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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Photo of brystmar
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pitch black -- completely opaque -- with a mountain of brown head atop the brew. Sticky lace.

S: strong bitter coffee, dark roasted malts. Big and bold!

T: milky chocolate presence starts things off alongside bitter coffee and bittersweet powdered cocoa. Turns roasty on a dime, but remains surprisingly thin for an espresso stout.

M: thinner than expected; slick and oily. Feels good in the mouth, but I really prefer thick and creamy here.

O: (what happened to drinkability?) a solid offering overall, especially for a Japanese brew! This might be the first Japanese beer I actually enjoyed.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Opaque black with .75 inch mocha head. Slow to leave, sudsy lacing and thin head eventually.

S - Burnt coffee, burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate.

T - Bitter mocha, creamy finish.

M - Medium to full body, very carbonated, could have been bigger and more coating.

D - Fun beer! Not an all-nighter, though.

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Photo of woemad
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle purchased at Bottles in Millwood, Washington for $5.79. I suppose this is my meager attempt to support Japan during their crises. On the rear label there's a freshness date stating "ES. 10.09."

Pours a viscous looking dark brown color that allows no light to penetrate it. There's about 1 ½ inches of bubbly tan foam that recedes slowly, leaving streaks of lace.

Roasty, coffee scent at first. As it warms up, there's some brown sugar and mollasses aromas as well.

The taste starts out sweet, but is quickly dominated by coffee flavor. There's an acidic undercurrent to the flavor, and theres a moderate bitterness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, a little light bodied for a stout, really. The mouthfeel is slick and sticky.

I'd call this a pretty good beer, not a great one. Certainly it's the best Japanese beer I've had so far, though that's almost a case of damning with faint praise. If this were cheaper, I might buy it again, but I probably won't for what I paid for it.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly viscous. Head is very thin and coffee colored. Pitch black and totally light blocking. This is one rich, thick dark beer.

Smells of licorice, burnt coffee grounds and molasses. For some reason this reminds me of some of the European Baltic Porters I've had lately.

Based on a decent pour and an okay smell I had some reservations on the taste. However, I am pretty impressed with this. Dark fruit, slight coffee bitterness, a tiny bit of saltiness an overall very robust and roasty flavor. Damn good.

One bottle is enough for now. Its a nice rich sipping beer. Not the best coffee stout I've ever had by any means, but not a bad one.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a minimal mocha head. It is a pitch black color with some signs of carbonation at the top of the glass. There
is nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: super roasted coffee, mocha, and toasted and roasted malts too.

Taste: the espresso up front is not that bad at all. There are mocha and bready notes too. Bitterness from the coffee lingers for a bit also.

Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice mix on the stout style. Espresso beans added or the coffee itself was pulled off well. This was a hard find down in Brooklyn, but well worth it. Not sure about the bottle cost, but a good introduction into the breweries beers.

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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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Photo of Minkybut
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this very black beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer had a great head but decayed rather fast. Great lacing also was present. This beer most certainly had the coffee taste but still had a great beer taste also. It was a little heavy coffee for me but I still drank it in good fashion. I will buy this again and was stunned to find out it was a Janan product.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Born on date of 01-'10. This is the special Valentine's Day label. If your valentine gives you this. She's a keeper.

A - Finger of fluffy dark rusty-moca head. The color is only faintly brown as it is basically opaque the only thing I saw were a few brown yeasty clumps clinging onto the side. Good lacing. Dalmatian spots hang on the side of the glass.

S - Initially faint. A bit hard to find. Bits of coffee and roasted malts. A bit of chocolate. After warming there was some vanilla and more coffee bean.

T - Bitter. Strong toasty. Like mesquite charcoal. Roasted to the point of burnt. Coffee oddly enough was hard to find. Even though it's listed in the title and in the ingredients of the beer. Aftertaste is a bit sweet.

M - As smooth and creamy as you can ever expect to find in Japan. Way above the domestic average.

D - Drinkable. A nice imperial stout.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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 mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown...

Poured jet black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Dark dirty brown head poured thick and foamy then faded to nice thickish covering... very faint lacing...

Aroma - Strong (maybe slightly harsh) espresso coffee and toasted malts, some milk chocolate, oats, light blackcurrent/blackberry notes, cocoa, leathery, some solvent notes, woody, some faint vanilla traces, light spicy hops, burnt sugar...

Taste - Dark chocolate and strong rich dark coffee to the fore, roasted malts, smokey / char notes, some liquorice, some peppery hops, nutty, light molasses sweetness..

