Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: Stout
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan


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RATINGS: 1094   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scottm2588 (173) - SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours black with a large tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and liquorice. Tastes is coffee, dark chocolate, smooth, molasses, brown sugar sweetness, slight raisin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (1326) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 27, 2016
330ml bottle served in regular glass. Purchased Craftissimo - Hong Kong.
A: Pours a dark brown to black color forming a big creamy beige head with good retention and some soapy lacings formed and left in the glass.
S: Nose is sweet and roasted. Strong notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Grassy hops.
T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of toffee, caramel malts, roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Medium bitterness. Good combination of roasted malts and grassy hops composing its bitterness. In overall,, a slightly sweet taste.
M: Medium creamy body. Medium carbonation. Roastiness, dark chocolate and coffee in the aftertaste.
O: Good drinkability. Great brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thellgren (758) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2016
0.33 l bottle from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. Dark brown colour with a tan head. Aroma is malty. Taste has oily malts and some tartness. This is very well balanced - not just plain sweet or dry. I like tha fact they didn’t use roasted barley but instead roasted malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bg80 (84) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2016
Bottle. Luxurious big-bubbled tan head and oil-black body. Not heavily carbonated. Deep coffee aromas and flavors. While coffee predominates, there is a lot of malt complexity here - more than most imperial stouts without much alcohol pushing through. A dry, flavorful, satisfying beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rafael52 (845) - Łódź, POLAND - MAR 21, 2016
Kolor: ciemnobrunatny, lekko zmętniony.
Piana: obfita, drobno oraz średnio pęcherzykowa, trwała.
Zapach: sporo kawy, trochę ciemnego pieczywa oraz ciemnych owoców, karmelu, czekolady.
Smak: pełnia dość niska, sporo kawy, trochę ciemnych owoców, kakao, gorzkiej czekolady, lekkie akcenty ciemnego pieczywa, goryczka średnia w kierunku niskiej, kawowa.
Wysycenie: średnie, w kierunku wysokiego.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MonsterMagnet (1076) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle from secret santa Saeglopur, many thanks! Pours black with a beige head. Espresso, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, vanilla, roast. Light sweet, medium bitter, slight sourness, oily texture, medium body. Lingering, slightly astringent finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sallysudz (31) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
Sampled from a bottle, the beer poured black with a milky coffee coloured foamy head. The head lasted a while before leaving a cap on the beer and lacing down the glass. The aroma contained acidic coffee, dark chocolate, floral hops, dark fruits (prunes and black currants), liquorice, and roasted malts. The flavour was coffee forward, with the tastes of acidity espresso beans, notes of chocolate, vanilla dark fruits and berries, roasted malts and molasses. The finish was dry and pleasantly bittered with earthy peppery floral hops. A little warming alcohol was also noted. The stout was full flavoured and robust, but smooth at the same time. The beer was lightly carbonated and creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HuskerTan (1566) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle. A- Chocolate, roasty, subtle dark fruits, subtle iron. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Chocolate, tootsie rolls, coffee, slightly sweet, slight roasted bitterness. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, malty finish. O- For being an espresso/coffee forward stout, it’s surprisingly mundane and actually holds much more chocolate flavor. Good stuff but maybe not as rich or robust as it could be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
redders1974 (846) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2016
Kept sipping at this thinking I must be missing something it’s ok but top 50 stout surprised, dark chocolate coffee roastiness is spot on bit gritty in the palate ok but not outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikkopen (1040) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2016
330 ml bottle. Black, with a thin tan head. Sweetish aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt and mocha. The flavour is sweetish roasted malty, with cocoa and coffee, and a dryish roasted bitter finish. Very tasty.

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