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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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Reviews: 193
Hads: 813
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 52
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Arithmeticus on 12-26-2011

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.84/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black appearance with a one finger thick khaki colored head. Big notes of bourbon and roasted coffee, with thick molasses, heavy cream, caramel, toffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla: the flavors keep coming, lots and lots of complex aromas. Toasted coffee beans with bittersweet milk chocolate, sweet cream, molasses and burnt wood. Like the aroma, tons and tons of flavors keep rolling on the palate with complexity. Toffee, orange, banana, and some odd hints of blue cheese even make their way through. Fantastically complex overall flavor. Milky and rich mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Coffee, malty finish. Really incredible brew.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a 8.9% ABV Imperial Stout, brewed with Black Dog Coffee out of Summit Point West Virginia. I have really not loved Flying Dog beers in the past, but one of the guys from the Four Firkins opened one for me to try and I'm a convert! I brought a couple home for more intense "study".

Aroma: Cinamon, milk chocolate, roasted grains. Sweetened condensed milk and light roast coffee as it warms up.

Appearance: Deep black in color. Rich dark tan to brown head. Head fades to sides of glass fairly quickly.

Flavor: There is very bright and flavorful coffee up front in the beer. The initial smack in the face of coffee fades to a semi-sweet chocolate flavor and a bitter finish. There is a bit of grain sweetness, but the coffee is strong in this one and dries the beer out. The roast seems lighter, with a zippiness and lack of burnt flavor I tend to note in darker roasts. This beer has a rich and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: This is outstanding! An incredible use of coffee, where the beer is elevated by it and not over-run by it. Also a great base beer.

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Photo of ckollias
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a porter/stout glass.

A: Pours a dark black with a thick, brown 4-finger head that slowly dissipates, leaving a nice trail down the glass and eventually ends in a persistent lace.

S: Strong coffee, chocolate, and malty aroma.

T: Dark rich ale with a generous sweetness and a slight roasted malt bitterness. Strong chocolate and coffee overtones, with a nice malt background.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome imperial coffee stout. A nice sipping beer @ 8.9 % alcohol by volume. Great balance between the coffee and malt.

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep brown or black beer with a coffee like dark tan head on top that leaves some spotty lacing. Reduces down to a thin sheet. The smell is strong of freshly ground coffee beans, which is just really awesome. I mean we're talking coffee beans straight from a freshly opened bag. Its got a sweeter, almost boozy aroma and just a hint of some dark roasted malts around the edges, but the coffee aroma is so rich that it dominates. This is not detrimental at all due to the fact that it is rare that I find this much of a coffee note in a beer, and it is welcome.

The coffee is not as immediately present in the taste, but then hits like a hammer in the front-middle of the palate. It hits on some sweeter, more caramel and vanilla touches on the tip of the tongue and then moves into the freshly ground coffee tastes. It isn't bitter like badly brewed coffee, just rich, like biting into a espresso bean. The bitterness that is there is hoppy and fresh, piney and earthy in the very back and the aftertaste. But it comes back to the coffee and how much that dominates the flavor profile. I'm really enjoying it because it is uniquely coffee-like, not just hinting at coffee or mocha flavors. Dark roasted malts back the whole experience without taking over, only adding to the coffee tastes. It finishes smooth and almost creamy, not watery like coffee can sometimes be like. The alcohol is hidden very well, so it definitely sneaks up on you a bit, but it is well worth it.

The uniqueness of this beer makes this one of my favorites from Flying Dog that I've had in a while. If you like good coffee, this is a beer for you. It's rich, but earthy and pleasant at the same time. Very good beer here.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage - 12oz. bottle
Purchased at the Foodery.
Made with Black Dog Coffee

Deep brown color out of the bottle. Thick, slow to develop mocha-colored head sits on top of an opaque black body.

Aroma consists of obvious coffee notes, dark chocolate, currants, Irish cream, and has a defined tannic note at the end. The smell is quite appetizing! I feel it's a bit more multi-dimensional than what I would typically find with a coffee porter or stout.

The flavor is equally layered and rich. Up front I get a berry-like sweetness, and the body immediately shows itself as full and smooth. Creamy, but not oily. Alcohol is very well-hidden. The roasted coffee flavor comes toward the finish and lingers long into the aftertaste. Surprisingly very low bitterness.

