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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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193 Reviews
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Reviews: 193
Hads: 814
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 53
Gots: 114 | 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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Reviews: 193 | Hads: 814
Photo of tony223366
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Really, really dark brown beer. No light passes through it. Initially 3 fingers of tan head after an extremely vigorous pour. It quickly dissipates through. It really doesn't take long to evaporate to a thin layer. Disappointing.

S: This smells so much like black coffee that's been sweetened with maple syrup it's ridiculous. Scratch that, a bit more like molasses. Alcohol is present as well. Nicely roasted coffee.

T: The flavor is much more roasty/smoky than the aroma. Coffee is naturally present and dark chocolate flirts at the end. The finish is surprisingly bitter, guessing that's from the malts. The alcohol is there in a nice way. The beer almost tastes sweet and then gets quite bitter.

M: I'd almost want to say frothy? A little lighter than I would expect but actually in a good way. The velvety mouthfeel is decadent. Carbonation is tight and prickly.

O: Very tasty coffee in a very difficult category... and I'm talking about Imperial Coffee Stouts, not even Imperial Stouts! Very tasty and worth a shot. I'd still go with speedway though.

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Photo of troysoy2
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think I just found a new favorite.
12 oz. bottle, vintage 2012. Poured into a large tulip. Black and opaque, with a darker khaki head. Not much as far as lacing goes. This just looks menacing.

The smell is spicy hops just over bittersweet chocolate, and just the slightest hint of coffee.

Somehow, the taste and the mouthfeel of this beer just really do it for me. The mouthfeel is just so cool, refreshing and smooth. It's not thick or viscous, but rather subtly carbonated, and "wet". It's really nice. The taste is a bit of spicy, tongue-tickling bitterness, backed by subdued dark, roasty chocolate and semi-sweet toffee. The coffee is pretty laid back, but definitely there, which I think is actually pretty refreshing.

Not the most complex stout ever, but Kujo really knows what it is going for, and does that very well. I can't get over how drinkable this stuff is. Must have more...

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

This is one of my favorite Coffee Stouts and one of my favorites from Flying Dog.

The aroma is black coffee, caramel, toffee and chocolate. Despite the high ABV (8.9), this is very easy to drink and is light, while retaining a lot of flavor.

From the first sip there is a heavy coffee presence followed by a subtle toffee sweetness that makes the beer a little complex while retaining a bold Stout flavor.

Very enjoyable and I would love to age some of this.

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at macs steel creek. Dark black pour, tin layer of tan.

Aroma, roast coffee, malt. Chocolate and molasses, lactose sugar?

Taste, there has to be some milk sugar in here. Milk chocolate, caramel, mocha latte. It's pretty nice actually.

Solid medium body. Just a bit more prickly than creamy. Little warming. Maybe just a tad sweet. Really pretty pleasant to me, slightly reminiscent of Depth Charge.

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Photo of Spider889
2.52/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well.... the notes on this beer really make me feel welcome to review it. Someone needs to tone it down a notch. Everyone else, stop adding beers that already exist (I'm looking at you, Curmudgeon's Better Half!).

Anyways, poured into my Duvel tulip. No head, not even the threat of one. Flying Dog, how do you do it?

The aroma certainly has a lot of coffee character. There's also a bunch of stone fruit and berry in there and hints of vanilla.

This actually doesn't taste half bad - but the coffee comes across as cold leftovers from the morning's brew. Not sure what type of beans are used, but I'd much prefer something darker and more roasty. The beer just seems overly sweet and ordinary. Vanilla and hazelnut.

Thin mouthfeel. Overall I really wanted to like this, but I just find myself disliking it more and more as I get through the glass. When I pay premium pricing for a coffee beer give me some espresso beans or premium coffee. If I wanted some Folgers Crystals in some milk stout I'd... well... actually I wouldn't want that so... yeah.


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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Kujo Coffee Stout, on tap at Pony Bar in NYC.

Appearance: Served in their 8-oz glass, Kujo looks hefty! Black like an oil field, no transparency. One finger of (what else?) coffee-colored head that doesn’t last but leaves good retention.

Smell: Coffee through and through? Cold-brewed, not fresh but full-bodied. Distant roastiness, dank hops at the end. Simple but tasty.

Taste: Here is where this beer shines! Salt-kissed chocolate, then the coffee. Nice savoriness around the edges. Tad of dirty-but-beautiful puddles on the way to a farmhouse in England. Those hops come through at the end. Again, simple but oh-so-yummy.

Mouthfeel: Not as great as the flavor, but I love how the hops tingle the lips. Medium body, full flavor, good carbonation.

Overall: A beautiful thing for those who love coffee beers. Much better than the bottle, and just so well made!

