1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Figgy Pudding - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

Not Rated.
Figgy PuddingFiggy Pudding

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

123 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 123
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 164
Gots: 31 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Inspired by a 16th century English Christmas cake our Figgy Pudding is brewed with English Pale & Specialty malts & molasses and fermented with London ale yeast. After fermentation we matured Figgy Pudding in brandy barrels before conditioning with mission figs, Ceylon cinnamon and nutmeg."

64 cases of 750ml bottles produced in November 2010.

Re-released in November 2011.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 11-19-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
Photo of BedetheVenerable
BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +1%

Presentation: Absolutely gorgeous 750 brown Belgian-style bottle, corked and caged...2011 vintage. Really stoked to finally get to try this. Huge thanks to my awesome wife for nabbing this for my birthday!

Appearance: Murky deep garnet brew, capped with a nice light tan cap with good retention.

Smell: Wow, smells quite a bit like the dessert, actually. The first thing you get is a fruity brandy booze note, followed by a bit of dry oak, dark, sticky, juicy figs, and dark caramel. No spice aromas, which is kind of surprising. Still, quite pleasant.

Taste: Not really what I expected. I'm not getting a real strong fruit (i.e. fig) presence here, nor much at all in the way of spice, though several spices were used. This tastes like a really nice oak-aged English Old Ale. Some sweet, caramelly dark malt, nice dry oaky notes with fruity brandy and a bit of leather. Just a bit of sticky dark fig in the background and a hint of dusty cocoa on the finish, but the booze and oak keep it way in the back. A bit bitter and boozy on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full

Overall: Not at all what I expected; this is not a sticky, fruit-forward, spicy Winter Warmer. Instead, this is a slightly fruity, barrel-aged Old Ale in the English tradition. The barrel-aging here has been done really well. A bit of vinous/dark fruit emerges the longer this sits out (i.e. room temp). Gonna hang on to my other bottle of this until next year, to see if the booze retreats a bit and the fruity/spice notes emerge a bit more.

At this point, at $15, I'd give this a B-B+

01-14-2012 04:09:48 | More by BedetheVenerable
More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
NWer

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

11-03-2013 22:03:09 | More by NWer
Photo of BigE90
BigE90

Washington

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-29-2011 20:16:29 | More by BigE90
Photo of dogfishandi
dogfishandi

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-02-2012 19:27:07 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of acurtis
acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-20-2013 14:23:03 | More by acurtis
Photo of ElGordo
ElGordo

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%

Pours a pretty amber color with orange highlights, without much of a head. Sweet aroma of pale malt, candi sugar, a whiff of molasses and brandy, and tons of sweet, ripe figs. Palate is sweet throughout - molasses sweetness and candied figs, with a hint of cinnamon. Body is rich and pretty creamy, with some very light carbonation to provide a little lift. Finish is sweet and warm from the considerable alcohol content. Very tasty and complex, although I'd like to see what a few months in the cellar could do for it.

11-24-2010 18:36:28 | More by ElGordo
Photo of SpeedwayJim
SpeedwayJim

New York

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

Thanks to Evan for this one. 32oz. counter-pressure filled growler into a snifter. Shared at a tasting 12/8. Reviewed from notes.

Light cream colored head. Beer is clear, dark brown. Spotty lace with thin legs. Decent considering the style.

Nose is fresh and candied figs and fudge. Very sweet and fruity. Really unique. Fig notes are super robust.

Opens fig, grown sugar, fruity. jam. Slight booziness. Molasses. Nutty and mildly bittersweet. Fig skin finish with fig seed and skin on the aftertaste. A pretty polarizing flavor profile but I like it a lot.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and oily in the mouth and warm going down. Messy finish with a long, lingering, spicy aftertaste. Nice.

I didn't really know what to expect from this beer but suffice to say, its very aptly named. Fig presence is very apparent and it works well with the other flavors present here. A unique and delicious brew in every sense.

12-09-2012 17:13:54 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of RocPorterFanatic
RocPorterFanatic

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Pours dark red, almost like craberry juice when held to the light. Alot of off white sticky head, almost 3 fingers worth.

S - Caramel, charred figs, burnt marshmallow.

T - Sticky sweet with marshmallow and fig all up front. A brandy like alcohol warmth is very present and complements the beer nicely. Sugary sweetness chases the beer down the palate as I swallow.

M - Cloying sweetness broken up by ginger ale/Champagne like carbonation.

O - Perfect beer for the holiday season. Might need to stock up on this one. I'm afraid of what would happen once the alcohol and carbonation were to fade. This beer would become a sticky mess.

12-26-2011 21:38:27 | More by RocPorterFanatic
Photo of Tyrus
Tyrus

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

12-02-2013 17:28:32 | More by Tyrus
Photo of Photekut
Photekut

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-18-2013 22:12:59 | More by Photekut
Photo of Hessian257
Hessian257

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

02-24-2013 05:33:01 | More by Hessian257
Photo of Gonzoillini
Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-30-2013 16:04:12 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of Alieniloquium
Alieniloquium

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep mahogany with a big cream-colored head. Looks well carbonated.

