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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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666 Ratings

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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.02%
Wants: 7
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-30-2001)
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Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown clear brew, looks like a Bock beer.

Smell is sweet with a smell of dark fruits, with brown sugar and malts. Smells like a bock beer.

Taste is Very sweet with a bit of chocolate flavor with plum wine. This is a Bock beer, no matter what the bottle says. That or a really sorry Imperial Stout. It's an OK Bock, and a crappy Imperial Stout. I pick Bock and give it a 3.

Mouthfeel is OK for a Bock.

Not real drinkable, I can find better.

Zorro, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in a case swap with some friends.

Poured into a pint glass a clear copper with lots of bubbliness, a half-finger of off-white head, cavernous lacing.

Smell is lightly fruity, some sweetly floral hops, toasty malt, a little flinty, a little mineral. I'm a novice with rye, but I smell what I associate with rye. It actually smells a lot like the Scottish ale I just brewed, not that that has significance to anyone but myself.

Starts with a cross of fruity & biscuity flavors, quickly turns pretty bitter & dries out, turns piney, woody. A teeny bit of honey & cherry flavor remain in the aftertaste. Further into the beer a kind of peppermint emerges very subtly -- it's like the malt & hops bump into each other & every once in a while create peppermint. Interesting, but I'm really not a fan of that huge dryness in the middle.

The mouthfeel starts smooth, then becomes sharp as the hops gain momentum, then flattens out & kind of deadens the tastebuds.

Drinkability = eh. Can't say I was real into it, the hops didn't add so much as flatten everything. Much better winter warmers out there.

OneDropSoup, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of joeskirkie
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cola looking color. Practically nothing to the head.

Smells sweet and doughy, kinda choclately. Nice.

A Taste with hints of caramel, no real bitterness. Theres an aftertaste thats subtle and fruity. I wanna say raisons. It's only after several mouthfulls that I begin to sense some carbonation and alcohol, but not strong. The other flavors pick up too. It's easy to drink. I would want to have more of these, but I'd probably end up on the floor.

joeskirkie, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of callmemickey
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber body with a moderate offwhite foamy head with decent lacing...

S: Caramel malts.. a nut so fresh buttery aroma... some floral hops in the end...

T: Pretty much the way the nose smells this thing tastes... butter, floral hops, caramel and a bit of soft fruits...

M: Smooth and medium-fullbodied... slightly oily feel.

D: Can't say this beer impressed me.. but this style hasn't impressed me either

callmemickey, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of BrownAleMale
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass

Appearance- A clear amber color with a small amount of off white head that sits on the surface and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell- Some ripe fruit with a little citrus and alcohol.

Taste- Follows the nose minus the citrus. A smokey alcohol finish isnt to plesant.

Mouthfeel- The light side of medium and a little lite on the carbonation.

Overall- Just an average winter warmer that uses unhidden ABV instead of a nice warming finish. Lazily made in my opinion.

BrownAleMale, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of BeerFink
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a deep dark cherry red color, with a thin off white head. The color is very nice, I had to admire it for a second longer. The smell is a little weak, but you can detect the malty presence, as well as some fruit. The taste was malty smooth with some nice roasted flavors. Pleasant hop finish, not too bitter - just enought to counter the malt. Unfortunately, there is not enough of this taste. There are no off flavors or anything disagreeable, but there just isn't the big flavor I'm used to in a strong ale. It goes down smooth and is pretty drinkable, though.

BeerFink, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of CHickman
3.04/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear amber reddish color with bubbles racing up the middle, and huge 2 finger light tan head that had tons of little bubbles in it and faded very slowly, leaving decent excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and a layer on top.

Smells of yeast, medicine, grass, musty notes like a moldy basement, and sweet fruit like pear, apple and plum; it’s sweet and funky with some bready notes, with yeast coming on the strongest.

Tastes like it smells, with yeast, medicine, grass, sweet fruit like pear, apple and plum, funk, cardboard, biscuit, herbs, tea leaf and light spices or floral hops. The aftertaste has some allspice or cinnamon peek through, leaving a funky metal taste that seems mixed with vegetables. The ABV comes through, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel is creamy and mild, with light carbonation, a medium body and a funky aftertaste that is on the dry side. This was kind of blah, and overall on the dull side. Not a beer I’d seek out again, nor would I buy it if it weren’t in the mixed 12 pack.

CHickman, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 12oz poured into a pint.

A: Deep amber with a half-a-finger off-white head. It is very clear and has good light. Leaves thick lacking everywhere.

S: Malty, some caramel notes, sweet cream, a bit watery.

T: Lots of malt with a hint of caramel and a bit of alcohol warmth on the finish. The finish is dry rather than sweet with a bit of bitterness. Overall, it is a bit bland.

