Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Commemorative AleHitachino Nest Commemorative Ale

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Kiuchi Brewery

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells slightly better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014 edition, 8% abv. i love what these guys do, but this one isnt my favorite, not by a long shot. i had much higher hops, loosely an eisbock with vanilla beans and spices added, this should taste better than it does, although freshness might be an issue in my bottle. it pours a rich caramel color, bronze to amber really, honey thick, and heady as they come, frothy and lasting. it smells fine, the vanilla is lost to booze, malt sweetness, and oxidation though, and i cant really place the spices, but they seem a little all over the map. notes of cardamom, clove, allspice and anise in the tastes confirm that, and the vanilla seems almost superfluous to what else is going on, like the grain bill is complex enough and sweet enough that it basically does the same thing. im also not sure im getting eisbock as the base style very effectively, although being this sweet its hard to tell. its spicy, but not over spiced, and i find myself liking that aspect more and more as i drink it. the amped up carbonation also helps, but i wouldnt and maybe couldnt drink more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as an amber color with a cream colored head on top. The smell of the beer was a little on the spicy side with some sweet malts shining through. The taste of the beer has some nice herbal flavors that I found pretty interesting. The mouthfeel was well balanced and was drinkable with a good carbonation. Overall this beer was pretty good, it's one that I would be interested revisiting.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellowish orange in color with some fine particles visible floating in suspension and a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and coating the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate enticing aromas of orange peel in the nose along with some hints of coriander spices.
T: The taste has flavors of cantaloupe melons and orange peel along with hints of nutmeg and vanilla beans.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although the alcohol was well hidden from the taste, this is an interesting beer that is probably better off as one to be sipped.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beutifully capturing the best of what the holiday season has to offer, Hitachino's Commemoration Ale gives a taste of bready and spiced desserts, a hint of citrus and the warmth of muddled spiced rum. Its culmination is quite suitable for present opening and feast eating.

As the ale opens, its rich honey-amber hue is copper, brown and red in all equal parts. A creamy and fluid head climbs from the ale and hugs the rim firmly with a hard clinging attitude as the ale recedes. Its a very convincing appearance!

Aromas of honey, caramel and something of a sorghum frames the beer's hearty-sweet upstart. Couple that with the spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of clove allows a distinctive "ginger snap" aroma to arise. Hints of citurs waft about and bring in a bring and zesty note heading into taste.

Its creamy-sweet flavors are pronounced with caramel, toffee and that bit of sorghum. Hearty in that the malts are a little over caramelized, a toasty and crusty taste accompanies the sweeter taste. But its middle is sprinkled with that cinnamon, nutmeg and citrus peel character for the spicy breadiness that reinforces the ginger-snap flavor that was detected in the nose. As the ale trails, the fleeing sweetness allows for a glimpse into the citrusy and spicy hops and moderate alcohol.

Creamy and lightly bready early on, the texture of gingerbread milkshakes seem to draw favorable comparisons. But as the ale slowly releases its carbonation, the spicier, drier and more resinous textures prevail. This leads to a warm and peppery finish that soothes the stomach, palate, and more so- the mind.

Without saying on the label exactly what "Commemorative Ale" is commemorating, the ale really tries hard to capture the taste of Christmas desserts with gingersnap cookies and they do that to perfection. If this is not their intent, then they are way off target.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml short-ass bottle, 8% ABV - the most New Year's Eve appropriate beer in my fridge - the label presents the Hitachino owl mascot, which looks like it's been watching "Battling Seizure Robots", pasted in front of Mt. Fuji. Sufficiently Japanese for this gaijin.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with four fat Western fingers of puffy, bubbly, and foamy off-white head, which recedes rather slowly, leaving some broadly awkward sudsy coral reef lace around the glass.

