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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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619 Ratings

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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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United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 01:57:41 | More by wl0307
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 00:01:37 | More by WMEugene
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 05:14:42 | More by mynie
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 03:29:07 | More by Amalak
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 14:21:23 | More by gopens44
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3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a dark clear mahogany color with a rich two finger beige head.

Aroma is sweet and malty with dark ripe fruit, toffee and brown sugar.

Tastes of roasted malt, brown sugar, figs and raisins, and toffee.

Thin and dry mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Easy to drink but felt it was a bit on the thin side for a winter warmer. Still, a pretty decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 02:34:36 | More by Monkeyknife
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3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear with smallish dark head. Nice red amber.
Malt aroma with slight aqueous quality.
Straight out malt flavor. Quite a bit of malt drying on the finish, which is quite long. Slight dark fruitiness. Soft hop flavors and some bittering too (cutting some sweetness).
Really kinda' light body, but fullness is aided/added by the carbonation.
Not sure why this rates so low of a score. It is better than that.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 00:40:34 | More by garymuchow
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3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Rumba Cafe. Poured in a pint glass with about two fingers of head. Great retention, lots of lacing. Deep ruby color. Smells and tastes are pretty simple: nice malt backbone with some warm spices. Medium body. Very drinkable, nice example of a Winter Warmer, but not the most dynamic one I've ever tasted. Still, it fit the purpose and I enjoyed it!

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 05:17:10 | More by ndekke39
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3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: appearance is a deep clear red with a bright white head, quite head a little retention

S: earthy malts, dark fruits, spices: soem cinnamon and allspice character, very mild- not sure if there are spices so they may be perceived

T: bitter up front with deep earthy tones followed by a big fruity sweetness, candied dark cherries, red grapes, and some piny hops on the finish. Nice balance, lots going on... a little bitter on the finish.

MF: perfect medium amount of carbonation which lends a smooth mouthfeel, somewhat creamy

D: this is a good winter warmer- lots of flavor and spice, nice mouthfeel, and very drinkable for the abv. Lots of fruit and spice notes with a nice dose of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 07:26:53 | More by homebrew311
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New York

3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the WaterFront Ale House.

I enjoyed this beer as I'm not too familiar with this style.
For some reason the alcohol seemed hotter in comparison to other beers of similar ABV. Perhaps its that winter warming aspect of it.

I think that this is quite enjoyable by the pint. I'm not sure I want more than one.

I picked up notes of caramel and there was also a subtle herbal taste to it.

Like I said, I'm not familiar with this style of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2010 18:16:32 | More by jchow79
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3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a clear deep amber to chestnut (copper) color forming a medium beige and bubbled head. Good retention and a lot of lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet in the nose. Caramel malts, candy sugar, basically. Sweet and refreshing. Reminds a English Bitter. End is hoppy and bitter. Grassy earthy hops

T: Follows the nose: Sweet upfront. Notes of caramel malts, candy sugar, roasted malts and hops. End is grassy and hoppy. Refreshing

M: Medium body and carbonation. A bit molasses. No alcohol can be felt despite the reasonable 7.4% ABV

O: Good drinkability. A bit sweet but refreshing and tasty beer

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 20:18:14 | More by eduardolinhalis
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3.64/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Incredible head retention. It's been there for about 20 minutes; must be permanent. Beer looks cola red with good clarity.

Sweet malts with a good dose of spice. Apple-y notes mix with black grape, cinnamon, and cream. Light clove and anise. Mostly just sweet and spicy malts with a light roasty character.

Very apple-y with a sprite tart note. Of course, countered by a sweet and breathy booze and roasty sweet English malts. Spices are much more muted and secondary, whereas I'm questioning if they're even there at all. Some solvent-y flavors in the outro. Semi-buttery. Not bad.

Again, big with the booziness. Even a little overblown for a warmer. Body is medium, and the carbonation might be a hair above that. A decent bite of beer, per sip.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2013 02:19:15 | More by thecheapies
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3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser this cold Chicago winter's night. The beer pours clear amber with thin almost non-exsistent white head. The smell is mostly caramel type malt with undertones of spice. The taste is good combo of spice and caramel malt. The mouthfeel is a nice medium body with so so carbonation. Overall it is a decent winter ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:46:20 | More by WoodBrew
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3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a one finger head. Smell is fruity sweet malts, caramel and a bit of alcohol. Taste begins with fruity notes and sweet malt that are followed by the hops to balance this brew out. I think this beer does a good job of hiding it's high alcohol content. Overall a better beer than I was expecting but it still was not overly impressive.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 23:34:37 | More by cjgator3
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3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty flavourful for a Flying Dog product. Roasty, caramel, sweet and fruity flavour. Mellow carbonation, smooth, slick mouthfeel. This beer lacks in the hop department though. Nonetheless, quite drinkable. A very average ale. Had as part of their 12 bottle mix pack. All were very disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 20:27:23 | More by baiser
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3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber-mahogany with a creamy, pale biege head of two-and-half fingers. Great retention leaves some spotty lacing. Light aroma of roasted barley, caramel, and floral hops in the background. Pale Munich malt sweetness upfront, followed by heavy dextrins, dark crystal sweetness, toasty Vienna, and finally sharp Pilsener malt flavor. Drying aftertaste with some malty notes sticking around, fruity ale character and an american hop citrus/grapefruit flavor is slight but noticeable. Balanced flavor with a respectable malt profile. Ample dextrins give some texture to the mouthfeel, filling in the gaps and making the light-medium mouthfeel seem full. Lighter carbonation allows the minimal residual sugars and slightly tannic malt to settle in, while the fruity hop profile dries the palate. Finishes mildly roasty with a faint herbal hop bitterness, "HI-C" fruit flavor, and grainy astringency. The overall character seems good but restained; might be fanatastic if it were toned up a little.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 08:41:11 | More by PBRstreetgang
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New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours the color of tarnished copper with virtually no head to speak of. Citrusy hops and toffee/caramel like malt. Citrusy hops with a fair bit of diacetyl and some toffee flavor too, with hints of spice on the aftertaste. No alcohol flavor, but definitely some alcohol warming going on here. Somewhat slick medium-bodied with full carbonation. Definitely not the best example of the style by any means. Decent enough, but not something I'd really seek out again...

