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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
okay

726 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 8
Gots: 65 | 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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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #79
Served On: 10/25/2011
Glassware: Shaker Pint
Labeled ABV: 7.4%
Date/ Code: 051A12

Ran across a 6-pack of this way in the back of the cooler at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick.

Look: Poured a crystal clear rich copper. Carbonation seemed a little low. Head was a thick kaki color; about 1 finger was left after things calmed down from the pour.

Smell: The aroma was robust with spicy malts and some dark pit fruits. There were also some faint hints of molasses and brown sugar. Basically all the spicy and sweet notes I usually expect in a top notch winter warmer. No booziness was noticeable in the nose.

Taste: Ok – the taste was right on with the aroma. First was the spicy roasted malts followed by the sweeter dark fruits. The finish had smooth sugary notes with a hop bite right at the end. Aftertaste was an enjoyable earthy spice that lasted for a while.

This brew is reminiscent of the Wild Goose - Snow Goose. Seeing how Flying Dog use to brew the Wild Goose brand, I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is virtually the same exact beer. Regardless, this is a very enjoyable winter warmer.

Photo of ChopsMeister
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of pbrian
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thank God this was my last bottle from Flying Dog. I was unimpressed with their offerings. This beer was flat and watery like their other beers. The only strong ale characteristic was a minimal cloying winey sweetness. Otherwise it was forgetable.

Photo of TomG2751
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hypnotoad1
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of BeerTruck
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Below flying dog standards imo.

Photo of Dilbert65
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of JamFuel
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Sark
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of CaverDave
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of fitz284
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of foureyedgeek
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the winter seasonal from Flying Dog, I picked it up when I saw it at Subs&Suds since I like to try every new beer I come across and I'm in a big winter beer swing lately, naturally.

This beer pours a dark red-drown with a decent cap of head that doesn't stick around too long. Pretty minimal lacing.

Smell is roasty and just a little blend of woody and fruity, but that's about it.

tasty is pretty much malty, a combination of earthy, almost bordering on cardboardy breadiness, followed by a bitterish finish, almost spicy like cinnamon, but with out the corresponding flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty light in body and rather 'active'.

Overall not a bad beer but certainly not the greatest winter warmer either. Worth trying each year perhaps, but I'm not sure I'd get more than a bottle each time.

Photo of blange3
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of mds1101
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of karengarys
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

Photo of PickwickHopz
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Polasiuss
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of dannycohen62
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of 1p5v
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of winomark
2.63/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice deep copper with some maroon hues. Small, light brown head. Roasted sweet malt controls the nose. No hop aroma. Malty palate, but not much else. Sweetness, with a dry, short finish. Unimpressive. Light, slightly metallic mouthfeel. Disappointing. Another mediocore brew from this brewery. No need to try this one.

Photo of lobos62
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of albertjr21
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle into a pint glass on 5.24.11., this appears a clear brownish red under a thin but well sustained head. Aroma is that of dark roasted malt with a deep note of chocolate licorice and crisp floral hops. Deep toasted malt dominates the palate here, for the most part, with a well suited carbonation that lets the flavor dominate. Notes of sweet dark cocoa and toasted nut come through to me and there's a subtle hop bitterness throughout that restrains the malt feel to a favorable level. Overall, this is one of the more boozy "winter warmers" I've ever tried but as the brew nears closer to room temperature from the fridge climate, the alcohol feel truly does seem to subside and a nice caramel note begins to break through on the palate.

Photo of McMatt7
3.64/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Shiredave
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep, deep amber color with a whispy, clotted head and lots of specks of lace.
Aroma is husky and malty - sort of bocky (smells like munich to me)- lots of caramel/crystal malts, sweet and nutty, nice but one dimensional.
Medium bodied sweetness up front with some chewy grain flavors and firm hop bittering. Nice lingering bitter sweet aftertaste - like scorched caramel apples.... with hops.
I could drink 2 or 3 of these. Probobly better on tap.
Good ESB / Bock?

Photo of Paul68
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.