Brews Review 10 // Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout

Here with another beer review. There was two very obvious reasons why I picked up this beer for a Brews Review:

  1. It has an owl on the label.
  2. It's a stout.

​​I am massive fan of stouts doesn't matter the season. I find them to be more complex and interesting to drink. Even as they warm up they unlock more flavours, unlike a lager or IPA that once hits room tempt become hard to drink at best or impossible to finish at worst. So let us get on with this review.


Name: Espresso Stout
Style: Stout
Brewery: Kiuchi Brewery
Country: Ibaraki, Japan
Price: Long forgotten.
ABV: 7.5%

Commercial Fluff:

"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."

Own Opinion

Sight: Pours a nice almost black colour. When held to the light it has a mahogany edging. It's head is a creamy light brown head.
Aroma: Classic coffee stout aromas. So coffee, chocolate, roasted malts.
Taste: Chocolate straight off the bat. This merges with a bit of vanilla, before making way for the coffee. It's a pretty dry stout that finishes with a bitter coffee tang.
Would I buy it again? Yes. But I doubt I will find it in Ontario :(

So has any of my readers had this beer? Or maybe one of the others they produce. If you have I would love to hear from you so drop me a comment.

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