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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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620 Ratings

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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | 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 BeerLover729

New York

3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark opaque beer with small frothy tan head that last for a short period of time out of a tapered 16oz glass.

S: Dark and roasted malts fill the nose.

T: Crisp and robust with prominent roasted flavors and no real detectable bitterness.

M: Full bodied brew with a pleasant thickness and viscosity.

D: Smooth on the palate and tantalizing on the tongue this one goes down with ease.

Notes: Vintage 2007. Drank in 2008.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2008 17:32:28 | More by BeerLover729
Photo of beernut

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a copper color with an off white head that quickly disappears. Aroma is malty and sweet with a toasted bread background. Taste is malty caramel with a faint hop taste. Decent carbonation throughout with some good lacing that follows the beer down the glass. This beer is not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 02:41:05 | More by beernut
Photo of akokandy


3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 19:56:05 | More by akokandy
Photo of yemenmocha


3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber, light tan head that doesn't retain well.

Nose has toasted breadcrust, and some caramel.

Palate is caramel malty sweet, some hops in the middle to back for balance, and finishes a little warm with alcohol. Some black tea flavors are present as well.

Not a tremendous amount of complexity. Higher carbonation than expected for the style, and is most noticeable on the finish with the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 03:47:55 | More by yemenmocha
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District of Columbia

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep red color with a creamy off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Some caramel and earthy hops, with some buttery/biscuity notes and perhaps plum.

T: Harsh roasted malt and earthy/herbal hops. Some fruity flavors and a bold kick of herbal and earthy hops. Hints of alcohol and maybe vanilla. Some raisin notes as well.

M: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. An astringent, harsh bitter/roasted nature. Kind of a stark finish.

D: This is interesting and has some unique characteristics, but it's kind of harsh and unbalanced. Given that and the ABV, it's not something you'd ever really have several of.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 04:21:29 | More by Clydesdale
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3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A dark amber see through color. A nice thick 1/2 inch head.

S- Crisp smell no malt.

T- Burnt malt flavor cut by a bit of hops very nice a surprising good flavor for how it starts when it first hits your taste buds.

M- Good activity nice thickness.

D- Slow drinker but good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2008 06:45:34 | More by beckje01
Photo of daythree16


3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby-brown into a pint glass. Huge three-finger head that fades leaving a giant cap of foam in the center of the glass and lace all down the sides.

The smell at first is very inviting. Reminiscent of apple pie and spices like cinnamon and allspice. Then a soapy aroma creeps in. Taste is sweet at first with more some apple pie flavors going on, but it has a bad metallic finish.

Mouthfeel is very, very carbonated. This isn't my favorite style to begin with, but even judging within the style, the drinkability is not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 20:35:31 | More by daythree16
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2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my pilsener glass. This is my first winter warmer.

A- Pours a dull medium dark brown, with a medium sized off white head.
S- Sweet roasted malts, some dark fruits.
T- Hm...not very good. A lot of roasted malts with a dry, bitter, somewhat spicy finish. It's not that bad, I just don't like it that much.
M- Medium bodied, highly carbonated, the alcohol content isn't particularly noticeable. Again, not bad, but I'm not feeling particularly warmed.
D- I could drink a few more, but I don't want to.

As this was my first winter warmer, I found it kind of hard to judge because I have nothing to compare it to. That said, I do know I didn't like it that much, I'm just not sure if I don't like this particular beer or the style in general.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 06:50:42 | More by Shumista
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2.63/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice amber color with a good head but it quickly disappeared.

Taste really is lacking, very harsh malt flavors that didn't really leave me asking for more. The alcohol was fairly evident after making it 1/3 through the bottle.

From the brewer who makes the Gonzo Imperial Porter that I am such a fan of, this is a disappointment.

Not sure what I'll do with the other 5; I suppose I can share with others that might like it better.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 00:23:42 | More by jpalarchio
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a Delirium snifter. Deep ruby color, thin beige head that dissapates quickly.

I smell alot of sweet roasty malts. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and red apples. Dont smell much in the way of hops.

Not a bad beer by any means, but not exactly a winter warmer. Mostly a malty-alcohol taste with a quick shot of hops that fades rapidly on the tounge. I think this tastes more like a scotch ale or maybe a cross between the two.

Hard to rate this one. As a beer I give it a B+, but as a winter warmer it gets a B-.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 05:15:57 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from bottle. into pint glass. clear amber color with beige head. sticks around ringing the glass.

sweet malt smell, deep fruits, hops in the mix nicely

there's no effort put in to hiding the warmer part of this winter warmer. the malts are really nice and all the flavors are there (buttery fruits and spiced hop) but much of them seem to be overtaken by this big slap of alcohol. I'm assuming thats to style so can't bash it too hard.

carbonated and smooth not bad here

overall not my favorite. A bit harsh for my taste. Again I'm assuming thats to style. I'll stick to just one though.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 04:34:43 | More by Herrbrokt
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3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 1 1/4 finger head that doesn't want to go away and leaves a decent, yet slightly thin lacing for quite some time. Color is a slightly dark brown, but I can see my fingers through the glasss.

