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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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89
very good

206 Reviews
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Reviews: 206
Hads: 877
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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Reviews: 206 | Hads: 877
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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Photo of Quercus67
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of hops202
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled poured into game of thrones snifter.

A - fairly dark with some tan head

S - chocolate, coffee, some roast with slight bread.

T - Fair amount of chocolate and good coffee with some dark fruit in there.

M - Decent body, not super full or chewy.

O - Decent beer, but nothing to get incredibly excited about.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark brown to black with no light getting through. Pours with a 1 1/2 finger tan head. Nice tight bubbles. That dissipate relatively quickly.

S: Bready, chocolaty with coffee mixed in. Initially there was an off-smell of metallic but it went away.

T: Toffee sweetnees up front and in the middle. There is coffee - but it is late in this one so the finish and the after taste have a nice coffee flavor.

M: Maybe a little thin and tingly. Doesn't have the big chewy feel of a almost 9% stout.

O: This is decent and I would drink it if offered again. I probably wouldn't seek it out again. The PROS are the appearance and the fact that the 8.9% ABV is well hidden. The CONS are that it is a very subtle coffee flavor for a coffee stout.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Vintage 13.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that quickly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and sweet dark malt forward aroma with big hints of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with big hints of dark roast coffee beans, dark chocolate, toast, biscuit, caramel, grains, yeast, smoke, cream, and slight vanilla. Sweet hints of molasses. Dark fruit hints of raisin, cherry, and fig. Hops are very light. A very good imperial coffee stout aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a very roasty, rich, and nicely sweet dark malt driven taste with big notes of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Dark roasted barley malts with big upfront notes of dark roast coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, toasted bread, caramel, biscuit, yeast, grains, smoke, and some sweet notes of cream and vanilla. Also some sweet notes of molasses. Dark fruit undertones with notes of cherry, fig, and raisin. A really good coffee stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy. Finish is smooth with a well hidden alcohol presence.

Overall: A really good take on an imperial coffee stout. Very good dark coffee and chocolate flavors with a nice creamy body.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a 8.9% ABV Imperial Stout, brewed with Black Dog Coffee out of Summit Point West Virginia. I have really not loved Flying Dog beers in the past, but one of the guys from the Four Firkins opened one for me to try and I'm a convert! I brought a couple home for more intense "study".

Aroma: Cinamon, milk chocolate, roasted grains. Sweetened condensed milk and light roast coffee as it warms up.

Appearance: Deep black in color. Rich dark tan to brown head. Head fades to sides of glass fairly quickly.

Flavor: There is very bright and flavorful coffee up front in the beer. The initial smack in the face of coffee fades to a semi-sweet chocolate flavor and a bitter finish. There is a bit of grain sweetness, but the coffee is strong in this one and dries the beer out. The roast seems lighter, with a zippiness and lack of burnt flavor I tend to note in darker roasts. This beer has a rich and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: This is outstanding! An incredible use of coffee, where the beer is elevated by it and not over-run by it. Also a great base beer.

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Photo of Honisbygonis
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

App: almost no visible carbonation, poured slightly syrupy into pint glass, with mild sweet aroma

Entree: mild initial taste, but moderate sweet flavor hits you on the swallow, with palatable aftertaste that lingers / hangs there enough, if not a bit too much

Dessert: a low grade dessert, with dark chocolately tones (not necessarily coffee to me; cherry like); the high enough 8.9% barely noticeable except towards the end, which impressed me.

Having just had Black Hawk stout just prior, clearly stronger and better, as you would expect.

But this is one style that is in eye of beholder / taster--Ch33rs!!!

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Near black with decent tan head and light lacing.

Smell: Cold espresso, molasses, cholcolate and dark fruit.

Taste: Coffee and molasses form the backbone, with notes of dark fruit and chocolate. The bitterness is fairly low and generally not much bite at the finish. Fairly subtle taste overall for the style but very tasty.

Feel: Moderaly low carbonation. Smooth and creamy, but the body is lighter than expected.

