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 UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 12BB.

Pours an absolutely pitch black with a 1 inch foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, deep coffee aromas, and some cinnamon notes. Really nice. Taste is of dark roasted malt, chocolate chip cookie dough, and dark chocolate covered coffee/espresso beans. There is a roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slight crispness and a full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout with a fantastic smell. The coffee aromas in this beer are done really well in my opinion. However, the flavor just isn't quite as good as I was expecting based on the smell.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery after my tour. Awesome group of guys there and the beer was better than I had anticipated as I had only had their standard beers we get in Florida. This time I got to try the local release stuff.

A: very dark body with a single finger thick and creamy head. Lace that completely coats the inner glass surface.

S: aroma is of spearmint and mostly espresso. Light milk chocolate notes.

T: the flavor follows the nose almost exactly with more spearmint, espresso/coffee, milk chocolate and roasted malts.

M: thick nitro-ed body, semi dry finish.

Overall: this one is pretty interesting especially with the degree of mint. It definitly takes the edge off the espresso and helps drinkability although it removes some of the coffee from the coffee stout. I am on the fence about how I liked this one.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only a trace of amber appears at the corner of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a two finger high dark tan head that died down and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some wispy lacing covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of coffee beans and roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of coffee beans and roasted malts along with notes of bittersweet milk chocolate and hints of lactose.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: This beer is easy to drink and quite flavorful; the alcohol is well masked. The coffee flavors aren’t as strong compared to other coffee stouts but the lactose flavors almost make this seem like a hybrid with a milk stout.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Geist. Served in a mini pint glass.

Pours near-black with a very short tan head and a thin collar throughout. Not much lacing. The nose carries a really nice dosing of coffee with a bit of cream. Very intense. A bit of chocolate as well. The flavor falls back a bit from there. Nothing much more than that, but what's there is done nicely. Medium body and chewy. Thick and low-medium carbonation. Slightly metallic in the finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of largadeer
3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black body with two inches of foam. Solid retention with sticky lacing. Cocoa and stale coffee aroma, some vanilla in there and a little roast. Palate offers more of the same: a mild stale coffee character backed by baker's chocolate, mild roastiness and vanilla. Body is medium, a touch thin for the ABV but not offensive. Pretty much a completely run of the mill, uninteresting coffee stout.

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Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10-12 oz. draft serving in a goblet.

Appears black with some dark mahogany around the edges, dark tan foam. Head is pretty thin, but leaves a spotty halo smudging the glass.

Aroma is rich and deep, earthy dark roast coffee and bananas drizzled in chocolate syrup.

Big coffee flavors, dark roast, earthy and dry, hint of dark chocolate sweetness plus the aformentioned banana esters. Dry graphite aftertaste. There's a distracting waxy slickness to the mouthfeel that deadens the flavor a little. Medium bodied, easygoing level of carbonation. Aroma is the best asset of this beer, something just isn't right with the waxiness of the mouthfeel, that keeps it from being excellent. Worth a try to see what you think.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep, dark black with a small mocha colored head. For a coffee stout, this doesn't smell much like coffee. I get a bit of dark chocolate and maybe even some fruit, but not much coffee. Sweet milk chocolate and a bit of molasses and caramel. The coffee does seem to be there in some capacity on the palate, but it's not all that strong. Otherwise, more chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malt with a subtle sweetness of toffee.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a balloon goblet.

Pours black, with a thick finger of milk chocolate colored head. This retains with some creamy bunching on the edges, leaving back a rich cascade of spotty lace that sticks to the sides along with some gooey brown oils. The aroma has a nice coffee bouquet to it, with a flavorful acrid roastiness that leaves a good impression. This mingles in with an underlying mix of chocolate, caramel, and green citrus to impart a java infused twang to the nose. The coffee mostly sits at the forefront of this though. Maybe just some small pangs of heat work their way into this was well as things warm up a bit.

Chocolate, caramel, and green citrus are pronounced up front in the taste, with those hops in particular really taking control of the profile. Assertive coffee character does mix in and really comes out across the back with a flush of flavor. This finishes dry and burnt with a touch of lingering bitter fruit. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a sharp feeling carbonation down the middle of the tongue. A firmer creaminess spreads out across the edges of the feel though and helps soften this a bit. There is some alcohol heat here but it isn’t too bad, mostly laying some warmth down on the breath after each sip.

This is a pretty decent bigger Coffee Stout, with a lot of aggressive flavors going on with it and really showcasing that coffee in its aroma. This is a Flying Dog beer worth picking up.

