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:
732
Reviews:
365
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
65
For Trade:
1
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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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Photo of Beginner2
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this several times over the last five and noticed a variation in either how I stored it or they made it. But the difference does not take away from this becoming a classic.
The sweet, port-like finish closes the deal for me.

I note when a beer is listed in one of three books comprising my classical beer education.
Michael Jackson 1999 "Pocket Edition" gave this 2.5 of 4 stars and declared it "creamy and almost tropical fruit ."
"1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", page 149.

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Photo of Duffman79
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Av10
4.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of salias
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of JMS1512
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FalconOne
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of EEscobar
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Amber with a white head.
Smell: honey, plums, sake, floral
Feel: medium body
Taste: honey, sake, dark fruits
Overall: I think this is a very good change of pace beer for when you are looking for something different. Very nice beer. I think it would pair real well with sushi dinner.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Club del Gourmet of El Corte Ingles. In Duvel glass. After dinner. At the month of its BB date. Nice caramel sweetness, like in some DIPAs but nicer, less stinky and more drinkable. Maybe my palate is getting used to this taste instead of this beer having a better flavor

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Photo of spoony
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle (dated XH.13.05) into a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated September 7, 2015.

A-The beer is honey colored with ruby-red highlights. A one-finger-tall head of grayish foam sits on top but doesn't last long. No lacing. Pretty murky in there but I can see a bubble or two of carbonation.

S-The aroma is fruity with plum, prune, and raisin smells. I also get some caramel sweetness. The sake is there if you sniff for it...interesting. Hops are mostly absent, but there is some citrus twang.

T-The taste is pretty similar to the smell. Dark, malty fruit flavors with significant sweetness fade into subtle sake notes on the finish. The barrels are interesting for sure. I also get a little bit of tart cherry and more Belgian yeast flavor as the beer nears room temperature. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M-The body is robust and slightly syrupy at times. A little hit of chunky carbonation breaks things up.

O-A unique beer and one with lots of layered flavors. Belgian styles can be very difficult to get right, but this beer mostly does the trick

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Photo of Tim725
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ordybill
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. This murky amber colored beer has a very small white head. The flavor is a very strong almost bourbon scented beer. The flavor is strong with an almost smoky flavor. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deeply hazy brown with orange throughout. Suspended yeast is visible beneath a short-lived slightly off-white head.
Smell is a pleasing combination of malt, wood, light fruits and a touch of sourness. Very nicely done.
Taste is again a great blend of tangy and malty with the aforementioned wood and fruit notes. A bit less than your standard Belgian Dark but very nice.
Medium bodied, very light effervescence reminiscent of a cask conditioned ale. Faintly warming, not nearly as much as expected in an 8% ABV brew. Still, a really nice beer.

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

Photo of Macarapete
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Petegrieco
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz Bottle into glass

Hazy amber color, thin head. Slightly acidic aroma, a touch sour. Great taste, complex yet easy to drink. Medium body, soft carbonation.

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

Photo of Bung
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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