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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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BA SCORE
76
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350 Reviews
THE BROS
67
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Reviews: 350
Hads: 737
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 73 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-30-2001

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Reviews: 350 | Hads: 737
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 3/6/13.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, herbal hops, and a nutty aroma. Taste is much the same with a somewhat high herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with an astringently bitter flavor that is somewhat unpleasant. (511 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts, toasted malts and toffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of toasted malts and toffee stand out in particular.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a bad Winter Warmer if you like toffee flavors. Although no alcohol is perceptible in the taste, it will warm you up a bit and is a lot easier to drink compared to other beers in the style. (716 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Color is an amber-red with a tad bit of white head and a little bit of lacing. The nose is cherries, caramel malt, sweet bread, and some light yeast. The taste is mainly some moderately-sweet malt. Medium feel with some sweetness. Drinkability is alright; not the typical winter warmer, but not too much involved either. (365 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at winghearts burger joint in downtown pittsburgh. pours a slightly cloudy cherrywood red color with a dying head. smells fairly basic, malty and seasonal, a little sharp from the alcohol. flavor is slightly spiced, malt driven, and subtly hopped. its very dumbed down for a winter warmer, nothing over the top, which makes is very drinkable i suppose. overall it was a well made beer but fairly unremarkable in terms of excitement. (439 characters)

Photo of brentk56
2.97/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a big, rocky head that leaves thick patterns of lace

Smell: Very unusual, almost sweaty aroma distracts from the the caramel, bitter chocolate and spruce elements

Taste: Caramel, up front, with a growing dark chocolate, spruce and burnt butterscotch character; the beer sweetens up considerably just before the swallow, though the diacetyl is off-putting; afterwards the spruce and butterscotch dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and and a slight warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Too many distractions going on here to make this one a keeper (632 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, a very good beer. Looks dark brown with amber and red highlights. Nice thick tan head pours with low to moderate carbonation. Head sticks around a while. Smells malty and a bit hoppy. Some spices and earthyness in there. Tastes malty sweet with flavoring and bittering hops lurking closely. Fruityness of dates and raisons. Mildly spicy of ginger and pepper. Hop flavor comes through in the bold body. As well does alcohol. Finishes as malty as it begins, but not too sweet or too dry. A very goo balance on this one. (522 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish bronze. The sand colored cap is good-sized after a vigorous pour and is now beginning to deposit nearly complete sheets of lace on the upper portion of the glass. There's a whole lot of nothin' wrong with the appearance to my eyes.

The nose is pretty decent as well and there's enough power that I don't have to take a chance on getting my nose wet each time I give it a whiff. The Flying Dog website describes this beer as much more malty than hoppy, but it's a virtual dead heat as far as I'm concerned. In addition to being dark malty, it's also butterscotchy.

K-9 may be an American strong ale, but it's a relatively tame one. There's nothing at all wrong with that because it's such good beer. The generously toasted malt backbone contains flavor elements of dark caramel, dark brown sugar and, less so, cocoa.

Citric hops enter at the midway point of each mouthful and become more prominent through the finish. The body is solidly medium (probably closer to light-medium if style is taken into consideration) and is smooth and pleasantly slippery on the swallow. Although flavor fades a bit too quickly on the finish, a light hop scum is left on the tongue until the next mouthful.

K-9 Cruiser is unlikely to make anyone forget the best that this style has to offer, but it's a fine effort all the same and would make a good training wheels strong ale for those who might otherwise be intimidated. This is definitely one of Flying Dog's better efforts. (1,484 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a burgandy colro with a bubbly, tan, two-finger head that left some nice lacing.

S - It smelled very malty and of grasses.

T - It tasted very malty and very sweet. It had a nice spicy kick.

M - It had a subtle warm alcohol presence. It was soft, smooth and medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good winter warmer. One of the better Flying Dog products. (370 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.37/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured amber with a huge creamy head that quickly faded leaving some nice lace down the sides. Smell was hoppy with sweet caramel undertones and a slight smell of alcohol. The taste was extremely sweet. Almost tasted like candy. Dry hopped finish, but still very sweet. Overall this is very drinkable, but a bit too sweet to be really drinkable. (345 characters)

