Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout

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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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Reviews: 415 | Ratings: 965
Photo of ph2001
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle in pint glass

pours slightly thick. it gets a nice brown head that settles down into half a finger of foamy head. black in color with no light getting through.

taste is like a mouth full of coffee beans. creamy and roasty, some nice warm flavors in there. there is an odd sharpness to it. it is very rich and full of flavors. worth a try

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Photo of RomanW70
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Aroma of coffee, milk, toffee, and coffee. Taste of milk and coffee with a bitter roast finish. Medium chalky mouthfeel. Med-high carbonation. A good mix of sweet and bitter. A little bit of a style-buster. Quite a tasty beer.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love me an espresso stout and when this one hit the shelf I bought it with low expectations.

A: Pours a nice dark jet black hue with a big foamy two finger head. The retention is wonderful and nice sheets of lace are left behind as the contents disappear.

S: Nice sweet coffee aromas. Nice bitter espresso melded with pure raw cane sugar and cream.

T: A wonderful Java stout. Nice roasty espresso flavors with a splash of cream and molassess. The taste is very nice and it all melds together wonderfully.

M: Medium in body but very smooth.

D: Very.... I paid $5 for the bottle, but it's worth every penny. I will be buying more.

Overall: A wonderful espresso stout. I am suprised it actually comes from Japan. I had avoided their other brews in the past, but may just give them a try. If this one is any indication Hitachino makes some great brews.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Mostly black with brown edges. Three fingers of mocha head.

S: Coffee, chocolate and roasted sweetness.

T:Sweetness/molasses, Jamaican Coffee? espresso beans. Almost had a hint of milk from the sweet stout.

M: Very nice and creamy. Very smooth. This would kill on nitro tap.

D: The sweetness really cuts down on the drinkability for me. Very glad we split the bottle. Would make a nice desert beer but for the price I probably will never pick this up again.

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

had this on tap at great japan beer festival 2008:

a: nice brown w/ copious tan head

s: strong coffee w/ hints of chocolate malts; light hops

t: coffee with chocolate malts; lightly bitter hops; really powerhouse coffee flavor, though

m: light carb; creamy bod

d: strong coffee flavor; a great sort of extreme coffe beer; i bet it would be good with a scoop of vanilla in it

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Photo of everetends
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as a gift from a friend. Bottle poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a nice, dark, black which as a red hues when held to light. Did not pour with much head, but what stayed provided some nice lacing.

S: Coffee, Malt, Nuts, and black cherries. There is a faint smell of alcohol. Nice full aroma.

T: Espresso coffee is well represented. It is sweet but it has a bitter finish that balances the beer. You can also taste malt, chocolate, and caramel.

M: Creamy with a medium carbonation. Coats the mouth and sticks with you for a while.

D: Good drinking beer as an after dinner beer. Good for dessert or just to have a good, rich beer. Will definitely drink again. Awesome stout.

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Photo of Avryle
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Super dark brown with huge, we're talking three fingers, of dark mocha colored head. Spiderwebbing lacing. Looks a bit on the thin side though

S- Dark roasted malts, coffee beans and booze

T- Very sweet and tangy. The espresso doesn't make its appearance up front. Seems to wait until the tangy roasted malts leave the stage. Finishes with a slight hop bitterness along with the espresso.

M- Pretty thin bodied. Highly carbonated. Tangy sweetness hangs around after each drink.

D- A bit steep at neary $6 per 12oz bottle. The thiness of the body makes for easier drinking than I like to see in what should be a heavy style. Tasty though and I did enjoy this "owl" 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 andrewt960
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:dark black in color... dark brown head that stuck around for a few minutes.... but disapeared quickly. lacing was evident and stuck around on the side of the glass for the whole beer.
S: Smelled of dark roasted malt,nutty, coffee, and a typical roasted stout smells. Has an alcohol scent ... but only faint; not over powering. no hops present in the smell.
T: Taste great...has a smooth stout taste... with roasted flavors... definite coffee flavor... espresso... not sure... but definite coffee.
M/D: Mouthfeel is very smooth.... not bitter, and is very drinkable. At 7.5% it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of daythree16
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Black, letting no light through the glass. What little head it has does not linger.

