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

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Brewed by:
Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
Japan
echigo-beer.jp

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 06-28-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
136
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
16.76%
 
 
Wants:
7
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13
For Trade:
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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 136
Photo of pettis
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of mac31
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(Malty) entry opens with red/dark fruits, slightly grape-like even. Tootsie roll chocolate sweetness. Soft hints of dark chocolate. Slightly creamy at the 3/4 palate. Soft, mild bitterness that increases as the beer warms. Hops are woody, earthy, soil with very soft hop spiciness present. Pleasant hoppiness lingers on palate. Body is very thin for a stout. Carbonation is soft. 7% is hidden well. Very drinkable. A standard American stout, good non-the-less. Pricey at the local sushi joint, though.

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Photo of stratusjeans
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Liked this beer write a bit. The biggest problems are that I got absolutely no head when I poured and the mouthfeel is truly lacking.

The color is a beautiful dark copper black, but again no head. The smell and taste both had a hint of bourbon though I don't think this is barrel aged. This hint is why I looked it so much. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy up front but fades immediately. I really wish it stuck around longer.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Best before 2016-03-02.

A: Dark brown. Poured 2.5 fingers high of head.
S: Moderate roasted aroma.
T: Moderate chocolate. Moderate roasted flavor. Dry. Moderate bitterness.
M: Medium body. Creamy.
O: In my standard this is a (well made) porter. There are not much roasted coffee characters. In fact, I think it is similar to Fuller's London Porter, with slightly higher alcohol content.

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Photo of watchnerd
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of ballewblake
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of dill
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass.

A very nice offering. If I am ever in Japan this will be a beer I will seek out.

Pours a nice dark brown. A decent frothy beige head with some lacing down the glass. Scents are nutty with chocolate, some mild coffee and anise. The scents are not over powering but blend nicely on the nose.

Flavors have a mild burnt quality to them. Some dark chocolate, a bit of coffee and a slight hazel nut to provide some sweetness. There is a mild bitter hop bite but the malts really take command. There is no alcohol burn. It is well hidden. The flavors control themselves and blend well together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Nothing too heavy. Very smooth and enjoyable. It drinks easily and one could drink a few in a session. This stout would go well with a chocolate dessert in my opinion. A very well thought out stout.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of snaotheus
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2015-10-17
330ml bottle brought back from NY by @mr-jj. Served in a pair of Georgetown samplers.

Pours black with a small head and medium carbonation. Smell is rich and chocolatey, some yeast and sweetness.

Taste is interesting, some doppelbock-like sweetness, strong chocolate richness, and a nice roasty character.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin and a little watery. Overall, this is a tasty beer. Not bad at all.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a thin light khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee and alcohol. Flavor follows, with slightly sweet dark toasted malt, cocoa, light notes of coffee and vanilla. Medium bodied with mild creaminess. A nice, smooth continental style stout with really pleasant chocolate component and light coffee. Not dramatic, but well integrated and a good representative of the style.

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Photo of shigg85
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Auraan
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a rich black with a thin tan cap of head that quickly receded. Not the best looking stout around, more head would be nice, though the chilled glass it was served to me in may be partly to blame. Scents of roast malt, black coffee, hints of dark chocolate and a very faint metallic aroma. A nice, traditional stout aroma. Taste begins with a large roast malt presence, mingled with dark cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate with a slight sweetness underlying the roasted and bitter flavors. Roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate dominate the middle of the sip. Finish is heavy on roasted malt flavors, with some black coffee present as well. Aftertaste is rich roast malt. A good, solid stout flavor profile that hits the style notes quite nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth, semi-dry feel. Quite drinkable and very nice. Overall this is a pretty good stout, fitting into the higher ABV classic stout or perhaps the export stout niche quite nicely. A good surprise from Japan.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown highlights where light can penetrate. The head is the color of cocoa powder and peaks at 2 fingers thick. Great retention leads to a thick layer of surface suds and a thick ring around the edge. Lacing coats the side of the glass in large spots and exhibits good stick.

Smell - Sweet malt with a roasted edge. Hints of chocolate and metallic earthiness.

Taste - More sweet than roasty. Malty grain sweetness with lesser notes of milk chocolate. Hints of coffee roast and caramel. Low leafy bitterness hits toward the finish, giving the brew a bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Closer to medium in body with a moderate creamy texture and low carbonation. Bone dry finish.

Overall - Drinks more like a Euro Stout, like an Irish Dry, than an American Imperial. I'd recommend it just for the experience, but I'll likely pass on buying it again.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, smoke, chocolate, a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of DavidST
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark red-brown, and clear (I know because it let enough light through to show me). The head was a half-finger of light brown foam; it might have been thicker if the waitress had been a little bit more aggressive with the pouring.

S: Heavily-toasted grain is the strongest aroma. I think I detect some tamarind or another fruit in the background as well.

T: Tangy burnt malts and sweet molasses are the first and foremost flavors. The taste becomes a little acrid with some late bitterness, but it doesn't linger long on the tongue. The flavors are enjoyable, but not complex.

M: Crisp, refreshing, and decently carbonated, but not as thick as I'd expect from a stout.

O: Is there such a thing as a "light imperial stout?" Although the flavors where there, the intensity was much closer to a middle-of-the-road porter. That's not to say it was bad -- it paired nicely with sushi without stealing the attention from the food. I'd order it again, but only at a Japanese restaurant; there are many better stouts to drink as stand-alones.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackish, dark-brown hue, with a tan, billowy head. Good lacing. Smell is sweet and permeating, notes of caramel and molassas.

The taste is wet and clean, highlighted by the soft and creamy mouthfeel. The slightly high, 7% alcohol, is hidden nicely by the excellent hop finish. The ending is a complex mix of sweet and bitter, like a high percentage cacao chocolate. Good stuff.

Both barley and wheat malt is utilized, which is pretty cool. Hops round out the ingredients list.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and cookie dough aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but smells a bit better in terms of stout characteristics.

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Photo of hreb
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of juju7
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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