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 TinaC
2/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of beerme626
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown/red

Smell: I can't smell much of anything, but that said, not much to smell here. A malty smell with a few spices.

Taste: Much more of a hoppy taste than I expected from their label on the box that suggested it was super malty. The spices give it an interesting twang, but it's difficult to pin down one flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little sharp on the tongue (reminiscent of IPAs?), which feels a little strange, but I like it.

Overall: A strange beer. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I like it. Might not buy it again (there are better Flying Dogs-- Raging Bitch, In Heat Wheat, etc) but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of voodoo
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Teddbeer
3.96/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer in a restaurant that I had been looking forward to trying for some time. The barmaid was having a bit of a time getting a good pour(turned out it was her first night on the job) We were patient, and our patience was, eventually rewarded.

I thought this beer was very good. Most reviews don't seem to agree so I'm guessing that the fact that my beers were drawn from the tap makes all the difference.

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Photo of Polasiuss
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of micromaniac129
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep amber color, clear, Not much foamy head and even less carbonation.
I'm not picking up in the nose mostly malts.
Taste is fairly sweet with hints of spices and nuts. Medium body and smooth.
Overall there was nothing really bad about the beer, nothing good either. Could use some retention and attenuation and a flavor boost.

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Photo of PintOHops
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Glass - Tulip

A - An amber colored brew with high clarity and moderate C02. It produced a 1-finger head that just sank seconds after pouring. No lacing left on my glass.

S - I don't really get much on the nose except for rind like hop characteristics, a touch of alcohol and maybe a hint of caramel. It smells very generic really. The alcohol gives off dark fruit like notes as well, kinda like plum.

T - The rind like hop character is there but less noticeable than what I expected. The flavors aren't balanced out to well to me. I get rind and herbal hop characters, along with bread and over ripened fruit like plum and fig, then alcohol and soft bitterness. It comes off as very muddy and unbalanced to me.

M - Smooth, chewy, viscous and full bodied with low carbonation.

O - Well, not much of a Winter Warmer to me. It tastes more like an old muddy DIPA that just sat around to long. I didn't like the unbalanced flavor profile, and the smell was very basic to me. Perhaps I got an old one, but I don't think so. Not that good to me. I'd drink it again but not buy it again, and I would recommend you try another Winter Warmer before this one.

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Photo of JosiahS
2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

glass: tulip

a: Sort of a hazy, muddy brown with tinges of burnt orange. Yellow-ish fluffy 1-finger head sits atop.

s: from afar, i get whiffs of sweet chocolate. Digging in, a different story. There's lots of sweet date, brown sugar, acohol and cherry with overtones of citric hops.

t: Hops seem to take a slight lead, coming in with lots of lemon rind and a bit of pine but chasing is that deep malt base that carries all the aforementioned characteristics.

m: The mouthfeel seems hollow but in the best way possible. It's thick but airy in the mouth, medium carbonation.

o: eh, not liking this too much. Flying Dog always tries to steer clear of whats expected of a style but not in a way that i like.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with no visible BB date. Picked up recently from my local beer specialist. I like the snowboarding dog on the label.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear coppery-brown hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of light tan foam with a fine consistency; after a few minutes this reduces to a decent surface layer. Aroma of sweet dark malt with notes of caramel, yeast and coriander.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a bitter finish. Chocolatey overtones on the palate. Notes of caramel, dry yeast, coriander, faint chocolate syrup, candy sugar and stewed hops. Bitterness has a somewhat herbal quality. Mouthfeel is tingly and dry, but rather thin. Quite astringent. Aftertaste of sweet malt and bitter hops.

Hmmm - OK. A brown winter ale with a strange spicy note; coriander seems like an odd addition to a winter ale (if that's what it is). Smell/taste are a bit uneventful, and the body is watery. It's alright, but not amazing. Helps to confirm my opinion that american brown ales are not a style I like that much.

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Photo of Chaney
2.69/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a very pretty, peaceful, transparently bubbly, amber color, with a huge solid white head the retained itself in and on the glass throughout the session.

S: Not much though was put into the nose side of the house on this one. I got a couple of puff of booze, candy sugar, and malt, but that's it. I had to really work for it!

T: Where were the spices? Where was the gingerbread, cinnamon, etc? This was just a bit vat of sugar and malt. Additionally, the back end didn't taste very fresh... more like dirty dish water actually.

M: Lots of lacing, thick and carbonated enough, but since the taste wasn't there, I honestly didn't care.

O: This wasn't quite a drain pour, but it was definitely a meh beer with a capitol M!

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Photo of jak
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of brealbg
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of ahq514
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber color. Finger sized, slightly off white head. Seems to have a lot of carbonation. A couple clumps of lacing.

Tons of malt in this beer. Getting lots of sweet, toasty malt. Decent amount of caramel.

Similar to aroma, but with more hop presence. Sweet, caramel, nutty, toasty malt. A hint of earthy bitterness towards the finish. Very breadlike in its taste.

Medium body, less carbonation than I expected, more medium. Lingering toasty sweetness.

Overall not a bad winter warmer. There are probably a handful of other winter warmers I would grab first. That pretty much sums up how I feel about FD as a whole. They have good beers, but there are so many other beers out there I would rather drink.

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Photo of Epicbeertime
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear brown hue with hints of red. Frothy, off-white, 2-finger head that leaves a persistent lace and a long trail all the way down the glass.

S: Sweet malty aroma with hints of spices and hops.

T: Sweet flavor with a good malt backbone and a mild bitter finish. Mild hops in the background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: This was a solid winter ale. Really smooth and went down way too easy.

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Photo of zimm421
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaped pint glass. Appears a dark amber to brown. Very clear with a tan head. Great lacing.

Nose is sweet with caramel and has a slight spiciness on the end. Taste is much more sweet and not balanced by any means. There's some nutiness here, and the spices come through in the end.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, and the carbonation almost seems to be missing. Overall, not too impressed. Had much better winters and won't be going back to this one again.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Tabni
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of AllenSmith
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clean and clear amber color with an off white head. Much like the weyerbacher winter warmer this beer has a lot of action and carbonation going on. Wants to be let out. Nose is faint but has notes of roasted malts.

Smooth and mellow with hints of caramel and vanilla. (See what I did there) Slighty spicy with a rich moltiness up front with a smooth finish. Very well balanced with flavors that go well together. Some detectable breadiness detracts from some of the flavors a little bit but it's not too bad. Just enough hops to clean things up. I like it. Subtle but not bad in the least. Not nearly as outrageous as the label.

Another beer that's getting bad ratings for god knows what reason.

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Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, purchased as part of a sixer @ Green Growler Grocery in Croton-On -Hudson, NY.

Pours dull light brown, with an orange hue. Loose and minor light tan head, leaves fine bits of lacing.

Mild nose of some sugary malts, honey and dark toast.

Malty brew, dark toast comes to mind. Minor complexity and pretty straight forward. Some honey and more sugary sweetness in the finish. Nothing special, but a decent holiday season sipper. 7.4% well in the back ground. Would just fine in a marinade for chicken or pork or as part of a sweet reduced sauce

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Photo of Innocentexile
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into pint glass

A-Dark red and hazy. a finger of head with good lacing throughout drink

S-Spices are present but had a hard time smelling anything else

T/M-Malty with some Roasted/Nutty flavor. alcohol is present and warming.

O-eh, not too special

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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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