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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: 726
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 8
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Indybeer
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep mahogony with no real head. Some sign of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt is about all you can detect, no noticable hop aroma. Moderatly carbonated, and you can taste the malt, and again no hopiness. Lacks any body, and finishes weakly, but it still tastes good. I wouldn't go out of my way to get this but wouldn't pass it up if offered.

Photo of beersdmf17
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear bronze color with a rough, off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts.

Tastes of the toasted malts with a hop kick. Malts offer some butterscotch and toffee notes. Hops give a decent citrus bite on the end. A little weak overall.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of stomioka
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of NEhophead
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Foamy 1/2" light tan head. Semi-ringed lacing. Deep maple in color with highlights of auburn and burgundy.

Moderately sweet light caramel. Orange peel, plum, raisin, and a hint of sour apple. Also tones of earthiness; wheat and grain.

Sweetened fruit that borders tartness: orange, plum, green apple, cherry, and grape. A creamy, near chocolate-tasting malt character. The fruit flavors finish very earthy and almost musty. Alcohol presence lingers throughout the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; the sweetness makes this a bit filmy and heavier than usual.

The flavors are subdued at times, and the sweetness is unbalanced. An average Strong Ale.

Photo of TheGarvenator
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer has a dark amber color to it with a little head around the glass.

S - Smells malty for the most part

T - Tastes or malt with a dash of wheat and hops.

M - Some carbonation remains and has a sting of hops

D - Drinkable I'd say, leaves the after taste of malt.

A decent winter beer. It seems Flying Dog likes to use multitudes of wheat and malt with their beers considering this is what most of them taste like.

Photo of malcontent
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a kind of chestnut brown with only a bit of head. Lacing is spotty at best.

Roasted grains, dark fruit and I swear I'm picking up an alarming fishy scent.

Far better than the previous two categories had set this up to be (not saying much). Malt has a cola-ish flavor that melds with an herbal taste akin to Fernet Branca (a pungent Italian aperatif). Finish is long and bittersweet with a nuttiness that lingers. It's OK.

Resists the urge to get thick and yet retains the right level of heaviness for this type of brew. Huh, still haven't had anything from this brewery that impressed me. Maybe they should ask Ralph Steadman to brew the beer...

Photo of bsp77
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Note: I think the Winter Warmer category on here is ridiculous because it is a catch-all - it includes Spiced Christmas beers, Old Ales, big Brown Ales and the English Strong Ale. Most of the non-spiced so-called Winter Warmers in the US are really English Strong Ales - medium to full bodied malty English Ales that may have a good amount of English hop counterbalance. More than anything, they simply taste English and are relatively high in alcohol (but not a Barleywine).


Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Somewhat dark reddish-amber with nice light tan head.

Smell: Mostly cherry and spicy & floral English hops. Some bread, tea and caramel. Smells English.

Taste: Sweet upfront before swiftly turning quite dry. Cherry and caramel come through at the forefront, along with some light biscuit & tea tones. End more peppery, spicy and floral rather than truly bitter. Unfortunately, there is a little bit of an astringent aftertaste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, exceedingly dry finish.

Drinkability: My first thought was this was a fine English Strong Ale, and I wondered why it has a relatively meddling average. Then that astringent aftertaste began to gnaw at me. Ultimately, there are much better English Strong Ales out there, such as Odell Isolation, Deschutes Jubelale, Avery Old Jubilation and Full Sail Wassail.

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 3/6/13.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, herbal hops, and a nutty aroma. Taste is much the same with a somewhat high herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with an astringently bitter flavor that is somewhat unpleasant.

Photo of ngandhi
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little bit of buttery diacetyl on the nose and actually quite distinguishable as an old ale. When I was drinking it, I didn't know what it was, but I thought it best resembled an old ale.

Not very malty, it's on the lighter side of the spectrum. The nose is wonderful, revealing a great rich complexity that the beer never provides. I can say the yeast is pretty good, producing wonderful aromas, but the recipe itself is weak.

