Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Stout
Ibaraki, Japan


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RATINGS: 917   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, - JAN 13, 2011
Havenít rated a beer in years, but this one really inspired me. Such a richly balanced combination of coffee and chocolate. Beautiful full palate with gentle carbonation, carries these flavours so nicely. This is one lovely beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Franksv6 (300) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2015
Dark brown / black beer with a small beige head, low carbonation. Tastes like espresso coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, cocao and chocolate. Cofee bitter aftertaste, nice stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1118) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2015
June 28th, 2013 - Hitachino has been fighting against the current in Japanís pale lager soaked market for quite a few years now. The beer scene is changing, in Tokyo and elsewhere, but as it does so I believe Hitachino deserves regularly accolades for paving the way and holding fast when Japanese brewing legislation made it difficult to brew something with a little flavor invested in the recipe. This dark, rich looking bear guards itself from the atmosphere with a large, inch thick dome of bubbles, which release a perfume that is potent and rich with a dairy creaminess and low, shy chocolate darkness. The flavor abounds with espresso flavor, though itís not at all bitter - unlike the real deal, which I still delightedly pucker through. The sparks of flavor resembling dark chocolate cacao nibs are good, too, creating an overall deep, dark beer that would be well served alongside select kinds of Japanese cuisine: anything barbecued or sauced, or any meal accompanied by a lovely Japanese snowfall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (1036) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2015
355ml bottle, pours black with a tan head. Aroma is rich coffee, roasted malt, light caramel, body is medium, texture is oily and slick, soft carbonation. Finish is coffee and light bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
empedokles (6) - SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2015 does not count
Bottle 330ml. Pours dark brown with small brownish head. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee. Taste is a little bitter and a bit sour (it has travelled a long way), coffee, also with hints of fruit. A little bit of chocolate coming through at the the end. Was expecting more coffee from this beer. An ok stout, would have liked more body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
al53 (82) - FINLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle. Black colour with medium dark brown head. Chocolate, mildly roasted malt, coffee and hint of dark fruits on aroma. Taste is coffee, espresso, chocolate and vanilla. Medium bodied with very soft carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Soft finish with vanilla, chocolate and coffee. I was somehow expecting bit more "in your face" espresso character. Would love to try imperial version of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Abrakarl (354) - SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2015
Smooth beer with lots of Coffee, not much chocolate though. Quality without being spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
skullgeorge (57) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle shared with Mixos thanks to Rouhlas ! Pours dark almost black with a thick beige head. Aroma is a coffee heaven, some roasted dark malts and roasted caramel. Taste is really Good ,full of espresso coffee and roasted malts.Good body soft carbonation and cofee bitter aftertaste! Iíve enjoyed it so much. Good stuff !!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9876) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 22, 2015
from Erzbierschof - black beer with a solid roasted coffeish aroma; full-bodied and tasty; dry bitter, earthy and long coffeish aftertaste - one-dimensional yet very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agent_persik (455) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 16, 2015
Black color, big brown creamy head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, dark berries, licorice. Dry taste with gently bitter finish and roasty aftertaste with notes of coffee. Medium body and average carbonation. Nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veceo (680) - CROATIA - JAN 15, 2015
Very dark brown color, almost completely black, average brownish head. Aroma of coffee, dark fruits, roasted malt, some green herbs (it reminded me of wasabi). Taste is the same. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. Excellent stuff.

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