beans comes through with a note of black malt and a deep earthy quality.

T- This beer has a big dark espresso bean flavor with a slight tartness and a note of chalky taste.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a creamy texture.

D- This beer has a big espresso flavor with a nice cream stout buried underneath. There is a slight quality of the Hitachino yeast that I have tasted in their other beers and it is just as pleasant in this one. I enjoy espresso and I enjoy this beer, I’m not sure that I could drink many of these in one session.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger tan head that dies quick with little lace patches. Aroma is mostly roasted coffee malts but there is some sweetness in the aroma as well. The beer is thin, smooth, easy drinking fare that tended to be a little sweeter than some coffee styles which is my preference. Strong roasted coffee notes are balanced with a very slight espresso/milk/vanilla sweetness for both a dry and sweet beer (this sweetness helps the beer pass so easy over tongue). Rather simple and mild beer but it really hit the spot for me.

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Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at State Line Liquors.

A: The stout is black as night, no red, no brown no nothing. A coffee-with-cream colored head arose on pour (quire appropriate for an espresso stout).

S: The nose has the one-two punch of sweet oatmeal and bitter espresso coffee. The coffee has been nicely seeped into the beer, infusing every element of the aroma with java.

T: The smoothness of the nose is in stark contrast with the bitterness of the taste. Roasted, burnt toast greets you upfront, biting at the tastebuds with charred harshness. The acrd flavor of the espresso is evident, building on the burnt malts. Coffee flavors linger long after the sip is gone.

M: When compared to the nose, the taste is a drop-off. The coffee flavor does appear throughout but it is hidden behind a heavy roasted malt flavor.

D: For the nose alone, I'd try another bottle.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours black with a 2 finger head of tannish foam. I get roasted malt, milk chocolate, and some coffee. Very roasty to my palate, coffee grounds are strongish, dark chocolate bitterness, hops bring a hint of fruit. Nice. Nice body and mouth feel. This is very good and not over the top with the abv. Geez, look at that lacing!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

720ml bottle poured into pint glass dec23 2009

A black with a giant mocha head that just hangs around to the bottom of the glass. just a few loose rings of lace but great retention, nice looking stout

S very heavy on the dark roasted coffee with some mild chocolate

T a little more chocolate and a little less coffee then on the nose, but it's pretty close to the smell and I enjoyed it a fair bit

M not as thick as expected but not watery by any means

D I can't complain with any aspects of this beer other then the price

pretty pleased with this brewer and can't wait to try their other beers

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy brown head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee/espresso, chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and some dark fruit aroma also shows up as the beer warms. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the coffee/espresso flavors being the strongest. Has a nice bitter and dry finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy but also on the thin side for a stout. It's also well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's enjoyable and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a good brew. If you like coffee and/or espresso, then you would probably like this beer too.

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

Very dark, basic black beer, tan cap of fine bubbles that settled quickly to a thin sheet, spotty lace. Intense coffee, roast, and caramel aromas. A bit burnt, some toffee. Same in the flavour, but with moderate to strong bitterness and mild hop character. Light alcohol towards the end with lingering bitterness. Full bodied with mild warmth, nearly creamy texture. Solid.

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Photo of avalon07
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a big. creamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing. This is one of the best-looking stouts I've seen.

S: The espresso comes through the most, with traces of malt and some hops.

T: The espresso is almost overwhelming at first, but becomes less noticable as you go along. Also has some chocolate, mellow malt and just noticable hops.

M: Well carbonated with a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: An incredibly drinkable imperial stout. Very easy to like.

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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 jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Typical stout pour - pitch black with a caramel colored creamy, foamy head with sticky lacing.

S - Espresso, coffee, dark bitter chocolate and some cream.

T - Follows the nose with creamy cocoa beans and bitter chocolate malt up front before the coffee/espresso bitterness settles in midway through and sticks around through the finish. There is some roastiness to the malt and the bitterness lingers in the form of a creamy coffee bean.

M - Lighter side of medium.

O - Not bad and sits in the middle of the stout pecking order.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich near black with brown highlights around the edges where light is let in, minimal cap of dense khaki head with moderate retention and lacing. Scent is of roasted malt with ample coffee notes and hints of chocolate and touches of sweetness. Taste is slightly more aggressive than scent although it says more black coffee with light sugar and cream than espresso. Decent roast qualities, some hint of chocolate. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, light carbonation. A very nice coffee stout which lacks any major umph to send it to the next level.

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Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't reviewed enough beers from Japanese breweries.

Pours a pitch-black color with a brown one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma has a light amount of bitter coffee followed by cream and a bit of chocolate. Not bad so far.

