Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 806
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 51
Gots: 109 | 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 hops202
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of fscottkey
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.75/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of Honisbygonis
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
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!!!

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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..

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of dar482
3.12/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

4.23/5  rDev +6%
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!!

Photo of PeterParker
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of BierJager89
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.11/5  rDev +3%
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

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Mongrel
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | 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, 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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2013. Picked up ages ago from Trembling Madness in York and stored in my garage. I reckon Ralph Steadman might have had a few of these before drawing the label...

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned (chunky). A very dark brown that appears ultra-black in the glass. Yields a small head of brown foam that disappears rapidly. Aroma of rich roasted malt with notes of coffee, cocoa, burnt grain, molasses, brown sugar, faint dried fruit, a hint of vanilla and earthy yeast. Slightly sweet, with a warming whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of intense roasted malt and coffee, followed by a powerful bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, coffee, cocoa, molasses, brown sugar, dried fruit, subtle vanilla and earthy yeast. Rather sweet, with more than a touch of booze in the background. A zealous bitterness upon swallowing, though tempered somewhat by the sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth, thick and tingly, with light carbonation and good body. Quite astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of coffee, roasted malt, molasses and yeast.

Impressive - an avalanche of coffee and roasted malt overwhelms the palate. Looks nice, while the aroma and flavour are all about the coffee. Tastes like it was brewed five minutes ago. Good body; could be slightly creamier but let's not split hairs. A fantastic imperial stout with plenty of character - if you like your beers big and stuffed with coffee then don't pass this up.

Photo of TeamMathis
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black. Brownish tan/copper head.
Smell: Hard to discern. Light sweet cocoa.
Taste: Sweet cocoa and light coffee.

This is so good. The smell was difficult, but it was freezing outside and the glass of it didn't get a chance to warm. I'll update if I pick out something more. It was a sweet smell though. However, the taste was truly great. It was of sweet cocoa and coffee, with a slight alcoholic bite at the end. Really delicious. It poured like thick oil, and looked it too. I would definitely get this again.

Photo of alaimoa
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 cellared for about 9 months. Poured into teku
A: black with glistening coffee colored head with decent legs
S: toasty burnt chocolate, espresso, sweet caramel
T:smooth malt forward with big chocolate notes finished with a sweet espresso. Bit boozy in the aftertaste that is a but aggressive.
M: 3.5 would have liked smoother and creamy but I get a medium carb and slight grittiness

Overall: 3.5/5 very drinkable with nice smell and taste. A little more age could mellow the booze

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flying Fish Kojo

Reviewed from notes from the Spring. Standard pint/12oz

Appearance: Mostly black stout with a shorter lived tan head. 3.5/5

Smell: Not picking up much from this bottle. Some roasted malts and coffee. 3.25/5

Taste: Taste is big on malts. However, I get more chocolate than coffee. Despite that, the flavor is good. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy and with medium carbonation. Not bad. 3.75/5

Not bad, hides the alcohol pretty well. Maybe a little more coffee would be good. 3.75/5

Photo of Sludgeman
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$3.99 for a single bottle at Total Wine. Healthy pour into a chalice.

A fairly well balanced imperial stout but a little too hot tasting wiith an ABV of only 8.9%. Typical rich and roasty flavors. I love imperial stouts and RISs, so it is hard for me to rate most of these beers below 4.0, but this is for now. This beer may do well with some cellaring.

A - Pours an opaque very dark reddish brown (but not cloudy), with a half-finger dark tan rocky head that disapates immediately (-). Some slight lacing that does not stick to the glass.

S - Coffee, touch of alcohol, little to no hoppiness of any kind, some dark fruitiness (raisins).

T - Dark chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt bitterness (tame but evident), a hint of whiskey, a bit too hot (-).

MF - Full bodied. Smooth not syrupy with a bite in the finish. Moderate carbonation and thus alittle fizzy in the mouth.

Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 806 ratings.