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

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Added by BeerBeing on 07-20-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
989
Reviews:
419
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My fourth Hitachino beer, and a great one at that. I finally found the hidden gem of their lineup. Here is my review:

A: Pours a dark black. Head was quite large on the pour, but it shrunk quite a bit. Lacing is excellent. Just a very creamy and delightful looking stout.

S/T: Upon the first smell, I am reminded of their Lacto Sweet Stout, which isn't a bad thing. Somewhat sweet with a smokey character. The taste on the other hand, is much more complex and rewarding. This is a very balanced beer. Lots of different flavors, but nothing really stands above the rest. Coffee is the initial flavor, but its not a super rich or strong coffee. Its more of a mellow, less acidic coffee flavor. Chocolate is right there as well. More of a dark chocolate and a little sweet. Also a nice roasted malt and smoke character in there as well. The flavors just mingle well on the palate to create a balanced and enjoyable stout.

M/D: Very creamy and tasty in the mouth. Would be excellent as a breakfast or dessert beer. Drinks pretty typical for a stout. Not over the top, so it could be sessioned if desired. Nothing offputting about the beer at all.

I was more than impressed with this one. Such a complex and balanced flavor profile, its hard not to enjoy this one. I rarely buy import brews, and this is going to make the short list of ones I will revisit often. Not up there with Brunch Weasel or Founders Breakfast, but still an excellent choice. Highly recommended.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A squat, chubby 11.2-ounce bottle with a bug-eyed cartoon owl on the label, decrowned and poured into my Stone pint glass yields a matte-finished ebony body that defies penetration even by direct sunlight, capped with a thick two-finger head comprised of dark khaki, fine-bubbled foam. The soft, creamy head relaxes slowly, leaving thin sheets of fine lacing on the glass.

The smell is dark and coffee-laden with a burnt note of roasting beans way darker than the standard espresso. A winey twang of mellow dark malts sweetens the nose a bit, as does an emergent note of sweetened cocoa.

The taste is very similar to a lightly-sweetened cellar-cool double-shot latte with a drop of brandy and a dash of caramel syrup. A mild, but plentiful coffee bitterness works hard to keep the sweetness in check even as reinforcements of mocha chocolatiness emerge. The milky-coffee-chocolate theme pervades, taking over the late stages of the drink. A savory warming, winey note of mild alcohol in the finish lingers well into the aftertaste.

The drink is medium-bodied with fine carbonation, creamy, fluffy feel, and has the lingering stickiness of mocha-java syrup. A superb brunch drink with lots to offer the lovers of all things dark and roasty.

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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 ClockworkOrange
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the stout appears a dark brown color with at least an inch of dense lingering ecru foam. Aromas and flavors are dominated by notes of rich roasted grains, dark coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, mocha, cocoa, and caramel. Maybe a notch better than medium in body and adequately carbonated for the style. Great drinkability, despite the high price tag.

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

Dark, dark brown, well-tanned head is about one inch initially, recedes slowly with some pocking and lacing, and leaves a fairly attractive, thick lace around the top. Good stick left over.

The aroma stars to emerge more as the head recedes, mostly going with the heavily roasted coffee bean (thus the espresso). The carbonation apparent on the nose and initial taste makes me think of coca cola. Quite bittersweet, on the nose and palate.

The body is acceptable but definitely could stand to be richer, fuller, and less carbonated. It does remove some of the super bitter character from the finish. Chocolate, cocoa, coffee/espresso, licorice. All check.

Good version of a great style. Points for lots of character.

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

Appearance: Dark chocolate with a tan head.

Smell: First impression is a frappacino not beer. A little chocolate and hint of vanilla. Smell roasted malts and a little yeast.

Taste: A medium to full bodied beer. Starts with a nice a sweet coffee flavor transitioning to a little bitterness (but not overwhelming).

Mouthfeel: Has a slight oily consistency but leaves your mouth feeling dry at the end. Has a fizzy light carbonation.

Not something I would drink often. You need to be in the mood for something other than a normal beer. But if you are looking for something between coffee and beer. I think you would like this.

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

Pours a slightly hazy very dark brown with dense two finger thick light brown head that slowly fades to a quarter inch leaving splotches of lace. Smell: nice robust coffee aroma, earthy, green, and slightly acidic. Caramel in the back. Taste: brown sugar, chocolate syrup, earthy and slightly citric hopping. More of a creamered coffee flavor here, the beans not contributing as much as in the nose. Supposedly based off an RIS recipe, so I guess this is the right style listing, but the body is not quite beefy enough. Not the best coffee stout, but a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of Aaron420
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very very very deep black, I am talking black as night. With a nice stack of about two fingers worth of dark tan head covering the top of this deep black stout on pouring. It has the smell of a fresh cup of coffee from your local coffee shop, I am not talking about Starbucks, but your local shop. But with a hint of alcohol. Now to the taste category, it is very smooth for such a dark beer. The espresso flavor sticks out but not to the point of becoming to bitter to be drinkable. It is very drinkable for being a coffee stout. Not to bitter but also not to sweet. Upon finishing this one I defiantly had the urge to head back to the beer store and get another.

