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Echigo Stout - Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 125
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-28-2003

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Photo of Naerhu
4.64/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is apparently the standard by which all craft beer stouts in Japan are judged, and believe me this is an amazing beer.

Big fluffy tan head on a jet black body.
Chocolate and cola aroma.
Crazy complexity, burnt caramel, with super citrus and floral hoppyness. A dry european youth hostel coffee flavor (y'know, with the little grains in it).
Creamy long lasting bitterness.
The alcohol is seemless and perfectly balanced. (432 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near opaque with tan head.

Nose is full of cocoa, whopper's candy nougat, and coffee.

Palate is chocolately rich, dry though, leaning more Irish stout than oatmeal stout for my tastes. No real flaws stand out.

Worth seeking to try. I would drink it regularly if it wasn't so pricey compared to domestic craft comparables that are more affordable. (355 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one with some delicious sushi at Sushi Gari 46, 4/14/11

A-Pours a clear medium brown with dark ruby highlights, a thin tan head and no lacing.

S-Sweet roasted malt, nice caramel notes and a nice export stout-style aroma.

T-Sweet malt, good roast character, caramel, good balance of sweetness and bitter hoppy finish.

M-Medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

O-A really nice unexpected surprise, and a tasty addition to the meal.

HV (445 characters)

Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hand pump at club popeye

a: deep thick black with beautiful creamy tan head; lots of lace

s: sweet chocolate and coffee flavors; milk

t: sweet milk chocolate with creamy sweet coffee; like a delicious frapuccino beer with a bitter hop/coffe bean aftertaste

m: so....creamy....mmm

d: a great and well balanced sweeter stout (327 characters)

Photo of julian
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: coal black, with near 100% opacity. Modest production of coffee colored head. About 1/2 fingers worth. Head retention and lacing minimal.

S: Roasted, coffee, bready, molasses, dark fruits.

T: Burnt toast, bready, oats, mild chocolate, malt.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, slightly watery but extremely clean finish. Great.

D: Great drinkability. Not overly boozy, in fact quite redrinkable for a stout. Excellent! (415 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 350ml can, BB 02/11/2007 and consumed just a week before this date~~ Served cool in Harvey's straight pint glass.

A: pours a very dark brown hue, topped with a huge beige creamy froth with superb retention; carbonation is light.
S: a light lager-sourness (as in Munich Dunkel), sticky caramel malts and Munich malts, Cascade peachy-fruity hops, and a rather light roastiness from burned barleys and walnuts all come together, backed by a sound bedrock of sour-sweet sticky dark fruitiness featuring dried red dates and raisins. Utterly enjoyable, complex and balanced, showing different layers of maltiness, fragrance of hops, etc.
T: a sour-bitter taste of roasted maltiness leads towards chocolates, roast nuts, then the light bitterness quickly manifests itself along with a sour tinge of roastiness; mildly chewy chocolate malts and roasted bitterness both linger in the aftertaste, where the palate is also entertained by the sour tinge as of fruits AND malts.
M&D: creamy-smooth in texture, very light in carbonation, showing no sign of alc. at all. This is a FULL-flavoured and med-bodied delicious and complex (esp. in aroma) stout that I couldn't have expected to enjoy from a can with a poor design like this! Highly recommended. (1,252 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep, dark, cola amber-black with a thick, quivering, gaseous cappuccino-colored head. Gorgeous.

Smell: Dark chocolate, anise, coffee, cola, loads of prunes, and a few drops each of vanilla extract, maple syrup, and soy sauce.

Taste: Very well balanced. Malty honey-like sweetness is nicely countered by a nice burnt edge, herbal/estery hop bitterness, and a grand finale of rich, bitter dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin bodied for the style, but the excellent carbonation inflates it into a soft, cushiony, mouth-fillingly chewy mass. Finish is quite clean despite the malts' viscosity.