Fantastic beer! Initially I liked the low bitterness, but towards the end I was wishing that there was more there for balance. It calls itself an "imperial" beer, but it almost does too good of a job at hiding the fact. Not much bitterness, well-hidden ABV, very smooth and easy drinking...

Food pairing suggestions would be blueberry cheesecake, coffee-rubbed steak, fruit pies and lighter chocolate desserts.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Shady McGrady's-served in a snifter.

The color is opaque black body with a thick 2 fingers of creamy beige which settles to a ring. The lace sticks and holds and the bead is fine. The smell is strong of coffee -like freshly ground coffe, sweet and roasty with nutty accent, hardly any aroma from the base just full on coffee. The feel is thick, rich and viscous with slight oily accent from the coffee with nice body and carbonation, very good balance yet slight astringency of the bean.

The flavor is really good -totally dominated by the coffee which is rich and roasty with slight fruity taste which could be from the yeast too. The flavor is nice with some mild dark fruit perhaps raisin and caramel in the background and light spice. The finish is pretty much the same as the entry which is lightly nutty and semi-sweet. Overall an incredible beer, it seems to be more coffee than stout which is usually not that good, but in this case it works-good coffee flavor with nice supporting stout taste.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a crystal mug the beer poured black with a nice three finger high, brown head. After dissipating, there is a very nice lacing on the glass.
The smell is mostly of Coffee, some chocolate in the background.
Tasting the beer, all those coffee notes are blended nicely with a great malt selection and held in balance with great care.
This would certainly be one of the best Stouts I have had.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #99
Served On: 12/30/2011
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: 8.9%
Date/ Code: 2011 Vintage

Ran into this at my usual bottle shop. They only had a few cases so I made sure to grab 2 sixers.

Look: Poured a pitch black color with a delicious looking 1 finger of dark mocha head.

Smell: Sweet chocolate and rich coffee. Roasted notes with heavy French vanilla and even some earthy hops.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy mouth feel. First were sweet chocolate and toffee notes. Bitter espresso bean made up the middle. The finish has some hop bitterness that evened out the sweeter notes nicely. Aftertaste was more of the pleasant bitterness that makes you go back for more.

Overall this is a phenomenal Imperial Coffee Stout. I think it would have had a little more substance if Flying Dog could have achieved the coffee notes with specialty malts rather than adding coffee - but that may be asking a little too much. Regardless, this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine tuned heavy hitter. Poured with a decent tan foamy head tht slowly settles and good lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is roast, coffee, malt, toffee. Flavor's like nose, sweet on top, but short lived and followed quickly by carbonic tand and dark roast coffee, bitter from coffee, black malt, and yeastoids fit perfeclty. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish length is average for style and likewise boozy for style. Good drinkin' brew.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on tap at Conway & O’Reilly’s in Janesville, WI in summer 2012.

Pours as black as can be with very little head. Scent is that of robust coffee malts. Taste is rich, robust and full or great heavy flavors. You get tastes of roasted malts, caramel malts, coffee, toffee, and so much more. A fabulous dark beer for those who can handle something really dark.

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Photo of hdofu
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a whim on christmas day at 7-11 Kujo is a breed apart from flying dog. When it first pours it has huge tan head that is like a creamy head that looks like butter cream over a pumpernickel brown body. Smell almost burns with booziness. Taste is smokey and chocolatey, reminds me of samuel adams imperial stout.... finshes with a sake like bitterness that reminds me of Hitachio Nest XH. I really like this, best beer I picked up at a gas station on a whim.

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Photo of StroppyMare
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Loved watching this blackened brew sliding into the tulip glass. I love oily brews and this looks like just the thing. Gorgeous black in color, but very little dark tan head. Smell is heady with coffee and chocolate. Taste is heavy on the coffee (which is fabulous) to start , mellows to dark fruit then ends with yet more coffee. The alcohol is well hidden; it's a warm feeling at the end. Mouthfeel is oddly fizzy, but not off-putting to me. Overall a wonderful, smooth brew. I could drink this quite often.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured jet black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Dark dirty brown head poured thick and foamy then faded to nice thickish covering... very faint lacing...

Aroma - Big blast of strong espresso coffee and toasted malts, lots of sweet milk and dark chocolate, oats, molasses, treacle, light blackcurrent/blackberry notes, toasted nuts, cocoa, leathery, woody, some faint vanilla traces, light spicy hops, burnt sugar...

