Epicurean Fig & Coffee - Epic Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
This stout is very dark brown, nearly black, but just shows some red-brown shine in the light. The head is half a finger of chocolaty brown cream that's dense and retains itself moderately well, dropping a modicum of patching as it goes.
The aroma has lots of roast, fresh ground coffee in particular, and it's like some of the freshest French roast you could smell. There's the same woody dryness and note of charred wood as comes out in the flavor, but more of a balancing creamy sweetness, almost vanilla-like, to accompany it as a figgy sweet/tangy combination rests underneath with less sharpness than in the taste.
The flavor is good, very good, in fact, just a little less refined than the aroma. It ends up showcasing the coffee most strongly by far, with mostly tanginess from fig and raisin-like notes as well, then transitioning even before the middle to lots of charred woods and some smokiness that comes into the finish.
The body isn't huge but it is full, and it fits for the style while holding up a light crispness that comes off a carbonation that's just enough to give it some movement. The real pleasure of the feel is a very creamy, soft smoothness that accompanies the big body.
06-29-2014 12:16:24 | More by Brenden
3.54/5 rDev -9.2%
Clingy creamy, sienna head that trails over chocolate black body.
Aggressively sharp, acidic coffee nose.
Espresso grounds, dark dried fruit, slight hit of oily toasted coconut, maybe some mincemeat spice, and a woody end.
Smoky end and barky finish.
Lt-med, crisp, not especially creamy.
Coffee, coffee, coffee – and dark roast, too. Wouldn’t guess coconut or oatmeal if it didn’t say it on the bottle. Lean enough to be a porter, so at least that much is right.
Not unpleasant, but highway robbery at €25 for a 750ml bottle.
04-29-2014 05:36:20 | More by StJamesGate
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
Thanks to Chico for sharing. 2012 bottle.
A- 750ml poured to a tulip glass as well as a tall chalice. Light tan off white head forms to about a finger with a frothy texture. Decent retention but the cap falls to a fairly thick, creamy ring. Not much lace, some legs and only a few spots.
S- Coffee is probably the most prevalent thing here but certainly doesn't dominate as there is a lot going on. Fresh French press roasty coffee beans but very smooth. Dark dried fruits, cocoa and deep roast malts in the back drop.
T- The fresh, even from 2012, coffee notes are still quite strong with a medium roast coffee bean feel. Cocoa nibs, dark bitter chocolate, slight burnt, caramel, molasses and cereal grains come to mind. There is a general dark fruit feel but that could come from the yeast or aging, but I'm sure the figs have something to do with it. Coconut doesn't really show up for me.
MF- Moderately thick bodied with an oily slightly silky mouthfeel. Carbonation at a low end level but the complex roast coffee flavors ave the body from feeling overly thin, although it is a bit. Finishes with roast bitters on the palate.
Great coffee flavor, perhaps one of the better ones I can think of. Age seems to not affect it much for 8%.
04-08-2014 01:33:16 | More by cbutova
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
750ml, 2012 vintage. Split 3 ways last night.
Appearance - Pour is dark brown with a beige head. Retains nicely at about a half finger or so for most of the duration.
Smell - Big chocolate milk/coffee coming out the most, some roasted malt, oatmeal and dark fruit. Fair amount of sweetness without being cloying, good strength.
Taste - Nice deep coffee+chocolate taste sticks out the most, kind of a hazelnut coffee vibe - coconut perhaps? Light roastiness and oats help round things out, dark fruit definitely there but not necessarily getting figs. Hints of age maybe showing through, definitely solid though.
Mouthfeel - Oily+smooth feel to it, kinda thin and lowly carbonated with some alcohol warmth.
Overall - Perhaps not as extravagant as the ingredients make it sound but still very enjoyable, great coffee and oatmeal flavors especially. Maybe this one is better fresh.
04-06-2014 12:53:14 | More by Chico1985
British Columbia (Canada)
4.36/5 rDev +11.8%
Appearance - Almost black. Pours a nice, thin beige head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, then forms tiny bubbles in the center.
