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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
Brewed by:
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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 Samuel906
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours very dark with heavy tan head.

S: Predominantly a nice earthy coffee with some sweetness, vanilla and chocolate. No booze.

T: Despite the huge coffee flavor, this is very well balanced. The sweet, bread, cereals all go together great.

M: Thick creamy.

O: If you love stouts and you love coffee, this is a hone run. Bit on the expensive side though.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle into a tulip.

Kujo pours a very dark brown with dark tan edges. It's a really nice color, actually. Not a lot of head, though. The smell isn't all that complicated -- big coffee and dark caramel malt. Not bad, but nothing to set it apart.

The taste is more complicated. Caramel and dark chocolate, raisins. Some coffee, but not as much as I'd expected from the aroma. There's a definite booze character that I'd usually like but it comes off here as a bit harsh in relation with the other flavors. Mouthfeel is slick but a little thin. A little foamy in the mouth, too.

Overall, there's nothing especially wrong with this beer, but nothing outstanding either. One of those "wouldn't turn it down, wouldn't seek it out" drinks.

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Photo of goblue3509
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a then khaki colored head. That goes away quickly and leaves some decent lace. The aroma is of coffee and milk chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Nice and inviting. The taste follows suit with a coffee flavor up front but then a nice sweet milk chocolate taste with a hint of vanilla. Almost chocolate milk like, very good and very inviting. The mouthfeel is a little flat and undercarbonated. Overall this is a very solid beer, very nice flavor and aroma, a must have again.

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Photo of Heynow007
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was an excellent beer. It has coffee and chocolate undertones and pours to a nice full body with a nice brown head. Has a good amount of hops to balance out the sweetness of the sugars. The beer is very dark, but not too heavy and not too sweet. ABV says 8.9%, but it doesn't feel it. You can definitely drink, and enjoy, this beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Bottle and a pint glass.

Vintage 2012. Black-brown cola color into the glass. Subdued head of a quarter inch. Dissipating quickly.

Coffee liqueur, vanilla, roastiness, ale yeast, light licorice, and earthy floral hops.

Coffee stout goodness. Applicable hops with a savory earthiness to complement the roasty and gutty dark malts. Bitterness is medium to low; lingeringly sweet. Hints of maple and licorice. Decent load of vanilla bean. Finishes with a booze-centered spiciness.

Drinks under-carbonated. Just a late spritz. Body is medium plus, decently sticky. A bit hot, too.

Hey, the feel is subpar, but this is still really good. I always come back to this, and for good reason.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Evolution brewing pint glass, bottled 11/12.
Appears opaque black with coffee colored head that disapated rather quick and left just a corner of glass with frothy goodness.
Smells of coffee beans and cocoa with some wood and alcohol. Intially smells real good and then the alcohol was up my nose,or something close to strong espresso.
Tastes like a imp coffee stout should! Not my kinda beer but growing and give this high because one of better I've had in class. You can taste the black dog coffee they proudly put in it. Alcohol seems hidden for almost 9% and doesn't leave you with out taste and doesn't overwhelm your palette either!
Mouthfeel is med carb and didn't drown my mouth with flavor but definable your getting what you paid for!
The smell had a little to much alcohol in it for me but was gone before I could get to mouthfeel so I pledge to drink another someday when in the mood and its available!

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Photo of StroppyMare
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Loved watching this blackened brew sliding into the tulip glass. I love oily brews and this looks like just the thing. Gorgeous black in color, but very little dark tan head. Smell is heady with coffee and chocolate. Taste is heavy on the coffee (which is fabulous) to start , mellows to dark fruit then ends with yet more coffee. The alcohol is well hidden; it's a warm feeling at the end. Mouthfeel is oddly fizzy, but not off-putting to me. Overall a wonderful, smooth brew. I could drink this quite often.

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Photo of dspolanco
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in Bottle poured into Great Divide Yeti Glass

Appearance- Dark,Dark,Dark Black. Tan head which faded rather quickly.

Smell- Coffee,Coffee, oh and I did I say Coffee. However it smells incredibly balanced. I'm getting roasted malt backbone, and Chocolate.

Taste-This is a coffee stout and it doesn't disappoint. The Coffee is up front, but not so bitter. After the coffee you pick the roasted malt, and the hints of vanilla/chocolate. Tastes Great.

Mouthfeel-Medium to Full.

Overall-This is a great coffee stout. Well balanced, and smooth. You don't taste the 8.9 ABV at all. This is up there with the best coffee stouts, and in my humble opinion I put this slightly ahead of Founders Breakfast Stout because of the mouthfeel.

Cheers Everyone

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- opaque brown no head

Aroma- Coffe vanilla yeasty and slightly floral

Taste- Carmel molasses brown sugar. The coffee comes out after that with a very slight hop bite at the end. LIght prune and raisin toward the back.

Mouthfeel- viscous flat on the palette with slight alcohol warmth. I would like to try this one on nitro.

