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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerBeing on 07-20-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
994
Reviews:
420
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
123
For Trade:
4
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Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is nearly black with a thin tan head.

S: The nose has plenty of strong coffee to it along with quite a bit of bittersweet chocolate. A bit of burnt malt, and licorice.

T: The coffee flavor is up front and lightly bitter. The chocolate provides a nice sweetness along with a smooth, creamy flavor that I was not expecting.

M: The body is medium and really just quite smooth. The beer is fairly lowly carbonated.

D: Pretty easy to drink for an "imperial" stout. Nice coffee flavor and an even more impressive chocolate quality.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is near black with a small beige head. The aroma brings some coffee presence, though not nearly as much as expected. Additional scents include roast, chocolate. Pretty standard. Decent flavor with coffee character leading the charge. A little bit acrid in the finish. Chocolate notes with a touch of bitterness. Pretty drinkable, but this is not near the top of its class.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for this bottle.

A - pitch black with a soft brown head

S - roasted malts and coffee with a hint of green chillies (there was much conversation about whether we were going crazy or not)

T - roasted malts, coffee, a bit bitter, and green chillies again

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a nice beer, but the odd pepper aroma and flavors was hard to wrap my head around. It wasn't bad, but it did seem out of place. I'm not sure I would seek this out given the cost per bottle, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered again.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of imbibehour
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter.

Out of the bottle pours a classic walnut dark brown. Body color is a classic dark walnut brown, almost getting into black. Head forms very creamy like in a nice light brown, slowly receeds but also gives some good solid lacing of the same color. Looks great and impressive.

Solid bouquet, off milk chocolate, roast, roasted coffee bean. A hot simple milky sense of fresh brew, very nice, very well done. Looking for win here and it seems to come in spades.

Taste is a little light bodied and small. It's good, but it seems like a let down compared to what is on the nose. Light bodied roasted coffee, with a little watery bent and some fizz. No hint of high or harsh alcohol. Other nose notes of chocolate and milk and maltyness don't become as obvious.

While not a killer classic example of this impressive style, it is still a solid good tasting beer for what it is. I would have this again over many in this style, but there are certainly others that do better too. Espresso perhaps not, but good coffee stout to say the least.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice brown head. Firm coffee on the nose. Flavor is distinct coffee with oily and roasted tones. Quite hearty and deep. Sort of a "green" tone to it on the back end as well. Not overly complex, but clearly and without a doubt a coffee beer. Feel is pretty thick on the liquid and the carbonation is full enough. Pretty easy to drink espresso beer that has quite a bit of the bean going on in it.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle:

Pours thick black with a light brown, thin head. Looks like an espresso - fitting. The thin head soon becomes a patch. Minimal trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of espresso with cream. Roasty to the point of being slightly burnt.

The taste is of roasted espresso with a touch of cream. Tastes like chewing on an espresso bean. A burnt characteristic seems like the espresso was on too long. Fruity alcohol gives it a kick in a warming finish.

This one is thick with minimal carbonation. Felt like I had a high-octane spiked espresso.

Well- I like coffee, even espresso. But, this borders on too much. The burnt characteristic makes is a bit tough to continue with it. Maybe this one should be served in a demi-tasse cup. A disappointment as a beer and certainly not worth the price, IMO.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark brown coloring with ruby highlights around the edges. A thin, filmy, frothy light brown colored head rests atop the surface. Aromas of bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and some earthy qualities slowly engulf the nose. Very rich and dark smelling. Very inviting. Flavors are rich and darkly sweet on a smooth, creamy body. More chocolate and roast than anything else popping up on my tastebuds, which is kind of misleading given the name of the brew. The aftertaste is rich and roasty, and leans slightly towards bitter. Rich, slightly cloying and slick finish caps off a very tasty beer. As tasty as it was, if you are putting espresso in the title, people are going to expect a more coffee-centric palate. Other than that, it was a very solid stout.

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Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hitachino Nest, Espresso Stout, Japanese Dark Ale brewed with coffee beans", 11.2 oz, the trademark owl in the middle of a swirl of yellow and brown rings.

Dark brown, nearly black, with a rich, roasty tan head, 1/4 ", slowly simmering, but beautiful.

Cocoa, coffee, and cola coming out of the nose...vanilla beans and maple interject. Espresso notes get bigger, more bittersweet, richer, deliciouser.

Fullish mouthfeel, then flavor explodes and spills all over. Bittersweet dominates the flavor. Huge espresso, some licorice and molasses. Big chocolate, too.

Could use a fuller body, could be richer. Of course, I'm comparing it to things like Bell's Java Stout, which is plenty thick. Long, chocolatey, bittersweet cocoa finish. Lays long on the tongue.

Yum. Good stuff, Japan!

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -24.2%

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

Beer is black (shocking I know), with a big head. The head leaves some moderate lacing on the glass but I have no idea about the carbonation, its too thick at the corners.

The aroma is sweetness and coffee, that's the espresso I suppose.

Medium body to this beer, nice and smooth feeling. The flavors, very sweet up front but not like syrup, like sugar, lots of coffee in the late mid- to the back palate of the beer. This beer probably has too much flavor, very much coffee. Its a seriously huge coffee beer. Be aware, if you don't like coffee....cautiously back away from this beer. Its not for you.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and had a half finger of bubbly head leaving plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it did have some espresso character but had some roastiness, lacto milky notes with hints of vanilla, and mild dark fruits mostly raisins.

T: the dark fruits were more apparent on the taste alongside espresso, chocolate, vanilla accents but had roasty notes and a touch of lacto milky flavors.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, mild dark fruity, and milky finish.

D: definitely a decent stout that was quite tasty and I don't really like too many drinks with caffeine character.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1%

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 tommy5
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 994 ratings.
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