Echigo Stout – Echigo Beer Co. (Niigata, Japan)

Echigo Stout – Echigo Beer Company, 7% ABV, 330 ml., (Niigata, Japan)

  • Style: (sweet) Stout
  • Taste: Smooth balanced molasses light roast caramel biscuity barley malt
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $7 CAD (after 10% off) – 330 ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure, but not crazily

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Pours dark cola brown without a significant head, thick ringed retention, lots of clustered very active micro streams.

Nose: caramel liquid barley malt, light roast, hints of nutty. (lvl-8)-pungency, much stronger as it warms

Attack: dull crisp, soft light creamy, sweet caramel malt impression

Mid-palate: flat-tingly, (lvl-5-sweetness), molasses barley malt, light roast caramel malt, nutmeg, biscuity

Finish: hints of chocolate, lingering nutty-woody light bitter, cola

Summary: A very easy-to-drink 7%er stout with a solid balance of sweet and roasted malt. Slightly heavy malty sweet by the end but there’s enough complexity to balance it out. It lacks a bit of creaminess and push at the finish.

Koshihikari Echigo Beer – Echigo Beer Co. (Niigata, Japan)


Koshihikari Echigo Beer – Echigo Beer Company, 5% ABV, 500ml, (Niigata, Japan)


“(Translated from the Japanese on the can) We’ve used the delicious water and Koshihikari rice that Niigata’s nature has provided and made this in a German-style decoction mash. This is a dry beer with a crisp palate and finish. ”

  • Style: (rice) Flavoured Lager
  • Taste: Crisp bite barley malt liquor sweet but smooth
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.50 – 500ml., May 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not for flavour

Visual: Pours golden orange with a sizeable foamy head, a 1mm layer of ultra fine retention, lots of spread out steady streams.

Nose: bright and sweet barley malts, trace  (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: super crisp bite

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-gentle sweetness, (MAIN) cereal grain, faint barley malt

Finish: liquid malt adjunct sweet finish.

Summary: I’m guessing the sweetness comes from the rice. 100% a meal beer; not a whole lot of flavour but does a good job of cleansing the palate.