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K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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K-9 Cruiser Winter AleK-9 Cruiser Winter Ale

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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 8
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-30-2001

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Ratings: 730 | Reviews: 354
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5/5  rDev +50.2%

Photo of hoplover82
4.82/5  rDev +44.7%
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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4.75/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beguiling. Wow-wee. Defies the rules this one.

Appearance: Dark ruby-red. Poured with the thinnest of heads, but the remaining lacework sustained throughout, daring you to try...
Smell: Bready, woody, bulky and bold. Dry hopped, but detected only under subtle layers of complex malt accents.
Taste: Complex malts lend a nice, Belgian-like sugar mix in the foretaste, a balanced middle, and a dry finish. Goddamn.
Mouthfeel: Initially, sits lite on the tongue. But after swallowing, the cheeks and the upper palette beg for the experience of fireworks to explode once more.
Drinkability: A wonderful beer which can be truly appreciated in mid-winter's chilly grip. This beer is packed with complex malty sugars, but lets ya know that the hops won't be denied - they're just part of the colorful trees in this vast forest of wonder.

Photo of Jcpilotak
4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

Very tasty. Sad to see the negative reviews.... This beer is alright!

Photo of RBorsato
4.55/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Mahogany color with a nice light brown head, decent carbonation, and sporadic lace rings. Fresh citrusy hop aroma with a nice nutty malt aroma underneath. Perfecrtly balanced strong malty ale with just enough citrusy hops to not make it very sweet in any way. Medium-light bodied with a lightly hoppy finish.

Much more hoppy than the description leads you to believe ... much more approachable than Arrogant Bastard.

Per FD website: English Strong Ale with a malty taste, unique and different, a true Flying Dog original.
Original Gravity: 16.0 Plato
Specific Gravity: 1.064
Alcohol by Volume: 6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of MmmIPA
4.47/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Let me first say that the art work on this bottle is pheonominal.

A-Semi big head about 1 in..Dark amber in color.

T-Malty,Carmel? almost "Stout" tasting.

S-Flowery,I really cant tell ya what kind of flowers are in it.

D-Very refreshing,I wanted more.I would have bought a 6er of this.I bought a 12 oz bottle of it for 2 bucks.I thought it was well worth it

M-Great taste.

Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There was a time when K9 said: "when in doubt go flat out", but that was before the troubles in New York back in 2001. This version from Maryland is an incredible delicious ale, where malt sweetness combines with a crunchy biscuit flavor note in the finish. This is even better than I remember of the first version I sampled from Colorado.

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4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ran across a 6-pack of this at Wegmans.

Look: Poured a rich copper. Carbonation seemed a little low. Head was a thin kaki color; about 1 finger was left after things calmed down from the pour.

Smell: The aroma was robust with spicy malts and some dark pit fruits. There were also some faint hints of molasses and brown sugar. Basically all the spicy and sweet notes I usually expect in a top notch winter warmer. No booziness was noticeable in the nose.

Taste: Good – the taste was right on with the aroma. First was the spicy roasted malts followed by the sweeter dark fruits. The finish had smooth sugary notes with a hop bite right at the end. Aftertaste was an enjoyable earthy spice that lasted for a while.

This brew is reminiscent of a couple Christmas Ales that I have had, this is a very enjoyable winter beer.

Photo of Drew88
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings.. Dated November 2006

Poured a deep mahogany brown colour... Light mocha head poured quite small and thick then faded quickly to thick ring around the edge. Very light lacing...

Aroma - Quite rich sweet toasted malted bread notes, spicy dark fruits (prunes, strawberries, dates), Christmas cake notes, treacle / brown sugar sweetness, some saltiness, some pine / sap notes, light peppery hops, toasted nutty sweetness...

Taste – Loads of rich sweet bready malts, dark alcohol soaked fruits (currents, prunes, raisins, some figs), toasted malt loaf, treacle sweetness, the faintest of piney / peppery hops, definite roasted nuttiness...

Feel - Rich, smooth and creamy... medium / full bodied... Pretty drinkable for a 7.48% beer although all those sweet malts might be too much after a while...

Overall - An excellent beer - i really enjoyed this.... a bit like a mix between a Scottish wee heavy and a Doppelbock... Recommended...

Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light walnut. Aroma is sweet and a faint dark fruit. Big, big malt body with a fair bit of yeasty phenolic action going on - buttery diacetyl and a hint of prune. Finishes fairly clean for the malt, and the surprisingly high abv is not evident in the flavor profile. More like a strong Scottish export ale than anything else I can compare it to. Quite good.

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4.2/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of WesWes
4.17/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thin off-white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a rich malty scent along with a warm molasses type aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth, rich, malty flavor that has some dark malt qualities. It goes down really easy and finishes with a buttery molasess aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really smooth old ale. It has an elevated abv. , but you would never know it. This beer drinks very well.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes off like a weaker English Strong ale (old ale) but regardless...

A - A slight dark amber hue with a bit of head

S - Slight bread and malt with a bit of cherry and spices.

T - Wow that's balanced. This years version is cracked up from 6.4 to 7.4 for all who need "cheer" during the holiday season. Regardless of the ABV boost this beer is drinkable sporting slight caramel and spice with slight oak that seems dulled with cinnamon and such. It was good.

M - Thick but medium bodied. A sipper in some counts.

D - Well Flying Dog seems to create some great beers but this one really offered nothing to come back to. If I wanted an Old Ale I would stick to founders or even some Great Lakes. A nice winter ale though!

4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge fan of the Flying Dog family of beers, but thought I would try the K9 Cruiser since my local liquor store has a "build your own six pack" section!

The beer poured well into a pint glass-- as I drank just a bit of foam hung around, with no lacing. The color was a deep burgundy-- it just looked like it would taste good.

I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. I didn't know what to expect, since the bottle didn't describe the beer at all. Nice maltiness, a bit of smokiness, and even a slight bitter hoppiness on the finish. Nice and rich-- almost like having an after dinner cognac or sherry.

I probably wouldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting, but a very good "winter warmer" and dessert beer.

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K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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