Wild Dog Coffee Stout | Flying Dog Brewery

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Lunch on 01-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 32
Photo of guitaristshad
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this back in Jan. of this year. My girlfriend and I had gone to Bob's Bar just for this. Out of the Coffee Stouts I've had, this is by far my favorite. It had a strong coffee flavor that I have yet to find in Bell's or Troeggs with similar styles.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- from notes
A - from the bottle, so nothing to say here
S - sweet malty coffee but nothing very strong
T - nice amount of malt, but light on the burnt coffee taste. Perhaps a French roast?
M - feels like a stout with a bit much carbonation
D - drinkable but I've had better coffee stouts.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish in color, with a tan head. In the aroma, coffee, roasted malts, and a small alcohol hint. In the taste, sweet coffee, roasted malts, a small alcohol hint and a bit creamy even. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry coffee and cream like aftertaste. Nice big coffee, with a hint of sweetness, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wild Dog Coffee Stout

Pours midnight black, light creamy mocha head. Aroma of toasted malt, coffee. In the flavor, roasted coffee, vanilla and a modest bitterness. Alittle alcohol peeks through in the end. Dark coffee, good stout flavors. Mouthfeel is thick and carbonation is good. Overall, a nice drinkable beer from Flying Dog, their dark beers seem to be their best offerings.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark almost black color with an one finger off white almost khaki colored head which fades quickly to nothing and leaves a little soapy alcohol lacing. The aroma is of nice inviting coffee and cream. It isn't all that complex but very good. The taste is of coffee and cream as well with a nice roasted malt backbone, not bitter at all but a slightly sweet taste. The mouthfeel was creamy and properly carbonated. The drinkability is great, the alcohol is well hidden and the taste melts over your mouth, very solid beer.

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Photo of paulozanello
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black and opaque color. Not much head just a little dark brown foam cap. Very liquory and boozy consistency.

Aroma is heavy on coffee, also with some chocolate and booze. It smells just like ice coffee.

Taste is dark malts, chocolate, coffee, espresso. Kind of unilateral but it works.

Body is moderate and mouthfeel very smooth. Amazing drinkability. Carbonation is on the lower side. Nice coffee and mollasses finish.

Great coffee stout from flying dog. I would love to see this available more often.

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Photo of Tifore
2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Tremont Tap House. Poured into a small tasting glass.

A - A deep brown to light black in color. Some light comes through it but not much. Looks pretty light for a stout. Has no head at all except a small ring around the edge of the glass.

S - Smell is of bitter chocolate and espresso / coffee notes but nothing much beyond that. No malts which makes me sad and not much else too it besides the coffee notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose in the sense that there is only bitterness in the mouth with chocolate and coffee rinds. I wish there was some sweet malts present or something else to back up the flavors.

M - I find the mouthfeel to be pretty light and dissapointing. Real watery, not much too it.

D - Interesting to taste but not something I will be getting a pint of for sure.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.02/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Bodega. I was brought a full pint of this one.

A- Its hard to say new things about a shaker pint full of stout. Its black. The head is mocha in color and not very big. If this beer were pink and had foam that collected at the bottom rather than the top, I would have a lot more to say about it.

S- The nose is nice. Vanilla is big, but it walks the line between vanilla bean and extract sweet. Coffee is there but not smacking me in the face like I had thought.

T- Acidity becomes big as this stuff warms. It really becomes detrimental. It even starts to take on a tart, oiliness. Vanilla, coffee and chocolate are still there, but what stout doesnt have that at some level nowadays?

M- Carbonation is too out of control. I dont think this stuff is infected, but it will keep you guessing.

D- Eh. Ive never been thoroughly disgusted by anything Flying Dog, but Ive also never been wowed. Case in point.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and sooty, black as coffee grounds, with a big roasty tan head, that softly settles.

Definite coffee nose, but soft, quiet, and none too bitter. Keeping even pace with chocolate and roasted malt.

Enters the palate sweetly and seductively, lush chocolate malt, caramel and toffee, overtaken eventually by bittersweet espresso tones. Excellent blend, great balance. Definitely not for anyone demanding an excessive amount of coffee flavor, very subtly integrated. Plenty of coffee flavor, with a trickle of coffee riding along, up and back over and out the palate.

Medium to full body, excellent coffee stout, mighty tasty. Alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Victoria Gastropub. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a color that is close to black with a thin tan head and just a bit of lacing. The nose is some roasted coffee with the tiniest hint of coffee and roasted. Mild chocolate. The taste is some moderate coffee as well without too much else going on. Medium body with decent carbonation and a slight dryness. Drinks fairly well but is just a fairly decent coffee beer.

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Photo of atsprings
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass an almost opaque black that shows slight ruby highlights when held to light. The beer is topped by a decent frothy light tan head that quickly diminishes to barely a ring and then nothing. The aroma is a slight trace of coffee and roasted malts, but there's not much there, even as it warms. The taste is fresh ground coffee and roasted malts, much more present than in the aroma. The beer is a bit on the heavy side, but not too overbearing, with smooth carbonation. This is a decent coffee stout, worth trying, but it is far from the best.