Overall- I would assume that the coffee used was an oily dark roast , that may be what keeps the head in check. It is an Imperial Coffee stout that is not all booze, not all coffee and not all stout. That being said I like that the hops take a back seat, coffee is bitter enough, and i could definitely see me crushing this before a red eye flight cross country !

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Photo of flexabull
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Gibby, thanks again!

Pours a thick and dark black color with a tiny tan head.

Aromas are nutty, smoky, with charred malts and espresso.

Taste is smoky, but not overly so. Dark charred malt notes, bitter coffee, lightly sweet brown sugar, and bakers chocolate. Finish is crisp and bitter with some alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, but a touch thin.

Overall, a pretty nice coffee stout. Solid offering from Flying Dog.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a jet black with deep, dark ruby brown edging where light can penetrate. The head is a nice tan brown, a finger thick and showed fair retention. Lacing is spotty, with little stick.

Smell - What you'd expect of the style - Roasted malt notes coming through with coffee and milk chocolate character. A hair of raisin and anise sit beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Big roasted coffee notes upfront, backed by hints of sweet and dark chocolate. A touch of anise hits briefly mid-taste, then finishes with milk chocolate and a faint vanilla note.

Mouthfeel - This is the killer. The body's a bit thin for the style, it's somewhat chalky on the finish and the carbonation is weak and fizzy. Fairly disappointing.

Overall - This is a solid imperial stout, held back by it's lack of 'stout' body. Still, I enjoyed the flavor, and I'd definitely give it thought about buying it again.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark black with one-and-a-half-finger, dark tan, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. The coffee flavor is strong. The finish is about the same. The coffee is good.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and slightly warm going down.

O: This is a pretty good coffee stout. Would drink again if I liked coffee more.

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Photo of mpyle
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Effectively opaque in color, pours a moderate sized tan colored head, creamy and with good retention.

Sweet coffee aroma, definite dark malt presence in the aroma. Chocolate.

Rich coffee flavor, yet still quite malty and a little sweet. If Starbucks made a beer drink, I think it would taste like this beer. A little roasty, but pretty tame for a stout. Bitterness stays at a gentle level with a subtle transition into the finish. Malty roast flavors with a slight hint of alcohol linger into the finish.

Moderate carbonation and moderately big body. Has a bit of creaminess to it, and the alcohol warming is well controlled given the strength.

Does a good job of delivering on some coffee flavor and aroma, but not something I'd want to drink in great quantities.

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Photo of Titans77
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch Black, dark tan head that became a thin film after sitting for a minute. Par for the course.

S - Coffee. Fresh ground coffee. Chocolate malts and some booze. Very nice coffee forward smell.

T - Coffee and chocolate roasted malts. Some dark fruit. Very well done.

M - Drinks like a milk stout. Kinda threw me for a loop. Clean finish, but not what I was really expecting for a double/imperial stout.

O - A very good stout for the price I paid. I will be buying this every winter to stay warm. The coffee is VERY prevalent and makes this one of my favorite easy to find, easy to drink, and easy to purchase beers.

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Photo of JosiahS
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears nearly black with only a few shades of brown. Upon poring a brown thick head forms but dissolves to a tan ring. Leaves splashy lacing. Sweet and dark cocoa w/ coffee dominate the aroma. Also present are alcohol and dark, grape-like fruit smells.There's a hint of hop floridness, it seems to meld with the alcohol.

The taste is an intoxicating blend of coffee and roasted chocolate malts. There are is dark fruit and a bit of alcohol present but the rich malts and coffee easily take center stage. The finish is roasty with an almost lactose quality that rounds each sip off very nicely. The body is full and velvety with low carbonation.

The alcohol begins to sharpen as it warms. The flavors stay distinctive and don't muddy together. A perfect brew for a rainy evening. One i wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of mick303
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 mL Bottle, with freshness date. This poured pitch black, and some coaxing was needed to flair up a really coffee-dark head, retention was pretty quick, though it did leave a nice lacing and a wispy film.

Aroma has a fruity groundnut character, lychee or dragonfruit also maybe, quite distinctive. Also a lot of coffee and roast malt character. Big dark chocolate. It is pretty big, representing the ABV, but a tropical fruit lightness too, that make this quite interesting.

Taste is akin to really strong coffee (!) yet with a bit heap of bitter cocoa in there. One hell of an alcoholic warming mocha. Strong roastiness from the malts, this is somehow impeccably smooth. Some playful dark fruit and spiciness underneath, it is a complex flavour here.

Mouthfeel is quite obviously big in presence, with a lot of roasty malt, yet it has a great creamy aspect, and the bitterness of the cocoa/chocolate is nicely drying (imagine eating a spoon of straight unsweetened cocoa) on the finish.

Wow. This has 'winter sipper' all over it. The alcohol is barely perceivable under the creamy smoothness, yet its body belies its strength. Although the nose is a bit disparate initially, the palate gets over the coffee and finds those tropical and nutty characteristics. I'll stick by the strong mocha description, a bit all-over-the place, but interesting, damn good.

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Photo of dgilks
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty close to pitch black. Tiny tan head. Poor head retention.

