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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout

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!

Shiner White Wing Belgian White

Shiner White Wing Belgian White

It’s an amazing, 70 degree and sunny day here in DC, and I’m finally wearing shorts outside to get my pasty white legs some sun. All I can say is thank dog winter is finally dead – for a while I felt like it was monster that kept coming back to life in a horror movie!

Since it’s such an amazing Spring day, I’m cracking open a brew I’ve been psyched to review for a few weeks – Shiner’s White Wing Belgian White. It’s brewed with coriander and orange peel (which sounds delish), and spicy Belgians are probably my second favorite type of beer, so I’m hoping this brew lives up to expectations.

The pour is exactly what you’d expect – straw yellow, crystal clear, with a nice mix of carbonation and suspended yeast in the glass, but very little foam head. There’s heavy coriander on the aroma with a nice citrus blend in the background. Yum.

Shiner White Wing Belgian White glass

Tastewise, I’m a little let down. The first thing I taste is a toasted wheat flavor, which then gives way to a seriously heavy coriander middle before ending on a kind of indistinguishable spicy and malty blend. White Wing is good, don’t get me wrong, but I was really hoping the citrus would carry through from aroma to taste.

Overall, this is a good-not-great brew. I’ll give some bonus points for the excellent label artwork, and think it’s be a great warm weather session beer because of the light 4.7% ABV, but I don’t think I’d go out of my way to score a sixer of this seasonal.

Shiner White Wing Belgian White artwork