Drinkability: This stout is simply good fun to drink by itself, and it's also very versatile with cheese. It worked wonders with my three-year cheddar, Dutch goat cheese, and of course, gruyere. (814 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

350ml can, brought over from Japan.
Appearance: nearly black color, with a big, bumpy, brown head. Spot on look for a good stout.
Aroma: very nice! Rich, delicious, redolent with complex combinations: cocoa, coffee, anise, raisins, sweet and toasty at once.
Marvelous texture, giving, rounded and warm. Malty as can be, with only a trace of bitterness, and a very resilient flavor. Tasty, to be sure, and a reward for the senses everytime the beer revisits the lips. I quite liked it!
Thanks, UncleJimbo! (508 characters)

Photo of TokyoCO
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Large head that took a while to calm down. Very dark black, a tiny bit of light in the bottom.

S: Sweet, milk chocolate, carmel, slight dark chocolate as well.

T: Starts nice and sweet, milk chocolate is present. Middle is slightly smoky. The smoky sweetness quickly turns to burnt chocolate and dark chocolate, with a slight coffee taste in the finish.

M: Quite creamy, no sign of the alcohol.

O: A solid stout. The overall smoothness and burnt chocolate finish stand out in this one. (526 characters)

Photo of davidchollar
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the nearest thing to a stout i've had in a long time is guinness... that's it. so this review is almost a comparison. but keep in mind that this review is of a japanese beer.

dark nearly black, reddish brown on the edge, nice big beige head that settles to a thin frothy layer. decent retention and lacing. the appearance is really on the fine line between above average and good.

wow, lots to smell. butterscotch coffee. some biting coffee bitterness but also some caramely malty sweetness. the smell is intriguing, but the taste is satisfying. after a sip, you just want another. feels nice and smooth, medium body, tasty and quite drinkable.

i do not taste a 7% abv here. echigo stout is really well-made, the ideal japanese beer to pair with cheese. (763 characters)

Photo of Maudite
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this bottle at Whole Foods in Berkeley and hadn't tried it. Pretty easy drinking as one could expect from an Asian dark beer. I was pleased with this one's substance, though, as most are pretty thin. This beer wasn't as meaty as an American stout, but so far the best Asian dark beer I've had.

A= Medium/dark brown like a thinned English Brown
S= Roasty, malty, subtle chocolate and burnt notes
T= Smooth, crisp, slightly robust, surprising
M= Lightly carbonated, thin, not lingering
D= Goes down smooth. Other than the 7% abv, I could probably have a few back to back. (575 characters)

Photo of vurt
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.15 oz. bottle purchased at Hi-Time Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA. Served in an American 16 oz. pint glass/tumbler.

Appearance:
Dark reddish-brown color, but not opaque. Head is a dense, tan-colored finger of foam which shrinks to a thin ring of bubbles and then vanishes in a few minutes.

Smell:
Subtle aroma. Much closer to a good dunkles or even a doppelbock than a stout. Mostly caramel and sweet malt, with a slight yeasty sourness. Almost no roasty character, and no hops at all. Not a very stout-like stout at this point.

Taste:
Okay, yes, this is definitely a stout, and it's drier than the nose suggests. Plenty of roasted flavor here which reminds me of a canned espresso drink more than anything else. (Not a bad thing, really.) Slight burnt-caramel sweetness in the finish tempers a gentle acidity, like the citric note in good bittersweet chocolate. Extremely more-ish. A very genteel and soft-spoken beer that doesn't even hint at its 7% a.b.v. strength. All the flavors harmonize beautifully.

Mouthfeel:
Light-to-medium body. Silky texture. Low carbonation.

Drinkability:
The most perilously drinkable 7% stout I have ever encountered. Smooth, sophisticated and satisfying. (1,191 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label for the American market is black with gold text and a picture of a guy facing away and about to beat the hell out of a taiko drum.