The beer thins to ethanol with some malt and fruit-laden yeast poking through. The flavors are muddled and vacant.

Relax, relax.

Photo of francisweizen
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew is a dark maroon amber colour with no head to speak of. The lacing is OK, but does not hold up too well. The aromas are pretty subdued, but I can smell some roasted caramel malts, and some very, very faint, old hops (perhaps cascade?). This kind of reminds me of a very weak tasting scotch ale, or kind of like Otter Creek's A winter's ale. The mouthfeel was a bit light for a winter ale, and the drinkability was just OK. Decent.

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

The self-described "psycho in the pack," this Winter Warmer is yet another addition to a style that American brewers have been taken by. Available until late March.

A hefty amount of foam from a medium pour, head retention is solid even when it dwindles down; the lace seems to want to stick everywhere. Dark brown tarnished penny color, clarity is great. The nose starts off with toasted grain, biscuity for the most part with mild chocolate and a faint citric hop in the back. Smooth and slick on the palate with a medium body. Heavy on the toasted malt flavor throughout with a quick glimpse of caramel and chocolate; the malt character feigns a bigger dryness than there actually is. Warming up the beer a little bit more draws out a bit more sweetness. The alcohol is a touch warming but never to the point of being dominant in any way. Hops are mellow with an even bitterness and a pop of spicy herbal flavor in the semidry malty finish.

Perhaps the driest Winter Warmer we've had this season, not a bad thing but certainly different from the rest of the pack. Regardless, this is a pretty inviting brew with winter knockin' on the door.

Photo of Brenden
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just "K-9" on the bottle, apparently this beer isn't a cruiser anymore. The snippet on the label seems to be implying that this beer will numb you.

It's off to a pretty good start in the appearance, as a creamy and somewhat rocky head of a light brown color rises to about a finger in height and, while retention is average at best, the island of foam leaves good patches of lacing behind.
Then it gets weird. It seems to be maybe a brown ale base, but the first smell in my nostrils is metal. Give it a minute and it's at least tamed a bit. There is some chocolate in there. There's also a tea-like note that I'd expect in an English Mild or maybe an English Brown. Actually, it could be the hops, as an earthy layer comes out with a little floral spiciness. To be fair, when this beer has a minute or two out and warming it gets better.
Apparently this beer has gone through some reincarnations of a sort. This isn't bad, per se, but probably not its best. It get the tea and the floral note as well as the earthiness and spiciness, but it's not as flavorful as, say, a good breakfast tea. It's really altogether light. the chocolate note fades out, and the malts barely hold it beyond average. The herbal hoppiness going into the finish turns tinny and the malts go grainy.
I'm also never quite sure from one sip to the next what kind of body this beer has. Ultimately it seems a little too thin, though carbonation and a certain smoothness attempt to hold it up.

Flying Dog really is a crazily hot-or-miss brewery.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark ruby red with light orange hues and an off-white head.

S: really sweet malt, citrus with some xmas spicing (cinnamon) and light cloves.

T: The initial flavor was dark caramel malt, some dried woodiness and a dry fruitiness from the yeast.

M: creamy and sweet.

D: Good hearted winter beer without an overabundent amount of spices. Subtle alcohol warming finish with a ok drinkability.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a BBC pint glass.

A: Pours a medium, copper amber color with a thin head of butterscotch colored foam which dissipates quickly and leaves a thin coating of bubbly lace. Carbonation is moderate and ring of carbonation sudsy.

S: Smells slightly sweet and fruity with bits of apple and plum as well as citrusy, probably picking up on the bitter herbal hop aroma.

T: There are a lot of rough alcohol flavors in this brew. It starts off with a quick flash of buttery, roasted caramel malts but quickly bitters up with a rush of herbal and citrusy hops. The burn subsides to a more mellow, slightly spicy fruity ale flavor which comprises raisin and pear with hints of citrus fruits. The finish is lingering, oily and pine-laden hop residue.

