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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout | Flying Dog Brewery

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Kujo Imperial Coffee StoutKujo Imperial Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Arithmeticus on 12-26-2011

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Reviews: 215 | Ratings: 911
Photo of BilbosNuts
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pretty much as black as a beer can be. It has a creamy, mocha colored head that fades into a small ring, clinging to the sides of the glass. Some spotted lacing is left behind.

S: Malts are very up front in the aroma. Roasted and chocolate aromas create the backbone. There is coffee here and becomes more noticeable as it warms, but it isn't as prominent as I was expecting for some reason. A slight earthiness finishes it off.

T: Roasted and chocolate malts are again very prominent. Unlike the aroma, however, the chocolate malts take the lead. The coffee makes a bigger appearance in the taste than what the aroma hinted towards, but it is still a bit subdued, and I would like to see more. There are subtle hints of sweet vanilla towards the end.

M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. A bit too much in my opinion as it leaves your mouth and palate tingling. It finishes very smoothly and is easy to drink.

O: I haven't been overly impressed by flying dog in the past, but this one is pretty awesome. The taste was bold and complex while also combining a subtle sweetness, really superb. My only complaints are the aroma, complexity not matching that of the taste and the over carbonation. Overall though, this was a very good coffee stout.

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Photo of tdm168
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a small head that is definitely slow and late in developing. The head is a small, soft, dark brown that's fleeting. The nose is very robust with notes of rich, deep, roasted malts, chocolate, and some faint coffee. The taste is rich and roasty also with an immense bittersweet chocolate character that blends nicely with the good amount of coffee. There is a mild hop bitterness in the finish that lends balance to the coffee/chocolate malt thickness. The mouthfeel is full bodied, a bit heavy, warm, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This is a very rich, flavorful, deliciously smooth beer. The richness and the ABV slow down the drinkability a bit, but it's definitely worth taking your time.

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

A: pours black with a small tan head with poor retention. forms a small collar around the side of the glass. looks like a stout
S: coffee and sweet chocolate
T: huge coffee flavor on the palate with some milk chocolatey sweetness, a little bit of roastiness and more coffee. aftertaste is more coffee.
M: full bodied but silky smooth. carbonation is there but not overly assertive
O: Not a bad beer at all. a bit one sided, but as a person who loves black coffee this beer is pretty tasty.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this beer looks thick and is black as night. I can't even get a flashlight to shine through it. There is a short-lived head that's the color of chocolate milkbut leave zero lace.

I smell creamy coffee, roasted malt, a hint of bitter chocolate. All in all it has many of the aromas I would expect from a coffee stout but it's all fairly faint and doesn't stand out from the crowd.

Now the strength of flavor is in complete contrast to the aroma. That sweet creamy coffee and roasted malt are much more pronounced, but so is sweet chocolate, cocoa, hints of vanilla, even a little bit of bubble gum. This is definitely a tasty beer but what surprises me is the fairly light body. It's good and it's easy drinking. I would definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Vintage 12BB.

A - Pours a dark brown color with very little tan head, despite a deliberately aggressive pour. The head dies quickly and there is hardly any lacing.

S - Mostly roasted coffee with hints of vanilla and chocolate covered banana. Not very strong, but I like the components.

T - Deep, rich flavors of vanilla mocha, roasted coffee, some dark fruits. When I read the description on the bottle "stout with coffee added" I thought it may just be a coffee bomb, but the flavors are actually diverse and complex. The vanilla flavor really smooths it out and hides the 9% well.

M - Creamy mouthfeel with a good amount of tiny carbonation. Smooth, moist finish.

O - Very good coffee stout. The appearance and nose are unimpressive, but the flavors make up for it. One of the best offerings I have had from Flying Dog. I will get it again.

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Photo of n2185
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
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 tlazaroff
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sadly, the nose is a bit lackluster on this one. I get some spice, chocolate, and roast - it's all very subdued though.

I have to give this less than average on the look too. It's a shiny obsidian color but produced zero head, and I think it would look fantastic with a nice dark head.

What it lacks in looks and aroma, it makes up for in flavor. Like a punch in the gut, there is a delicious chocolate component and some nice coffee notes to back it up. In the mid palate there is a wonderful assembly of spices that enhance this beer to what it is.. godly.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, and completely delicious! Kujo is a sipper, but I could just down 3 of these for the taste alone. Gimme some head and you've got a perfect beer here!

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Photo of Boto
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Headkeeper: this one pours a very dark brown, but still has a clearness to it. There is a very small light brown head that lingers awhile but leaves little lacing. The aroma is definitely coffee, but not like a cup of coffee. It smells more like a coffee liqueur (like Kahlúa) with a bit of sweetness. Also has some chocolate notes. The taste is very good. Chocolate, roastiness, coffee and a mild sweetness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 12BB.

