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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
90
outstanding

709 Ratings
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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 41
Gots: 77 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Arithmeticus on 12-26-2011)
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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive as well, showcasing considerable coffee, milk chocolate and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet stout, except there's some light bitterness and intriguing calvados flavor as well that I like. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, chocolate and coffee flavored finish. That being said, this beer carries it's alcohol quite well, and is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate.

This is a well made, easy to appreciate and enjoy beer.

Photo of largadeer
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black body with two inches of foam. Solid retention with sticky lacing. Cocoa and stale coffee aroma, some vanilla in there and a little roast. Palate offers more of the same: a mild stale coffee character backed by baker's chocolate, mild roastiness and vanilla. Body is medium, a touch thin for the ABV but not offensive. Pretty much a completely run of the mill, uninteresting coffee stout.

Photo of hosehead83
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Dark, "purplish" pour, with a short chocolate head of foam.
Aroma-Roasted coffee, dark chocolate
Taste-Strong coffee with cream, chocolate. Very smooth and creamy. High (8.9)ABV not evident.
Would be a great match for a slice of German chocolate cake or even chocolate chip cookies.

Photo of rpjordan
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mactrail
2.8/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very dark mahogany brown in the glass. Head flattens out fairly rapidly. Kind of an oily texture with virtually no lacing. Smells like some kind of squash or green vegetable to me.

Cocoa flavor is the main thing. Malty with an alcoholic overtone. Certainly a different kind of coffee from other flavored stouts I've tried, and it's not so bitter. The whole flavor is quite smooth. Only modestly bitter with no flowery hops apparent. The coffee does provide the aftertaste along with a winey flavor. This is not quite like anything I've had before, but perhaps it's an improvement on the all too frequent "dregs of last week's coffee" taste.

From the 12 oz bottle.

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

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - Let's just call this one black. There is no light coming through and no highlights. It is capped with a couple inches of dark brown head.

S - The aroma is coffee with some hints of milk chocolate.

T - The coffee is apparent. I also get some slight chocolate and maybe a little molasses.

M - Full

O - This is a pretty good beer. I am a fan of coffee stouts and this beer is not disappointing.

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10-12 oz. draft serving in a goblet.

Appears black with some dark mahogany around the edges, dark tan foam. Head is pretty thin, but leaves a spotty halo smudging the glass.

Aroma is rich and deep, earthy dark roast coffee and bananas drizzled in chocolate syrup.

Big coffee flavors, dark roast, earthy and dry, hint of dark chocolate sweetness plus the aformentioned banana esters. Dry graphite aftertaste. There's a distracting waxy slickness to the mouthfeel that deadens the flavor a little. Medium bodied, easygoing level of carbonation. Aroma is the best asset of this beer, something just isn't right with the waxiness of the mouthfeel, that keeps it from being excellent. Worth a try to see what you think.

Photo of elect1960
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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

At Reverend's in BG, almost my last review from the website rebuild.

This is, as expected, black or very close to it; a bit of brown is allowed to show in the light. A tan collar of head about a finger tall holds its form and patchy lacing is left behind.
Roast is foremost on the nose, including roasted coffee beans, and not a whole lot but more sweetness than expected wafts out as well. The smell offers me hope for a clean, bold, robust, downright tasty stout...and doesn't disappoint.
In the flavor it mingles wonderfully. The roastiness of the malt is at a perfect level and the coffee flavor prevails, balanced very nicely with the sweetness. Barley grains are present but with no residual graininess. This is as clean a stout as any. There's no harshness or bitterness even as the roast comes out in the finish, at which point just a touch of alcohol peeks out.
Kujo is smooth and rich with low carbonation as hoped for in a big stout and just enough to make it lively. The feel is on a higher level if not for not being quite as big as an imperial stout should be.
Flying Dog can be hit or miss, though the misses are still not bad. The good ones are gems, though, and this beer applies.

Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of NaNach
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Very dark brown stream from the bottle, lands perfectly black in the glass with a dark reddish-brown head. Lacing is just okay.

S - Medium amount of coffee in the scent, along with the typical roasted malt aroma of a RIS. Small bit of hops come through.

T - Coffe immediately, followed by the background of a nice Imperial Stout roastiness. Could use maybe a tad bit more coffee in the taste. Still a very coffee-forward brew. Aftertaste is dark chocolate and espresso.

M - Slightly creamy and maybe a tad thin. Could use a little more chewiness. Doesn't coat your mouth like a typical Imperial Stout. Nice sweetness compliments the bitterness of the coffee.

O - Very enjoyable brew, and if it's a year-round offering I can certainly see myself buying more if FBS isn't available. It's like FBS's younger cousin. Go for it!

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a deep chocolate brown head. In the aroma, a dry coffee and a small alcohol note. In the taste, coffee, a bit sweet and a small alcohol underneath it all. A smooth and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee and small alcohol presence in the aftertaste. Coffee and alcohol present, but not much other than that going on.

Photo of sprucetip
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tony223366
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Really, really dark brown beer. No light passes through it. Initially 3 fingers of tan head after an extremely vigorous pour. It quickly dissipates through. It really doesn't take long to evaporate to a thin layer. Disappointing.

S: This smells so much like black coffee that's been sweetened with maple syrup it's ridiculous. Scratch that, a bit more like molasses. Alcohol is present as well. Nicely roasted coffee.

T: The flavor is much more roasty/smoky than the aroma. Coffee is naturally present and dark chocolate flirts at the end. The finish is surprisingly bitter, guessing that's from the malts. The alcohol is there in a nice way. The beer almost tastes sweet and then gets quite bitter.

M: I'd almost want to say frothy? A little lighter than I would expect but actually in a good way. The velvety mouthfeel is decadent. Carbonation is tight and prickly.

O: Very tasty coffee in a very difficult category... and I'm talking about Imperial Coffee Stouts, not even Imperial Stouts! Very tasty and worth a shot. I'd still go with speedway though.

Photo of troysoy2
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think I just found a new favorite.
12 oz. bottle, vintage 2012. Poured into a large tulip. Black and opaque, with a darker khaki head. Not much as far as lacing goes. This just looks menacing.

The smell is spicy hops just over bittersweet chocolate, and just the slightest hint of coffee.

Somehow, the taste and the mouthfeel of this beer just really do it for me. The mouthfeel is just so cool, refreshing and smooth. It's not thick or viscous, but rather subtly carbonated, and "wet". It's really nice. The taste is a bit of spicy, tongue-tickling bitterness, backed by subdued dark, roasty chocolate and semi-sweet toffee. The coffee is pretty laid back, but definitely there, which I think is actually pretty refreshing.

Not the most complex stout ever, but Kujo really knows what it is going for, and does that very well. I can't get over how drinkable this stuff is. Must have more...

Photo of cantfindme
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of CarpalTunnell
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep, dark black with a small mocha colored head. For a coffee stout, this doesn't smell much like coffee. I get a bit of dark chocolate and maybe even some fruit, but not much coffee. Sweet milk chocolate and a bit of molasses and caramel. The coffee does seem to be there in some capacity on the palate, but it's not all that strong. Otherwise, more chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malt with a subtle sweetness of toffee.

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of msarver16
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite Coffee Stouts and one of my favorites from Flying Dog.

The aroma is black coffee, caramel, toffee and chocolate. Despite the high ABV (8.9), this is very easy to drink and is light, while retaining a lot of flavor.

From the first sip there is a heavy coffee presence followed by a subtle toffee sweetness that makes the beer a little complex while retaining a bold Stout flavor.

Very enjoyable and I would love to age some of this.

Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 709 ratings.