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Figgy Pudding - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

Figgy PuddingFiggy Pudding

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BA SCORE
88
very good

120 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%


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)
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mrbubbler

California

2.41/5  rDev -39%
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
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
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
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FosterJM

California

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1669th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
750 ML C/C

2011 Vintage
Thanks to DaysintheWake for this bottle.

App- Poured out of the bottle a deep and rich brown color with a ruddy reddish/purple tinge to it. A very good and deep density behind it. The head was a nice 2 finger slight brown color with a good cling line down the glass.

Smell- I was a bit let down with the nose on this beer. It was almost pure malts. Alot of the spices and depth and layers I had heard about were gone. Most of the aromas were just the dark fruits and brandy. Not much else was there.

Taste- This was just okay. Better than average but feel that a fresh bottle is the way to go. The spices were lost on this and replaced by just the large malty flavors and dominated by the figs and the brandy.

Mouth- A thicker medium body with a low-medium carbonation. The figs and brandy are really all that remain on this one. The flavors are a bit one note and just thick on the residual flavors.

Drink- It was a nice idea to open this on Christmas. Shared with my brother in law. I thought it was okay. A bit let down that it didnt meld a little better but dropped off in the bottle. Maybe next release I can land a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 16:25:17 | More by FosterJM
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Duff27

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half inch tan head on a extremely dark red beer. Head dissipates fairly quickly.

Different smell, hard to pick apart to be honest. Brown sugar?

Belgian sugar, spice. Again hard to pick apart albeit complex. Well hidden ABV.

Medium mouthfeel, adaquate mouthfeel.

Very Belgian/quad like. I don't know, it was alright. Wouldnt care to try again actually. Thanks for the share Brian (4DAloveofSTOUT).

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 00:59:29 | More by Duff27
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Siggy125

California

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks oregone for this one.
2010 vintage poured form its 750ml bottle, shared with a group of buddies while doing a Christmas and winter warmer bottle share.

Mirky caramel brown in color, almost no carbonation, maybe a few lonely bubbles.

Smells of dried fruits, mainly figs, baking spices and a subtle brandy booziness on the nose. Pleasand aromas.

The palate presence very similar to the nose but the figs and heavy malt sweetness are very prominent. Flavors of fruitcake, cookie dough and brandy follow. The abv is noticeable but not as heavy as the abv may indicate.

This is a very unique brew and serves well as a winter warmer on the right occasion. Not sure it lived up to the hype for me but very glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 20:55:48 | More by Siggy125
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 03:20:03 | More by Alieniloquium
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to starrdogg for making this possible. Served in a snifter.

Pours a medium brown color with a good off-white head and a thin collar. The nose brings some nice fruity notes plus a good dosing of spice. Moderate amount of barrel character in the background. The flavor has some stone and dark fruits plus a nice bit of spice and spirit. Medium-full body with a bit of booze. Interesting and fairly tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 23:13:15 | More by Thorpe429
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Richard.

Pours deep amber in color with a finger of off-white head. A slightly sweet aroma with a fair bit of oxidation. There’s a nice bit of toffee and caramel, maybe some brown sugar. A little underwhelming. The flavor is good, but not great. There’s a mild vanilla and oak flavor with the same type of sweet, malty notes of the aroma: caramel and toffee. Maybe a hint of dark fruits. Medium body with smooth carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 17:06:41 | More by womencantsail
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Arbitrator

California

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a hazy, chestnut brown capped with a short-lived off-white head that collapses into a thin collar. No lace.

S: Sweet molasses, figs, plums, cinnamon, nutmeg. There is a restrained barrel character that only drew my attention at first because of a small booze note; as the beer warms, the booze goes away, but the barrel (brandy?) doesn't get much stronger.

T: The taste is more muddled than the nose. The spices are hard to detect. The barrel character is muted, but I like that; it blends well with the sweetness imparted by molasses and figs to deliver a sweet, but not overly rich, presence. There is some earthiness throughout, and oak tannins give the beer some astringency in the close.

M: While sweet, the beer isn't particularly heavy. There is a mild booze note that vanishes as the beer warms.

O: As with other Block 15 beers, I'm at the point where I like them, but I'm not blown away. Worth trying, particularly as a sipper on a cold night, but it's not something I would go out of the way to acquire, unless the particular style is appealing.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 03:56:08 | More by Arbitrator
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Jason for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a deep chestnut brown amber color. Some good tan froth and lace.

