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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

658 Ratings
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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 36
Gots: 57 | 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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metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

02-11-2012 16:45:39 | More by metter98
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Hopstimatic

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-11-2012 05:32:26 | More by Hopstimatic
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leinie13

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

02-11-2012 00:07:24 | More by leinie13
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jsdunlop

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

02-10-2012 20:01:53 | More by jsdunlop
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-10-2012 19:51:39 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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Rollzroyce21

California

3/5  rDev -24.8%

02-10-2012 14:04:00 | More by Rollzroyce21
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

02-10-2012 06:31:42 | More by WVbeergeek
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Pencible

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

02-09-2012 18:32:02 | More by Pencible
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YobroitsJoe

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

02-09-2012 05:14:21 | More by YobroitsJoe
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

02-09-2012 04:08:26 | More by Chaney
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -1%

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.

02-08-2012 18:11:15 | More by Kegatron
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

02-08-2012 14:17:22 | More by Stinkypuss
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

02-08-2012 02:58:40 | More by Jimmys
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-07-2012 23:35:54 | More by InebriatedJoker
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Jparkanzky

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

02-07-2012 23:07:56 | More by Jparkanzky
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours the typical pitch black colored body expected from a stout. Putting this bad boy up to the light yields none of it coming through. The tan colored head is a little disappointing, only two fingers with lowish retention/lacing, but it's no big deal.

S: There's some coffee, and good coffee too - but it's a little mild in its strength. I do smell some chocolate, as well.

T: The strongest flavor here isn't coffee - it's licorice. Notes of chocolate, roast, a hint of hops, and the tiniest amount of booze also exist; oh yeah, there's some coffee, too. As a straight-up imperial stout, this is excellent, if somewhat unbalanced favoring the licorice. As a coffee stout, it falls short. It needs some more coffee character to counteract the roast and licorice; they could support it easily without upsetting the balance.

M: A little thin bodied, but it's super creamy with low carbonation. The finish isn't as dry as I expected (definitely not as dry as Founders Breakfast Stout), yet I still get some of the coffee texture on the tongue, so extra brownie points for that.

O: All in all, solid. Unfortunately, solid doesn't quite cut it next to Founders Breakfast Stout, as it lacks its immense drinkability and character. Still, I'd definitely give it another try.

02-07-2012 01:50:59 | More by ThisWangsChung
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

12 oz brown bottle, Vintage 11BB noted on label

A - Aggressive pour only gets a two finger tan head that has decent retention and little lacing. Deep ruby brown body, nearly black, pours nice and thick out of the bottle.

S/T - Very similar, both having big, clean, roasted coffee notes. Nice mocha with a touch of vanilla and the slightest hint of alcohol. Pine hops try to peek through a little bit, but the tastes and aromas just keep coming back to the coffee. Semi sweet chocolate sweetness balances taste, but doesn't have a big presence.

M - Full body, good low carbonation level. Creamy and smooth across the palate, with the abv staying extremely well hidden. Finishes only slightly bitter.

O - This drank easily and is a solid coffee stout. I'd like more of a chocolate presence to add a little complexity, but this beer is solid. I'd get it again.

02-06-2012 23:23:42 | More by garuda
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-06-2012 22:07:05 | More by DSlim71
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%

12o bottle with "Vintage 12CC" printed on the bottom of the label.

Pours black in color with one finger of light brown colored head that has settled to a thin and spotty layer after a few minutes or so. Pretty good head retention on this one.

Aroma is a bit strange for the style. Smells fruity as if it were brewed with a Belgian yeast. Coffee is present, but I'm definitely getting dark fruits as well.

Taste: I'm getting the fruit flavor right up front. Coffee comes sweeping in next accompanied by a pretty big sweetness. A touch of bitterness towards the middle which is partially from the hops and partially from the coffee. Finishes sweet with the fruitiness coming out again on the back end.

Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

A decent coffee stout overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: I've had quite a few coffee stouts/beers, and this one comes in towards the back of the pack. It's still good, but I'm not a huge fan of the fruity flavors, and the sweetness is a bit overdone IMO as well.

02-06-2012 16:14:16 | More by Morey
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -17.8%

Poured into NB Globe.

A: pours velvety black, dark brown head, decent retention, some lacing

S: big bold coffee competes with malty sweetness, notes of molasses and vanilla, some roast, but over shadowed by sweetness

T: the taste is like the nose, very sweet, tastes like a very high finishing gravity, some bold coffee up front, but again this is overshadowed by molasses and booziness, heat on the end..balance is not great

MF: thick body, medium carbonation, bordering on being syrupy

O: I am a sucker for coffee infused imperial stout but I was left somewhat disappointed by this. the coffee is present and features some nice qualities, but the base beer is unbalanced and too sweet for my liking

02-06-2012 03:46:51 | More by homebrew311
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Florida9

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

A: appears black in the glass, but a thin ring around the edge reveals this one to be a very dark brown. Forms a very thin dark tan head that dissipates quickly to absolutely nothing. No lacing.

S: aroma is strong. Lots of rich dark chocolate, heavily roasted coffee, roasted malts, and Meyers rum.

T: Mildly sweet. Chocolate, dark malts, and a slight fruitiness. Coffee, vanilla, brownie, and molasses. Light lingering finish.

M: on the heavier side of medium, but feels a bit thin for an imperial stout. Lower carbonation. Very mild bitterness.

O: A very enjoyable stout. Very flavorful, with an excellent, complex nose to it. Rather drinkable for the style. Dessert in a glass.

02-06-2012 02:45:52 | More by Florida9
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bonez05404

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

02-05-2012 14:32:31 | More by bonez05404
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Appearance is black with a ruby hue. There is a finger of tan head, but little retention. The nose is more wine-like than beer-like. The dominant flavor is of roasted malt with traces of chocolate and coffee, but nothing overly strong or distinct. There is also a strong malt bitterness on the finish.

02-05-2012 06:52:56 | More by 57md
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LeoPanna

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-05-2012 04:13:49 | More by LeoPanna
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gbbass16

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -12.8%

Hard not to compare this to GI coffee I had this week but here it goes.

Bottle poured into Founders snifter. No date that I could find but purchased 1/30/2012.

The pour is a dark brown with a small ring of light brown head remaining. The smell is nice with dark chocolate, oak, rum, although nary a hint of coffee, which was disappointing. The taste is slightly hot, oak and chocolate again and only a touch of coffee, which sucks, since this is called "imperial coffee stout". The mouthfeel is what you would expect from this type of beer. Overall, it's a decent stout, but result misses as a coffee stout, thus my score. I bought two bottles and will update my review if the other is any different when I open it. Otherwise I will not be purchasing this one again.

02-04-2012 21:03:18 | More by gbbass16
Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.