Pours an absolutely pitch black with a 1 inch foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, deep coffee aromas, and some cinnamon notes. Really nice. Taste is of dark roasted malt, chocolate chip cookie dough, and dark chocolate covered coffee/espresso beans. There is a roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slight crispness and a full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout with a fantastic smell. The coffee aromas in this beer are done really well in my opinion. However, the flavor just isn't quite as good as I was expecting based on the smell.

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Photo of larryi86
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger dark tan head.

S- Roasted black coffee, dark chocolate, hint of vanilla.

T- Follows the nose, a little weaker, lots of coffee, some dark chocolate and vanilla.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Not a bad beer and worth trying, but there are better coffee stouts out there.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at J. Ryan's in Syracuse, NY. Served in a pint glass; absolutely pitch black in color with no light penetration whatsoever and a finger worth of tan colored head. The head dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma upfront was of roasted malts and dark coffee blended with hot chilies. Almost, like a chili-chocolate bar blended with a strong, roasted coffee.
Taste was similar to the aroma, slightly pungent and spicy upfront with a bitter finish and a mild bitter aftertaste that lingers for sometime. With time, the coffee flavor begins to predominate. Medium to full-bodied stout with a nice silky mouthfeel. This is a big beer and there is no mistaking; a perfect sipping stout.
Overall, I think apart from the aroma (which could be a result of various factors since it was on-tap), this was a pretty solid stout.
Definitely worth a try. I would like to see how this stout tastes from a bottle.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at j ryans... I have wanted to try this forever and I'm excited that it's on tap at my favorite spot

A- massive opaque body with chocolate milk lacing on the sides. A thin head of foam lingers over the top of the brew.

S- black coffee beans roasted over with chocolate and superb mocha theme. This is big black coffee scent as I always wish for

T- stellar iced coffee collective with chocolate flavor. The flavor is refreshing and hearty at the same time with thickness. Roasty and sweet with some good sugar flavor

M- creamy as it gets. Thick flavor all over

O- what a coffee brew! While the brew begins with great black coffee taste, the cream and sugar blast the brew making it a complete coffee brew. Very enjoyable if you want the creamy sweet coffee brew experience

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Photo of themind
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this twice now, and I must say it's an excellent beer! Nice coffee taste and aroma. This beer was much more then I expected.

Pours a nice thick head with mild carbonation. If you like coffee beers this is right up there with Java head.

Bottom Line: Coffee lovers this will fulfill your need for speed!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Shady McGrady's-served in a snifter.

The color is opaque black body with a thick 2 fingers of creamy beige which settles to a ring. The lace sticks and holds and the bead is fine. The smell is strong of coffee -like freshly ground coffe, sweet and roasty with nutty accent, hardly any aroma from the base just full on coffee. The feel is thick, rich and viscous with slight oily accent from the coffee with nice body and carbonation, very good balance yet slight astringency of the bean.

The flavor is really good -totally dominated by the coffee which is rich and roasty with slight fruity taste which could be from the yeast too. The flavor is nice with some mild dark fruit perhaps raisin and caramel in the background and light spice. The finish is pretty much the same as the entry which is lightly nutty and semi-sweet. Overall an incredible beer, it seems to be more coffee than stout which is usually not that good, but in this case it works-good coffee flavor with nice supporting stout taste.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive as well, showcasing considerable coffee, milk chocolate and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet stout, except there's some light bitterness and intriguing calvados flavor as well that I like. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, chocolate and coffee flavored finish. That being said, this beer carries it's alcohol quite well, and is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate.

This is a well made, easy to appreciate and enjoy beer.

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Photo of largadeer
3.09/5  rDev -22%
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 hosehead83
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Dark, "purplish" pour, with a short chocolate head of foam.
Aroma-Roasted coffee, dark chocolate
Taste-Strong coffee with cream, chocolate. Very smooth and creamy. High (8.9)ABV not evident.
Would be a great match for a slice of German chocolate cake or even chocolate chip cookies.

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Photo of mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -29.8%
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 buschbeer
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - Let's just call this one black. There is no light coming through and no highlights. It is capped with a couple inches of dark brown head.

S - The aroma is coffee with some hints of milk chocolate.

T - The coffee is apparent. I also get some slight chocolate and maybe a little molasses.

M - Full

O - This is a pretty good beer. I am a fan of coffee stouts and this beer is not disappointing.

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Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10-12 oz. draft serving in a goblet.

