Wild Dog Coffee Stout (Batch 2) | Flying Dog Brewery

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Wild Dog Coffee Stout (Batch 2)Wild Dog Coffee Stout (Batch 2)

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mountsnow1010 on 01-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 69
Photo of davey101
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010. 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a black body that lets some light through. Quick fading mocha head with a thin edging. Moderate lacing. Smells ashy and smokey. A bit of chocolate and a weird coffee aroma, not really pleasant. Taste is the same. Faded coffee beans, chocolate, a bit of ash and then the unmistakable taste of an oxidized stout. Its not that bad and it is drinkable....but I just can't help but wonder what this must have been like fresh. Way over the hill at this point.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those coffee brews that is going for power over finesse. And with that in mind, it carries it well. Nice full coffee tones on a thick bodied stout. With such a bold presentation, it's hard to get subtle details. But for what it is, it's nice.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Thick almost black pour with tan head that does not disappear right away.

S- Coffee and roasted malts come through the most.

T- Very strong coffee flavor up front, roasted malts in the finish.

M- Very creamy and thick mouthfeel very light carbonation.

O- Very impressed with this offering, unique mouthfeel and very strong coffee flavors. Definitely an "imperial coffee stout."

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Photo of Todd
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. Batch 2.

Look: Pitch black, opaque, fizzy near non-existent head.

Smell: Basically, an iced coffee with cream and sugar.

Taste: Thickish, smooth, robust, bitter, roasty, coffee grinds, sweet, Muscovado sugar, chocolate, fruity, smokey, leather, vodka, dry, grind and chocolate linger.

As far as coffee stouts go, this is a solid brew. Disappointed with the head (none) and carbonation (essentially flat) though. I think tweaking those two things could bump up the eye candy and provide more fun for the palate.

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Photo of therica
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought around October 2010 from a serial-numbered 6-pack, consuming at the moment while reviewing.

A= deep dark near-black brown with a glistening appearance. Slight head, slight lacing.

S= Starbucks Colombian or maybe Espresso up-front, dark malts, burnt molasses and some roasted nuts.

T= up-front it's slightly too sweet for my preferences but otherwise nicely complex; dark sweet roasted malts, slight liquor hints, dry coffee and dark chocolate.

M= slightly cloying but with a nice dark coffee and chocolate on the tongue and palate, lasting for a few minutes to savor.

O= if the sweetness were toned down I'd be thrilled with this rendition.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, batch 2. Pours dark as night was a small fairly dense tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lace. Small bits of lacing clinging to the glass as well. Aromas of big dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, bitter coffee, vanilla, toffee, molasses, and oats. Some very nice and balanced aromas here. Taste of big dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, roasted malt, and espresso. Decent amount of coffee bitterness present on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a nice creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed other than a warming after the finish. Good amount of drinkability but it is still a sipper. Overall a very nice coffee stout from Flying Dog.

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Photo of afksports
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I haven't had too many of these Flying Dog beers before, mostly because I hate animals. A dog can pee on the sidewalk in front of a cop, but if I do that I walk away in handcuffs. Jerks.

Anyway, Flying Dog's Coffee Stout is a pretty good beer. It's got the dark brown head and black appearance of a rich stout, and the smell follows through with huge notes of roasted coffee - even when drinking a beer that aged a year as this one has. The nose whets the appetite, and my first sip delivers the coffee and chocolate and roasted malts that come through in the nose.

The only problem is the taste isn't as big as the nose, so it's a little disappointing. It's even a little watery. The taste is passable, but not one I'd seek out. Maybe it's better fresh or on tap, but in this bottle it was a little weak.

Kinda like my argument for not liking dogs.

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Photo of brew3crew
2.73/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No idea how old this bottle is but wish i did.

A-black body with no head whatsoever

S-watered down coffee. Maybe because of freshness? That's about it

T-follows the nose. Just watered down coffee. Little bit more roasty but not much. I do not like the taste of watery coffee

M-smooth and ok

O- i don't think its fresh but I will never know. Very disappointing

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed a single at Chevy Chase the other day. I'd never seen this, or heard about this, and the last FD seasonal (Table For Two) was really impressive.

Pouring a thick black with a thin, dark brown head that recedes to a ring, leaving little lace. The nose is a blend of a lactose sweetness, a dark caramel sweetness, mellow roast and some cold brewed coffee. The coffee isn't particularly robust, having a moderately fruity character, but not much roast or body. The palate, however, is a little disappointing, given the promise of the nose. A touch too sweet, there's some candy and caramel syrup-like sweetness, with a mild roast to temper it. The coffee is moderate here, with the lack of bitterness amplifying the sweetness is some ways. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this beer feels good on the palate. Ultimately, though, the caramel heavy flavor here does get tiring. A solid effort, definitely worth trying

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Photo of Jesstyr
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this at Total Wine in VA, surprised to see it was pretty rare.

I love the deep dark, pitch black color, but where this beer lacks is in the head department. Head pours brown, but disappears in moments, a big disappointment. Nose is strong, heavy in alcohol - more like a big imperial stout than a coffee stout. No discernible coffee in there, but still a great nose for a stout.

