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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

686 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 41
Gots: 63 | 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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Photo of ms11781
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 11AA printed on label. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a thick, solid black with a good sized, dense, dark brown head. The head recedes to about a half finger of light brown foam that just sits on top for the duration. With each sip a thin film stick to the glass where the liquid touches. Wispy lacing is left but it eventually slides back down the glass. It looks thick to say the least.

Strong roast leads the way in the nose. There is a good dose of coffee as well but the roasty notes outweigh it. There is a nice sweet chocolate aroma as well, maybe milk chocolate.

The roast and coffee flavors are split a bit more evenly in the taste. Both are big and bold and almost meld into one flavor. The chocolate is definitely of the milk variety as it provides a cream like flavor as well. Really nice. Subtle bitterness at the finish along with slight warming from some alcohol.

This is a pretty big beer. A thick, heavy body with low carbonation give the beer a huge mouthfeel. It is big and thick but silky smooth as well, even with the warming affect from the alcohol.

This is a great coffee stout. I seem to be coming across more than a few recently and this is one of the better ones. The coffee is a bit lighter and the roasty notes are huge without getting to the point of being burnt. Very well done.

ms11781, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of ChugginOil
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours near solid black with just a tad bit of cola colored edging. There is a fingers worth of light tan head that sits for a while. A bit of webbed lacing.

The nose is made up of leather, cocoa, tobacco, and yes, coffee. Not as much coffee as expected but its in there.

The flavors here are cocoa, coffee roast and a bit of leather. Not much here either in terms of boldness. The alcohol however, is very well masked.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little more carbonation than desired. Crisp.

Overall, this is an alright coffee stout but nowhere near top tier. It has some pleasant flavors but could use work in almost every category.

ChugginOil, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from a sixer. "Vintage 11BB" (?) on the front label.

Pours basic black, under a darker tan head, that stays, leaves ample bits of fine lacing.

Nose is full milk chocolate, vanilla and some roasted malts.

Flavorful and enjoyable stout. Chocolate, lite cafe au lait, some more vanilla and a hint of bourbon late...all mixing and meshing together in this super smooth on the tongue and easy drinking brew.

Well done and well worth a try.

Gotta love the Ralph Steadman label art and HST quote.

Billolick, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of stevenjoseph9
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-On the outside, all Flying Dog bottles offer a unique design by the hand of artist Ralph Steadman and this particular one (given its wild yet creative flare) is a great setup to the beer. Once poured, it has a thick dark brown almost black body and a nice light brown head that leaves rings around the glass with each sip.

S-a nice roasty coffee boquet with a hint of vanilla. Very inviting!

T-great coffee taste with a slight metallic tone to it and a hint of cream on the aftertaste. It has some nice complexities to it.

M-definitely notice the roasty feel which warms the mouth and leaves you craving for another sip. Perfect for warming the pallate on a chilly day.

O-Its hard not to like this beer. Not an overly thick stout, but still a very good attempt (exceeding my expectations) and well worth the purchase.

stevenjoseph9, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of wcintula
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hooo man I didn't expect to like this one this much.

Label stamped VINTAGE11BB

Poured super more vigorously than I did my other beers tonight. Filled a half liter Bitburger pokal with beer and head real strong smell of coffee and chocolate. The coffee is one of the best I've smelt in a beer. You can talk your Founders Breakfast Stout up, but I'm in the Flying Dog camp on coffee in stouts, this one is pretty damn sweet.

The taste is RICH. Coffee. Chocolate. Beer. Excellent. Smoothe. With an 'e.' 'nuff said.

wcintula, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Vierenner
2.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was looking forward to this beer. A renowned brewery must have done a coffee stout right ... or so I thought.

It pours beautifully, but that's where the goodness ends.

The smell (or stench) is upsetting. Like raunchy socks at the bottom of a hamper.

The taste isn't balanced. Coffee is present in abundance and overpowers everything else, except for a bit of cocoa.

A more subtle coffee flavor would help this beer substantially.

Vierenner, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of chilly460
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a goopy black, visibly thick as it's leaving the bottle. Pure shiny black with a solid finger of mocha head, this is what a beer should look like. Head settles to a nice cap of brown.

S - Really heavy punch of coffee, quite roasty. Creamy chocolate in there too. Piney hops play at the end which is a bit of a surprise considering the big roast coffee aroma hitting early.

