Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout | Flying Dog Brewery

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Kujo Imperial Coffee StoutKujo Imperial Coffee Stout

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours pitch black with a brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells like straight black coffee. Touch of chocolate.

Thick syrup like mouthfeel. Overwhelming amounts of coffee flavor. Touch of chocolate. But basically just like drinking thick black coffee. Not a huge fan. Has a nice finish so it could pair extremely well with dessert. It's okay and id have it again under the right circumstances but eh.

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Photo of Vierenner
2.63/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was looking forward to this beer. A renowned brewery must have done a coffee stout right ... or so I thought.

It pours beautifully, but that's where the goodness ends.

The smell (or stench) is upsetting. Like raunchy socks at the bottom of a hamper.

The taste isn't balanced. Coffee is present in abundance and overpowers everything else, except for a bit of cocoa.

A more subtle coffee flavor would help this beer substantially.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.77/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-black with a thick brown head, very pretty.

S-dark roasted coffee but mostly has a tint of bitterness and vegetables. medium scent. smells off

T-comes in with an odd flavor of coffee and something else...possibly really sweet caramel? its bitter and different, but not good different. there's maybe a taste of butter? the after-taste is of dark roasted coffee.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-not a great stout. the flavors seem to be oddly off balance to me. this isn't something i'll want again. sweet looking bottle though.

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Photo of mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very dark mahogany brown in the glass. Head flattens out fairly rapidly. Kind of an oily texture with virtually no lacing. Smells like some kind of squash or green vegetable to me.

Cocoa flavor is the main thing. Malty with an alcoholic overtone. Certainly a different kind of coffee from other flavored stouts I've tried, and it's not so bitter. The whole flavor is quite smooth. Only modestly bitter with no flowery hops apparent. The coffee does provide the aftertaste along with a winey flavor. This is not quite like anything I've had before, but perhaps it's an improvement on the all too frequent "dregs of last week's coffee" taste.

From the 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy brown head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet lactic vanilla and chocolate with some dark fruit and acidic coffee roast.

The flavor is sweet vanilla with some dark fruit and a leathery roast coffee finish. The mouhfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall, it's a bit overly sweet for me and lacking in coffee.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.09/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black body with two inches of foam. Solid retention with sticky lacing. Cocoa and stale coffee aroma, some vanilla in there and a little roast. Palate offers more of the same: a mild stale coffee character backed by baker's chocolate, mild roastiness and vanilla. Body is medium, a touch thin for the ABV but not offensive. Pretty much a completely run of the mill, uninteresting coffee stout.

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Photo of dar482
3.12/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a dark black color.

The aroma has caramel, lightly roasted malt, some coffee, blueberries?, smokiness.

The flavor follows of licorice throughout, hints of vanilla and coffee, a good amount of bitter chocolate, some meatiness and smoked flavors. Umami compliments those. There's a chalky after taste.

There are good notes, but also some really strange notes for a coffee stout.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired at a local SoCal beer store. 8.9% ABV confirmed. "Imperial Coffee Stout. Stout with Coffee Added." Love the label; this brewery has great labels. Made with Black Dog coffee. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I can't remember having anything great from this brewery before.

Served chilled and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger rich tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and average (2 minute) retention. Body colour is a predictable solid black; nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot on for the style. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Chocolate malt, dark malts, light buried roast, light coffee bitterness, and caramel. Lacks coffee roast or richness; coffee is surprisingly light here. A bit of cream. An above average strength aroma. Appealing, but not all that impressive. Still, I'm pretty sure it'll taste pretty good. No yeast character or notable hop notes are detectable.

T: Light coffee; not all that rich, evocative, or interesting. Dark malts and chocolate malts form the relatively simple foundation. No yeast character comes through. A bit of alcohol does make an appearance. Light cream. Diluted caramel. It's sloppily put together, but generally balanced. I'm far from impressed; it's a pretty mundane coffee stout. Simply executed. Lacks complexity and subtlety. Pretty middling, even a bit pedestrian. Lacks boldness or inspiration.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Decent body. Okay presence on the palate. A bit too thick for the lack of diverse and deep flavour. Complements the flavour profile merely in a general sense; there doesn't seem to be much thought or care put into this.

Dr: A lazy coffee stout which lacks interesting coffee notes and interesting stout notes. It doesn't lack alcohol, however. Passable, but forgettable. This'll get lost amongst the slew of better brewed imperial stouts with coffee out there - and frankly it deserves to. You've got to bring more to the table when you brew a beer in this style. This just doesn't stand out. I'd get it again if it were the best option at a bar, or if it were a cheap option on the east coast. Otherwise, I'll be leaving it on the shelf. Still unimpressed with Flying Dog.

