Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto)Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto)

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Kiuchi Brewery

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 221 | Ratings: 374
Photo of DrummerDan
4.52/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer but it isn't easy to find and it has always been a bit pricey.

Upon opening the bottle, dark chocolate, caramelized malty goodness, and a slight citrus aroma fill the air. As I pour it into a giant goblet the head grows and grows. There is highly active carbonation and now I smell a bit of berry. Although there is a definite creaminess the carbonation makes this beer taste lighter than it is. The head sticks to the side of the glass and last well past my drinking.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.28/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a big bottle into the glass a solid black body that appears rather thinnish. Head is tan and tall. Smell is a mix of chocolate, roasted malt, lactic acid, lemon juice, and some funk. The chocolate is surely present in the taste but the roastiness mellows it out. Lots of acid on the tongue with lemon juice flavors and lactic acid. I pick up some tobacco in the flavor somewhere. Finishes dry with more roasted grain and some black berry that sticks in my mind on into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is kind of light and lively. OK. This is an extremely refreshing, interesting, and delicious stout that I could see being a good summer session stout, especially since it's less than 4% abv.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.22/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque, brown, milkshake color head is huge on this stout, and slow to go. Nose is roasty coffee, caramel, roast chocolate, herbal hop, and fruity, spicy and nutty yeast products. Crazy.

The first thing that hits me is fruit bouquet, then herbal hop ushers in phenols. There is a sourness I find off-putting and tobacco in the finish. Good if you don't think of it as stout. Awesome with lamb. This stuff is definately different. Mouthfeel gets points off for stinging.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost completely opaque black with minimal hazy brown highlights at the rim. A short but creamy dark tan head soon drops to a collar. It does, howwever, last throughout the glass. The nose is somewhat limited but offers a thin roastiness and a mildly tart fruitiness. The body is light with a very fine and mild carbonation (from bottle conditioning) that's silky smooth and lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor is quite intriguing, and not at all what's normally expected of a sweet stout. It starts lightly fruity - turning gently tart - and warms to reveal some dark toffee and baker's chocolate followed by the promised sweetness before finishing with a lightly dry and mildly roasty finish. It's quite unique, as are all of the Hitachino Nest beers, with an interesting twist on the style. Refreshing, fairly complex and interesting, and quite enjoyable. Certainly worth trying for those who seek unusual beers!

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Photo of Stunner97
4.13/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say I actually really did enjoy this beer, it pour a very dark black in color with little to no carbonation and a slight white head. Its smelled of roasted malts and espresso, nice yet not overwhelming nose. I actually very much enjoyed the flavor to this stout. Nice sweetness and malt, a lot of roasted malts and sweet coffee and hints of chocolate. Very well balanced and not off putting in anyway. Mouthfeel was medium bodied soft and smooth. Overall drink ability on this was actually great and I liked this as a really nice session stout if money was no option. Its only at 4 percent alcohol and the flavor does not seem to suffer much from this at all. Overall this was more then I would have been expecting from a Japanese stout. This is one I would seek out again and think would go great with a good meal or to drink as something that wont get you bombed. Would be a good beer to have out when you would still have to drive later and dont want to be getting a dui with out sacrificing flavor in the process.

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Photo of FMetzger
4.07/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark body. Head is light khaki and thin. Not quite as heady as some.
S: Sweet and slightly grainy. Smells good.
T: Sweetness comes through on middle and back of tongue. Interesting dryness to the tip of the tongue. Not overdone, which I think adds to the drinkability.
M: A little thin, which I was not prepared for with the added lactose. A little fuller of a feel on the tongue would add to this beer.
D: Easy drinker. I definitely could have more than one. Thankfully it is low in alcohol, so that won't be a problem.

