K-9 Winter Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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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 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 cyclonece09
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Pours reddish black with a small white head and some floating yeast. Smells of dark grain with some chocolate and fruitiness. Tastes of slight chocolate and fruit, but the weak grain backbone stands out. Beer is medium bodied and while not quite a sipper, isn't a easy drinker, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, into mug

dark brown in color, with off-white head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma is quite herbal - the cardamom is pungent. taste is bready and caramel malts with the spicy earthy flavors. medium bodied.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From Labirratoriun. In Teku glass. Playing Day of the Tentacle Remastered. The cardamom is pretty notorius but not overwhelming. Very christmasty. Good texture. Drinks well but dont enthusiams.

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Photo of wingman14
3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark brown with a minimal head. Smells of spice and sweet malt, nothing huge. Taste is sweet, reminds me of a malty brown ale with some spice overtones. A medium mouthfeel, nothing out of the ordinary. Overall a bit different, but a decent winter ale.

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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 rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brown to the middle with reddish appearance on the outside. Mild head of 1/5", off white. Aroma was a little malty, barely hoppy, average stuff.

Taste was a little more bitter than desired, nothing too far off the beaten path, caramel, warming alcohol, sturdy caramel, thick.

Its a bigger beer, but ultimately plays it close to the vest and keeps it safe all around. Average all around really.

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Photo of alarmclock314
2.82/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle, no date. Pours clear light amber with a large off-white head. Faint smell of pine and citrus hops with some bready malt. The taste also has a weak intensity; some malts, hops, and dark fruit with maybe a hint of spice. Lots of sourness and some bitterness in the finish. Thin body and high carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty bad beer. It's devoid of flavor and smell and hardly fits the style; buy a different Winter Warmer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, poured into a teku)

L: dark, cherry-red liquid, with fair clarity, topped by some loose tan suds... no lacing

S: dense caramel malt, taffy, plum, bit of spicy booze... perhaps a hint of mint, perhaps a light grassy hop aroma... potency overall not strong and clarity a bit fuzzy

T: the alcohol flares up, bites a bit which, coupled with an herbal (and toast) bitterness, gives a snappy shock to the tongue... fairly thick, rich malt core, slightly vinous fruitiness... pop of spice in the finish, as well as a little cocoa and perhaps smoke in the aftertaste

F: medium-full bodied, a bit plush and slick in its viscosity, yet light enough in the finish... only a thin residual film left... rather light considering the extra body

O: definitely a winter warmer... one really has to dig big malty beers like this, beers that also aren't up above 9-10%... they did a decent job, it just has nothing distinctive about it - no need to buy it again

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | 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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks nice. Very dark reddish color with a big fluffy tan head.

Smells and tastes like dark, sour fruits and bitter licorice, with some cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Fairly malty, but a little over carbed.

A little too bitter in the finish, and I swear there is chocolate?

Drinkable. I have had worse. I have also had many better.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy red/dark and colour. Sweet malts and dark fruits (figs, prunes, etc.) aromas. Sweet dark fruits, maple syrup, barleywine-esque taste. Cloyingly sweet.

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Photo of janubio
2.87/5  rDev -13.8%
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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Photo of bnes09
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep auburn color. Ring of egg shell white head. Mildly toasty malt and herbal hop aroma. Malty flavor overall with toasted wheat and faint molasses. Medium bodied. Lots of bubbles. Flavorful and drinkable winter ale.

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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 lastmango
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bourbon brown with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing. Nose of honey and malt. Tastes of sweet malt. clove and nutmeg. This is very malty with little hop bitterness. Thin and light with light carbonation. Easy to drink if you are into sweet beer.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tastes a bit like a dunkel style or dark hefeweizen. Rather strong on the bananas and bittersweet burnt malt and nutmeg, with a hint of bitter on the back and and a surprising amount of warming booze from the medium-high alcohol content. Can't say I'm a big fan of the banana flavor in this one, as it tastes rather cheap compared to some other similar beers, but perfectly drinkable and if it weren't for the mildly sickly flavor, it would be a good brew to come in from the snow to.

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Photo of Savan
2.38/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

poured quite a beautiful bronze hue into a tulip glass. A caramel aroma is of slight, but present. An off unplaced after taste is most present, malty also undistinguished. Feel is not heavy, soft and under carbonated. Not impressed by this beer. I have however had worst.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.76/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark mahogany color, with a finger and a half of whitish colored head that dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, but I do get some faint notes of toasted malt, some dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, figs and a touch of spice such as clove and licorice.

Taste: Wow! That’s really, damn, good! Tons of toasted malt up front, followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness and spices of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of floral, slightly bitter hops at the finish. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 7.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a delicious, malty, sweet, slightly hoppy beer that is full of spices. Quite delicious! Recommended.

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Photo of pat61
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this from a cask at the Town Hall Brewery and from a 12 oz bottle in a chalice.
A: Brilliant copper tinted amber to chestnut under a finely bubbled 1” off-white foam collar that clings to the side of the glass leaving sheets of lace
S: Hint of chocolate, faint banana, more aromas from the cask version than the bottle.
T: Big malty flavors, fruit, chocolate, banana.
F: Medium to full body, creamy, sweet, medium low carbonation, a grainy astringency that grows towards the finish.
O: This beer has all the right bones but they do not quite come together and the grainy astringency on the finish suggests that someone sparged too long.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (best by 097A15)

A: Dark brown tinged with ruby/amber. Bit of a head and only the slightest collar. Translucent from the top down.
S: Interesting smell that is mostly malts but in that winter warmer style.
T: Decent winter warmer, but its flavors seem to slightly off and a bit askew. Odd aftertaste. Slight burst of hops there on another taste. Actually this is growing on me as it warms and I keep drinking it.
M: Even carbonation throughout.
O: Good, but not great. I can say that I can't think of a particular Winter Warmer at the time.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

1/10...pours reddish brown, 1/2 inch white/off white foam. Sticks strong. Dark fruit nose, cherries, plums. Fruity undercurrent taste, thick mouthfeel. A little syrupy. Cough syrup bitter rolls through and drives an aftertaste. Offputting.

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Photo of delta490
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured out a medium clear brown with a thin off-white head. The head hangs on mostly around the circumference and leave some small sticky lacing. The aroma is mild but with dark fruit tones. The taste is not awful but has some odd notes of candied dark fruit. The body is fine, but is a little overly carbonated.

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Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
2.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pouring a deep chestnut color, K-9 Winter Ale gives off a deep malty brown sugar and slight hopping reminiscent of subtle orange citrus and pine. There’s is a bizarre candy like note as well, that calls to mind smarties or bubble gum. There’s a compliment of chocolate and slightly smoke notes buried deeply in the background. On the palate it starts out smooth, but incredibly light, and grows increasingly carbonated throughout. The flavors channel more pine like hop notes, overcooked caramel, a subtly biscuit like nature. On the finish the hops actually pick up and compliment a burnt caramel flavor, leaving a slightly bitter note.

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Photo of Cmeaney3
2/5  rDev -39.9%

It tastes like chewing gum and brown sugar. Probably one of the worst flying dog beers I've had, if you don't include their lemongrass cerveza. 9 times out of ten, flying dog beers kill it, just for the record.

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