Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) | Kiuchi Brewery

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

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.81/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very fine light brown colour, opaque in the middle but otherwise a bit lacklustre. Head is fine and mild-bubbled. Some patchy lacing. Otherwise, not that great.

Nose is sweet, but slightly organic, with a rotting character that really doesn't bear repeating. Some roasted notes, but the sweetness is a little sickening, giving the impression of vomit and chewed grains. Not impressed.

Taste is similar, although the sweetness is more subdued, giving a pleasant grain character instead. It's still very light-bodied and rather easily drinkable. Not much to it at all, but it's not unpleasant. Body is extremely thin, however.

It's not bad, but it's very, very unexciting. A stout? Questionable. It has the lightness and easy drinking of any generic beer you choose to name. Pretty boring.

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Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml stubby bottle served in a pint glass. Some dark sediment remaining in the bottom of the glass added mid-tasting.

Pours an opaque near-black with a creamy tan head. Head dies down soon but leaves a lasting ring and partial top coat.

The aroma is not as expected, being a bit weak, not particularly sweet, and with a quality suggestive of teriyaki sauce and certainly not that of a typical stout. Aroma suggests a higher ABV than 4%.

The taste too was different than expected, wither based on style or aroma. Most notably, although not bitter this "Sweet Stout" is not sweet. In fact, it has a nice hop balance that is unusual for style and suggestive of a West Coast stout. Some chocolate initially followed by some coffee and teriyaki sauce in the finish. Rating leans towards 3.5.

The mouthfeel is a little bit thin and astringent for style (detriments), as well as crisper and more lively (not a detriment IMO). Semi-dry finish.

O - an enjoyable and modestly distinctive stout that is neither heavy nor sweet.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch light tan head that went away quickly. Not much lacing. Aroma is milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a bit of soy sauce. The brew tastes like milk chocolate, roasted malt, lactose, and some coffee. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. It's not a bad brew, but there's nothing impressive about this one either.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours dark brown with brown highlights. It had an inch of mocha head.

S - Milk chocolate and roasted malt

T - Milk chocolate up front. It finishes with rich roasted coffee.

M - Moderate

O - Up front this beer lacks taste but I love the iced coffee finish.

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Photo of Lldeegan
3.78/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours smooth, black liquid with a capping of finely bubbled foam.

Gives off aromas of sweet chocolate, caramel, vanilla, coffee.

Light carbonation on the palate gives a prickle that leads to a sweet yet bitter dry cocoa, espresso and chocolate flavor mid palate followed by more coffee, some vanilla, and a caramel sweet finish.

This stout has a lingering stick, is sweet and slightly bitter.

Very drinkable stout and is very versatile, even good in warm weather.

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Photo of jcurtis55
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was my first experience with a milk stout and I've since had others that are much better. The flavors are somewhat subdued compared to a normal stout, but I still found it pleasant to drink. The taste improved considerably as it warmed to something closer to a cellar temperature.

I didn’t find the aroma to be very strong and got almost no head from the pour at all. I wouldn’t have a problem drinking this again, but I can think of a lot of other stouts I would rather have. Very unremarkable.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.22/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Pint shaped glass

A - Beer poured with plenty of creme colored head, had a slight reddish tint to it; head was rocky and held pretty well, and left a solid amount of lacing behind, not very sticky; traces of yeast sediment are visible along with a light amount of visible carbonation; beer poured with a rather thin look, watery

S - Light notes of roasted malts, coffee; mostly licorice, rice and dark chocolate; some milk or lactose but very subtle; raisin and dried figs

T - Strong lactose taste gives this beer its sweetness; sweet with a touch of licorice and roasted malt flavors, not much to this, with some dry bitterness; subtle hints of coffee and dark fruit flavors

M - Watery and thin, not very effervescent; there really isn't much of an aftertaste; clean

D - Overall not a bad drink, but not great either; aftertaste grows to be a little weird well after drinking, in fact, the lactose I think hampers the full flavor character that rests in this recipe

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Photo of wordemupg
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 28/6/11

A dark cola with a tight finger of mocha foam that hangs on for some time but only leaves a little lace

S some cold coffee and chocolate milk that's about to turn

T bitter chocolate and coco powder with a little plum and raisin on top of what I smell