Smell - Rich wood, smoky, liquorice and deep dark, molasses. Very, very complex. Strong sugars and nice bitter hops/ smoke/ wood.
Taste - Wow. So much going on here. Lots of coffee during the middle, and on the finish. Wow. Smoke, dry baker's chocolate/ cacao bean, dark candi sugar, caramel, very subtle sour cherry notes, dry and strong bitter hops help to add to the wood flavor, nice breadiness/ chewy yeast characteristic, figs and other dark fruits are noticeable yet subtle and a nice, lightly sweet oatmeal finish. Excellent grain profile -- layered and complex. Not picking up much roasted coconut with so many other flavors overshadowing the coconut...not a bad thing with so many elements happening.
Mouthfeel - Fairly high carbonation which actually suits it in a strange way. Any higher might be too much, but this is nice and fits the style. This activates all parts of the mouth, but mainly the front. Quite thick and jammy.
Overall - A very, very impressive beer. With so many stages involved, it definitely culminates to create an extremely complex brew. Still a stout, but also a Belgian Quad of sorts, this is a massive entourage of flavor. Amazing. I now want to age a bottle of this! Impressive.
02-09-2014 07:25:42 | More by Agent1
British Columbia (Canada)
3.86/5 rDev -1%
Epicurean 'Coffee & Fig' Imperial Oatmeal Stout @ 8.0% , served from a 750 ml bottle '2012 edition' purchased for $20 , ouch!
A-pour is a dark cola brown from bottle to glass with a small tan head that is quickly dissapating leaving a minimal lace along the pint
S-sweet dark fruit , mostly fig , charred coffee grounds
T-sweet start , fruity followed by a slight bitter coffee finish
MF-low/mild carbonation , full bodied
Ov-ok beer , decent Imperial Stout , just not worth the price tag , a one and done
12-12-2013 04:20:06 | More by LampertLand
3.75/5 rDev -3.8%
From a 750 ml brown bottle, 2012 edition. Pours out a dense opaque black, impermeable to light, with a frothy dark mocha head that settles quickly.
Intense aroma of roast coffee grounds, dry cocoa, hints of dark dried fruit and some oat sweetness..
Bitter dark malt, cocoa and of course roasted coffee start out the flavour, followed by a musty leafy hop presence in the middle, dark dried fruit along with some mint(!), with coffee grounds and earthy hops on the finish. Same character as the finish lingers into the aftertaste, though much milder.
On the beefier side of medium-bodied, a bit of a rough, grainy texture, with moderate carbonation.
Okay for the style, however all the extra fanfare (read: extra ingredients) doesn't do much to enhance it beyond the norm. Certainly not an average beer, it also doesn't really stand out amongst its peers either. Plus a bit of e let down given the fairly hefty price tag. Still gets points for being somewhat balanced, and certainly does deliver in the coffee department.
06-15-2013 08:00:44 | More by IronDjinn
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
Bought this up at Hill Farmstead some time early last year. 2011 vintage.
A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice rich dark brown hue, not quite black, but with a massive creamy, dense two finger mocha head that fades to leave very nice lacing and a rich, creamy blanket. Awesome.
S - Nice rich bakers chocolate, sweet fig juice, the coffee is faint and subtle (more so just a good roast at the end), but with unfortunately a rather strong metallic aroma that just darts in and out.
T - Nice roast malt notes, coffee is faint, lingering on the finish. Oats lend nice creaminess to the beer. Chocolate baking powder, figs oddly enough are nearly absent. I was expecting this to be overly sweet, instead I get rich chocolate with the figs coming out in a very brief sweet flash at the start and then again when I lick my lips.
M - Mouthfeel is quite nice, silky smooth with just a hint of carbonation.
O - Overall, a nice beer. Perhaps I held onto it for a touch too long. Glad it was not overly sweet like I was dreading, but its just rather straight forward/lackluster considering the ingredients. Was not worth the $20 price tag for me.
06-13-2013 17:20:29 | More by rudzud
Epicurean Fig & Coffee from Epic Brewing Company
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