Appears black with some dark mahogany around the edges, dark tan foam. Head is pretty thin, but leaves a spotty halo smudging the glass.

Aroma is rich and deep, earthy dark roast coffee and bananas drizzled in chocolate syrup.

Big coffee flavors, dark roast, earthy and dry, hint of dark chocolate sweetness plus the aformentioned banana esters. Dry graphite aftertaste. There's a distracting waxy slickness to the mouthfeel that deadens the flavor a little. Medium bodied, easygoing level of carbonation. Aroma is the best asset of this beer, something just isn't right with the waxiness of the mouthfeel, that keeps it from being excellent. Worth a try to see what you think.

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Photo of Brenden
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Reverend's in BG, almost my last review from the website rebuild.

This is, as expected, black or very close to it; a bit of brown is allowed to show in the light. A tan collar of head about a finger tall holds its form and patchy lacing is left behind.
Roast is foremost on the nose, including roasted coffee beans, and not a whole lot but more sweetness than expected wafts out as well. The smell offers me hope for a clean, bold, robust, downright tasty stout...and doesn't disappoint.
In the flavor it mingles wonderfully. The roastiness of the malt is at a perfect level and the coffee flavor prevails, balanced very nicely with the sweetness. Barley grains are present but with no residual graininess. This is as clean a stout as any. There's no harshness or bitterness even as the roast comes out in the finish, at which point just a touch of alcohol peeks out.
Kujo is smooth and rich with low carbonation as hoped for in a big stout and just enough to make it lively. The feel is on a higher level if not for not being quite as big as an imperial stout should be.
Flying Dog can be hit or miss, though the misses are still not bad. The good ones are gems, though, and this beer applies.

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Photo of DevilsCups
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Very dark brown stream from the bottle, lands perfectly black in the glass with a dark reddish-brown head. Lacing is just okay.

S - Medium amount of coffee in the scent, along with the typical roasted malt aroma of a RIS. Small bit of hops come through.

T - Coffe immediately, followed by the background of a nice Imperial Stout roastiness. Could use maybe a tad bit more coffee in the taste. Still a very coffee-forward brew. Aftertaste is dark chocolate and espresso.

M - Slightly creamy and maybe a tad thin. Could use a little more chewiness. Doesn't coat your mouth like a typical Imperial Stout. Nice sweetness compliments the bitterness of the coffee.

O - Very enjoyable brew, and if it's a year-round offering I can certainly see myself buying more if FBS isn't available. It's like FBS's younger cousin. Go for it!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a deep chocolate brown head. In the aroma, a dry coffee and a small alcohol note. In the taste, coffee, a bit sweet and a small alcohol underneath it all. A smooth and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee and small alcohol presence in the aftertaste. Coffee and alcohol present, but not much other than that going on.

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Photo of tony223366
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Really, really dark brown beer. No light passes through it. Initially 3 fingers of tan head after an extremely vigorous pour. It quickly dissipates through. It really doesn't take long to evaporate to a thin layer. Disappointing.

S: This smells so much like black coffee that's been sweetened with maple syrup it's ridiculous. Scratch that, a bit more like molasses. Alcohol is present as well. Nicely roasted coffee.

T: The flavor is much more roasty/smoky than the aroma. Coffee is naturally present and dark chocolate flirts at the end. The finish is surprisingly bitter, guessing that's from the malts. The alcohol is there in a nice way. The beer almost tastes sweet and then gets quite bitter.

M: I'd almost want to say frothy? A little lighter than I would expect but actually in a good way. The velvety mouthfeel is decadent. Carbonation is tight and prickly.

O: Very tasty coffee in a very difficult category... and I'm talking about Imperial Coffee Stouts, not even Imperial Stouts! Very tasty and worth a shot. I'd still go with speedway though.

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Photo of troysoy2
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think I just found a new favorite.
12 oz. bottle, vintage 2012. Poured into a large tulip. Black and opaque, with a darker khaki head. Not much as far as lacing goes. This just looks menacing.

The smell is spicy hops just over bittersweet chocolate, and just the slightest hint of coffee.

Somehow, the taste and the mouthfeel of this beer just really do it for me. The mouthfeel is just so cool, refreshing and smooth. It's not thick or viscous, but rather subtly carbonated, and "wet". It's really nice. The taste is a bit of spicy, tongue-tickling bitterness, backed by subdued dark, roasty chocolate and semi-sweet toffee. The coffee is pretty laid back, but definitely there, which I think is actually pretty refreshing.

Not the most complex stout ever, but Kujo really knows what it is going for, and does that very well. I can't get over how drinkable this stuff is. Must have more...

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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 911 ratings.
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