Epicurean Fig & Coffee - Epic Brewing Company
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Reviews by Agent1:
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
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3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is outstanding. I get a ton of coffee, as well as a little bit of chocolate and some dark fruit. The flavor is not as good as the aroma. I get the coffee, chocolate and roasted malt that I expected, but they are all a bit muted. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An awesome smelling beer whose flavor doesn't live up to the aroma.
08-05-2012 22:55:46 | More by Mora2000
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
3.99/5 rDev +2.3%
750ml bottle, 2012 edition. A multifaceted collaboration amongst brewer, fig farmer, and barista, according to the Lagunitas-esque label-delineating text.
This beer pours a possibly clear, very, very dark chestnut-tinted black, with prominent mahogany highlights, and two fingers of puffy, loosely bubbly tan head, which leaves a broadly ambitious, random pattern of spectral lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.
It smells of bitter espresso and dark roast coffee, a very slight grainy oatmeal cereal malt essence, dry earthy black fruit, which I suppose must be the figs (something I'm not altogether familiar with), a bit of charred ash, and a mild musty hoppiness. The taste is more bitter, somewhat sour coffee beans, almost well blended with a creamy milkiness, quite un-Fig Newton-like figs, lightly roasted caramel malt, a touch of baker's chocolate, cheap cigar ash, a wee hint of anise, kind of weirdly watery coconut flesh, and an understated sweet simmering booziness.
The bubbles are mostly laid-back, with only a slightly edgy frothiness, the body a generally solid top-end medium weight, and mostly smooth, an inherent creaminess persisting from well before. It finishes on the modulated sweet side, as the bittersweet cocoa, milky coffee, oatmeal mush, and now even weaker Middle East black fruitiness facing up to a drying earthy hoppiness and lingering metallic booziness.
An enjoyable imperial stout, with the geographically proximate 'local' adjunct ingredients providing further agreeable flavours - coffeehouse notes chief among them, as the figs (the other promoted guest star here) not really doing much to stand out or make a splash. In the end, this offering is pretty tasty of its own accord, which mostly justifies the equally questionable larger serving and price tag.
03-15-2013 03:38:34 | More by biboergosum
3.71/5 rDev -4.9%
Pours out dark brown with 1 finger of offwhite suds. Some lacing occurs.
Smell is coffee and malt sugar with a bready hint.
Taste is coffee but the maltyness makes you think of raisin bread and a hearty cup of coffee.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky and the alcohol does come into play in the back of the throat.
The coffee does seem to clean the palate after a bit.
Overall this isn't bad but it has so much coffee the the other ingredients are pushed to the wayside.
03-20-2013 01:07:30 | More by peabody
3.88/5 rDev -0.5%
It's monday afternoon at 1:13 and my roommates and I just finished a 750ml of this procured at the HF shop.
My big impression of this is that the mouthfeel is thin. I'll just put that out there. However, it's only 8% so not really unexpected.
The coffee is certainly dominate and I think the wet roast process the beans wet through aid to making the coffee flavor stick out more. It's mellow but shines.
A nice sweetness from the figs and the toasted coconut is hard to pick up for me.
Overall I enjoyed this but don't need to have it again. If you see it then try it - almost a more complex breakfast stout.
03-26-2012 17:18:00 | More by Patrickbrusil
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
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
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
3.15/5 rDev -19.2%
750 ML poured into a GD snifter
Thanks to Spicelab for sourcing this
Shared with Mr Kennedy
A-- Poured a light black and settled midnight black. Two finger light brown head that settled down to a nice looking film. Good lacing left when the head settled to film. No visible carbonation.
S-- Coffee and lots of coffee. Underneath the coffee got tones of dark fruits, roasted fig and brown sugar. Once it warmed up got a bit of nail polish remover, nothing to offset the drinking of this though.
T-- Supposed to be an imperial oatmeal stout but get tons of coffee, roast malts, and fig. Coffee is slightly green.
M-- Coffee feel is either green or instant coffee. Not the greatest feel to it. A little bit of nail polish feel at times. Oatmeal comes through in the mid and back palate. Needs a more substantial feel though.
O-- Not bad, not great. Not the greatest coffee used in this so is a bit harsh at times and overwhelms the figs and oatmeal. Hides the 8% well.
02-26-2012 12:12:49 | More by mulder1010
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
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
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