K-9 Winter Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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807 Ratings
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K-9 Winter AleK-9 Winter Ale
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
807
Reviews:
367
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
15.02%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
120
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 807 |  Reviews: 367
Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.4/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle into oversized wine glass.

Look: mahogany brown with an off-white head that fades to a thin layer of lace. To be fair, though, I gave it a gentle pour and the "optimal freshness" date was 2 weeks ago.

Smell: Dark fruit up front. Dried apricots, dates, and a bit of an alcohol note. Like the fruit you soak in booze before putting it into your Christmas fruitcake. There's a bit of a toffee/sticky pudding note underneath the fruit and booze, as well.

Taste: Given the sugary aroma, surprisingly not sweet. There's a solid malty backbone, with a little bit of sweetness and some toasted notes, but there are enough hops in the finish to prevent it from being cloying. Hops are present, but not dominant. Hop bitterness is earthy and blends into an unsweetened cocoa note in the finish. As it warms, there's a little spice up front with the sweetness.

Feel: My only complaint about the K-9 is that it feels a little thin. With an aroma and flavor profile like this, I expect a chewier, stickier beer. I want the texture to complement the richness of the flavors and the aroma, but it doesn't quite get there.

Overall: This is a well executed take on a winter warmer. It takes on the flavors and aromas of Christmas puddings, balanced with just enough hop and cocoa bitterness to avoid being cloying. Using it as a session beer might be a bad idea because of the alcohol content, but that may also prove useful at a holiday dinner with unpleasant family members.

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Photo of rydev24
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Can_has_beer
2.61/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cyclonece09
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Pours reddish black with a small white head and some floating yeast. Smells of dark grain with some chocolate and fruitiness. Tastes of slight chocolate and fruit, but the weak grain backbone stands out. Beer is medium bodied and while not quite a sipper, isn't a easy drinker, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, into mug

dark brown in color, with off-white head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma is quite herbal - the cardamom is pungent. taste is bready and caramel malts with the spicy earthy flavors. medium bodied.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From Labirratoriun. In Teku glass. Playing Day of the Tentacle Remastered. The cardamom is pretty notorius but not overwhelming. Very christmasty. Good texture. Drinks well but dont enthusiams.

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Photo of kkazemi
3.82/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Adam1993
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ardeer
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gruves33
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sisterofba
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foley67
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deac83
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ctb6582
3.96/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of surrealtree
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zotzot
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjgsilva
4.21/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajdemma
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CreightonSM
3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dhair59
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dgp207
5/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like it, good head !

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Photo of Mgm54
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Peyton5410
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mikr
2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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K-9 Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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