M: Medium

O: Nothing impresses me here. It looks nice, but the aroma and flavor are bland or relatively one-dimensional.

ianjsullivan, Nov 18, 2012
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into snifter.
A: A off white head, pours a two finger head retention and settles into a solid layer that leaves sticky lace. The body is a ruby red hue that has a bit of haze to it.
S: A sweet aroma, that has a medium intensity. Notes of barley and a nutmeg spice.
T/M: The front is a smooth and bold mouthfeel that has a nice flavor of a caramel malt. The deep flavor of a sweet warmer. A hoppy, dry flavor on the finish that I find in many of the Flying Dog brews.
D: This is a good overall winter warmer, but I do not think that I would get a six pack of this. It is a nice and drinkable brew, but a bit thin overall and would consider other winter brews.

GDBEERMAN, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper/ orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a small sweet maltiness. In the taste, a sweet maltiness and just a hint of christmas spices (nutmeg/cinnamon). A smooth mouthfeel and a small malty, yet very clean aftertaste. Not huge in flavor, but easy drinking for a strong ale.

OWSLEY069, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber with a fading tan head, and excellent lacing. Slight winter spice, kind of bland aroma. Malty caramel not very sweet mildly bitter not very hoppy. Medium bodied, finishes a bit spicy/peppery. Decent, but not something I would seek out again.

CuriousMonk, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours an amber color with a tight off-white cap. Some mild lace. The aroma is of earthy hops, sweet caramel, candi sugar, spice and some cherries. On the palate, toffee and candi sugar carry through the middle before some tart cherry, spice and earthy hops come through in the finish. Medium body, adequate carbonation. A pretty nondescript beer, that falls around average.

ColForbinBC, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep amber/copperish color. Slight head of creamy tan/white.

S - Malty, fruity and slightly boozy.

T - Bitter, coffee and chicory notes, maybe a little bit 'o grandma's fruit cake.

M - High level of fuzzy carbonation.

D - I like Flying Dog beers in general for all purpose drinking, but this is my least favorite.

BurpingtonDC, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of PapaEugene
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared this bottle with rvdoorn.

A: Amber color and a very lightbrown head.

S: Some maple syrup,cascade hops and slight alcohol.

T: Grains, maple syrup and grapefruit. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Low carbonation and a thin body.

D: Too watery for my taste. Nice to try once.

PapaEugene, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Stevens Point St. Benedict's Winter Ale.

A: Clear dark red-brown with two-finger, off-white, rocky head that lasted more than a few minutes. Great lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Dark fruit and caramel. Spices and metal.

T: Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Caramel and spice. Sort of nutty. Mild overall.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Metallic feel. Kind of dry.

O: This beer looks fantastic, but the nose and taste are a bit off, and then there's that metallic taste and feel. Overall, I would call it a tie between this and Benedict's Winter Ale.

SolipsismalCat, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: red shiny body, trace head, zero lacing

S: mild spicy, nutty, caramel, malt

T: same as nose, but light bitter semi-crisp finish

M: light bubby body, semi-crisp

O: Love this style, but not this offering.
Ok, Winter Ale but not worth getting again.


BeerLover99, Nov 17, 2011
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.

ahq514, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of ryhn0
3/5  rDev -9.9%

ryhn0, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cool label, I like the notion of crazed dogs skiing recklessly.

Light brownish pour with a red hue to it, uneventful formation of head, aroma was well, warming, mildly hoppy, but not much else going on.

Easy sipper, just like a winter warmer should be I guess, but hardly inducing excitement in any fashion. Hops kept out of the taste, smoothness and warmth are in. Caramel, mild spice, brown sugar. Offputting bitterness in a warmer a few seconds after you tell yourself its smooth. Huh?

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The look is good with a bright rusty amber color with reddish hues, good carbonation and a 1/2" deep tan colored head that had very little retention.

Smells like Cinnemon toast crunch cereal with sweet and sour fruits, toffee, astringent alcohol and pine-needles.

The malt is large and in charge, very toastie malt with extra butter, a smooth, creamy malt for sure. The malt flavor is only overshadowed by a big bitterness from the hops and alcohol, the ABV is not really high but it tastes like rubbing alcohol should. There's a decent herbal, earthy and semi-spicey effect. The aftertaste is much like the sour yeast flavor of a lager.

This one is full-bodied, thick and smooth feeling but still packa a nice bite.

This is a strange brew for sure, taste like a big Brown ale with spices. It would be decent if it wasn't for the bitter-alcohol like flavor.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of Bcant
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, paper label with dog themed art typical of the brewery.

Color: deep brown with hues of red. One finger of off-white head made of tiny bubbles; some lacing.

Smell: decent bouquet with vanilla and white chocolate notes, delicate and inviting.

Taste: not exceptionally deep or complex, some vanilla, chocolate, and light coffee flavors; slightly metallic and sour.

Mouth: while this beer is well carbonated the mouthfeel is sharp and unpleasant on the palate.

Drinkabililty: sour/metallic aftertaste along with very parching effect compromise the drinkability of this beer.

Bcant, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3/5  rDev -9.9%

MarvinTheMarzen, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of fiedler84
3/5  rDev -9.9%

fiedler84, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of jcoulighan
3/5  rDev -9.9%

jcoulighan, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -9.9%

aztraz, Nov 25, 2012
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.