Epicurean Coffee & Fig Imperial Oatmeal Stout – Epic Brewing (Auckland, New Zealand)

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  • My Rating: A

Epicurean Coffee & Fig Imperial Oatmeal Stout 2012 – Epic Brewing, 8% ABV – 750ml., (Auckland, New Zealand)

on the front label:

“Luscious oatmeal stout brewed with razor sharp cleaver chopped Turkish Lerida figs & matured on Kenyan Karen coffee expertly roasted by Kerry and Dan at Caffe 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 Champion of Beervana, 2011.”

back label:

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  • Style: (coffee, fig, coconut) Flavoured Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Bold smooth roasted coffee fig malt bittersweet
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $20 (after 10% off) – 750ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, glad I bought 2 bottles
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nirvana for stout fanatics

Visual: Pours ultra dark brown with smallish very foamy lasting head, some lacing, a bit of activity near the surface.

Nose: clean roasted coffee without much burntness, soft aroma. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: dark malts, silky texture

Mid-palate: fizzy-micro-tingly, (MAIN) big roasted coffee, fig dark fruitiness, cacao, thick malts

Finish: coconut nuttiness, roasted coffee exhale, malty sweet coffee bitter finish.

Summary: Big roasted coffee and figgy flavour with just enough ABV, body, texture and zero sourness. Composed and poised. One of my top 3 favourite stouts out of all the 50+ stouts I’ve tried.