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

Appearance: black as night, with a finger width head.

smell: coffee and chocolate, very nice

Taste: chocolate, not bitter, very nice

Mouth feel: Thick, a very nice stout

Overall: Yeah you go Flying dog, take this dog for a walk, awesome beer. I would buy this again.

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4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Black color & brown foam. Creamy, thick & lasting crown. Roasted, toasted, caramel malt, coffee & fudge chocolate aromas. Coffee hues, toasted sweetness & slight herbal bitterness at first sip. Full body. Soft carbonation. Velvet & voluptuous palate. Cappucino flavor & slight spicy touch in the middle. Gentle & dry toasted sweet finish with dried sensation. Roasted coffee, bitter cocoa & licorice notes on the aftertaste. Delightful & flavorful. A big one!!

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Photo of PeterParker
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet, jet black with a finger of light brown head.

Sweet coffee/chocolate on the nose. Roasty malts, maple syrup, leathery, but smells very sweet. Very mochaish.

Taste follows the nose. Bittersweet coffee and chocolate. Very delicious. Very slight booze afterburn. Simply a very tasty stout. Reminds me of Breakfast Stout (possibly my favorite beer).

Slick and sticky all at once. Lower carbonation which works well here. Coffee aftertaste is nice.

Overall a great example of what a coffee stout should be. Flying Dog is one of the first breweries I got into and this is a big reason why. If you love Founders Breakfast Stout like I do, you'll love this.

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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 Immortale25
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Semi-sweet milk chocolate plus some vanilla, caramel and a hint of coffee.

T- Flavor follows suit with some mild mocha to go with the chocolate. Noticeable alcohol flavor clashes with the heavy roast. Once the palate acclimates, things get smoother but no more interesting.

M- A bit sharp from the booze with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- This needs more balance and more coffee.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black as the night with a dark brown head. Beautiful.

S: Coffee grounds dominate the nose, along with maybe a touch of dark chocolate.

T: Sweet malt, dark chocolate and coffee. That's it, but it's quite tasty.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: Very good, would definitely recommend, much better than either Gonzo or BA Gonzo.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: black with tan, barely sustaining head, except at the edges, where a nice thin ring forms
S: although I get dark roast scents, the most distinctive thing I get is an waft of alcohol over the burnt-coffee and mild cocoa nib scents
T/M: the taste is heavier on the coffee taste than the nose. It still has a slightly burnt nature to it, though. The beer starts ok in body (even a little more carbonated than I expected), but weakens mid-taste a bit. The alcohol from the smell never hits. The ending fades to the taste of a weak bitter coffee, so that flavor does last in some form throughout.
O: this is a perfectly ok offering, in my opinion. I was expecting a little more from the taste given the look and smell. The flavors were decent, but lacked some depth or body or both. I wouldn't turn one down in the future, for sure, but I can also find stouts I enjoy more.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very dark brown, almost black; medium tan frothy head after aggressive pour; fairly long lasting; decent lacing

Smell: burnt sweet malt; dark dried fruits; coffee; smells great

Taste: sweet juicy malt on start; burnt malts in the mid with a light hop bite coming in; finishes sweet overall with some dry, nutty notes and coffee flavors; pretty sweet overall, but the burnt malts and light hops balance it out pretty well

Mouthfeel: creamy, fairly thick

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no bottled on date, but Vintage 13 printed near the bottom of the label. Not entirely sure that aging this beer would accomplish much, but whatever. Another new beer to me from Flying Dog.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a solid opaque black colored body with less than a finger of dark chocolate mocha head. Some nice thin chocolate lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell doesn't come off so much as coffee, but more of a dark bitter baking chocolate. Some indistinct dark fruitiness, roasty chocolate malts, yeast, hint of wood, hint of cream, and some alcohol heat.

T - Taste is of dark roasted malts, some chocolate / cocoa, cream, some vanilla, a bit of char, and some nice bitter roasted coffee beans on the finish. Coffee is much more apparent on the taste than on the nose.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with a bit of coarse carbonation and some dark bitter chocolate / coffee bean roast on the palate.

Overall, it's a nice beer, but fairly lacking in the coffee department for a beer that describes itself as an imperial coffee stout, but the coffee does become more pronounced as you sip on it. A nice sipper, with a well-hidden 8.90% abv.

Flying Dog Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout ---4/5.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick, very dark brown, with little carbonation. I had to give it a pretty hard pour to produce a little mocha colored head, but that dissipated quickly, leaving little to no lace. Again, looks pretty thick.

Smells of dark fruits, damp vegetables and roasted malts. The coffee comes through not as coffee per se, but more like a nondescript dark, bitter smell. Fruit dominates the nose much more than your typical coffee stout.