T - Opens with a little lighter dark chocolate flavor, slightly bitter. Moves to the more forward coffee taste, I'd call it a medium roast and very favorable. Finishes a bit acidic, holding this beer from being in the top tier, but still a great tasting brew.

M - Thick, heavy, velvety body which is what I like to see in the style. Bit too much carbonation to get a 5, but close.

O - Really solid coffee stout, nice execution and flavor. Misses just a bit of complexity that the top tier has, but definitely a good brew from Flying Dog

chilly460, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black, thin bubbly khaki head, no lacing.

S - Roasted coffee and light cocoa.

T - Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, dark fruits, light hops, vanilla, caramel/toffee sweetness, finishes slightly dry, fresh coffee beans.

M - Medium body, decent moderate-low carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O - I am suprised at how complex the flavor is, but it could use more body and a stronger aroma. Great brew!

Rickythejeweler, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of martin123012
4/5  rDev +0.3%

martin123012, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of FickleBeast
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours jet black with two fingers of nice mocha foam. No lacing as it recedes. Aroma is dominated by cold stale coffee flavors, and a bit of fruitiness. As it warms, I detect hints of vanilla.

First sip is quite warm, with coffee in the middle and a dry, smooth finish. Surprisingly dry for a beer of this ABV - I wonder if the tannins from the coffee cut down on the sweetness. Roasted flavors are there but not overpowering.

This beer is as advertised - a boozy coffee Imperial stout. I think it could use a bit more sweetness to round it out, but I enjoy the coffee flavors, and the vanilla undertones that develop are a nice surprise. Also a bit hot right now, I'll put a bottle or two away to age.

At $15/6 pack that's roughly equivalent to a $5 bomber - not a bad value if you can get over the sticker shock of the 6 pack.

FickleBeast, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +0.3%

2dogbrew, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of RappAttack
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: jet black with no head to speak of
S: sweet and rich coffee
T: rosty coffee and chocolate with a small alcoholic bite
M: thin with moderate carbonation
O: more of an imperial stout than a coffee stout. coffee is not over powering like in other coffee stouts. chocolate balances the taste nicely. a solid beer but a bit pricey

RappAttack, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of zaphodchak
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.5f orangey head, swirly surface patterns, some slippery lace, and an opaque black body.

Nose is mellow coffee, some spice, malt, maybe cardamom.

Body is a rich coffee that starts sweeter and rounds out with a more bitter, roasted coffee-ground finish. It's neat, and while I don't like coffee, I do tend to like coffee beers, and this one is not an exception. It's not overwhelming in coffee, and the taste doesn't linger too hard-- the lasting impression is indeed one of cardamom, perhaps like a Turkish coffee. In short, quite well-balanced.

Mouthfeel is sublimely smooth; no complaints here.

A good coffee stout that's not overbearing and is well-balanced. Nice.

zaphodchak, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Geist. Served in a mini pint glass.

Pours near-black with a very short tan head and a thin collar throughout. Not much lacing. The nose carries a really nice dosing of coffee with a bit of cream. Very intense. A bit of chocolate as well. The flavor falls back a bit from there. Nothing much more than that, but what's there is done nicely. Medium body and chewy. Thick and low-medium carbonation. Slightly metallic in the finish. Pretty good.

Thorpe429, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPERANCE: Black pour yields a one finger, medium looking, fluffy mocha colored head with very good retention. Black body and zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a half wisp and ring. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Dark body, but lacing is a little average.

SMELL: Milder nose of roasted malts, caramel, sweet cream, light vanilla and hints of coffee as well. Coffee is milder on the nose than expected, but it’s still pleasantly put together.

TASTE: Milder flavors as well. Roasted and smoky notes up front with some caramel sweetness. Sweet cream, vanilla and light coffee notes at the swallow, then moves into a sweet caramel and cream aftertaste with touches of bitter coffee as well. Milder aftertaste, but lingers nicely on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Lighter on the palate but creamy smooth, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Nice, though perhaps a little light.

OVERALL: This is alright I guess. It’s well balanced and has some interesting flavors going on, but not something that will knock your socks off, and the coffee seems to be a bit of an afterthought. I wish this were a little more coffee forward and that the flavors were a little bolder overall. Still, an enjoyable beer worth checking out, but just not a memorable one.

