Tuesday, April 30, 2013

BD in a Flying Dog: Kujo

type: imperial stout
origin: Frederick, MD
price: $2.50/12oz
ABV: 8.9%
NSP: 12.2

As a result of doing this BD series, I have officially developed high expectations for anything by Flying Dog I haven't yet tasted.  This was definitely not an exception.  An imperial stout with coffee from FD??  Could it possibly contend with Speedway Stout??

Nope.  Not a chance.  Speedway is simply on another level of amazing.  This, however, has something odd to it I can't quite pin down.  It certainly has all the components of a successful imperial stout: a pour that scares the crap out of you, tan-brown head, deep roasted malt flavors, and high ABV.  But the finish is so weak that I'm having a hard time not tasting the ethanol, or tannins from the coffee beans, or whatever the source is.  And there's a Vegetal-like flavor I can't escape.  (Homebrewers will note that this is a definite flaw.)  It's not a complete fuck this set of flavors--that goes to Stone's Belgo Anise IRS, which has a special place in hell reserved for it.  I have to recommend a pass, but I'd be willing to give it another chance in the future.

To wrap up this review, I say we take a look at the most popular definition of 'kujo' on Urban Dictionary:
When a dog is acting crazy and insane. It usually doesn't mean anything except for the fact that the dog is getting a hit of energy. Symptoms include running around and away from people, excessive growling, and frequently a mean-ass bite. The kujo state will probably last for about 5-10 minutes depending on how well you can handle the dog. A good way to take care of it is to grab the dog, put him on his back, and put your face up against his and firmly tell him to stop. And if necessary bite his ear and show him who the fucking boss is.  
Damn it, stop acting all kujo on me you fucking dog.

Looks pretty damn 'kujo' to me.

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