Epicurean Fig & Coffee | Epic Brewing Company

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90 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
epicbeer.com

Style: American Double / 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
8.57%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
14
For Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4.56/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

There's a smell I can't quite pin down. The beer is dark, with a light tan head. The beer is a mix of flavors. Fig newton, coffee, hop bitterness. I don't pick up a lot of maltiness initially, that comes later. This is a sipping beer. It's thick like I expected, and the brewer might have added some lactose (I didn't read the label to see).

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Photo of Agent1
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Almost black. Pours a nice, thin beige head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, then forms tiny bubbles in the center.

Smell - Rich wood, smoky, liquorice and deep dark, molasses. Very, very complex. Strong sugars and nice bitter hops/ smoke/ wood.

Taste - Wow. So much going on here. Lots of coffee during the middle, and on the finish. Wow. Smoke, dry baker's chocolate/ cacao bean, dark candi sugar, caramel, very subtle sour cherry notes, dry and strong bitter hops help to add to the wood flavor, nice breadiness/ chewy yeast characteristic, figs and other dark fruits are noticeable yet subtle and a nice, lightly sweet oatmeal finish. Excellent grain profile -- layered and complex. Not picking up much roasted coconut with so many other flavors overshadowing the coconut...not a bad thing with so many elements happening.

Mouthfeel - Fairly high carbonation which actually suits it in a strange way. Any higher might be too much, but this is nice and fits the style. This activates all parts of the mouth, but mainly the front. Quite thick and jammy.

Overall - A very, very impressive beer. With so many stages involved, it definitely culminates to create an extremely complex brew. Still a stout, but also a Belgian Quad of sorts, this is a massive entourage of flavor. Amazing. I now want to age a bottle of this! Impressive.

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4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattGrimley
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, coffee, figs, vanilla, coconut, with a bit of black licorice and molasses.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with figs, vanilla, and a bit of black licorice. Through the middle, the roasted coffee comes through with some coconut, oats, and molasses. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, coffee, fig, vanilla, molasses, oats, and touch of black licorice.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit chewy with a sweet and roasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice imperial stout with some good complexity from the added ingredients. Overall nicely balanced.

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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of innominat
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sendbeer
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chico for sharing. 2012 bottle.

A- 750ml poured to a tulip glass as well as a tall chalice. Light tan off white head forms to about a finger with a frothy texture. Decent retention but the cap falls to a fairly thick, creamy ring. Not much lace, some legs and only a few spots.

S- Coffee is probably the most prevalent thing here but certainly doesn't dominate as there is a lot going on. Fresh French press roasty coffee beans but very smooth. Dark dried fruits, cocoa and deep roast malts in the back drop.

T- The fresh, even from 2012, coffee notes are still quite strong with a medium roast coffee bean feel. Cocoa nibs, dark bitter chocolate, slight burnt, caramel, molasses and cereal grains come to mind. There is a general dark fruit feel but that could come from the yeast or aging, but I'm sure the figs have something to do with it. Coconut doesn't really show up for me.

MF- Moderately thick bodied with an oily slightly silky mouthfeel. Carbonation at a low end level but the complex roast coffee flavors ave the body from feeling overly thin, although it is a bit. Finishes with roast bitters on the palate.

Great coffee flavor, perhaps one of the better ones I can think of. Age seems to not affect it much for 8%.

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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout is very dark brown, nearly black, but just shows some red-brown shine in the light. The head is half a finger of chocolaty brown cream that's dense and retains itself moderately well, dropping a modicum of patching as it goes.
The aroma has lots of roast, fresh ground coffee in particular, and it's like some of the freshest French roast you could smell. There's the same woody dryness and note of charred wood as comes out in the flavor, but more of a balancing creamy sweetness, almost vanilla-like, to accompany it as a figgy sweet/tangy combination rests underneath with less sharpness than in the taste.
The flavor is good, very good, in fact, just a little less refined than the aroma. It ends up showcasing the coffee most strongly by far, with mostly tanginess from fig and raisin-like notes as well, then transitioning even before the middle to lots of charred woods and some smokiness that comes into the finish.
The body isn't huge but it is full, and it fits for the style while holding up a light crispness that comes off a carbonation that's just enough to give it some movement. The real pleasure of the feel is a very creamy, soft smoothness that accompanies the big body.

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4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 VelvetExtract
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours a rather clear, dark brown with some crimson. Mild, mild head. Aroma is interesting. Earthy, young coffee beans. Such a distinct scent of beans that is literally smells like earth and dirt. Maybe some tobacco. Those are the two predominant aromas. I won't go digging, that's what I smell. Flavor boasts more intricacy. Coffee heavy and I also get the tobacco again, which is neat. There are subtle dark fruit flavors, like the name boasts. There are also some dry chocolate notes. Maybe some coconut or other nut? Very complex. Medium bodied. Not much viscosity, which I dknt hate because it meshes with the eclectic flavors. I enjoyed this beer. Unique and complex. If you're looking for a big bodied Stout, this isn't it. Marches to the beat of its own snare drum.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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