S - Strong presence of dark chocolate with what smells like frozen pecans. Also, some caramel in there.

T - Bittersweet chocolate and nuttiness. Definite coffee tones are present, especially in the aftertaste. Very malty, can't detect much hop flavor.

M - Light carbonation with a silky mouthfeel. Not very heavy on the palate.

D - Smooth, without much hop bitterness. Feels like I've had a really good cup of cold coffee. I could probably have a couple more.

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

Pours a dark brown almost black color with thin creamy tan head, good retention and nice lacing. Smells of espresso, , roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar and lactose. Tastes of creamy cappuccino with a maple syrup sweetness, followed by a bit of milk chocolate and a shot of espresso. Finishes with a bitter roasted coffee blast and even some citrus notes. Medium full body, creamy and smooth with a good flow of flavors and a nice bitter bite in the finish. Hides alcohol well and is nice to drink for coffee lovers.

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Photo of libbekat
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer! It is like crack cocaine, very addictive. Espresso and Beer, 2 of my favorite things in life, in a single beer.
This is a beauty of a pour, dark and slighly short of syrupy, in a good way. It is thick but does not fill your mouth, like a Guinness does.
The head is toffee brown, dark caramel color. It does taste like espresso, nit an imitation type either. There is no hint of artificial flavoring at all.
I would drink this by itself or with a dessert. It might even go well with a filet, covered with red onions in a port reduction and stilton cheese. In other words: sweet but tart and a hint of bitter.

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

This beer is pretty nice...pours black - very little light goes through when the glass is held up to light. A fine milk-chocolate colored dissipates quickly with a little sticking to the glass. The smell is coffee...with a boozy hint do i describe it...Bailey's? It's nice whatever it is. And that's what the taste is like too. Maybe I'm getting a little chocolate in there. A little bit of a bite in the back of the throat from the alcohol. I wish I had vanilla ice cream to try pouring a bit of this on there.
It's nice, but I don't think I could have more than one of these.
Definetely a must try for fans of the style.

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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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Photo of hero27
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle
7.5% abv

Pours black..dark khaki head of foam cascades slowly from the bottom and ends up forming a small dark haze over the brew.
ok, I know there are thousands of them out there, but you haven't smelled a real coffee stout until you've had this one...yeah, I said it. The aroma is fresh-brewed, eye-opening, incredible.
The flavor is sweet, roasted chocolate malt combined with an edgy, nutty bitterness.
Mouthfeel is robust & pretty smooth going down.. i love how the coffee aftertaste lingers just like the real thing. bad ass.

A definite crowd-pleaser for anyone who likes coffee-inspired brews. These guys over at Kiuchi know what they're doing.

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

Totally black with a very small tan head.
Smells like leather, coffee and dried fruit.
Tastes very sweet , dark roasted malts, strong dark espresso, a bit of licorice and dates...just a hint of chalk near the end.
Mouthfeel was thick and cloying.
I enjoyed one , but would not want a second.

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Photo of mpetty7052
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours dark black but not quite opaque, with almost no head whatsoever. Dark red highlights around the edges.

The first thing that truly stands out is the aroma. Very much fresh brewed coffee, and little else. Very roasty, but with strong undertones of sweetness. The taste is just as good as the aroma. Very strong bitter espresso flavors which are balanced out by the sweetness of the malt. There's little hop flavor, but possibly some undertones of vanilla. The bitterness and sweetness are in perfect contrast to each other.

Mouthfeel is lacking a bit due to the low carbonation, but due to this the body is reminiscent of actual coffee. This is definitely the best coffee beer I've had so far. I rate drinkability a little on the low side because the flavors are very strong and there is a quite a lingering espresso aftertaste. Overall this is a fantastic beer, definitely good for a cold night, or anytime for that matter.

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Photo of JDV
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Beerlando. Thanks!
Pours fairly opaque black with a big fizzy, foamy chocolately brown colored lasting head. Smell is strong espresso, coffee grounds. Taste is strongly of coffee, and not much else at all. Medium bodied and drinkable, but the coffee flavor almost got boring after a while and was very one note. Decent, but I've really enjoyed other coffee beers more.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong and mainly of unsweetened chocolate; there are some coffee and malt hints. It pours a deep sable, almost black, with a thick, dark tan head. Flavor is chocolaty and has some smoky, malt and hop undertones. Texture is smooth and pleasant. Drinking this beer is somewhat like drinking liquid unsweetened chocolate that has a little well-roasted coffee in it.

