1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Echigo StoutEchigo Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

116 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 116
Reviews: 64
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-28-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 64 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a small amount of light passing through when held up. The head is about two fingers and a light tan color. It is frothy and recedes slowly.

Aroma is smooth roasted malts, chocolate, a hint of alcohol and some earthiness.

Flavor is smooth with roasty malts, slight nutty flavors and some dark fruits such as fig and currant. Toward the finish some chocolate, earthy tones and smooth espresso flavors emerge. There is a lingering roasty/smokey flavor as well as hints of chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick with low carbonation there is a decent mouth-coating quality.

Overall this stout is well rounded and good, but not amazing. All of the flavors are appropriate for the style and it it very easy drinking, I enjoyed it and would drink it more but for the $5 a 12 oz bottle.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.)

Photo of popery
2.7/5  rDev -26%
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.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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 Bookseeb
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of juju7
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of July2Nov
2.23/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

Photo of froghop
3.03/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of ballewblake
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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 jbsteiny
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of SFBeerGuy
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of bkilpatr
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of julian
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

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 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 JDV
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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 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 hoegaardenhero
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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

Echigo Stout from Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
83 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.