Rob_D_UK (598) - Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep chestnut with an off white head. Strong malty smell. Taste is a nice bitter but smooth finish.
ej (580) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light coppery, caramel notes and light malty. taste is somewhat sweet but nicely balanced.
smoosh (534) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft - I’m hoping that this keg just didn’t travel well. It was not pretty. The aroma was that of vinegar. A beige head of medium-sized bubbles atop a deep amber body. There was more vinegar in the flavor, but some malt. There was a reason that this was marked down to $1.25 for a half pint and $2 for a full pint. I knew there was, but tried it anyway.
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at SBWF. Stockholm, September 30th, 2011.
Sweet malt aroma. Caramel with hay notes in the background. Rich and sweet taste with a pronounced hop bitterness. Dried fruits and some grass in the taste. Appears quite nice and balanced.
Simonsen (507) - NORWAY - SEP 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaske fra vinmonopolet. Ravfarget. Tynt lag med hvitt skum. Lavt karbonert. Smaker frukt,vannmelon,coctailbær,malt,karamell,humle. En merkelig øl, men god
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber-brown color, ample tan-colored head composed of micro-bubbles and some larger "soapy" bubbles. A good amount of lacing on the glass developed as I drank this one. Surprisingly big flavors of malt, balanced by ample hops and a definite coffee-like presence. Hints of cocoa and dark-roasted grains underneath. Smooth, silky mouthfeel that finishes very dry. Just enough carbonation to create a prickly sensation on the tongue, but not too much. An amazingly satisfying brew--this one will be my go-to beer from Hitachino for awhile. Just awesome.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another one on tap at the brewery (!) Light, small bubbles in the head. Body a slightly lighter shade of the same deep amber of the pale ale. Again, as with the pale ale, the brewers at Kiuchi have not been shy with the darker roasted malts. The palate is slightly crisper than the pale ale, which is pleasant. The hops here again are not really fruity at all so much as a darker, burnt coffee sort of bitter. Not bad, just very dark for the style. Perhaps Hitachino Nest has taken a cue from Tanizaki’s essay IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS, in which the author characterizes the Japanese sensibility as one of darkness (versus lightness) in everything from bathroom architecture to tea ceremonies. Presumably this would carry over into the present-day world of beer, although Tanizaki wouldn’t have ever tried any Kiuchi brew.
Westkyoto77 (407) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Sweet aromas of fruity hops. Straight from the bottle, so I couldn't judge the look, but it had a velvety mouthfeel and good carbonation. Really quite fruity, with berries, toffee and cream over a nice malty base. A delight. Solid as ever, Hitachino.
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Off keg at brewdog nottingham. Tasty, dark and quite bitter sweet. Very enjoyable indeed.
Wombata (357) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color: Dark brown amber or deep mahogany.
Aroma: Earthy, yeast, roasted orange, caramel, coffee and chocolate.
Palate: Medium-full body.
Flavor: Rounded chocolate flavors initially then shifts to bitter, sour grapefruit on the mid-palate. Finishes long with grapefruit, roasted nutty grain, coffee and chocolate.
Comments: A well-balanced cross between an amber and a porter. Hitachino Nest makes some classy beers and this is one of them.