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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

Kujo Imperial Coffee StoutKujo Imperial Coffee Stout

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587 Ratings
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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is the same beer as Wild Dog Coffee Stout. DO NOT REVIEW AGAIN if you have reviewed Wild Dog Coffee Stout or your older review will be deleted when the listings are merged.

(Beer added by: Arithmeticus on 12-26-2011)
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Photo of drpimento


4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine tuned heavy hitter. Poured with a decent tan foamy head tht slowly settles and good lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is roast, coffee, malt, toffee. Flavor's like nose, sweet on top, but short lived and followed quickly by carbonic tand and dark roast coffee, bitter from coffee, black malt, and yeastoids fit perfeclty. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish length is average for style and likewise boozy for style. Good drinkin' brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 06:26:24 | More by drpimento
Photo of TheMultiYeast


3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly pitch black with big frothy tan head..Big walls of tan lacing.

Smell big roasted, woody, coffee scents. Some raisins, tobacco.

Taste offers equal amounts of coffee and burnt fruits. Lots of molasses-like sweetness. Finishes with mild bitterness.

Chewy, sticky, heavy.

My first from Flying Dog...pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 20:44:36 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of rarbring


4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 10:25:18 | More by rarbring
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 21:45:36 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of jera1350


4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2012 14:56:52 | More by jera1350
Photo of tempest


3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 01:39:42 | More by tempest
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 03:23:15 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of jjboesen


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 00:51:45 | More by jjboesen
Photo of MusicaleMike


4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 20:22:05 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 01:19:01 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of AgentMunky


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 04:42:26 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Dennoman


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 21:07:14 | More by Dennoman
Photo of corby112


4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 20:10:15 | More by corby112
Photo of Sunnanek


4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a rather large brown compact head that rather quickly sets into nice lacings.

S: Strong black coffee dominates. But there's also some mellow dark dried fruits along with some dark chocolate. Some bitterness as well.

T: Complex; chocolate and liqourice balances the coffee. Some faint vanilla together with some faint smoke makes this quite interesting. But the coffee is rather dominant.

M: Long smokey and bitter aftertaste. Body is full and carbonation held light.

O: A nice and interesting stout with lots of coffee.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 13:55:13 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours pitch black with a brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells like straight black coffee. Touch of chocolate.

Thick syrup like mouthfeel. Overwhelming amounts of coffee flavor. Touch of chocolate. But basically just like drinking thick black coffee. Not a huge fan. Has a nice finish so it could pair extremely well with dessert. It's okay and id have it again under the right circumstances but eh.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 02:05:16 | More by jtierney89
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a one and a half finger creamy dark mocha head that fades slowly into thin ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, slight caramel and some alcohol.

Taste of sweet chocolate, licorice, vanilla, dark roasted coffee, some smoke and a slight alcohol warming. As this beer warms you get more coffee and alcohol taste.

Mouth Feel is medium body, light carbonation, smooth with a slight tingle and a nice coffee after taste.

Overall a very nice stout that starts a little sweet, but ends with a nice coffee and dark roasted taste. I enjoyed this beer more as it came to room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 01:58:07 | More by dtivp
Photo of BogBoyJD


3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not going to spend too much time on this one.

Appearance is black and viscous, head goes extremely quickly. Looks flat. What the f#ck?

The only good thing about this beer is the smell. Like espresso beans and caramel.

Very disappointed. When I saw this one I couldn't wait to try it, but anyway...

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 21:37:53 | More by BogBoyJD
Photo of Arborescence


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black. Pours a decent two finger head with a brownish tint. Looks good!

Aroma: Chocolate and roasted malt. The coffee is not that strong, but there are espresso-like aromas there.

Taste: Dark chocolate, licorice, a little sweet. Toast and roasted malt are evident. Again the coffee is not the main element, but it's there -- not espresso though, but rather weak brewed coffee. The aftertaste lingers nicely with a malty alcoholic sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, oily.

Overall: It's a good one. I reviewing my fifth bottle, so I've already gotten used to the beer. I've liked each one and this is certainly a beer that I will be looking for again; I'd like to try it from the tap. Not the most coffee-rich coffee stout, but certainly not the weakest either. The strong ABV is hidden well. Another excellent brew from Flying Dog!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 01:16:13 | More by Arborescence
Photo of ksimons

New York

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a very dark chestnut brown with a thin layer of tan head that leaves a ring around the top

S-Not super strong smelling, but has bits of roasted malt, toffee, and some light coffee.

T-Roasted coffee, mocha, roasted malt, and a bit of light vanilla.

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation. Leaves a dry, slightly sweet taste in the mouth.

Overall its a decent beer. Nice roasted flavors, coffee, and a good body to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 23:48:38 | More by ksimons
Photo of SgunnarW


4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle in Deschutes snifter

A: Pours a deep black with a 2.5 finger mocha colored head. Minimal lacing and nice carbonation bubbles on the side of glass.