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 01:50:59 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: dark reddish brown; clear; carboatio o; thin head, little lacing
S: sweet carmel smell
T: sweet, malty, not very bitter; hints of root beer, cherry; it is an odd taste, and the suggestion of one reviewer, that it is a mix of a stout and an IPA sounds a bit right; FD is prone to such mixes
M: lively in the mouth

I might follow through and get a 6 pack, but prob only one this winter

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 23:35:35 | More by Arithmeticus
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3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown / cola in color, with a creamy tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. Nose is malt-dominated, with a nut brown tanginess and a hint of hop crispness. Definitely tangy on the tongue, even a bit tart/sour right away, but there's some rich, dark malt way out in left field keeping the whole act together. This is very smooth and easy drinking for a bigger beer (is it really 7.4%?), in fact I've enjoyed K-9 Cruiser on several occasions in the past but never realized it was this strong. In that sense (and maybe given the fact that I poured this at fridge temperature) it seems thin for the style, but it doesn't exhibit any lack of the character I'd expect from a robust winter seasonal apart from this perceived thin-ness. Really takes on another character as it warms up, revealing that rich malt character I mentioned earlier. I've enjoyed this beer in the past, and this time with some curried rice - the beer's residual sweetness complemented the spice/heat of the curry quite well. Gotta add a couple of last observations: great balance here between hops and malt, it's subtle here but far from uninspired, and the K-9 recipe has maintained a commendable degree of consistency in a climate favoring hopbombs and Imperial renditions of every style - kudos to Flying Dog on that!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 19:41:35 | More by Chaz
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West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mad Mex Robinson, pours a deep caramel ruby amber hue with a light cream head, leaves behind speckled lacing. Aroma has upfront malts with a bit of xmas spicing, nothing outweighs one or the other a cohesive force of bready malts and christmas spices. Flavor is upfront with cramel sweet malts, a nice herbal spice and piney hop finish complements the whole experience leaving behind a dry finish vesurs your typical bread dough version of this same style of Christmas ale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied easy going carbonation glides across the palate defintitely doesn't cloy or make the experience sour. A smooth drinking go to Christmas ale that I will revisit in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 17:32:33 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into pint glass.

Hazy brown with burnt orange highlights. The head is about one finger and light tan. Rings of sticky lacing. The aroma has some light burnt malts giving a little caramel and some light spices. The spices come out in the flavor as clove-like. A little brown sugar is in there as well. The hops are on the low side, barely detectable. Full bodied.

An enjoyable beer on-tap. Some caramel and brown sugar with a little bit of spice. Served me well on a slightly chilly day in Athens, GA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2008 18:29:43 | More by BeerSox
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3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from 12 oz. bottle

A: Pours a copper-red hue with almost non-existent thin lacing head. Tightly-bound carbonation bubbles collect in the center of the glass.

S: Fresh malty aroma, very very slight earthiness detected.

T: Malts on the forefront but not overly malty, lacking some chewiness. Hoppy bitterness present but only initially. Finish is semi-sweet malt, slightly tart almost like a ripe red grape. If it were sweeter it would be borderline raisin notes.

M: Medium but tight carbonation, effervescent. Sweet but not cloying or chewy. Slightly creamy. Finish is on the dry side.

D: Good drinkability, I could see having a couple of these on a cold night. Alcohol presence is masked well and at 6.4% you could easily enjoy a few.

Overall not a bad beer at all. I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this out, but after having tried it I would not hesitate one bit if I had the opportunity to order a bottle of it or get it on tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 23:55:40 | More by monkeysort
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear burgandy in color with a 1" head that sports large bubbles. No lacing develops.

Smell: the nose picks up some caramel, roasted malt, and a hint of pepper.

Taste: the flavor consists of roasted malt, caramel, hints of chocolate, prunes, and some mild bitterness. Alcohol level is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start and finish, with a short malty aftertaste. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: Pretty easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 20:14:21 | More by Gavage
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3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/18/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, light nuttiness, light roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate yeast fruitiness; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, light roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, light roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice robustness and complexity of big dark/bready malt and light-moderate yeast fruitiness; with minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English strong ale. Big robustness and nice complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 03:02:06 | More by superspak
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3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Rich melanoidens, some dark fruit, figs and prunes mostly. Some toffee and herbal notes.

L: Brilliant clear deep ruby red, light tan head with amazing retention and lacing.

T: Fairly bitter and dry melanoidens leads to a strong herbal backbone. Semi-sweet slight toffee malt. Very slight chocolate roastiness in the finish. Dry finish.

M: Medium-full body, medium low carbonation.

Very dry winter warmer, very unexpected. Lots of munich malt which is contributing the fruity and toffee notes.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 03:09:46 | More by bum732
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.