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 nitter
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yamar68
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml to a tulip:

Pours a murky brown/ruby with massive, healthy carbonation that produces dollops of tan froth, probably two fingers worth. The smell is complex - an array of fruits from light to dark and most noticeably plum. A touch of funky yeast bits but it's primarily a dark and well-balanced sweetness. The taste is deceivingly soft and delicate. The bits of Shocyu come through in a tart burning bitterness on the far back of the tongue. A bit of sweet grains and soft fruit. The creamy dense cap on this makes it fun to drink, adding a velvety drinkability. Overall, this is a very unique beer that I'll likely seek out again in the future.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jk3
1.75/5  rDev -53.7%

Photo of hunteraw
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yelterdow
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle purchased at Bottle King in Hillsdale, NJ. I tried the white ale last week, it was big for the style. Now let's see what this beer has to offer.

Served in an oversize snifter at just over fridge temperature. There is a code lasered in the label, it reads X.7.8.

Appearance- Pours a dirty gold... it becomes redder in the glass, and there is absolutely no indicaition whatsoever of a head. It's murky, the light is barely penetrating this beer... a very old ale type of look.

Smell- Liquid metal and rubber gloves, plastic, some fermented plums perhaps... but that was only short-lived while it was too cold. A pronounced wood-aged character, with its full and dense aroma that's almost stomach-filling in and of itself. Perfumy and certainly unique, it gets better as the beer comes to temperature. There's a creaminess to the nose, almost vanilla-like and buttery smooth.

Taste- A whisky-like flavor is imparted from the barrel aging... I'm definitely not geting sake here, it's real boozy! Residual vanilla, wood, alcohol, and a nice spicy finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The slick, rolling texture is surprisingly good here... again, "creamy" does it justice in more ways than one. Still a bit hot for me personally, but this is a nice sipping beer that stands apart from all other strong ales as far as I'm concerned.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Patrick999
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, I have no idea what to make of this one - I just know that I'm excited to try it. What to pour it into....OK, I'll go with the Chimay goblet. Thin cap of head, reddish-amber body.

I was excited to smell this one, but I'm not sure I expected what I got. Upon catching a couple whiffs, my first thoughts were "Orval" and "Flanders Red." It has the woodsy aroma of a Flanders Red without the anticipatory pucker, and it has some of the cured leather of Orval, in my opinion - so I guess some Brettanomyces got a hold of this.

Crap, this is my kind of beer. Dry, but not completely so - there's a little sweetness that ultimately gets overwhelmed by some real medicinal hop. Leathery Brett farmhouse character pervades throughout. It really is Orval, in my opinion....albeit Orval that's been thrown into some funky sake casks. Sake casks? Who *does* that? The sake character is dormant while this beer is cold, but as it warms up, watch out - the sake is coming out to play with your palate....that rice wine taste combined with some oak-barrel tannins. Do you like wild ales, and the occasional shot of sake? If the answer is "yes" on both counts, give this one a go.

Though there isn't a ton of visible carbonation, this beer is very crisp. I'd almost prefer it be a little flatter....maybe it's my imagination, but it seems like the carbonation cleans things up quicker than I'd like.

Clearly not an everyday beer, here's another beer for sipping, contemplating, sharing. Highly flavorful, unique and strong, I can't imagine wanting another soon after throwing one down.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a squat 11.2 oz (333 ml) bottle into a goblet. Pours a silty, iced-tea brown, with a 1/2" frothy white head that redues to a thin skim.

Has a sweet, yeasty aroma, with tangy banana, biscuity malt, maple, and burnt sugar. There's an underlying oakiness, likley from the sake casking.

Starts with a decent amount of tanginess and faint alcohol, mellowing into a maple/sugar sweet taste, finishing slightly bitter. Hints of grapes present as it warms.

Has a dry mouthfeel, with a bit of astringency to finish.

A decent brew, which gets better as it warms. The sake casking it quite evident in its aroma and somewhat in the taste. Pleasant enough, but not one I'd rush out to have again at $4 a bottle.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of afksports
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Looks great, nice dark amber. Like other strong ales I've seen.

S: Aroma much like sake, which would be pretty great if that's what I were into. But I'm not.

T: Tastes like sake, not like beer. It's a complex taste, and I give it points for that, but I just can't do much with it because I'm not into sake. That's what you get for letting an amateur review beers, haha.

M: Smooth, nothing special going out, but still a decent body.

D: Can't do more than sip this.

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Photo of aufie
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stewart124
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with a slight white lacy head.
Strong plum and raisin notes are present in the smell.

The taste is very sweet and the fruits are even stronger on the taste buds. Alcohol isn't too overpowering but is still noticeable. There is a warming feeling as this goes down. Hop presence is not very strong. Spicy notes of cinnamon hit the palate at the beginning and then leave a slight aftertaste that mesh well with the sweetness of raisins.

I'm not exactly sure what aging this beer in sake casks gave to the overall flavors but it is a nice strong ale. I think the initial taste and the aftertaste are quite nice.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown with a moderate head, half of which stays.

Smells of sweet malt and a bit acetic--like a wild brew--with a slight wet horseblanket. Must be the yeast.

Taste is sweet roasted malt balanced nicely by a hop bitterness, and sake wine flavor from being aged in sake casks.

Mouthfeel is full with creamy carbonation. The acid really cleanses the palate, with a nice mildly bitter hop finish.

This is a nicely balanced beer, providing a unique addition to the craft beer scene. I find it a very pleasant beer, even to one who is not a keen sake drinker. I will definitely consider this in food pairings. Seems higher in alcohol than the 7 percent advertised, but maybe that is due to the association of sake and higher alcohol.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of amano_h
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of lgmol
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of sfr26
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BryantForestry
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KFBR392
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The color is a red amber color. Beer is transparent with a good amount of active carbonation while in the glass. Light head, only present on the edges of the glass while drinking.

Smell: Toffee amber malt body jumps out right away. There is a semi-sweet, slightly sour grape must type aroma that I assume is from the sake casks. Medium dry fruit really brightens up the aroma.

Taste: Subtle fruits and some sourness greets the palate. A chewy amber malt presence warms up the body and gives this beer a great backbone. Accents of toffee, caramel, apricots, and raisins are prevalent. The dry fruits continue to dance on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Very subtle with everything going on but really pleasant drinking throughout.

Overall: Very much impressed by this one. The tones of this beer mesh together well and create a unique brew. It's been hit or miss from this brewery for me but this one is definitely a hit. Highly recommended if you are looking for something a little different.

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Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 731 ratings.
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