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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Photo of mulder1010
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ML poured into a GD snifter
Thanks to Spicelab for sourcing this
Shared with Mr Kennedy

A-- Poured a light black and settled midnight black. Two finger light brown head that settled down to a nice looking film. Good lacing left when the head settled to film. No visible carbonation.

S-- Coffee and lots of coffee. Underneath the coffee got tones of dark fruits, roasted fig and brown sugar. Once it warmed up got a bit of nail polish remover, nothing to offset the drinking of this though.

T-- Supposed to be an imperial oatmeal stout but get tons of coffee, roast malts, and fig. Coffee is slightly green.

M-- Coffee feel is either green or instant coffee. Not the greatest feel to it. A little bit of nail polish feel at times. Oatmeal comes through in the mid and back palate. Needs a more substantial feel though.

O-- Not bad, not great. Not the greatest coffee used in this so is a bit harsh at times and overwhelms the figs and oatmeal. Hides the 8% well.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of suckaj
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of facesnorth
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2012 vintage bottle enjoyed in a snifter, this oatmeal stout pours a thick blackish brown with a firm tan head that dissipates to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of coffee and dark sweet malts with a sprinkling od cocoa. Flavors are coffee on all sides, reminiscent of grounds, with some chocolate malts to the rear and bitter coffee in the aftertaste. Abrasive coffee cuts through the potential smoothness of a very light oatmeal background with some grittiness on the mouth feel, with no fig or coconut to be found per the label. A solid coffee stout, but the other flavors are washed away by the slick bitter coffee aftertaste.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gushue3
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the Hill Farmstead bottle shop. Poured into pint glass

A pours dark brown from the bottle and is black/dark brown in the glass. The head is very big, about 2-3 fingers, and brown tan in color. Big time retention and clsone lacing is left when it comes down.

S coffee roast and beans. Somewhat sweet.

T Bitter coffee roast and some green earthy hops. Taste is pretty dominated by the coffee and not really much else. Im looking hard for ither flavors and fant fome up with much.

M very smooth and easy to drink. Thinner feel for a stout of this size and very little carbonation

O not great but not bad. Taste was coffee dominant and missed other elements.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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!

Enjoy

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Photo of Rifugium
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dgilks
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Inky black with a creamy, tan head. Fair head retention and great lacing.

Smoky, slightly ashy, mildly phenolic aroma. There is a touch of sweetness too but this is all about the burnt, acrid roast. I'm not convinced barbequeing the figs was the best idea.

More "green", ashy roast. Mild fig notes that need to be sought out. Hints of coffee but nothing massive. More roast and a touch of alcohol.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good on the whole though it seems a touch fizzy for the flavour combination.

This beer is odd. The incredible ashiness is a little bit too much but I can taste the fig and coffee. A little more sweetness would probably help.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IMFletcher
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaisell
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of illidurit
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of match1112
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of patm1986
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Unchi
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clingy creamy, sienna head that trails over chocolate black body.
Aggressively sharp, acidic coffee nose.
Espresso grounds, dark dried fruit, slight hit of oily toasted coconut, maybe some mincemeat spice, and a woody end.
Smoky end and barky finish.
Lt-med, crisp, not especially creamy.

Coffee, coffee, coffee – and dark roast, too. Wouldn’t guess coconut or oatmeal if it didn’t say it on the bottle. Lean enough to be a porter, so at least that much is right.
Not unpleasant, but highway robbery at €25 for a 750ml bottle.

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Photo of byronic
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbeervt
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee, and some slight fruity aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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 kevinlater
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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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