M: Full bodied brew made fairly astringent by the ABV and level of carbonation, perhaps.

D: Sort of a weird brew and not really in a good way. The 6.4% ABV would suggest this is a strong ale, but it's almost like they went for a winter warm but missed the mark and wound up with an unbalanced IPA. The malts and not nearly as sweet or rich as expected and the hops seem misused and deter from drinkability along with the clear alcohol flavor. Sort of a black eye for Flying Dog, IMO.

Photo of akokandy
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- I poured this beer into a standard pint glass. It was copper in color with a 1-finger head that fades fast. With a little agitation, you can coax the head back with no problem.

S- Wheaty grain aroma. There isn't much here.

T- Starts out with pronounced hops. I was surprised at the hop flavor for a beer listed at 30 IBUs. Finishes with cereal grains and dryness.

M- A light-bodied beer. A pretty good amount of carbonation. Pretty average.

D- I have no problem throwing these puppies back.

This isn't a bad beer, but there are so many other beers I would rather have in the house.

Photo of halo21
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a nice red. Thin tinted head, slight carbonation.
Smells like very malty. Taste that way as well. Reminds me of Killians Irish Red; which I enjoy. Feels good going down, but does leave ones mouth dry.
There is something in the after taste I still cant put my finder on, but it took a few to get used to. I am glad I didnt write the review after the 1st try. The drinkability went up after a few - not in a row so I was not getting drunk.

Will look forward to other beers by Flying Dog

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog's K-9 Cruiser, poured on tap into a pint glass. A rich brown in color with a decent head and some lace.

Aroma is primarily malty with a hint of some fruit.

Flavor follows the nose with a very malty brew. Hops are there adding an earthy bitterness. Grapefruit and citrus flavors actually overpower the malt. Buttery diacetyl riddles the brew.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and fairly smooth.

A drinkable winter warmer without a whole lot of frills or complexity.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep reddish amber with a faint ring of foam. Aroma is sweet, a bit boozy, cough syrup, cherry.

First sip has a quick rush of malty sweetness followed by a firm bitter finish, with an unsatisfying lack of aftertaste. It's like this beer falls off a cliff - it is thin, bland, and leaves no lasting impression. It is over-attenuated? It tastes so to me.

So I'm mostly getting an aspirin like bitterness from this beer, without much else to redeem it. Very little mouthfeel, very little flavor, just all around disappointing.

Photo of Morris729
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish copper color with a very thin tan colored head that vanishes almost immediately. Aroma and taste are a fruity and malty sweetness with a faint trace of floral bitter hops. Seems a bit thin and watery in the mouth. Nothing special about this brew.

Photo of hosehead83
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper hue, with a big, two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint caramel.
Taste-Toasted malt, faint cinnamon. Nothing really jumps out at you in this brew. Tastes o.k. but everything is kind of muted and laid back. A middle-of-the-road offering from a brewery that has a lot of better beers to offer.

Photo of tehawful
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At times, I have a soft spot for Flying Dog. The brewery started in Denver (the city in which I was born) and moved to Frederick, MD...which is where I live now. This, combined with the fact that they use Ralph Steadman's art leaves me really wanting to support this brewery.

The K9 cruiser pours a dark copper color with an appealing creamy head. The aroma isn't very strong, and consists mostly malt and sweet caramel characteristics. There is just a little bit of a hop smell at the end...but it seems to be barely there.

Not surprisingly, malt is also the prominent trait in the taste. Buttery caramel notes are also there, along with a slight bit of toasted grain. A subtle pine-like hop presence appears at the end to add a bit of dryness. As the head might have suggested, there is a very creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. The creaminess is probably one of the best traits about this beer. For the most part, this is a decent enjoyable beer...however the dry finish adds some redundancy to the experience.

Photo of Nctide
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.