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

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83
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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 7
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:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-28-2003)
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

jmodus, Oct 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Birdlegs, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of htomsirveaux
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

htomsirveaux, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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 metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
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 oberon
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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 shigg85
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle of this from Tanakaya in Mejiro, Tokyo. Poured it into a Baird pint glass. Had a nice dark hue to it with a caramel head that left a cute lacing around the glass. Wonderful scents of caramel, nuts, and hops coming off the top of this, making it a pleasure to drink for all the senses. The taste was spot-on for a dinner of beef or as a dessert beer. However, the mouthfeel was a bit off for me for two reasons: a bit too thin for a stout, and it is a very carbonated beer resulting in excess gas. Overall, this is a tasty beer, but if I were to buy an Echigo brew again, I might prefer their rauch over this stout.

shigg85, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of DavidST
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

DavidST, Mar 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

johunnic, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Stoffel, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of hreb
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

hreb, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of bbb099
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Fizzy light brown head. Completely dark, jet black color.

S - Light smell of roasted malt, nothing much.

T - Soft, sweet taste of molasses. Ends on a slightly bitter cocoa notes, but somewhat weak.

M - High amount of carbonation. Medium to light bodied.

O - A very light and mellow tasting imperial stout. Probably not worth the $4 for the bottle I got from the Japanese grocery store.

bbb099, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Hopfenpeter, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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 pettis
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful near-black with a foaming tan head that settles into a steady lacing after a few sips. Looks like a good medium-strong stout should.

I had to wait for this beer to warm up a little before picking up much of anything on the nose. Nice roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee and cocoa.

Flavor is much like the aroma, a little bit sweet at first followed by a dry, burnt/roasted malt finish. The beer goes down silky smooth, with little to no alcohol burn noticeable.

A nice amount of carbonation combined with a strong, though manageable, abv of 7.0% make this a tasty and drinkable stout. Mouthfeel just a tad thin for my tastes, but overall this a nice brew falling somewhere between a traditional stout, foreign export stout, and American imperial stout.

At just under 300 yen, this is a steal of deal in Japan, where run-of-the-mill lagers cost around 210 yen a can, and is right up there with Yona Yona Ale for best beer deal in Japan. Elsewhere, especially in the US, the price of Echigo Stout probably doesn't justify its selection over cheaper and better alternatives (whether Obsidian or Old Rasputin) but is worth a try to experience a solid Japanese take on the style.

pettis, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of CoalPorter
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a small pint glass at my favorite sushi place.

A - Deep chocolate brown color with hints of red. Small tan head went away quickly

S - Coffee and burnt sugar dominate, with some sweetness underneath

T - Here the bitter/coffee roasted malt flavor takes over, leaving little room for anything else. The sweetness is there somewhere, and the hops, but I found it very one dimensional

M - lighter than I expected, more like a brown ale than a stout

O - When rice lagers are so synonymous with Japanese brewing, it was novel to try their take on a stout. I'd have to say they did a decent job, but it's not going to replace any of my American or European favorites.

CoalPorter, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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

sholland119, Apr 29, 2011
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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 25, 2011
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.

augustgarage, Dec 26, 2010
Echigo Stout from Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
83 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.