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Photo of thain709
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Jet black body...this one is thick and dense...two fingers worth of creamy, brown head...it settles into a thin bead atop the brew but it comes back to a cap after a swirl...some patchy lacing

S - Coffee of course...the coffee is actually on par with the roasted malts in the aroma...but the coffee presents itself as a cup of iced coffee with a touch of cream

T - The coffee is present throughout the entire beer...it smacks you in the face up front with a coffee blast then it leaves you with that roasted coffee bitterness...the roasted malts provide a backbone in the middle to bump the flavor up a little bit...tastes like a touch of cream is added to sweeten this one up

M - Full bodied...creamy (could have been creamier), thick, nice finish

D - I had an 8 oz. serving and that was good...I could have had another one but I thought it would have gone down pretty quick (just like the first one)...I wish I would have let this one warm up to allow more flavors to come out...a good coffee stout, so you better like coffee before trying this one

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Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

LOn tap at Al's of Hampden....

A - A very still, very opaque, flat black color... A fingers worth of medium tan head quickly fades leaving a very sparse lacing...

S - Much more mild than expected... Some roasted malts... Some faint coffee... Some mild chocolate... Nothing to assertive, just slightly better than average...

T - Slightly roasted malts... Faint weak coffee... Cocoa... Hints of thick cream... Fairly textbook American Stout here...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied, teeeting on full bided... Slightly visocus... Modest carbonation... Sleek and dense... Impactful...

D - A solid brew all the way around... However, for a beer wtih "coffee" in its name I feel a wee bit let down... More than a sipper, but far from quaffable... It's there, but it's secondary... I would drink again, and wouldn't urge any against drinking, not just sure I would recommend it...

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Photo of prodgerm
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Al's of Hampden in a 8 oz. glass.
Very dark, almost black with a creamy head.
Strong coffee smell with rich malt overtones.
Taste is of sweet coffee and cream with some chocolate.
Mouth feel is heavy and smooth - one 8 oz. glass was enough-
this is a sipping beer - take time to enjoy every drop.
Needed to warm up - is served too cold to fully savor this fine brew.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill at Al's of hampden. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears jet black in color with absolutely zero amount of light shining through...even around the edges no light can penetrate until it is swirled and then it displays a dark brown color. Two fingers of darkly tanned creamy head swell up and slowly receed. Lace clings in small patches about the glassware.

The aroma of this brew includes a well balanced mixture of freshly brewed coffee, dark roasted grain coming across like sweet chocolate and an abundant amount of citrus hops. A light amount of alcohol becomes noticeable in the backend smelling a bit like dark skinned fruit.

Taking a sip, this brew greets the tongue with a heavy amount of coffee. Plenty of flavors of darkly roasted malt tasting like chocolate mixed with a bit of almost woodsy character are not nearly as bitter as I was anticipating. Some citrus hops play their role as a bit of a bittering agent but cease to overtake the flavor of dark roasted grain and coffee. In the backend there is a seemingly solvent-like alcohol character that tastes a bit like dark skinned fruit just as the aroma had led on. The alcohol is evident, not only in taste but also has quite a bit of warming effect down the back of the throat.

The feel of this brew is on the medium to heavy side with an ample amount of carbonation. Long lingering aftertaste of bitter sweet chocolate and coffee is left in the mouth that at times gives way to more of the citrus hops. Really a stunning brew if you enjoy dark beer and even more so if you enjoy drinking your coffee black and unsweetened. Well balanced overall, this is really a good brew to seek out.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.39/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wild Dog Coffee Stout | cask ale, 14oz @ RnH | 8.0% ABV | Aug. 2010

Brewer: Flying Dog Brewery
Style: American Stout
Glass: Mason jar with a handle

Rattle 'N Hum did good by me swapping out the tired nonic for a retooled mason jar.

Looks like a rich, steaming cup of joe. Virtually no head.

WOW. I have never had such a viceral reaction to a coffee stout: my nostrils instinctively flared as equal parts roasted arabica coffee bean and belgian chocolate wafted its way. Very fresh and real.

Unfortunately -- and this seems a trend for Flying Dog -- the heavenly aroma lifted my expectations to dizzying heights only for the taste to rip me headlong from sensory enlightenment into the tepid seas of disappointment. It's like the same coffee and chocolate had been sitting around in the rain for weeks before I got a fair chance to enjoy their bounty.

I know it's cask, but it was altogether too warm and sloshy. Good, not great.

Meh... It started off so well.

Would I get it again?:
Probably not. I'd smell it again, though for 8 bucks, that'd be a waste.

Served on: Aug. 20, 2010 @ Rattle 'N Hum

Price = $8.00

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Photo of capra12
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed at RnH during their Flying Dog event with this as the rare cask.

Appearance: jet black with little head

Smell: true to the name. Coffee and lots of it. I got a distinct dark fruit malt profile.

