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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Photo of blakesell
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle into a Weizen styled glass. This bottle of Espresso Stout has been aged one year.

Appearance- Beer is ready to gush but I am quick on the pour and catch the glass that quickly gets filled with a massive gluey pillowy tan head that lingers for a half hour and slowly dies down, eventually coming down to a regular sipping height. Beer itself is obsidian with slight red hints around the sides of the glass. Lacing is thick as well and the glass will require a solid washing before any further beers are poured.

Smell- I smell coffee and a slight sourness in with chocolate malts and a strange near Belgian yeast. Perhaps this is just what Japanese yeast smells like? I'm having a lot of trouble getting past the coffee in the smell here and it's dominating the beer pretty heavily.

Taste- Chocolate upfront on the flavor with a burnt coffee aftertaste, this is pretty nice but it's very unbalanced. It is worth it's current rating but there is a slight sourness and lightness in body that really detracts from the beer overall. The coffee flavor is fairly welcoming, there's something in the yeast here that is taking away to some extent. Lingering roastiness, and a bit prickling on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Medium full bodied, roasty, lightly bitter and astringent, very highly carbonated, slightly sticky, and chewy.

Drinkability- I would give this one another chance. I would really like to see it on tap one day as unlikely as that is.

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Photo of macktbone
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was part of a sampling to advocate to family and friends.

A- dark black

S- strong espresso. Some malt in the background but solid bean.

T- cold espresso with out cream or sugar. Slight plastic aftertaste.

M- thin and watery, very little carbonation.

D- Split a 12 0z bottle amongst 7 people...need I say more.

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Photo of WOTO97
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is without a doubt one of the most easy drinking coffee stouts I have yet reviewed.

Poured a deep brown to pitch with a very frothy cappuccino head and nominal lacing

Really enjoyed the big roasted malt character up front, roasted coffee beans soon overpowers the nose, some burnt qualities to the coffee character, with just a hint of hop bite in the background

The coffee is damn-near overpowering on the front of the palate but does fade to a nice cocoa-like bitterness on the back of the palate, some very big roasted malt notes on the finish with a faint freshly baked bread character lingering in the background

The mouthfeel was big and dense but finished surprisingly clean for the style, if you are expecting a dense motor oil type advised, this is not that type of coffee stout, much more delicate of a mouthfeel (hard to judge whether I really like the change of pace or whether I really need that dense, thick MF)

Knowing this is a coffee stout, I want to immediately compare it to a BGB-type offering; however, I am probably better served setting this alongside HN's other offerings and drinking it as a much more subdued coffee stout. While I expect a coffee stout to have bold flavors (with a nose to match) throughout the experience, I will add points in the end to Espresso Stout for being so quaffable.

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Photo of morimech
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark black with a two-fingered tan head. Excellant head retention and moderate amounts of sticky lacing left behind. Gorgeous looking beer.

The smell threw me off a bit. It has a sweet oat and malt smell and not a coffee aroma. Very powerful smell.

The coffee comes through in the taste however. The coffee and sweet, dark malt offer a very dynamic taste. Heavy bitter coffee aftertaste. A bit much for me. The body is thinner than what I expected and may be a bit overcarbonated. One bottle is enough. Overall a good beer but one I probably won't be seeking out in the future. Just not my taste.

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Photo of carsonplunkett
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz single into a pint glass.

This beer is dark. I'm a big fan of stouts and this looks fantastic. Dark brown head that's about a finger and a half in size.

Smells of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Very sweet and rich smelling. Just what I'd expect from an espresso stout.

Tastes heavily of intense roasted coffee and chocolate. Alcohol-ey finish.

It's thick and creamy in the mouthfeel. Not as thick as I'd prefer in a stout but it's a nice balance.

This was fairly easy to drink but I can't see myself wanting another one after finishing it.

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Photo of milkbaby9
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle (labeled E.10.02, drank 9-6-2010) into Samuel Adams sensory glass. Pours out a rich dark black brown producing 2 inch creamy tan small bubbled head that sticks around and leaves incredible lacing.

Aroma of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, a sweet creaminess. Only a slight "green" aroma from hops betrays this as beer instead of a mocha coffee. However, the chocolate and coffee aromas seemed to diminish as the beer warmed up.

Taste was sweet and lightly fruity entry into a strongly malty body -- a bit roasty, lightly chocolate and coffee. Much more subtle than I expected, especially compared to what you might expect from an American coffee stout. Finishes with a bit of a hoppy bitterness taking over from the roasty bitterness and some maltiness hanging around.

Moderatly low carbonation but not quite as smoothly milkshake as I would've preferred. Medium light body, a little too watery.

Alcohol starts to come through as it warms up, though it still remains pretty smooth and mellow to drink. A bit of a surprise to me as this is much more smooth and mellow than I expected with the coffee character being more subdued and less dominant than I expected. Okay, but not sure I'd pay this much ($4.50/bottle) for it again.

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Photo of kaimcm
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle, no date, but sampled shortly after the first Mass. import.

A: black, mostly opaque body. the edges do let a bit of light through a deep mahogany. head is splotchy and sparse. some residue around glass but not much. leaves a bit to be desired. considering the espresso quality id appreciate a frothier head to complete the cappuccino image.

S: loads of sweet bean, espresso dust. some underlying sugar, bakers chocolate. familiar coffee liquor quality i find in heavily dosed coffee beers-hard to describe yet pretty obvious in the nose. some vanilla. nice but not overly complex.

T/M: big wave of roasted grain, bitter espresso, and finished with a stale acidity. drying and slick, the mouthfeel is coating but the body a little thin. a bit of bittersweet chocolate, hint of the vanilla nose. all in all this is a bit of a one trick pony. loads of espresso grounds on the mid and back palette, lingering finish thats bone dry, but not a whole lot else.

