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Epicurean Fig & Coffee - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Epicurean series is a celebration of the flavours and aromas that can be found within the diverse range of ingredients that brewers and chefs alike use in their creations. This beer is a culmination of hours of cerebration, experimentation, ocgitation and libation. And a sprinkling of dehydrated finesse.

(Beer added by: mulder1010 on 02-26-2012)
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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

codysjb, Oct 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

JorSince88, Nov 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

broken22, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of deg
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

There's a smell I can't quite pin down. The beer is dark, with a light tan head. The beer is a mix of flavors. Fig newton, coffee, hop bitterness. I don't pick up a lot of maltiness initially, that comes later. This is a sipping beer. It's thick like I expected, and the brewer might have added some lactose (I didn't read the label to see).

deg, Friday at 12:11 AM
Photo of Agent1
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Agent1, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

JRod1969, May 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Stinger80OH, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, coffee, figs, vanilla, coconut, with a bit of black licorice and molasses.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with figs, vanilla, and a bit of black licorice. Through the middle, the roasted coffee comes through with some coconut, oats, and molasses. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, coffee, fig, vanilla, molasses, oats, and touch of black licorice.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit chewy with a sweet and roasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice imperial stout with some good complexity from the added ingredients. Overall nicely balanced.

ngeunit1, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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%.

cbutova, Apr 08, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Hootie159, Yesterday at 12:05 AM
Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Brenden, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

JakerLou, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

liamt07, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

MaseFace, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

erlenmeyer, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

metalgdog, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely dark, opaque black-brown colour, crispy at the edges, with a fine, slightly creamy tan head. Lacing is superb. The body is surprisingly light, however, and doesn't seem as thick as the style or the ABV would suggest. But overall, a very good looking brew.

Nose is redolent with big complex coffee aromas, giving characters from the husky, to the chocolatey, to the burnt. There's a lovely sweetness to it, but also a freshness—it reminds us of how fruity as well as how deep and dusky coffee can be. Yes, the coffee dominates, but there's a complexity to it even in its one-dimensionality.

Taste is smooth and light, with coffee bite on the front giving a crisp, oddly bright dark bitterness, that falls off into a soft, mellow chocolate finish. There's no harshness or residual bitterness on the finish, and the smoother characters from the added booze and possibly the coconut conditioning to much to make the ending a caress rather than a punch.

Feel is smooth enough, although I figured it would be a little heavier than it is.

Overall, a really nice brew from Epic, who have a tough record to continue when it comes to "really nice brews".

lacqueredmouse, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

bobv, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

KAF, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

schopenhauerale, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

biboergosum, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Chico1985, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

rudzud, Jun 13, 2013
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Epicurean Fig & Coffee from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.