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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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black, love the color of that dark brown head, although the bubbles could be finer/more velvety. No carbonation can be seen. Looks a little oily- yes!

S: Pungent soil, coffee, roasted malt. Everything is great except for that dreaded floral note that pops up on some sniffs.

T: Roasted and bitter, but also sweet, malt, followed by coffee as an secondary flavor. Bitter finish, with some acidity. A touch of smoke.

F: Oily and thick, just as the appearance promised. Muted carbonation.

O: Meaty brew. I could even use more coffee, but I can't knock them for keeping it balanced. Happy I picked it up, even if my wallet isn't.

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Photo of beergoot
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black body; creamy, light brown head. Plum and prune aroma; roasted grain; faint chocolate and very mild hint of coffee. Flavors of milk chocolate; light alcohol presence; mild sweetness; bitter. Heavy body; silky smooth; sweet beginning through most of the experience but ending with a nice dryness.

A very pleasing, easy drinking powerhouse stout. Smooth and silky malt sweetness reinforced with an excellent dark roasted graininess and subtle boozy undertone. The hop bitterness and alcohol dryness at the finish offer a refreshing counterpoint to the malt sugars and sweetness.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle marked 12A15 at 45 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of coffee
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and frothy layer
Lacing fair, torn curtains of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of coffee with some roasted malt flavor and bitterness
Palate full, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of flyingpig
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from Beers of Europe website (£4.39):
Another very enjoyable beer from Flying Dog, this one was surprisingly easy to drink given the strength of the beer and the strong roasted malts and coffee seems to go well towards, striking a good balance and being leveled out a little but the hints of sweetness coming from the dark fruits and sugars. A very nice imperial stout that was well worth picking up although I would probably pick up a bottle of the breweries Gonzo Imperial Stout again before going back to this one.

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Photo of B-rad-real
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Barely chilled and poured into snifter. Pitch black. Quarter inch of dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of black coffee and a little bit of alcohol. Tastes of bitter coffee (in a good way) and a bit of cream. Not the best I've had...but a good imperial stout.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours midnight black, no light passes through, with a rich brown head that settles and lightly laces.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and a nice hit of coffee, dark fruit, and a little alcohol.

T: Dark fruit hits first, followed by a little vanilla, then the roasted malt kicks in with some dark chocolate, then the coffee takes over, with a light touch of alcohol on the finish.

M: Full body, low carbonation, very smooth, with a little warmth.

O: Probably not the freshest bottle, but still quite tasty.

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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 Lucular
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage on tap at Lures Bar & Grille in Crownsville, MD. Roasted coffee and chocolate flavors nicely balanced with deep vanilla and some dark fruits. Very smooth and easily my favorite coffee stout to date.

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Photo of Act25
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of WFM craft pack, this is outstanding.
Suggest a big glass, let it warm, sip slowly. last of the night.

A: Pours black, with a thick finger of milk mocha head, fore bearer of the mocha flavor to come. Good amount of creamy bunching, lacing, and stickiness.

S: Aroma offers a latte coffee or mocha bouquet with a mix of chocolate, caramel, and green citrus.

T: Follows smell, with a more chocolatey, caramel front than most, almost too sweet, but really nothing to argue with. Assertive milky coffee is the finish. Beer finishes dry and burnt roasty, good feeling.

F: The mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy with full alcohol liquorish body and warmth.

Excellent bigger Coffee Stout, with a lot of mocha coffee, emphasis on chocolate. If that's your style, this is your stout.

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Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep inky black with a thin mocha head. It goes away quickly and leaves faint soapy lacing. The aroma is a little anemic, with faint coffee notes and deep roasted malt. The taste is a little more robust, offering the same. The body is a little thinner, but still has a nice weight to it and just a slight bit of carbonation.

