Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout
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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

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414
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963
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
17.17%
 
 
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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 thehyperduck
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Aug 2014. Listed at an even 7%, and served only slightly chilled.

Pours black as night, crowned with one finger of dense, creamy, beige-coloured head that recedes ever-so-slowly. It takes roughly four minutes for it to seep away entirely, leaving behind a bubbly cap and narrow collar of froth. Good legs, too. The aroma is very heavy on the malts, providing notes of coffee (with cream and sugar), milk chocolate, toasted nuts, roasted grains and molasses. A little boozy, with a touch of vanilla and licorice.

My eyebrows raised with the first sip - the bouquet is quite nice, but I still was not expecting such a bold-flavoured brew. The sturdy backbone of roasted malts, molasses, raisin and cocoa is soon overtaken by huge notes of rich-tasting coffee that coat the palate. It provides a beautiful, roasted coffee bean bitterness that mingles nicely with hints of anise, vanilla, milk sugar and some herbal notes. Coffee roast lingers long into the aftertaste, with a slight notion of ethanol warmth. On the lighter side of full-bodied, with modest carbonation levels that provide some gently agitation for the palate. Extremely smooth, and absolutely delicious.

Final Grade: 4.25, a superb A-. Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout is the first craft beer I've tried out of Japan, and I must say I am thoroughly impressed with it. This is one of the best coffee-flavoured beers I've ever had the pleasure of trying, with a very rich-tasting profile that abounds with coffee and chocolate presence. The only disappointing aspect of this review is that I do not have any more bottles of this amazing stout to share and enjoy - and the nearest reliable source is at least 100 km away. Definitely worth a try for any fan of strong stouts, and totally worth the relatively high price.

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

Pours jet black with a dense ochre head which holds and laces. Big, almost sickly molasses malt nose. Taste is a strong coffee hit with undertones of cakey chocolate and licorice. Some light hops bitterness at the end. Big chewy mouth.

After so many American beers that have taste that hit in stages, it's a shock to have one big blast of flavor. And fascinating as a style exercise - when the head goes down it even looks like an espresso with crema. Amazing.

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

11.2 oz(330cl) bottle: Blackened brown semi glossy body capped well with a medium sized crown of firm, creamy tan foam. Which diminshes to a thick skim and a thicker collar. Lots of fantasic lacing painted about in patterns like that of butterfly wings.

Aroma is straight up cold creamed coffee, semi blackened malt roastyness, dusty dark chocolate bits, and a dark berry sweetness emerging upon deeper wiffs as well as some molasses and fig notes. A complexing nose thats very nice to take in. Perhaps not overly huge like some coffee stouts/porters out there, but its worth every wiff.

Tangy, mid-ranged mild taster with a semi roasty core of coffee, tanged lightly with a heavy and dark berry-like presense melding within. Chocolate makes up some more of the tang and sweetness levels along with a small portion to some bittering dark chocolate notes. A small mix of molasses shows late in the finish as it holds a solid tone of bittering coffee and chocolate notes for good length. Again, fairly complex, but nothing overpowering. Just a smooth ride of easy going dark stuff.

Smooth, creamy, tangy, dark, and fun with a nice balance of roast and darkly sweet tang. Seems about medium with a low carbonation level of goodness that creates a well constructed amount of easy drinkability.

A very solid stout! Osu! Too bad about the price tag though, seeing its from Japan and all.

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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 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 schoolboy
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the third beer I've picked up from this brewery. They have all been quality products and very enjoyable.

This Stout pours the usual color. It has a small but nice head. The aroma is subtle but just right. The taste similarly is what it should be. It is very reserved. The aftertaste is exceptional. It is coffee flavored but perfectly so.

I doubt that I would ever pick up any of these again, at least not for the price ($4.99).

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Photo of rarbring
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A black/brownish brew, a tan head, little lacing and small curtains.

Smelling coffee and chocolate, soy sauce and licorice.

Sweet brown bread, espresso and chocolate chip cookies.

Medium carbonation, soft, a big body, a smooth dry finish.