Taste is light and creamy upfront with astringency from the coffee kicking in the middle. A bit of chocolate and dark fruit as well. The coffee is the star here but it's not too bitter.

Moufhfeel is full of lingering coffee and cream. This stout goes down so easily, there's barely anything left on the palate.

A very nice example of its' style. The coffee feels just right here. The mouthfeel is exactly where I want it to be. It's decent for sure.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured black with lot's of carbonation along the sides. Two fingers of khaki head on top. No lace and a film of retention.

S - Tons of coffee. Heavy on the coffee. Not much but burnt coffee.

T - Less coffee. Chocolate, roastiness. Less coffee than the aroma but still lot's there.

M - Good carbonation, full body, bitter coffee finish.

O/D - Couldn't have another. One dimensional for sure. A good effort for the coffee fiend. Too much for me, though I didn't particularly hate it.

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Photo of Bung
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured black with a nearly brown head. Nose is pretty fragrant coffee, some roast malt. Nice body, not overly heavy but solid. Taste not as intense with coffee as one might expect. Pretty well balanced with some bakers chocolate/mocha and roasted malt. Finish was dry with a little coffee bitterness. This was recommended as something very different, but I found it just what it should be.

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Photo of dgilks
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black colour with a moderately-large creamy tan head. Decent head retention.

Moderate coffee aroma with notes of cinnamon and sweetness.

Sweetened black coffee. That's what I get here. Some nice sweet malts play with a dry, roasty coffee flavour which is rounded and very good.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid beer, full of flavour and very, very tasty.

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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 Jwale73
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my DFH snifter. Poured a deep, opaque brown (almost black), with a half inch tan head the quickly settled into a broken swirl of foam and ringlets. Nose is just like the label promised; espresso, malt and a sweet character, with a touch of earthiness (smell actually reminded me a little of Bell's java stout). Taste consistent with nose, but the espresso is not as big in the mouth and the sweetness is amplified a little. I also detected traces of toffee and perhaps dark fruit at the finish as the brew warmed. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium-bodied and perhap a little effervescent for the style; however, a hint of creaminess peaks forth at the start. The label doesn't lie. This is defintitely an espresso stout. Coffee is well represented; however, I prefer a little more sweetness to be revealed. All and all, well worth your time.

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Photo of glid02
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of creamy roasted coffee with good amounts of lightly roasted malts and smooth dark chocolate. Everything's present in good amounts.

Tastes good. Smooth roasted malt flavors up front are joined simultaneously by dark chocolate and coffee flavors midway through the sip. These flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending leaving hints of coffee flavors on the palate. As with the smell everything's present in good amounts however the flavors don't have quite the oomph the aroma has.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer. A very good offering for a beer a bit lower on the ABV scale than most others in the category. Worth a shot.

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Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pretty much an opaque black color. A massive, rocky tan head rises to over two fingers with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace is left behind. This is a looker.
S: Roasted malts and lots of fresh ground coffee. Cream, chocolate, nutmeg. Toasted, bready aromas. This is excellent.
T: Big on the roast and coffee again. The coffee is very nice, but not over barring which seems to be a problem with a lot of other version. Vanilla and chocolate. Very nice.
M/D: A medium to full body. Prickly carbonation, but smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. Everything is well incorporated, and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen. An excellent stout to sip on.

This is a really nice coffee stout. The alcohol is certainly pushing the imperial range, but it is not over barring at all. Really enjoyable and well made.

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Photo of Gusler
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer decamps the stubby 330ml bottle a soot black with some light ruby highlights, the head pompous, the color chocolate and the texture creamy, upon its depletion the lace forms a nice concealing sheet. Nose has a rich nut like aroma, chocolate, coffee, caramel and a pinch of hops. Start is nicely malted; sweet with a burnt grain and hop spicy bite at the back, top is full in feel. Finish has a standard acidity, the burnt grain and hops provide a lingering bittersweet bite, aftertaste dry and long lasting, a fine stout.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Chimay goblet. Stamped "ES.10.11." October 2011?

A: Gorgeous, creamy-dark head with good retention. The beer is dark chocolate coloured and completely opaque.

S: Splendid. Huge and boozy, just oozing dark scents of coffee, chocolate, and roasted grain.

T/M: Good, but less powerful than the smell would suggest. On second evaluation, this may only indicate nuance...it's a much more balanced than many other heavy stouts. Especially on the aftertaste, gentle espresso notes emerge to great effect. The main taste is thin, but passable with a touch of carbonation and a bit of smooth alcoholic sweetness before the dry bitterness of the endtaste.

O: An enjoyable beer, one I would not have believed came from Japan. Recommended, but not an exceptional exemplar of the style.

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
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