K-9 Winter Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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K-9 Winter AleK-9 Winter Ale
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K-9 Winter AleK-9 Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

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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Photo of DPMomutant
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finger-thick head fades quickly on this one. Body is dark brown but kind of thin for the style.

A decent little fruity aroma going on here. Sweet but not as strong as one would think.

Not as much taste as I'd expect from a strong beer. A bit sweet with some alcohol at the beginning with some bitterness at the end. Not bad but not as much going on as I'd like.

This beer feels a bit to thin for me. Maybe with a little less water that taste would come out more.

Obviously with the higher ABV you don't want too many of these. While not great, this would be good enough to have a couple. It has potential but isn't quite there.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours medium reddish brown with a big head and good retention. Not much smell. Taste is a little roast malt followed by slight bitter grapefruit. Carbonation is thin with some carbonic acid bite. Overall, not bad, not great, sort of one-dimensional.

Updated for 2017. Tried it again, liked it more. Same overall idea but I picked up more spice this time.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear, dark brown color. Offwhite head fades to a thick film. A few small patches of lacing.

S - A very light roasted maltiness with some sugary sweetness.

T - Taste is mostly light cereal malts with light bitterness. A little bit of fruity sweetness comes in and the finish leaves a light bitter taste.

M - Medium consistency and carbonation.

D - No off flavors but not a lot of flavor. Average.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chocolate twinged deep ruby in color, this beer pours out with a meager head. Somehow, it leaves a plasant amount of lace.

The nose is full of spiciness; pine, nutmeg, molasses, as well as nuts, and fruitcake. Not particularly enticing.

Starts very much like a brown ale but picks up a rather interesting hop/spice interaction. Maple syrup, molasses again. Smooth nutty malts over a twinge of Xmas brownies and spice.

Not bad, but i'm getting tired of winter seasonals that seem like castrated versions of Anchor's OSA.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep red color with a creamy off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Some caramel and earthy hops, with some buttery/biscuity notes and perhaps plum.

T: Harsh roasted malt and earthy/herbal hops. Some fruity flavors and a bold kick of herbal and earthy hops. Hints of alcohol and maybe vanilla. Some raisin notes as well.

M: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. An astringent, harsh bitter/roasted nature. Kind of a stark finish.

D: This is interesting and has some unique characteristics, but it's kind of harsh and unbalanced. Given that and the ABV, it's not something you'd ever really have several of.

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Photo of Paul_Zills121
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DaveMiller
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of battlekow
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

K-9 Cruiser is a deep, clear mahogany color with an initially fluffy white head that soon fades away, leaving pretty good lacing. Really doesn't smell strong at all, but what's there is a bit of fruitiness, some spicy alcohol notes, and a bit of toasted malt. The taste is similarly muted; there are some sweet, dark fruits with a bit of an alcohol spike and a small toasted and slightly hoppy finish. As far as winter ales go, this isn't nearly as good as Goose Island's or Big Sky's, and the only other American Strong Ale I've had, Nosferatu, outclasses this easily. K-9 Cruiser just doesn't have a lot of flavor, but would be a good way to get fucked up pretty quickly, I guess.

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Photo of tapman
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany hue with a large tan head. Opaque, though appears unfiltered. Nothing out of the ordinary, but nothing unappetizing.

Sweet in malt, buttery, reminds me of a malt extract homebrew. Floral and fruity, perhaps a fuggle or some less hoppy american hop.

A little better than the smell, but very similar. A pronounced malt character, still reeks of malt extract. I'm sure that's not what it is, but perhaps there was an overcooking of the malts. Alcohol slightly pronounced, not great, for there are many beers that do this style with a higher abv percentage and less alcohol taste. A personal taste call, I suppose.

Thick and effervescent. A little syrupy.

A moderately good winter brew, there are worse to be had. It feels like this one is playing it safe in a lot of areas, only to wind up with bland results.

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Photo of clvand0
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark brown color with a small head that quickly dies off and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and fruity with some grassy smells. Dark fruits. The flavor is thin and reminds me of a bock beer. Not too sure what I think about it being an American Strong Ale. Fruity and crisp with a grassy flavor. Just ok. Probably won't have it again.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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