Epicurean Fig & Coffee | Epic Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
87
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
14.81%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
14
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's monday afternoon at 1:13 and my roommates and I just finished a 750ml of this procured at the HF shop.

My big impression of this is that the mouthfeel is thin. I'll just put that out there. However, it's only 8% so not really unexpected.

The coffee is certainly dominate and I think the wet roast process the beans wet through aid to making the coffee flavor stick out more. It's mellow but shines.

A nice sweetness from the figs and the toasted coconut is hard to pick up for me.

Overall I enjoyed this but don't need to have it again. If you see it then try it - almost a more complex breakfast stout.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of tbeckett
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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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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 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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Epicurean Fig & Coffee from Epic Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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