A really powerful after dinner stout.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

-the head dissapeared....
-more imperieal stout smell than espresso, very mild hint of espresson
-great blend of imperial stout and espresso style stouts
-did somebody put water in my beer?
-great imperial just wished it was thicker!

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Photo of AgingWarrior
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this brew! It pours as black as motor oil with a nice two finger dark reddish brown head with plenty of lacing.

The smell is like the name Espresso with a strong coffee scent. The mouth feel is what a stout should be, nice and thick with a strong finish. I'll look forward to drinking more of these.

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Photo of Jazzcrop
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes of milk chocolate, espresso beans, freshly made coffee, roast, tree bark, brown sugar, hops, cardboard, acetone, molasses and floss. Smells like a good stout mixed with some fruit and coffee, limes, cheese, coconuts and can sugar, hops and awesomeness.

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Photo of hophugger
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a great deep deep chocolate brownish-black. Head is about a finger or so and lacing is very light. Aroma is of espresso, coffee, roasted beans. Taste is a very quick hit of sweetness, then immediately into espresso, wow !! also slight hints of chocolate and roastiness follow. Finish is semi-bitter with lingering amounts of espresso. This is a very very nice beer. Coffee lover's dream !!!

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Photo of AwYeh
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into snifter; thanks John (JM03)!

A: Dark, dark brown/black with one finger of foamy dark brown head, which subsides slowly to form chocolate milk lacing all around the glass.

S: Lots of coffee, as one might expect, alongside dark chocolate and roasted malts.

T: Very pleasant, sweet "quality" coffee flavor with more balancing dark chocolate. Roasted malts provide a solid backbone.

M: Prickly carbonation, smooth and milky.

D: Extremely high for the style; this is a rare beer where I wish I had a bomber all to myself rather than being able to try another new beer after it.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was really excited to see this one on the shelf at my local shop. They always have a good amount of Hitachino on the shelves and every time something new shows up I get it because I find them to always be pretty good.

So anyway the Stout pours out in typical fashion, it's got a solid black body with a strong looking brown head on it. Some pretty nice lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is roasted and has plenty of coffee on the nose. I'm even picking up some of the lactose sourness on the nose too. The taste has got to be the best part of this brew. I find that the coffee tastes great in this beer, the bitterness blends really well with the creaminess of it all too. The mouthfeel has a really good thickness to it, giving me the feeling that they really did want to make it feel like an Imperial Stout. Good carbonation also. Overall Very good beer, probably my favorite from this brewery so far!

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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 shivtim
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this in Atlanta. What a nice surprise!
Pours out oily opaque black with just the slightest tinges of red/brown around the edges when you hold it up to a strong light. Head is dark bloody brown and fades rather quickly. Nose is incredible! Sweet charred malts, coffee grounds, sweet cream, slight bourbon, and layered dark and milk chocolates. Evolves upon warming. Very nice. Taste is burnt malts, ashy, with a fairly intense sweet coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is very full and rich. Drinkability is above average, it's a strong but drinkable stout.

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

Poured from a bottle to a snifter, The liquid is black with ok carbonation. The head is only a small mocha pad and leave no lace.

The smell is coffee with out a pronounced roastyness.

The taste is great lots of coffee and medium roasted malt, with a great hopyness in the finish. Great balance and a nice refined taste with no staleness or bad after taste.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a Impy stout but this is not a real big beer, The carbonation feels good.

The drinkability is very good nothing wrong with this beer and most worth a try if the coffee is your thing. It's mine!

Prosit MK

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Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the purest coffee brews available. Pours Espresso black with a thick firm brown head.

Pure espresso nose opens up with some air and as it warms to pure bitter chocolate pleasant nose.

Intense espresso and bitter chocolate flavors, that, again, as it gets some air and warms a bit develops into a sweet, full, creamy espresso/coffee/dark chocolate character and flavor, with a hop balance. Hops are there but not overwhelming. The coffee/dark chocolate character is the star here.

Strong and long espresso and hop finish. A really nice dessert or after dinner beer. I really recommend room temperature to get the most out of this one.