M light for the color but well carbonated

O OK beer but that's about it, a little light with a slightly sour sweet smell

not the best offering from this brewer but not as bad as I expected from the score for this one

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.07/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

There’s something very off about the aroma. It’s tart, acidic, and funky. There’s light roasted notes and some sweetness, but it’s drowned out by the former. It doesn’t look bad though. Very dark brown, with lighter tinges on the edges with a light brown head that dissipates fast and leaves nothing. The funk doesn’t really show itself much at all on the taste. Light roasted notes, a bit of milky sweetness, and possibly a hint of chocolate. The feel is creamy, but jeeze is it thin. There’s just not much substance to it. Overall, it’s a mess, and I’m glad I only paid a dollar for it on clearance.

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Photo of Jazzcrop
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes of sour milk, soggy French fries, paper, weeds, white chocolate, hops and albion sugar. Wanted something a bit more.... compact? I don't know but the flavors in this didn't really work all that well together. Nah, not really buy this again. Once was enough.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1-finger light brown head that leaves no lace, very dark almost black beer, some yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is a sweet malt. Flavor is malty sweet, not dry but for a stout it seems thin. $5.20 for a 330ml bottle, from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of ONUMello
2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: This looks in every way like root beer, including the fizzy head.
S: Smells metallic. A bit of cream and toasted malt.
T: Fairly light. Reminds me of pop. Some roasted malt characteristics and a bit of sweetness.
M: Very light. The slight carbonation is nice.
O: Got better as it warmed, but I won't be getting more.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours out as traditional black colored brew with a thin tan head on it that faded quickly. The smell was a little funky but had some decent smokey roasted aromas going on in there. The taste of this was sweet and roasted upfront that went into a subtle nuttiness in the end. The mouthfeel was ok, could have been creamier. This was an average stout at best.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - near black with a little light getting through on the bottom, two fingers of head bubbled away fairly quickly to a thin cover
S - astringent and sour, some sweetness and roasty malt bitterness
T - light sourish milk, tart roasty malt, fruit syrup sweetness, chaulky, with sour notes lasting through the finish
M - high carbonation, tartness its strong with astringent feel through finish
O - the tart sour nature takes away from the milk stout qualities I was hoping for, somewhat disappointed relative to other Hitachino's I've tried

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Photo of ritzkiss
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle from Buffalo, pours a dark brown with a thick tightly packed head. Nose is a weird dark fruit, sweet, smoke combo. More smoke in the flavor with a slight sweetness, smoke, charred wood, slight infection-type flavor notes. Worst part is the carbonation, WAY too high, bites in the mouth even after trying to swirl it out. Could be quite flavorful for the ABV but there are some major flaws here - Haven't had a beer this bad in a while.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout

A: Black colour and a big 1 cm head. Fades to an ok amount of lacing.

S: It smells like roasty malt and chocolate with a hint of sour milk.

T: The taste is like sour coffee to begin with with an aftertaste of bitter coffee.

M: Reasonably foamy, but thin.

O: Very strange brew. I don't think I like it.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep dark mahogany with a ruby red hue, thin layer of big bubbled mocha head with little retention and no lacing.

S - A touch metallic, but sweet chocolate, molasses and dark caramel notes come through.

T - Comes across a tad chalky, some leafy greens detectable with the dark cocoa and some sour cherries. Some sweeter molasses notes linger alongside some bitter coffee flavours on the finish.

M - A little too much carbonation for my liking, and finishes a little too dry as well.

O - A tasty offering, but by far the weakest of the Hitachino flagship beers that I've had the pleasure of trying to date. By no means terrible, but just not up to par with the rest of their beers.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a glass-handled mug at Stout NYC in New York City.

A: Near-black, espresso brown color with a frothy head of tan-foam which leaves a little weak lacing on the glass.

S: Chalky, bittersweet chocolate, lightly spicy and earthy hop aroma and some roasted, specialty grains.

T: Light, roasted malt character with a slightly sweet and chocolaty flavor blended over mild, herbal and grassy hop component. Bits of hazelnut and near-Nutella sweetness flash quickly on the palate. Thin, creamy sweetness washes the brew to a slightly, slick and watery finish.

M: Medium bodied stout with minimal creaminess and a bit thin in some spots.

