Figgy Pudding - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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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
4.72/5 rDev +19.8%
Thanks to Robbrandes for sending this, 2011 vintage.
A: Pours a dark reddish brown with small white head
S: Strong smell of sweet cherry and figs with slight whiff of brandy that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms
T: Just like the smell, strong taste of sweet cherry and figs upfront with a nice brandy flavor on the back end, a nice sipper. Didn't really pick up any cinnamon or nutmeg flavors
M: Medium carbonation and body
O: A really nice treat for Xmas morning, gave to my wife as a present and she wanted to open it immediately. Fortunately for me, she shared the bottle and it didn't disappoint, great Christmas beer. Again, thanks Rob for making this happen.
12-25-2011 18:27:29 | More by dwaz
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
Notes from a tasting on 8/15. thanks to hannont for the trade.
a - almost maroon in color with a nice creamy head.
s - brandy. figs. molasses.
t - brandy. figs. molasses. a bit sangria like. caramel. extremely tasty. some toffee.
m - smooth and easy to drink.
o 0 REALLY enjoyable. great meld of flavoring. almost like a barleywine. i really loved it.
08-21-2012 02:55:19 | More by cosmicevan
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
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
Had the '11 on tap
Pours muddy brown with a thin tan head that forms into a ring around the tulip glass halfway down.
Smells fruity with a malty toasty nose that swims amongst molasses and spice.
Tastes malty foremost. Lots of spice and fruit characteristics. A slight sweetness but only in a flavor aspects not in density.
Mouthfeel follows Belgian guidelines. Spritzy.
Overall this beer was a crowd favorite. Packed with flavor yet light. Absolutely wonderful.
12-01-2011 03:43:22 | More by corylew
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
Thanks (& a little bit of love) goes over the airwaves tonight to bfg75 for this long-desired treasure. This fine trader made me giddy - then crushed my tiny heart when Block 15 said they wouldn't bottle it - then got me a 32 oz. growler. It was like a high-school relationship. Split with my wife.
Before the pour, there is the wrestling match with the cap, which was secured with molten lead - a big pliers is finally employed to remove the beast. Now I'm really thirsty. Pours a mahogabrown with a little head, which is nice to see after its thousand-mile journey. The smell, oh Santa, the smell. Wonderful brandy notes, sweet sugar brown, dark fruits. One of those smellers. I mean, why bother to drink it?
OK, OK. Figgy Puddy is, in my wife's words, "like nothing I've ever had before". I agree. The figs are intensely, uh, figgy, & cut with the advertised spices. This could veer into traditional winter warmer territory, but the brandy cuts in mid-palate with a lovely warming chop, then an argonaut of sweetness & fruit swells & takes over from there on out. Nip of sharpness at the end, which is most likely the oak. Half a small growler? No sweat.
This is a beer that rides the short bus - special. Never had anything like that, & in this case, that's a compliment. Wonderful use of figs, great barrel presence, unique, complex, tasty. What more could one ask? Excellent beer.
12-07-2012 03:33:32 | More by maximum12
4.4/5 rDev +11.7%
750ml poured into a tulip.
pours a hazy deep brown, amber hints. minimal, tan head, recedes to a thin film. nose is dark fruit, plenty of woodsy-brandy, just a whiff of spice.
taste - big malts upfront, the figs come through in perfect balance with the warm alcohol. reminds me of a well-done belgian dark.
i'm always nervous about spiced beers, but this is exceptionally well done.
01-02-2012 05:34:24 | More by robbrandes
4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
Thanks a ton for sharing Brian! Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a hazy dark ruddy brown with a thin soft dark tan head that faded into a soft fuzzy film. Great head retention, spotty lace.
S: Figs! Or dates. Sweet dark fruits at least. I get some notes of alcohol warmth, spices, and a touch of dough. Definitely sweet. I’m not smelling any cinnamon or nutmeg, but I’m definitely getting a touch of nutmeg. Sweet smelling, not much brandy, bit of spice.
T: I get strong flavors of molasses and fig-like dark fruits, with a finish that is sweet and has flavors of warming brandy that is way more present than the nose. Molasses is strong alongside the dark fruits. I pretty much get molasses, fig, brandy, vanilla chocolate and cinnamon in that order. I’m still not getting nutmeg. Sweet overall, and boozy.
M: Medium-full body, low soft carbonation, with a clean and sweet mouthfeel.
O: Drink great. Sweet and fruity but the brandy balances well. Fig is there but not overwhelming. I liked it. Thanks again bbb099.
02-16-2012 02:48:41 | More by scottfrie
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
A - Pours a deep mahogany brown color. Nice and foamy mocha-colored head.
S - Sweet and fruity aroma. Figs, molasses, and toffee.
T - Syrupy sweet taste of dark fruits. A little amount of bourbon and licorice.
M - Small amount of carbonation, medium to full bodied.
O - Incredibly sweet beer. Great taste for the high amount of abv.
02-06-2012 01:55:51 | More by bbb099
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
Lucky to try this elusive brew. Pours a ruby/dark brown, head stays around the edge with no lacing. Smell is vanilla, figs, tobacco, and booze. Taste is excellent. Figs, apricot, vanilla, maple syrup, and leather dominate, with some alcohol bite and mild bitterness to balance an enduring sweetness. The mouthfeel is where this shines, exceptional medium body and smoothness. Drinkability is good with the booziness and the abv preventing more consumption. I would love to have a bottle of this aged. The best Block 15 beer I've had.
12-11-2010 03:37:48 | More by squaremile
4.28/5 rDev +8.6%
On tap at Belmont Station the other night.
The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with very good head retention and nice lacing. The nose is likewise impressive, showcasing considerable molasses, caramel, cherry and vanilla. This beer smells rich and sweet, and I get the impression it will likely be pretty potent as well. As good as this beer smells, it tastes even better and is more complex on the palate. There is considerable vanilla and fig flavor, along with the caramel and molasses. The flavor components seemed to improve and become more complex as the beer warmed in the glass, and I picked up some sweet melon, hazelnut and butter as well. The beer is pretty viscuous, with the carbonation dialed down fairly low. That seemed to add to the rich, soft, heavy cream mouthfeel to this beer. While the beer is not at all hot, heavy or tiring on the palate, you can tell the alcohol is definitely up there, and that along with the sweetness makes this beer very much a sipper.
Glad I had a chance to try this one. This is really a very nice Winter Warmer, and would probably not be something I would enjoy any other time except in the dead of Winter. Regardless, this is an impressive effort from the folks at Block 15.
12-12-2010 17:06:30 | More by John_M
4.28/5 rDev +8.6%
Had this one at Belmont Station in Portland, OR.
appearance - dark cherry and brown in appearance, short white head, streaks of lacing
smell - spice, fig, brandy
taste - fig and brandy intertwined with aromatic spices, very complex
mouthfeel - medium/full bodied, quite warm
drinkability - such a complex feat of delicious brew, a sipper's beer
12-11-2010 18:25:57 | More by djbreezy
Figgy Pudding from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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