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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)
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3.79/5
Very Good
738 Ratings
Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH)Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

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
Ranking:
#16,760
Reviews:
366
Ratings:
738
pDev:
12.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
67
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 738 |  Reviews: 366
Photo of nightgardener
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dertyd
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of k3ve
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Alphakitty
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 330ml bottle, pours a hazey copper colour with an off white coloured head.
Aroma toffee, caramel, malt, fruity.
Taste pretty much follows the nose, very nice.

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Photo of Dzu
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 0.33 l bottle into chalice.
L: Turbid brown with a weak foam head.
S: Plums, caramel.
T: Spicy and sweet, dark fruits.
F: Medium body and soft carbonation.
O: Very good try for a belgian.

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Photo of videofrog
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacobus79
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Zazzi82
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dewback4
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CPAles
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
2.28/5  rDev -39.8%
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 -0.5%
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 +11.1%
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 -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of heymikew
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
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 +0.3%
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 +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Reuuin
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 738 ratings
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