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Photo of BB1313
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a jet black with minor brown hues, mocha head which fades pretty quick and not much lacing and retention. Smells like a chocolate chip cookie. Tons of chocolate and a nice blast of roasted coffee. Tastes really good with the local coffee standing out, more chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and some butterscotch. Mouthfeel is very velvety, smooth, creamy, well carbonated; medium-bodied. This one's very easy to drink and the alcohol goes unnoticed. Leaves me wanting much more.

Very impressive stout from Flying Dog.. they're hit and miss and this is definitely a hit..

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black with tan tint. Nice 1 inch creamy head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, nut, caramel/toffee, a little bit of floral hops and dark fruits like plum and fig.

Taste - Yea, coffee bomb with some brown sugar and malts. Im getting plenty of coffee and a caramel/toffee sugar flavor in each drink. Honey and molasses add even more sweetness to this. Hops are very mild but add a floral flavor. Dark fruits also add some flavors in each drink.

Mouthfeel - Its thick but really sweet on the mouth. Tougne gets the coffee and malts first, but then is coated with sugars, sweet fruits, honey and molasses. Palette gets more sweetes, some coffee and malts but mostly sweet. Aftertaste is strong molasses and coffee.

Overall - Not what i was expecting, this is relaly sweet, syrup like and way to easy to drink for being just under 9%. The coffee is present but there is so much sweet flavor, the coffee doesnt have the chance to bitter up. Very tasty, fans of wake and bake try this for sure. MIght be a little to sweet for some, but worth a drink for coffee lovers and dessert stout fans.

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Photo of BrohamidAli
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- I'm not sure really why this category matters because all beers look different but as i pored it out it was pitch black, typical imperial stout. There was a good head on it as well. pretty appealing to the eyes

S- Not getting that much coffee but I am getting a very malty, bannanay smell too it. I do like the smell but I'm not getting those dried figs and plums that every reviewer tends to put down for imperial stout. Sometimes I wonder if they've actually had an actual dried fig, not a fig newton, or a dried plum.

tasted- Definitely getting that coffee bitterness taste typical of a stout but not so much any other characters of coffee. At the back end I'm getting that bannanay taste that i got in the aroma.

M-It's not particularly thick but it does have some body to it.

0-Pretty good beer. definitely would get this again. Not the best beer in the world, but far from the worst. I would like to get more of a coffee taste in it though.

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

I love the Flying Dog labels...this one an eerie reference to the classic horror story, Kujo. The label also notes that this beer was brewed with locally roasted Black Dog Coffee.

Pours a dark, dense coffee-black with minimal tan head.

The aroma here is of rich, dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, espresso, plums, dried dates, and brown sugar.

The flavor starts with a bitter bite, almost slightly acidic. This falls away toward notes of coffee, molasses, vanilla bean, honey, and dark chocolate. There is an interesting aftertaste, as well. It's almost like a peanut butter and jelly flavor that lingers...not like a store-bought pb&j, but homemade--hefty, rich, and with minimal ingredients.

The 8.9% ABV sits well with this beer--not overpowering, and not underwhelming.

In terms of mouthfeel, as stated above, the beer is a bit astringent at first, giving a bitter, acidic tone. However, as the beer mellows on the palate, that astringency fades into a pleasant, lingering sweetness.

Overall, a good beer here--bittersweet, reasonably balanced, and brewed with coffee. Not bad.

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Photo of cvm4
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown with a lovely tan head. The head disappears quickly and has minimal lacing.

S - Smells of coffee, dark chocolate and malt on the nose. A sweet smell comes through too.

T - Coffee beans hit you on the front, with malt and dark chocolate coming to the end.

M - Body feels thin and slightly too carbonated.

O - An enjoyable, easy drinking coffee stout.

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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 justintcoons
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black with a short tan head that disappears instantly. Has tight sparse lacing.

N: Red licorice, sweetened coffee, marshmallow and perhaps some milk chocolate.

T: Sweetened dark roast coffee, marshmallow and hints of red licorice upfront. Mid-palate shows some french vanilla, milk chocolate, plum and heavily roasted barley. Finishes like a cup of sweetened dark roast coffee with plenty of cream.

M: Medium-full bodied, creamy, smooth, silky and sticky.

O: This is quite tasty. Tastes more akin to a Sweet Stout with some subtle dark fruits and plenty of coffee. Cream and sugar flavors are right on. Alcohol is non existent. This may be one of the best Flying Dog beers that I've had.

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

Appearance - black with tan 1.5 finger head. Quickly disappears.

Smell - lots of coffee and malt. Some sweetness and roasted qualities as well.

Taste - This is a very well balanced and flavorful beer. Great balance, complex, bold and really powerful.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and creamy

Overall - one of the better coffee stouts I've sampled. Highly recommend.

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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 jsdunlop
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a light brown head that fades rather quickly.

