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 UCLABrewN84
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 3/6/13.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, herbal hops, and a nutty aroma. Taste is much the same with a somewhat high herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with an astringently bitter flavor that is somewhat unpleasant.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at winghearts burger joint in downtown pittsburgh. pours a slightly cloudy cherrywood red color with a dying head. smells fairly basic, malty and seasonal, a little sharp from the alcohol. flavor is slightly spiced, malt driven, and subtly hopped. its very dumbed down for a winter warmer, nothing over the top, which makes is very drinkable i suppose. overall it was a well made beer but fairly unremarkable in terms of excitement.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a nice deep dark red color with a light tan head on top. The head fades into a thin ring around the glass. The smell of the beer has a spiciness to it and some malts that come through. The taste of the beer is also a little spicy and has a warming flavor to it. The mouthfeel is smooth, semi-thick and lightly carbonated. Overall I think this beer is a pretty nice Winter Warmer. I'd like to try it again in the future to see if my tastes have changed at all.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts, toasted malts and toffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of toasted malts and toffee stand out in particular.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a bad Winter Warmer if you like toffee flavors. Although no alcohol is perceptible in the taste, it will warm you up a bit and is a lot easier to drink compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
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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Photo of brentk56
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a big, rocky head that leaves thick patterns of lace

Smell: Very unusual, almost sweaty aroma distracts from the the caramel, bitter chocolate and spruce elements

Taste: Caramel, up front, with a growing dark chocolate, spruce and burnt butterscotch character; the beer sweetens up considerably just before the swallow, though the diacetyl is off-putting; afterwards the spruce and butterscotch dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and and a slight warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Too many distractions going on here to make this one a keeper

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a burgandy colro with a bubbly, tan, two-finger head that left some nice lacing.

S - It smelled very malty and of grasses.

T - It tasted very malty and very sweet. It had a nice spicy kick.

M - It had a subtle warm alcohol presence. It was soft, smooth and medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good winter warmer. One of the better Flying Dog products.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/18/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, light nuttiness, light roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate yeast fruitiness; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, light roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, light roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice robustness and complexity of big dark/bready malt and light-moderate yeast fruitiness; with minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English strong ale. Big robustness and nice complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Color is an amber-red with a tad bit of white head and a little bit of lacing. The nose is cherries, caramel malt, sweet bread, and some light yeast. The taste is mainly some moderately-sweet malt. Medium feel with some sweetness. Drinkability is alright; not the typical winter warmer, but not too much involved either.

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Photo of oberon
2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber with a decent fluffy head to it leaving some trace amounts of lace,aromas were very subdued for a strong ale I picked up some brown suger and caramel but nothing really going on here.Flavors as well are pretty subdued for a stronger ale some caramel and butter stick out most but you would know ur drinking a strong ale just lackluster.Well I have come to expect somewhat hohum beers from Flying Dog and this is status quo for me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The malty, lightly toasted grain aroma of this beer is more impressive than the flavor found within. It's appearance is nice, however, with a clear, deep mahogany body with a ruby cast; and a short head of light tan foam that holds sufficiently well before dropping to an average collar. Some areas of thin, tiny-spotted lace appear on the glass with each sip, but never seem to be able to hold. The body is medium and its fine-bubbled and moderate carbonation leaves it lightly creamy and silky smooth. The flavor is similar to that of it's Munich malt like graininess with a dollop of caramel, but it's nowhere as rich as it suggests. It is balanced nicely, however, with a touch of yeasty fruitiness and some light, citrusy hops; all backed by a firm bitterness. It's alcohol is noticeable (and surprising at just 7.5%), but it's not overbearing. It finishes fairly short and dry with little fan-fare.

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Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rich and roasted ale.

Dark amber with a touch of orange in the tulip glass. Warm malty aroma. Long flavor evolution from sweet through varieties of toasted malt to the bitterish finish. Hops are not very aggressive. Plenty of caramel and a hard candy taste. Better as it warms a little. Nutmeg and burnt sugar.

Something a little coarse about this beer. There are so many great Christmas and winter beers this is one of the less interesting. Still, quite drinkable for a switch and plenty of flavor.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dcmchew
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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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