Thursday, 1 January 2015

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout

Kickin' off the New Year with something interesting, here's Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout, a "Japanese dark ale brewed with coffee beans". It's sold in great looking 330mL bottles--they have a great shape and an adorably alert little owl. It's brewed by Kiuchi Brewery, out of Ibaraki, Japan. It's an opaque black stout that pours with a lovely layer of tan head.

It has a malt-forward aroma that it bolstered by molasses notes and a dark roast coffee expression. Likewise, it's flavour features malt in the early stages, with a sticky molasses quality, while the back end has strong espresso bitterness. Through it all is a hefty booze presence.

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout is a really nice strong stout out of Japan. It's my first brush with a dark beer from the Land of the Rising Sun. Plus, it has a really great aesthetic.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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