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Epicurean Fig & Coffee | Epic Brewing Company

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3.87/5
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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
Ranking:
#12,378
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
90
pDev:
8.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 edition. A multifaceted collaboration amongst brewer, fig farmer, and barista, according to the Lagunitas-esque label-delineating text.

This beer pours a possibly clear, very, very dark chestnut-tinted black, with prominent mahogany highlights, and two fingers of puffy, loosely bubbly tan head, which leaves a broadly ambitious, random pattern of spectral lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of bitter espresso and dark roast coffee, a very slight grainy oatmeal cereal malt essence, dry earthy black fruit, which I suppose must be the figs (something I'm not altogether familiar with), a bit of charred ash, and a mild musty hoppiness. The taste is more bitter, somewhat sour coffee beans, almost well blended with a creamy milkiness, quite un-Fig Newton-like figs, lightly roasted caramel malt, a touch of baker's chocolate, cheap cigar ash, a wee hint of anise, kind of weirdly watery coconut flesh, and an understated sweet simmering booziness.

The bubbles are mostly laid-back, with only a slightly edgy frothiness, the body a generally solid top-end medium weight, and mostly smooth, an inherent creaminess persisting from well before. It finishes on the modulated sweet side, as the bittersweet cocoa, milky coffee, oatmeal mush, and now even weaker Middle East black fruitiness facing up to a drying earthy hoppiness and lingering metallic booziness.

An enjoyable imperial stout, with the geographically proximate 'local' adjunct ingredients providing further agreeable flavours - coffeehouse notes chief among them, as the figs (the other promoted guest star here) not really doing much to stand out or make a splash. In the end, this offering is pretty tasty of its own accord, which mostly justifies the equally questionable larger serving and price tag.

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4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 smithj4
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mora2000
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is outstanding. I get a ton of coffee, as well as a little bit of chocolate and some dark fruit. The flavor is not as good as the aroma. I get the coffee, chocolate and roasted malt that I expected, but they are all a bit muted. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An awesome smelling beer whose flavor doesn't live up to the aroma.

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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 rudzud
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought this up at Hill Farmstead some time early last year. 2011 vintage.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice rich dark brown hue, not quite black, but with a massive creamy, dense two finger mocha head that fades to leave very nice lacing and a rich, creamy blanket. Awesome.

S - Nice rich bakers chocolate, sweet fig juice, the coffee is faint and subtle (more so just a good roast at the end), but with unfortunately a rather strong metallic aroma that just darts in and out.

T - Nice roast malt notes, coffee is faint, lingering on the finish. Oats lend nice creaminess to the beer. Chocolate baking powder, figs oddly enough are nearly absent. I was expecting this to be overly sweet, instead I get rich chocolate with the figs coming out in a very brief sweet flash at the start and then again when I lick my lips.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice, silky smooth with just a hint of carbonation.

O - Overall, a nice beer. Perhaps I held onto it for a touch too long. Glad it was not overly sweet like I was dreading, but its just rather straight forward/lackluster considering the ingredients. Was not worth the $20 price tag for me.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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 lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely dark, opaque black-brown colour, crispy at the edges, with a fine, slightly creamy tan head. Lacing is superb. The body is surprisingly light, however, and doesn't seem as thick as the style or the ABV would suggest. But overall, a very good looking brew.

Nose is redolent with big complex coffee aromas, giving characters from the husky, to the chocolatey, to the burnt. There's a lovely sweetness to it, but also a freshness—it reminds us of how fruity as well as how deep and dusky coffee can be. Yes, the coffee dominates, but there's a complexity to it even in its one-dimensionality.

Taste is smooth and light, with coffee bite on the front giving a crisp, oddly bright dark bitterness, that falls off into a soft, mellow chocolate finish. There's no harshness or residual bitterness on the finish, and the smoother characters from the added booze and possibly the coconut conditioning to much to make the ending a caress rather than a punch.

Feel is smooth enough, although I figured it would be a little heavier than it is.

Overall, a really nice brew from Epic, who have a tough record to continue when it comes to "really nice brews".

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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured black with one finger of light brown head. Minimal lace and a film of retention.

S - HUGE coffee on the nose. Tons and tons of fresh coffee. Maybe a slight hint of fruits and roasted malt as well, but the majority of the nose is coffee.

T - Coffee is once again dominant. Fruits which I'm gonna guess are fig. Some smooth chocolate and a roasted element as well.

M - Light carbonation, full body and a sweet finish. Smooth stuff.

O/D - A neat, rich stout. Pretty solid for a coffee stout. Not sure if it's worth the price tag, but it's a tasty drop.

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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 cbutova
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Epicurean Fig & Coffee from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 90 ratings
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