(S)- Plenty of spice in this. Lots actually. Some rich bread-like yeast and molasses with rich fig, but man, they sure put the spice cabinet in this.

(T)- A nice rich profile very similar to the smell, though thankfully not nearly has heavy in the spice department. Lots of fig and dried fruits with a raisin-like molasses malt. Finishes slightly chalky with subtle woody oak and brandy.

(M)- A smooth/balanced carbonation level and a fairly good balance to it overall. Not as thick or dense as I was expecting; in fact, its really quite thin. The 11% ABV is well integrated though.

(D)- Overall, this is an entertaining and interesting beer; great for the winter season. It is mostly well integrated together, though I think it could use a bit more of a thicker mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 17:32:24 | More by sweemzander
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MBrausen

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dougofthefuture for holding this tasting!

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A. Pours a deep red pearl, very rich color, has a 3mm foam. Even after sitting for a few minutes, it retained a nice thick head.

S. Smells of toffee, chocolate, sugary and fruit

T. Tastes of light toffee, a chocolatey sugar, very noticable lactose, a strong overtone of figs, and almost no taste of the brandy barrel.

M. Medium-thin body, wet initially, with a wet finish that is slightly dry

O. A okay beer, nothing mind blowing or impressive. I really wish you could taste the barrel or the brandy. There was no hint of being a BA beer. A simple, thin beer, just not what you would expect. Something I would try if it was sitting around, but not something I would ever go out of my way to trade for.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 06:33:18 | More by MBrausen
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HopHead84

California

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2/21/2011

Snifter.

A: Orangish crimson with a big frothy beige head. Scattered lacing.

S: Really aromatic. Big fig and molasses notes with well integrated cinnamon and nutmeg. A little caramel and brown sugar accompany faint plum notes, brandy, and a little leather.

T: High level of sweetness with big fig and molasses notes accompanying a light brandy profile. Spices kick in midpalate and carry through the finish, cinnamon and nutmeg. Moderate booze heat. Slight caramel note.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: A very complex beer that I liked quite a bit in small quantities.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:13:57 | More by HopHead84
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RocPorterFanatic

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 21:38:27 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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nmbr0ne

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter from bottle.

Appearance: Mahogany color with a lot of creamy, off-white head. Excellent amount of lacing as well.

Smell: Smells pretty spicy including hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Doesn't smell a lot like brandy. Smells sweet with fruits dipped in caramel. There was also a strong metallic smell that went away while the beer sat for a little bit. The metallic smell was very off-putting.

Taste: Pretty sweet with not a lot of brandy present from the barrels. Fruity flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Excellent amount of carbonation. Light to medium-bodied. Has drinkability, but definitely not a lawn-mower beer. I still consider it a dessert beer, but not as delicious as I expected.

Overall: Really nice strong ale, but I can't help but feel a little disappointed about the weak brandy presence.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 03:19:12 | More by nmbr0ne
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mjyoung

California

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bbb099. Split w/ scottfrie and bbb099

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin off-white head.

S: Whoa. Sweet sweet beer. A lot of molasses and dark fruit. There may be a bit of spice there as well (cinnamon?) but not getting too much of it. A tad too sweet for me, but other than that it was good.

T: Molasses and dark fruit, which I'm presuming are the figs. Quite good, but a little overwhelmingly malty for me.

M: Syrupy but with appropriate carb. Nothing special, but good.

O: Good, but it caught me a bit off guard.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 01:52:30 | More by mjyoung
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for this Block 15 beer! Thanks Hollis!

reviewed from notes taken on 3/14/12.

poured into snifter.

Appearance: crimson hued brown bodied beer with easily 2 fingers of tan head.

Smell: mild nose composed of dark fruits, brown sugar and candied belgian sugar. Beets and plums.

Taste: This beer is sweet yet still remians a mild beer. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, butterscotch, vanilla, and dark fruits. Figs and molasses.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer is really smooth! Not a hint of heat or booziness. Carbonation is really nice and leads the beer into a semidry finish.

