Echigo Stout - Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
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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
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
07-13-2009 18:17:17 | More by ballewblake
4.1/5 rDev +12%
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.
07-07-2009 06:54:58 | More by jbsteiny
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
04-29-2009 06:58:31 | More by SFBeerGuy
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
4.3/5 rDev +17.5%
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!
03-09-2009 04:50:10 | More by julian
3.98/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
02-22-2009 02:58:58 | More by Zorro
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
01-07-2009 17:07:45 | More by bobsy
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
4.33/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
11-10-2008 04:00:14 | More by yemenmocha
4.2/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
09-12-2008 11:23:51 | More by RblWthACoz
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
07-17-2008 01:40:41 | More by mnapier
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
05-24-2008 17:25:55 | More by charlzm
4.33/5 rDev +18.3%
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
d: a great and well balanced sweeter stout
05-11-2008 04:18:27 | More by hoegaardenhero
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
04-29-2008 04:30:56 | More by DoubleJ
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
04-01-2008 05:51:19 | More by dill
3.6/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
03-16-2008 17:28:17 | More by TurdFurgison
4.15/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
02-18-2008 19:37:32 | More by Maudite
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
02-18-2008 15:14:26 | More by watchnerd
3.88/5 rDev +6%
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
02-07-2008 01:49:53 | More by Gueuzedude
4.2/5 rDev +14.8%
11.15 oz. bottle purchased at Hi-Time Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA. Served in an American 16 oz. pint glass/tumbler.
Dark reddish-brown color, but not opaque. Head is a dense, tan-colored finger of foam which shrinks to a thin ring of bubbles and then vanishes in a few minutes.
Subtle aroma. Much closer to a good dunkles or even a doppelbock than a stout. Mostly caramel and sweet malt, with a slight yeasty sourness. Almost no roasty character, and no hops at all. Not a very stout-like stout at this point.
Okay, yes, this is definitely a stout, and it's drier than the nose suggests. Plenty of roasted flavor here which reminds me of a canned espresso drink more than anything else. (Not a bad thing, really.) Slight burnt-caramel sweetness in the finish tempers a gentle acidity, like the citric note in good bittersweet chocolate. Extremely more-ish. A very genteel and soft-spoken beer that doesn't even hint at its 7% a.b.v. strength. All the flavors harmonize beautifully.
Light-to-medium body. Silky texture. Low carbonation.
The most perilously drinkable 7% stout I have ever encountered. Smooth, sophisticated and satisfying.
12-30-2007 07:55:44 | More by vurt
United Kingdom (England)
4.22/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
10-31-2007 18:16:55 | More by wl0307
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
Had one of these in cask conditioned form at Popeyes while on vacation in Japan. It was very smooth, if a little light in flavor.
A - Dark brown body.
S - Hardly any scent.
T - Light chocolatey flavor. Tastes more like a nutbrown almost.
M - Flavor softly spreads over the tongue. Nothing intense here. Very smooth in the mouth.
D - Very smooth drink. Goes down the throat very easily. Good light stout. Didn't notice the apparently high ABV at all.
05-16-2007 02:18:43 | More by JayTheFinn
United Kingdom (England)
4.22/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
10-15-2006 14:11:40 | More by soulgrowl
4.22/5 rDev +15.3%
the nearest thing to a stout i've had in a long time is guinness... that's it. so this review is almost a comparison. but keep in mind that this review is of a japanese beer.
dark nearly black, reddish brown on the edge, nice big beige head that settles to a thin frothy layer. decent retention and lacing. the appearance is really on the fine line between above average and good.
wow, lots to smell. butterscotch coffee. some biting coffee bitterness but also some caramely malty sweetness. the smell is intriguing, but the taste is satisfying. after a sip, you just want another. feels nice and smooth, medium body, tasty and quite drinkable.
i do not taste a 7% abv here. echigo stout is really well-made, the ideal japanese beer to pair with cheese.
11-30-2005 14:17:10 | More by davidchollar
Echigo Stout from Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
83 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.