Epicurean Fig & Coffee | Epic Brewing Company

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Epicurean Fig & CoffeeEpicurean Fig & Coffee

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Epic Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Epicurean series is a celebration of the flavours and aromas that can be found within the diverse range of ingredients that brewers and chefs alike use in their creations. This beer is a culmination of hours of cerebration, experimentation, ocgitation and libation. And a sprinkling of dehydrated finesse.

Luscious oatmeal stout brewed with razor sharp cleaver chopped Turkish Lerida figs & matured on Kenyan Karen coffee beans expertly roasted by Kerry and Dan at Cafe L'affare in Wellington. This stout was conditioned on toasted coconut from the Philippines. Grab a scoop of Kohu Road vanilla ice cream, pour a couple of glasses and enjoy. Originally created & brewed with Dish magazine editor, Victoria Wells. Media brew grand champion of Beervana, 2011.

Added by mulder1010 on 02-26-2012

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Photo of TerryW
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drinking a 2015 at the end of 2017. It stood up quite nicely. A well made beer with no noticeable rough edges. High alcohol content nicely managed, not overpresent. Dominated by very nice coffee flavours, enjoyable earthiness, a pleasant fruity finish by way of figs and coconut. However, the figs add a dose of too much sweetness. Strong but not overwhelming like too many other imperial stouts. Worth a try if you can handle the sweetness of it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of npachl
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Agentveba
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ikidunot
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the lcbo for $13 or so.. overpriced

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's hard to get more global than a beer from New Zealand made with Turkish figs, Kenyan coffee beans and coconut from the Philippines (and who knows where the malt and hops are from). It's feasible the contents of my glass could have ingredients from every continent (minus Antarctica, obviously).

Of the above coffee has the most noticeable imprint, on appearance anyway. This looks like a cup of dark roast and only when held directly into overhead light is any colour apparent (a faint purple plum hue). Its head has a dried fig-like stain. Apparently Epicurean Fig & Coffee is appropriately named.

It's apparent from the brewer's blog post - not to mention the taste - that each ingredient was carefully selected for its specific attributes; the quality of raw materials is of fundamental importance to the quality of the finished product. But with creations like this it really matters how well elements mesh...

And they certainly do here, yet each individual component is still rich and distinctive in and of itself. Coffee leads the way with underlying chocolatey and subtle roasted hazelnut notes. It isn't the least bit astringent. The figs and coconut each lend their own brand of tropical, fruity sweetness.

Imperial Stouts can be overwhelming. Flavoured brown ales can be underwhelming. This one walks a line right between the two; it's got the towering black coffee notes but also pleasing hints of raisin tart, fig newton and subtle piña colada finish. It's approachable yet gratifying.

Epicurean Fig & Coffee is so much more than a novelty one-off (hence why they've decided to brew it 5 years and running). Disparate ingredients are not always easy to marry but this blend of coffee, fig and coconut is rich and seamless and doesn't demand too much attention. It's a wonderfully made beer.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of byronic
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbeervt
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a thin layer of head with little retention of lacing. Nose is loaded with coffee, burnt toast, toasted grains, cocoa and hints of toasted coconut. Flavours are much the same as the nose with loads of coffee dominating, and faint coconut coming through on the finish. Smooth and wet on the tongue, ABV is well concealed. A tasty surprise and something I would consider buying again if it weren't for the steep price tag.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevinlater
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into snifter. "B 980 11:32". consumed nov 29 2015

a: pours dark but not black, then develops into black. some light brown head

s: lots of espresso, very roasty. some jalapeno notes which i usually pick up from coffee-heavy beers. toasted bread. a very slight scent of fig flesh -- more please

t: coffee is strong and omnipresent. the jam-like fig sweetness is very subdued and comes out pretty late in the tasting. bitter, roasty coffee finish. not much change as the beer warms except for a bit of recognizable toasted coconut on the finish

m: good medium feel with low carbonation, could use a bit more body. very dry, coffee-like finish

o: even though there are barely any fig and toasted coconut flavours to speak of, this is a good but one-dimensional coffee stout. just kinda disappointing considering the hefty price point and colourful description

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Photo of DaveBar
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for $13.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 9deg C in a tulip.

A- Open well and pours a 1" high brown head that lasts for around a minute before film out. Very dark brown colour.

S- Good fig and malt scent

T- Light and mellow. Not at all what I expected out of an imperial stout. Not much flavor at all. Transparent coffee and fig. So light and airy. Not for me

M- Watery

O- Not for me. Will not buy again and this one is going back.

Food Pairing

This ok at best brew would go well with...... Biscotti!


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Photo of Bf_89
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, small head.
Nose shows coffee grounds, roasted malt, bready notes.
Flavours include more coffee, slight roast and a subtle sweetness, likely derived from the figs.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with two finger thick tight tan head; thick lace and good cap. Strong roasted coffee nose; fig and chocolate aromas more prominent as liquid warms. Coffee flavor dominates; some dark fruit/figs, chocolate and a little vanilla are secondary. Creamy medium lite mouthfeel wit moderate carbonation; lite oaty tongue coating. Overall, burnt roast malt sits on top of coffee flavors - still a very good coffee stout.

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Photo of Bandi
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—slight traces of dark red are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of coffee beans. The roast becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted malts along with notes of coffee and hints of figs. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No smoothness from the oatmeal is perceptible.
O: This beer has a good balance between the aromas and flavors of roasted malts and coffee.

Serving type: bottle

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Epicurean Fig & Coffee from Epic Brewing Company
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