Taste is heavy in alcohol, but some great stout characteristics. Taste has a little bit of a coffee characteristic, but really is full of a soda-like sweetness. Oil-like texture, and little carbonation, makes this beer lack in the mouthfeel department.

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Photo of dtivp
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black with a one finger dark tan head that fades quickly, no lacing.

Aroma of dark strong black coffee and dark roasted malt.

Taste was roasty with a little chocolate sweetness, then the dark coffee flavor sets in with a dry bitter ending.

Mouth Feel was medium body, little carbonation, a little syrupy, smooth and the alcohol was very well masked.

Overall a nice solid stout, would have enjoyed even more if the coffee stood out a little more for its name sake.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black pour, much akin to motor oil. About a finger of brown head raises after a vigorous pour, but really doesn't last long.

S: You know a beer smells good when you accidentally let the tip of your nose hit the beer trying to smell more of it! Shouldn't hurt the beer too much. The smell really is great. Roasted malts and a ton of coffee.

T: The taste doesn't really come off as nicely. The flavors don't seem to mesh very well. Up front are the roasted malts and a big chocolate taste I didn't see coming. Backed up by coffee and dry roastiness. The beer has a metallic taste towards the middle that I am just not terribly fond of.

MF: Thick creamy body with a medium amount of carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of wedge
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black color with a brown head that disappears all too quickly. Sweet nutty coffee aroma with a solid hit of citrus and raisin. Heavy, rich, sweet chocolate-covered coffee bean flavor. Fairly mild roast, lightly drying, and thick. Not bad, but not as good as I wanted it to be, unfortunately. A bit too heavy-handed all around for my tastes...

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black, with a finger of rich mocha head. This retains with a tight ½ finger, slathering the sides of the glass with spotty lace and gooey brown oils. The aroma is sticky and burnt in the nose, with notes of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and strong citric hops. There is a touch of assertive warmth along the back.

The taste is bitter and roasty up front, spreading some assertive green citric hops out into the profile. A thick wave of chocolate and toffee flavors swoops in to help balance this before trailing a dry and burnt coffee character into the finish, which hangs with some leftover green bitterness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a thick and chewy creaminess that keeps this flowing easily in the mouth, despite the higher ABV. There is some warmth here though, and while it mostly accentuates all of that roast and bitterness, it never at any point becomes stinging.

This was solid and while it may have come off as more of a coffee-forward American Stout than a straight up example of a Coffee Stout, this still was nicely flavored and very drinkable for the size. After having this back to back with the BA Gonzo, I’d love to see how this would fair in a barrel over some time, as I think that the heft of the profiles and body would be up to the task.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

growler poured into snifter

Pours a blackened color with a deep browned head resting on top. Retains well and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

Strong scents of coffee with some sweeter creamy tones as well. Notes of dark chocolate and slight bitterness.

Large, fresh, full flavored coffee notes right up front. Roasted beans and creaminess with some sweeter chocolate tones. Fairly large malt base with roasted tones. Finishes with coffee and a hint of warmth.

Fuller medium body, nicely carbonated, pretty smooth on the tongue while drinking. Definitely a tasty coffee stout, although not exactly one of my favorites (FBS, espresso yeti, etc).

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Solid black w/ a one finger chocolate head that quickly disappears. Decent lacing on the glass. Can't see any light filtering through the glass at all, this one is a black hole.

S- Cocoa powder, chocolate, coffee, malt, maybe a little nuttiness in there as well. Some hops in the background as well. Exactly what I would expect for this style.

T- Chocolate, coffee and malt, w/ some nuts in there as well. That's about the extent of this one, and it's exactly what I'd expect. Don't taste any alcohol in there at all- at 8.9%, that's surprising. Fairly smooth aftertaste. Very sweet after the first few swallows.

M- Exactly as I'd expect, but I'd actually like this beer to have a more complex, rich, velvety feel to it. It's a little bit thin for what I'd ideally like to experience. Not bad though, and within the range of normal.

O- Solid beer, and worth picking up. Definitely not my favorite from this brewery, but a solid effort nonetheless...

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Photo of Tripphop
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany brown color with a creamy tan mousse. Very fine and active carbonation. Aromas of dark roast coffee and chocoalte. Flavor is big on malt and coffee roast. Finishes bitter with a hint of coffee ground. Mouthfeel is very warm, boozy, but a creamy, slick finish. Solid brew for Flying Dog.

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Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured pretty close to black in color with a foamy, mocha colored head filling the top inch of the glass. The foam was active and bubbly for a minute or so, but faded quickly after that. Nice color and thickness, but below average on head.

The aroma shows a lot of darker, milky chocolate to it. I get very little of the coffee, and just a bit of a roasted, bitter flavor overall. It really smells like one of those Hersheys mini dark chocolate candies. Pretty decent chocolate aroma, but pretty light on the coffee flavors for a coffee stout.

