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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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Photo of mulder1010
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

mulder1010, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of facesnorth
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

facesnorth, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Gushue3
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the Hill Farmstead bottle shop. Poured into pint glass

A pours dark brown from the bottle and is black/dark brown in the glass. The head is very big, about 2-3 fingers, and brown tan in color. Big time retention and clsone lacing is left when it comes down.

S coffee roast and beans. Somewhat sweet.

T Bitter coffee roast and some green earthy hops. Taste is pretty dominated by the coffee and not really much else. Im looking hard for ither flavors and fant fome up with much.

M very smooth and easy to drink. Thinner feel for a stout of this size and very little carbonation

O not great but not bad. Taste was coffee dominant and missed other elements.

Gushue3, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of dgilks
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Inky black with a creamy, tan head. Fair head retention and great lacing.

Smoky, slightly ashy, mildly phenolic aroma. There is a touch of sweetness too but this is all about the burnt, acrid roast. I'm not convinced barbequeing the figs was the best idea.

More "green", ashy roast. Mild fig notes that need to be sought out. Hints of coffee but nothing massive. More roast and a touch of alcohol.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good on the whole though it seems a touch fizzy for the flavour combination.

This beer is odd. The incredible ashiness is a little bit too much but I can taste the fig and coffee. A little more sweetness would probably help.

dgilks, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of illidurit
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

illidurit, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of match1112
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

match1112, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of patm1986
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

patm1986, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Unchi
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Unchi, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of StJamesGate
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

StJamesGate, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee, and some slight fruity aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of peabody
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

peabody, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown, not quite black. Big dense and frothy light brown head. Fades slowly with good head retention. Only moderate splotches of lacing are left behind.

S: Well, loads and loads of fresh roasted coffee beans. I can't really get anything beyond that, maybe some creamy oatmeal but it's more or less like sniffing a mug of cold coffee. Not unpleasant but basic.

T: Coffee is still here but thankfully not as overpowering as in the aroma (it's still quite strong, however). Coffee beans up front with smooth and creamy oatmeal. Sweetness fades a bit, leaving more of a bitter coffee in the middle and into the finish. Mild but noticeable coconut in the finish, particularly in the lingering aftertaste. A little bitter coffee along for the ride in the aftertaste as well. Try as I might, I couldn't find any figs in this one.

M: Fairly medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Has a slick, almost oily mouthcoating effect.

O: Not a bad IS, but unfortunately it was better on paper than in execution. Very unbalanced, the coffee dominates heavily here. Oatmeal is barely noticeable unlike most oatmeal stouts. Coconut is only noticeable a little in the finish/aftertaste. No fig to speak of at all. It's just a coffee bomb stout, unfortunately. Having said that, it's not bad, just not nearly as good as it potentially could have. Poor balance of flavors although what is there is tasty enough. I guess I just feel a little let down after seeing the interesting ingredients listed on the bottle.

Dope, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of IronDjinn
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

IronDjinn, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Morey, May 15, 2014
Photo of HoppyBastard2
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

HoppyBastard2, May 10, 2014
Photo of dataylor21
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

dataylor21, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of BAsbill
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

BAsbill, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mora2000, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of costanzo_mike
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

costanzo_mike, Today at 01:04 AM
Photo of LampertLand
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Patrickbrusil, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured black with one finger of light brown head. Minimal lace and a film of retention.

S - HUGE coffee on the nose. Tons and tons of fresh coffee. Maybe a slight hint of fruits and roasted malt as well, but the majority of the nose is coffee.

T - Coffee is once again dominant. Fruits which I'm gonna guess are fig. Some smooth chocolate and a roasted element as well.

M - Light carbonation, full body and a sweet finish. Smooth stuff.

O/D - A neat, rich stout. Pretty solid for a coffee stout. Not sure if it's worth the price tag, but it's a tasty drop.

tbeckett, Mar 12, 2012
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.