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 Thesoundandthefury
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Lexluthor33
2.61/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Amber color with a decent sized head and very good lace.

The aroma of malts,alcohol,caramel and some fruits.

The taste seemed to confuse me a bit. Malts,sweet taste,butter flavors and some metallic notes. Alcohol was very present and there were some raisin hints.

The feel was smooth,slightly bitter from the hops.
Full body and medium carbonation.

Notes: Where is the balance?, not horrible brew yet it did lack even distribution of flavor. Still,I managed to finish it and it was better when warmer. It needs some tweaking. There will be no next time because this was butter and brew combined.

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Photo of bconsidine
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of drews240
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into snifter.
A: A off white head, pours a two finger head retention and settles into a solid layer that leaves sticky lace. The body is a ruby red hue that has a bit of haze to it.
S: A sweet aroma, that has a medium intensity. Notes of barley and a nutmeg spice.
T/M: The front is a smooth and bold mouthfeel that has a nice flavor of a caramel malt. The deep flavor of a sweet warmer. A hoppy, dry flavor on the finish that I find in many of the Flying Dog brews.
D: This is a good overall winter warmer, but I do not think that I would get a six pack of this. It is a nice and drinkable brew, but a bit thin overall and would consider other winter brews.

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Photo of Mgm54
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bradfordjohnson
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of KornWallace
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Bowers-Brew
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Nbdreher
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%

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 SolipsismalCat
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Stevens Point St. Benedict's Winter Ale.

A: Clear dark red-brown with two-finger, off-white, rocky head that lasted more than a few minutes. Great lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Dark fruit and caramel. Spices and metal.

T: Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Caramel and spice. Sort of nutty. Mild overall.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Metallic feel. Kind of dry.

O: This beer looks fantastic, but the nose and taste are a bit off, and then there's that metallic taste and feel. Overall, I would call it a tie between this and Benedict's Winter Ale.

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Photo of santoslhalper
1.99/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearence: Pours a deep, dark copper with a thin tan head.

Smell: What? It smells like a goddamn hot dog!

Taste and Mouthfeel: Liquid hot dogs! I swear to got that is all I can taste. Well, malt covered hot dogs. And not the good ones, the cheap ones.

Drinkbaility and Overall: If the sound of hot dog flavored beer seems applealing to you, then by all means find this beer. If not, avoid it.

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Photo of buzzedup
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of philbertk
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Brewing Company, L.L.C.--K-9 Cruiser Altitude Ale--2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.80% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Strong Ale--Slightly hazy thin light brown amber color. Light lace head. Spicy mild cocoa hop wheat front. Crisp sweet tangy spicy thin mild roasted cocoa citrus fruit body. Spicy dry clean mild hop end. Mixed Style. Sampled 10/30/2003.

Flying Dog Brewery, L.L.C.--K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale--Seasonal--2005-2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale Mild lacy head. No sediment. Clear dark bronze red color. Nutmeg malty mid hop front. Cinnamon malty smooth slightly creamy toasted dry sweet toffee caramel nutmeg ESB body. Nutmeg mild hop clean rich end. Sampled 2/2/2006.

Flying Dog Brewery, L.L.C.--K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale--Flying Dog Seasonal--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.40% ABV. 30 IBU's. (4.0 /5.0) Mild lace big foamy tan head. Clear bright dark copper amber color. Mild hop toasty roasty mild fruit malt ester front. Mild sweet roasted malty medium textured rich body. Winter malt spice mild crusty bitter hop smooth end. Rich roasted Winter Ale. Sampled 12/10/2010. 6-Pack purchased for $9.45 @ Full Throttle Bottles, LLC, Seattle on 12/9/2010.

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Photo of sisterofba
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grodd87
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlarmClock314
2.82/5  rDev -16.1%
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 Steve_Studnuts
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThaCreep
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
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 rob99er
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of NoProblem
1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

Photo of danielharper
2.86/5  rDev -14.9%
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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