K-9 Winter Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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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
Ranking:
#42,138
Reviews:
377
Ratings:
843
pDev:
14.58%
 
 
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11
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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This decent winter warmer pours a
dark cola tinged mahogany with a nice head of off white foam that
settles to a thin ring, thin light layer, and shows some nice sudsy lacing.
Nose of light toffee, chocolate malts, subtle fruit notes, and touches of
herbal hops. Flavors exceed the nose with cocoa, subtle coffee, subtle
toffee, a touch of dates, cola notes, and moderate zesty hop notes with
hints of some pine and subtle warming alcohol. Nice mouth feel; medium
body, smooth, medium light carbonation that is lively, and a moderately
sweet and balanced bitter hop finish.

Overall, a SOLID warmer that is nothing at all to shy from.

Cheers

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Photo of _Adam_
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Djoneil
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brace of draught pints at the City Cafe in Baltimore. Dark brown with a nice khaki head, leaving a bit of lace. Lots of malty goodness on the nose & tongue.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

DATE: December 7, 2018... OCCASION: the eve of our first Quiz Bowl competition, watching the Great Christmas Light Fight... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... pours a dark purple body, opaque and cloudy with a small off-white ring of head that bands the glass... thick wafts of grapefruit, hazelnut, grape/merlot, thick caramel, candied sugars, toffee and cola... its aroma is a staunch harbinger of what's to come... this sips much more appreciably than its 7.4% ABV would have one expect, as a cola mouthfeel brings a mellow appreciation, medium-bodied but more than drinkable... its finish is sweet, lasting, and yes, a bit warming... caramel, molasses, toffee, slight nuttiness, orange citrus blanketed under bread malts, grapes, and grapefruit at the finish--quite a cornucopia of flavor for a beer whose purpose is often to provide a monolithic experience... this is warming indeed, strong and agreeable...one of Flying Dog's consistent offerings...

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Photo of Fatheroftoomany
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice deep dark brown color. Had no odor to my nose, maybe a few hints of the cardamom. Taste is decent but it burns afterwards. Way too much power of cardamom as it burns your mouth afterwards. Not recommended, better options available.

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Photo of deansellers
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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K-9 Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 843 ratings