D: Certainly sessionable at just under 4% ABV, and although there's enough flavor squeezed out of such little malt, relative to ABV, this stout is minimalist to the point of exclusion in taste. A pretty tame offering and I'd move on after one, but some may fall for the charm of this sweet, light stout.

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Photo of rrski198
3.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep black with little brown hues around edges of the glass.

S: Solid roasted barley scent with a nice brown sugar or burnt sugar scent.

T: Definitely sweet up front followed by the roasted grain. Finishes with an odd bite and a slight metalic taste.

M: Fairly thin and moderate to heavy on the carbonation. THereis some odd bite/spicyness that burns the gums and inside of my cheeks.

O: Not bad, not overwhelmingly amazing. For the price of these beers, I won't buy again. Wish i knew what this odd "spice" is from.

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Photo of gdrydenc
2.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Saved this baby from a drainpour by a friend.

A - Pours a dark, dark brown, if not black with a thin rim of light brown head.

S - Odd. Sweet? I suppose so. Stout? Yeah, I can see that. Slightly sour smelling, but mostly milk stouty.

T - Wow, this is a weird beer. Sour, sweet, stout. If they were shooting for those three characteristics, they hit the nail on the head. Sour/tartness comes out most. Slightly phenoly. Odd beer for sure.

M - Fairly standard fair for carbonation and mouthfeel, but lord does this have a weird aftertaste.

Overall, this is an odd beer. It is certainly for some people, but by no means is it for everyone. I hate to review it so low, because I actually kind of enjoyed this beer, in a masochistic way. Odd.

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Photo of zeff80
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, off-white head of sudsy foam. It receded to leave soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled somewhat of chocolate and floral hops. Both aromas were mild at best.

T - Taste was mostly milk chocolate with some grassy hops. Neither flavor was great or strong.

M - It was fairly crisp and smooth. A light bodied ale.

O - Looked pretty good but failed to deliver on anything else.

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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 GRG1313
1.83/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Hitochino Nest - 21oz format

Pour a thin black/brown with a thin tan head.

Nose is light plum with hints of light black coffee. Pleasant plum character.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with little character.

Flavors are watered plum sugared black tea with a hint of citrus. Flavor are weak and watered and with little character. This one has a "sour" character but it's not a bad bottle; it seems to be part of the "sweet/lacto" profile.

Finish is a watery plum soda character.

No need to try again. More soda pop character than beer. Little to define it as stout, other than perhaps the color which is giving it the benefit of the doubt.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml stubby bottle, with the usual hypno-owl staring straight out from the label, right into my soul. Made with lactose, and coming in pretty low on the ol' booze-o-meter, eh?

This beer pours a solid black, with the barest of basal amber edges, and one zaftig finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves a low ring of Swiss cheese lace around the glass in its hasty departure.

It smells of faintly roasted caramel malt, prominent sour milk notes, and some bittersweet cocoa powder. The taste is medium chocolate, day-old coffee, bready caramel malt, a hint of gritty brown sugar, and a thankfully toned-down version of that spoiled milk essence.

The carbonation is quite tame in its meek as the day is long frothiness, the body on the light side of middleweight, and kind of thin, yet still coming up smooth and creamy - huh. It finishes off-dry, and rather plainly, with that tainted milk chocolate thing lingering on.

Overall, after first whiff, I was obviously expecting the worst. However, the sourness, presumably from the lactose, eventually settles the hell down, for the most part. What remains is indeed sweet and milky, but without a whole lot else in terms of actual flavour. Not exactly worth seeking out, I'm afraid.

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Photo of djmitche
1.16/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I have to say up-front that, compared to the other reviews of this beer, I suspect I have a sour bottle. Still, the review stands - if Kiuchi is going to ship sour beer, then I'll review the sour beer.

The appearance is *very* dark, with a tiny brown head that fades before you can put down the bottle. The nose is of the brine from green olives -- seriously! The taste is similar, dominated by a sourness and I could swear a bit of saltiness. I can barely make out some burnt maltiness.

I'm a fan of sweet stouts for their almost syrupy texture. This beer doesn't have any of that - it's very thin. This is consistent with a soured batch, as lots of critters other than S. Cervesiae will happily devour lactose.

I'm not sure I'll finish this bottle, and I'm certainly not tempted to buy another, so I can't give it anything above "Awful" in the drinkability category.

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Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto) from Kiuchi Brewery
3.04 out of 5 based on 377 ratings.
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