Smell reminds me of christmas smells mainly christmas cooking. Chocolate cookies, almost m and m like come through. I don't smell any orange peel when I put my nose to the glass, but I get a tiny undertone after my sips. I also get a fair amount of nutmeg and I believe a little allspice which would explain the relationship to cookies.

Some caramel malts come through on the beginning but chocolate malts and spices come out on the finish. Allspice and nutmeg combine with some chocolate malts. these are balanced by a citrusy hoppiness that is slightly (very) too high.

This beer has two mouthfeels. It is slightly creamy with a bite of carbonation. I would work on bringing out the creaminess a bit and bringing down the carbonation level.

This is not a bad beer at all. Perhaps the age on it did some good considering the other reviews of this beer. I could drink a few of these, however.

In corpus christi, World market had a 6 pack of this laying around and liquid town had a case or two. If I can buy this discounted, I may get a few six packs.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 00:40:49 | More by jasonjlewis
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North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ruby tinged mahogany pour with a thin head of beige that leaves minimal lace.

Aroma is sweet malts, wood pulp, faint spice, and dry grass.

Flavor likewise, very malty and sweetish with an offputting note of recycled paper products and some light metallic.

Body is medium aND VIGOROUSLY CARBONATED. Drinkable but why.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 18:09:03 | More by AlexJ
Photo of praufs01


3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear ruby color with a creamy off white head.

Aroma - Bread and hay.

Palate - Moderate carbonation.

Flavor - Smooth malty flavor up front followed by a tart hop middle that ends with a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Final thoughts - Decent brew. Not a big fan of beer that has a metallic aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 19:39:04 | More by praufs01
Photo of umustdrink


3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear, dark brown color. Offwhite head fades to a thick film. A few small patches of lacing.

S - A very light roasted maltiness with some sugary sweetness.

T - Taste is mostly light cereal malts with light bitterness. A little bit of fruity sweetness comes in and the finish leaves a light bitter taste.

M - Medium consistency and carbonation.

D - No off flavors but not a lot of flavor. Average.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 06:14:10 | More by umustdrink
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2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear crimson with a medium average lived beige head. Malt and spices in the nose typical of the style. Taste is a touch of cardboard stale malt like flavor. Toasty, spiced malt as well. Thin flavor and body and some metallic notes. Drinkable but unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 00:30:27 | More by JDV


3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a very festive ruby redish brown body hosting an inch and a half of spicey tan head. It quickly fades to just a skim leaving no lace. Nose shows tones of dark fruit, peppery dough and sweet dark carmalized malt. Enters the mouth slightly tart that quickly yields to a biscuit like spiceness. Some dark yet crispy dry fruit comes thru on the second half of the palate. The spicey richness and crisp tartness battle on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is a powdery spicey hue. Drinkability isnt bad but the spice profile with layers of pepper, coriander, and mild chilli powder are a bit much at times.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 16:11:17 | More by SPLITGRIN
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New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a duvel tulip creating a D in the head :)

Dark black with a two finger off-white head on an aggressive pour. Head kills quick. Not getting much of anything on the smell. Tingles at the back of the tongue, feels a little spikey. Really light malts, few spices, nothing is really standing out. Taste is not offensive, very easy to drink, just not really inspiring. I'd drink it if was in the fridge, but there are a few other winter warmers I'd target before this little fella.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 03:18:53 | More by ballewblake
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New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 00:37:41 | More by beerthulhu
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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

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 01:43:45 | More by callmemickey
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3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep reddish orange with a small head. Not much going on here, and looks a bit flat.

Smell was sweet and a bit tart, with some sweet fruity aromas.

Taste was of very tart fruit, with a surprising berry flavor. Also, some smooth caramel sweetness and a bit of grain.

The mouthfeel, however, was pretty disappointing. It was very flat, and didn't compliment the otherwise decent flavors. Had a slick oily feel to it.

I'm starting to see the Flying Dog beers all over. I feel like they're playing it too safe, focusing more on marketing than quality. I'll have to try some other beers by them. So far, they're pretty good, but far from great.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 14:55:23 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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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

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 05:19:13 | More by Redwood21
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3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear brown with a rocky, tan colored head. The aroma is mild and mostly malty. The taste is malty with some spicy and molasses flavorings - not overbearing, but enough to wake the taste buds. The mouthfeel is full and seems appropriate. Overall, this is very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 01:03:43 | More by barefootbrewer


3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 3/4" beige head falls to 1/4" quickly and stays there. Amber-brown with good clarity. Little lace.

S - Lots of fruity esters. Chocolate. Candy like sweetness.

T - Earthy malt. Chocolate. Nuttiness. Smoky in the finish. Fruity. Just enough hops to keep this from getting too sweet.

M - Medium bodied with a mid-level of carbonation.

D - Good drinkability, I enjoyed drinking this while it was available.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 03:41:13 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep brown amber with a tan head. This is a bread and butter beer if there ever were one. Malty chew with butter hints. Hop balance is nicely done. Flyin Dog has made better brews. They should spend a little more time on this warmer. It needs some more attention.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 02:56:17 | More by barleywinefiend
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