Sm: I absolutely love the smell of this beer. On the front I get tons of mocha goodness...lots of espresso, milk chocolate, some citrus, and a blueberry sweetness in the finish.

T: A malty sweetness on the front, definitely fruity. Chocolate, and espresso in the middle of the mouth with a dark coffee, creamy finish. The alcohol is well hidden and only barely present. A delicious lingering coffee flavor.

Mf: Full bodied and nicely carbonated so that there's a bit of a tingle in the throat.

O: I'm really diggin' this beer. It's a bit sweet, but unlike any imperial stout I've had. A winner for the price, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 02:33:22 | More by SgunnarW
Photo of TATURBO


4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque Black with slight tan creamy looking head. Leaves some nice lacing as I drink. Minimal carbonation but not flat either.

S: Definitely a coffee smell but with a bit of a fruit thing going. Can't quite pick out but different that most Coffee Stouts (My favorite by the way) Other than that a Marshmallow tinge.

T: Surprisingly the coffee isn't really strong to my taste buds but Wow I really am picking up on the banana and Marshmallow. I am also tasting some alcohol burn/heat.

M: This is a heavy beer in it's thickness and viscosity. Has a creamy Richness also. Milky malty goodness!

O: I'd almost call this a Banana Stout if there was such a label. I picked up on that almost stronger than the coffee. Really good beer though and not quite what I was expecting either.
I don't think this is one of those beers that hides it's alcohol. At nearly 9% I really could tell it was there. Impressed highly overall and at this point one of my favorites from Flying Dog!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 16:57:13 | More by TATURBO
Photo of philbe311


4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A finger and a half worth of medium to dark brown colored head that is equal parts creamy and fizzy... Good retention gives way to a full creamy lacing... A little bit of micro bubbled carbonation can be seen along the edges at the top of the glass... The color is an opaque flat black... Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass...

S - Strong coffee at the forefront... Followed by milk chocolate and roasted malts... Also mixed in are touches of licorice, marshmallow, and soy sauce...

T - The coffee is still at the forefront, but in a much more subdued manner... The milk chocolate also fades in intensity... The roasted malt is kicked up a notch... The various other aromas alluded to by the nose are completely absent... However, there is still a lot of good flavor...

M - Medium to full bodied... Smooth... Slightly creamy... A bit rich... The finish is both slightly bitter and slightly chalky...

D - Not a bad little beer Flying Dog has here... Actually, it's a pretty darn good coffee stout... Good flavor... Has a little bit of a bite, as it should with Kujo in its name... I can recommend with clear conscience to coffee beer fans and I will gladly drink again...

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 02:45:44 | More by philbe311
Photo of YouSkeete


4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black appearance with a one finger thick khaki colored head. Big notes of bourbon and roasted coffee, with thick molasses, heavy cream, caramel, toffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla: the flavors keep coming, lots and lots of complex aromas. Toasted coffee beans with bittersweet milk chocolate, sweet cream, molasses and burnt wood. Like the aroma, tons and tons of flavors keep rolling on the palate with complexity. Toffee, orange, banana, and some odd hints of blue cheese even make their way through. Fantastically complex overall flavor. Milky and rich mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Coffee, malty finish. Really incredible brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 22:59:06 | More by YouSkeete
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straight black with 1-finger dark khaki head. No retention. Even lace all around the glass.

Coffee and oaked vanilla are strong in the nose. Coffee is mild, not a dark roast, and fresh. Vanilla cream is stronger than the coffee. Nicely layered.

Fairly mild flavor. Toffee and light roast coffee. Dark chocolate mixes in. Goes smoky in the finish. Touch of anise there, too. Complex enough, but the flavors seem to compete rather than compliment.

Feel is about right, but just a little too sugary for my taste.

Overall, worth a try. This got a ton of hype when the bottles hit some of the local shops here. Didn't quite measure up.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 02:42:19 | More by beer2day
Photo of soulfly1492


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Super sweet, nice and bold. Coffee, a good bit of lactose as in a milk stout. Bitter roasty coffee, spicy alcohol. Mild anise and yes some chocolate. Mild black malt. Woody. Caramel. Lots of alcohol sticking around in the top of my tulip glass.

Appearance: Pitch black, opaque. Pours a moderate very dark brown head which bubbles away in about 90 seconds, leaving some lacing and some creamy head still floating around.

Taste: More like a milk stout that I expected. Lactose, bittersweet chocolate and coffee, lightly burnt black malt, dark cocoa shows up at the aftertaste along with the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Silky smooth. Finishes a bit dry. Mild carbonation.

Overall: Nicely balanced. A bit out of style, but a nice dose of sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate and some lactose. Savory, will definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 23:36:35 | More by soulfly1492
Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.