Echigo Stout - Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
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2.23/5 rDev -39.1%
A: Nice deep cola color. Head could have been
a bit larger, and
and foamier. As it was, the head was too carbonated
and the 1/2 inch of foam quickly dissipated to
S: A bit sweet (hints of caramel and toffee).
Deep-roasted nutty smell. slight syrupy hint at the
end. Overall, very nice.
T&M: Smooth and very light tasting for a stout.
Way mild for a 7% abv. Pretty much non-descript as
far as taste goes. Chalk taste throughout with a
carbonated nutty feel at the end. Not impressed as
much as i thought i would have, by the smell of it.
D: Had high hopes for this one, but alas, it certainly
didn't live up to my expectations. Well, you live and
learn. if your in a desperate pinch to drink, then
try it out for yourself and see if it's right for
you. as for this reviewer, i'd rather drink some sake
to get a taste for Japan.
01-17-2010 03:38:56 | More by July2Nov
2.68/5 rDev -26.8%
A bottle I purchased recently at the Buford Highway Farmers Market. Japan has long been known for their take on stouts, and I was looking forward to trying another example. At first look (and taste) this had all the makings of a very nice stout. Poured quite black with a decent head, but no gusher. Smelled nicely roasty with bitter chocolate and coffee notes. The initial taste had more of that quite nice bitter chocolate, a nice creaminess, a hint of coffee and licorice, some nice roasty notes....and then it went wrong. Mid-palate you get smoke and then at the finish band-aid. This beer, to my taste is infected, or conversely, badly made and contains off flavors that greatly detract from the experience. As far as I could tell, it didn't have a freshness date (although there is a code on the bottle that might be, but if so, I couldn't interpret what it was trying to tell me), and the taste wasn't old....it was of infection. Disappointing, especially as this wasn't cheap. Oh well.
10-27-2013 20:59:22 | More by Georgiabeer
2.7/5 rDev -26.2%
Decent stout but not really anything special. This is a strong-ish stout that is relatively light on roasted malt flavor. There's a lot more caramel character than I'd like, but it's still an enjoyable beer. The body is a dark, transparent ruby, below a creamy off-white head. The aroma is dominated by caramel and butterscotch with hints of fruit and roast. At 7% abv, I expect more roast than this beer brings. The flavor doesn't really help. It's fairly sweet and roast only really shows up in the aftertaste. There's some coffee and chocolate in the finish, as well. Mouthfeel is a bit too thin and a tad cloying but not bad. At this strength, this beer is kinda in between a normal stout and an imperial. Unfortunately, it doesn't manage to pull off the high points of either. However, Echigo Stout also doesn't commit any grievous sins. It's just a ho-hum strong-ish stout dominated by caramel malt. My review scores wouldn't be so harsh if this beer had been placed in the the standard American Stout category, rather than with the big boys.
07-28-2010 04:57:40 | More by popery
2.85/5 rDev -22.1%
Purchased at some wholefoods-type store in central Hong Kong, muled back to Australia for sharing.
Pours a deep, dark reddish-brown colour. Head is beige, nice and frothy when poured, sinks to a thinnish film but leaves a decent sheet of lacing behind. Fairly decent, could be darker.
Smells a little bit roasty, quite sweet but largely dry, with hints of espresso, molasses and licorice. Slight grainy, almost adjuncty sweetness floats over the top, which is unfortunate; the roasty notes that are there should be more prominent.
Taste is unfortunately sweet, and a bit segmented and detached. Lots of flavours coming through individually without a good coherence. Sweet grain, carob, espresso and char, with some vanilla notes and aniseed and black pepper. Put in a logical order, these flavours may have played out to great effect, but it's confused, and finishes very astringently while the predominant flavour is that carob.
Not a lot of body to it; goes down with a smoothness but I really want more substance.
From the brewery that brought me Echigo Pilsener and rice lager, this is an improvement, but for a 6+% stout it's disappointing.
04-07-2013 12:02:28 | More by laituegonflable
2.95/5 rDev -19.4%
Bottle in trade with miketd. Thanks!
Pours a dark brown black color with a light tan head. Smell is lightly roasty, and very mild, and thin. Taste is lightly roasty with a slight char, but watery. Very easy drinking and mild, but not particularly great. Just too thin for a stout.
11-16-2008 20:22:03 | More by JDV
3/5 rDev -18%
330 mL bottle tried 24 Nov 2011. Served in the 0.4 L Ulmer Munster snifter.
