Figgy Pudding - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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Reviews by oregone:
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Side by side draft comparison of 2010 to 2011.
Note: I have high hopes (and expect) that some of the currently stronger spice notes, predominantly cinnamon, in the '11 will mellow with some time leaving the greater fruit presence in that year to shine as it does, albeit to a lesser extent, in the '10.
A: '11 visibly darker and running towards molasses
'10: Caramel or dark honey. Good clarity.
Both pour with a solid finger+ of creamy off-white head that recedes to persistent broken tufts of cloudy foam. Excellent lacing.
S: '11: Cinnamon and baking spice up front with a big push of candied fruit and fig preserves. Light hint of alcohol enhances the spiciness. Some rich oak/vanilla notes apparent.
'10: Subdued spiciness from cinnamon and nutmeg with a lift again from the light alcohol note. Fruit is less caramelized/preserved and more simply along the lies of 'ripe.' Malt backbone more apparent in a reticent bready character. Hints of spicy barrel treatment.
T: '11: Spicy up front. Cinnamon dominant with a light sharpness balanced by the strong fruit again. Buckwheat honey, dried fig, very dark caramel or molasses, and some brandy-soaked raisin apparent. Soft oaken notes with hints of vanilla again.
'10: Subtle spice. More along a vague hint of pumpkin pie spice than anything distinctive. Ripe to over-ripe figs, some dark caramel, hints again of a dark honey. Golden raisin and some molasses..
M: '11: Moderately viscous with a good medium/full body. Carbonation is more creamy in appreciation than crisp. Very smooth, and stears away from sticky in favor of rich.
'10: Very similar.
O: I found the current spiciness of the '11 to detract from the experience to some extent, as did some others in our group. However, others next to us, including brewery/pub staff seemed to disagree. Obviously tolerance of it is a matter of taste largely. There is a very nice richer fruit and altogether 'darker' fruit and caramel character to the '11 that bodes well for it's development. Not having had the '10 at the time of it's release, I can't say whether they both will follow similar evolutionary paths in regards to the spice, but they are quite visibly different beers otherwise.
I've averaged my impressions for the two, and if reviewing the '10 alone would have given a higher score, but again, my expectation is that the '11 will evolve nicely and ultimately end up as the better brew. I hope. ;)
Serving type: on-tap
11-20-2011 08:38:46 | More by oregone
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2.41/5 rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2
A -Pours a dark caramel brown color that is cloudy. Beer foams over and overflows glass, 2 inches of liquid yields 6 inches of foam.
S - A lot of fruit and caramel flavors with tart cherries and a strong sour flavor that overpowers everything.
T - sour cherries, gym socks, spices, apples, dark fruit, subtle brandy.
D - Over carbed to say the least..
O - This was clearly an infected bottle, possibly at the bottling line. I've had this beer several times before and it tasted nothing like this. Disappointing would be an understatement.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2014 18:47:42 | More by mrbubbler
3.36/5 rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.
Best by 1/1/14.
Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, spice, and brandy aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, dark fruit, and brandy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody and spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly tasty but there seems to be some sort of infection going on with this one.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 05:48:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.99/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2011 Bottle opened on 9.22.13
A - Pours a murky dark caramel brown with a fluffy tan head with good retention.
S - Fruity- apple, figs, sweet caramel candy.
T - Green apple, fig, molasses, leather, earthy.
D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.
O - It's getting colder outside so... Fruity and sweet brandy makes it sweet, a bit overly sweet, but great flavors.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2013 05:38:12 | More by HuskyinPDX
Figgy Pudding from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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