High C+

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: pitch black very small head

S: very light licorice very little coffee

T: sweet licorice a little bit of cocoa very little coffee almost none at all

M: very nice full not viscous but fairly good

O: I like a coffee stout that the stout isn't lost in the coffee, but I'm getting
no to little coffee out of this and an overly sweet one dimensional stout otherwise this beer is mediocre at best.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich chocolate pour produces a 1 finger mocha colored head that was whispy and frothy, only moderately retaining, while leaving a small splotchy and unimpressive lacing.

S: Some chocolate bitterness arrives on the nose, but very light and insignificant. Milky creamer, no alcohol detection and really nothing that stands out to get my attention. Was expecting alot more aromatic appeal from this one, but came up small.

T: Bitter chocolate for flavor first stands out, some milky creamer, a smooth bitterness, aka very light and refined, agains was expecting a bit more coffee roast influence here. Some alcohol shows itself with a spiciness of sweet cinnamon and nutmeg. Chocolate roast appears moderately on the fade, but nothing memoriable. Some chicory and sweet licorice, and burnt wood rounds things out in an otherwise held back flavor that was far from imperial.

M: Mouthful was creamy, smooth oily texture with a burnt bitterness and a warming of alcohol.

O: Roasty alcohol seems to overtake the flavor at times. Some bitterness, but not much flavor, doesnt stand out and is hardly worhty of imperial standards. Moderate drinkability and a bit of a let down.

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Photo of Honisbygonis
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

App: almost no visible carbonation, poured slightly syrupy into pint glass, with mild sweet aroma

Entree: mild initial taste, but moderate sweet flavor hits you on the swallow, with palatable aftertaste that lingers / hangs there enough, if not a bit too much

Dessert: a low grade dessert, with dark chocolately tones (not necessarily coffee to me; cherry like); the high enough 8.9% barely noticeable except towards the end, which impressed me.

Having just had Black Hawk stout just prior, clearly stronger and better, as you would expect.

But this is one style that is in eye of beholder / taster--Ch33rs!!!

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Photo of homebrew311
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into NB Globe.

A: pours velvety black, dark brown head, decent retention, some lacing

S: big bold coffee competes with malty sweetness, notes of molasses and vanilla, some roast, but over shadowed by sweetness

T: the taste is like the nose, very sweet, tastes like a very high finishing gravity, some bold coffee up front, but again this is overshadowed by molasses and booziness, heat on the end..balance is not great

MF: thick body, medium carbonation, bordering on being syrupy

O: I am a sucker for coffee infused imperial stout but I was left somewhat disappointed by this. the coffee is present and features some nice qualities, but the base beer is unbalanced and too sweet for my liking

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Photo of BogBoyJD
3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not going to spend too much time on this one.

Appearance is black and viscous, head goes extremely quickly. Looks flat. What the f#ck?

The only good thing about this beer is the smell. Like espresso beans and caramel.

Very disappointed. When I saw this one I couldn't wait to try it, but anyway...

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my fav. prohibition pig glass. Light tan head, fades fast, leaves lacing, some floating islands of carbonation, crescent moon head floating around the edge of the glass. Opaque and black. Essentially an ok appearance. The aroma is mostly milk chocolate and or semi-sweet chocolate. Faint somewhat plastic like faux vanilla aroma. Not much coffee to speak of, though I suppose its there. The flavor is more of the same....milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, a bit of that faux vanilla thing. Truthfully very little coffee flavor makes itself present in the flavor save for the bit that appears on the finish of the beer. The mouthfeel is rich, moderately luxurious. Overall this beer is a one note beer, it does not exhibit depth of flavor or complexity. That being said the one note tastes good and I do not mind sipping this beer at all.

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Photo of n2185
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with two fingers of brown head that fades into a frothy ring with no lacing.

S: Roasted malts up front followed by sweet chocolate and creamy coffee aromas. I also get an odd, sweet bubblegum-like aroma in there. It's a bit out of place, though works alright.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of bitter roasted malt characters with notes of bitter chocolate and roasted coffee. Underlying these is a candy-like sweetness. The finish is roasty and lightly bitter with a light alcohol burn.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer could benefit from either a thicker, creamier body or a bit more carbonation.

O: A decent coffee stout, overall. Not extremely coffee forward and there's that odd candy sweet character, but still a decent and drinkable beer.

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Photo of dgilks
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty close to pitch black. Tiny tan head. Poor head retention.

A tiny bit sweet, a little roasty, some chocolate, bits of fruit.

Fruity and sweet. Plenty of milk chocolate. Lacking coffee and malt.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Okay.

