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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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661 Ratings

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.02%
Wants: 7
Gots: 38 | 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 jaybmore
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

jaybmore, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of GTB
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

GTB, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of pajeff
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

pajeff, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

BeerForMuscle, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of BigTrubble
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

BigTrubble, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of KFaulkner
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

KFaulkner, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Necropsy
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Necropsy, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 12 oz bottle a dark copper color with a one finger head that quickly dissolves into a light lace. Moderate but lively carbonation. The aroma is of toasty, nutty malt. 1st sip brings a reprise of the aroma...toasty, nutty malt with a hint of dark chocolate. It starts off sweet, but quickly becomes dry in the middle with a very dry, bitter finish consisting of slight hop note & alcohol. Mouthfeel is solid. Overall, a pleasant, but not outstanding winter warmer.

CJfromPhilly, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of jnardone235
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

jnardone235, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of hoptician
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

hoptician, Jan 01, 2014
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 Dhglaze
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%

Dhglaze, Nov 10, 2014
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
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.