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

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Brewed by:
Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
Japan | website

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 06-28-2003

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71
Ratings:
135
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
17.03%
 
 
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Photo of bkilpatr
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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.

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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 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 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 JayTheFinn
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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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 mnapier
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of TokyoCO
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Large head that took a while to calm down. Very dark black, a tiny bit of light in the bottom.

S: Sweet, milk chocolate, carmel, slight dark chocolate as well.

T: Starts nice and sweet, milk chocolate is present. Middle is slightly smoky. The smoky sweetness quickly turns to burnt chocolate and dark chocolate, with a slight coffee taste in the finish.

M: Quite creamy, no sign of the alcohol.

O: A solid stout. The overall smoothness and burnt chocolate finish stand out in this one.

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Photo of bbb099
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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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 vurt
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.15 oz. bottle purchased at Hi-Time Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA. Served in an American 16 oz. pint glass/tumbler.

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
Light-to-medium body. Silky texture. Low carbonation.

Drinkability:
The most perilously drinkable 7% stout I have ever encountered. Smooth, sophisticated and satisfying.

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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 CoalPorter
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of Maudite
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 SFBeerGuy
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of TonyGutz
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured smoothly with very little head.
aroma had hints of caramel, malts and coffee. the taste on the tongue was very bubbly , but not over bearing. Definitely not a typical stout feel almost like a pilsner feel. The flavor was pleasant, not overpowering or over bitter but eventually smoothed out at the end.

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Photo of ScioRevo
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

In my beer vocabulary "drinkable" but lacking in "depth." There is nothing remarkable or noteworthy, but like others have said, more a porter than a stout. Nice roasted maltiness, no chocolate, licorice or coffee that I can detect. Would go well with sushi, I think. No conflicting flavors, but enough body flavor to contrast with the sushi without overwhelming it or, in the case of lagers, just washing it down.

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