D: a nightcap, and one at that. alcohol is balanced and at an appropriate level for this beer.

overall this is a nice offering from Hitachino who regularly impresses me but this beer is a bit one dimensional. the coffee character is not interesting enough on its own, nor integrated enough to really work well.

cheers to JB for the sample.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%

$ 5.49/11.2 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman. OH
Bottle dated ES.14.03 at cellar temperature into imperial pint
Aroma roasted malt and coffee with a presence of nuts
Head huge (8 cm), medium brown, frothy,
Lacing OK – atolls and small islands of mi
xed bubble sizes
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with an instant coffee taste and bitterness, the roasted malt does not come through. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium to full, slightly creamy, soft carbonation

Aroma 3.75, Appearance 4.0, Taste 3.25, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.62: Final 3.62
A passable coffee stout, not exceptional.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought this in a moment of weakness... ES 15.01 what ever that means...

Pours a very effervescent mahogany with a sliver of tan head. Traces of head retention & lacing, stays effervescent, but has a nice viscious look to it

S: Some coffee, leafy hops,

T: Coffee, dryness & charred grain up front. Dryness, faint astringency, Baker's chocolate, & a little carob as this warms, a little dryness, faint lactic sourness, leafy hoppyness. Finishes with coffee, a little dryness & carob, traces of leafy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, semi-firm carbonation

The coffee part of this beer is the best part, otherwise, kind of run of the mill, therefore a one & done, too pricey

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Photo of juju7
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brilliant looking beer. Two fingers of head all the way to the end. Definite espresso presence backed up with some cereal and even a touch of hop aroma. Coffee, coffee and coffee. A little astringent with the hop bitterness but a good beer if you like this kind of thing.

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Photo of drseamus
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Ginger Man NYC.

A: Great looking beer. Pitch black body with a thick tight mocha head.

S: Strong espresso coffee with some roasted malt in the background.

T: Rich espresso and chocolate with a bitterness that increases in intensity through the aftertaste leaving a fairly intense bitterness at the end. In addition to the bitterness there is super dry cocoa and bitter coffee in the aftertaste.

M: Grainy and puckeringly dry. Medium bodied.

D: The degree of bitterness and dryness makes drinkability hard.

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

a - beer is black. thick bubbly, caramel head. some thick lacing

s - sweet, roasty malts. slightly metallic. coffee barely detectable

t - sweet, coffee beans, oats, chocolate, booziness

m - well carbonated, watery, bitter

o - good stout. I expected it to fall short in taste/mouthfeel but no complaints. the coffee was very welcome here.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: black like coffee, with a thin brown head that leaves little/no retention; very stout looking stout (ha)

S: bitter coffee beans, dark cocoa powder, and chalk; i love the bold smell of strong coffee, so this is right up my alley; also, sweet roasted malt aroma

T: molasses and roasted coffee; hints of roasted malt; chalky and bitter up front, with a semisweet finish; a touch of alcohol also present

M: bold and thick, but not syrupy; just the right amount of carbonation to fizz on the lips and tongue; leaves an astringent, oily coffee feel

O: I've had better offerings of this style, but it's really good; surprisingly good for a Japanese beer!

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Typical stout pour - pitch black with a caramel colored creamy, foamy head with sticky lacing.

S - Espresso, coffee, dark bitter chocolate and some cream.

T - Follows the nose with creamy cocoa beans and bitter chocolate malt up front before the coffee/espresso bitterness settles in midway through and sticks around through the finish. There is some roastiness to the malt and the bitterness lingers in the form of a creamy coffee bean.

M - Lighter side of medium.

O - Not bad and sits in the middle of the stout pecking order.

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Photo of mjyoung
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split w/ bbb099

A: A dark dark brown color with a murky alcohol tinge. The head dissipated extremely quickly leaving behind little lacing.

S: VERY strong coffee notes, with a hint of roasted malt underlying it.

T: It really does taste like carbonated coffee that's been chilled and spiked. It's mostly a sweet coffee, but you can get the malt below it as well. A fairly simple flavor, but you can get slight roasted notes and a slight hint of fruit as well. I was expecting a bit more roast...

M: It's a little bit more thin than I was expecting. The carbonation is spot on, and aside from the body it sits decently well on the palate.

D: It's pretty good, but the thin body and the lack of complex flavors knocks it down a bit in my book. I would definitely drink again, but it's not necessarily top-shelf.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- Black in color with a half finger of mocha head that dissipates into a small layer that leaves excellent multi layered sticky lacing.

Smell- Espresso, coffee and a bitter hop

Taste- Black coffee with a middle to backend bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Full body that makes you feel like you are almost chewing.

Overall- This is great if you are a black coffee drinker. I personally would have liked a little bit more sweetness for balance.

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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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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from local LCBO for $4.25 CDN.

Appearance - Big and black with a half finger of brown head. Poor retention and no visibility into the beer.

Smell - Plenty of coffee, some dark chocolate and a boozy backbone that forewarns you. Rye bread notes too.

Taste - Plenty of coffee, especially on the aftertaste with some flavors of dark chocolate and some booziness throughout. Improves as it warms.. Mild and steady bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy with sufficient carbonation to cut through the oily creaminess to give the beer some texture. Quite nice.

Overall - Definitely a nice coffee stout, however it's a bit one dimensional and the coffee while being a star doesn't completely take over. For those who like a subtler coffee presence this may be the beer for you for those looking for a huge coffee presence, look elsewhere.

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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 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 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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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
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