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

11/10/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle, no freshness info found on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep blackend pour. Larger one inch plus dirty brown head. Settles at a bit less than 1/4 inch for the duration. Leaves nice lace sheeting that is kind of short lasting and some small patches.

Smell- Very large coffee-espresso nose. Just about of coffee fumes with a touch of dark chocolate and a bit of pine hop resin. A bit more sweetness and it would be perfect.

Taste- Granted this is a coffee beer and not a chocolate driven malt flavored beer, but I would be head over heels if it had some more chocolate notes. It has a minor amount of chocolate-toffee-caramel goodness and a touch of fig or some kind of dark dried fruit flavor, but the point this dude is trying to make is death by coffee. All coffee grounds, espresso shop-mile down the road-but I can smell you from my house-coffee. Deep dark roasted malts almost to being burnt. Seems to be a middle of the road sweetness and a short bite of bitterness, but alos has a tiny sour note as well, which actually adds to the enjoyment.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, low almsot cask like carbonation level. Suprisingly a shorter lived coffee aftertaste with a bit of hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Feels like the excat 7.5% abv that it says.

Drinkability- Damn well crafted beer. For coffee lovers, probably will be one of the best beers you have ever had. As a double stout...strong, but kind of one sided. Still a very very good beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am really starting to have a "thing" for these well built imperial stouts infused with coffee or espresso. Hitachino was next on the list to try. Here goes: pours a deep black with a slight brown tint. Aggressive pour yields a huge, two finger, foamy dark tan head. Decent lacing left on the glass as it slowly recedes. A delicious, espresso aroma wafts from the glass. Not overwhelming by any stretch, but definitely a strong espresso character. It is a perfect balance in taste, a nice bitter espresso taste upfront, that mellows with the sweet malt backbone. Others of this style have a more chocolate malt character to it as well, but that is not the case here. It is not a negative that it lacks that chocolate taste, though, it sits Hitachino apart in a good way, I think. Not quite a as thick as other coffee/espresso stouts either, which makes it dangerously drinkable. In fact, too easy, I am drinking this thing rather easily and enjoying it. At this point, I have enjoyed a number of these imperial coffee stouts for different reasons, in Hitachino's case, it is is its bitter espresso taste, while not overwhelming, but very apparent, and it is lighter, and not to carbonated mouthful.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black body with brownish tinges. Not a very robust head.

S: Roasted malts and some bitter chocolate. I can't really detect any coffee.

T: Okay, here's the coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. Baker's chocolate makes its presence felt as the beer warms up. Also a hint of vanilla.

M: Lighter than the typical RIS, but still heavy enough.

D: I've had bad experiences with non-American RISes, but this was a pleasant surprise. Not the best coffee stout I've ever had, but a solid example nonetheless.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice coffee stout from Kiuchi. Dark coffee colour with a coffee-and-cream head that is dense but thin.

Rich, roasted coffee smell. Slight sugary flavour to it. Rich, slightly bitter black coffee. Very rich espresso flavour.

The important points on this are spot on, but I do think it is a bit thin. This could be "beefed" up a bit. I'm surprised at the light body on this as the alcohol content suggests this should be a bigger beer.

But still, quite enjoyable and a very tasty beer.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass, nice thick cascading foam. More of an opaque extremely dark brown than a "black" looking body.

Aroma touches all the bases. Smoky caramel and an acrid coffee note, yup, smells like an espresso.

Tastes follows aroma, with a big hint of caramel sweetness up front, quickly washed away by some pretty damned bitter coffee.

Oily, slick mouthfeel.

To those who love coffee stouts, this isn't breaking any new ground - but it is very well-executed, enjoyable, easy to drink. Coming from Japan, not an inexpensive 12-ouncer, but I'll buy again, especially considering I don't get Peche Mortel down here. As with most of the Hitachino Nest beers, well done.

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

Appears black in the glass. Full, large, well-developed light tan foam. Nose has an expressive espresso character, with mocha, dark roast coffee and a touch of chocolate and vanilla. Lots of taste, with a really impressive coffee character. Finish lasts and lasts. What else to say. Just a really impressively crafted beer. If I were in Ibaraki, I'd drink this daily.

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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 963 ratings.
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