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Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout | Flying Dog Brewery

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4/5
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922 Ratings
Kujo Imperial Coffee StoutKujo Imperial Coffee Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Arithmeticus on 12-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,828
Reviews:
218
Ratings:
922
pDev:
10.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
149
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Ratings: 922 |  Reviews: 218
Photo of mick303
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 mL Bottle, with freshness date. This poured pitch black, and some coaxing was needed to flair up a really coffee-dark head, retention was pretty quick, though it did leave a nice lacing and a wispy film.

Aroma has a fruity groundnut character, lychee or dragonfruit also maybe, quite distinctive. Also a lot of coffee and roast malt character. Big dark chocolate. It is pretty big, representing the ABV, but a tropical fruit lightness too, that make this quite interesting.

Taste is akin to really strong coffee (!) yet with a bit heap of bitter cocoa in there. One hell of an alcoholic warming mocha. Strong roastiness from the malts, this is somehow impeccably smooth. Some playful dark fruit and spiciness underneath, it is a complex flavour here.

Mouthfeel is quite obviously big in presence, with a lot of roasty malt, yet it has a great creamy aspect, and the bitterness of the cocoa/chocolate is nicely drying (imagine eating a spoon of straight unsweetened cocoa) on the finish.

Wow. This has 'winter sipper' all over it. The alcohol is barely perceivable under the creamy smoothness, yet its body belies its strength. Although the nose is a bit disparate initially, the palate gets over the coffee and finds those tropical and nutty characteristics. I'll stick by the strong mocha description, a bit all-over-the place, but interesting, damn good.

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Photo of JennieKoeper
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of dgilks
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
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 baker2gs
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of cjac
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of amejia79
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Exiled
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of donactive
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of barneysdad
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jbaker67
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mixed_master7
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a blackish body with one-finger tan head in my snifter. A bit of sweet espresso coffee in the aroma, along with some breadiness but not a real heavy aroma. The ABV surprised me on this one because it's real easy to drink and lighter than a stout, yet alone a double stout, usually is. The coffee and bready malts come through in the taste, not much of a roasted coffee sensation, and I like the sticky sweetness from ? (caramel, chocolate, toffee, molasses, syrup...I really can't say) that coats my tongue...while not as strong as a stout does have a a real dry finish. Overall a quality sipper.

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Photo of Ego
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
audible sizzle as the head manages to attain one finger and then collapse on itself in the blink of two eyes, jet black hue, legs are left on the sides of the glass as you swirl, pretty much this looks as it should, nothing special, nothing off

nose...
black coffee with a little sweetener, dry cocoa, dark chocolate/dark fruit notes, the coffee really comes through here strongly (which makes sense eh?), nice

taste etc...
body is medium thick, some bitterness on the sip along with sweetness, the after taste is large, big dark chocolate and coffee flavors, but it seems to be lacking a "roasty" flavor generally associated with coffee, so to me the sweetness comes through a bit more, this is so strange that the sips contain little flavor but if you wait around in the after you get all sorts of notes, I tried just letting this sit in my mouth for more time than usual and it just doesn't release much flavor except a lactic type of sweet. The ABV is very well hidden, I am just getting a mild warming in my stomach from this.

verdict...
tasty, not great. A nice after dinner brew with some dessert as a foil, probably interesting to cook with, worth checking out but don't sell off your honus wagner rookie card

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Photo of jurbanik
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bark
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is black, the low head is pale brown. No lacing occurs.

The smell is sweet and loaded with coffee. It is elegant, but it is a little un-complex.

The taste is sweet. There is just hints of bitterness. Coffee, lots of clean and smooth coffee and coffee drops. Some black malt sourness (or is it the coffee?). The aftertaste is sweet with some metallic bitter flavours. Oily notes in the finish as well as even more coffee.

The carbonation is light. Few but fresh large bubbles. The liquid is smooth.

A very smooth after dinner beer, yet I had hoped for some more complexity.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
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 BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of MysticRuler
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Nose is sweet and chocolatey, not much in terms of coffee in the aroma, but very pleasant. Scrumptious Chocolate and Coffee notes but not cloying. Nicely balanced sweetness with alcohol in check.

Nitro is a must to truly experience this stout.

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Photo of Illos
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of tmars13
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Lemke10
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on tap at Conway & O’Reilly’s in Janesville, WI in summer 2012.

Pours as black as can be with very little head. Scent is that of robust coffee malts. Taste is rich, robust and full or great heavy flavors. You get tastes of roasted malts, caramel malts, coffee, toffee, and so much more. A fabulous dark beer for those who can handle something really dark.

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Photo of JBarx
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 922 ratings
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