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)

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Added by mountsnow1010 on 01-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by Jesstyr:
Photo of Jesstyr
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured jet black,I mean no light getting thru this beer,a thin mocha colored head atop that was gone in a flash.Aromas are a little light with chocolate and dark roast coffee sticking out most,a hint of vanilla comes thru as it sits.Lightly carbonated with a full rich feel in the mouth,I think its the beer's best attribute.Chocolate "tootsie roll" flavors mixed with coffee on the palate,sweetish but not overly sweet.The coffee is not nearly as big as alot of the style,most are to overbearing in the coffee department,this may lack some of the coffee punch.In saying that its a pretty good stout,its rich tasting,if not looking.

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Photo of Todd
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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 WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This coffee beer looks interesting appears a pitch black with a mocha tan head forms fine even lacing. Aroma has strong fresh coffee beans oozing out of it...nutty, earth, dark chocolate notes come from the coffee. Flavor is full of coffee from Black Dog Coffee according to the label, it has dark nearly burnt roasts fruity finish earthy tree bark with hints of dark chocolate this is classic ice brewed coffee quality coffee flavor. Creamy coffee chocolate infused notes just work so well a bit of acrid acidity from the dark coffee roasts but overall an impressive feat from such an established large east coast brewer to make a couple small batch extreme coffee infused beers. Creamy mouthfeel medium bodied ale digging it all day, carbonation level just works. Drinkability is all day type of beer well hidden alcohol unbelievable flavor profile I'm glad I enjoy Flying Dog, because this is just kicking their brewery up another notch.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of silver0rlead
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an onyx color with a thin tan head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is intoxicating, deep and bold arabica coffee notes upfront that is fruity and intense. high quality cacao, molasses, pepper, cherry wood and a wallop of alcohol...really outstanding. The flavor is a letdown from the aroma, with a broad sweetness that kind of smothers the coffee and roasted notes, some cherry and plum notes in the background and an alcohol bite finishes things off. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth. An incredible aroma almost makes up for the cloying sweetness.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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 bum732
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Rich toffee, hints of coffee, some roast, earthy chocolate, some milk chocolate sweetness, touch of coffee acidity.

L: Dark black, tan head that dissipates.

T: Coffee and toffee malt richness. Mild earthy bitterness yields to a fairly toffee and coffee sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

A solid coffee stout, nice coffee aromas and flavors, matches very well with the chocolate sweetness of the roast.

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Photo of Tripphop
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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 tbraun1
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle to pint glass

A - Dark black like motor oil with little head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation, and cream colored head with little to no lacing.

S - Malts are roasty/smoky/toasty as one would expect from the coffee theme and stout style. Notes of chocolate and dark dried fruits and lemon peel.

T - Creamy chocolate taste with a bit of alcohol kick on the back end. Pretty tasty but I found the coffee flavor a bit overpowering compared to the other ingredients.

M - Nice on the palate with some light carbonation, smooth with a bitter/dry finish.

D - The coffee was a nice addition to the style but I found the balance a bit off. Probably would not purchase again but was nice to try.

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Photo of n2185
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with two fingers of dark tan head, which recedes into almost nothing with no real lacing.

S: Smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and creamy coffee. Quite nice.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some roasted malts up front followed by a sweet and creamy mix of chocolate and coffee. There is some dark coffee and char bitterness on the finish along with a slight alcohol warmth. It's a bit sweeter than most coffee stouts, but works quite well with the creamy chocolate flavors.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, the beer is creamy at first but has a slightly watery finish.

O: Overall, a pretty good coffee stout. I normally don't like Flying Dog and was a bit worried about this beer, but it has pleasantly surprised me. It's not the best coffee stout out there, but it's still better than most.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of wedge
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
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 andthevolcano
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Gfunk720
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty much black, touches of brown. Very light tannish colored head, fades pretty quickly.

S- Smells of coffee grounds and dark chocolate primarily. Some dark malt and dark fruit are present, but pretty overpowered by the coffee/chocolate.

T- Pretty nice and creamy at first, then dances back and forth between flavors of espresso and chocolate. Finishes with a nice creamy coffee aftertaste. I personally don't find it bitter at all. I do get some faint metally flavor.

M- Nice body, but a little thin. The malt character just isn't big enough, and the coffee is a bit overwhelming.

D- Pretty good, but needs something to help the beer hold up to the intense coffee flavor. It's pretty drinkable dispite that.

