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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
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

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-28-2003

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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 125
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 JDV
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (280 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 TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (892 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (441 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.04/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (275 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)

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 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 Auraan
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,024 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very dark brown with minimal head and lace. Smell has roasted a nuttiness in the malt with a light chocolate note. Taste has again the roasted nuttiness with a twang and maybe a light burnt coffee note. Mouthfeel is a little light for a stout, but not bad. Overall it's actually better than I expected from this Japanese stout. (343 characters)

Photo of July2Nov
2.27/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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
minimal lace.

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. (853 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a snifter. This pours a pitch black color with a large mocha colored head. The smells are a little of coco, dark roasted malts and alcohol. The feel is medium to thick. The taste is okay, not quite a RIS but still good, dark roasted malts, coco and a bit of hop bite. (298 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackish, dark-brown hue, with a tan, billowy head. Good lacing. Smell is sweet and permeating, notes of caramel and molassas.

The taste is wet and clean, highlighted by the soft and creamy mouthfeel. The slightly high, 7% alcohol, is hidden nicely by the excellent hop finish. The ending is a complex mix of sweet and bitter, like a high percentage cacao chocolate. Good stuff.

Both barley and wheat malt is utilized, which is pretty cool. Hops round out the ingredients list. (483 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thought I would try something different, when I bought this bottle for $4.50
It poured a dark brown with creamydeep tan head , about one finger high. It leaves good lacing after dissipating.
Smell is of roasted malt, caramel ,coffee and brown sugar.
The taste is quite mellow, with the sweet brown sugar notes up front, little roasted malts in the middle , and some coffee at the end. The beer finishes too sweet for my taste. It is very drinkable, but is not your typical Stout. (479 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Japanese Premium Import Echigo Stout, by Echigo Beer Co., ltd., of Niigata, Japan. Purchased here in Seattle at Uwajimaya.

330mL longneck poured into pint glass. Beer is nearly pitch black, with just a hint of red, and a thin brown head. Aroma betrays alcohol and roasty malt -- was this oaked?

The barley blackened by roasting. Surprising level of carbonation, and a heavy but watery rather than creamy mouthfeel. Strong, but not as much alcohol on the palate as in the nose. Pretty good and deep if not particularly complex. (528 characters)

Photo of juju7
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark cola in colour. Little head to speak of, not much lacing. Slight chocolatey nose with some roasted malts in support. Bitterness is a little aggressive and body is a touch thin. Finishes OK but not very memorable. Not a bad beer, just ordinary is all. (255 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 jeranbrews
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium foamy vanilla white head. Dark chocolate / red wine colored body. Very pretty. Would be nice to see some lacing.

S - Chocolate and caramel roasted malts smells. Its vaguely sweet. No hops or yeast that I could discern.

T - An initial tiny bit of hoppy bitterness with some roasted flavors. Very pleasant but generic. Easy enough to get a Guinness or whatever you have. This is a generic stout. Not bad but not great.

M - Some better-than-average for a Japanese micro body. Not watery. Its silky going down.

D - A good generic stout. A good average stout. A way to measure other stouts. (600 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 bkilpatr
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (765 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (854 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark red-brown, and clear (I know because it let enough light through to show me). The head was a half-finger of light brown foam; it might have been thicker if the waitress had been a little bit more aggressive with the pouring.

S: Heavily-toasted grain is the strongest aroma. I think I detect some tamarind or another fruit in the background as well.

T: Tangy burnt malts and sweet molasses are the first and foremost flavors. The taste becomes a little acrid with some late bitterness, but it doesn't linger long on the tongue. The flavors are enjoyable, but not complex.

M: Crisp, refreshing, and decently carbonated, but not as thick as I'd expect from a stout.

O: Is there such a thing as a "light imperial stout?" Although the flavors where there, the intensity was much closer to a middle-of-the-road porter. That's not to say it was bad -- it paired nicely with sushi without stealing the attention from the food. I'd order it again, but only at a Japanese restaurant; there are many better stouts to drink as stand-alones. (1,049 characters)

Photo of watchnerd
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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. (702 characters)

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Echigo Stout from Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
84 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.