Smell - Very malty with the aroma of caramel candy. There's also a metallic smell to it that is rather unpleasant. I don't get much brandy, really.

Taste - Sweet, but not oppressively so. Not much brandy again. Where is the brandy?? Caramel malt and a healthy dose of dark fruit. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry. Very dry. Well carbonated and remarkably easy to drink at 11%.

Overall - Not as dessert-y as I expected. Not as brandy-y as I expected. Not as interesting as I had hoped...

07-07-2012 03:20:03 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Gobigvt7
Gobigvt7

Oregon

5/5  rDev +26.9%

Part of 8-Tap Block 15 Takeover (+Imagine, 2 years of Pappy's Dark, Caves Saison, Pale Ale, Super Nebula, and La Ferme De Demons) 12oz tulip at The Hop & Vine (Portland, OR)

Pours a gorgeous figgy (go figg-ure) brown, chestnut around the curves. Fine frothy head, reduces fairly quickly to a thin, off-white cap.

Sweet caramels on the nose, raisin, plum, bread. Faint cinnamon, allspice. Hops a non-player.

Wow. Wow. This tastes SO good. Exactly like a dark raisin bread, dessertlike and rich. Sugared dates, cinnamon and a little barrelly nougat. I could drink this every day of my life and die happy.

11% but hides it well. Tastes like cake but, somehow, not cloying. Big, robust body but not filling. I should have let this warm up (i'd drink this hot in a mug in a heartbeat) but didn't have the patience. Strong carbonation from first to last.

We're edging up on hyperbole here, but I freaking love this beer. The 5 I'm about to give it puts all the recent 4.5's I've rated to shame, and that includes Pliny the Younger. I wish I could afford to drown in it. Please, mommy, can I?

02-13-2012 00:36:43 | More by Gobigvt7
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

01-20-2014 07:29:39 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
Photo of hoppymcgee
hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-16-2013 22:15:40 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of BuckTuckian
BuckTuckian

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

03-20-2014 17:30:23 | More by BuckTuckian
Photo of lescavesmorgan
lescavesmorgan

Oregon

5/5  rDev +26.9%

01-24-2012 00:30:52 | More by lescavesmorgan
Photo of jegross2
jegross2

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

02-08-2013 21:38:47 | More by jegross2
Photo of huadog
huadog

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-12-2011 06:21:33 | More by huadog
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany color with a leather-hued head.

Smell: The nose is interesting, rich with figs and spices, not nearly as barrel forward as I expected. It's rather earthy, moderately sweet and malty, with a pleasant molasses overtone. Cinnamon and nutmeg are noticed but thankfully don't overwhelm. It's faintly metallic when cold, but that dissipates as it warms and the barrel shines through a bit more.

Taste and mouthfeel: As the nose implies, this is much more about figs, toasted malt and spices than barrel. Figs lend a gentle earthy sweetness that's quite nice, while spices and oak contribute light tannins and astringency that balance out the malt a bit. It's a sweet beer, but not too sweet, nor is it terribly heavy. The spices feel heavier on the palate than they do on the nose, but aren't harsh. The finish brings warming alcohol and a slight tannic bite, leaving lingering flavors of fig and molasses.

Overall: Pretty good, unique and easy to drink given the strength and richness.

01-30-2012 18:18:43 | More by largadeer
Photo of danwho
danwho

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-26-2013 19:34:31 | More by danwho
Photo of claspada
claspada

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

2011 Bottle.

Pours a murky medium brown color with an average-size beige head that recedes to leave some frothy, solid lacing.

Aromas begin with moderate to heavy roasted and caramel maltiness, with emerging amount of dark fruity figs and oak. As it warms you get some nuttiness and some lightly unidentifiable spiciness.

The tastes follow the nose with moderate to heavy malt sweetness and dark sweet fruity figs. Caramels and other fruity esters emerge more as it warms. The fruity but slightly boozy brandy notes also emerge more and help to balance the base beer's sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to soft carbonation. Finish is slightly slick and creamy. Spices are restrained on the whole or that could be from the year or so of age.

Overall I really enjoyed this holiday inspired American/English ale. The sum of the parts (spice additions, barrel aging, fruit additions) are all done in balance and work really well to develop the overall flavor profile. For such a big beer this drinks very smoothly, definitely a sipper but an enjoyable and not over-bearing one.

11-12-2012 16:12:30 | More by claspada
Photo of Rhettroactive
Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

01-11-2013 01:19:46 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of digita7693
digita7693

Germany

3/5  rDev -23.9%

01-09-2013 05:40:51 | More by digita7693
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Figgy Pudding from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
88 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.