Flying Dog Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,111
Ranked #6,814
4.02 | pDev: 10.45%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Reviews: 223 | Ratings: 937 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured black with a one finger frothy tan head and moderate lacing. Nose is faint sweet malt and coffee. Taste follows the nose with a bit of dark chocolate, but the flavor is subdued. Mouthfeel is a bit thin with light carbonation.

Nov 15, 2020
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Imperial? Barely, in my opinion. Green banana notes. Coffee for sure. More carbonation than I expected for an imperial. Good color. Good mouth feel. Walnut grill on our 24th! $9 though

Jun 29, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours dark black body with small tan head with little retention and lacing
S: sweet, coffee notes with some sweet, roasted alcohol notes
T: strong coffee taste with a toasted malt aftertaste
M: smooth and pretty silky; medium bodied
O: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; pretty solid coffee beer

Aug 09, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 3/13/15 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black appearance.

Small dark khaki head; nice lace.

Banana, roasted coffee & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Banana, roasted coffee & chocolate syrup flavors up front; a smooth aftertaste with the faintest hop bite on the lips. Booze heat emerged as this warmed.

A nice, easy to drink coffee stout.

Apr 29, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid dark brown color with just above average body with medium light carbonation
Aroma is espresso, malt, fresh made black coffee, roasted malts and coffee beans
Taste comes off as black coffee followed by roasted malts, espresso and roasted coffee beans. Mild coffee bitterness and slightly sweet that seems to not only come from malt but dried fruit as well.
Overall a really nice body to this berr with an excellent aroma. The flavor lived up to the aroma and was complex and very flavorful

Nov 04, 2018
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Vader444 from Scotland

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into Delirium Tremens tulip glass.

Haven't had this for a few years and was one of the first coffee stouts that I tried when first venturing into the world of beer. I remember thinking it was amazing back then.

Pours a viscous black with tiny tan head. Smells of dark chocolate and instant coffee. Quite bitter and astringent; could do with a little more sweetness. Somewhat thin but oily mouthfeel. Not as good as I remember but still pretty decent. Cheers

Jul 09, 2017
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells of roasted coffee and slight grape. Tastes of coffee and sweet fruitiness, but in a good balance. Beer is full bodied, good carbonation, and a nice sipper but still goes down easily. Overall, a very good beer.

Mar 14, 2017
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EmperorBevis from England

4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cola black body with tan head that reduces to a couple of tiny bubbles on the rim of the glass
Aroma is good fresh black coffee with a hint of hanaberra
Taste is similar with a sweet bitter finish

Nov 04, 2016
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. code of 036B16, so I'm guessing bottled February 2016?

Pours thick and oily. Jet black body, even when held up to the light. small dark tan head, which gradually dissipates to nothing at all. no lacing.

A boozy sweetness on the nose. Coffee is only faint.

Taste is a little tangy. Booze is certainly present. Coffee is only a suggestion, may have mellowed with the age? Roasted malt and vanilla are also present. Coffee and vanilla get a little more prominent a the beer warms up.

Mouth is about medium, a little on the thin side for an imperial stout. Faint alcohol burn on the back of the mouth.

Overall, a good sipping beer.

Oct 14, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is dark malts, fruit/dark fruit and mild coffee. The flavor is coffee, dark/roasted malts, mild chocolate and a slightly dry/earthy/acidic finish.

Sep 14, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some coffee, chocolate. Taste is strong coffee, some sugars, light alcohol is present. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I was expecting more.

Jun 04, 2016
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured black, with no head to it.
Strong coffee aroma, a little chocolate.
Strong dark coffee taste. The chocolate was a little more of a presence.
Smooth and easy drinking,

Apr 24, 2016
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Hilarytheguy from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On the sweeter and silkier end of the coffee beer spectrum. Had this several times, most recently a 2014 version at the brewery. Pours dark, smooth, rich coffee and a bit of roast in the nose. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, velvety with milky sweetness up front to balance the coffee bitterness. Always solid, always good to great.

Apr 18, 2016
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and seems thick. Small dark khaki head. Head vanishes fairly quick and leaves a moderate amount of sticky lacing behind.

Aroma is black coffee, slightly bitter. Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and molasses. Tobacco.

Coffee and chocolate, both dark and a bit bitter. Roasted malt, smoke, earth, and a hint of peat. Brown sugar. Just a little bit of booze.

Thick-ish mouth feel with medium carbonation. Mild but persistent bitterness. Lingering coffee.

Very nice coffee stout. Smooth. Could use a bit of sweetness, but overall, very nice.

Apr 09, 2016
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Coffee nose and flavor is almost sweet coffee, hints of dark chocolate. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.60 for a 12oz bottle at Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

Apr 03, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Sawdog505 for this bottle.

A - Pitch black with a very thick toffee colored ring.

S - Chocolate roast and roasted cream.

T - Roasted dark chocolate cream, some hints of coffee and earthiness, lingering sweet chocolate roast bitterness with some alcohol.