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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 dbl_delta
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated bottle found in the garage fridge - best estimate is that it's Labor Day 2014 or so, but I'm not sure who bought it, or when...
Poured black with a chocolate-tan head - nice. Moderate carbonation.
Coffee and malty sweetness are about equal, as far as I can tell. VERY smooth-drinking. Slight bitterness lingers, but it that just leads you into the next sweet sip. Thick, chewy mouthfeel - just what I like in a stout.
Overall, a very good example of the style.
Even if you don't like it, the label alone is worth the price.

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Photo of DrRambis
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of bottle at room temperature into pint glass. Third time having this and so half way through the sixpack I found the time to actually write a review.

Look: Appears midnight black, completely solid allowing no light to penetrate through, small 1/2" head dissapates quickly into small light blond film.

Smell: Bitter Chocolate notes, wet grain, and sourdough breadiness, there is also a strong fruitiness that sort of underlies all these aromas as well. Overall the aroma is pretty subdued.

Taste: Intense bitterness from the combined flavors of the coffee and the roasted malt, finishes with a slight creamy note - sort of milky but doesnt taste like any lactose was added. Some earthy hops appear but they are mostly overwhelmed. Finish has a dark fruity twang - tasting somewhat like chocolate covered raisins. It leaves you with a mild alcohol burn and your mouth fighting between a strong sugary sweetness and strong coffee bitterness. The flavor profile has true depth with mulitple layors of taste shining through. Some beers are simple but taste good others beers are complex but taste muddled and weak. This beer is neither of those: it reaches some layers of complexity (not mindblowingly so) and maintains clairity and quality of taste.

Feel: Although this beer that I am tasting seems to be thinner than I remember it being from prior tastings it still has some depth of body, It feels very round on the toungue and is quick sticky. Leaves somewhat astringently.

Overall: A very nice beer but its not quite a home run. The taste is good but not great and the complexity of flavor is good but not great. If you enjoy coffee beers I'd certainly give it a shot. Its a pretty great value in a six pack, but its not in the same league as some other cofffee beers like Stones IRS w Espresso or FBS.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

P- Thanks to Colm from Flying Dog for this brew

A- dark midnight black color with half finger head that is light tan with minimal lacing on my pint.

S- not a lot going on here that I can tell...mild chocolate notes with hints of coffee bean.

F- strong coffee flavor with light notes of chocolate that round it out nicely.

M- a creamy coffee feel in the mouth. Goes down pretty smooth.

O- Not a bad coffee stout. I am a coffee stout fan and this is a good one. Will get again.

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Photo of Quercus67
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

[12 oz. NR bottle] Pours a tan 2 finger head. Very dark.

Smells delicious, like coffee, dark roasted malts, with slight cocoa nose. picking up some strong alcohol notes through the heavy roasted malt bill. balanced though.

Dark and dank malts shine through with coffee and moderate alcohol warming up front (8.9%). Definitely a sipper. mouth feel is moderately heavy and silky, but slightly thinner than most imperial stouts I've had. not a bad thing. lower carbonation, but right for style. Let this one warm up to get more complex flavors.

I pick up heavy coffee flavors and slight caramel on a nice silky finish. sweet with some lingering alcohol. Overall a pretty good beer from Flying Dog. I'd like to try the vanilla bean added rendition some day.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Yes. This is outstanding and my favorite style of beer. Rich in flavor and aroma, dark roast coffee. Pretty damn bitter and finishes like chocolate cake, with the coffee always present and really delicious. Not quite on the level of Wake n Bake, but I should've grabbed a sixer when they were available.

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Photo of hops202
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled poured into game of thrones snifter.

A - fairly dark with some tan head

S - chocolate, coffee, some roast with slight bread.

T - Fair amount of chocolate and good coffee with some dark fruit in there.

M - Decent body, not super full or chewy.

O - Decent beer, but nothing to get incredibly excited about.

