K-9 Winter Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale

Added by kbub6f on 10-30-2001

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Ranking:
#44,878
Reviews:
373
Ratings:
835
pDev:
14.58%
Bros Score:
2.85
 
 
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Photo of Jason_cs
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Paul_Apsley
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jonbozz
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tillmac62
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

BBD 4/23/18 - now called K-9 Winter Warmer. Pours a deep brown that turns a dark ruby red in bright light. Quite outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

The nose is extremely weak, a real disappointment for a beautiful looking beer. Even allowing it to warm and tasting it doesn't help. Just mere hints of malt and a bitter spice.

Solid medium body that has a bit of creaminess over a smooth textured body. The carbonation / body balance is outstanding. The middle is subtly effervescent while providing a tickle. The finish is finely bubbled and prickly.

The flavor profile is good. Like the nose, there is no real flavor separation. You can find a bit of cardamom and cocoa is there (provided you know it before hand and search for it). Consequently, you get a blended flavor experience that is good. Bitterness is extremely mild yet the malts never really deliver a sweet contrast. The finish gives a hint of vanilla and lingers with a bit of uncovered alcohol.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cunny123
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mjw2808
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice: color is dark brown, head is light tan and presents 1 inch thick and then dissipates to a solid top.

Smell is lightly sweet malt, hints of chocolate, caramel, roast, coffee are notable.

Taste is similar with more notable spices, but very good: lightly sweeter malt, toast, chocolate, caramel, roast, coffee, then some light vanilla, i'm not finding caradamom outright but the lighter profile of malt lets the malt be the center of attention.

Mouthfeel is is moderate with crisp carbonation and light toast.

Overall a good winter warmer with light spice, I'lll get more of this.

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Photo of SociableJimmy
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StanleysCup
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Look is black with very little highlights and an off white head.

Definitely has that malt old ale aroma. Not much in the spicing though.

Spicing comes in more in the taste. The spicing and malty seem maybe a little discordant in that it’s very sweet. But overall very good.

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Photo of dudd
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BJB13
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

A fat beige cola like head sits over a body that is clear and dark cherry red when held to the light. The rocky foam leaves sticky lacing.

The nose is weak with only a hint of cola caramel and something approaching cough syrup.

Flavors of nut and spice open but it moves fast into astringent, medicine like alcohol. An aftertaste of equal parts spice and cherry cough syrup leave a chalky coating behind. I can't taste the cocoa or vanilla.

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Photo of Maillard
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrJuengling
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bwbrev
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
2.64/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the lower right-side of the bottle: "FOR OPTIMAL FRESHNESS ENJOY BY 04.11.18"
The beer I have is titled "K-9 WINTER WARMER" with a red label, rather than the white one labeled "WINTER ALE" here. The website for Flying Dog has "winter-ale" in the URL but "WINTER WARMER" in the title so it looks like these are the same beer.

Appearance: The body of the beer is black with dark brown only showing where light hits it. It has a light khaki colored head that is short with good retention and spotty lacing.

Aroma: The beer has a bit of a toasted nut aroma.

Taste: The beer has a bit of a light toasted nut flavor with a bit of a biscuit taste. There is a touch of alcohol in there as well.

Mouthfeel: It is a medium bodied beer with a slightly dry finish. It has a light carbon bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall: The label says this is an "ALE BREWED WITH CARDAMOM, VANILLA BEAN AND COCOA" but really it just tastes a bit like an average porter. There aren't any flavors that are advertised on the label. I really wouldn't recommend it as a Winter Warmer because it doesn't provide anything over a standard beer. I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of classixIII
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spindelphia
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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K-9 Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 835 ratings