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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: 643
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 30 | 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 JimmyFlatRock
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of chasmandocharles
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

chasmandocharles, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a thick, off white, brownish head that has good retention

S - a bit grainy, sweet, some faint caramel

T - bread, caramel, a rather bitter finish

M - warm, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a rather simple beer. It is prominently caramel in flavor with very faint notes otherwise. The bitterness in the finish is more intense than it should be. There isn't much here to separate this beer from any other winter offering. I'm glad to have tried this once, but I won't be seeking it out again.

tdm168, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into ommegang tulip. Pours a syrup color brown with moderate head. Good hop and syrupy booze aromas. Sweet syrup and malt flavor with minimal spice. Its slightly hopped but its noticeable. Overall not something id reach for all the time but a good sweet malty nicely spiced warmer.

DrinkSlurm, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of karengarys
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours nice rich ruby brown. I pour slow, so there was little head.

Smell is richly malty, with molassis and a bit of sweet floral hop.

Taste is malty too, spicy (hint of correander?), maybe a hint of nutmeg and pepper too.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, pretty good.

Finish is creamy that turns to thickness. The flavor turns bitter at the end, but not really a hop bitter, more like an ashes bitter.

This is a good brew, I recommend trying it. It is less over the top with the spices than typical winter brews, but still a little thin for my tastes. I do recommend you trying it if you see it.

Special thanks to World Class Beverages, the distributor in indiana who put together the holiday sampler package with 12 different winter beers, all American micros. I can't wait to try the rest!

karengarys, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of ujsplace
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a over-sized pub glass.

A: Creamy off-white head that is nice and fluffy, leaves nice lacing. The color is a bit lighter than I had expected...it is a light amber brown in color.

S: Herbal hops and sweet chocolate malts.

T: Definitely getting a bigger than expected hop flavor in this, but there is a nice balance of hops and malt overall. Faint chocolate and possibly some burnt caramel.

M: Nice and crisp, good carbonation. Light/Medium body...

D: This is good stuff and a case would be more than welcome. Not really what I expected going in, but the overall hoppiness of the brew is welcome in my opinion.

ujsplace, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of RandomExile
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: inch of eggshell foam, dissipates quickly to substantial foam, translucent amber red
S: clean malt and yeast, mild hops, sweet
T: malt and yeast, bitter, salty/savory, hint of spice/clove
M: dry finish, medium-bodied, smooth
O: excellent marzen-style winter ale

RandomExile, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of tchenery
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice ruby color to the beer. It's very bright and very crisp looking. It has no head, but the tiny lacing is bone white.

Smells of dark malts and slight cherry scents.

Very rich and chewy beer. It is extremely malt forward and tastes like it has some amber, chocolate, maybe some maris otter, crystal, etc. There is a slight hop bitterness, but not much, this one's all malt.

Nice full bodied beer. It leaves you slightly dry, but not uncomfortably. It's fairly drinkable if you like the style.

tchenery, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a nice deep dark red color with a light tan head on top. The head fades into a thin ring around the glass. The smell of the beer has a spiciness to it and some malts that come through. The taste of the beer is also a little spicy and has a warming flavor to it. The mouthfeel is smooth, semi-thick and lightly carbonated. Overall I think this beer is a pretty nice Winter Warmer. I'd like to try it again in the future to see if my tastes have changed at all.

Knapp85, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby/orange color with a medium white head that has pretty good staying power. Patchy lacing on the glass. The aroma has notes of citrus and spice, along with some dark fruit. Medium-bodied with earthy malt, spice and fruit flavors. The finish is mildly bitter with a sweet malt aftertaste. Even though it is one of Flying Dog’s better offerings, that isn’t saying a whole lot.

Dogbrick, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear ruby with a 1 finger off white head. Average amount of visible carbonation. Leaves some splotches of lacing as the head dissipates.

S: Sweet carmel malts with a hint of spiciness to it. A touch of roasted malt and a decent amount of dark fruits. Raisin, fig and plum come to mind.