Smells of vanilla, some milk chocolate and a hint of coffee, not overwhelming like some others out there.

Taste is overpowering with vanilla, lots of roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors going on. Coffee is there but tastes stale and weak. Some dark fruits make their way in the flavor as well, plums and raisins. Touch of hop bitterness towards the end of the sip, nice. Alcohol makes its presence as it warms up.

Very smooth and creamy texture, with a mild amount of carbonation.

Overall, I was expecting more coffee in this one, but was impressed with the abundance of other flavors going on. It actually was a nice balance of imperial stout infused with coffee, I just had my hopes up for a little more in this one.

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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 Pencible
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque dark mahogany with a bit of tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh roasted coffee with some bitter dark chocolate.
T: It tasted like roasted coffee with some bitter dark chocolate and copper hops. It had a bitter and fairly clean aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. A bit fizzy.
D: This was a nice coffee stout. It had good scent and taste, but kind of weak body. It was easy enough to drink, but not a super refined brew. Enjoyable fresh, but not a good candidate for aging. Good to try once, but nothing terribly special.

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Photo of Chaney
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a sixer of this for my wife who only likes beers that taste like coffee, chocolate, or pumpkin. Since we were out of Wake N' Bake, I figured this was a decent alternative.

Served in a snifter.

NOTE: Read the story on the bottle. It's morbid, yet entertaining.

A: I poured this pitch black brew into the glass and it looked flat and dead. However, after about half a second after pouring this hard, a slight beige head formed.

S: "Sort of a maudlin, mocha, coffee scent that was kinda faint." I guess most coffee lovers would say this, but as a non-coffee lover, I kinda dug it!

T: Of course Terrapin Wake N' Bake is the standard here, and this one doesn't quite meet that, but the two are similar in many ways. First off, the lactose infused coffee taste/sweetness is there and successful. Secondly, the sweetness was cut down to size by the taste profile. However, in WNB, it was coffee quality that did that.

M: Not too sweet, but the "Mallow-Creme" quality (compactness) made it a bit cloying. Still, this wasn't bitter at all, and my palate remained intact after the session.

O: It seems that Flying Dog's "Imperial" efforts are about 10x better than their flagship stuff. This one is definitely no exception.

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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 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 Jimmys
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. vintage 12BB.

A: totally pitch black. super dark brown frothy head. retention is reasonable as is the lacing.

S: coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate. aromas are good and stouty, but im not getting as blasted with coffee as i expected.

T: the coffee flavor is strong. a little bit raw. reminds me of opening up a fresh bag of coffee. the chocolate flavor is also very strong. the flavors play nicely with each other.

M: the mouthfeel on this is great. everything a stout like this should be. just enough to let the malt do the talking. full bodied.

D: overall, drinks okay. was expecting more of a coffee dominated stout, but this drinks more like a big bodied american stout. ok, but i expected a little more.

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

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours the typical pitch black colored body expected from a stout. Putting this bad boy up to the light yields none of it coming through. The tan colored head is a little disappointing, only two fingers with lowish retention/lacing, but it's no big deal.

S: There's some coffee, and good coffee too - but it's a little mild in its strength. I do smell some chocolate, as well.

T: The strongest flavor here isn't coffee - it's licorice. Notes of chocolate, roast, a hint of hops, and the tiniest amount of booze also exist; oh yeah, there's some coffee, too. As a straight-up imperial stout, this is excellent, if somewhat unbalanced favoring the licorice. As a coffee stout, it falls short. It needs some more coffee character to counteract the roast and licorice; they could support it easily without upsetting the balance.

M: A little thin bodied, but it's super creamy with low carbonation. The finish isn't as dry as I expected (definitely not as dry as Founders Breakfast Stout), yet I still get some of the coffee texture on the tongue, so extra brownie points for that.

O: All in all, solid. Unfortunately, solid doesn't quite cut it next to Founders Breakfast Stout, as it lacks its immense drinkability and character. Still, I'd definitely give it another try.

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Photo of garuda
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle, Vintage 11BB noted on label

A - Aggressive pour only gets a two finger tan head that has decent retention and little lacing. Deep ruby brown body, nearly black, pours nice and thick out of the bottle.

S/T - Very similar, both having big, clean, roasted coffee notes. Nice mocha with a touch of vanilla and the slightest hint of alcohol. Pine hops try to peek through a little bit, but the tastes and aromas just keep coming back to the coffee. Semi sweet chocolate sweetness balances taste, but doesn't have a big presence.

M - Full body, good low carbonation level. Creamy and smooth across the palate, with the abv staying extremely well hidden. Finishes only slightly bitter.

O - This drank easily and is a solid coffee stout. I'd like more of a chocolate presence to add a little complexity, but this beer is solid. I'd get it again.

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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.