Not all that interesting as a stout. It lacks real coffee and roast punch.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Okay, so I really don't know what to make of this beer. I'm not sure if I am drinking the regular Kujo coffee stout or one of the many variations made with different beans that are listed on BA.

This was served to me in draft which came with a thin tan head, but dissipated completely away. I tried to revive it, but nothing, no head at all. There was no lacing, but some legs. Pure black in color.

The aroma was a huge mix of burnt coffee, molasses, prunes, red wine, and alcohol.

The taste was of slightly bitter molassas and unsweetened chocolate

Mouthfeel was thick and warming, maybe a bit chewy, but needed some carbonation.

This didn't seem to me a coffee stout, but more reminded me of a well aged barleywine, which is not necessarily a bad thing. For me, this was more of a sipping beer and a single serving would be enough before moving on to something less complex. I also felt the ABV seemed slightly higher than the 8.9. My wife liked it, but I feel I need to try this one again to be certain I didn't get an odd pour.

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Photo of gbbass16
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hard not to compare this to GI coffee I had this week but here it goes.

Bottle poured into Founders snifter. No date that I could find but purchased 1/30/2012.

The pour is a dark brown with a small ring of light brown head remaining. The smell is nice with dark chocolate, oak, rum, although nary a hint of coffee, which was disappointing. The taste is slightly hot, oak and chocolate again and only a touch of coffee, which sucks, since this is called "imperial coffee stout". The mouthfeel is what you would expect from this type of beer. Overall, it's a decent stout, but result misses as a coffee stout, thus my score. I bought two bottles and will update my review if the other is any different when I open it. Otherwise I will not be purchasing this one again.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark brown to black with no light getting through. Pours with a 1 1/2 finger tan head. Nice tight bubbles. That dissipate relatively quickly.

S: Bready, chocolaty with coffee mixed in. Initially there was an off-smell of metallic but it went away.

T: Toffee sweetnees up front and in the middle. There is coffee - but it is late in this one so the finish and the after taste have a nice coffee flavor.

M: Maybe a little thin and tingly. Doesn't have the big chewy feel of a almost 9% stout.

O: This is decent and I would drink it if offered again. I probably wouldn't seek it out again. The PROS are the appearance and the fact that the 8.9% ABV is well hidden. The CONS are that it is a very subtle coffee flavor for a coffee stout.

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Photo of BrohamidAli
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- I'm not sure really why this category matters because all beers look different but as i pored it out it was pitch black, typical imperial stout. There was a good head on it as well. pretty appealing to the eyes

S- Not getting that much coffee but I am getting a very malty, bannanay smell too it. I do like the smell but I'm not getting those dried figs and plums that every reviewer tends to put down for imperial stout. Sometimes I wonder if they've actually had an actual dried fig, not a fig newton, or a dried plum.

tasted- Definitely getting that coffee bitterness taste typical of a stout but not so much any other characters of coffee. At the back end I'm getting that bannanay taste that i got in the aroma.

M-It's not particularly thick but it does have some body to it.

0-Pretty good beer. definitely would get this again. Not the best beer in the world, but far from the worst. I would like to get more of a coffee taste in it though.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- opaque brown no head

Aroma- Coffe vanilla yeasty and slightly floral

Taste- Carmel molasses brown sugar. The coffee comes out after that with a very slight hop bite at the end. LIght prune and raisin toward the back.

Mouthfeel- viscous flat on the palette with slight alcohol warmth. I would like to try this one on nitro.

Overall- I would assume that the coffee used was an oily dark roast , that may be what keeps the head in check. It is an Imperial Coffee stout that is not all booze, not all coffee and not all stout. That being said I like that the hops take a back seat, coffee is bitter enough, and i could definitely see me crushing this before a red eye flight cross country !

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Photo of Kubishark
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at the brewery.

Looks black, creamy, and welcoming. Smells about as much as coffee as anything can that isn't just straight black coffee. Also starts off with a big coffee flavor, but then a strange aftertaste that contains a spicy sweetness. It's surprising and distracts from the good upfront coffee flavor. To put it simply, it's not as simple as it could be. The feel is thick and creamy, very nice. Overall I enjoyed this a lot, but it is not in the upper echelon of coffee beers to me.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours near solid black with just a tad bit of cola colored edging. There is a fingers worth of light tan head that sits for a while. A bit of webbed lacing.

The nose is made up of leather, cocoa, tobacco, and yes, coffee. Not as much coffee as expected but its in there.

The flavors here are cocoa, coffee roast and a bit of leather. Not much here either in terms of boldness. The alcohol however, is very well masked.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little more carbonation than desired. Crisp.

Overall, this is an alright coffee stout but nowhere near top tier. It has some pleasant flavors but could use work in almost every category.

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