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Nose is mildly smoked. Flavor is bringing some of that smoke too with some nice roasty as well. Smooth sweet tone lies on the under side. Pretty long lasting aftertaste. Nice bitterness in the back of my mouth. Smooth feel on all aspects. A pretty decent stout I must say. If you see it, grab it. (479 characters)

Photo of jbsteiny
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Newer label on the bottle than the one in the photo - black and gold image of a G.I. Joe lookalike taiko drumming. Pretty cool. Also, the empty bottle is a heavier weight than american 12 oz.s $4.50 at Hasr Wine Co. in Chinatown, which doesn't stock much beer, but this was something I hadn't really seen around. I'm not the biggest fan of their Organic Lager, but I figured I'd try it. 7%, right?

Poured a dark brown with some dark red highlights. Thin, light brown head, faded to a ring, but there was decent carbonation. Attractive, but would have liked better retention.

Smells heavily of cocoa, of which I'm a big fan. Also, sweet malt (like a malt ball), and some sort of alcoholic smell, like brandy or something, but without being boozy. Anyway, it smells very appetizing. My mouth is watering just typing up the notes and thinking about it. Wish I had another. Hard to find milk stout out here, and this reminds me a bit of Deegan's Mother's Milk.

Chocolate dominates the palate, a bit of coffee, roasty malt, really good dark bread, like pumpernickel with a booze soaked raisin. Yum. But really thin mouthfeel for the style. Despite some alcohol flavors, it's not hot at all for 7%, and it's smooth enough that this is extremely sessionable for the ABV and the style. Only drawback for me is the price -- otherwise, it's as solid a sweet stout as we can find in the islands. (1,387 characters)

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Echigo Stout | 330 ml. | 7.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
Glass: small pint-like glass

Appearance:
Very dark brown with a nice creamy khaki head.

Aroma:
Cocoa, espresso, raisins and toasty malt.

Taste:
Heavily malty with only the slightest bitter touch. Coffee and chocolate are prominent. A bit thin for an Imperial Stout, but nonetheless good flavor.

Mouthfeel:
Very highly carbonated, which leads to an incredibly crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Different, and it works.

Harmony:
I had it with sushi at Sushi of Gari. It perfectly complimented the meal -- actually I was quite surprised. It would not be my first stout were I to have it alone, but with something like sushi, it really hits the spot. It's a specialty stout to be sure.

Would I get it again?:
Yes in a sushi context, not alone.

Served: on August 29, 2010

Price = $9 at Sushi of Gari (Columbus Ave.) (955 characters)

Photo of trevorjn06
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a small amount of light passing through when held up. The head is about two fingers and a light tan color. It is frothy and recedes slowly.

Aroma is smooth roasted malts, chocolate, a hint of alcohol and some earthiness.

Flavor is smooth with roasty malts, slight nutty flavors and some dark fruits such as fig and currant. Toward the finish some chocolate, earthy tones and smooth espresso flavors emerge. There is a lingering roasty/smokey flavor as well as hints of chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick with low carbonation there is a decent mouth-coating quality.

Overall this stout is well rounded and good, but not amazing. All of the flavors are appropriate for the style and it it very easy drinking, I enjoyed it and would drink it more but for the $5 a 12 oz bottle. (823 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 mL brown glass bottle with a tabbed peel-off cap. Freshness date stamped on the label. Obtained at Popeye in Tokyo.

This stout poured a clear, dark mahogany brown color (almost opaque) with creamy, light brown foam that clung to the glass and left some lace. The smell was mild: malt, coffee, chocolate. The taste was sweet malt (coffee and chocolate) balanced with a mild bitterness (hops, chocolate malt). A nice flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-full body and moderate carbonation. There was a pleasant lingering dry chocolate and hop flavor. This was a drinkable and enjoyable stout. (616 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tall-neck 330mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Very dark, near-bistre body, yet actully transparent when held to a very strong light. Faint rufous highlights, neither brown nor red. Light tan soapy head which recedes to a heavy collar and fine slick fed by a continuous stream of micro-bubbles.