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Photo of Auraan
4.07/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black body with brown highlights when held to light and one finger of bubbly tan head that quickly receded. Overall impression of appearance is of a light stout, with a nice dark body and head formation that starts large yet recedes quickly. Not bad. Scents of milk chocolate and roast malt, light lactic sourness, yogurt-like, moderate notes of coffee with cream sweet cream, some light leather and dark fruit aromas add an aged feel. Overall impression of aroma is of a very apparent milk stout, but one with a great deal of other aromas present adding depth and making this an appealing beer. Flavor begins mildly sweet with notes of coffee with cream, bittersweet and milk chocolates and a light lactic acid sourness. This moves into a dry middle, with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and cream with a still light lactic sourness. Finish is dry with notes of dark coffee and chocolate, roasted malt at moderately high levels, cream at medium levels, hints of raisin at very light levels and a light lactic sourness. Aftertaste is robust roasted malt and a light cream flavor. Overall impression of flavor is of a rather dry stout, not really the sweet stout claimed on the bottle. Still a rather nice dry milk stout, with a pleasant sourness working well with the roast malt. A rather simple overall profile, but still quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is light bodied with light carbonation and a smooth, slightly chalky feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a dry stout, rather pleasant and easily sessionable. Overall this is an excellent dry milk stout. It showcases the addition of the lactose in aroma and flavor and blends it well with the malt while still staying dry. As a sweet stout it lacks, but overall it is a fine example of a different sort of stout, one that is a touch experimental and very pleasant to drink.

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Photo of dfillius
4.07/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger tan head that dissipates fgairly fast. Dark, dark brown - almost opaque, but red highlights exist along the bottom edge.
S: Malted milkball (whoppers), teriyaki sauce, black cherry, surprising combination, but good!
T: Fruit, milk, sweetness. Very interesting, like a blackberry malt. That flavor gives way to a dark bread flavor, then pleasant hookah tobacco smoke at the end. Some tart, wild almost Brett-like notes exist in here as well.
M: Light and a bit fizzy. Very light for a stout. A tad heavier than Guinness, but I'd like more body in a stout, especially a milk stout.
D: High drinkability due to good ratings on the above. Low alcohol makes this almost a session beer. Slightly odd taste brings down overall drinkability.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.02/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: I am completely ignoring style in this review.

AP: Deep Mahogony body, thin and dissipating tan head.

A: Lambic like sourness. Lactic acid in the extreme. Roasted malts.

T: more lactic acid, roasted malts, coffee, milk, chocolate, lemon peals, lime zest, and wonderful lambic like acids.

MF: SOUR, SOUR, SOUR! Wonderfully sour. Blistering astringency. Thin body, much much too thin for any style but the wonderful sourness is so refreshing. If this beer was marketed as a black lambic it would be much more highly received.

D: Slightly above average.

As a “milk stout” this is the worst I have ever had, but as a beer I just love it. It has so many of the characteristics that I find charming and addicting in lambics, gauzes, and winter saisons. Absolutely unique and innovative.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.02/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown with a thin light brown head. The head fades quickle, leavinga good lacing.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. I can desect a slight coffee smell. It has a little nutty presence also. Maybe just a hint of chocolate in there also.

This beer has a light coffee like taste. It has trace flavors of chocolate. It is also pretty sweet. It has a slight flavor of half and half. The kind from McDonalds when it is a little warm.

This beer is carbonated well. It has a creamy texture to it. It goes down smooth, leaving a creamy half and half like aftertaste.

This beer would probably be a good session beer. It is very low in alcohol, so that definately wouldnt be a problem. Also, the flavor is not offensive or overbearing. I think this beer is pretty good. The half and half flavor took a little while to get used to, but not I kind of like it.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.02/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a opaque dark brown body with a tan head that is thick and creamy but sounds a bit like soda pop when pouring. The head settles to a thin layer after a bit.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt and grain has a very nutty almost hazelnut aroma to it. There is some earthiness to the roast and it is a light aroma.