Taste - Lots of sweet creamy chocolate and rich dark coffee to the fore, roasted malts, faint smokey notes, some licorice, some peppery hops, lots of toasted nutty notes, molasses sweetness..

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness after... full bodied... very drinkable for 8.9%

Overall - An outstanding brew and up with the best of the Americans impy stouts..

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Photo of Lucular
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage on tap at Lures Bar & Grille in Crownsville, MD. Roasted coffee and chocolate flavors nicely balanced with deep vanilla and some dark fruits. Very smooth and easily my favorite coffee stout to date.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Vintage 13.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that quickly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and sweet dark malt forward aroma with big hints of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with big hints of dark roast coffee beans, dark chocolate, toast, biscuit, caramel, grains, yeast, smoke, cream, and slight vanilla. Sweet hints of molasses. Dark fruit hints of raisin, cherry, and fig. Hops are very light. A very good imperial coffee stout aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a very roasty, rich, and nicely sweet dark malt driven taste with big notes of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Dark roasted barley malts with big upfront notes of dark roast coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, toasted bread, caramel, biscuit, yeast, grains, smoke, and some sweet notes of cream and vanilla. Also some sweet notes of molasses. Dark fruit undertones with notes of cherry, fig, and raisin. A really good coffee stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy. Finish is smooth with a well hidden alcohol presence.

Overall: A really good take on an imperial coffee stout. Very good dark coffee and chocolate flavors with a nice creamy body.

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Photo of Brenden
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Reverend's in BG, almost my last review from the website rebuild.

This is, as expected, black or very close to it; a bit of brown is allowed to show in the light. A tan collar of head about a finger tall holds its form and patchy lacing is left behind.
Roast is foremost on the nose, including roasted coffee beans, and not a whole lot but more sweetness than expected wafts out as well. The smell offers me hope for a clean, bold, robust, downright tasty stout...and doesn't disappoint.
In the flavor it mingles wonderfully. The roastiness of the malt is at a perfect level and the coffee flavor prevails, balanced very nicely with the sweetness. Barley grains are present but with no residual graininess. This is as clean a stout as any. There's no harshness or bitterness even as the roast comes out in the finish, at which point just a touch of alcohol peeks out.
Kujo is smooth and rich with low carbonation as hoped for in a big stout and just enough to make it lively. The feel is on a higher level if not for not being quite as big as an imperial stout should be.
Flying Dog can be hit or miss, though the misses are still not bad. The good ones are gems, though, and this beer applies.

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Photo of SgunnarW
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle in Deschutes snifter

A: Pours a deep black with a 2.5 finger mocha colored head. Minimal lacing and nice carbonation bubbles on the side of glass.

Sm: I absolutely love the smell of this beer. On the front I get tons of mocha goodness...lots of espresso, milk chocolate, some citrus, and a blueberry sweetness in the finish.

T: A malty sweetness on the front, definitely fruity. Chocolate, and espresso in the middle of the mouth with a dark coffee, creamy finish. The alcohol is well hidden and only barely present. A delicious lingering coffee flavor.

Mf: Full bodied and nicely carbonated so that there's a bit of a tingle in the throat.

O: I'm really diggin' this beer. It's a bit sweet, but unlike any imperial stout I've had. A winner for the price, for sure.

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Photo of MikeB20
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Super dark, opaque black with a foamy two finger brown head. Looks great in the glass, like a dark roast coffee.

S: A lot of dark roasted caramel malt, some coffee and dried plums. I find the aroma very inviting.

T: Slightly sweet up front, alcohol is well hidden in the finish. There's a nice roasted malt flavor along with the coffee notes in the background, hops are not pronounced at all. Coffee flavors linger in the finish, well balanced.

M: Creamy, lower carbonation, both a great for the style. Coats your mouth with each sip.

