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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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seved into a pint glass

Darker amber with a creamy head.

Smells of a strong ale/Belguim is distinct.

Taste was impressive. Faint sake but very nice strong ale flavor.

Nice thickness of brew with good carbonation.

Not dissapointed with this brew one bit. Happy to have it again if I can only remember where I bought this...

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of seand
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy brown with a small amount of thick off-white head. It dissipates to a ring around the edge but manages to leave pretty good streaks of lacing.

S: Thick malt and yeast, with noticeable sake (though I'm looking for it so it's not so surprising that I'm finding it).

T: Medium spiced malt, fruit notes, and something else which I'll attribute to the sake barrels. Finish is sweet and hoppy like an English IPA.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat dry.

Overall, pretty good, and pretty different. It's not my favorite beer but it's definitely worth trying.

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4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is brown with some amber in its color. Decent head at pour but disappates,to some head remaining around the reim of the glass. Smell is of molasses but also comes with a decent amount of booziness - definitely can detect the presence of Saki but it's not overpowering. Taste is consistent with the smell but leaves me wanting a bit more.

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3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A. A nice copper color with a good deal of foam off-white head and lacing. Tons of sediment.

S. Very strong sweet, scent.

T. Very strong and highly unique taste. Good grape and watermelon taste. Some hops. Smooth.

M. A bit tart aftertaste, but not overbearing.

O. It's a balanced sweetness with hops, but a unique under current that is good, but the first sip is intense.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a clean amber/light brown pour with a thin layer of head throughout the drink. smells of sour grapes, yeast, raisins, and heavy booze (rum).
taste is surprisingly sweet with a very weird aftertaste (i guess this is the sake barrel aging?). very fruity notes of plum, apricot, raisin, dates. medium body with a decent amount of carbonation, leaving a slight amount of cream on the lips, and a warm sensation from the heavy abv.

not a bad beer, more of an old ale than a belgian dark though. nothing to write home about, but i don't regret trying it!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. Date stamp on bottle says "XH 12 02".

Appearance: Cloudy-translucent coppery-orange-brown. Off white head died back pretty quickly on pouring to just a ring at the edge. Tiny islands of lacing noted but they would slide back down the side of the glass.

Smell: Yeast, hint of phenol, pineapple, hint of orange, caramelized malt....but this is on the swirl. Let the foam die back and the aroma is just mildly fruity at first, but as it warms up there is that distinctive Sake smell. Quite an interesting beer.

Taste: Lots of flavors going on here - hard to pull them all out. When first poured and still a bit cold the beer was more sweet in character and reminded me of a Belgian dark. But as it warmed up, more flavors came out and leave everything crammed together. Caramelized malts and Belgian-style yeast flavors up front (lots of fruit), then some warming alcohol in the middle with some Sake flavor. The finish is best when the beer has warmed up with definite orange citrus and spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, but otherwise thick and a bit creamy. Some hop oils definitely sticking to the teeth with this one.

Overall/Drinkability: A very interesting beer and it's hard to characterize. It has aspects of a Belgian dark...and it's not a Belgian dark. I'd almost say it would be a better match for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale instead - reminds me of Duvel at times. But even if it is misclassified, it's still a good beer. A slow sipper and a one-at-a-time beer (I don't think I could finish a second in one evening) it's definitely something that grabs your attention. Interesting enough that I could see buying it again though, and so while only one per evening with this one, I think it's still quite drinkable in that I'd be willing to lay down some money again for this one.

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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange to ruby red in color with a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation at the edges of the glass and near the surface. The beer has a half finger tall creamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a large thin patch with a thin film covering the rest of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of malts with some citrus hops and a definite presence of sake. There is a light aroma of alcohol but that is likely contributed by the sake.

T: Similar to the smell, there is a fairly strong body of malts and a very light presence of sourness that disappears as the beer warms. There are some light notes from the citrus hops and some oak from the barrel aging. Also, there is a fairly strong flavor of sake.

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly dry with some light alcohol warming in the finish.

O: While the ABV is not that high for this beer, it is very strong tasting and not the easiest to drink. Enjoyable but one you have to slowly sip on and not one that you could have multiple in a session.

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Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 737 ratings
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