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Epicurean Fig & Coffee - Epic Brewing Company

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Epicurean Fig & CoffeeEpicurean Fig & Coffee

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BA SCORE
87
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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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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).

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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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3.54/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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%.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Agent1
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Epicurean Fig & Coffee from Epic Brewing Company
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