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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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203 Reviews
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Reviews: 203
Hads: 870
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 56
Gots: 133 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

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 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 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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Photo of B-rad-real
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of Lucular
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Act25
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of DrRambis
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.