Photo of oberon
2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber with a decent fluffy head to it leaving some trace amounts of lace,aromas were very subdued for a strong ale I picked up some brown suger and caramel but nothing really going on here.Flavors as well are pretty subdued for a stronger ale some caramel and butter stick out most but you would know ur drinking a strong ale just lackluster.Well I have come to expect somewhat hohum beers from Flying Dog and this is status quo for me. (449 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear red body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Prominant cherry-berry scent with notes of malt and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet toffee malts with just a tiny bit of chocolate and an oddly medicinal sour cherry flavor throughout and the finish and the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Winter has never looked bleaker. (378 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Considering Winter is about to be completely gone soon, I'd better get rid of these Winter brews I've got left hanging around. This one pours a clear amber-ruby topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises caramel, orange peel, mandarin oranges, and lightly-buttered biscuits. The taste brings out the bitterest notes possible from these elements, ranging from the white part of the orange peel to an astringently charred biscuit. Honestly, this comes off as just too much bitterness in a bad way for anything good to really come of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, not my cup o' tea (so to speak), thanks to all that crappiness on the tongue. (769 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The malty, lightly toasted grain aroma of this beer is more impressive than the flavor found within. It's appearance is nice, however, with a clear, deep mahogany body with a ruby cast; and a short head of light tan foam that holds sufficiently well before dropping to an average collar. Some areas of thin, tiny-spotted lace appear on the glass with each sip, but never seem to be able to hold. The body is medium and its fine-bubbled and moderate carbonation leaves it lightly creamy and silky smooth. The flavor is similar to that of it's Munich malt like graininess with a dollop of caramel, but it's nowhere as rich as it suggests. It is balanced nicely, however, with a touch of yeasty fruitiness and some light, citrusy hops; all backed by a firm bitterness. It's alcohol is noticeable (and surprising at just 7.5%), but it's not overbearing. It finishes fairly short and dry with little fan-fare. (904 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rich and roasted ale.

Dark amber with a touch of orange in the tulip glass. Warm malty aroma. Long flavor evolution from sweet through varieties of toasted malt to the bitterish finish. Hops are not very aggressive. Plenty of caramel and a hard candy taste. Better as it warms a little. Nutmeg and burnt sugar.

Something a little coarse about this beer. There are so many great Christmas and winter beers this is one of the less interesting. Still, quite drinkable for a switch and plenty of flavor. (501 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with a scary dog theme artsy label. Freshness date is printed on the label.

Appearance: Bright reddish amber with a very well formed off white lace that leaves ring all the way down the glass.

Smell: Slightly fruity buttery diacetyl, malt sweetness with hints of caramel and a plum like fruitiness in the nose. Touch of hops mostly earthy and herbal.

Taste: Full bodied with a light carbonation, slick malty mouth feel with a sturdy smoothness. A mix of fruity diacetyl and malt sweetness mostly caramel meld together to make a butterscotch flavour throughout. Within the fruitiness is a ripe plum and raisin flavour. Hop bitterness only balances and fades quickly, light earthy hop leftover. Hints of unsweetened chocolate and carob in the finish though the diacetyl still holds strong right to the end.

Notes: The fruity buttery diacetyl (by-product of the yeast) is a bit excessive borderline overwhelming though not as bad when the brew warms up to cellar temperature. A half decent brew yet hard to finish one due to the high level of alcohol and flamboyant flavours. (1,120 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely. Clear brown that is ruby hued when held to light. Good sized crème head. Minimal action on the nose. Flavor is decent. Starts off mellow and a high sweet tone kicks quickly on the end before vanishing. Smooth, but not a lot of character going on here really. Feel is smooth as well with the liquid and carbonation giving it good. Overall this is a nice drinker. Nothing really interesting or eventful though. (423 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a light tan head that settled in at 1/3" with good lacing. Mahogany body was clear and attractive

Smell: Alcohol, malt, fruitiness and hints of cinamon and vanilla

Taste: Matliness and dryness collide with a lot of subtle flavors blending together well. Cinamon, brown sugar, butterscotch (diadactheyl (sp?), but not a detractor), and hop bitterness on the tounge and throat

MF: Smooth and well balanced with good carbonation levels

Dangerously drinkable, I cooould enjoy this well into summer! (518 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My first bottle of this in years, trying to remember if I liked it or not...let's try one and see...
Appearance: clear, dark caramel coloring, very full, cream-colored head, a whipped, eggnog-y chunk of froth, resting triumphantly on top.
Nose, sweet and sharp, cherries and brandy, very winey, as well. Naked alcohol speaks up just behind the fruit.
Taste: very bright fruity flavor charges on the palate, then thins out. Raw strength, though a mere 7.5% shows it's teeth early, for the body is a low medium, and there isn't sufficient ballast. More malt, please, or something, in any order. Mouthfeel becomes slick with each sip, nearly stings, slips on the tongue and leaves an oily air of Luden's mixed with cabernet sauvignon.
Needless to say, I'm not finding it overly enjoyable. Missing many important elements, without which one cannot find pleasure in an ale.
I was glad to find this on sale, but not so happy that I have five bottles left. They'll be saved for when I'm already 3 1/2 sheets to the wind, and don't care what goes in me next. (1,056 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (1,399 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a thin head that lasts the duration, leaving some rings of lacing.

The smell is toffeeish and fruity. Quite a hop presence for the style.

The taste is of a sprucy earthiness with a toffeeish maltiness. Well-balanced. Smooth. A tad buttery. Slightly warming finish.

Easy to drink. It has a smooth, medium body. Nothing particularly "great", and not necessarily "wintery" but I like it. (409 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.17/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thin off-white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a rich malty scent along with a warm molasses type aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth, rich, malty flavor that has some dark malt qualities. It goes down really easy and finishes with a buttery molasess aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really smooth old ale. It has an elevated abv. , but you would never know it. This beer drinks very well. (511 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.51/5  rDev +6%
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. (519 characters)

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K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.