On the palate, dark, sweet fruit hits first, followed by chocolate and rich, smooth espresso. Not as complex as some imperial stouts, but a palate-pleaser nonetheless. Booze is pretty well hidden, revealing itself only in a little dry, slightly minty astringency.

Mouthfeel is full, velvety soft and round. Though not as big and full as the viscous pour would lead you to believe. Again, not a luxurious as some, but definitely fits the imperial stout bill. Nice, lasting chocolate bitterness.

Overall, this is a big, tasty stout that packs a punch. A nice pairing of sweet, dark fruit and bitter chocolate/espresso flavors.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2013. Picked up ages ago from Trembling Madness in York and stored in my garage. I reckon Ralph Steadman might have had a few of these before drawing the label...

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned (chunky). A very dark brown that appears ultra-black in the glass. Yields a small head of brown foam that disappears rapidly. Aroma of rich roasted malt with notes of coffee, cocoa, burnt grain, molasses, brown sugar, faint dried fruit, a hint of vanilla and earthy yeast. Slightly sweet, with a warming whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of intense roasted malt and coffee, followed by a powerful bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, coffee, cocoa, molasses, brown sugar, dried fruit, subtle vanilla and earthy yeast. Rather sweet, with more than a touch of booze in the background. A zealous bitterness upon swallowing, though tempered somewhat by the sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth, thick and tingly, with light carbonation and good body. Quite astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of coffee, roasted malt, molasses and yeast.

Impressive - an avalanche of coffee and roasted malt overwhelms the palate. Looks nice, while the aroma and flavour are all about the coffee. Tastes like it was brewed five minutes ago. Good body; could be slightly creamier but let's not split hairs. A fantastic imperial stout with plenty of character - if you like your beers big and stuffed with coffee then don't pass this up.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black. Brownish tan/copper head.
Smell: Hard to discern. Light sweet cocoa.
Taste: Sweet cocoa and light coffee.

This is so good. The smell was difficult, but it was freezing outside and the glass of it didn't get a chance to warm. I'll update if I pick out something more. It was a sweet smell though. However, the taste was truly great. It was of sweet cocoa and coffee, with a slight alcoholic bite at the end. Really delicious. It poured like thick oil, and looked it too. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 cellared for about 9 months. Poured into teku
A: black with glistening coffee colored head with decent legs
S: toasty burnt chocolate, espresso, sweet caramel
T:smooth malt forward with big chocolate notes finished with a sweet espresso. Bit boozy in the aftertaste that is a but aggressive.
M: 3.5 would have liked smoother and creamy but I get a medium carb and slight grittiness

Overall: 3.5/5 very drinkable with nice smell and taste. A little more age could mellow the booze

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flying Fish Kojo

Reviewed from notes from the Spring. Standard pint/12oz

Appearance: Mostly black stout with a shorter lived tan head. 3.5/5

Smell: Not picking up much from this bottle. Some roasted malts and coffee. 3.25/5

Taste: Taste is big on malts. However, I get more chocolate than coffee. Despite that, the flavor is good. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy and with medium carbonation. Not bad. 3.75/5

Not bad, hides the alcohol pretty well. Maybe a little more coffee would be good. 3.75/5

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$3.99 for a single bottle at Total Wine. Healthy pour into a chalice.

A fairly well balanced imperial stout but a little too hot tasting wiith an ABV of only 8.9%. Typical rich and roasty flavors. I love imperial stouts and RISs, so it is hard for me to rate most of these beers below 4.0, but this is for now. This beer may do well with some cellaring.

A - Pours an opaque very dark reddish brown (but not cloudy), with a half-finger dark tan rocky head that disapates immediately (-). Some slight lacing that does not stick to the glass.

S - Coffee, touch of alcohol, little to no hoppiness of any kind, some dark fruitiness (raisins).

T - Dark chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt bitterness (tame but evident), a hint of whiskey, a bit too hot (-).

MF - Full bodied. Smooth not syrupy with a bite in the finish. Moderate carbonation and thus alittle fizzy in the mouth.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice.

Appearance: A very dark motor oil color, pitch brownish black with thin body to it. The head (straight tan) dropped pretty quick after rising to almost a finger's length.

Smell: Rich coffee bean scent, smells a bit of alcohol and a dose a half-n-half.

Taste: a strong espresso....bitter and milky sweet. I mean this is definitely one of the best coffee infused stouts I have had just on taste alone. One sip really isn't enough to indulge, you taste everything from molasses to caramel but still heavy coffee...absolutely yum.