Overall: Nice, affordable Coffee Imperial Stout. Certainly on the easier drinking side of things.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black ale in a pint; fingers of dark foam head slimmed but persisted throughout

S: of dark earthy, roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, and coffee grinds

T: cocoa and coffee again do battle - suggestions of earth and wet char - brighter spikes of perhaps something like cinnamon or spice.

M: a little on the thin side for an Imperial stout, least as far as I like 'em - smooth and mellow; bittersweet; slight coat; chalky cocoa finish

O: a very nice coffee stout - nothing too big, but delivers on the flavors you'd expect. Fans take note. A nice choice for any BA to try.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured jet black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Dark dirty brown head poured thick and foamy then faded to nice thickish covering... very faint lacing...

Aroma - Big blast of strong espresso coffee and toasted malts, lots of sweet milk and dark chocolate, oats, molasses, treacle, light blackcurrent/blackberry notes, toasted nuts, cocoa, leathery, woody, some faint vanilla traces, light spicy hops, burnt sugar...

Taste - Lots of sweet creamy chocolate and rich dark coffee to the fore, roasted malts, faint smokey notes, some licorice, some peppery hops, lots of toasted nutty notes, molasses sweetness..

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness after... full bodied... very drinkable for 8.9%

Overall - An outstanding brew and up with the best of the Americans impy stouts..

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a very dark black into my Sierra Nevada tulip. A half inch of head, with little disappearing dots of lacing down the glass.

The aromas include roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, chocolate, and vanilla.

The taste is pretty similar. Nice, complex coffee flavor in this one- when colder, the coffee flavor comes across as bitter, and a bit nutty, as the beer warms up, it becomes slightly sweeter, a bit tart or twangy, and creamier, while still remaining nutty. There's both dark and milk chocolate flavors here as well, plus a bit of toffee and vanilla.

Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, lingering coffee and roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip.

A good one from Flying Dog, great interesting coffee flavor.

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Photo of dar482
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a dark black color.

The aroma has caramel, lightly roasted malt, some coffee, blueberries?, smokiness.

The flavor follows of licorice throughout, hints of vanilla and coffee, a good amount of bitter chocolate, some meatiness and smoked flavors. Umami compliments those. There's a chalky after taste.

There are good notes, but also some really strange notes for a coffee stout.

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Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black as night, with a finger width head.

smell: coffee and chocolate, very nice

Taste: chocolate, not bitter, very nice

Mouth feel: Thick, a very nice stout

Overall: Yeah you go Flying dog, take this dog for a walk, awesome beer. I would buy this again.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Black color & brown foam. Creamy, thick & lasting crown. Roasted, toasted, caramel malt, coffee & fudge chocolate aromas. Coffee hues, toasted sweetness & slight herbal bitterness at first sip. Full body. Soft carbonation. Velvet & voluptuous palate. Cappucino flavor & slight spicy touch in the middle. Gentle & dry toasted sweet finish with dried sensation. Roasted coffee, bitter cocoa & licorice notes on the aftertaste. Delightful & flavorful. A big one!!

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Photo of PeterParker
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet, jet black with a finger of light brown head.

Sweet coffee/chocolate on the nose. Roasty malts, maple syrup, leathery, but smells very sweet. Very mochaish.

Taste follows the nose. Bittersweet coffee and chocolate. Very delicious. Very slight booze afterburn. Simply a very tasty stout. Reminds me of Breakfast Stout (possibly my favorite beer).

Slick and sticky all at once. Lower carbonation which works well here. Coffee aftertaste is nice.

Overall a great example of what a coffee stout should be. Flying Dog is one of the first breweries I got into and this is a big reason why. If you love Founders Breakfast Stout like I do, you'll love this.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my fav. prohibition pig glass. Light tan head, fades fast, leaves lacing, some floating islands of carbonation, crescent moon head floating around the edge of the glass. Opaque and black. Essentially an ok appearance. The aroma is mostly milk chocolate and or semi-sweet chocolate. Faint somewhat plastic like faux vanilla aroma. Not much coffee to speak of, though I suppose its there. The flavor is more of the same....milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, a bit of that faux vanilla thing. Truthfully very little coffee flavor makes itself present in the flavor save for the bit that appears on the finish of the beer. The mouthfeel is rich, moderately luxurious. Overall this beer is a one note beer, it does not exhibit depth of flavor or complexity. That being said the one note tastes good and I do not mind sipping this beer at all.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Semi-sweet milk chocolate plus some vanilla, caramel and a hint of coffee.

