I’m away this weekend visiting family in Charleston, South Carolina, so this is going to be a super-quick review, but I just tried a delicious brew while at dinner and had to share.
We were out at a great sushi bar in North Charleston, and instead of grabbing a Kirin, I decided to opt for Kiuchi Brewery’s Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout. I literally had no clue what to expect, as in my experience, Japanese beer tends to be a little flavorless.
Good surprise for me, then, this brew was absolutely outstanding. It pours out jet black, with just a tiny little cream-colored foam crown. I got tons of coffee on the aroma, with some hints of roasted malts in the background. That aroma pretty much directly translated to the flavor, starting with a pure espresso taste before transitioning into a semi-sweet dark chocolate and ending on a roasted malt end note.
I really liked this brew, and would definitely recommend checking it out. The espresso and chocolate flavors are a little intense, so I don’t think I could drink a whole sixer, but a few of them are definitely a great idea!