T- This beer has a faint nutty flavor and instant coffee (but in a positive way) accent to the malt flavor. There is a strong milk flavor to the malt aswell. There is no real hop finish but a note of dry carbonic bite balances the malts.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture that makes the mouthfeel more full. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- I would call this a Japanese stout. Its flavors remind me of the taste of traditional Japanese cuisine. Very soft subtle flavors yet complex and interesting at the same time. There are nuances that are good flavors but hard to describe. Nice beer that is subtle, yet mysteriously interesting.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.02/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin, dense, espresso crema-colored head. Sweet Stout is very, very dark brown in color and smells a bit like Kahlua, with chocolate and cafe latte notes. The taste is creamy, with strong coffee and cream flavor and a touch of dry cocoa. The influence of the lactose is easy to detect, as it makes this brew creamy, sweet, and a touch sour in the finish. Nice, full mouthfeel. This beer isn't at all oppressive, especially for a stout, and is surprisingly easy to drink. Overall, it reminds me very much of a slightly smoky Kahlua flavor. I'll have this one again.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ML bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a very dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma is all malt. The taste is roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate and has that thick milk stout feel with a slight acidic aftertaste.

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Photo of GinaBeerInc
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on bottle. Thick, dense light tan head, moderate in duration, tops a coal-black body...sweet milk chocolate and licorice in the nose with a bit of wet pine...body extremely smooth and milky, with a light pervading fizzy sourness, a bit like the faint underlying citrus in a cola, and a moderately sweet chalky cocoa texture overlaying it, touches of anise and cherry...relatively dry, smooth and quick finish.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at Goebbels in Wichita, 1st from this brewery, review based on notes

Pours chestnut with 3+ fingers of mocha head. No head retention or lacing

S: Chocolate, some coffee & roasty malt

T: Lactic acid notes, coffee, & iron up front. Roasted malt, more coffee & a hint of molasses as this warms. Finishes dry, roasty & with lactose; almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks good, a nice sweet stout, a bit pricey, paid about $5.50 for 12 ounces

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Photo of timtim
3.95/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

kind of a weird one and not my favorite hitachino offering, but far from bad. the lactose or something gave it a strange, but for some reason pleasing, soured milk scent and taste. a bit of smoke and tobacco in there as well, it kind of reminded me of guiness in the can with a spoiled milk funk. i know that sounds terrible, but it wasn't half bad. i'll stick to the classic, espresso, white and ginger. oh yeah, and celebration and xh. one of my favorite breweries, this one just lacks a bit.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't know why this beer had such unfavorable reviews. Perhaps it is because sweet stout is one of the most unpopular categories on this site...

Anyway, I had this beer on tap at (where else?) Spuyten Duyvil. The beer poured a deep brown, definitely not black... looked more like a robust porter.

Exept it did not smell like one! Definitely dominated by roasted barley and chocolate malts, although some crystals were peeping through as well. Hop aroma was basically nonexistent, this one was all sugar.

The taste was good. The balance was definitely not from the hop flavor, but rather the sweetness was balanced by the roasted malt character.

The beer was medium to full-bodied, and had a nice mouthfeel.

Overall, pretty drinkable considering I don't care for the style that much.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.91/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Popeye in Tokyo, Japan.

This stout poured black as soy sauce with a creamy, tan head (typical nitrogen foam). The smell was sweet and malty but modest. The taste was sweet but also somewhat tangy (almost a hint of tartness). Tastes of malt and cocoa were evident. The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy, and clean. The body was medium, and the carbonation feel was low. There was an initial tartness on the tongue which gave way to the sweetness. This was a good stout on tap. I liked this sample better than the bottle I had sampled in the US.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Impossible to pour, fizzes massively into solid head.
Nose shows lots of roasted malt with plenty of chocolate notes. A little bit of acidity shows but quite subtle. Simple but nice, that chocolate character is amazing.
Very similar flavours, nice and light with little roasty bitterness. Nice chocolate and nutty notes though. Again, not much sourness, finishes a little weakly.
Carbonation is too high.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.89/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a bottle into a pint glass. mahogany liquid, moderate cream foam that didn't last. Within the realm of acceptability for a stout but not a very assertive look comparatively speaking.

S - lactose, vanilla, and cherry. Unusual (in a good way) but the smells remain rooted in malts. So it's almost like a new brand of cherry vanilla soda, but gently reminds you it's still a beer.