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Photo of mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very dark mahogany brown in the glass. Head flattens out fairly rapidly. Kind of an oily texture with virtually no lacing. Smells like some kind of squash or green vegetable to me.

Cocoa flavor is the main thing. Malty with an alcoholic overtone. Certainly a different kind of coffee from other flavored stouts I've tried, and it's not so bitter. The whole flavor is quite smooth. Only modestly bitter with no flowery hops apparent. The coffee does provide the aftertaste along with a winey flavor. This is not quite like anything I've had before, but perhaps it's an improvement on the all too frequent "dregs of last week's coffee" taste.

From the 12 oz bottle.

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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 kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired at a local SoCal beer store. 8.9% ABV confirmed. "Imperial Coffee Stout. Stout with Coffee Added." Love the label; this brewery has great labels. Made with Black Dog coffee. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I can't remember having anything great from this brewery before.

Served chilled and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger rich tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and average (2 minute) retention. Body colour is a predictable solid black; nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot on for the style. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Chocolate malt, dark malts, light buried roast, light coffee bitterness, and caramel. Lacks coffee roast or richness; coffee is surprisingly light here. A bit of cream. An above average strength aroma. Appealing, but not all that impressive. Still, I'm pretty sure it'll taste pretty good. No yeast character or notable hop notes are detectable.

T: Light coffee; not all that rich, evocative, or interesting. Dark malts and chocolate malts form the relatively simple foundation. No yeast character comes through. A bit of alcohol does make an appearance. Light cream. Diluted caramel. It's sloppily put together, but generally balanced. I'm far from impressed; it's a pretty mundane coffee stout. Simply executed. Lacks complexity and subtlety. Pretty middling, even a bit pedestrian. Lacks boldness or inspiration.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Decent body. Okay presence on the palate. A bit too thick for the lack of diverse and deep flavour. Complements the flavour profile merely in a general sense; there doesn't seem to be much thought or care put into this.

Dr: A lazy coffee stout which lacks interesting coffee notes and interesting stout notes. It doesn't lack alcohol, however. Passable, but forgettable. This'll get lost amongst the slew of better brewed imperial stouts with coffee out there - and frankly it deserves to. You've got to bring more to the table when you brew a beer in this style. This just doesn't stand out. I'd get it again if it were the best option at a bar, or if it were a cheap option on the east coast. Otherwise, I'll be leaving it on the shelf. Still unimpressed with Flying Dog.

High C+

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured opaque black with a tan head that was small, but retained well. Typical aroma: roasted malts and coffee, notes of chocolate. Good balance of roasty and sweet in the taste. Lots of nice coffee (and the beer is full-bodied enough to make it seem like something more than a glass of cold coffee), dark malts, a slight bitterness that is generally subdued by a pervasive sweetness of cocoa and vanilla. I like that neither bitterness nor sweetness fully take over at any point. Very nice overall.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a nice drinking coffee stout. Hearty yet smooth on the flavor profile. Coffee accents are a nice addition. It isn't overpowering, but it's smooth overall. Feel is great. Drinkability is really nice. I could go for many of these. And on that note, I wish I had more than one right now.

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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 drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A totally decent imperial stout from Flying Dog.

Beer is black with a nice dark brown head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Lots of coffee in the nose, strong, sweet, some malt a little alcohol.

Beer is medium in body and very roasty on the finish, the flavors of the beer carry throughout the palate, nice connectivity, strong beer. Bold flavors, a nice beer, probably one of the best beers they've ever made.

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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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Photo of tdm168
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a small head that is definitely slow and late in developing. The head is a small, soft, dark brown that's fleeting. The nose is very robust with notes of rich, deep, roasted malts, chocolate, and some faint coffee. The taste is rich and roasty also with an immense bittersweet chocolate character that blends nicely with the good amount of coffee. There is a mild hop bitterness in the finish that lends balance to the coffee/chocolate malt thickness. The mouthfeel is full bodied, a bit heavy, warm, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This is a very rich, flavorful, deliciously smooth beer. The richness and the ABV slow down the drinkability a bit, but it's definitely worth taking your time.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

RRAARRR!! That is ONE evil looking dog on the bottle! Great art cover, and ready to pour this into my Dogfish Head snifter.

A great creamy filling and forming light choco/coffee brown colored head. Tiny forming bubbles, rich looking. Body is a simple dark walnut black and brown, with hardly any noticeable visible carbonation to be seen. Love this head formation and color. Settles down and creates a nice collar and a few islands that are even darker.

