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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#43,918
Reviews:
372
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830
pDev:
14.58%
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2.85
 
 
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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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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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3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | 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

Photo of Urk1127
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roberto11232
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 88caprice
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby brown. Smells of astringent alcohol, dark caramel, leather, rum, and raisins. Taste is similar with a cardamom like spice. Falls a little flat for me, but still good and a little warming. Low carbonation in the feel.

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4.4/5  rDev +31%
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 -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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