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

Echigo StoutEchigo Stout

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BA SCORE
83
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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%


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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popery

California

2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 04:57:40 | More by popery
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 04:36:35 | More by jeranbrews
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 05:23:00 | More by Gobzilla
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 02:49:56 | More by Bookseeb
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juju7

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: can

03-18-2010 00:14:35 | More by juju7
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July2Nov

Hawaii

2.23/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 03:38:56 | More by July2Nov
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froghop

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 01:24:54 | More by froghop
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ballewblake

New Jersey

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 18:17:17 | More by ballewblake
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jbsteiny

Hawaii

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 06:54:58 | More by jbsteiny
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SFBeerGuy

California

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Poured a dark brown/black color with a minuscule dark tan head that almost immediately disappeared. Seemingly very light bodied as the rising carbonation can be seen through the dark beer. Very lively - carbonated.

S- Welcoming smells of chocolate and burnt malt. Smells toasty but with no hop aroma at all. Surprisingly, a yeasty smell is obviously present.

T- Roasted and toasted. Yeast is flavors are present and actually compliment the toasted malt. Chocolate flavor is mild on the pallet and does not shine as much as expected. Light bodied. What does surprise the pallet is a pleasant smokiness. A descent spice note is also present.

M- Crisp and biting. Wasn't expecting this in a stout. Once again, this is light bodied for its style. Highly carbonated and a lively ale.

D- Very drinkable when referring to body but not what you might be expecting in a stout. Carbonation lasts until the last sip. Ribbons of CO2 bubbles continue to rise the whole time. Good beer out of Japan.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 06:58:31 | More by SFBeerGuy
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bkilpatr

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 05:30:08 | More by bkilpatr
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julian

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 04:50:10 | More by julian
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Zorro

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 02:58:58 | More by Zorro
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: can

01-07-2009 17:07:45 | More by bobsy
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JDV

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 20:22:03 | More by JDV
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 04:00:14 | More by yemenmocha
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 11:23:51 | More by RblWthACoz
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mnapier

Washington

4/5  rDev +9%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 01:40:41 | More by mnapier
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charlzm

California

4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 17:25:55 | More by charlzm
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hoegaardenhero

California

4.33/5  rDev +18%
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

Serving type: cask

05-11-2008 04:18:27 | More by hoegaardenhero
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DoubleJ

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 04:30:56 | More by DoubleJ
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dill

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 05:51:19 | More by dill
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-16-2008 17:28:17 | More by TurdFurgison
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Maudite

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 19:37:32 | More by Maudite
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watchnerd

California

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 15:14:26 | More by watchnerd
Echigo Stout from Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
83 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.