T: Carmel and toffee blend together with some of the roasted malt. Mild dark fruit taste with a hint of fermented fruit. Spices like allspice and cinnamon come to mind as well. Slight touch of booze at the end. Lingering sweetness.

M: Medium to thick body with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Low carbonation and a bit sticky after swallowing. Works well in the warming department.

Overall not an overwhelming flavor, certainly something smooth and relaxing for a cold winter night. Wouldnt mind just a bit more spice or a more complex malt profile.

CloudStrife, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of rlee1390
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Deep ruby red, clear not much head either.

S-Some malt and spices, a nuttiness is there, not much else though.

T-Spices, some nuts and roasted malt. not much bitterness but sweet.

M-Light to medium bodied with little carbonation.

O-Although it tasted alright everything else about this beer was off base, a little flat, and not much there in the nose.

rlee1390, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of bonsreeb85
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark copper with decently develpoing crown as it flows into my snifter.

Smells malt heavy. Lots of rolling sweetness on the palate. Fruity with notes of nuts, I would say english ingredients were used. Very smooth and malty, mildly sweet with a spicy and earthy kiss of hops on the clean finish.

Medium to medium full bodied and a nice rolling smoothness. A decent amount of c02 helps this one roll down without becomeing to heavy.

Definately one of the better malt forward WWs(not the best, but definately worth a try) this season, quite sessionable.

bonsreeb85, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of goblet
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pick up a six pack of flying dogs winter ale and poured one out into a glass .

it's clear, well filtered and fairly dark reddish copper color with a off white creamy looking head that fades to a spoty coating.

a sweet carmal malt and citrus hops aroma ,a bit of fruits like plums and peaches along with some grainy scent in the background.

deep blend of carmel malts and citrus like grapefruit flavors rule over all other tastes, tastes like grains and banana peals .

a meduim to light body with a mild bitter and oil hops feel at the end.

a decent winter ale ,goes down relatively smooth ,but it's nothing to brag about to a friend .cheers..

goblet, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of dwren89
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: chestnutty brown with gold highlights and a creamy light tan head, brilliant clarity

Aroma: warm date and fig with a subtle hint of cardamom and raisin, soft molasses and an overall pleasant and warming aroma

Taste: bready, with molasses overtones and nutty finish. Subtle spiciness of nutmeg and cardamom and a dark fruitiness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, smooth finish, medium carbonation

Overall: A nice beer that can be swigged instead of just sipped by the fireside, embracing the taste of the season of nutmeg, cardamom, date, fig, and molasses and keeping the body to a drinkable level.

dwren89, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of cypressbob
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

355ml bottle with particularly odd artwork of a surfing dog..

Served in a nonic imperial pint glass

Pours with a deep rich burgandy body, thick deep mahogany hues running through too. Light tan head with good retention, forms about half an inch thick and is very dense. Patchy lacing up and down the glass

Smell, nice fragrant nose, thick caramelly malt, sticky malt extract, some nice roasted malt too. Some fresh american aroma hops like cascade, syrupy preserved fruit like figs and prunes. Some very slight vegetal aromas on the finish

Taste, smooth mouthfeel almost oily on the palette, crisp malty backbone with lots of caramelized sugars present. Bready and biscuity malt profile, some slight hop bitterness on the finish but overall its quite reserved and the majority of the flavour is left up to the malt

A solid ale, little disappointing hop profile but otherwise pretty damn drinkable. Seems to be more of a brown ale in many respects

cypressbob, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of riversider76
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper, thin head, not much retention, but good lacing. Smell was on the weak side, malts and dark fruits mostlty. Body is medium, not much carbionation. Taste is sweet,and fruited. Has a nice rasin flavor edge. A hint of spice throughout make this a very nice beer!

riversider76, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of Tolann
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a thick head that is foamy and sizzles out quickly. Dark in color and a clear reddish hue.

S - Toffee and sweet malt. Some caramel. I think as this is warming I'm also finding something like coffee as well.

T - Spicy and sweet. Some bitterness at the end and heavy dryness settles in your throat.

M - lighter and lively on the pallet. certainly feels like a 'warmer'.