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Photo of oline73
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Jesse13713
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - A slight froth on top. A consistent thin black look that looks thinner than most stouts.

Smell - Very consistent coffee with slight malt. A slight hoppy smell as well.

Taste - The taste on this truly surprised me. It was kind of a zangy wild stout. It seemed very chocaltely and not very coffee-like. The coffee flavor comes in the aftertaste. The slight tart is what makes this 'wild'.

Mouthfeel - A medium bodied stout that brings out the ethanol in itself. A sweet bitter bite that I'm beginning to think is purely alcohol rather than a flavor.

Drinkability - Average. Good to sip rather than guzzle down.

Verdict - I honestly wasn't expecting to like this beer. But it's wild tang really surprised me. I would definitely get it again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

During my birthday I was checking out when I noticed this new beer from Flying Dog. Seeing as how I love most of their beers (Tire bite excluded) I picked it up for the great price of 2.49. Very sweet price for almost 9 percent!

A - Well is definitely has tones of an imperial. Thick dark slug of a beer with a deep dark mocha head. I could almost hear the thickness as it went into my glass!

S - I could smell heavy chocolate and booze from the bottle but it smells awesome in the glass with a heavy bit of roasted coffee goodness.

T - The body is excellent but I am not getting as much coffee as I hoped. The roast factor is also set at medium which I do find present just less than expected for a beer that shouts "coffee stout" For an imperial stout though it drinks great with little hop bitterness, mild roast, bit of bittersweet chocolate and a bit of coffee finish. It's crazy I love it but not "in love" with it.

M - Spot on with the mouthfeel. Drinks with a nice thick body with lingering flavor and awesome drinkability.

Overall it kind of drinks like old founders Breakfast Stout is drinking right now. Mild coffee tones, balanced chocolate and a touch of roast at the end. Conflicted since this beer is just as good but fresh. Still a very enjoyable beer and I could see throwing down 10 dollars a four pack.

Side note: this beer is .5 percent more ABV so kudos for delivering the same Founders experience but with a more "extreme" ABV. One of the best flying dog beers in my opinion.

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Photo of legatovibrato24
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark stout, bordering on the darkness of old rasputin or any other imperial stout. One disconcerting trait of this stout is how quickly the head dissipates. Overall the appearance is good.

The smell is coffee, caramel and toffee. Almost smells like a just opened Skor bar, a chocolate covered toffee bar for those who don't know. A little bit of toasty on the backside, kind of reminds me of a coffee of Sumatra, with a little bit of earthiness.

Although I had to resist the temptation to add half and half about half way through, this is a decent stout, though not my favorite as at times the coffee seems to draw the spotlight from some of the better qualities of the stout. It's not difficult to drink, however I can think of stouts which I enjoy more.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Probably the best looking beers I've seen in a glass. Black as night with the richest brown frothy head I've seen on an Imperial Stout. Not sure if this is because it is so fresh and local or just that good.

Smell - Pleasant blend of malts, chocolate and hint of expresso

Taste - Great balance and very well done. Not the most complex flavors I've had from an Imperial Stout though. Slight booziness but from the Flying Dog Imperial Porter/Stouts I've sampled thus far (Gonzo Porter and the Whiskey Barrel aged upgrade) this Coffee Stout (Batch 2) is the best yet.

Mouthfeel - As expected, thick, rich and creamy.

Overall - Personally, I think Flying Dog should just drop the "coffee" from the title and just make this their flagship Imperial Stout and retire the others. They struck gold with this "Batch 2" attempt. It is quite pricey though, so if they could find some efficiencies in production costs I think it would really take off. Fans of RIS's or the breakfast stouts...I highly recommend sampling and go in with open mind and don't think of it as a gimmicky Coffee infused concoction like advertised. Its just a great flavored Imperial Stout in my book.

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Photo of jmslade7
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 davey101
3.28/5  rDev -17%
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 AlCaponeJunior
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very average looking stout, black with brown tinged head and lacing, but little of either.

Smell is pretty good, coffee and smoky malts, toffee and caramel.

I think this stuff tastes great! Easy going smooth coffee and milk chocolate are accented nicely with smoked malts and a touch of dark fruitiness.

Pretty nice feel, medium to full bodied, ok carbonation and a smooth, soft chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

Drinks pretty well. One of the better brews I've had from Flying Dog.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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Wild Dog Coffee Stout (Batch 2) from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 69 ratings