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K-9 Winter Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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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
Ranking:
#43,300
Reviews:
371
Ratings:
821
pDev:
14.63%
Bros Score:
2.85
 
 
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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of imbibehour
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's still winter? Could have fooled me with this warmth! Let's see how this winter seasonal goes, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A nice off tan head, very large on the pour practically three fingers tall, but kind of foamy. However, the body color is a real nice copper red, clear and amber in appearance. Really like this body color.

Light hop, noticeable kind of dark fruit and malts. Brown sugar, coming off more as a strong ale than anything. However, it smells quite nice regardless.

A real nice sort of mushy malt on the palate. Chewy and dense. Dense malts mix with a strong ale feel, giving some rich body. Light hop on the finish with a nice blast on the malt. Some classic dark spices in there, but not the sort wintery warmy feeling. Smooth and almost velvety mouthfeel.

Overall I am thinking English sort of slight hoppy strong ale here, not so much a winter warmer. It's still very tasty though, so no worries there.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of AdamBear
2.74/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-dark whiskey colored with a thick cream colored head

S-sweet barley. strong smell but it really smells off

T-comes in with a very adjunct taste of honey and barley. then comes a weird bitter taste. after-taste is matching. this really isn't too good.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-if i didn't know better, i would say this is a boozey BMC version of a winter warmer...except the only BMC winter warmer i've had (winter's boubon cask ale) was a lot better than this. its just harsh. i tried it because i've been seeing it everywhere i go, but now i can't understand why any bar would want this.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of WMEugene
3.61/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a rich, clear amber color with a thick, slightly off-white head and fairly nice lacing.

S - Malts, caramel, spices and some dark fruits. Some sweetness as well from some form of sugar.

T - Sweet malts and dark fruits. Spices are present as well (appropriate for a winter ale). I also pick up a slight butterscotch flavor which may be from some diacetyl (but it's not that strong).

M - Medium bodied, sweet and smooth, ok carbonation and rather drinkable.

O - Flying Dog's K-9 cruiser is an enjoyable winter beer. It's sweet and with nice seasonal spices. A solid seasonal offering.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser this cold Chicago winter's night. The beer pours clear amber with thin almost non-exsistent white head. The smell is mostly caramel type malt with undertones of spice. The taste is good combo of spice and caramel malt. The mouthfeel is a nice medium body with so so carbonation. Overall it is a decent winter ale.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of therica
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent warmer, better than the various ones I tried this season (including my longtime favorite Old Fezziwig which Sam Adams ruined this year).

A= copper, with modest off-white head, modest carbonation, some nice rimming and lacing.

S= nice mix of candied fruits, noteably dark cherry and plum. Nice roasted sweet malts and floral hops.

T= much like the nose yet apricot becomes noticeable; a very nicely balanced mix, modest carbonation, adequate bitterness. Slight sourness but taken in stride given the beer style.

M= slight syrup sweetness on the tongue along with the mixed fruits and bitterness.

O= a very worthy offering that I'll look forward to finding next holiday season as well.

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

K-9 Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 821 ratings
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