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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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670 Ratings
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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 38
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

eerbayman, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of movingtrain
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the Flying Dog labels...this one an eerie reference to the classic horror story, Kujo. The label also notes that this beer was brewed with locally roasted Black Dog Coffee.

Pours a dark, dense coffee-black with minimal tan head.

The aroma here is of rich, dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, espresso, plums, dried dates, and brown sugar.

The flavor starts with a bitter bite, almost slightly acidic. This falls away toward notes of coffee, molasses, vanilla bean, honey, and dark chocolate. There is an interesting aftertaste, as well. It's almost like a peanut butter and jelly flavor that lingers...not like a store-bought pb&j, but homemade--hefty, rich, and with minimal ingredients.

The 8.9% ABV sits well with this beer--not overpowering, and not underwhelming.

In terms of mouthfeel, as stated above, the beer is a bit astringent at first, giving a bitter, acidic tone. However, as the beer mellows on the palate, that astringency fades into a pleasant, lingering sweetness.

Overall, a good beer here--bittersweet, reasonably balanced, and brewed with coffee. Not bad.

movingtrain, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of cvm4
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown with a lovely tan head. The head disappears quickly and has minimal lacing.

S - Smells of coffee, dark chocolate and malt on the nose. A sweet smell comes through too.

T - Coffee beans hit you on the front, with malt and dark chocolate coming to the end.

M - Body feels thin and slightly too carbonated.

O - An enjoyable, easy drinking coffee stout.

cvm4, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +0.3%

jaidenjb, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of BenTherHppedThat
3.75/5  rDev -6%

BenTherHppedThat, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +0.3%

mcorwin, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Ohiovania
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Ohiovania, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of nesarebad
4/5  rDev +0.3%

nesarebad, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Zorro
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Essentially this is a lightproof beer with almost no head formation. A thin layer of dark brown is all the head it makes.

Smell is fruity with a strong coffee aroma. Juicy fruit over patent malt over coffee with some chocolate over all that. No real hop scent my nose can pickup.

Starts out sweet and fruity with a strong coffee taste that lingers as an after taste. Low on bitterness and high in flavor, I could see this as also being classified as a Baltic Porter. Tastes of cherry and banana are the strongest fruit flavors. Alcohol is well hidden in this beer. The taste of this one just doesn't fade as you drink it, every sip starts out fruit and ends with coffee. There is a chocolate taste here but it is just an addition to the fruit and coffee tastes.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Overall this is VERY good. If it has one flaw it might actually have too much flavor!

Zorro, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black with a short tan head that disappears instantly. Has tight sparse lacing.

N: Red licorice, sweetened coffee, marshmallow and perhaps some milk chocolate.

T: Sweetened dark roast coffee, marshmallow and hints of red licorice upfront. Mid-palate shows some french vanilla, milk chocolate, plum and heavily roasted barley. Finishes like a cup of sweetened dark roast coffee with plenty of cream.

M: Medium-full bodied, creamy, smooth, silky and sticky.

O: This is quite tasty. Tastes more akin to a Sweet Stout with some subtle dark fruits and plenty of coffee. Cream and sugar flavors are right on. Alcohol is non existent. This may be one of the best Flying Dog beers that I've had.

justintcoons, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of bubseymour
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - black with tan 1.5 finger head. Quickly disappears.

Smell - lots of coffee and malt. Some sweetness and roasted qualities as well.

Taste - This is a very well balanced and flavorful beer. Great balance, complex, bold and really powerful.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and creamy

Overall - one of the better coffee stouts I've sampled. Highly recommend.

bubseymour, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

throwback, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only a trace of amber appears at the corner of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a two finger high dark tan head that died down and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some wispy lacing covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of coffee beans and roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of coffee beans and roasted malts along with notes of bittersweet milk chocolate and hints of lactose.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: This beer is easy to drink and quite flavorful; the alcohol is well masked. The coffee flavors aren’t as strong compared to other coffee stouts but the lactose flavors almost make this seem like a hybrid with a milk stout.

metter98, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Hopstimatic, Feb 11, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

leinie13, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of jsdunlop
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a light brown head that fades rather quickly.

Smells of vanilla, some milk chocolate and a hint of coffee, not overwhelming like some others out there.

Taste is overpowering with vanilla, lots of roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors going on. Coffee is there but tastes stale and weak. Some dark fruits make their way in the flavor as well, plums and raisins. Touch of hop bitterness towards the end of the sip, nice. Alcohol makes its presence as it warms up.

Very smooth and creamy texture, with a mild amount of carbonation.

