Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout

Reviewed: 11/28/2010
Grade: B+ (3.83 of 5)
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another notch in the belt of the JapanQuest! Kiuchi is far and away my favorite brewery on that part of the globe, and this Espresso Stout is a testament to their skill. I can’t say it’s perfect; doing a coffee stout in an American style is pretty much setting yourself up for failure when compared with others, but this one is darn drinkable.

It pours a dark brown hue and has minimal head that goes away fairly quickly. Swirling it around makes for some nice trails. The smell is of coffee – well, perhaps espresso – and another usual suspect – malty dark chocolate. Tastes that way too, with a tiny hint of fruits and tartness.

Its typical mouthfeel and average alcohol content of 7.5% does the style, but doesn’t do it exceptionally. I’d be happy with this as long as there weren’t better options, but I won’t be lining up for this red owl.

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