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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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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 9
Gots: 64 | 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 hypnotoad1
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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 fitz284
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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 Polasiuss
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of PickwickHopz
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of 1p5v
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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 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 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 Paul68
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Dilbert65
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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 lobos62
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Nofear048
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of msarver16
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Disease
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of dannycohen62
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

Photo of webbcreative
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color. nice head from this one, frothy that sticks around. smell malt. taste more hops then i expected. bit more bitter then i prefer from a winter warmer. not bad, but i want more from a winter time ale. waould prefer a bit more sweetness.

Photo of terrabyte
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light-reddish brown color with a large light-tan head.

Aroma is quite strong, and consists of a nice nutty malt, backed by a small amount of hops.

Flavor has a dark nutty body that quickly switches to a twangy hop bite. A very bitter aftertaste almost seems to come out of nowhere.

Mouthful is medium and slightly creamy. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your tastes) the hops ends it with a tangy finish that strips the tongue and makes you thirsty. Another drink is the only solution, and that leads to amazing drinkability. You could drink a hojillian gallons trying to catch the fleeting delicious taste while trying to keep ahead of the thirsty aftertaste.

I find it very enjoyable, although I'd like to linger on the flavor a bit longer instead of the hops. Finally a Flying Dog beer I wasn't disappointed in.

Photo of bvlaminck
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Jah_Json
3/5  rDev -9.9%

K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.