Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH)Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH)

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
From Japan's most prestigious brewery, Hitachino Nest XH (Extra High) is a strong Belgian Brown Ale, matured in shochu (distilled sake) barrels. Chinook & Styrian Goldings hops are use

Added by UncleJimbo on 12-29-2002

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Photo of Buck89
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. A rusty brown color with a modest white head. Caramel malt on the nose, with a tart cherry and floral aroma. The taste was not at all tart, thankfully, with a basic caramel malty flavor with toffee, some citrus, and a floral, fruity finish with definite sake notes. Slightly dry and boozy. Overall an interesting beer.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark amber with a good finger or so of thick head with decent lacing

S- sweet, a little fruity, faintly alcoholic. you can definately smell sake in here

T- strong sake aftertaste. subtle hop taste less sweet than it smells but every bit as boozy.

M- a little watery for my tastes. kind of heavy on the carbonation. the head is a nice touch.

D-went down with ease. if you like sake even a little bit you should check this one out. id drink another one if i was offered it, but i feel it was a little expensive to want to buy it again.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bruno74200
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was appealed at first with the early notes of toffee and pine that reminded me of a barleywine. Then it's a lot of green apple in the nose and the taste with a bit of booze. There are also some woody and fruitcake notes

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Photo of ojiikun
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the stubby bottle pictured into a smallish tulip. Body is just slightly hazy and bright red-orange, like weakish icded tea. Head, even coaxed was thin, but a nice sandy colour. Loose bubbles of many sizes and a constant ring.

Smell is unique - mineraley sugar, woody, old fruit, dry yeast, spicy. All over the map! Layers of contradiction on top of a very roasty malt. Tart or sour fruit like citrus peel but with cherry hints. Wood isn't oak, but not too cedarish as to be obvious about it.

Taste is just as odd. Citrus tart and lightly hoppy at first, then simply bursts with husky malt, finished by a astringent sting laced with more classic wood. Lots of green spices and chives, bready yeast mixed with champagne yeast. Slight off-notes of rubber or latex at the end of the bottle.

Well-carbonated for it's viscosity which is just over medium. Not sticky, but forms a long-lasting coat on the tongue.

The best Hitachino brew I've had yet. This one has a smell that'll push your boundaries for how you describe beers. The actual taste has some off notes that are a bit overpowering, unfortunately. Still, this is worth grabbing since it's so limited, and I imagine a year in the cellar might do wonders for the hurricane of concepts that attack you when you sample this one.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very unusual ale. When it is done more traditionally it is kind of out there, and this is even more so, yet pretty easy drinking. This bottle was dated 13,12 - two and a half years ago.

It opens light brown but if you aren't careful, a bunch of brown sludge will make its way into your glass - I got a little - making it deeper colored. The aroma is subdued for the style - barely any of the yeasty fruity overtones. The taste is somewhat dry and subdued too. It is easy drinking for the style. There is a bizarre woody character, obviously the cask aging.

This is an inventive brew, and unique, but I can't really recommend it. Maybe for half the price.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hitachino Nest XH (Matured in Sake Casks). 11.2 oz.

Pours a thick, dark, brooding hazy orange. A very small spungy white head quickly diminishes; moderate lacing. Infrequent bubbles rise with agitation.

Funky! Tart vinegary cedar upfront. Alcoholic sake also wafts upwards pretty quickly. Dry and musty, woody and thick --staunch smells come on thick and heavy.

The flavor is complex and brooding. Theres a dark, earthy malt upfront, swaddled in alcoholic sake, and soaked in cedar. Toffee and raisiny sweetness lingers in the mouth well after the swallow. Finishes oaky and warm, and just a little bit sweet. The flavor assaulted me at first, but as it warms up, it also gets slightly sweeter and more rounded. Hops are not a major force here: a little bitterness in the finish and that's all.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Thick, bouncy and full in the mouth. Carbonation is not major, but it sort of picks up towards the end of a long pull. The body floats in, smooth and dry with every sip, leaving a burnt, woody taste hanging on the palate. Only moderately drinkable. The rice alcohol is a little too strong to make this worth having in large quantities, but it definitely grows on you.

There's some sediment on the bottom. I was surprised how quickly the infusion of sake and cedar grew on me. By the end of the bottle I was positively enjoying it!

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Photo of csmiley
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours mostly amber in color. I see some brown as well. Head topped out at a hair over half inch and settled into a thin off-white cap. Retention was average. Lacing was good.

S - Aroma is on the mild side but what shows up is pretty complex and balanced. This is an approximate order of aromas: Caramel, bread, sweet and sour fruit (mostly sour), wood, tobacco, alcohol, and another touch of sourness on the end.

T - Taste starts out sweet with caramel and honey then quickly goes to sour with cherry flavors. Some bread and alcohol flavors battle it out in the middle with the alcohol winning in the end. Taste is simple compared to smell.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation for this particular beer. Finish is dry and sour and sticks on the palate for a while.

D - Drinkability is good. This is different but Kiuchi was able to keep it quite interesting from start to finish. Once it warms the balance of sour and sweet only gets better. I would recommend giving it a try.

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3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 732 ratings.
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