The taste also shows a lot of dark chocolate to it throughout the flavor. I get just a bit of the roasty, bitter, coffee coming out in the finish. Overall though the dark chocolate is the dominating flavor. Pretty good chocolate flavored beer though.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for a non-imperial stout and carbonation is low. it has a nice creamy, slick mouthfeel to it which I really like. The mouthfeel was really the high point for the beer for me. It really felt like more of a very good imperial stout, but was lighter and lower in abv. Very nice job with the mouthfeel overall.

Overall it was a very flavorful and tasty beer. The coffee barely seemed to come out in it, but it really showcased the dark chocolate flavors nicely though. Not that great if you are looking for a coffee centered beer, but a nice treat as a chocolaty American stout. Pretty drinkable and flavorful beer overall.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Has a great look with a very dark brown, used oil look with a nice finger of brown head which dies down to a solid ring. Nice start.

The smell and taste both remind me a look of Founders Breakfast Stout and even maybe a little bit of a dark roast of KBS as well. Fudgy charred malt dominates in both areas, and really makes for a nice brew very down the middle for a coffee stout, quite enjoyable. Some raisin, espresso bean, a little maple, and some residual bitters make an appearance in the nose and taste as well. Nice overall.

Mouth is nice and creamy, no heat really, mostly just a smoky charred character with some, but not much sweetness. Not quite as thick as I'd like but definitely good.

Overall I think this beer is an easy drinker and is very good.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

was really curious about this one, thanks a ton to 321jeff for hooking it up.

a - opened the bottle and filled my ccb snifter. Poured a nice shiny black with a thin tan head which didn't hang around long, except for the circumference of the glass.

s - VERY nice. chocolate roasted malts and coffee. DELICIOUS! little bit of a porter tinge to it too. One of the best smelling beers I've ever whaffed.

t - big and robust. Very intense coffee. Great chocolate malts...really nice roastiness. Fantastic.

m - tingly. full bodied. robust like gormet coffee.

o - I was curious about this beer but had no idea how amazing it would be. This beer is made for the coffee lover. I don't understand why people are not shouting from the roofs about this beer. One of the better coffee stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of Jimmys
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pitch black with a rich coffee hued head. head retention is not great. neither is the lacing.

S: sweet vanilla, a deep roasted coffee bean. definitely a chocolate aroma as well. cane sugar. chocolate pudding pie? lot's of sweetness and im enjoying it.

T: a largely rich chocolate. bittersweet with a bit of a twang. slight burnt coffee. a very significant alcohol warmth. finish is sweet, but not overpowering.

M: highly creamy full bodied beer. not necessarily astringent.

D: im pretty impressed with this one from flying dog. nothing like a rich stout with some extra coffee on it. very much a dessert beer. or breakfast.

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Photo of Chaney
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: About the darkest brown you can image +. Nice foamy, one finger plus head withered away to a decent froth on top of the brew. Nice view...

S: Since this is a coffee stout, I got... malt on the nose. By the way, coffee was in there also. After a couple of sips, the coffee heated up.

T: Good, but not amazing. The sweet, coffee character was a bit processed candy-like... probably too much so for my taste. Still, candy sugar galore, along with Payday bar-esque toffee (coffee).

M: Thick for sure. I actually thought this was a strong point in the beer.. The lacing was moderate and the sweetness was a bit high, but not too offensive.

O: People in the DC area beat up on Flying Dog quite a bit. However, I've enjoyed the last few gourment craft entries by them quite a bit.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. Head does not last very long and leaves no lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, nuts, and alcohol. Pretty nice; lots of roasted malts and chocolarte up front, and the booze isn't too much on the end.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, nuts, vanilla, light dark fruits. Pretty nice, but alcohol is much more prevalant in the taste than the nose, so a small step down.

m - Full body stout and moderate carbonation. Thick and chewy, pretty nice.

o - Overall a pretty nice coffee stout. I enjoyed the smell more than the taste as the smell had more chocolate and the taste had more alcohol, but it had a nice thick mouthfeel for a big stout. Something I would certainly try again.

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Photo of oline73
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a black color with no light coming through at all. There is a half finger of thick and creamy dark tan head that goes away very quickly.

Smell: Not as strong as I would have thought. Sweet and roasty, I'm definitely getting the coffee, but also some dark chocolate and dark fruit notes as well.

Taste: Roasty coffee of course. Not too sweet, and the sweetness that it does have compliment the roast quite nicely. Picking up some dark chocolate. The finish is roasty/bitter with some warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body, the beer is a bit sticky completely coats the mouth. Mild, smooth, tingly carbonation with a slick finish.

Overall: Admittedly, I love my coffee stouts. This is another good one from Flying dog. I enjoyed the first version of this beer, and version 2 didn't disappoint me at all.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Coffee Stout (Batch 2) is a very strong coffee stout that's great for sipping, but is maybe a bit strong to drink too much of.

A: Black colour with a 4 mm brown head that fades to pretty sparse lacing. 4

S: The smell is like coffee and a little yeast. 3

T: The taste it bitter coffee with 3 sugars. The finish is bitter with a hint of alcohol. Really delicious. 4.5

M: Thick and foamy.

O: Very nice; very strong; sip it.

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Wild Dog Coffee Stout (Batch 2) from Flying Dog Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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