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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout | Flying Dog Brewery

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Kujo Imperial Coffee StoutKujo Imperial Coffee Stout

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Arithmeticus on 12-26-2011

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Reviews: 213 | Ratings: 902
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured black, with no head to it.
Strong coffee aroma, a little chocolate.
Strong dark coffee taste. The chocolate was a little more of a presence.
Smooth and easy drinking,

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Photo of Hilarytheguy
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On the sweeter and silkier end of the coffee beer spectrum. Had this several times, most recently a 2014 version at the brewery. Pours dark, smooth, rich coffee and a bit of roast in the nose. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, velvety with milky sweetness up front to balance the coffee bitterness. Always solid, always good to great.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and seems thick. Small dark khaki head. Head vanishes fairly quick and leaves a moderate amount of sticky lacing behind.

Aroma is black coffee, slightly bitter. Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and molasses. Tobacco.

Coffee and chocolate, both dark and a bit bitter. Roasted malt, smoke, earth, and a hint of peat. Brown sugar. Just a little bit of booze.

Thick-ish mouth feel with medium carbonation. Mild but persistent bitterness. Lingering coffee.

Very nice coffee stout. Smooth. Could use a bit of sweetness, but overall, very nice.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Coffee nose and flavor is almost sweet coffee, hints of dark chocolate. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.60 for a 12oz bottle at Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Sawdog505 for this bottle.

A - Pitch black with a very thick toffee colored ring.

S - Chocolate roast and roasted cream.

T - Roasted dark chocolate cream, some hints of coffee and earthiness, lingering sweet chocolate roast bitterness with some alcohol.

M - Big, full bodied, velvety, and silky.

O - An overall fantastic stout!

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Photo of mschrei
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like most coffee stouts, poured this one into a coffee mug. Dark, not much head or lacing, no great shakes to look at. Strong coffee and chocolate notes on the nose. Sweet for a coffee stout, not too bitter at all. Alcohol is subtly present. Not much of the oily feeling I sometimes get from stouts either, which is nice. All in all, not a bad little beer.

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Photo of Zebulan
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Solid black pour with a small amount of tan head.
S: Average coffee smell. Roasted notes of vanilla or maybe even almond?
T: Fine taste. Nothing overpowering or overwhelming but nothing memorable. Some coffee stouts are rough and this is not rough. It is fine and basically pleasant.
F: Doesn't have the feel that I expect from an Imperial. Left me wanting more.
O: Didn't know what to expect and was decently surprised. Liked the coffee flavor but wasn't sure what to make of everything else that it had. I would drink it again if given the chance.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, poured into a teku)

L: impenetrably black liquid topped with a frothy, khaki-colored foam... head doesn't hold, no lace (yes, my glass is clean)

S: mostly the character and roast of the coffee (espresso-like) at the fore... vaguely-medicinal (ouzo?) alcohol lingering in the back... doesn't suggest much sweetness... aromas are lovely, but subtle and extremely subdued

T: dark molasses, melanoidin static... full-frontal, stocky, dry, neutral malt foundation - surprisingly quite dry in the finish... very little depth, if any - greyscale flavors... the alcohol hovers like a mist, either adding a glow to the taste, or actually obfuscating... the malt may actually have color, but the bitterness and mild acidity of the coffee is washing it out

F: plush, soft core in a low-volt boozy envelope... like dirty motor oil... sexy body, flexible

O: I don't know how they managed to do it, but if you take the coffee out of this, there ain't much going on... the balance is fine, there's just something's missing (malt depth/sweetness)... this really must be drunk at 60-65 F or more... not the worst, but others have managed the coffee imperial stout with more studied technique

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a a thin ring of lace around the glass

S: Lots of roast and coffee up front, along with some dark chocolate and vanilla. Dark fruits are lightly present as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a load of roasted malt and coffee, followed by a bittersweet dark chocolate, dark fruit, and some vanilla notes. Earthy notes from the hops provide some balance before finishing with more coffee and a light sweetness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Could actually use a little less carbonation to give it an even fuller feel

O: A very solid imperial coffee stout with a big emphasis on the coffee and roast. Nicely sippable at a tick under 9%, while providing lots of warmth on a cold day. Definitely worth checking out if you're into coffee stouts

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Photo of SawDog505
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz tulip glass, having trouble figuring out the bottling date. Pours a very dark brown with a 2 inch brown head that leaves behind some solid lace.

Smell is expresso, vanilla, anise, leather, chocolate, and hints of booze.

Taste follows expresso, chocolate, and vanilla upfront with booze, leather, and anise in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium, light carbonation, a little dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this is a very solid brew, wish it had a little more body and life, but very good.

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Photo of beerwolf72
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black from a bottle into a goblet. The inch or so of rich brown foam dissipated quickly into white skim of bubbles. Aroma thick with coffee and dark chocolate. Tasted pretty much how it smelled, nice bitterness seemed to come from coffee and dark chocolate rather than hops. Mouthfeel thin at first, but gradually became more satisfying. A nice, earthy raisin-y aftertaste. Decent beer overall, compares with Founders Breakfast Stout - though just slightly higher in cost and ABV.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, no head. Smells sweet, some coffee, prunes. Taste is as smell indicates, but not much lingering on the palate. Feel is thin. Overall a bit disappointing, but drinkable.

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Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a beautiful black with nice brown head
Smell: Smell was slightly burnt and astringent over the coffee and chocolate, though not off-putting
Taste: Wonderful notes of sweet chocolate malt and coffee, borderline between sweet and dry, would give it a five if the hops presented themselves in the background
Feel: Fairly viscous and heavy, perfect carbonation for a stout
Overall: Looks great, tastes good, smell didn't kill it but wasn't great, still one my top picks for Flying Dog and a decent stout

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Photo of IHeartPumking
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, dark black with a little bit of dark tan-ish head.