A tiny bit sweet, a little roasty, some chocolate, bits of fruit.

Fruity and sweet. Plenty of milk chocolate. Lacking coffee and malt.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Okay.

Not all that interesting as a stout. It lacks real coffee and roast punch.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a blackish body with one-finger tan head in my snifter. A bit of sweet espresso coffee in the aroma, along with some breadiness but not a real heavy aroma. The ABV surprised me on this one because it's real easy to drink and lighter than a stout, yet alone a double stout, usually is. The coffee and bready malts come through in the taste, not much of a roasted coffee sensation, and I like the sticky sweetness from ? (caramel, chocolate, toffee, molasses, syrup...I really can't say) that coats my tongue...while not as strong as a stout does have a a real dry finish. Overall a quality sipper.

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Photo of Ego
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

audible sizzle as the head manages to attain one finger and then collapse on itself in the blink of two eyes, jet black hue, legs are left on the sides of the glass as you swirl, pretty much this looks as it should, nothing special, nothing off

black coffee with a little sweetener, dry cocoa, dark chocolate/dark fruit notes, the coffee really comes through here strongly (which makes sense eh?), nice

taste etc...
body is medium thick, some bitterness on the sip along with sweetness, the after taste is large, big dark chocolate and coffee flavors, but it seems to be lacking a "roasty" flavor generally associated with coffee, so to me the sweetness comes through a bit more, this is so strange that the sips contain little flavor but if you wait around in the after you get all sorts of notes, I tried just letting this sit in my mouth for more time than usual and it just doesn't release much flavor except a lactic type of sweet. The ABV is very well hidden, I am just getting a mild warming in my stomach from this.

tasty, not great. A nice after dinner brew with some dessert as a foil, probably interesting to cook with, worth checking out but don't sell off your honus wagner rookie card

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Photo of bark
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is black, the low head is pale brown. No lacing occurs.

The smell is sweet and loaded with coffee. It is elegant, but it is a little un-complex.

The taste is sweet. There is just hints of bitterness. Coffee, lots of clean and smooth coffee and coffee drops. Some black malt sourness (or is it the coffee?). The aftertaste is sweet with some metallic bitter flavours. Oily notes in the finish as well as even more coffee.

The carbonation is light. Few but fresh large bubbles. The liquid is smooth.

A very smooth after dinner beer, yet I had hoped for some more complexity.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich chocolate pour produces a 1 finger mocha colored head that was whispy and frothy, only moderately retaining, while leaving a small splotchy and unimpressive lacing.

S: Some chocolate bitterness arrives on the nose, but very light and insignificant. Milky creamer, no alcohol detection and really nothing that stands out to get my attention. Was expecting alot more aromatic appeal from this one, but came up small.

T: Bitter chocolate for flavor first stands out, some milky creamer, a smooth bitterness, aka very light and refined, agains was expecting a bit more coffee roast influence here. Some alcohol shows itself with a spiciness of sweet cinnamon and nutmeg. Chocolate roast appears moderately on the fade, but nothing memoriable. Some chicory and sweet licorice, and burnt wood rounds things out in an otherwise held back flavor that was far from imperial.

M: Mouthful was creamy, smooth oily texture with a burnt bitterness and a warming of alcohol.

O: Roasty alcohol seems to overtake the flavor at times. Some bitterness, but not much flavor, doesnt stand out and is hardly worhty of imperial standards. Moderate drinkability and a bit of a let down.

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

On tap. Nose is sweet and chocolatey, not much in terms of coffee in the aroma, but very pleasant. Scrumptious Chocolate and Coffee notes but not cloying. Nicely balanced sweetness with alcohol in check.

Nitro is a must to truly experience this stout.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on tap at Conway & O’Reilly’s in Janesville, WI in summer 2012.

Pours as black as can be with very little head. Scent is that of robust coffee malts. Taste is rich, robust and full or great heavy flavors. You get tastes of roasted malts, caramel malts, coffee, toffee, and so much more. A fabulous dark beer for those who can handle something really dark.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery after my tour. Awesome group of guys there and the beer was better than I had anticipated as I had only had their standard beers we get in Florida. This time I got to try the local release stuff.

A: very dark body with a single finger thick and creamy head. Lace that completely coats the inner glass surface.

S: aroma is of spearmint and mostly espresso. Light milk chocolate notes.

T: the flavor follows the nose almost exactly with more spearmint, espresso/coffee, milk chocolate and roasted malts.

M: thick nitro-ed body, semi dry finish.

Overall: this one is pretty interesting especially with the degree of mint. It definitly takes the edge off the espresso and helps drinkability although it removes some of the coffee from the coffee stout. I am on the fence about how I liked this one.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into a Duvel tulip produces a nice dark tan head, black in the glass underneath. Nose is all dark fruit and roasted malt with little coffee noted. Heavy/viscous mouthfeel that goes with the style, fruity notes and then some light coffee, sweet from the maltiness. Finishes on a roasty note...again not too heavy on the coffee but a nice drink nonetheless. I'd like to age some to see what develops.

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