Very small tan head. Medium carbonation. Very dark brown in color with ruby highlights. Light aroma of molasses and ethanol. Starts with burnt dark malts. Some molasses. Bold but not particularly strong flavors. Medium body, warming ethanol. Molasses and burnt sugar dominate. Slightly acrid aftertaste.
Fairly average, on the lighter side for an imperial stout.
03-19-2012 16:40:18 | More by htomsirveaux
3.03/5 rDev -17.2%
pours a clear black with a red tint when held to the light, a very thin beige head, and some lacing.
smell is of malt, some cocoa, weak coffee, a touch of nuts, and a little vanilla.
taste is thin, cocoa, sour malt, a touch metallic, and a little coffee, ends a little dry.
09-09-2009 01:24:54 | More by froghop
3.1/5 rDev -15.3%
Can brought back from Hong Kong by @LaitueGonflable.
Pours a pleasantly dark, but relatively translucent red-black colour, with a nice fine head of mocha brown. Some lacing sits clearly around the edges of the glass. Body is quite liquid, surprisingly, keeping it fluid and dynamic. Not bad.
Nose is dim and slightly roasted, with a twinge of sweetness, and a rattling dark grain character, like the last coffee bean stuck in the grinder. There's also a hint of unpleasantness to it, something a little like rubbish heaped in a back alley, or leftover rice meal. It rather puts me off the taste.
Taste is thick with molasses and burnt coffee, giving a sweet, husky, crispened flavour, which works nicely against the smooth, slightly creamy and foamy mouthfeel. Very little sweetness, but the feel somewhat makes up for that. Finish is actually quite long, again helped by the feel, leaving some bitter grounds flavours on the back. The feel is really quite exceptionally good. While the flavours aren't as complete and full as they could be, there's very little to fault in how it feels in the mouth.
Looks good, smells quite unpleasant, tastes fine (well, OK at least) and feels sublime. A beer of contrasts. Thankyou.
03-17-2012 01:33:23 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.15/5 rDev -13.9%
Dark brown stout borderline black, gives off a nice chocolate brown hue, with tan bubbles.
The bouquet is kind of weak, with faint malt, and a light mixed nuts quality. Taste improves with a slight chewy light smoke and tobacco, but also of store bought pre ground coffee. There is strangely next to no finish on this beer.
A strange mouthfeel with a small abv content that seems wet but masked easily. Wet but strangely drinkable and easy.
12-11-2010 04:28:20 | More by smakawhat
3.28/5 rDev -10.4%
Poured from a bottle into a small pint glass at my favorite sushi place.
A - Deep chocolate brown color with hints of red. Small tan head went away quickly
S - Coffee and burnt sugar dominate, with some sweetness underneath
T - Here the bitter/coffee roasted malt flavor takes over, leaving little room for anything else. The sweetness is there somewhere, and the hops, but I found it very one dimensional
M - lighter than I expected, more like a brown ale than a stout
O - When rice lagers are so synonymous with Japanese brewing, it was novel to try their take on a stout. I'd have to say they did a decent job, but it's not going to replace any of my American or European favorites.
09-04-2011 15:03:41 | More by CoalPorter
3.35/5 rDev -8.5%
A - Fizzy light brown head. Completely dark, jet black color.
S - Light smell of roasted malt, nothing much.
T - Soft, sweet taste of molasses. Ends on a slightly bitter cocoa notes, but somewhat weak.
M - High amount of carbonation. Medium to light bodied.
O - A very light and mellow tasting imperial stout. Probably not worth the $4 for the bottle I got from the Japanese grocery store.
11-18-2011 02:41:41 | More by bbb099
3.35/5 rDev -8.5%
Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass. 03/08/09.
Pours a dark black with hints of brown around the edges. A one finger brown head quickly disappeared leaving nearly nothing behind. Aroma is of chocolate and roasted malt. Kinda basic in the the smell.
Taste starts with sweet milk chocolate and finishes with ever-so-slightly bitter roasted malt. Tastes like a milk stout. Seems strange, but it also has an odd fishy-like taste in there. Not unpleasant, just different. Feel is medium-bodied with ample carbonation. A bit thin and watery though. Drinkability is decent. It goes down smoothly, but the taste holds it back.
Overall, a decent stout. I'm not sure why this is listed as an "American double/Imperial stout", tastes more like a milk/sweet stout.
03-09-2009 05:30:08 | More by bkilpatr
Echigo Stout from Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
83 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.