It smells of bready - the gingery sort - malt, mild musty citrus, metallic cinnamon, a softly spicy herbal note that is most likely the advertised coriander, and a musty, earthy, leafy hoppiness. The taste is more in the same vein - rather sweet caramel and wheaty malt, kissed with ginger and nutmeg, overripe citrus, sugary coriander, woody vanilla, and a bit of herbal, lightly perfumed spiced rum warming.

The carbonation is rather tame, not even throwing up a front of frothiness, the body a stolid medium weight, mostly smooth and perhaps a tad creamy. It finishes well off-dry, malty, fruity and pleasantly boozy. And clean, let's not forget about that.

A pleasant, subdued, but still thoroughly flavourful holiday ale, one with strong mirror-world BSDA holiday-season tendencies. The large-ish (8% here) alcohol is well integrated, manifesting in nothing more than a particularly suitable warming, and as the last few hours of 2009 zoom by, the label's fortune cookie-esque English translation of a decidedly forward-looking upbeat New Year's saying actually hits the spot right now.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Commemorative Ale 2011.

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and pretty good retention for the ABV. Colour is a nontransparent light grapefruit red. Generally appealing - it's beer.

Sm: Bright fruit, clean malts, some toasted or caramelized malt, spices, cream, chestnut, caramel, perhaps plum, and hints of floral hops. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Caramelized and toasted malts, subdued fruit notes - none of them distinct, chestnut, hints of floral hops, and varied bright clean malts. Decently balanced but lackluster and a bit scattershot. Built okay. No alcohol comes through, an impressive feat. Indistinct. I don't detect vanilla bean even when I search for it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with adequate thickness and carbonation. Complements the flavours generally, but doesn't feel tailored to them.

Dr: Drinkable but not impressive. I like it but I wouldn't have it again, especially at import prices. I imagine it's quite well-priced in Japan, but here it's too much for its limited quality.

High C+

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Photo of nickfl
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Stunning reddish-orange color with just a hint of haze. Giant, obscene 4+ finger, off white head that takes several min to settle enough to allow me to finish pouring the beer. This is one of the most attractive beers I have ever seen.

S - Malty aroma, a bit of caramel, yeasty with a distinct note of vanilla and some citrus.

T - Lots of coriander up front with a strong orange note (unusually, it seems more like orange juice than orange zest); fairly acidic. Yeast and spice character comes in the middle, with banana esters and a slightly spicy cinnamon note. Bitterness and a hint of hops show up towards the end with some woody/leathery notes in the finish, as well as coriander and a jasmine like spice note.

M - Medium body with very high carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - The drinkability suffers a little on this one from the high residual sweetness; although it hides its 9% alcohol well. The spices and sweetness seem a bit cloying at first, but I am liking it more and more towards the end of the glass. The spice character is quite complex, in the flavor at least, and the orange notes in particular are excellent.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip, bottle code of NY.11.11(presumably November 2011?). Pours hazy reddish orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big bubblegum, coriander, orange peel, banana, cinnamon, pepper, wheat, caramel, vanilla, biscuit, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas here with good strength and complexity. Taste of big banana, bubblegum, pepper, coriander, cinnamon, caramel, clove, nutmeg, orange zest, wheat, biscuit, and yeast spices. Slight spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, banana, bubblegum, pepper, orange zest, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of flavors with good complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Very easy to drink for 8%; with hardly any alcohol warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a great spiced amber ale. A lot of great flavors that have nice complexity and balance.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow to light orange with a half finger tall beige head. Head reduces quickly to a thing ring of bubbles at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very soft, not an intense aroma. Orange, ginger, vanilla, floral notes, coriander, and some sweet malts are present.

T: Light hint of alcohol is observed. Flavors are dominated by zesty orange and spices - ginger, coriander, cinnamon, and vanilla. The finish is grassy and earthy.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

O: Not as spicy as I was thinking it might have been - the spices are more subtle and that improves the enjoyment of this beer. Very interesting flavor profile but slightly lacking in the nose. Glad that I tried this beer which is a good example of the style.

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Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at macadoodles in Springdale, AR; not sure if this is a freshness date, but NY 11.07 is at the bottom right of the rear label...