Nose is slight roast coffee, rich cream, a little bit of tobacco, very faint milk chocolate. This smells real solid and simple and slightly big.

Taste is alright, but the palate feel is quite weak. A little bit runny and wet with a light bodied noticeable fizzy slight quality. This takes away from the pleasure of the flavor a bit. Large ripping bean of coffee on the mid palate. A real dry ripping coffee finish left in the aftertaste, which seems to go with that tobacco nose somewhat.

Overall if this had a little bit more body it would be flat out great, but it's still quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from a sixer. "Vintage 11BB" (?) on the front label.

Pours basic black, under a darker tan head, that stays, leaves ample bits of fine lacing.

Nose is full milk chocolate, vanilla and some roasted malts.

Flavorful and enjoyable stout. Chocolate, lite cafe au lait, some more vanilla and a hint of bourbon late...all mixing and meshing together in this super smooth on the tongue and easy drinking brew.

Well done and well worth a try.

Gotta love the Ralph Steadman label art and HST quote.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a snifter.

Wild Dog Kujo pours into the snifter a very dark black color and is black. It is what it is, it's a stout. The foam is a dark tan/brown color that is semi firm and bubbly. Fades to the edge of the glass and no stick.

Smell is str8 up coffee. It's bold and it's just coffee. Some roasted malt and slight chocolate scents. A faint trace of earthy hops make up the difference.

I have not had a coffee stout in a bottle in a while, this itakes me back. Some bitter chocolate with cocco nibs and a whole lot of roasted coffee. Slight hits of espresso and creme. Not astringent at all, this is pretty smooth.

Feel is a bit thinner than I thought at 8.9 percent and the way it glided in the glass. Medium with a light carb. This goes down smooth though, very easily. No heat to speak of. Velvety.

This is a solid effort by Flying Dog. Im pretty much hot or miss with their beers but Im finding that I enjoy their darker higher alcohol offerings than the other side. Kujo gives me reminders of Great Divide Esppresso Oak aged Yeti without the big body and oak.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single for $3. This is a big, smooth stout with a candied dark roast coffee undertone. The malts come off with a sweet liquor character than blends tightly with the coffee. It's tough to pull the flavors apart, and seem like the beer lacks a bit of breadth and complexity. Still, a fine a dessert beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog
Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout

Pours the darkest of browns, with a lighter brown head. Aroma is full of big time coffee, chocolate and alcohol. In the taste, surprisingly chocolatey, with deep dark chocolate notes. There is also a black coffee flavor, cut by some alcohol. Moderately sweet upfront, giving way to some char, coffee ground and booze flavors that help to balance. Mouthfeel is full bodied, silky, creamy and carbonation is moderate. Overall, a tasty big stout, pretty nice.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Pour House in westmont, NJ.

Pours pitch black and opaque with a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with a strong coffee presence that's countered by sweeter malt notes.  Hints of burnt toast, dark chocolate and deep roasted coffee.  Pretty robust but doesn't smell burnt or acrid.

Flavor is very similar to the aroma with a nice balance of robust coffee and sweeter malt notes.  A lot of coffee beers tend to taste like three day old black coffee but this is nicely balanced with hints of dark chocolate, toffee and hazelnut countering the deeply roasted coffee, burnt toast and oatmeal flavors.  Well balanced with a well masked abv making it easy to drink.

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Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Essentially this is a lightproof beer with almost no head formation. A thin layer of dark brown is all the head it makes.

Smell is fruity with a strong coffee aroma. Juicy fruit over patent malt over coffee with some chocolate over all that. No real hop scent my nose can pickup.

Starts out sweet and fruity with a strong coffee taste that lingers as an after taste. Low on bitterness and high in flavor, I could see this as also being classified as a Baltic Porter. Tastes of cherry and banana are the strongest fruit flavors. Alcohol is well hidden in this beer. The taste of this one just doesn't fade as you drink it, every sip starts out fruit and ends with coffee. There is a chocolate taste here but it is just an addition to the fruit and coffee tastes.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Overall this is VERY good. If it has one flaw it might actually have too much flavor!

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive as well, showcasing considerable coffee, milk chocolate and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet stout, except there's some light bitterness and intriguing calvados flavor as well that I like. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, chocolate and coffee flavored finish. That being said, this beer carries it's alcohol quite well, and is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate.

This is a well made, easy to appreciate and enjoy beer.

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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
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