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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout

Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Stout
Ibaraki, Japan


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RATINGS: 873   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
terrybail (655) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
330ml bottle from the LCBO chocolate, coffee, roasty, herbs, smoke, black, cloudy, frothy, full body, oily feel, average carbonation, very good after a cold day shoveling snow

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bendrixian (1157) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
Pitch black colour with a brown head. I find the aroma very brine like or marsh like. there is that espresso grounds and chocolatel but mostly it stands out for having a certain vegemite or low land quality. I find the palate big enough, though not huge, filled withsome espresso and classic stout roast with a hint of fruit. I think the aroma on this one is more interesting than any other aspect. glad i tried it though!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deepeary (149) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
330 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours black with mocha head. Nose is sweet chocolatey coffee, which dominates the taste. This is the beer version of a dark chocolate covered espresso bean. Tastes better as it warms and more and more carbonation is released. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (1031) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
330ml bottle
7.0% ABV (as written on bottle)
Royal Bank Plaza LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
The beer pours a solid black colour with a generous light brown creamy head which lasts, The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with average carbonation. The flavour is quite sweet, milk chocolate, coffee, with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
4theluvofbeer (98) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
Tons of espresso on the nose and in the mouth...just everywhere. Espresso, dark chocolate and dark fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hangunder (257) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
Smells great, espresso, dark chocolate, soy sauce aromas. Completely black, thick brown head. Beautiful. Tastes quite nice, espresso integrates quite well. Upfront sweet espresso coffee, dark chocolate metallic notes, finishes leafy hoppy and molasses. Average carbonation and medium bodied. Coffee doesn’t overpower here, which is great by me. Body could be a little bit thicker and could be slightly more balanced, but a very good espresso stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3647) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2014
330 ml. bottle. Pour almost black with a decent khaki head. Aroma of coffee, malt, and chocolate. Taste is coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a bit of vanilla. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (5004) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2014
19/X/14 - 33cl bottle @ Beuk’s postponed Firestone Walker and other nice beers allowed as well tasting (Brussels) - BB: IX/2015 (2014-1228) Thanks to ElManana for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, creamy beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of coffee, roasted, caramel, sweet, some vanilla, charcoal. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: lots of coffee, bitter, roasted, fruity touch, some forest fruit candy, dried fruits. Aftertaste: coffee, cocoa powder, banana touch, caramel, bit sweet, dried fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2509) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
330 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours an amber-tinged dark brown with small beige head. Aroma lives up to the name - lots of roast and espresso with hints of fruit and cocoa. Flavour is also very roasty and big on espresso character; notes of anise, cocoa and dark fruit. Rich, slick mouthfeel. Quite good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2319) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
330ml bottle - What a way to start out 2013!!! What an amazing stout, full of complexity and showcasing a knowledge of brewing greatness. Deep espresso aroma, scorched dark chocolate, black licorice, and a kiss of alcohol. Opaque black body, a 4-finger thick creamy head, coating the glass...thick...murky...ominous...perfect. The flavor of this this beauty keeps giving and giving. Waves of rich mocha, fresh cream, a bit of soy/meat marinade, a touch smoky, a bit of buttery toffee...amazing. The balance of coffee/chocolate is stunning. What a great beer.

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