1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Echigo StoutEchigo Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

119 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 119
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub visit their website
Japan

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-28-2003

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 119 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of charlzm
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of mnapier
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Photo of hayesjw
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of LampertLand
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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

Photo of pettis
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful near-black with a foaming tan head that settles into a steady lacing after a few sips. Looks like a good medium-strong stout should.

I had to wait for this beer to warm up a little before picking up much of anything on the nose. Nice roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee and cocoa.

Flavor is much like the aroma, a little bit sweet at first followed by a dry, burnt/roasted malt finish. The beer goes down silky smooth, with little to no alcohol burn noticeable.

A nice amount of carbonation combined with a strong, though manageable, abv of 7.0% make this a tasty and drinkable stout. Mouthfeel just a tad thin for my tastes, but overall this a nice brew falling somewhere between a traditional stout, foreign export stout, and American imperial stout.

At just under 300 yen, this is a steal of deal in Japan, where run-of-the-mill lagers cost around 210 yen a can, and is right up there with Yona Yona Ale for best beer deal in Japan. Elsewhere, especially in the US, the price of Echigo Stout probably doesn't justify its selection over cheaper and better alternatives (whether Obsidian or Old Rasputin) but is worth a try to experience a solid Japanese take on the style.

Photo of noproduction
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of avwrite
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of watchnerd
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, purchased from Nijiya Market in San Francisco. First time I'd ever seen it. Poured into a wine goblet.

Nice dark coffee appearance, although not as thick as most American stouts. Beige colored head, a bit on the thin side. A bit of lacing, but not much.

Aroma was barely there, especially for a stout. The barest hint of alcohol esters and toasted malt. I swirled and sniffed and swirled again, but I couldn't get this to open up. Maybe if I let it warm up or microwaved it.

Nice taste, though. Well balanced, alcohol hidden well. Smooth, mouthfeel less thick than other stouts, not as in-your-face as most American stouts, but tasty and enjoyable. High drinkable, goes well with food.

Photo of ballewblake
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a sam adams fancy glass. Bottle and label have changed since the one pictured.

Low to no head, with it dying out quickly. Almost some light coming through the black body. Some smoked malts in the nose, not really much in the aroma. Smooth smoked stout flavors, low carbonation, balanced mouth. I wouldn't call this an imperial stout by any means, it does good as a plain ol' smoke stout.

Photo of dill
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from an 11 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - dark brown with a reddish color coming through where it's thin around the edges of the glass.

S - a nice roasted aroma with some chocolate coming through.

T - roasted coffee with some caramel and chocolate.

M - some tight carbonation but easy on the tongue.

D - this is a very drinkable stout. not as robust as some others, but it has a surprisingly high 7% abv. I definitely enjoyed it and will look forward to picking up some more of these soon.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Samurai Mama in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a very dark amber to black in color (almost black) with some reddish hints when held up to the light. The beer has a very thin light beige head that reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Aroma is very light with some hints of dark roasted malts.

T: Starts with some dark roasted malts which is the dominant flavor and then there is some light bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: One of the better Japanese stouts that I have ever tried and pairs very nicely with the earthy flavors of udon soup. Easy to drink and sessionable with the lower than average ABV for the style. Definitely enjoyable and worth a second try.

Photo of Rumrunner
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass.

A very nice offering. If I am ever in Japan this will be a beer I will seek out.

Pours a nice dark brown. A decent frothy beige head with some lacing down the glass. Scents are nutty with chocolate, some mild coffee and anise. The scents are not over powering but blend nicely on the nose.

Flavors have a mild burnt quality to them. Some dark chocolate, a bit of coffee and a slight hazel nut to provide some sweetness. There is a mild bitter hop bite but the malts really take command. There is no alcohol burn. It is well hidden. The flavors control themselves and blend well together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Nothing too heavy. Very smooth and enjoyable. It drinks easily and one could drink a few in a session. This stout would go well with a chocolate dessert in my opinion. A very well thought out stout.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy, initially finger and a half thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark chocolate brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, reddish-black color when held up to the light. The aroma is malt focused with a nice balance of roast malt notes and sweet grain character. Aromas of dark chocolate, lightly burnt toast, a touch of carbonization, lots of toasty grain notes towards the finish (browned soda cracker notes and biscuit aromas) and a touch of roast grain huskiness is all noticeable.

Lightly sweet in the front and middle, but this is offset throughout (though especially in the finish) by a substantial roast character. A fair amount of carbonation adds a peppery bite to the middle of this brew and helps to cut through a light-medium fullness. The beer is definitely quite quaffable, despite the fullness from the caramelized / sweeter malt notes. The finish is dry and bitter from the burnt grain flavors; reminiscent of dark roasted, black coffee in both its burnt acidity and roasted flavors. This beer has flavors of burnt chocolate malt balls, aromatic darkly roasted coffee, darkly toasted bread crust and a burnt, dry, roast grain finish that is surprisingly smooth for all of its character.

Quite a tasty brew, I like how the straight forward & dominant roast notes are offset by caramelized grain notes just a touch. I did not really know what to expect here, but I am definitely pleasantly surprised none-the-less. I like the texture of this brew, it has a certain heft to it, but does not keep it from being quite quaffable. This is certainly not the most flavorful or aromatic of stouts, but the texture is nice and it is thoroughly enjoyable. This brew reminds me that I haven't had a decent regular strength stout in far too long. I definitely need to pick up a few more of those.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of shigg85
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle of this from Tanakaya in Mejiro, Tokyo. Poured it into a Baird pint glass. Had a nice dark hue to it with a caramel head that left a cute lacing around the glass. Wonderful scents of caramel, nuts, and hops coming off the top of this, making it a pleasure to drink for all the senses. The taste was spot-on for a dinner of beef or as a dessert beer. However, the mouthfeel was a bit off for me for two reasons: a bit too thin for a stout, and it is a very carbonated beer resulting in excess gas. Overall, this is a tasty beer, but if I were to buy an Echigo brew again, I might prefer their rauch over this stout.

Photo of Auraan
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a rich black with a thin tan cap of head that quickly receded. Not the best looking stout around, more head would be nice, though the chilled glass it was served to me in may be partly to blame. Scents of roast malt, black coffee, hints of dark chocolate and a very faint metallic aroma. A nice, traditional stout aroma. Taste begins with a large roast malt presence, mingled with dark cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate with a slight sweetness underlying the roasted and bitter flavors. Roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate dominate the middle of the sip. Finish is heavy on roasted malt flavors, with some black coffee present as well. Aftertaste is rich roast malt. A good, solid stout flavor profile that hits the style notes quite nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth, semi-dry feel. Quite drinkable and very nice. Overall this is a pretty good stout, fitting into the higher ABV classic stout or perhaps the export stout niche quite nicely. A good surprise from Japan.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown highlights where light can penetrate. The head is the color of cocoa powder and peaks at 2 fingers thick. Great retention leads to a thick layer of surface suds and a thick ring around the edge. Lacing coats the side of the glass in large spots and exhibits good stick.

Smell - Sweet malt with a roasted edge. Hints of chocolate and metallic earthiness.

Taste - More sweet than roasty. Malty grain sweetness with lesser notes of milk chocolate. Hints of coffee roast and caramel. Low leafy bitterness hits toward the finish, giving the brew a bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Closer to medium in body with a moderate creamy texture and low carbonation. Bone dry finish.

Overall - Drinks more like a Euro Stout, like an Irish Dry, than an American Imperial. I'd recommend it just for the experience, but I'll likely pass on buying it again.

Photo of retry4z
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Echigo Stout from Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
83 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.