K-9 Winter Ale
Flying Dog Brewery

K-9 Winter AleK-9 Winter Ale
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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Winter Warmer
Ranked #129
Ranked #29,330
3.37 | pDev: 14.54%
Nov 20, 2021
Oct 30, 2001
K-9 Winter AleK-9 Winter Ale
Notes: Formerly K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale
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Ratings by rarbring:
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Reviewed by rarbring from Sweden

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.
Dec 06, 2010
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.03 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Nov 20, 2021
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle from Kentucky served in a lager glass.
Appearance. Very dark reddish-brown body with a good beige head.
Aroma. This has a fine lightly sliped aroma with a suggestion of sweet dark bread.
Flavor. Largely follows the aroma but with a richer and darker malt component and a bit more spicing than the aroma suggests.
Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium carbonation.
Overall. A fine winter warmer that, unlike to many others, is not over spiced or best limited to small samples.
Jul 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
355 ml bottle, will soon be available at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.4%. Brewed with cardamom, vanilla bean and cocoa. Mahogany colour, small beige head. Malty aroma with notes of caramel, chocolate and vanilla, hints of mild spices. Malty rich flavour, moderately sweet, notes of lightly roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, vanilla and cardamom, decent hops.
May 11, 2021
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Served in a teku glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown almost transparent with extra bubbles to the body.

Smell: light vanilla and cinnamon aroma which dissipates quickly

Taste: very complex coming off with late notes of nutmeg cinnamon and vanilla. It's a touch sweet but with and after taste of coffee is seriously finishes off the Brew

Mouth: comes off with a full carbonation and a semi-body with a normal stickiness which leaves the pallets fairly quickly.

Overall: honestly I highly recommend the beer but it is to each their own. Always in a glass. Salud.
Jan 15, 2021
Rated: 3.73 by CruzinCooler from New Jersey

Jan 13, 2021
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Reviewed by hopsputin from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
a: dark brown/dark ruby red color. a touch of dark mahogany as well. no real head to speak of, which is a shame. color is great but really lacking in head

s: sweet caramel, milk chocolate, dark berries, chocolate powder, and toffee. clove, cardamom, vanilla, and dark chocolate. a touch of something like coffee or bitter dark chocolate & chocolate milk at the end

t: follows the nose pretty well. caramel, cherry, cardamom, and vanilla upfront. a touch of bitter dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol at the end. dark bready backbone

m: lighter side of medium mouthfeel with low-medium carbonation

o: an ok beer. there's a lot going on in the flavor which could use a touch better harmonization. it's not bad, just could work better together. wish there was a better head on this as well
Dec 22, 2020
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---When pouring in light, it was clear and auburn. Minimal, off-white head that went to a thin cap pretty quickly, but left really nice lacing.

S---Chocolate, vanilla, some light caramel and vague spice.

T---Again, chocolate, vanilla and light caramel.

F---Medium bodied, creamy. Really nice feel.

O---I don't know why this one is rated so low by everyone else. I really liked it.
Dec 18, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by shreead from Pennsylvania

Dec 10, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by Fr33man from Maryland

Dec 05, 2020
Rated: 3.92 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania

Nov 22, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Nov 21, 2020
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Reviewed by cozmo from New York

3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
This beer looks great in the glass. Nice frothy head and nice color. But when it comes to taste it doesn't match the look. Not very balanced as far as taste. Vanilla and cardamom up front and lots of bitter on the end and not much in between. I put put this on the low end as far as Winter Warmers go.
Nov 15, 2020
Rated: 3.45 by kraut6363 from Pennsylvania

Nov 15, 2020
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Mahogany appearance with a small beige head and light lacing. Malty, dark fruit aroma loaded up with autumnal spices. . Flavors of toffee, brown sugar, red and dark fruit paired with the recurring spices that linger thru the aftertaste. Sharp, edgy, lasting finish. Full bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel. One an evening is enough.
Nov 03, 2020
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Reviewed by PathofChaos from Maryland

2.4/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5
Deep, walnut brown with a pale, beige head that looks like fluffed perfection and laces every way known to man: First as a solid sheet, then droops and becomes webbed, the webbing sinks, leaving a single spotty ring, and finally that foam asteroid belt is absorbed into the walnut murk.

Here, your nostrils will nibble on delicate bits of chocolate, vanilla, and cardamom. Aroma is a little weak but at least none of its elements overrides the others. Treasure this enticing equilibrium… it isn’t going to last.

Light with a wash of creaminess that barely bulks it to a lithe medium. Carbonation sings softly until the very last lick of baking spice linger.

Needs about five minutes before it stops tasting like some idiot knocked 3lb bag of cardamom into a sink full of soiled dishwater. Once that watery, tainted aluminum taste departs, you’re left with gratuitous heaps of dry cardamom that brutishly bludgeon the life out of any minuscule cocoa or vanilla that dares challenge its holiday spice themed dictatorship.
Aug 16, 2020
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Rated by good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Smooth and spicy with an interesting, cola-like smell.
Feb 21, 2020
Rated: 3.06 by PsychedelicQuaker from Pennsylvania

Jan 12, 2020
Rated: 4.23 by Trboley from Ohio

Dec 31, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Dec 31, 2019
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Reviewed by skisonic from Maryland

3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Review for "K-9 Winter Warmer" (in a can):
I find the smell unpleasant, the more I try to identify it the tougher it becomes to endure. In contrast, it's a great looking beer when poured, a bold, deep, hickory hue with an admirable head. It's a got a mildly sharp bite on first taste, it's spicy with hints of the cardamom featuring prominently. Nevertheless, it goes down smooth enough to warm the the bones in a ski lodge I suppose. It's got a respectable mouthfeel and it carries the flavor well. A solid beer, a great-looking winter treat but not my go-to.
Dec 16, 2019
Rated: 3.15 by Wellgoose12 from New York

Dec 12, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by desint from Belgium

Jul 29, 2019
Rated: 3.52 by Ronl12 from Massachusetts

May 22, 2019
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Reviewed by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours a bourbon color with minimal head.
Smells kinda sweet.
Taste starts out solid, then starts burning like a motherlover, cardoman?
This overwhelms the mouthfeel and aftertaste.
This is ok, nothing special
Mar 16, 2019
Rated: 3.4 by robebo44 from Virginia

Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 3.29 by KingMatthewsDad from Pennsylvania

Jan 26, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by petewheeler from Maryland

Jan 06, 2019
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
on draft at Sabatinins in Exeter pa this lunchtime.

Nice pour, deep reddish amber body with a solid off white head leaving nice lacing.

slightly sweet aroma

initially tastes like your average solid winter warmer. Though I don't get the cardoman, vanilla, and cocoa mentioned, it's still an okay drink...until the end, when a wave of bitterness comes in. Not what I want in a winter warmer.

Mouth around medium. finish slightly sweet until that annoying bitterness comes in.

Overall, starts off well, finishes poorly.
Jan 06, 2019
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Dec 11, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Dec 11, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by dsshuck from Delaware

Dec 10, 2018
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Reviewed by DanO1066 from Maryland

3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
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.
Dec 09, 2018
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.37/5  rDev 0%
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...
Dec 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Fatheroftoomany from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11%
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.
Dec 04, 2018
Rated: 3.48 by deansellers from Maryland

Nov 21, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jun 16, 2018
Rated: 3.32 by Jason_cs from Florida

Apr 20, 2018
Rated: 3.14 by Paul_Apsley from Michigan

Mar 22, 2018
Rated: 3.03 by jonbozz from Maryland

Mar 05, 2018
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