K-9 Winter Ale
Flying Dog Brewery

K-9 Winter AleK-9 Winter Ale
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Winter Warmer
Ranked #285
Ranked #46,707
3.37 | pDev: 14.54%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
K-9 Winter AleK-9 Winter Ale
Notes: Formerly K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale
Reviews: 380 | Ratings: 855 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Paz8812:
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.4/5  rDev +30.6%
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 thecheapies
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Incredible head retention. It's been there for about 20 minutes; must be permanent. Beer looks cola red with good clarity.

Sweet malts with a good dose of spice. Apple-y notes mix with black grape, cinnamon, and cream. Light clove and anise. Mostly just sweet and spicy malts with a light roasty character.

Very apple-y with a sprite tart note. Of course, countered by a sweet and breathy booze and roasty sweet English malts. Spices are much more muted and secondary, whereas I'm questioning if they're even there at all. Some solvent-y flavors in the outro. Semi-buttery. Not bad.

Again, big with the booziness. Even a little overblown for a warmer. Body is medium, and the carbonation might be a hair above that. A decent bite of beer, per sip.

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Photo of JackStraw22
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer has a dark red body, small off white head. Not much retention, but good amount of lacing. Most dominant aroma is of chocolate malt. Not really any hop aroma, very malty. Light mouthfeel, very dry finish. Chocolate malt taste hits you upfront, with a little bit of bitterness. Somewhat of a metallic taste, though which I don't like. Certainly a drinkable beer, though higher in ABV. It really feels like it's drying out my throat though. I haven't had a beer do that this much before.

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Photo of rarbring
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a clear amber brew, has an off-white high head with uneven bubbles leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is sweet brown syrup, dark bread, and grass.

Upfront slightly sweet and with bread notes, bitter oranges and then bitter hops.

Medium high carbonation, small aggressive bubbles, but smooth texture, a good body and a dry finish.

A really enjoyable and hoppy winter warmer.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of edskirk3
2.79/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce brown bottle with Ralph Steadman artwork on the label. Stamped code: 086FX0S? It must be recent because it says Boulder, CO *and* Frederick, MD.

Into a pint glass it pours clear amber with cream-colored froth. I cam smell some grain husks and that's about it.

The taste is rather bland. Bran cereal with a touch of hop bitterness. A tad buttery, chewy. Borderline astringent aftertaste.

I can think of many Winter seasonals to drink before I even think of this beer.

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Photo of lucasj82
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of neonbrown82
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

This is a good winter release from Flying Dog. Pours to a nearly opaque brown with a maroon hue. The head is thin and wispy, receding to a ring and a film in a matter of seconds. Lacing is washy and subsequently very spotty.

The smell is nice. Smells rich and chocolatey with hints of caramel, like a mild porter or bock with some good holiday spices, like juniper and allspice. The taste is a beautiful extention of the nose. Sweet with all the above flavors and a nice dry gently roasty finish.

The mouthfeel is very thin and kind of disappointing for a high-ish gravity beer. Furthermore, it seems to be damn near flat. The result is a very watery "beer juice," but it is actually quite an enjoyable product despite the weak body. Surely doesn't seem like a 7.5% beer.

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Photo of Symptomu
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with little head. Dark amber color slight lacing. Smells like funky yeast and little else. You either like this particular smell or hate it. Taste is malty. Not many dominant flavors. A non sugary date flavor with a warm to hot spicy finish. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming to my palate. Mouthfeel is thin and warm. Drinkability is good for me. Very warming winter brew. I like this yeast.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber/ruby hue with a half finger foamy head. There was poor retention and lacing.

The smell was sweet molasses/dark corn syrup.

The flavor was upfront heavy sweetness but dissipated into a slight hop bite at the finish.

The mouthfeel was average. Started off full but finished on the light side.

A tasty ale, however it lacks the spice I look for in a winter offering. Just the right level ABV.

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Photo of clarkkr
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle -> tulip glass

Pours copper/bronze color and has a fairly thick head with good retention and some lacing. Smells of deeply roasted sweet malts with some caramel-like malted scents. Tasting it, I pick up some chocolate flavors that compliment some of the roasty-sweetness fairly nicely and some very faint hops add bitterness and keep the alcohol from entering in too strongly from the equation. You don't really taste the alcohol, but you do notice its warmth and it bites a bit along with the light hops. It makes an impact on your mouth, and I'd be wrong to call this brew "smooth." It's forceful which sort of makes it hard to appreciate the texture of this one. Overall, it makes for an okay winter ale, but misses out on some of the fun "wintery" things that one tends to look for in the style.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ndekke39
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Rumba Cafe. Poured in a pint glass with about two fingers of head. Great retention, lots of lacing. Deep ruby color. Smells and tastes are pretty simple: nice malt backbone with some warm spices. Medium body. Very drinkable, nice example of a Winter Warmer, but not the most dynamic one I've ever tasted. Still, it fit the purpose and I enjoyed it!

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ThaCreep
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Amber color. The nose offers a bit of light coffee nose with touches special yeast and oats. The body appears extremely complex and the flavors are sometimes too many present and affect the consistency of the drink. In the mouth, and spices - especially cloves - but they are directly offset by the bitterness of the roasted malt and a citrus aftertaste.

The body is more or less the balance of flavors - which sometimes tend in the brewery, to go in any direction - but we feel that this balance is right and it is undoubtedly one of best beers of the brewery.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, a very good beer. Looks dark brown with amber and red highlights. Nice thick tan head pours with low to moderate carbonation. Head sticks around a while. Smells malty and a bit hoppy. Some spices and earthyness in there. Tastes malty sweet with flavoring and bittering hops lurking closely. Fruityness of dates and raisons. Mildly spicy of ginger and pepper. Hop flavor comes through in the bold body. As well does alcohol. Finishes as malty as it begins, but not too sweet or too dry. A very goo balance on this one.

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3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of janubio
2.87/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark brown colour, medium head thas does not hold for too long, leaving a tiny lace. Smell of aniseed, clove and some caramel, in a confusing mix. Medium body, good carbonation. Taste of dark fruits, clove, aniseed, everything confusing too. Not the best Chrismast beer at all. Bitter finish.

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