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness after... full bodied... pretty drinkable for 7.5%

Overall - A very good coffee stout if a little rough around the edges... certainly worth a try though

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Photo of notCreative
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Quite a high carbonation, be weary when pouring. Poured into my Darkness goblet, thick toffee head, but faded within a couple of minutes.
S: Took me awhile to get my head wrapped around this one; Coffee is dominant, but hints of something between blueberry and banana.
T: Fruitiness was more apparent, with strong espresso taste. Fades fast into roasted coffee flavor.
M: Decent, velvety, but not as viscuous as I would have liked.
D: Not how I picture an coffee stout, but certainly a good drink. However, that being said, not worth the $5+/12oz.

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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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/13/09 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong coffee and dark chocolate, roasted malts and some dark fruit.

T: The taste starts with bitter-sweet flavors of black coffee and dark chocolate, followed by a very hearty roasted malt character. There's a mild but complementary hops presence and a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky and very dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's not one of the better stouts that I've had but it's still a decent beer.

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Photo of bbothen
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased at City Beer.

Pours a dark brown/near black color with a frothy 2 finger espresso colored head. Looks very nice.

Smells of roasted espresso beans and some faint sweet fruit character, toasted malts, and some chocolate.

Big bittersweet chocolate & roasted coffee flavors. Faint licorice & fruit flavors as well. The coffee cominates, but doesn't overpower.

A bit too carbonated & not as full as I enjoy the style. Still fairly creamy & lush. Finishes dry.

Interesting & tasty brew. No problems fionishing a bottle. Could probably havea couple more.

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Photo of 100floods
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at City Beer after really liking Hitachino's White Ale.

Pours pure black with a mocha bronze head. Little retention going on. Definitely a good sign.

Roasted aromas. Faint notes of something slightly sweet. I'm guess a bit of raw chocolate with a little milk. Also some notes fo espresso beans, you can smell that distinctive acidity.

The first sip is akin to an a more roasted, less hoppier Old Rasputin. Crisp and roasted flavors are what really come through initially. Decent sized sips yield a full, creamy texture with some hopped roasted notes. Smaller sips present something slightly more silky. I think I'd like this to have more malt.

This beer is definitely heady in the right direction. While I think it's certainly a worthy beer, it lacks a lot for a coffee stout. It still makes for a good stout in general.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very coffeeish and coffee ground stout.Very well roasted coffee grinds and some cocoa chocolate, with above average even thick mouthfeel. Decent stout, and not reminding me of the typical American made one, which is a good change of pace. Not much of a head. Understated carbonation.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at the Ginger Man NYC. Poured into a snifter.

A: Deep, dark brown colored with a deep caramel colored head that dissipated quickly but left a web-like, stringy lacing.

S: The only thing that really hits me here is the strong roasted coffee and malt aroma that seems to cover everything else. There's almost no hint of the 7.5 abv.

T: A roasted coffe smell lingers throughout this brew with dark chocolate malts coming through the middle. The roasted coffee is a little overpowering here though and it lingers toward the end and into the after-taste.

M: Medium to heavy bodied, leaning towards medium, the strong coffee flavors mask what is really pretty light for an imperial stout. There is low carbonation and the brew leaves a silky coating in the mouth.

D: A 3. This is honestly one of the better coffee stouts I've had. That being said, I realize maybe its time to go back and revisit Speedway stout and Founders Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Nubby. Pours jet black with a fluffy tan head. Lots of carbonation. Huge espresso aroma, it literally smells like a glass full of fresh coffee grounds, toasty, burnt popcorn, and roared malts. The brew has an exceptionally fluffy mouthfeel, aost creamy. Full bodied. Some light sweetness, burnt sugars, a hint of saki, and semi dark chocolate. I'm getting a dry bitter finish seems to be more from the coffee than roasted malts. Some roasted malt flavors come out more as I sip. Sweetness shows a but more ad well. The brew has a bit of a fruity aftertaste that I can't quit put my finger on. I enjoyed this as my first Japanese RIS.


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Photo of Lldeegan
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours deep black, no light gets through this beast of an Imperial Stout. Huge billowy dark tan head with both large and fine bubbles that stays in glass leaving behind a nice thick lace

S- Initially a raisin, fig smell mingles with chocolate, then the coffee notes appear. A nice Deep espresso aroma, bit of vanilla.

