Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout - Flying Dog Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
A black brew with hints of red, a brown head leaving little lacing but good curtains.
Brown bread, dark coffee and dark chocolate.
Starting with brown toast, figs and dates, then very dark fresh espresso, with a hint of high-grade chocolate.
Medium carbonation, soft and oily, a big body.
A dark beauty, very stout.
07-08-2012 10:25:18 | More by rarbring
3.71/5 rDev -7%
Viscous purple-tinged black with a burnt sienna head that fades quick. Oily coffee bean on the nose with blackberry and ash.
Heavy black licorice with earth and fennel plus some charred sugar, a roasty hit, and the slightest orange rind hops. Black grape as it warms.
Espresso grounds ending and bitter coffee linger. Full, heavy, chewy, round, no burn.
Way too thick for the flavors; out of balance to start. And what's with all the licorice up front in a coffee stout? It rounds out and the coffee takes over as it warms, losing some bitterness, almost nudging the flavor to a 4 (it's really a 3.7 overall, not 3.8 or 3.6) and matching the feel a bit better. Which is not to say its ever more than average.
More mediocrity from FD.
06-27-2012 21:45:36 | More by StJamesGate
4.28/5 rDev +7.3%
Solid black color with a frothy head of foam that leaves some nice lacing.
Rich malt smell with lots of fresh roasted coffee bean. Hint of vanilla in there.
Much like the nose, the flavors are of sweet malt with roasted coffee beans, touch of vanilla bean and alcohol mixed in. Very tasty.
Full and silky smooth across the palate.
This is a great imperial stout. The coffee is phenomenal in this. I will be looking for this one again.
06-14-2012 14:56:52 | More by jera1350
3.6/5 rDev -9.8%
Picked up a single for $3. This is a big, smooth stout with a candied dark roast coffee undertone. The malts come off with a sweet liquor character than blends tightly with the coffee. It's tough to pull the flavors apart, and seem like the beer lacks a bit of breadth and complexity. Still, a fine a dessert beer.
06-10-2012 01:39:42 | More by tempest
3.8/5 rDev -4.8%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.
A- pours a thick, dark black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Small blotches of lacing remain on the glass.
S- coffe, vanilla and some light char.
T- roasted malts, vanilla, coffe not as prevalent as you would think. Slight bitterness at the finish.
M- medium body and carbonation. Fairly effervescent with a tingly feel at the finish.
O- liked this beer and would have again. Coffee could be a little more in the taste and a smoother finish would be nice.
06-06-2012 03:23:15 | More by kawilliams81
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
This is part of the “Wild Dog Series” and is brewed with a “secret” roast from the Black Dog Coffee Company. As one who loves beer and coffee with an equal passion, what a way to combine my favorite beverages!
Its’ body is the color of tar that wears a frothy beige cap. There is minimal lacing and nary a bubble of carbonation. The nose, as one would expect, is inundated with robust notes of coffee; the palate is awash in a heavy blanket of toasty malt that fades into the subtleness of nut and toffee.
There is a velvety mouthfeel to it: a splendid balance of all things that make for a superlative brew.
06-04-2012 00:51:45 | More by jjboesen
4.55/5 rDev +14%
2012 Vintage - 12oz. bottle
Purchased at the Foodery.
Made with Black Dog Coffee
Deep brown color out of the bottle. Thick, slow to develop mocha-colored head sits on top of an opaque black body.
Aroma consists of obvious coffee notes, dark chocolate, currants, Irish cream, and has a defined tannic note at the end. The smell is quite appetizing! I feel it's a bit more multi-dimensional than what I would typically find with a coffee porter or stout.
The flavor is equally layered and rich. Up front I get a berry-like sweetness, and the body immediately shows itself as full and smooth. Creamy, but not oily. Alcohol is very well-hidden. The roasted coffee flavor comes toward the finish and lingers long into the aftertaste. Surprisingly very low bitterness.
Fantastic beer! Initially I liked the low bitterness, but towards the end I was wishing that there was more there for balance. It calls itself an "imperial" beer, but it almost does too good of a job at hiding the fact. Not much bitterness, well-hidden ABV, very smooth and easy drinking...
Food pairing suggestions would be blueberry cheesecake, coffee-rubbed steak, fruit pies and lighter chocolate desserts.
06-02-2012 20:22:05 | More by MusicaleMike
3.63/5 rDev -9%
Thanks David Rosen. Some great blues over some fantastic beer!
Pitch black body (as should be expected for the style). Thin white head is left from an aggressive pour. The smell isnt as much coffee beans as I want. I think of either fresh Wake n Bake or FBS, but I get a very balanced coffee stout. Theres bitterness in the smell from the coffee, but only to balance things out.
The taste is all about the base stout. Thick oat laden body. Nice semi-sweet body that feels thick from the all the malts they used. the coffee kind of seems like an accent, not at the front (which is what i want).
05-29-2012 01:19:01 | More by VncentLIFE
3.5/5 rDev -12.3%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Vintage 12CC.
A: No head, but a crown of brownish foam on the edges. The beer is one shade of black, and completely opaque.
S: Smells a little bit like Founder's Breakfast Stout...I wonder if there is oatmeal is Kujo. Definitely smells like it. Not too much coffee, but trace bitterness and chocolate malt sweetness.
T: Sweet and rather creamy, with a thin-dry aftertaste that detracts from the bigness of the maintaste. Definitely some oatmeal here too, but the maintaste is oversweet and underbitter. Coffee is virtually undetectable and the flat mouthfeel ensures that whatever coffee is present tastes like it's been sitting out for a day or two. Pretty average.
M: Merits for fullness and smoothness, demerits for flatness and lack of esprit.
O: Not a bad effort, but not very compelling double coffee stout. Sweet, creamy vanilla. Not recommended, would not not drink again (double negative intended).
05-26-2012 04:42:26 | More by AgentMunky
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
Pour from a 12 oz. bottle into an Alvinne tulip glass.
Aroma from the bottle is very mild coffee, not quite the aroma explosion I expected. Subtle, but lovely and warm, roasty and slightly sweet.
Pours pitch black with a deep ruby red tint visible through strong light at the bottom. Dark mocha head that disappates rather quickly, no heavily lacing on the glass either.
Aroma in the glass after a heavy pour is coffee and slight hints of dark chocolate. No unnecessary sweetness interfering. Taste is roasty coffee, chocolate, slight carrying alcohol and dark candy sugar. Very lush and indulgent.
Despite having had more flavorful imperial coffee stouts, this rocks my boat in a big way. Everything is subtle and perfectly balanced, no flavor clashes in what is clearly a fine-tuned recipe that's been slaved over. I absolutely adore this and the best thing is it's fairly easy to get hold of at a decent price. Big kudos to the boys at Flying Dog, may you long continue to give us these delicious brews.
05-25-2012 21:07:14 | More by Dennoman
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Draft at The Pour House in westmont, NJ.
Pours pitch black and opaque with a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Roasted malt aroma with a strong coffee presence that's countered by sweeter malt notes. Hints of burnt toast, dark chocolate and deep roasted coffee. Pretty robust but doesn't smell burnt or acrid.
Flavor is very similar to the aroma with a nice balance of robust coffee and sweeter malt notes. A lot of coffee beers tend to taste like three day old black coffee but this is nicely balanced with hints of dark chocolate, toffee and hazelnut countering the deeply roasted coffee, burnt toast and oatmeal flavors. Well balanced with a well masked abv making it easy to drink.
05-21-2012 20:10:15 | More by corby112
Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
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