Pours a very effervescent copper with a pinky of fast fading cream colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Juicy fruit gum & white grapes

T: Ginger, cinnamon & apple peel with a touch of juicy fruit gum up front (this is actually working for me). The spices seize the day as this warms along with some pear brandy. Finishes warming with a nice mix of spices, some green apple peel & a touch of orange peel showing up very late to the party..

MF: Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation with a warming sensation. Thins out a tad as this warms

The spice mix in this beer works well, this is a bit of an odd bird, but pretty enjoyable. Would go great with dessert, or most Asian food

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Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2010 version - served on tap at Brass Rail Deli 1/27/10.

A - A very attractive looking beer with slightly murky amber-banana milkshake appearance w/ whipped up ecru cap which settles to a band. The bead is fine and stringy lace collects

S - Slightly fruity full spicy nose w/ fruit ester of yeast and hint of floral aroma w/ a mild pineapple ester w/ subtle bubblegum aroma

M - a slightly viscous feel- sugary on the palate w/ moderately high effervescent and fruity texture w/ slightly spicy middle and alcohol presence is somewhat high in the finish w/ residual sweetness in the finish

T - The beer tastes like a strong ale in some respects as malt is sweet and has an unripe banana kind of tanginess from the yeast w/ mild peppery spice which hints at coriander w/ a nice tropical fruit element and sweet finish

D - A tasty strong spiced brew. The beer is nice for half the glass, but as it warms seems to become more alcohol influenced and the attenuation isn't there. The yeast notes of pineapple and spice seems to fit sippin' in winter

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy caramel orange amber with a half-finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, orange, banana, holiday spicing, especially cinnamon. Festive. Flavor follows with caramel malt, orange citrus, coriander, cinnomaon clove and a hint of ginger. Well integrated. Finish somewhat thinner with residual spices, caramel and orange. Very pleasant creamy medium body. I enjoyed this take on a Belgian inspired holiday ale.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a orangish brown in color with pale yellow highlights that had a 2 finger head that dissipated quite fast and left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a combination of caramel and herbal notes seem to dominate the aroma along with floral, citrusy, spice, sweetness from malts and faint booze.

T: the herbal and caramel notes are more apparent on the palate with some spice, slight brown sugar, earthy, and citrusy accents. It did have a touch of underlying booze as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of tingly carbonation which had a sweet, spice, herbal, and citrusy finish.

D: drank decent and was a good herbal beer that reminds me of a sahti style beer. I didn't know the japanese had it in them.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very carbonated hazy orange/amber with a huge head that fades to a healthy cap. The smell is really nice- beautifully integrated aromas of wood, orange peel, vanilla, spice, and Belgian yeast smells of bread, clove, and spice. Very dry and no one aroma dominates. Taste is similar, but a little less subtle. Sweet orange flavors up front followed by spicy hops and a slight woodiness and then more subtle flavorsthat fall away of orange peel, vanilla, and a slightly sour graininess. Mouthfeelis a little overcarbonated early on in the beer followed by it being slightly washed out and a touch tannic. Interesting beer, but a little out of whack in the mouthfeel department.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Orange with a touch of bronze and a small whispy cap that left abruptly, no stick.

S- Oranges, coriander, vanilla, other spices

T- Vanilla, coriander, oranges, other spices. This is for sure a Kiuchi beer, LOL!!

F- Medium, light carb, small linger of alcohol.

D- Glad I split the bottle, not a winner.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was pleasantly surprised to see this on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer smells very sweet with almost a cherry cough drop nose. The beer is every bit as sweet on the palate, but not overly so. This beer is quite smooth and tastes rather potent. While not tiring to drink, and while the abv. is not overly noticeable, you can tell the abv. is up there. The beer is quite warming, making it an excellent winter warmer (though the beer sheet at Max's describes this beer as an eisbock). The beer finishes well and has a long, smooth finish. It really strikes one as quite rich.

