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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout

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Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Stout
Ibaraki, Japan

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RATINGS: 802   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Caramel, roasted, black and chocolate malts provide an explosion of coffee like flavors. The strong espresso character comes from the addition of espresso beans to the boil. Notes of vanilla, dark fruit , cocao and chocolate. The very unusual character of Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout stems from the fact that Kiuchi Brewery is using the recipe of a Russian Imperial Stout as base. Pitch black color, big brown head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted bitterness, black currants, dark fruits.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2217) - Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2014
330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 4/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, caramel, light molasses, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee notes; with great strength. Taste of roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, caramel, light molasses, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, roast, toast, dark bread, caramel, light molasses, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and coffee flavors; with a great roasted sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, smooth, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent coffee stout. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
nudiebear (6) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 23, 2014 does not count
Dark opaque with heavy coffee smell and taste. Enjoyable but a slight gap in taste between the coffee and beer flavours. Bottle slightly over date.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (5705) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 22, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein fast schwarzes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch wunderbar röstmalzig, Vanille, Kaffee, dunkle Früchte. Geschmack röstmalzig, Espresso, Vanille, leicht herb.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BRW (701) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 21, 2014
At BBF. Black colour with beige head. Green coffee aroma, slightly roasted. Green coffe taste, slightly roasted, with some chocolate. Medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andriesradu (405) - ROMANIA - APR 15, 2014
From tap @ BBF 2014. Pours pitch black with a moderate brown head. Heavy espresso aroma, also coffee grounds. roasted malt. Flavor is light to moderate bitter, coffee grounds, intense coffee. Interesting but quite strong coffee notes for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andregoncalves (1110) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 14, 2014
On tap at Barcelona Beer Festival 2014. Dark color. Smooth body. Nice coffee aroma.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NielsenRatings (8279) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle offered @ home, picked up @ Argonaut Denver a week or two back. Pours a deep brown appearance with a lasting, creamy, dark brown head. The coffee in the nose is phenomenal. Roasted but not overly bitter or acidic. A touch of smoke. Chocolate and vanilla. Fairly soft mouth feel. Medium bodied. Flavor really has a bit roasted coffee flavor without being stupidly overdone like many other coffee stouts. Maybe a touch of fruit, especially near the finish. A slight hint of anise and a little milky. This bad boy fucken kicks some serious ass.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TimsRatings (366) - - APR 10, 2014
On tap at BtlRev (Raleigh). Dark brown with tan head. Aroma powerful with coffee. First taste felt like coffee grounds. Espresso DOMINATES flavor, and aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle - BCA - Opaque Black in colour. Very Malty; lots of espresso coffee, roasty malts, chocolate, caramel, some vanilla. Fruity; blackcurrants and dark fruits. Really intense coffee smell and taste; but not extreme. Nicely balanced. Very smooth. Sweet coffee chocolate malty and fruity throughout leading to some coffee bitterness in the finish. Super Coffee Stout!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (41) - GREECE - MAR 21, 2014
330ml bottle at home. Black color with lasting beige head. Aroma is full of coffee. There is also some cocoa and vanilla and some notes of alcohol. Alcohol is 7% abv according to the bottle’s label and not 7.5%. Taste starts sweet, roasted malty with chocolate and it ends with bitter coffee. Medium body, sticky with average carbonation.


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