- It has an owl on the label.
- 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
Brewery: Kiuchi Brewery
Country: Ibaraki, Japan
Price: Long forgotten.
"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."
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.