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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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Ratings: 771
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 51
Gots: 105 | FT: 1
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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 kawilliams81
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of vrbulldog22
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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.

Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of KevinTK
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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).

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.55/5  rDev -11%
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).

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.

Photo of shawnt302
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Photo of SickNukes
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of tellish33
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TedSneakman
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of jtierney89
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.

Photo of bhir
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dtivp
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of BogBoyJD
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
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...

Photo of ShadyJay
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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!

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of HumphreyLee
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Skye1024
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 771 ratings.