K-9 Winter Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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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Ratings: 809 |  Reviews: 368
Photo of ThaCreep
3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Amber color. The nose offers a bit of light coffee nose with touches special yeast and oats. The body appears extremely complex and the flavors are sometimes too many present and affect the consistency of the drink. In the mouth, and spices - especially cloves - but they are directly offset by the bitterness of the roasted malt and a citrus aftertaste.

The body is more or less the balance of flavors - which sometimes tend in the brewery, to go in any direction - but we feel that this balance is right and it is undoubtedly one of best beers of the brewery.

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Photo of NoProblem
1.5/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of danielharper
2.86/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor, Fayettville, TN

A: I'm a sucker for a nice dark beer with a thick tan head. Especially when it has a sweet brownish tinge at the bottom. Nice appearance.

S: Fruity, strangely sour. Almost citrusy, with an interesting apple aroma. I know Winter Warmer is a strange style, but... hmm.

T: Odd flavor. Heavily malted up front, with a sweet cherry finish. No hops to tickle the tongue. Slightly cloying.

M: Thin, watery. No carbonation.

D: Overall not a really great beer, but not really a bad one. Spices are all right, and it's not a bad beer, but not really a great example of the style. Anchor's Christmas Ale is way better.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 3/4" beige head falls to 1/4" quickly and stays there. Amber-brown with good clarity. Little lace.

S - Lots of fruity esters. Chocolate. Candy like sweetness.

T - Earthy malt. Chocolate. Nuttiness. Smoky in the finish. Fruity. Just enough hops to keep this from getting too sweet.

M - Medium bodied with a mid-level of carbonation.

D - Good drinkability, I enjoyed drinking this while it was available.

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Photo of rob99er
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of drews240
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of malcontent
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a kind of chestnut brown with only a bit of head. Lacing is spotty at best.

Roasted grains, dark fruit and I swear I'm picking up an alarming fishy scent.

Far better than the previous two categories had set this up to be (not saying much). Malt has a cola-ish flavor that melds with an herbal taste akin to Fernet Branca (a pungent Italian aperatif). Finish is long and bittersweet with a nuttiness that lingers. It's OK.

Resists the urge to get thick and yet retains the right level of heaviness for this type of brew. Huh, still haven't had anything from this brewery that impressed me. Maybe they should ask Ralph Steadman to brew the beer...

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.61/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber-mahogany with a creamy, pale biege head of two-and-half fingers. Great retention leaves some spotty lacing. Light aroma of roasted barley, caramel, and floral hops in the background. Pale Munich malt sweetness upfront, followed by heavy dextrins, dark crystal sweetness, toasty Vienna, and finally sharp Pilsener malt flavor. Drying aftertaste with some malty notes sticking around, fruity ale character and an american hop citrus/grapefruit flavor is slight but noticeable. Balanced flavor with a respectable malt profile. Ample dextrins give some texture to the mouthfeel, filling in the gaps and making the light-medium mouthfeel seem full. Lighter carbonation allows the minimal residual sugars and slightly tannic malt to settle in, while the fruity hop profile dries the palate. Finishes mildly roasty with a faint herbal hop bitterness, "HI-C" fruit flavor, and grainy astringency. The overall character seems good but restained; might be fanatastic if it were toned up a little.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer wasn't bad. Not a big fan of the winter warmer style but I enjoyed this one. Poured a copper color with very little off white head and minimal lacing. The taste was good. It was mostly malty, roasted flavors with a nice hint of hops. Mouthfeel was a medium body with medium carbonation. Overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of ronin926
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of mds1101
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of dragonWhale
2.45/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

haven't had anything in a while from these peeps. haven't had anything decent from them since the gonzo a few years back. bought a single for a small bit of change to taste with some other winters. woo.
light ambery, wispy, flat looking. little aroma, bit of malt and some vague hop, maybe a little funkiness?
it tastes like a little soap and funk, indistinct malt, a little caramel.
a little gross compared to the other beers of the evening, which didn't really stand out aside from the jolly roger. thin. skimping on malts? overattenuative yeast? probably not the latter. flavors would still present themselves.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
2.82/5  rDev -15.8%
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 Dilbert65
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of BigRedN
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Background: Picked up at local store in display stack with other winter seasonal beers. Put together with other singles as a mixed 6-pack.

Apperance: Dark amber in color, can just see through the glass. Thin head that disappeared quickly. Lace around glass to the end.
Smell: Slightly fruity, herbal aroma, with some maltiness to it.
Taste: Slightly fruity, sweet and malty. A touch of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, crisp.
Drinkability: OK, but not fully what I expected for a winter beer.

Final Thoughts: An alright beer, I won't be likely to purchase a whole 6-pack of this but may purchase another single bottle on a whim. Just not what I expected for a winter beer, expected a heartier more robust product.

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Photo of beerphan
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> pint
no date, screen code 077FX08

Pours a clear orange rusted color, with a quickly dissipating tan head that settles to a few dish suds. Lacing and carbonation appear minimal equally.

Nose: Malty, alcohol

Thin crisp body. Very sweet and malty with caramel sitting center stage. An oddly different kind of spicey aftertaste with some medium bitterness. A little alcohol present but not enough to offend.

Seems pretty average to me. Worth a try but not worth seeking out, imho. Thanks to gxxerman for the sample.

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Photo of tapman
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
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 MMAJYK
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark nut brown with 2 fingers of off-white head after semi agressive pour. Lacing is nice and is present for the entire drink.

S- Yeasty, biscuity and spicy. Hoppy smells are there too. Nuts and creamy caramel like malts are the backbone.

T- Sweet carmael malt taste with winter spices such as cinnamon, cloves and gingerbread. Leaves the mouth sweet, but in the finish is somewhat bitter.

M- Medium to thick in the mouth, and the carbonation is low to mid.

D- Sweet and rich so the drinkability is somewhat low.

Overall- Good winter offering but not my favorite. Very rich and sweet, but really not bad. They went with the sweet style of winter brews, where I jprefer the strong and spicy. I appreciate the difference and will go back to it again next year for a good "sitting by the fire" beer.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a kind of strange Winter warmer, look is reddish/brown, a mix of a brown ale and a red ale, decent head.

Malty and hoppy too, with a bitter finish, hard to finish this one, it does have a nice malt taste, a bit of chocolate there, but the hops are biting, makes it hard to like it. I will stop buying this one for winter tries, too many other good ones out there unless they change the recipe.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.82/5  rDev +43.9%
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 wingman14
3.79/5  rDev +13.1%
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 mcphish22
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of BeerAngel
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown but clear hue with a small off white head that shrinks quickly but leaves a nice sheet over the entire top. The smell is that of a delicious smelling baked bread and malts...very nice! The taste is consistant with the smell as the fresh baked bread comes in with a nice lightly hopped and quite noticeable alcohol on the tail. The mouthfeel is a little too thin to my liking for this style but all in all, a pretty darned good brew. Cheers!

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K-9 Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 22.4% out of 100 with 809 ratings
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