Hitachino Nest Beer Lacto Sweet Stout

Beer: Hitachino Nest Lacto Sweet Stout
Brewery: Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Sweet Stout
ABV: 4.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint Glass
Drinking Establishment: Tiemann Place
Primary Consumer: Kerensa



Sight: Murky purplish dark brown body with a…wait, where’s the head? In lieu of a head, a few carbonation bubbles loaf around the edges and in the center of the glass.

Scent: Sweet rice wine vinegar and light caramel malts. 

Flavor: Very distinct sweet milk taste paired with a slight malty and astringent flavor.

Feel: Shocking body-to-carbonation ration. Extreme carbonation on a very thin body. Strange. (Though the carbonation does mellow out if you give it ten minutes or so–clearly, I couldn’t wait.)

Concluding remarks: Hitachino Nest Lacto Sweet Stout is a Japanese take on an English classic. And how does the Northeast Asian counterpart fare? Strange, just strange. The carbonation is brutal. The initial taste passes as a Stout, but the lingering taste is a strange bittersweet milk-water-soda. Really, considering the low ABV @ 4%, I would categorize Hitachino’s Sweet Stout as a weird, exotic soda rather than as beer. In case you were wondering, this exotic milk soda is brewed with “pale, crystal caramel malt and authentic Lactose (milk sugar, 10% of grain bill).” Thanks, Hitachino, I will go mix one up right now. Well, no, because I really find no point in drinking this again.

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