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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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623 Ratings

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Ratings: 623
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 lobos62


3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

03-16-2013 17:46:12 | More by lobos62
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
Photo of b1515152004


3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-16-2014 02:29:13 | More by b1515152004
Photo of BeerFink


3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a deep dark cherry red color, with a thin off white head. The color is very nice, I had to admire it for a second longer. The smell is a little weak, but you can detect the malty presence, as well as some fruit. The taste was malty smooth with some nice roasted flavors. Pleasant hop finish, not too bitter - just enought to counter the malt. Unfortunately, there is not enough of this taste. There are no off flavors or anything disagreeable, but there just isn't the big flavor I'm used to in a strong ale. It goes down smooth and is pretty drinkable, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 16:29:39 | More by BeerFink
Photo of ballewblake

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
Photo of ryantupy


3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a tasty beer that poured a very nice dark brownish amber with a small head that sticks to the glass on its way down. It smelled very toasty and malty with a hint of some hops in there as well. It was rather full-bodied and not overly carbonated which made it very smooth. It tasted of toasted malts and hints of bitter hops and caramel. A very easily enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 05:51:59 | More by ryantupy
Photo of Tolann


3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a thick head that is foamy and sizzles out quickly. Dark in color and a clear reddish hue.

S - Toffee and sweet malt. Some caramel. I think as this is warming I'm also finding something like coffee as well.

T - Spicy and sweet. Some bitterness at the end and heavy dryness settles in your throat.

M - lighter and lively on the pallet. certainly feels like a 'warmer'.

D - This is a good example of the style. All I need now is a fire, some snow, a warm hat and mittens, and maybe some marshmallows to roast. This is a sipping beer; not necessarily one you'd drink a whole 6pack in a night.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 04:11:03 | More by Tolann
Photo of weller1js

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a reddish brown, moderately carbonated, lighter foam and lacing.

smell: light maltiness, with a pronounced sweet undertone.

taste: balanced on three parts, with a tangy hop flavor yet sweet, as well as with the bold maltiness.

drinkability: enjoyable to drink, has something to offer for everyone and appropriate for the season.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 23:24:30 | More by weller1js
Photo of Dilbert65


3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-15-2014 23:17:58 | More by Dilbert65
Photo of Bowers-Brew


2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

04-21-2013 21:49:54 | More by Bowers-Brew
Photo of Indybeer


3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep mahogony with no real head. Some sign of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt is about all you can detect, no noticable hop aroma. Moderatly carbonated, and you can taste the malt, and again no hopiness. Lacks any body, and finishes weakly, but it still tastes good. I wouldn't go out of my way to get this but wouldn't pass it up if offered.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 17:32:03 | More by Indybeer
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog calls this a winter ale, but it's in the category of American strong ale. Hmmmm...
Pours up extremely dark amber, medium off-white creamy head, some of which stays with the beer throughout.
Smells of sweet malt, bread, not bad at all.
Tastes similar to smell, sweet malt and caramel start, segues into a piny/sharp hop bite before a malt/hop aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is creamy and pretty smooth, some carbonation, medium, but pretty damn good.
I like this beer, moreso as a winter ale with the strong malt influence, moderate hop presence, and will buy it again.


Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 00:03:53 | More by NClifestyle
Photo of GordonQuid


3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Clear copper with a wisp of white head and lace.

Smells of malts and honey with a hint of dark fruits.

Taste is scottish in style but not enough to classify. Sweet malty caramel and dark fruity esters on burnt toast. Bitter in the finish and a bit cloying.

I wish Flying Dog would spend less money on there marketing and more money on their brewing.
This brew is not bad by any means; just could be alot better.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 23:51:55 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of Kevin55


3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

01-22-2014 04:28:40 | More by Kevin55
Photo of dwren89


3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: chestnutty brown with gold highlights and a creamy light tan head, brilliant clarity

Aroma: warm date and fig with a subtle hint of cardamom and raisin, soft molasses and an overall pleasant and warming aroma

Taste: bready, with molasses overtones and nutty finish. Subtle spiciness of nutmeg and cardamom and a dark fruitiness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, smooth finish, medium carbonation

Overall: A nice beer that can be swigged instead of just sipped by the fireside, embracing the taste of the season of nutmeg, cardamom, date, fig, and molasses and keeping the body to a drinkable level.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 01:21:57 | More by dwren89
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

09-15-2013 04:17:25 | More by Hacksaw99
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

01-04-2014 13:58:11 | More by GreenEggsHam1
Photo of Coreynezy4


3/5  rDev -9.9%

05-01-2014 20:45:01 | More by Coreynezy4
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

04-23-2014 18:23:34 | More by JOldewurtel
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 csrbv


4.38/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ran across a 6-pack of this at Wegmans.

Look: Poured a rich copper. Carbonation seemed a little low. Head was a thin 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: Good – 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 a couple Christmas Ales that I have had, this is a very enjoyable winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 20:08:47 | More by csrbv
Photo of notdriving


3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-27-2012 03:19:08 | More by notdriving
Photo of maddamish


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

Appearance: Looks like a coke when poured in the glass. There was almost no head to this beer at all.

Smell: Malty/Woody smell with just a faint trace of coffee

Taste: A bit of a sweet/earthy taste to it.

Mouth feel: I was surprised. I expected this to be a bit heavier. It is quite the opposite. Very thin...

Drinkability: Not bad. This wouldn't be the first winter ale I would go for, as there are thicker and better tasting brews out there But Flying dog did ok on this one. Worth a try but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 02:54:51 | More by maddamish
Photo of AndoBrew


1.93/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

*i hated it and would never buy*

app: ugly, cloudy brownish poo water. maybe it has chill haze, ..i think my buddy has kept it cool for a while

smell: smells like cough syrup. some cherry, lots of yuck, bad all around. I can not imagine finishing this glass based off the smell.

taste: it is painful, bad booze flavor , no hops.. still that cherry cheap booze flavor, this would be a good bad shot. not a good beer. where is the malt depth? where are the hops to balance? where is the quality?

mf: fine. just take it away. thin for a strong ale

drinkable?: NO, i cant. sorry.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 04:55:16 | More by AndoBrew
Photo of Hophead420


3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

04-11-2013 05:15:48 | More by Hophead420
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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