Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout | Kiuchi Brewery

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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

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Added by BeerBeing on 07-20-2007

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of martianMan
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mpires
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Robertas
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DankScuba
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackVeg
2.84/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Martine
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 EdgarGerik
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jodio
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregSemenza
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Studfarm69
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stofko1992
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 WholeLottaTricks
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 edthehead
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 992 ratings.
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