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Photo of IPAcraig
2.13/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I have had some great coffee beers, like Terrapin's Wake and Bake, but recently all the ones I taste have burnt coffee flavors combined with Worcestershire. This is one of those beers.

This beers is very nice looking. Pitch black with a dark brown head that is sizable for a double stout.

Worcestershire and burnt coffee aroma. Not as bad as some of the aforementioned brews. That is to say it is unpleasant, but tolerable.

Worcestershire and burnt coffee again; however it finishes with a sweet nutty roastiness that is pleasant. Still not good though.

Body is smooth, rich, lightly carbonated, and slightly decadent. Nice, but it cant make up for the bad flavor.

Nearly a drain-pour. I do really like the finish in this beer though; sweet and nutty.

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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 nickfl
4.61/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours with a medium brown head one finger tall. The body is black with no light penetration. The head hangs on for a couple of minutes before settling to a raft of big bubbles in the middle of the glass and leaving a nice ring of lace clinging to the walls of the glass.

S - Strong aroma of chocolate, cherries and espresso. Subtle hops in the background with some minor yeast notes.

T - It begins with the flavor of bitter, dark chocolate, followed by malty sweetness. The espresso flavors come in the middle and are balanced by a moderate, velvety hop flavor. The finish is all malt bitterness, with chocolate and coffee flavors melding to produce a flavor very similar to a chocolate covered coffee bean.

M - Fairly thick body, with moderate carbonation and just enough sweetness in the finish to keep the bitterness from becoming overwhelming.

D - Wow, this may be the best coffee beer I have had. The aroma is simple, but robust and immensely enjoyable. The flavor is nicely balanced and brings out the best in the coffee. I am not much of a coffee drinker, but the beautiful character of the espresso in this beer could really change that. Easily drinkable and one hell of a coffee stout.

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

An absolutely solid black beer. Has a thick foamy brown head and plenty of sticky lace. You cannot miss the espresso coffee in the aroma with a hint of chocolate in the background. If you're jones'in for a coffee then the aroma's got you. A roasted malt/coffee bean bitterness washes over your tongue to start. In the middle there is a small bump of sweet malt. Then on the finish the just chewed espresso bean character leaves a great coffee note at the back of your mouth and down your throat.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle of this at Brickstore Pub in Decatur, Georgia. Pours a black color with no head to speak of. Little lacing. Smells like (what else?) roasted coffee beans. Tastes like (what else?) coffee. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. One beer is very drinkable. I don't think I could have more than one though. Overall, a pleasant surprise out of Japan.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, chocolate cream colored head. The beer is quite black and opaque in color. The aroma has huge, dark roast, espresso aromatics to it. Noticed aromas of burnt berry notes, charcoal, dark chocolate, burnt toast and a middle that is made up of sweet, malty chocolate candy like notes. At times the aroma can be quite rich and satisfying, but at others the roast character is a bit overwhelming and tends to make this seem a bit thin, sharp and burnt.

Very thick bodied and sweet, this is much more of a meal than I was expecting. Through the middle the thick, sweet, malt flavors do a good job of balancing the roast & espresso notes. The burnt malt and espresso malt notes are found in the long finish were they slightly dry out the up front sweetness, but there is also a distinct, lingering note that tastes like burnt blueberries. The sweet notes accent a rich chocolate middle, sweet coffee cream flavors and a blackened toffee flavor. The body of this thing really is quite creamy, rich, thick and viscous; I can't remember a beer of this strength that is as thick as this brew.

An interesting beer, while the flavor was quite sweet, it was much more in balance than the aroma was. The huge, dark malt sweetness was needed to balance out the aggressive roast grain and espresso notes. The aroma is a bit too dominated by the roast aromatics. Actually based on the aroma I was expecting the flavor to be overly burnt and acidic, quite happily this is not. The most interesting thing about this beer is that lingering, fruit flavor in the far finish that is a mix of blueberries and tropical fruit. More than likely this last is from the espresso beans.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
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