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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 38
Gots: 61 | 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 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
Photo of ckollias
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a porter/stout glass.

A: Pours a dark black with a thick, brown 4-finger head that slowly dissipates, leaving a nice trail down the glass and eventually ends in a persistent lace.

S: Strong coffee, chocolate, and malty aroma.

T: Dark rich ale with a generous sweetness and a slight roasted malt bitterness. Strong chocolate and coffee overtones, with a nice malt background.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome imperial coffee stout. A nice sipping beer @ 8.9 % alcohol by volume. Great balance between the coffee and malt.

ckollias, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of mdjeff
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

mdjeff, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of RPMazzi
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

RPMazzi, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Shilt
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Shilt, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of christopheraknox
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

christopheraknox, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #99
Served On: 12/30/2011
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: 8.9%
Date/ Code: 2011 Vintage

Ran into this at my usual bottle shop. They only had a few cases so I made sure to grab 2 sixers.

Look: Poured a pitch black color with a delicious looking 1 finger of dark mocha head.

Smell: Sweet chocolate and rich coffee. Roasted notes with heavy French vanilla and even some earthy hops.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy mouth feel. First were sweet chocolate and toffee notes. Bitter espresso bean made up the middle. The finish has some hop bitterness that evened out the sweeter notes nicely. Aftertaste was more of the pleasant bitterness that makes you go back for more.

Overall this is a phenomenal Imperial Coffee Stout. I think it would have had a little more substance if Flying Dog could have achieved the coffee notes with specialty malts rather than adding coffee - but that may be asking a little too much. Regardless, this is an excellent beer.

CraftBeerTastic, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of hdofu
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a whim on christmas day at 7-11 Kujo is a breed apart from flying dog. When it first pours it has huge tan head that is like a creamy head that looks like butter cream over a pumpernickel brown body. Smell almost burns with booziness. Taste is smokey and chocolatey, reminds me of samuel adams imperial stout.... finshes with a sake like bitterness that reminds me of Hitachio Nest XH. I really like this, best beer I picked up at a gas station on a whim.

hdofu, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

bmur112, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep brown or black beer with a coffee like dark tan head on top that leaves some spotty lacing. Reduces down to a thin sheet. The smell is strong of freshly ground coffee beans, which is just really awesome. I mean we're talking coffee beans straight from a freshly opened bag. Its got a sweeter, almost boozy aroma and just a hint of some dark roasted malts around the edges, but the coffee aroma is so rich that it dominates. This is not detrimental at all due to the fact that it is rare that I find this much of a coffee note in a beer, and it is welcome.

The coffee is not as immediately present in the taste, but then hits like a hammer in the front-middle of the palate. It hits on some sweeter, more caramel and vanilla touches on the tip of the tongue and then moves into the freshly ground coffee tastes. It isn't bitter like badly brewed coffee, just rich, like biting into a espresso bean. The bitterness that is there is hoppy and fresh, piney and earthy in the very back and the aftertaste. But it comes back to the coffee and how much that dominates the flavor profile. I'm really enjoying it because it is uniquely coffee-like, not just hinting at coffee or mocha flavors. Dark roasted malts back the whole experience without taking over, only adding to the coffee tastes. It finishes smooth and almost creamy, not watery like coffee can sometimes be like. The alcohol is hidden very well, so it definitely sneaks up on you a bit, but it is well worth it.

The uniqueness of this beer makes this one of my favorites from Flying Dog that I've had in a while. If you like good coffee, this is a beer for you. It's rich, but earthy and pleasant at the same time. Very good beer here.

chodinheaven, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

RRAARRR!! That is ONE evil looking dog on the bottle! Great art cover, and ready to pour this into my Dogfish Head snifter.

A great creamy filling and forming light choco/coffee brown colored head. Tiny forming bubbles, rich looking. Body is a simple dark walnut black and brown, with hardly any noticeable visible carbonation to be seen. Love this head formation and color. Settles down and creates a nice collar and a few islands that are even darker.

Nose is slight roast coffee, rich cream, a little bit of tobacco, very faint milk chocolate. This smells real solid and simple and slightly big.

Taste is alright, but the palate feel is quite weak. A little bit runny and wet with a light bodied noticeable fizzy slight quality. This takes away from the pleasure of the flavor a bit. Large ripping bean of coffee on the mid palate. A real dry ripping coffee finish left in the aftertaste, which seems to go with that tobacco nose somewhat.

Overall if this had a little bit more body it would be flat out great, but it's still quite enjoyable nonetheless.

smakawhat, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Friend secured a growler from the Frederick brewery

A: solid black, no head; carbonation a bit subdued due to the growler effect; not much lacing
S: very strong classic stout aroma; chicory, roasted grains
M: toasted tootsie roll; very heavy on the roast; coffee/espresso is quite strong; high ABV, so I advise you let it warm a bit; smooth aftertaste; not too bitter, not too sweet

very nice imperial stout

Arithmeticus, Dec 26, 2011
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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.