M - Big, full bodied, velvety, and silky.

O - An overall fantastic stout!

Mar 17, 2016
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mschrei from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like most coffee stouts, poured this one into a coffee mug. Dark, not much head or lacing, no great shakes to look at. Strong coffee and chocolate notes on the nose. Sweet for a coffee stout, not too bitter at all. Alcohol is subtly present. Not much of the oily feeling I sometimes get from stouts either, which is nice. All in all, not a bad little beer.

Mar 12, 2016
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Zebulan from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Solid black pour with a small amount of tan head.
S: Average coffee smell. Roasted notes of vanilla or maybe even almond?
T: Fine taste. Nothing overpowering or overwhelming but nothing memorable. Some coffee stouts are rough and this is not rough. It is fine and basically pleasant.
F: Doesn't have the feel that I expect from an Imperial. Left me wanting more.
O: Didn't know what to expect and was decently surprised. Liked the coffee flavor but wasn't sure what to make of everything else that it had. I would drink it again if given the chance.

Feb 13, 2016
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, poured into a teku)

L: impenetrably black liquid topped with a frothy, khaki-colored foam... head doesn't hold, no lace (yes, my glass is clean)

S: mostly the character and roast of the coffee (espresso-like) at the fore... vaguely-medicinal (ouzo?) alcohol lingering in the back... doesn't suggest much sweetness... aromas are lovely, but subtle and extremely subdued

T: dark molasses, melanoidin static... full-frontal, stocky, dry, neutral malt foundation - surprisingly quite dry in the finish... very little depth, if any - greyscale flavors... the alcohol hovers like a mist, either adding a glow to the taste, or actually obfuscating... the malt may actually have color, but the bitterness and mild acidity of the coffee is washing it out

F: plush, soft core in a low-volt boozy envelope... like dirty motor oil... sexy body, flexible

O: I don't know how they managed to do it, but if you take the coffee out of this, there ain't much going on... the balance is fine, there's just something's missing (malt depth/sweetness)... this really must be drunk at 60-65 F or more... not the worst, but others have managed the coffee imperial stout with more studied technique

Feb 11, 2016
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a a thin ring of lace around the glass

S: Lots of roast and coffee up front, along with some dark chocolate and vanilla. Dark fruits are lightly present as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a load of roasted malt and coffee, followed by a bittersweet dark chocolate, dark fruit, and some vanilla notes. Earthy notes from the hops provide some balance before finishing with more coffee and a light sweetness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Could actually use a little less carbonation to give it an even fuller feel

O: A very solid imperial coffee stout with a big emphasis on the coffee and roast. Nicely sippable at a tick under 9%, while providing lots of warmth on a cold day. Definitely worth checking out if you're into coffee stouts

Feb 10, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz tulip glass, having trouble figuring out the bottling date. Pours a very dark brown with a 2 inch brown head that leaves behind some solid lace.

Smell is expresso, vanilla, anise, leather, chocolate, and hints of booze.

Taste follows expresso, chocolate, and vanilla upfront with booze, leather, and anise in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium, light carbonation, a little dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this is a very solid brew, wish it had a little more body and life, but very good.

Jan 29, 2016
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beerwolf72 from Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black from a bottle into a goblet. The inch or so of rich brown foam dissipated quickly into white skim of bubbles. Aroma thick with coffee and dark chocolate. Tasted pretty much how it smelled, nice bitterness seemed to come from coffee and dark chocolate rather than hops. Mouthfeel thin at first, but gradually became more satisfying. A nice, earthy raisin-y aftertaste. Decent beer overall, compares with Founders Breakfast Stout - though just slightly higher in cost and ABV.

Jan 07, 2016
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gustavmahler-09 from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, no head. Smells sweet, some coffee, prunes. Taste is as smell indicates, but not much lingering on the palate. Feel is thin. Overall a bit disappointing, but drinkable.

Jan 04, 2016
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Hoppy_Time from Maine

4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a beautiful black with nice brown head
Smell: Smell was slightly burnt and astringent over the coffee and chocolate, though not off-putting
Taste: Wonderful notes of sweet chocolate malt and coffee, borderline between sweet and dry, would give it a five if the hops presented themselves in the background
Feel: Fairly viscous and heavy, perfect carbonation for a stout
Overall: Looks great, tastes good, smell didn't kill it but wasn't great, still one my top picks for Flying Dog and a decent stout

Jan 03, 2016
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IHeartPumking from New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, dark black with a little bit of dark tan-ish head.

Lots of coffee on the nose. Could smell this all day long. Just wonderful. Getting some sweet chocolate in there as well with some roasted notes as well.

The taste is more coffee, chocolate, and roasted coffee. I would like a little more body in this. It's not thin, but not thick.

Overall, this is a really nice Imperial Coffee Stout. It goes down fairly easy and is probably one of the best beers that I've had from Flying Dog.

Jan 03, 2016
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