D - This is a good example of the style. All I need now is a fire, some snow, a warm hat and mittens, and maybe some marshmallows to roast. This is a sipping beer; not necessarily one you'd drink a whole 6pack in a night.

Tolann, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: the head dies way too fast there is a mild lacing, but it should last better than this

S: I honestly do not pick this up at all..please forgive me not knowing, or smelling....

T: Very malty, with a little bit of alcohol. not a high level of spice at all and not highly balanced..

This all said, i actually really enjoyed this beer. Its not a huge beer, or intense, but its good and very enjoyable

Redwood21, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hooray for local beer that is distributed all over the world. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Chimay goblet. Beer is amber / brown and clear with a one finger head that settles to a thinner head of tiny and medium bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Carbonation low.

Smells like an amber ale, medium sweetness, maybe a little spice.

Beer is pretty bitter from hops, the lead off is a mild sweetness but the beer finishes really thin and very bitter. There is a hint of some spice in the midpalate, something light like allspice, it's very subtle. It's very bitter, pretty shocked by that. Overall, especially for Flying Dog, it's a decent beer. I'd even caution a second bottle.

drabmuh, Jan 11, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the UTOBEER stall in the Borough Market, S. London. Costing me 2.4 quid, it's one of the most expensive in the shop. The bottle states that it's 6.4%abv., quite different from that reported on this page. BB Nov. 2006, served cool in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: dark copper in colour, coming with a restrained off-white beer head settling fast to a rimmed foam; moderate fizziness.
S: quite flowery, lychee-ish and honeyish hoppy scent upfront, reminiscent of classic American hops, backed by a deep aroma of brown sugary dark malts, plenty of preserved dark fruits (dried longan-fruits, raisins, etc.) and a touch of sulphur in the background. Overall the fruitiness and malts are mixed skilfully, but not terribly complex and slightly sweeter than I'd prefer.
T: tasting exactly like Chinese longan-fruit tea--longan-fruits and lychees' sweetness sitting on top of a black-tea-ish texture, aided with a brown sugary hint; quietly proceeding to a soothingly herbal and licorice-like bitter-sweetness, leaving a pleasant dryish touch of hops in the end. Alas, the aftertaste is thin and faint, not quite enough to hook up one's palate.
M&D: the mouthfeel is light and softly-fizzy, quite healthy but lacking a depth that is desirable for the slightly thin-ish body. Not bad overall, it's just that the filtering process may have killed off the goodies of the original brew.

wl0307, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of WMEugene
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

WMEugene, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of mynie
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark burgundy with a small white head. Nothing special.

Smells very light and fruity, belaying no hint whatsoever of the high alcohol content. Smells like a crisp pils only with a more subtle, toasted malt.

Strange taste. Very harsh fruit malt up front. Refreshing. Followed by a long node of water down cheap wine. Ends with a fairly harsh zip of alcohol and a very slight hop.

Overall, kind of bland. I was expecting a lot more. What's there is pretty good, though. I really have no idea what Flying Dog was trying to do here.

mynie, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of Amalak
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a nice, hazy brown. Great foamy tan head and lacing. Some bubbles. Matly, metallic scent to it.

Very tame maltiness. There's a good touch of caramel and mild sweetness, in general. It's light and it's easy. Interesting smoothness to it. It's refreshing, but it's kind of bland. Nothing there that jumps out, but it's an easy to drink ale. I like some parts, and am indifferent toward other.

Amalak, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of gopens44
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Coppery and clear with a thin cream colored foamy head that settled at about 1/8th of an inch for a while.

S - Malty and just a smidgen of boozy sharpness. Nutmeg was pretty clear in the nose as well as a touch of allspice.

T - Lot like the nose, malty with hints of spice. Alcohol was not too well hidden, but there was a pleasant bitter finish that made me smile a bit.

M - Medium carbonation with a creamy feeling on the tongue.. Finish was a bit dry.

Not my favorite seasonal, but it wasn't altogether too bad. Wish it could have had a bitter better balance.

gopens44, Dec 27, 2010
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.