T- Flavor follows suit with some mild mocha to go with the chocolate. Noticeable alcohol flavor clashes with the heavy roast. Once the palate acclimates, things get smoother but no more interesting.

M- A bit sharp from the booze with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- This needs more balance and more coffee.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black as the night with a dark brown head. Beautiful.

S: Coffee grounds dominate the nose, along with maybe a touch of dark chocolate.

T: Sweet malt, dark chocolate and coffee. That's it, but it's quite tasty.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: Very good, would definitely recommend, much better than either Gonzo or BA Gonzo.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: black with tan, barely sustaining head, except at the edges, where a nice thin ring forms
S: although I get dark roast scents, the most distinctive thing I get is an waft of alcohol over the burnt-coffee and mild cocoa nib scents
T/M: the taste is heavier on the coffee taste than the nose. It still has a slightly burnt nature to it, though. The beer starts ok in body (even a little more carbonated than I expected), but weakens mid-taste a bit. The alcohol from the smell never hits. The ending fades to the taste of a weak bitter coffee, so that flavor does last in some form throughout.
O: this is a perfectly ok offering, in my opinion. I was expecting a little more from the taste given the look and smell. The flavors were decent, but lacked some depth or body or both. I wouldn't turn one down in the future, for sure, but I can also find stouts I enjoy more.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very dark brown, almost black; medium tan frothy head after aggressive pour; fairly long lasting; decent lacing

Smell: burnt sweet malt; dark dried fruits; coffee; smells great

Taste: sweet juicy malt on start; burnt malts in the mid with a light hop bite coming in; finishes sweet overall with some dry, nutty notes and coffee flavors; pretty sweet overall, but the burnt malts and light hops balance it out pretty well

Mouthfeel: creamy, fairly thick

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no bottled on date, but Vintage 13 printed near the bottom of the label. Not entirely sure that aging this beer would accomplish much, but whatever. Another new beer to me from Flying Dog.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a solid opaque black colored body with less than a finger of dark chocolate mocha head. Some nice thin chocolate lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell doesn't come off so much as coffee, but more of a dark bitter baking chocolate. Some indistinct dark fruitiness, roasty chocolate malts, yeast, hint of wood, hint of cream, and some alcohol heat.

T - Taste is of dark roasted malts, some chocolate / cocoa, cream, some vanilla, a bit of char, and some nice bitter roasted coffee beans on the finish. Coffee is much more apparent on the taste than on the nose.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with a bit of coarse carbonation and some dark bitter chocolate / coffee bean roast on the palate.

Overall, it's a nice beer, but fairly lacking in the coffee department for a beer that describes itself as an imperial coffee stout, but the coffee does become more pronounced as you sip on it. A nice sipper, with a well-hidden 8.90% abv.

Flying Dog Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout ---4/5.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick, very dark brown, with little carbonation. I had to give it a pretty hard pour to produce a little mocha colored head, but that dissipated quickly, leaving little to no lace. Again, looks pretty thick.

Smells of dark fruits, damp vegetables and roasted malts. The coffee comes through not as coffee per se, but more like a nondescript dark, bitter smell. Fruit dominates the nose much more than your typical coffee stout.

On the palate, dark, sweet fruit hits first, followed by chocolate and rich, smooth espresso. Not as complex as some imperial stouts, but a palate-pleaser nonetheless. Booze is pretty well hidden, revealing itself only in a little dry, slightly minty astringency.

Mouthfeel is full, velvety soft and round. Though not as big and full as the viscous pour would lead you to believe. Again, not a luxurious as some, but definitely fits the imperial stout bill. Nice, lasting chocolate bitterness.

Overall, this is a big, tasty stout that packs a punch. A nice pairing of sweet, dark fruit and bitter chocolate/espresso flavors.

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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.