Lots of coffee on the nose. Could smell this all day long. Just wonderful. Getting some sweet chocolate in there as well with some roasted notes as well.

The taste is more coffee, chocolate, and roasted coffee. I would like a little more body in this. It's not thin, but not thick.

Overall, this is a really nice Imperial Coffee Stout. It goes down fairly easy and is probably one of the best beers that I've had from Flying Dog.

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Photo of qchic
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice amount of coffee in the imperial format. Personally, I need coffee beers to have some heft, and this one's just the ticket. Vanilla sweetness is a bonus for an after dinner drink. A little fruitiness (did they use Ethiopian coffee?) gives some complexity to one of Flying Dog's beast, I mean best.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this beer is excellent, probably the best I have had from these guys. its intense on the coffee, almost gritty like spent grounds, its earthy and bitter and heavily dosed, and although it kept me up from the caffeine, I really really like it. looks thick like chocolate syrup in the glass, sticky, im afraid its going to be too sweet by looking at it, but its not at all. no head on it either, looks like a glass of thick muddy coffee. smells like heavy roasted barley, which contributes coffee notes of its own, and of course the java, which is chocolatey and huge, almost burnt in smell. the flavor is totally coffee driven too, yes there is some dark chocolate going on, and a cool gain sweetness in the middle, but it all exists in service of the coffee. I wonder how they made this one, probably coffee blended in, and probably in high proportion, but it also has that unbrewed coffee bean flavor to it, so maybe it was aged on beans too. thick feeling but not overly sweet at the end, just a long lingering coffee flavor, intense. makes me want a cigarette and I don't even smoke. the best I have had from these guys, hands down.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first thought upon drinking this black stout with just a bit of head and thick, creamy texture was "This doesn't taste like coffee..." If you told me it was a chocolate stout, I'd be more inclined to believe you. It has almost no bitterness, but a sweet, creamy, malty slightly sweet, rich flavor to it. I get some chocolate and chicory grains which, in and of itself, is pretty damn tasty. Smooth drinking, little carbonation, and a full heavy stout body seal the deal. I would order this again in a heartbeat, but just don't go drinking it expecting coffee stout, so gotta deduct a bit for not being true to its intent. Flying Dog has a way of always overdoing or underdoing their seasonal/special releases, but this is the first time where they seem to have done something else entirely, which turned out really good!

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Photo of bnes09
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with a rich, foamy cinnamon colored head. Dark roast coffee aroma, grits and wheat toast. Dense dark fruit and chocolate malt flavor coupled with robust coffee. Bread grains and corn. Full bodied. Nice malty texture. Dry in the finish. As far as coffee stouts go, this is pretty top notch.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at the brewery.

Looks black, creamy, and welcoming. Smells about as much as coffee as anything can that isn't just straight black coffee. Also starts off with a big coffee flavor, but then a strange aftertaste that contains a spicy sweetness. It's surprising and distracts from the good upfront coffee flavor. To put it simply, it's not as simple as it could be. The feel is thick and creamy, very nice. Overall I enjoyed this a lot, but it is not in the upper echelon of coffee beers to me.

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Photo of citizencane
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on at least two occasions a while back and recalled having a different opinion each time. Had it again yesterday and the verdict is that this is a delicious, bold stout with a distinct but balanced coffee note. I really like how the coffee adds a breakfast-blend like acidity to the aftertaste, even though lighter coffee is usually not my thing. Would (and likely will) buy again.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy brown head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet lactic vanilla and chocolate with some dark fruit and acidic coffee roast.

The flavor is sweet vanilla with some dark fruit and a leathery roast coffee finish. The mouhfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall, it's a bit overly sweet for me and lacking in coffee.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black, love the color of that dark brown head, although the bubbles could be finer/more velvety. No carbonation can be seen. Looks a little oily- yes!

S: Pungent soil, coffee, roasted malt. Everything is great except for that dreaded floral note that pops up on some sniffs.

T: Roasted and bitter, but also sweet, malt, followed by coffee as an secondary flavor. Bitter finish, with some acidity. A touch of smoke.

F: Oily and thick, just as the appearance promised. Muted carbonation.

O: Meaty brew. I could even use more coffee, but I can't knock them for keeping it balanced. Happy I picked it up, even if my wallet isn't.

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Photo of beergoot
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black body; creamy, light brown head. Plum and prune aroma; roasted grain; faint chocolate and very mild hint of coffee. Flavors of milk chocolate; light alcohol presence; mild sweetness; bitter. Heavy body; silky smooth; sweet beginning through most of the experience but ending with a nice dryness.

A very pleasing, easy drinking powerhouse stout. Smooth and silky malt sweetness reinforced with an excellent dark roasted graininess and subtle boozy undertone. The hop bitterness and alcohol dryness at the finish offer a refreshing counterpoint to the malt sugars and sweetness.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle marked 12A15 at 45 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of coffee
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and frothy layer
Lacing fair, torn curtains of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of coffee with some roasted malt flavor and bitterness
Palate full, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of flyingpig
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from Beers of Europe website (£4.39):
Another very enjoyable beer from Flying Dog, this one was surprisingly easy to drink given the strength of the beer and the strong roasted malts and coffee seems to go well towards, striking a good balance and being leveled out a little but the hints of sweetness coming from the dark fruits and sugars. A very nice imperial stout that was well worth picking up although I would probably pick up a bottle of the breweries Gonzo Imperial Stout again before going back to this one.

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