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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

688 Ratings
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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 41
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is the same beer as Wild Dog Coffee Stout. DO NOT REVIEW AGAIN if you have reviewed Wild Dog Coffee Stout or your older review will be deleted when the listings are merged.

(Beer added by: Arithmeticus on 12-26-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

spycow, Nov 02, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

djrn2, Feb 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

acurtis, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

nmann08, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

metter98, Feb 11, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

kylehay2004, Aug 03, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

womencantsail, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Knapp85, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

SocalKicks, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of largadeer
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

largadeer, Mar 04, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

emerge077, Mar 03, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 10, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

Kegatron, Feb 08, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Mar 16, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Slatetank, Mar 09, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

drabmuh, Jan 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

mendvicdog, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Rifugium, Jan 29, 2012
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2.8/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

mactrail, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

oriolesfan4, Dec 06, 2012
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3.19/5  rDev -20.1%
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+

kojevergas, Mar 28, 2013
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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.