T - distinctively sweet, though not via the "sharp" / "tart" / "crisp" sensation I get from many milk stouts. Prominent syrupy malts. The more unusual aromas are kind of drowned, but it's ok for this style to be one sided. Smooth but unremarkable finish.

Note: do not let this beer sit out! I left a dL or two in the bottom of the glass while I was distracted with something, just for an hour, and came back to find some sort of off-brand diet cola. The flavor assaulted you with a sweetness that reminded me of saccharine, but even more bitter & metallic (and turned into said aftertaste almost instantly). Gave it to my GF to make sure I wasn't crazy -- sure enough we both had to chase the taste away with another drink after pouring out the remaining Hitachino.

M - It avoided being thin or watery, but didn't do anything for me.

D - Interesting and worth remembering. Still, it's far enough off the beaten path to remain a specialty beer. Especially at its price. There are occasions where it'll be the perfect choice, but they are rare. Until then there are better deals if I just want a "normal" milk stout.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.87/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown to black with only a hint of brown on the edge when held to the light. Topped with 1 finger of dark brown chocolate milk coloured head.

Chocolate, honeycomb toffee, and molasses.

Light toasted notes with a hint of honeycomb toffee.

Light body, moderate, foamy carbonation.

Been wanting to have this one for a while, even though its not so highly rated. No regrets. The nose is awesome, a little flat on the taste but still quite nice. Feels great. Got on wishbeer, drank Aug 6th, 2016 in Chiang Mai.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown to near black colour with a moderate but somewhat sticky tan head. the smell is of chocolate, caramel and malt. sweet and sugary but not unbearable. the flavour is most definitely sweet and chocolate here, but it is nicely balanced and cut down upon by the malt. caramel intermingles as well. this one is very smooth and very creamy. it's a bit thin of a stout, but it's a diferent kind of stout so it's to be expected a bit. could i drink this in large quantities as a session brew? no way. is it a nice dessert brew or one to sample from time to time? most definitely. enjoyable in small doses, i'd say.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Bottle. Pours Small tan head with a final thin persistent layer. Clear very dark brown. Aroma roasted malt with sweetness and burnt fruits. Flavours are toasted malts,coffee, dark fruit. For a 4% ABV absolutely great.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big 24.3 oz bottle, not tops in volume, but it just feels big in the hand.
I've only had their wheats before, so I anticipate this one eagerly...
fully opaque appearance, dark brown color, with light creeping in the edges, revealing reddish tinges,and blessed with a huge, zesty, light tan head, bubbling and popping as it chaotically collapses down to it crackle, too...oh, it's a buzzing, aural cacophony, when it set it up to your ear.
Aroma: definite shades of coca-cola, but after that creamy, cocoa, some bitter espresso notes, as well, bitter-sweet, I should say, for it's an even-tempered smell. I can detect a bit pitch and tar, a hint of mollasses and spice, but that may be a stretch.
Taste: has a heft, but feels mellow in the mouth, very cool, and not too sweet at all. Ah, but that changes further in, and the bright, fruity character that comes close to cola emerges more full on the palate. The "lacto" is detected a bit, as well, and only adds to the smoothness of the brew. Body is medium, finish is soft, and pleasant, a nice, sweet treat.
Though not my favorite style of stout by any means, this is not such a bad bottle of beer. Goes done well, and could possibly make a case for itself as a "session stout", if it weren't for the price. ($8.19's what I paid)
Still, I'm interested to see what they would do with an Imperial Stout, even an Oatmeal.

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Photo of dansteino
3.82/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Little more than Average. Dark, muddy brown. Very little head. Good lacing.

Smell: Pretty good. Caramel. Chocolate milk. Some ripe fruit. Some sour fruit (like a Flanders Red).

Taste: Different. Some chocolate. Lots of sweetness. Some sourness. A little too light and watery.

Interesting. Not bad. A little expensive. I would drink this again . . . especially if somebody else were buying.

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