K-9 Winter Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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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 LagerDogger
5/5  rDev +50.2%

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 hoplover82
4.82/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a dark hazy ruby red with a tan creamy medium head that sticks around until the fat lady sings and leaves great lacing.

S-Wow! Lots of hops! Wonderful suprize! Earthy, floral and piney hops. Lots of very aromatic malt too. Caramel and toffee shining through with biscuits too. Very complex.

T-Wow! It's a five! Very impressed. Very creamy malty with lots of hops flavor and bold but clean bitterness. Caramel and biscuits also come through. There is soft lingering bitterness in the end.

M-Very creamy and full bodied.

D-My goodness, I could sip these all night, I wish this could last forever. Very impressed. I think the beer has been improved over time, I had the 2008 one and it seems the reviews of the past years are not as good as it is now. I think everyone that has had this should go back and revisit this one.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.75/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beguiling. Wow-wee. Defies the rules this one.

Appearance: Dark ruby-red. Poured with the thinnest of heads, but the remaining lacework sustained throughout, daring you to try...
Smell: Bready, woody, bulky and bold. Dry hopped, but detected only under subtle layers of complex malt accents.
Taste: Complex malts lend a nice, Belgian-like sugar mix in the foretaste, a balanced middle, and a dry finish. Goddamn.
Mouthfeel: Initially, sits lite on the tongue. But after swallowing, the cheeks and the upper palette beg for the experience of fireworks to explode once more.
Drinkability: A wonderful beer which can be truly appreciated in mid-winter's chilly grip. This beer is packed with complex malty sugars, but lets ya know that the hops won't be denied - they're just part of the colorful trees in this vast forest of wonder.

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Photo of Jcpilotak
4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

Very tasty. Sad to see the negative reviews.... This beer is alright!

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Photo of Lilbeck23
4.66/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The smell is a deep but light strong ale smell. The color and look is a deep brown or dark Amber appearance. Overall tast is amazing. It hits a barley and malt flavor but inviting with a sweet mellow bourbon; with a hint of fig. Like a fig Newton without the cookie but sweetened. Not as sweet as sweetened dates. However, a fig with a sweet hint of licorice. Overall, "mind blowing"!!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.55/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Mahogany color with a nice light brown head, decent carbonation, and sporadic lace rings. Fresh citrusy hop aroma with a nice nutty malt aroma underneath. Perfecrtly balanced strong malty ale with just enough citrusy hops to not make it very sweet in any way. Medium-light bodied with a lightly hoppy finish.

Much more hoppy than the description leads you to believe ... much more approachable than Arrogant Bastard.

Per FD website: English Strong Ale with a malty taste, unique and different, a true Flying Dog original.
Original Gravity: 16.0 Plato
Specific Gravity: 1.064
Alcohol by Volume: 6.8%

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Photo of Renae
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of Epicbeertime
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of KC9LDB
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of MmmIPA
4.47/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Let me first say that the art work on this bottle is pheonominal.

A-Semi big head about 1 in..Dark amber in color.

T-Malty,Carmel? almost "Stout" tasting.

S-Flowery,I really cant tell ya what kind of flowers are in it.

D-Very refreshing,I wanted more.I would have bought a 6er of this.I bought a 12 oz bottle of it for 2 bucks.I thought it was well worth it

M-Great taste.

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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 thebeerdoctor
4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There was a time when K9 said: "when in doubt go flat out", but that was before the troubles in New York back in 2001. This version from Maryland is an incredible delicious ale, where malt sweetness combines with a crunchy biscuit flavor note in the finish. This is even better than I remember of the first version I sampled from Colorado.

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Photo of csrbv
4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ran across a 6-pack of this at Wegmans.

Look: Poured a rich copper. Carbonation seemed a little low. Head was a thin kaki color; about 1 finger was left after things calmed down from the pour.

Smell: The aroma was robust with spicy malts and some dark pit fruits. There were also some faint hints of molasses and brown sugar. Basically all the spicy and sweet notes I usually expect in a top notch winter warmer. No booziness was noticeable in the nose.

Taste: Good – the taste was right on with the aroma. First was the spicy roasted malts followed by the sweeter dark fruits. The finish had smooth sugary notes with a hop bite right at the end. Aftertaste was an enjoyable earthy spice that lasted for a while.

This brew is reminiscent of a couple Christmas Ales that I have had, this is a very enjoyable winter beer.

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Photo of shoham
4.32/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Coca-Cola brown. Poured it into a Pittsburgh Steeler Beer Stein. Drinking my third one right now. Smells sweet at this point in the evening! For a beer with almost as much alcohol as wine it's pretty smooth sailing. Feel milky, again this is my third beer (7.4%) so I feel like this is the time to write the review.

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Photo of Drew88
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of erwityk
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of tconty
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Jack_Frost79
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of vipguy814
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of mschrei
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Ryan4120
4.23/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings.. Dated November 2006

Poured a deep mahogany brown colour... Light mocha head poured quite small and thick then faded quickly to thick ring around the edge. Very light lacing...

Aroma - Quite rich sweet toasted malted bread notes, spicy dark fruits (prunes, strawberries, dates), Christmas cake notes, treacle / brown sugar sweetness, some saltiness, some pine / sap notes, light peppery hops, toasted nutty sweetness...

Taste – Loads of rich sweet bready malts, dark alcohol soaked fruits (currents, prunes, raisins, some figs), toasted malt loaf, treacle sweetness, the faintest of piney / peppery hops, definite roasted nuttiness...

Feel - Rich, smooth and creamy... medium / full bodied... Pretty drinkable for a 7.48% beer although all those sweet malts might be too much after a while...

Overall - An excellent beer - i really enjoyed this.... a bit like a mix between a Scottish wee heavy and a Doppelbock... Recommended...

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K-9 Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3.33 out of 5 based on 807 ratings.
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