Roast malt, light-roast coffee, chicory, brown bread, and a touch of rye in the nose.

Moderately sweet, grainy, toasty palate entry with a bit of cheap coffee and cocoa as well. No real hops though there is a faint bitterness. Richly malty, well roasted but not burnt. Clean finish.

Spritzy and not-quite-light-bodied mouthfeel.

Simple but well crafted. More of a Foreign Export Stout (or even a dark lager) flavor-wise, but it works on those terms. (782 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was something very old-school about this beer that reminded me of when American brewers first started pushing the boundaries of the English concept of stout- amping up the roasted malt aspect and adding more hops, but before the more Americanized style took form, back when we talked about "robust porters" and "American-style stout." The roasted malt flavor of this beer is big and full of caramel and brown sugar, with the barest hint of soy sauce - not enough to put the beer off, more like a dab of Samuel Adams Triple Bock had been added. Not the best example of this style, but I liked it nonetheless. (613 characters)

Photo of charlzm
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 05/24/08, purchased from Hi-Times Costa Mesa, CA on 04/21/08.

Poured into a Triple Petrus snifter a very clear dark brown with fig colored highlights. Almost no head, but a steady march of little bubbles crawl up the sides of the glass.

Aroma is sweet with roasted grain and dark fruit notes.

Thick and smooth. A sharp bitter spike right off the bat. Some subtle roasted and smoked flavors. A touch of chocolate. Some subdued dark fruits. Carbonation noticeable on tongue.

Fairly easy drinker; doesn't whack you over the head with its 7% ABV. (556 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pitch black with a thin tan head and a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S: roasted malt and wheat aromas with hints of charcoal and slight booze.

T: charcoal , roasted malts, and wheat flavors with hints of booze and molasses.

M: medium body with a little carbonation and a creamy finish.

D: not bad for a stout coming from japan, a tad thin but had pretty good flavors. (388 characters)

Photo of mnapier
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees farenheit. Service Glassware, 12 ounce Tulip.

Appearance, pours a mild khaki foamy head that leaves no lace behind.
A waft of this on the nose and the only presence is roasted with some mocha and chocolate.
Sipping this and I detect mild coffee, some sweetness and a little bit of a tang. Mouthfeel is mild to medium overall.

Decent but not Wow.

Cheers (388 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip we're left with a very dark black body and a decent tan head that slowly fades to a smaller cap, but leaves some good lacing on the way. Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Damn good flavour - big doses of cocoa, coffee with cream, caramel and berry. Light mouthfeel is the weakest link, and it could be heavier in line with the flavours (defnitely not creamy as advertised). This is a very solid stout, and easy drinking for its percentage level, but I do feel that it errs more to the export stout territory. Regardless, buy it and try it. (575 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear very dark brown colored beer with a perfectly sized light brown head. Could be darker but the head is great.

Smell is banana, chocolate, coffee, and some faint almond scent. Patent malt scent but not all that strong, there is wheat toast aroma here.

The taste starts out sweet and malty with a good chocolate flavor. Good chocolate this is very much a chocolate beer and it tastes like a milk stout. Gets a bit more bitter about half way through the glass.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Very good drinkability tastes like a milk stout. If you want a highly burned beer though this isn't it. (587 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Echigo 'Stout' @ 7.0% , served from a 330 ml bottle purchased for $5.25

A-pour is almost black from bottle to glass with some ruby red peeking out along the glass edge , with a small tan head that is quickly dissapating leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint

S-sweet & boozey , hint of smoke

T-smokey , not that big of an imperial stout , more 'RIS' perhaps , lots of chocolate in a slight bitter finish

MF-ok/good carbonation , full bodied ,

Ov-ok beer , decent imperial stout

prost LampertLand (506 characters)

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Echigo Stout from Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
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