Overall, I was expecting more coffee in this one, but was impressed with the abundance of other flavors going on. It actually was a nice balance of imperial stout infused with coffee, I just had my hopes up for a little more in this one.

jsdunlop, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

RomaniIteDomum, Feb 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 10, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black body while listening to some nice soul music on Spotify, while Kujo is tearing out guts WTF? Flying Dog is getting dark. This pours black with a mocha tan head forming thick with speckled sporadic lacing. Aroma bitter coffee notes with fruity tones as well, a very nice beer big chocolate roasted malts dark beer with a creamy dark action brewing. Flavor is all coffee highlights a bit of tree bark, fruit/herbal tones, and acidic coffee (black coffee) sweet artisan coffee, but damn delicious I like these Black dog roasters a match made in heaven. The label says this is vintage 12CC, okay I'll keep an eye on that as this beer gets drained. Like a strong coffee/dark chocolate infused ice brewed coffee, damn strong slightly astringent in the best possible way with fruity highlights trailing it out. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied dry roasted coffee finish very enjoyable beer being produced out there and I'm happy to say I'm converted excellent brewery with beer to match. Overall God bless America and this beer right here, I'm ready to get spiritual it might as well be about the new 12 ounce Kujo beer I can get at my local...I can't picture crazy West Virginians in Morgantown, WV downing this in number there may be a revolution.

WVbeergeek, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque dark mahogany with a bit of tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh roasted coffee with some bitter dark chocolate.
T: It tasted like roasted coffee with some bitter dark chocolate and copper hops. It had a bitter and fairly clean aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. A bit fizzy.
D: This was a nice coffee stout. It had good scent and taste, but kind of weak body. It was easy enough to drink, but not a super refined brew. Enjoyable fresh, but not a good candidate for aging. Good to try once, but nothing terribly special.

Pencible, Feb 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

YobroitsJoe, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Chaney
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a sixer of this for my wife who only likes beers that taste like coffee, chocolate, or pumpkin. Since we were out of Wake N' Bake, I figured this was a decent alternative.

Served in a snifter.

NOTE: Read the story on the bottle. It's morbid, yet entertaining.

A: I poured this pitch black brew into the glass and it looked flat and dead. However, after about half a second after pouring this hard, a slight beige head formed.

S: "Sort of a maudlin, mocha, coffee scent that was kinda faint." I guess most coffee lovers would say this, but as a non-coffee lover, I kinda dug it!

T: Of course Terrapin Wake N' Bake is the standard here, and this one doesn't quite meet that, but the two are similar in many ways. First off, the lactose infused coffee taste/sweetness is there and successful. Secondly, the sweetness was cut down to size by the taste profile. However, in WNB, it was coffee quality that did that.

M: Not too sweet, but the "Mallow-Creme" quality (compactness) made it a bit cloying. Still, this wasn't bitter at all, and my palate remained intact after the session.

O: It seems that Flying Dog's "Imperial" efforts are about 10x better than their flagship stuff. This one is definitely no exception.

Chaney, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a balloon goblet.

Pours black, with a thick finger of milk chocolate colored head. This retains with some creamy bunching on the edges, leaving back a rich cascade of spotty lace that sticks to the sides along with some gooey brown oils. The aroma has a nice coffee bouquet to it, with a flavorful acrid roastiness that leaves a good impression. This mingles in with an underlying mix of chocolate, caramel, and green citrus to impart a java infused twang to the nose. The coffee mostly sits at the forefront of this though. Maybe just some small pangs of heat work their way into this was well as things warm up a bit.

Chocolate, caramel, and green citrus are pronounced up front in the taste, with those hops in particular really taking control of the profile. Assertive coffee character does mix in and really comes out across the back with a flush of flavor. This finishes dry and burnt with a touch of lingering bitter fruit. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a sharp feeling carbonation down the middle of the tongue. A firmer creaminess spreads out across the edges of the feel though and helps soften this a bit. There is some alcohol heat here but it isn’t too bad, mostly laying some warmth down on the breath after each sip.

This is a pretty decent bigger Coffee Stout, with a lot of aggressive flavors going on with it and really showcasing that coffee in its aroma. This is a Flying Dog beer worth picking up.

Kegatron, Feb 08, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog
Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout

Pours the darkest of browns, with a lighter brown head. Aroma is full of big time coffee, chocolate and alcohol. In the taste, surprisingly chocolatey, with deep dark chocolate notes. There is also a black coffee flavor, cut by some alcohol. Moderately sweet upfront, giving way to some char, coffee ground and booze flavors that help to balance. Mouthfeel is full bodied, silky, creamy and carbonation is moderate. Overall, a tasty big stout, pretty nice.

Stinkypuss, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. vintage 12BB.

A: totally pitch black. super dark brown frothy head. retention is reasonable as is the lacing.

S: coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate. aromas are good and stouty, but im not getting as blasted with coffee as i expected.

T: the coffee flavor is strong. a little bit raw. reminds me of opening up a fresh bag of coffee. the chocolate flavor is also very strong. the flavors play nicely with each other.

M: the mouthfeel on this is great. everything a stout like this should be. just enough to let the malt do the talking. full bodied.

D: overall, drinks okay. was expecting more of a coffee dominated stout, but this drinks more like a big bodied american stout. ok, but i expected a little more.

Jimmys, Feb 08, 2012
Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.