O: One of the better beers I've had in recent memory. A nice balanced malt profile with coffee flavors that add to the experience rather than overwhelm it. Not too sweet, which I find to be an issue with some imperial stouts, well balanced overall.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black body while listening to some nice soul music on Spotify, while Kujo is tearing out guts WTF? Flying Dog is getting dark. This pours black with a mocha tan head forming thick with speckled sporadic lacing. Aroma bitter coffee notes with fruity tones as well, a very nice beer big chocolate roasted malts dark beer with a creamy dark action brewing. Flavor is all coffee highlights a bit of tree bark, fruit/herbal tones, and acidic coffee (black coffee) sweet artisan coffee, but damn delicious I like these Black dog roasters a match made in heaven. The label says this is vintage 12CC, okay I'll keep an eye on that as this beer gets drained. Like a strong coffee/dark chocolate infused ice brewed coffee, damn strong slightly astringent in the best possible way with fruity highlights trailing it out. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied dry roasted coffee finish very enjoyable beer being produced out there and I'm happy to say I'm converted excellent brewery with beer to match. Overall God bless America and this beer right here, I'm ready to get spiritual it might as well be about the new 12 ounce Kujo beer I can get at my local...I can't picture crazy West Virginians in Morgantown, WV downing this in number there may be a revolution.

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Photo of PeterParker
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet, jet black with a finger of light brown head.

Sweet coffee/chocolate on the nose. Roasty malts, maple syrup, leathery, but smells very sweet. Very mochaish.

Taste follows the nose. Bittersweet coffee and chocolate. Very delicious. Very slight booze afterburn. Simply a very tasty stout. Reminds me of Breakfast Stout (possibly my favorite beer).

Slick and sticky all at once. Lower carbonation which works well here. Coffee aftertaste is nice.

Overall a great example of what a coffee stout should be. Flying Dog is one of the first breweries I got into and this is a big reason why. If you love Founders Breakfast Stout like I do, you'll love this.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Huhzubendah... Thanks Matt!

Pours a super dark brown with a thin chocolate head. Decent lacing on my tulip glass.. The nose is sweet, with fresh coffee, chocolate and malt present. The taste is really great, with the same profile. This doesn't have that 'burned coffee' flavor that I despise.. Everything tastes fresh. Feel is medium, with excellent hops on the front, and a creamy chocolate taste on the back side. Overall an excellent coffee stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TATURBO
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque Black with slight tan creamy looking head. Leaves some nice lacing as I drink. Minimal carbonation but not flat either.

S: Definitely a coffee smell but with a bit of a fruit thing going. Can't quite pick out but different that most Coffee Stouts (My favorite by the way) Other than that a Marshmallow tinge.

T: Surprisingly the coffee isn't really strong to my taste buds but Wow I really am picking up on the banana and Marshmallow. I am also tasting some alcohol burn/heat.

M: This is a heavy beer in it's thickness and viscosity. Has a creamy Richness also. Milky malty goodness!

O: I'd almost call this a Banana Stout if there was such a label. I picked up on that almost stronger than the coffee. Really good beer though and not quite what I was expecting either.
I don't think this is one of those beers that hides it's alcohol. At nearly 9% I really could tell it was there. Impressed highly overall and at this point one of my favorites from Flying Dog!

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Photo of rarbring
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A black brew with hints of red, a brown head leaving little lacing but good curtains.

Brown bread, dark coffee and dark chocolate.

Starting with brown toast, figs and dates, then very dark fresh espresso, with a hint of high-grade chocolate.

Medium carbonation, soft and oily, a big body.

A dark beauty, very stout.

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Photo of JosiahS
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears nearly black with only a few shades of brown. Upon poring a brown thick head forms but dissolves to a tan ring. Leaves splashy lacing. Sweet and dark cocoa w/ coffee dominate the aroma. Also present are alcohol and dark, grape-like fruit smells.There's a hint of hop floridness, it seems to meld with the alcohol.

The taste is an intoxicating blend of coffee and roasted chocolate malts. There are is dark fruit and a bit of alcohol present but the rich malts and coffee easily take center stage. The finish is roasty with an almost lactose quality that rounds each sip off very nicely. The body is full and velvety with low carbonation.

The alcohol begins to sharpen as it warms. The flavors stay distinctive and don't muddy together. A perfect brew for a rainy evening. One i wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

Served side by side with the Flying Dog Coffee Stout Batch 2.

The beer is dark brown, like a cup of morning joe. A thin beige head sits atop the beer, with a whirlpool of oily film visible upon agitation. The aroma brings a fresh dose of coffee and blah blah blah. Coffee is what's going on here. Nice roast flavors. Coffee takes center stage. Chocolate adds a delicate touch of sweetness that just completes the deal for me. Well done. One dimensional, but I can't argue with the fact that it tastes good. Medium bodied with a light alcoholic warmth in the back. A solid beer from a local brewery. I look forward to enjoying this one again.

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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.