Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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Kujo Imperial Coffee StoutKujo Imperial Coffee Stout

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Ratings: 806
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 51
Gots: 109 | 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 Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Photo of bgold86
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Towards the upper tier of imperial coffee stouts, good price for a good beer.

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of beergoot
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of flyingpig
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of B-rad-real
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Barely chilled and poured into snifter. Pitch black. Quarter inch of dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of black coffee and a little bit of alcohol. Tastes of bitter coffee (in a good way) and a bit of cream. Not the best I've had...but a good imperial stout.

Photo of RyanK252
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours midnight black, no light passes through, with a rich brown head that settles and lightly laces.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and a nice hit of coffee, dark fruit, and a little alcohol.

T: Dark fruit hits first, followed by a little vanilla, then the roasted malt kicks in with some dark chocolate, then the coffee takes over, with a light touch of alcohol on the finish.

M: Full body, low carbonation, very smooth, with a little warmth.

O: Probably not the freshest bottle, but still quite tasty.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts. Taste smooth dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, figs, roasted malt, cream. Nice!

Photo of seandavies22
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very nice beer, perfect for those snowy cold winter days when you need a stout to warm you up!

Photo of bmummert
4.71/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gets better as you drink it.

Photo of confer
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On the smoother side for an imperial stout.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: pitch black very small head

S: very light licorice very little coffee

T: sweet licorice a little bit of cocoa very little coffee almost none at all

M: very nice full not viscous but fairly good

O: I like a coffee stout that the stout isn't lost in the coffee, but I'm getting
no to little coffee out of this and an overly sweet one dimensional stout otherwise this beer is mediocre at best.

Photo of Lucular
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of Will_cigars-n-brews
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice nutty coffee taste, smooth too

Photo of Act25
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of WFM craft pack, this is outstanding.
Suggest a big glass, let it warm, sip slowly. last of the night.

A: Pours black, with a thick finger of milk mocha head, fore bearer of the mocha flavor to come. Good amount of creamy bunching, lacing, and stickiness.

S: Aroma offers a latte coffee or mocha bouquet with a mix of chocolate, caramel, and green citrus.

T: Follows smell, with a more chocolatey, caramel front than most, almost too sweet, but really nothing to argue with. Assertive milky coffee is the finish. Beer finishes dry and burnt roasty, good feeling.

F: The mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy with full alcohol liquorish body and warmth.

Excellent bigger Coffee Stout, with a lot of mocha coffee, emphasis on chocolate. If that's your style, this is your stout.

Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep inky black with a thin mocha head. It goes away quickly and leaves faint soapy lacing. The aroma is a little anemic, with faint coffee notes and deep roasted malt. The taste is a little more robust, offering the same. The body is a little thinner, but still has a nice weight to it and just a slight bit of carbonation.

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Okay, so I really don't know what to make of this beer. I'm not sure if I am drinking the regular Kujo coffee stout or one of the many variations made with different beans that are listed on BA.

This was served to me in draft which came with a thin tan head, but dissipated completely away. I tried to revive it, but nothing, no head at all. There was no lacing, but some legs. Pure black in color.

The aroma was a huge mix of burnt coffee, molasses, prunes, red wine, and alcohol.

The taste was of slightly bitter molassas and unsweetened chocolate

Mouthfeel was thick and warming, maybe a bit chewy, but needed some carbonation.

This didn't seem to me a coffee stout, but more reminded me of a well aged barleywine, which is not necessarily a bad thing. For me, this was more of a sipping beer and a single serving would be enough before moving on to something less complex. I also felt the ABV seemed slightly higher than the 8.9. My wife liked it, but I feel I need to try this one again to be certain I didn't get an odd pour.

Photo of dbl_delta
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated bottle found in the garage fridge - best estimate is that it's Labor Day 2014 or so, but I'm not sure who bought it, or when...
Poured black with a chocolate-tan head - nice. Moderate carbonation.
Coffee and malty sweetness are about equal, as far as I can tell. VERY smooth-drinking. Slight bitterness lingers, but it that just leads you into the next sweet sip. Thick, chewy mouthfeel - just what I like in a stout.
Overall, a very good example of the style.
Even if you don't like it, the label alone is worth the price.

Photo of Bierleichen
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I like coffee... I like stouts, this is the best of both worlds

Photo of DrRambis
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of bottle at room temperature into pint glass. Third time having this and so half way through the sixpack I found the time to actually write a review.

Look: Appears midnight black, completely solid allowing no light to penetrate through, small 1/2" head dissapates quickly into small light blond film.

Smell: Bitter Chocolate notes, wet grain, and sourdough breadiness, there is also a strong fruitiness that sort of underlies all these aromas as well. Overall the aroma is pretty subdued.

Taste: Intense bitterness from the combined flavors of the coffee and the roasted malt, finishes with a slight creamy note - sort of milky but doesnt taste like any lactose was added. Some earthy hops appear but they are mostly overwhelmed. Finish has a dark fruity twang - tasting somewhat like chocolate covered raisins. It leaves you with a mild alcohol burn and your mouth fighting between a strong sugary sweetness and strong coffee bitterness. The flavor profile has true depth with mulitple layors of taste shining through. Some beers are simple but taste good others beers are complex but taste muddled and weak. This beer is neither of those: it reaches some layers of complexity (not mindblowingly so) and maintains clairity and quality of taste.

Feel: Although this beer that I am tasting seems to be thinner than I remember it being from prior tastings it still has some depth of body, It feels very round on the toungue and is quick sticky. Leaves somewhat astringently.

Overall: A very nice beer but its not quite a home run. The taste is good but not great and the complexity of flavor is good but not great. If you enjoy coffee beers I'd certainly give it a shot. Its a pretty great value in a six pack, but its not in the same league as some other cofffee beers like Stones IRS w Espresso or FBS.

Photo of bluehende
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

I had a 1 yr old vintage of this. very good as a quality aged stout. The coffee came through nicely with a very smooth base.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

P- Thanks to Colm from Flying Dog for this brew

A- dark midnight black color with half finger head that is light tan with minimal lacing on my pint.

S- not a lot going on here that I can tell...mild chocolate notes with hints of coffee bean.

F- strong coffee flavor with light notes of chocolate that round it out nicely.

M- a creamy coffee feel in the mouth. Goes down pretty smooth.

O- Not a bad coffee stout. I am a coffee stout fan and this is a good one. Will get again.

Photo of Quercus67
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

[12 oz. NR bottle] Pours a tan 2 finger head. Very dark.

Smells delicious, like coffee, dark roasted malts, with slight cocoa nose. picking up some strong alcohol notes through the heavy roasted malt bill. balanced though.

Dark and dank malts shine through with coffee and moderate alcohol warming up front (8.9%). Definitely a sipper. mouth feel is moderately heavy and silky, but slightly thinner than most imperial stouts I've had. not a bad thing. lower carbonation, but right for style. Let this one warm up to get more complex flavors.

I pick up heavy coffee flavors and slight caramel on a nice silky finish. sweet with some lingering alcohol. Overall a pretty good beer from Flying Dog. I'd like to try the vanilla bean added rendition some day.

Photo of RacerX5k
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Yes. This is outstanding and my favorite style of beer. Rich in flavor and aroma, dark roast coffee. Pretty damn bitter and finishes like chocolate cake, with the coffee always present and really delicious. Not quite on the level of Wake n Bake, but I should've grabbed a sixer when they were available.

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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
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