Mouth: medium carbonation, feels a little flat but crazy still. I have to take into consideration it's from the growler and maybe it lost some pressurization.

Overall: Absolutely awesome beer, maybe a little more carbonation would've helped the appearance and mouthfeel but I do keep in mind how well my growler was capped. Regardless I will buy this again when I go back to superstar beverage (pending availability). Salud!

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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 RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a nice drinking coffee stout. Hearty yet smooth on the flavor profile. Coffee accents are a nice addition. It isn't overpowering, but it's smooth overall. Feel is great. Drinkability is really nice. I could go for many of these. And on that note, I wish I had more than one right now.

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Photo of MikeB20
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Super dark, opaque black with a foamy two finger brown head. Looks great in the glass, like a dark roast coffee.

S: A lot of dark roasted caramel malt, some coffee and dried plums. I find the aroma very inviting.

T: Slightly sweet up front, alcohol is well hidden in the finish. There's a nice roasted malt flavor along with the coffee notes in the background, hops are not pronounced at all. Coffee flavors linger in the finish, well balanced.

M: Creamy, lower carbonation, both a great for the style. Coats your mouth with each sip.

O: One of the better beers I've had in recent memory. A nice balanced malt profile with coffee flavors that add to the experience rather than overwhelm it. Not too sweet, which I find to be an issue with some imperial stouts, well balanced overall.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-poured into a snifter; pours a deep dark opaque black with a small, dark tan fizzy head that reduced quickly, leaving no lace. Looks like a cup of coffee a few seconds after the pour.

S- dark roasted malts provide dark chocolate, smoky charred wood, molasses, a bit of rubber, and day old coffee

T- sweet dark fruit up front with notes of fig and raisin, the sweetness continues mid-palate with slightly roasted notes, the finish is dry, leaving a strong linger of coffee with a bit of chocolate. Strangely enough, I don't taste any of the coffee until the linger on the palate, but when it hits, it's pretty strong

M- medium-heavy body, low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish. Alcohol warms it up just a bit on the finish, but otherwise hidden well.

O- this one had some interesting flavors, it's the sweetest coffee stout that I've tried, maybe just a bit too sweet. The flavors that lingered on the palate would have been ideal throughout the whole sip. Nonetheless, still a good stout and worth trying.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Junto Society Meeting 12/12. Poured into a Flying Dog Chalice.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a very thin tan head. Had to pour quite aggressively to even get that. Not much for retention or lacing.

Aroma: Strong coffee aroma along with some chocolate malt. Smells sweet.

Taste: Semi-sweet dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla. Coffee isn't overwhelming but is definitely there with a slight roastiness. Reminds me of an iced coffee. It's a little on the sweet side but that's ok here. Pretty good but not as good as "Batch 2"

Mouthfeel: Creamy, slick, medium-full body with very little carbonation. Slight alcohol presence.

Overall, I find it an enjoyable beer, if somewhat inconsistent. No head and carbonation take away a little bit from an otherwise great tasting beer.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Buddha bar in Inwood- pours a thick black with two fingers of mocha colored head, good retention, minimal lacing.

Smell is mild- a little coffee, some roasted malt, some creaminess from the nitro.

Taste is good- creamy and rich. A little cream taste up front followed by a mild coffee flavor, them the earthy roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- full bodied, mild soft carbonation. This is a pretty good beer in a very crowded field. I wouldn't seek it out but if it's available and you feel like a stout it's worth a try.

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Photo of rawfish
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours oily dark brown, pretty viscous stout. Tiny mocha head that disappears within seconds and leaves no lacing, very slick.

Dark fruit, rasins and candied dates, above all is the distinct addition of coffee, sweet chocolate and chocolate cake. Inviting dessert aroma. A bit boozy on the finish.

Roasty and milk chocolate sweetness hit the palate first with raisins, prune and licorice following. The sweetness of this beer makes rather unique, the chocolate and fruity sweetness is not unlike a black forest cake. Sticky in the finish but the taste does clean very well.

Tight bubbles and average carbonation, a bit creamy but more sweet than anything, a good sipper.

Decadent, easy to drink imperial stout, the sweetness could be cloying for some but I enjoyed it. It's not really a coffee heavy beer, more of a milk chocolate and dark fruit combination that makes it stand out. Would buy again.

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Photo of Samuel906
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours very dark with heavy tan head.

S: Predominantly a nice earthy coffee with some sweetness, vanilla and chocolate. No booze.

T: Despite the huge coffee flavor, this is very well balanced. The sweet, bread, cereals all go together great.

M: Thick creamy.

O: If you love stouts and you love coffee, this is a hone run. Bit on the expensive side though.

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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 919 ratings.
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