Jeffo, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Brickwall316
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Brickwall316, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black, topped with a deep, chocolaty head that is somewhat fizzy, but attractive!

S + T: Coffee takes the forefront, as I imagine it should. It comes across as being a little more subtle than other coffee stouts I have enjoyed, but is pleasant nonetheless. I question the coffee roast a little bit, but the beer itself is nicely balanced, with a creamy chocolate flavour accompanying it.

M + D: Medium bodied, and maybe a touch lighter than I would personally like. It does go down pretty smooth, though, which is nice. It's a decent contender, though I would like to see what could happen with other coffee choices.

Proteus93, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Vaultdweller27
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Vaultdweller27, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of jayhawk73
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Huhzubendah... Thanks Matt!

Pours a super dark brown with a thin chocolate head. Decent lacing on my tulip glass.. The nose is sweet, with fresh coffee, chocolate and malt present. The taste is really great, with the same profile. This doesn't have that 'burned coffee' flavor that I despise.. Everything tastes fresh. Feel is medium, with excellent hops on the front, and a creamy chocolate taste on the back side. Overall an excellent coffee stout. Highly recommended.

jayhawk73, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

Served side by side with the Flying Dog Coffee Stout Batch 2.

The beer is dark brown, like a cup of morning joe. A thin beige head sits atop the beer, with a whirlpool of oily film visible upon agitation. The aroma brings a fresh dose of coffee and blah blah blah. Coffee is what's going on here. Nice roast flavors. Coffee takes center stage. Chocolate adds a delicate touch of sweetness that just completes the deal for me. Well done. One dimensional, but I can't argue with the fact that it tastes good. Medium bodied with a light alcoholic warmth in the back. A solid beer from a local brewery. I look forward to enjoying this one again.

Huhzubendah, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A totally decent imperial stout from Flying Dog.

Beer is black with a nice dark brown head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Lots of coffee in the nose, strong, sweet, some malt a little alcohol.

Beer is medium in body and very roasty on the finish, the flavors of the beer carry throughout the palate, nice connectivity, strong beer. Bold flavors, a nice beer, probably one of the best beers they've ever made.

drabmuh, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of cps98
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the frist Junto Society meeting.

A - Pours a dark black with beautiful 2 finger creamy head. Head lasted to the last sip.

S - Lots of roasted coffee, light hints of chocolate.

T - Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt.

M - This was a smooth as they come. All the flavors complimented each other perfectly. Great full bodied beer that was rich and creamy.

O - I would drink this every time I saw it on Nitro. Super smooth great drinking beer.

cps98, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single from Chevy Chase, $2.99.

Black with a dense, dark brown head that's moderately thick and creamy. Retention is decent, and there's no real lacing either. Still, this is an appealing beer. The nose has plenty of coffee, roasty, creamy, chocolatey and just faintly acidic. The coffee characteristics actually complement and enhance the aromas of the base stout, with a moderate roasty, chocolate-like character. A little vanilla is also noticeable. Mildly hoppy, there's some citrus and pine in the back, but mostly, this beer is about the coffee, and in a nice way.

The palate opens with a very nice dark chocolate character, rather unsweetened with a pleasing bitterness that works quite nicely with the coffee. Now the coffee character is interesting. The acidity is rather low, the roast character is moderate, there's a pronounced fruitiness, especially in the mid palate, all of which make for a very enjoyable combination. The finish is just a little disappointing. While it does have some nice flavors - a nice roast, a nice bitterness and an enjoyable chocolate character - it does lack that last little bit that would make this truly world class. In particular, a malt bill that amplified the roasted malt and grainy bitterness a little bit more would do this wonders. Medium-full in body with a distractingly high level of carbonation, this improves as it has a chance to settle down a bit. Once the carbonation dissipates, the nice, creamy, oatmeal rich body lends a nice feel to the palate. A pretty excellent beer from Flying Dog, color me impressed.

DefenCorps, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of mcphish22
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

mcphish22, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a crystal mug the beer poured black with a nice three finger high, brown head. After dissipating, there is a very nice lacing on the glass.
The smell is mostly of Coffee, some chocolate in the background.
Tasting the beer, all those coffee notes are blended nicely with a great malt selection and held in balance with great care.
This would certainly be one of the best Stouts I have had.

Hopfenpeter, Jan 07, 2012
Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.