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

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83
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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-28-2003)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and cookie dough aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but smells a bit better in terms of stout characteristics.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

djrn2, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Samurai Mama, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is close to being jet black but has a very dark amber appearance when held up to the light. It poured with a few bubbles on the surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are faint aromas of dark roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, but has stronger flavors of dark roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a little dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is extremely easy to drink for the style and is a nice pairing with udon noodles.

metter98, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with a sticky 1/2 finger deep tannish colored head that left pretty quickly.Somewhat sweet aromas with caramel dipped fruit and chocolate notes mainly sticking out,roast is there but not real strong.Lighter bodied for the style with dark fruit and unsweetened but not really bitter chocolate flavors,roast creeps as I drank more.More of a sweeter version of the style in my mind,a little light but not all that bad,but for the price I could do better.

oberon, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

SocalKicks, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

RblWthACoz, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

feloniousmonk, Jul 05, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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

Gueuzedude, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

lacqueredmouse, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

dbrauneis, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of wl0307
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

wl0307, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

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.

Georgiabeer, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Japanese craft beer! 330 ml longneck bottle with a black and gold label of a ninja warrior and 3-sided ninja star. On to the beer:

The beer's apearance is as dark as the early twilight, not quite dark enough to be midnight black, with a good spongy head on top, but with average retention. Whiff of fruity esters in the form of alcohol and a dash of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the aroma. The taste is mellow, maybe too mellow. It's sweet like baking choclate with a subtle roasted edge. Hints of coffee are there too. Touch of astringent grain flashes towards the end.

No major complaints about the beer, but there's some room for improving the flavor's robustness. Chocolate ice cream sounds like something good to pair with this beer.

DoubleJ, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Zorro, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Echigo Stout

A nutty, deep brown color, decent sized froth but dies away quickly. Smells of brown sugar, nutty and a bit earthy. Taste follows suit with a light nutty maltyness and very faint roasted flavor. Tea like hop is barely percievable. Mouthfeel had a spritzy carbonation. Overall, a decent export stout.

Stinkypuss, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

smakawhat, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of harpus
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

harpus, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can purchased for about 270 yen (maybe $3 with today's exchange rate) from a department store in Tokyo. The appearance is OK, dark brown and a little red color where the light shines through. There's a thin finely celled tan foam. The aroma is roasted malts, as is the majority of the flavor. There's a little sweetness in the after-taste which is nicer than a bitter roasted flavor. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than I expected, not bad at all.

Overall this is a good stout, not unlike many American microbrewery offerings (although not to be confused at all with a RIS or double stout). Not a bad beer to get while in the far east.

TurdFurgison, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Gobzilla, May 29, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

laituegonflable, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of popery
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

popery, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Brent, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

UncleJimbo, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of tommyguz
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

tommyguz, Dec 22, 2013
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Echigo Stout from Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
83 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.