Figgy Pudding - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
12-13-2012 05:24:03 | More by Rifugium
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
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
4.23/5 rDev +7.4%
Counter-pressure growler filled 2 days ago
A: Chestnut colored, slightly cloudy. Not much head.
S: Even straight from the fridge, this is pretty intense with figs, brown sugar, cake-y malt, and gingerbread.
T: Taste follows up the smell with Christmas spices and molasses, moderate sweetness, and a hint of bitter chocolate on the tail end.
M: Low carbonation, but enough.
O: Maybe the best vintage of this beer yet -- definitely better than last year -- and a pity that they weren't able to bottle any this time around.
11-20-2012 03:17:32 | More by kscaldef
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
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
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
09-12-2012 03:56:08 | More by Arbitrator
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
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
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
03-16-2012 03:54:12 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Figgy Pudding from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
88 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.