Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH)Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
731
Reviews:
365
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
64
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 731 |  Reviews: 365
Photo of Jacobus79
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobinLee
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Dewback4
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CPAles
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
2.28/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I don't see an import or bottle date listed.

Appearance: The body is opaque with a medium brown color mixed with a dark shade of orange. The head is a tobacco stained yellow color that is both short and short lived. Low head retention and no lacing.

Aroma: I'm not picking up much aroma at all. There is this light spicy hop character but no Belgian yeast character and no aroma from the sake casks mentioned on the label.

Taste: It has quite a bit of alcohol flavor but no burn or heat from the alcohol. Other than that all I get is a watered down malty flavor. No finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied without much texture, decent carbonation, no bitterness, and no discernible finish.

Overall: A lackluster beer that doesn't work well as a Belgian anything. Maturing the beer in sake casks didn't seem to add anything. It is a very watered down, mostly flavorless, beer. I wouldn't drink it again and I don't recommend it.

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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 kitschiguy
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle given to me by a supplier poured into a 350ml beer glass.

Poured a very nice ale-coloured dark brown with a decent head which died quickly b ut left a thin film.

Nose is very pleasant and quite expressive - toffee and coffee dominate with brown sugar caramel and a mild bitter finish.

Palate is very nice. The finish is surprisngly bitter. Toffee, molasses and dark fruit flavours balance very well.

Great beer. Complex and flavourful./

Highly recommended.

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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 DrAnnaNemis
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heymikew
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a copper/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, sake. Taste is fruity, grapes and dates stand out, sake is present, as are malts, alcohol is not. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall, one is enough, but this is an interesting beer worth trying.

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Photo of Flickerdart
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330ml bottle into 16oz pint glass. Pours cloudy dark amber, with a tall white head that slowly settles. Lacing is limited.

Smell is sweet - malts, cloves, slightly roasted. Taste is slightly bitter, grapefruity. Body is medium with noticeable carbonation. No sake taste noticeable.

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Photo of chiphansel
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Reuuin
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Bought from Don Quiojte $5.45 11oz bottle
Cloudy orange amber color
Thick mouth feel
Medium-high carbonation
Taste reminds me of bourbon. Malty, complex taste.
Overall an interesting beer to try. You need to drink it like wine.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NateF90
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdown
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of YvesB
2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Introduction : This one intrigued me. A shiny black label with gold lettering? Count me in!

Appearance.
Body : Orange Juice/Iced Tea, 90% opacity
Head : 3 fingers, popcorn colored
Stability : 1/2 finger of head all the way through this trial, mountainous lace.

Smell.
Initial : Sweet with raisins/dates/figs.
With Agitation : Molasses, dark malts, orange surface as well.

Taste.
Palate : Alive with citrus, caramel, oats, mashed dates and raisins.
Finish : Heavy booze burn, slight cask flavor, more stale malt surfaces. Breaths of boozy dark fruits.

Feel.
Start : Very carbonated, connected and alive.
End : Dry and raspy, hot with booze. Stomach burns with intensity.

Overall : This is a nice Belgian-inspired dark ale. This is the last Hitachino beer I have in my tasting corner, and I have every reason to speak highly of these guys because they know what they're doing over there in Japan.

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