T- Contrary to the aroma, coffee is the primary thing that hits the palate, followed by the dark fruit. This is a very good balance of those two main tastes that dominate this style. Some overplay the coffee which, I like, and some that have too much fig/raisin taste, which I don't really enjoy. It has a really nice creamy finish with a hint of vanilla.

M- This has a surprisingly light body for an Imperial stout. Everything about this beer screams stout, from the dark syrupy pour and robust malty flavor, but it is pretty medium bodied. It has a creamy coffee then bitter finish. Leaves some stickiness in the mouth.

D- For an Imperial Stout, it's pretty drinkable. That being said, one must enjoy the flavor of coffee and the extreme of an Imperial stout. Definitely not a session beer, but nice to enjoy. It is by no means on the top of the list of Imperial Stouts but I think it is a little more versatile than others as a result of its lighter body

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2oz brown pop top; cool owl label; this is my first Hitachino beer and I'm really excited about it. Clearly marked best by date

Appearance: Pitch black, with a dense 1/4 head which fades to a thick sticky ring with good retention.

Smell: Really rich chocolate and coffee aromas, with some sweet dark malts as well. Straightforward and bold, yet not overpowering. This leads me to expect good things to come...

Taste: Coffee. Lots of coffee. Bitter, but stops just short of astringent. Dark (and I mean dark) chocolate. Fruity alcohol. A bit more than might be expected for 7.5% actually. Ends dry and bitter, the coffee now coming through with a slight astringency and almost tannic quality. A bit one-dimensional (which, IMO, is ok in a coffee stout) but the bitterness and the alcohol is a bit brash and it's not quite as smooth as I'd like...

Mouthfeel: Rich, fairly full, and smooth

Drinkability: Medium to medium-high

Conclusion: Not bad at all, but didn't quite live up to my expectations and for $5.00+ a 11.2oz, it's a bit pricey for me. At that price, I'd take a Peche Mortel or a KBS almost every time. And heck, for $7.99 you could get a whole sixer of Schlafly coffee stout...

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

A. It is a black brown, with a big tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. There's some light that comes though around the edges, but limited.

S. It has a poor metallic scent. Some coffee.

T/M. It has a good, crisp, espresso taste. The metallic taste is definitely off the scent. It is a bit dry. Some alcohol.

O. It's a solid espresso, but you really have to be in the mood. It isn't as good as I was hoping, but it at least lives up to its name so you know what you're getting in yourself into.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black body with a full, rich tan-colored head. Alright, this looks pretty solid.

Smell: A very aromatic, expressive nose of heavily roasted coffee beans. While there is a bit of roasted malts and dark, dark chocolate, it's mostly all cold coffee.

Taste: Powerful coffee taste through and through. Only a teensy bit of malty sweetness manages to get past it as does a very faint spiciness. The finish is packed with roasty bitterness and lingers incessantly.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Smooth, nearly oily mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Good for you, Hitachino. Espresso Stout is a beer that deserves polite, though not particularly raucous applause. Let's keep our heads, folks.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours rich dark chocolate brown, nearly black, in the oversized wine glass. There is surprisingly little head and no lacing to mention, however, each swirl deposits a film on the glass.

Equal parts strong espresso, dark chocolate, and bourbon with cashews and amaretto in the background. Warmth allows the nuances to be amplified.

Black coffee dominates; however, some cigarette smoke invades. Bitterness carries throughout and into the lingering finish as baker’s chocolate.
This stout is full body with a smooth texture and prickly carbonation. Astringency is too high while alcohol is as expected.

Astringency and cigarette flavors hold this one back. Strong flavored foods such as beef or pungent cheese will help.

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Photo of output01x
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger mocha-colored head that fades to a thick, even coating and thick foam ring after a few minutes. The body is a near black mahogany that shows no traces of color when held to light. Some great lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

The nose is definitely more like a cup of joe than like a glass of beer. It is filled with coffee aromas, including coffee beans (not roasted), coffee grounds, and espresso.

The first sip reminds me of a cappuccino latte while held in the mouth. Notes of dark, sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel, espresso, and roasted coffee beans are all there. Upon swallowing, flavors of coffee, espresso, and hot chocolate all come out. The finish is rather dry and does not leave much of an aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer starts off very creamy on the tongue but has a sharp, dry finish. The body is nice and thick. It coats your mouth well, is a bit sticky, but isn't quite to the point of being syrupy. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy but does not detract from the flavors and really helps this beer's dry finish.

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
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