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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 MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Vintage 13.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that quickly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and sweet dark malt forward aroma with big hints of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with big hints of dark roast coffee beans, dark chocolate, toast, biscuit, caramel, grains, yeast, smoke, cream, and slight vanilla. Sweet hints of molasses. Dark fruit hints of raisin, cherry, and fig. Hops are very light. A very good imperial coffee stout aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a very roasty, rich, and nicely sweet dark malt driven taste with big notes of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Dark roasted barley malts with big upfront notes of dark roast coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, toasted bread, caramel, biscuit, yeast, grains, smoke, and some sweet notes of cream and vanilla. Also some sweet notes of molasses. Dark fruit undertones with notes of cherry, fig, and raisin. A really good coffee stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy. Finish is smooth with a well hidden alcohol presence.

Overall: A really good take on an imperial coffee stout. Very good dark coffee and chocolate flavors with a nice creamy body.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a 8.9% ABV Imperial Stout, brewed with Black Dog Coffee out of Summit Point West Virginia. I have really not loved Flying Dog beers in the past, but one of the guys from the Four Firkins opened one for me to try and I'm a convert! I brought a couple home for more intense "study".

Aroma: Cinamon, milk chocolate, roasted grains. Sweetened condensed milk and light roast coffee as it warms up.

Appearance: Deep black in color. Rich dark tan to brown head. Head fades to sides of glass fairly quickly.

Flavor: There is very bright and flavorful coffee up front in the beer. The initial smack in the face of coffee fades to a semi-sweet chocolate flavor and a bitter finish. There is a bit of grain sweetness, but the coffee is strong in this one and dries the beer out. The roast seems lighter, with a zippiness and lack of burnt flavor I tend to note in darker roasts. This beer has a rich and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: This is outstanding! An incredible use of coffee, where the beer is elevated by it and not over-run by it. Also a great base beer.

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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 bsp77
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Near black with decent tan head and light lacing.

Smell: Cold espresso, molasses, cholcolate and dark fruit.

Taste: Coffee and molasses form the backbone, with notes of dark fruit and chocolate. The bitterness is fairly low and generally not much bite at the finish. Fairly subtle taste overall for the style but very tasty.

Feel: Moderaly low carbonation. Smooth and creamy, but the body is lighter than expected.

Overall: Nice, affordable Coffee Imperial Stout. Certainly on the easier drinking side of things.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black ale in a pint; fingers of dark foam head slimmed but persisted throughout

S: of dark earthy, roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, and coffee grinds

T: cocoa and coffee again do battle - suggestions of earth and wet char - brighter spikes of perhaps something like cinnamon or spice.

M: a little on the thin side for an Imperial stout, least as far as I like 'em - smooth and mellow; bittersweet; slight coat; chalky cocoa finish

O: a very nice coffee stout - nothing too big, but delivers on the flavors you'd expect. Fans take note. A nice choice for any BA to try.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured jet black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Dark dirty brown head poured thick and foamy then faded to nice thickish covering... very faint lacing...

Aroma - Big blast of strong espresso coffee and toasted malts, lots of sweet milk and dark chocolate, oats, molasses, treacle, light blackcurrent/blackberry notes, toasted nuts, cocoa, leathery, woody, some faint vanilla traces, light spicy hops, burnt sugar...

Taste - Lots of sweet creamy chocolate and rich dark coffee to the fore, roasted malts, faint smokey notes, some licorice, some peppery hops, lots of toasted nutty notes, molasses sweetness..

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness after... full bodied... very drinkable for 8.9%

Overall - An outstanding brew and up with the best of the Americans impy stouts..

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a very dark black into my Sierra Nevada tulip. A half inch of head, with little disappearing dots of lacing down the glass.

The aromas include roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, chocolate, and vanilla.

The taste is pretty similar. Nice, complex coffee flavor in this one- when colder, the coffee flavor comes across as bitter, and a bit nutty, as the beer warms up, it becomes slightly sweeter, a bit tart or twangy, and creamier, while still remaining nutty. There's both dark and milk chocolate flavors here as well, plus a bit of toffee and vanilla.

Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, lingering coffee and roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip.

A good one from Flying Dog, great interesting coffee flavor.

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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 917 ratings.
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