Echigo Stout - Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
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3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
03-11-2012 10:26:35 | More by shigg85
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-08-2012 03:45:32 | More by DavidST
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
11-28-2011 04:30:03 | More by hreb
3.35/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
11-18-2011 02:41:41 | More by bbb099
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
11-14-2011 01:48:06 | More by Hopfenpeter
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
10-17-2011 15:08:23 | More by Brent
3.95/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
09-26-2011 13:46:02 | More by pettis
3.28/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
09-04-2011 15:03:41 | More by CoalPorter
4.33/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
04-29-2011 20:02:14 | More by sholland119
3.55/5 rDev -3%
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.
04-25-2011 05:31:35 | More by Stinkypuss
4.1/5 rDev +12%
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.
12-26-2010 07:06:23 | More by augustgarage
3.15/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
12-11-2010 04:28:20 | More by smakawhat
4.1/5 rDev +12%
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.
09-20-2010 03:28:15 | More by trevorjn06
4.1/5 rDev +12%
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
Very dark brown with a nice creamy khaki head.
Cocoa, espresso, raisins and toasty malt.
Heavily malty with only the slightest bitter touch. Coffee and chocolate are prominent. A bit thin for an Imperial Stout, but nonetheless good flavor.
Very highly carbonated, which leads to an incredibly crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Different, and it works.
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.)
08-30-2010 03:49:46 | More by BeerNemesis
2.7/5 rDev -26.2%
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.
07-28-2010 04:57:40 | More by popery
3.6/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
06-26-2010 04:36:35 | More by jeranbrews
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
05-29-2010 05:23:00 | More by Gobzilla
3.6/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
03-31-2010 02:49:56 | More by Bookseeb
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
03-18-2010 00:14:35 | More by juju7
2.23/5 rDev -39.1%
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
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.
01-17-2010 03:38:56 | More by July2Nov
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
Echigo Stout from Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
83 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.