Thursdays Beer from the Other Side of the World: Hitachino Nest Stout

Oh, how cute. There’s a Pokemon on the label. Pull that shit in the USA, and 63 activist groups would foam at the mouth over the marketing of beer to children. Anyway, Hitachino Nest Stout, from Japan’s Kuichi Brewery, is a real departure for people used to the Japanese Bud clones like Asahi and Sapporo.

is a pretty complex beer. There’s a lot of caramel in the flavor, along with vanilla and coffee. You can taste the hops in the finish, but they aren’t bitter enough to clash with the sweet malt that dominates in each sip. Whoever formulated Hitachino was not after a Guinness copy.

I didn’t have high expectations for this stout from the Land of the Rising Sun, so I was very pleasantly surprised. This is a quality beer with many unique characteristics. If you can find it, order a pint. Drink enough of them, and you’ll want to turn into a giant robot. Banzai.

-Mark

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