Taste: opens with the roasted dark malts. A solid espresso profile intertwines with the dark malts. The coffee subsides leaving the dark roast malts and dark dried fruit to finish this sip. I got an enjoyable coffee bitter in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: flat but what was I expecting from a cask ale? Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: I'm glad I got to try this brew and wouldn't hesitate to have another. I recommend this to those seeking a solid cask coffee stout with a fluctuating flavor profile.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the Flying Dog Wild Dog Coffee Stout, and should be reviewed as such. Had this on tap at Beer Revolution in Oakland. Pours a dark brown, edging toward black, but with a ways to go yet. Decent head that fades to a crema like head. Smells simply of good coffee and cream. Tastes nicely of coffee and cream with some roasty notes that just accent the pleasant coffee overtones. Nicely balanced, and not the slightest bit harsh while preserving a nice coffee flavor. Very smooth and nicely creamy in the mouth, this is a fine coffee stout, and the alcohol is so well hidden it barely seems there is any there. I also appreciate the fact that it is neither too bitter from straight coffee beans, nor too sweet as some coffee stouts are. Nice.

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Photo of biglite351
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - minor red around the edges. Off white head, unknown lace action due to pour to top of glass.

S - mild coffee, a little malt and that is it.

T - good coffee flavor with some malt.

M - good coating with a little tingle on front sides of tongue.

D - I could drink this all night.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/2/10 notes. Had on tap at Paradiso in Dupont, DC. Reviewing this as Flying Dog Wild Dog Coffee Stout because I think it's the same beer.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells pretty hoppy...also some coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of freshly ground coffee, roasted malts and light vanilla. Very enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this was a very enjoyable coffee stout. Had a great coffee and vanilla smell and taste. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a ChurchKey snifter.

A quick note before I begin: I'm sure most of the good Hunter Thompson references have already been made elsewhere, but I'm gonna try to include at least a couple. (Clearly this was necessary information.) The pour results in a glass of Nixon's soul, dark as the most Commie-hating night. A half-finger of rather dark brown foam tops it off, giving the same illusion of life and humanity that Tricky Dick himself occasionally pulled off while out on the stump. If you ever wondered how much coffee could be packed into a small snifter of beer's smell, the answer can be found here: a shit-ton! It's as though a fresh pot was brewed up in preparation for some beer to be added later. Some chocolate and dark malts attempt to add some variety, some spontaneity (spouses do get bored from time to time), but they only succeed temporarily before the feet rediscover their former rut. Their fortunes change, though, when the beer hits the tongue (better than shit hitting the fan, right?). The coffee become much more subdued, though remains in the center ring. It is flanked by some dark chocolate and roasted malts, which, alone, wouldn't draw the same crowd. Interestingly, without the intense coffee-ness, this brew becomes decidedly more boring, a tad more bland, just another roasty stout. Don't get me wrong, it's still pretty good, just not what it could have been, I guess. I dunno. What hurts this guy even more is the combination of active carbonation (higher than it ought to be, if you ask me) and a lack of chewy coating that would normally accompany a stout of such heft. These qualities hinder what could have been a pretty high drinkability from reaching the commanding heights of the beer economy. Still, overall, this was a pretty tasty beverage, though not necessarily one I would regularly use to help wash down my Big Kahuna Burger. (Dammit, only two Hunter-esque references...sorry, I tried...)

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, reviewing this as the Wild Dog Coffee Stout, it seems to be the same beer,

A: Pours black with a finger of off-white head, good lace.

S: Sweet roasted coffee all the way, very soothing.

T: Milk chocolate with some sweet mocha coffee, light roast.

M: A tad fizzy at times, medium-bodied, very smooth.

D: I liked this beer quite a bit. Very nice coffee flavours and well integrated into the base beer. The poor man's Peche Mortel, IMO, to take nothing away from this beer, in fact it's quite a complement.

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Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an opaque black with a fluffy dark tan head that never really fades away. Scattred spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of butterscotch, cocoa, coffee, and vanilla cream.
Taste is of the aromas with ripe fruit consisting of ripe bamas, pears, and black grapes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, and smoth in the finish.

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

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD (01/28/10). Served in a 12oz. snifter at a slightly colder than desired temperature, but allowed to warm to about cellar temp. I have never heard of this beer before, nor could I find any information on it anywhere.

A: Pours a deep brown to almost black capped with one finger of a light mocha head that left some patchy lacing.

S: Certainly a coffee stout as the aroma is dominated by fresh coffee/espresso followed by some dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and some roasted malt.

T: Tastes extremely fresh with coffee and espresso hitting the palate first with layers of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and some roasted malt. The finish has just a slight tinge of the 9.2% abv that is by no means obtrusive, it just provides a slight warming sensation.

M: Medium-bodied with a moderate degree of creaminess along with average carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable as the flavors meld well together combined with a wonderful fresh coffee/espresso aroma and flavor. The 9.2% is hidden fairly well.

Overall this was quite a surprise to see this beer as I have never heard of it and could find no info on it as well. One of Flying Dog's better beers as I'm usually not a fan of there offerings other than Gonzo and BA Gonzo. If you happen to come across it, give a try. Recommended.

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Wild Dog Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
3.99 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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