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 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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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am continuing to reduce my backlog of beer, seasonally apropos or not, since I cannot justify trading for CANs or buying more bottles when I have so much to drink as it stands currently.

From the bottle: "Your legs are strained and your ass is clenched as you descend down the face. You don't even notice the blood drip from your nose as the powder is crushed beneath you. It's freezing cold, but you don't feel a goddamn thing."; "Seasonal Selection"; "'Good People Drink Good Beer' - Hunter S. Thompson".

I went with an aggro pour since nothing on the label suggested doing otherwise. There was an initial pseudo-cascade before I backed off, but I still ended up with three fingers of dense, rocky tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty, kind of nutty with an underlying spiciness like nutmeg. Believe it or not, I actually prefer drinking these kinds of beers when the temperature warms up. I truly prefer this sort of thing to most Hefeweizens, for instance. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and the inherent heat in this one was immediately obvious on the tongue. Phew! Once the initial burn abated, I got flavors of dried dark fruits, spices and a bit of molasses. Finish was dry as a bone, rather hot, even after six months, giving greater weight to my waiting to drink it. I want to try this again in the Winter, just to see what it is like fresh, but this was quite good.

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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 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 vette2006c5r
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

K9 pours a darker amber color with a small lacing head. There really wasn't an aroma; smells like air. The taste had a nice sharp malty bite, with a good amount of spices. Good feel, decent flavors. Overall its a pretty average beer, enjoyable but nothing to special.

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Photo of BB1313
2.99/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

2013 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a clear copper with an average off-white head that fades and leaves nice retention and decent lacing. Great color. The aromas are pretty malty. Lots of caramel and cherries. This smells and tastes like a Marzen/Oktoberfest to me. The flavors have an earthy bitterness to it. Very grainy. More caramel malts. Some toffee in the mix. I'm really picking up alot of cherries. Some subtle cocoa notes are in the mix as well. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation.

This is an alright beer, but nothing too exciting and it becomes redundant quick. I can appreciate this, but it's not something I'd try again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Flying Dog's K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. It's been a while since I've had a beer from Flying Dog, but since I've never had this one before I thought i would pick up a bottle to try out, so lets see how it goes. No Visible bottling date. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, I like the drawing of the crazy looking snowboarding dog and in typical Flying Dog fashion I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a pretty clear caramel amber color that took on more of a copper and ruby color when held to the light with two fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by loads of malts which impart some grainy, bready, sweet malt, and toasted malt aromas with a nice caramel malt aroma that seems to stick out the most and there's a slight nutty aroma in the background. Up next comes a pretty light amount of spices with no single spice seeming to stick out the most and it imparts a light generic spice aroma followed by a good amount of fruity yeast with some fruity and light dark fruit aromas showing up. This beer had a decent aroma, but it was pretty light on the spices for a Winter Warmer.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by loads of malts being the first to show up and they impart lots of grainy, bready, sweet malts and toasted malts flavors with the caramel malt aspect still seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a very light amount of spices that are almost undetectable and there's also a pretty light amount of that fruity yeast that just imparts a pretty light generic fruity flavor. On the finish there's some earthy and slightly herbal hop flavors with a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a very malty and grainy aftertaste. This beer tasted ok, it was fairly bland and it wasn't very Winter Warmer like.

M- Fairly smooth, a little rich, a little sticky, fairly crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but I could have gone without the stickyness and richness.

Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer and I didn't think it was a good example of a Winter Warmer, it wasn't a bad beer, but it was pretty bland and it wasn't very Winter Warmer like with such a low amount of spices, it was more similar to a Amber Ale or a Bock. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little rich, a little filling, and the taste didn't do a good job of holding my attention and I quickly got bored with it, so one is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it was nice and it was the aspect with the least amount of things wrong with it. What I liked the least about this beer was how it isn't true to style, I haven't had a Winter Warmer that tasted this bland. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's not very hard to find a much better Winter Warmer and I wouldn't recommend this beer to any of my friends. All in all this beer just wasn't for me, it didn't really live up to being called a Winter Warmer. This one is up there as one of me least favorite Flying Dog beers, better luck next time guys, this one needs some major work.

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Photo of dwren89
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: chestnutty brown with gold highlights and a creamy light tan head, brilliant clarity

Aroma: warm date and fig with a subtle hint of cardamom and raisin, soft molasses and an overall pleasant and warming aroma

Taste: bready, with molasses overtones and nutty finish. Subtle spiciness of nutmeg and cardamom and a dark fruitiness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, smooth finish, medium carbonation

Overall: A nice beer that can be swigged instead of just sipped by the fireside, embracing the taste of the season of nutmeg, cardamom, date, fig, and molasses and keeping the body to a drinkable level.

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Photo of Act25
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog has only wowed me once, and that's with their nearly perfect Oyster Stout.

A: Bottle poured into large pint. Ruby red body with visible carbonation, thin head, a little dotty lacing.

S: Sweet malts with fruit second (apples, cherries), and then some spruce and spice. Pleasant, but sweet. A little bit toasted cherry pop-tart.

T: Follows smell. Fruit forward beer! Apple/Cherry/Cola - a bit too cola like for my taste, and it's weakly countered by roasty sweet malts. Alcohol present, but not a bad finish, not cloying on the end note. A sipper, but starts too sweet cola for me.

Feel: Not enough body. Wine/soda like, prosecco like. A sipper. Could give a hang-over?

Overall: Marzen style. This beer gets much better as it warms. Too much soda pop and booziness. Sip carefully. It's under-rated, but still just above average, the least of this season's winter warmers for me, with Widmer Brr at the top at 4.0.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: inch of eggshell foam, dissipates quickly to substantial foam, translucent amber red
S: clean malt and yeast, mild hops, sweet
T: malt and yeast, bitter, salty/savory, hint of spice/clove
M: dry finish, medium-bodied, smooth
O: excellent marzen-style winter ale

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Photo of thecheapies
3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Incredible head retention. It's been there for about 20 minutes; must be permanent. Beer looks cola red with good clarity.

Sweet malts with a good dose of spice. Apple-y notes mix with black grape, cinnamon, and cream. Light clove and anise. Mostly just sweet and spicy malts with a light roasty character.

Very apple-y with a sprite tart note. Of course, countered by a sweet and breathy booze and roasty sweet English malts. Spices are much more muted and secondary, whereas I'm questioning if they're even there at all. Some solvent-y flavors in the outro. Semi-buttery. Not bad.

Again, big with the booziness. Even a little overblown for a warmer. Body is medium, and the carbonation might be a hair above that. A decent bite of beer, per sip.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (355ml, £2.40):
Rich looking copper colour with a large and foamy looking head that is a light brown colour. Retention isn't too bad with some lacing left on the glass and minimal reduction in size.

Earthy with some light malts and a touch of sweet caramel and toffee. There is some spice and darker fruits but these aromas are kept to a minimum. Not all that exciting and lacking depth to be honest.

Earthy malts and some caramel ones too, I could also detect some darker fruits but like the smell these were at least partially masked throughout. There is some spice and lighter hops but everything just seems to blur together.

Medium with a sweet, warming alcohol taste and some touches of earthy bitterness but not a lot. The carbonation is quite mild and the beer comes across as a basic one with a very smooth mouthfeel.

A basic and unexciting taste that is out of character for Flying Dog as their beers are usually always interesting and worth trying. This one started pretty slow but did have some nice caramel malts and some fruits somewhere around the middle but it wasn't enough to save the drink I'm afraid.

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K-9 Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3.33 out of 5 based on 805 ratings.
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