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Photo of riotontheroad
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alcstradamus
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Black in color with dark brown 2 finger head that camped out for quite a while in my 16 oz. goblet and left a nice lacing down the glass

S--Nice and creamy roasted coffee scent, a bit fruity as well. A fine coffee variety was used to make this, that's for sure.

T--Very fresh roasted taste, detracted slightly by a burnt aftertaste. Take a fine fruit/nut coffee blend, brew it and let it sit in the pot for a few hours then cool it and voila you will have this beer. A very nice stout, but not on the level of the elite coffee beers.

M--Medium bodied and slightly creamy, washes down clean with a bit of a burnt aftertaste

D--A good one and done if you are craving a coffee beer, but I would go to others first for a session or a special treat

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Photo of 57md
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of beige head that retained for a good long time. Roasted notes combine with some subtle coffee notes on the nose. The roast in the flavor profile is quite strong but I am not getting any distinct coffee notes. The bitter finish is excellent.

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Photo of Jaisell
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jpro
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz single from CBX. Poured into a DFH snifter...

A: deep brown / near black; mocha head; no lace; a few bottle conditioning floaties.

S: roasted malts; dark chocolate / fudge notes.

T: roasted / black malt flavor; chocolate; late espresso follows up and lingers.

M: full body; low carbonation; texture is a touch flat, but still pretty deep for 7.5% stout.

O: a very nice stout; espresso flavor isn't overdone; I'd have it again.

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

Pours straight black with a very thin khaki head. Nice looking beer, exactly what I want from my stout.

Smell is very nice. Tons of roasted coffee up front with some other dark malts behind it.

Taste is also very good. Very roasty up front with just enough bitterness to balance it out. Pretty straightforward in both aroma and taste, not terribly complex but what it does, it does well.

The mouthfeel on this is just about perfect for me. Slightly creamy, full but not filling.

Overall this beer exceeded my expectations, definitely worth picking up if you like coffee stouts.

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

Shared a bottle at Against the Grain in NYC's East Village. Having homebrewed my own espresso stout, and sampled numerous other, I was still very impressed by the rich espresso flavor and smooth body. It's more reminiscent of an mocha or coffee dessert than a stout, but that's not a bad thing. This beer is exactly what the label says. Check it out if you love coffee beers.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Snubby 330ml bottle. Served in a Pint Glass.

A: Pitch black pour into the glass. A very small amount of light brown head is gone as quick as it materializes. Lacing is very fleeting.

S: Fairly strong smell of espresso (shocker!), mixed with some vanilla and some hazelnut.

T: Big, big coffee action in this stout. There seems to be a few layers of coffee, with the Espresso flavors hitting up front and some bitter, roastiness towards the end. Dark chocolate and some hints of toffee are also present.

M: Medium/Big bodied. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy, with the carbonation allowing it to come across very smooth.

D: The 7.5% ABV is nowhere to be found. The lingering bitterness does seem to be a slight burden for multiple offerings, but I could see myself drinking a few in one setting.

A very solid Coffee Stout from Kiuchi Brewery. I enjoy several of the Hitachino brews, and this is probably one of if not my favorite. A little pricey, but worth the money.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark dark brown color with a nice 1 inch med brown colored head. Smells like expresso with smokiness and some bitterness. Very strong coffee taste with a nice medium body too it. Alkaline feel. You can see a lot of chunks of coffee bits and grinds. Can't taste any alcohol at all for a 7% abv. If you are a serious coffee drinker this one is about as good as it gets. They hit the nail on this one.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Nice creamy, bubbly head. Pitch black. Smell and taste of burnt coffee, slight hint of raisin. Maybe a bit too much bitterness for me, but still appealing. Very nice mouthfeel, rich, smooth. Overall, a very tasty and well-done stout. Good value.

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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 Fabianno
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of phisig137
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black, letting no light in whatsoever, even around the edges. The head is 2.5 khaki colored fingers, fluffy, and has great retention. Great lace and a thick blanket of foam round out this beautiful beer.

The nose on this one is absolutely dominated by the coffee. It smells as if it was cold extracted, or "dry-beaned". Great roast character on this one, but the aroma makes me wonder how much caffeine is actually in here....

Flavor is the same, but better balanced. Huge dark roast coffee flavors from front to back. Mild malt sweetness up front is a great balance to the heavy roast. Finish is dry and acrid, dominated by the bitter coffee, with only a tiny hint of hops. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and full. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, a pretty damn nice coffee stout, but you've got to LOVE coffee for this one. Almost more of a cold coffee beverage than a coffee stout. While it tastes great, I wonder how much of the coffee flavor is covering up other "mistakes"... I'd but this again, it's definitely worth a try. On top of that, it tastes like one of my homebrews. And one of the best things about this, is that I think this is possibly the first bottle of Hitachino that I've EVER bought that didn't geyser when I opened it.

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Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours dark brown out of the bottle and sits almost completely black in the glass with a huge tan head that shows excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma is like a mocha with some espresso and cocoa sweetness. Lightly roasted black malts, caramel and vanilla.

The taste has a little bit of lactose sourness with the sweet vanilla and espresso bitterness. Pretty sweet taste where the coffee isn't nearly as dominant as I expected. Some caramelized sugar as well.

The mouthfeel is excellent, super smooth and creamy. Lightly bitter in the finish.

This is a solid if not spectacular stout that's extremely smooth and drinkable.

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