Figgy Pudding - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 153
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 7.04%
Wants: 166
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 11-19-2010

"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.
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Photo of ElGordo
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (519 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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+ (1,563 characters)

Photo of juliusseizure
1.92/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Block 15 snifter. Opened December 2013.

DRAINPOUR!

This one was definitely infected but I knew that going in. Will need to track this down again when no infection is present.

Not sure if Block 15 should have released it, even if it was with the buy at your own risk. I prefer when breweries don't release infected beer or have a if it is infected we will refund your money clause. (383 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reiew from notes:

Murky brown color. Ring of foam around the edge of the glass. No lacing, some legs that recede into the glass after being swirled. 3
Smells of candied dried fruits. Some buttery brandy, touch of vanilla oak, hints of alcohol. The fig candied dried fruits steal the show in the nose. 4
The taste follows nose, but much more barrel butter brandy notes than in the nose. I almost get a touch of pineapple as well (brett?) 4.5
The mouthfeel is smooth creamy and finishes dry though it has a round and sweet body mid palate. 4
A challenging and tasty beer. Quite nice. 4 (584 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (349 characters)

Photo of oregone
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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. ;) (2,427 characters)

Photo of dwaz
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (678 characters)

Photo of robbrandes
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (385 characters)

Photo of mrbubbler
2.46/5  rDev -38.2%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of squaremile
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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. (533 characters)

Photo of bbb099
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (337 characters)

Photo of Siggy125
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of mjyoung
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of Admbmb92
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle poured into a snifter.
A- pours murky dark brown with about half a finger of mocha head that disappears quickly.
S- sweet molasses, caramel, figs, vanilla, cinnamon, booze soaked raisins. Very nice. Barrel notes are present.
T- sweet caramel with some fizz, molasses, then finishes with very smooth vanilla and brandy barrel notes. Perfect balance. You taste the cinnamon in the back of your throat. Incredibly smooth for being 11.5%.
M- a little bit too much carbonation for my taste but it's refreshing.
O- awesome beer from block 15. This one gets overlooked because of previous infections but should be seriously looked it. Even fresh, it drinks as it's been aged for years. Worth seeking out especially if you like winter beers (744 characters)

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of MBrausen
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of nmbr0ne
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of corylew
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (471 characters)

Photo of Gobigvt7
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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? (1,090 characters)

Photo of boMD
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8oz pour at The Hop & Vine. As far as I know, one of the only, if not only few kegs to hit Portland.

Poured hazy/cloudy amber-honey with a thin white head that kept a consistent ring around the edge of the glass.

Nose was bready, well spiced, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and light fruits. The initial flavors started out malty, very sweet, toasty and nutty, but really turned boozy and hot towards the finish. Definitely a brandy kick to it. One to two years would do wonders for this brew. Other notes of vanilla, apples, bitter-sweet molasses, and ripe fruits. The yeast played like champagne, creating a very dry finish and a bit of carbonation on the tongue. (663 characters)

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Figgy Pudding from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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