This is a pretty nice beer, though one at a sitting would be my limit.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy cranberry red with a long-lasting white head, no lace.

S: Spicy fruitcake, vanilla, I'd liken it to a scented holiday candle.

T: Mix of sweet cherries, plums and strawberries. Orange peel is candy like and clear in the flavour. Notes of cinnamon as well, the other spices aren't as clear cut.

M: Smooth and creamy, medium-bodied, not thin at all, pretty long aftertaste.

D: Good winter beer, nice and spicy, would be good on a cold night.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a copperish body with two finger head and lace patches down the glass. Aroma is spicy and peppery with hints of anise or licorice. Medium bodied with a little bit of sweetness and smoothness. Has this spicy feel to it that gives it a heated sweetness and there is a touch of woodiness or breadiness that give it a fuller body. Pretty interesting beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: bright, hazy copper/orange with a huge, rocky 3 finger light beige head that was mostly lasting.

S: a slight funky yeastiness with sour orange peel standing out the most along with some holiday spices (cinnamon, nutmeg).

T: malty, with lots of dry oranges, cinnamon, and nutmeg spicing. The mouthful was full and creamy with warm oranges. The beer finished with a nice spiciness from both the yeast (funky farmhouse notes) and the festive spicing along with a slight acidity factor. There was a beautiful raw orange peel and creamy malty lacing on the tongue for a finish along with a lingering light sourness of oranges and malt.

M: Nice creamy mouthful, warm spicing

D: Drinks really nice for 9.0%abv. smooth, enjoyable and festive spicing makes this a good try.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I see a hazy honey coloured brew that brings almost a 2 finger head of foam. Lacing is you betchya!

The nose is pretty festive. I get some nutmeg(a fav of mine in winter brews), coriander, some grape like fruitiness, all on the malty and fruity side and nay to any bitter notes.

Nutmeg and a sweetish malt flavour that reminds me of the lovely oxidation you get in a UK barleywine or old ale is first up for me. I do get some coriander and some other spiciness that doesn't strike me so hot. Now there's a strange bitterness that creeps in in the finish. It really started off great but...

Medium body, lightish carbonation.

Bottom line, it's strong and pretty good overall. I had higher hopes based on my first sips.

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Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy ruby red color with orange hues a huge, thick yellowish-beige head that last throughout, coating the glass in chunky lacing. Spicy citrus aroma with hints of cinnamon, vanilla, lemon zest and orange peel. Very carbonated but still has a creamy medium body. Light fruit notes of cherry, lemon, orange peel, with hints of vanilla spicy cinnamon and slight alcohol warmth in the finish. The ABV is very well masked.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass nov28 2009

A cloudy peach with tonnes of little bubbles this beer is very much alive, large 3 finger head has excellent retention and leaves decent lace. pretty sexy looking beer if you ask me

S I don't smell vanilla mentioned on the label but I do pick up on some clove not mentioned along with the nutmeg and a little booze

T as it smells but with a little citrus along with some allspice and a touch of warming booze, not a bad winter warmer much better then I expected

M before it turns to foam in your mouth it has a creamy feel upon entry

D a little dangerous if you ask me, a very unique ale and my first from a Japanese micro

this was a great introduction to micro beers from Japan, I have the inside scoop on a number of new ones that should be hitting shelves in Alberta soon. I think the bottles alone will make these quite popular and the fact that the beer inside is quite good won't hurt their cause

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells of toffee and prunes.

Flavor is led by dark fruit, with raisins and prune tartness underlying a light sweetness that becomes dry mid palate and finishes bitter and herbal. Good amount of alcohol heat.

Certainly not an eisbock in the traditional sense, and a little more one-note and bitter than I prefer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A sweet, strong smell of spices, citrus and some hops.

T: Tasted of spices (coriander, cinnamon, a little pepper) and citrus. Very vibrant and sweet.

M: Lots of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A good, drinkable example of a spiced beer. Goes down very easy with very little trace of the 9% ABV.

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