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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout

Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Stout
Ibaraki, Japan


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RATINGS: 888   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3253) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
Incredible amount of strong dark coffee with sweet cocoa powder, and light grassy hops. Regular mouth feel, and carb. The finish is super roasty, with another incredible amount of cold coffee with a hint of cocoa sweetness. A superb stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3051) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
330 ml bottle from LCBO, served cool in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep brown-black with a creamy tan head. Aroma: Rich, roasted, sweet malts, milk chocolate and vanilla, coconut(?), with an odd fruity/savoury note Palate: Fairly full, silky body and full, rounded, velvety carbonation, really nice mouthfeel. Flav.: Milk chocolate, cacao, some coffee notes, coconut, rich and friendly, still has an off, savoury tropical fruit thing going on, roasted malts and a bit of grape jelly; sweet with fair bitterness and a long, smooth, coffee and milk chocolate finish.

Quite a good sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (498) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
330ml bottle. Murky dark brown with a ring of tan foam. Flavors are milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts and caramel with fruity notes. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (2584) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2014
(Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout) Bottle 330 ml from a trade with torriman, thanks! Served into a snifter, ABV 7% Pours a totally black beer, with a tall, thick and creamy dark brown head. Excellent retention. Heavy lacing left around the glass. Aroma has lots of coffee, roasted malts, light vanilla, light liquorice. Taste has also lots of roasted malts and coffee, light acidity like olive pit, sugars, vanilla, some berries even. Light bitterness. Medium to full body, carbonation on the right levels. Sticky on the palate while smooth and creamy. Great beer, what a nice surprise! Like an Imperial Stout minus the alcoholic strength, excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1082) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Yet another great Hitachino beer. Pours a slightly muddy brown with a tan head. Smells of espresso, vanilla and the classic Hitachino red bean. Taste is similar, starts sweet and full bodied, with some espresso in the finish. Had in the bottle at The Pig and the Pickle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabuzzer (96) - - DEC 6, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours very fizzy, thin head, dark black. Aroma is bitter, black chocolate. Taste is strong coffe with dark chocolate coming through later. Very nice as a one off, couldn’t drink more than a couple in one sitting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours black with a resilient, creamy beige head. Aroma is coffee and roast. Flavor is coffee, roast, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, ash, roasted hazelnut. Finish is very bitter, coffee, dark chocolate and dairy cream. Lingering bitterness and notes of lactic acid. Medium body, soft, velvety mouthfeel, average carbonation. Excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
la_benji (3) - JAPAN - NOV 29, 2014 does not count
roasty, coffee, earthy, soy sauce, light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, umami, salty, full body, slick feel, soft carbonation, bitter,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesie1857 (1473) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle at DaDa Sheffield - Jet black body, healthy beige head. Nose is a heavy heady coffee, lots of toasted nuts and malts. The taste has loads of black coffee in it, loads of bitter beans too. Exquisite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (707) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours black with a half finger, khaki head that thins to a bubbly ring. Aroma has smooth notes of dark and milk chocolate, fine roasted malts, mild coffee, caramel, dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is bitter. Dark chocolate and chocolate milk to start, then firm roasted malts, and an espresso bitter aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a very dry finish. Overall a great coffee beer. Dark chocolate and roasty malts with a dry, espresso bitter finish.

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