Brewed by Echigo Beer Company
Style: Stout
Nishikanbara-gun, Niigata-ken, Japan


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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Echigo Beer is rich and premium beer. The finest quality barley malt is blended with roasted malt and hops to ensure an exceptional stout of rich full bodied flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ttheilen (516) - USA - MAY 13, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
melush (2462) - SPAIN - MAY 11, 2016
Can 35cl / Lata 35cl. @ VAL Oyama, Oyama, Japon. A: Dark brown / Marron oscuro. T/S: Roasted malt, sweet, chocolate / Malta tostada, dulce, chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
colui72 (564) - HONG KONG - APR 29, 2016
Black with a medium beige head. Roasted malts and coffee in the nose. Light in the palate, with a strong dark malt character and hints of coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Sticky, soft carbonation, quite tasty. A very decent classic stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, husks, dark chocolate), with a hint of berries. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A rather industrial, simple, grainy-husky beer. Since I got this in Maui I feared it would be badly oxidized, esp. considering dark beers show oxidation a lot more readily, but to my surprise there was no trace of cardboard in either the nose or aftertaste. Too bad it’s not a better beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wombata (614) - Kobe, JAPAN - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle from Yamaya in Ashiya. Aroma: Charred/heavy roasted coffee beans, rich dark chocolate. Palate: Light-Medium bodied and very smooth with pleasant mouthfeel. Flavor: Rich chocolate with smoky burnt, somewhat bitter coffee. Some bready character on the mid-palate. Comment: Good, though I would like the bodied not to have thinned out so quickly. A fuller, richer body, like Tazawako’s Dark Lager, would earn it several more points.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours black with a large, frothy beige head, long retention with light lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and nutty malt with light ash and oysters. Flavor is roast and chocolate malt, oysters, light earthy hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (8807) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2015
33 cl bottle @ Timo A. Thanks rosenbergh!
Pours dark mahogany red color with a small head. Dry malty aroma, molasses, coffee and toasted malts, some dark fruits too. Dry oaty with rye and malts on the flavor, spices and some hops. Not very pleasant, a bit watery even.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rosenbergh (9807) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2015
330 ml bottle. From a trade with IslandHaole. Thanks a lot Dan! Clear reddish brown color with a tan head. The aroma is berries, berry jam, sweetness, molasses and some malt. The flavor is sweetness, mild metal, some molasses, malt and berry jam. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12401) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2015
A deep dark stout with a thick frothy mocha head. In aroma, sweet chocolate malt with light coffee notes, light vanilla extract, light mineral notes, OK. In mouth, a sweet bitter chocolate with light coffee notes, burned toasts, light mineral notes, grassy hops, OK. Can from Citysuper Causeway Bay, 18HKD.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjez (357) - Osaka, JAPAN - NOV 4, 2015
L: pours a dark cola brown with a tiny head that was gone quickly. S: a one-dimensional aroma of rich roasted malt, perhaps a hint of chocolate. T: starts off quite aqueous but that dark rich malt creeps in. Some sweetness. F: low carbonation, light feel but medium-strength flavour. A malt bill more like a foreign stout, gentle hopping. O: I remember this more fondly a year or so back, perhaps my palate now detects the lack of complexity. Decent cheap local stout though.

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