Overall: This beer is mild and smooth and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. It was not what I expected, I was thinking it was going to be a heavy sweet dessert beer with spiciness from the cinnamin and nutmeg. It was my first English Strong Ale that I have ever drank, so I will just call it expanding my palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 03:54:12 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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+

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:09:48 | More by BedetheVenerable
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.99/5  rDev +1%
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
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to joe for hooking me up with some block 15 brews. I've wanted to try this one for awhile. This review is based off the newest release - 2011 corked ad caged 750ml bottle format. Shares with friends and poured into a snifter. The brew appears an amber brown with ruby clarity through the body. A finger of tan head fades leaving webby patterns of lacework on the glass. A light swirl brings up a yellowish tan froth. Orange clarity is noted around the edges.

The smell has a dark sweetness like molasses mixed with prunes/plums and some mild spices that include vanilla. It has a very rum-like character about it. Some rindy fruits are noted towards the back of the aroma that were previously surpressed.

The taste is mildly oaky and includes some cinnamon spice overtop of a sweetness of plum, prune, raisin and molasses. The hops are evident with a bit of grassy and herb quality. Overall this has quite a spirit-infused alcohol character throughout. Some toasty caramel to burnt grain flavoring comes out more as the brew warms. Despite the rum alcohol aspect, it also has something reminescent of orange liquor.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to high level of carbonation that gets very frothy inside the mouth. It contains a nice arrangement of flavor but wasn't exactly what I was expecting. It is certainly worth a try and overall is quite good for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 19:04:46 | More by stakem
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this over.

My pour has a dark ruby brown color with a moderate sized tan foam. The head fades to a small film and a ring around the edge.

Caramel, nutmeg, toffee, and spices contribute most of the aroma and flavor. Some bourbon, cherry, toasted bread, and soft butter add some additional flavor notes. A bit of molasses sweetness comes in as it warms. The body is on the fuller side of medium, with a smooth, creamy, carbonation.

Everything about this beer is above average but not great. There are a fair number of flavors working well together, but it drinks a little bit light and has a light body. If the flavor was a little stronger, with a fuller body, I would like it better.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 01:38:04 | More by KickInTheChalice
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 18:18:43 | More by largadeer
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Block 15, Corvallis, OR
This review is for a recent tasting from the bottle.

I don't often review a beer twice, but sometimes--as in this case--the tap version and the bottle version are different enough to warrant it. This was an '11 vintage that I shared at a Dec. '12 tasting.

Hazy, darker mahogany pour, with a thick tan head that took a few minutes to settle to a reasonable height, otherwise retaining well and leaving streaks of lacing on the glass. Poured cloudier as we got to the bottom of the bottle. Sadly, a lot of the spicy aroma that came out up front on tap was absent in the bottle. There still were definite notes of dark fruits and dark sugars, but the spice had mellowed out significantly. Same thing with the taste. Flavors of brandy, figs, cherries, brown sugar, but the spice and vanilla bean had faded considerably compared to when I had it fresh and on tap. This was still a tasty beer, and the alcohol warmth had also mellowed a bit, though i actually liked the heat in the fresh pour. Body was about medium, and drinkability was still high, despite lacking a bit of luster from my previous session.

I do have another bottle of this that I guess I'll save for a special occasion, but based on this tasting, I'd recommend drinking this beer NOW, so you at least get some of the spice quality from it.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 05:24:03 | More by Rifugium
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oregone

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 cork and cage 750 mL bottle shared by Matt served in a random snifter.

Pours a murky dark amber-brown with a short tan head that fades to a frothy ring. Aroma was my favorite part of the beer; subtle blend of oak, cinnamon, apple, plum, nutmeg, molasses and all things Christmas. Flavor is much drier and less sweet than expected. Cinnamon is fairly strong though out and cuts the sweetness of the brandy barrel nicely. Plums, figs, apples and light cherry fruit flavors throughout and a dry, oaky finish. Medium thick body, smooth and creamy throughout. Not nearly as spicy or fruity (or more generally, novel) as imagined, but the balance and subtle alcohol presence this fresh is impressive.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 17:31:19 | More by yourefragile
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Starrdogg for this tick, served in a snifter. At the time of this review, this is the #5 beer on the English Strong Ale list, quite a nice little beer too. I enjoyed it a lot.

Beer is brown mostly clear with a decent little head of off white bubbles, some lacing, relatively low retnetion, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, dark jam and figs. Some spice too.

Beer is medium in body and a little boozy, sweet and a thinning alcohol on the back end. The overall experience of the beer is nice, a little biscuit and a little malt sugar / syrup. A nice strong ale for sure, I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 18:35:52 | More by drabmuh
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Figgy Pudding from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
88 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.