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: 700
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 8
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-30-2001)
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Photo of albertjr21
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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 CaverDave
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Shiredave
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
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 -25.1%

Photo of Nofear048
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of msarver16
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of Disease
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Dilbert65
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of terrabyte
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
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 -10.2%

Photo of Jah_Json
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of ryanflc
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of lobos62
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of tchenery
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice ruby color to the beer. It's very bright and very crisp looking. It has no head, but the tiny lacing is bone white.

Smells of dark malts and slight cherry scents.

Very rich and chewy beer. It is extremely malt forward and tastes like it has some amber, chocolate, maybe some maris otter, crystal, etc. There is a slight hop bitterness, but not much, this one's all malt.

Nice full bodied beer. It leaves you slightly dry, but not uncomfortably. It's fairly drinkable if you like the style.

Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of cabsandking
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with crimson highlights and a tight tan head with good retention. Dark fruit and boozy esters are all I’m getting from the nose. With the first sip a nutty malt character is noted and followed by dark roasted notes and a nice balance of dry, bitter hops that are spicy at times. A little yeasty tartness, a little sweet, and some caramel notes too. A noticeable alcohol presence is a tad too much for me and considering the abv for its style is on the low end. Some of the alcohol retreats as it warms allowing its other characters to come to the forefront. Medium mouthfeel and some creaminess at the end is pretty nice.

Photo of Garrett092112
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Jesstyr
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer in years past, and I honestly believe its improved. Reminds me more of a wee heavy then a winter warmer, but either way its a flavorful beer that loses out in aesthetics.

Served in a McChouffe chalice which blue cheese chips - a great pairing.

Appearance is copper brown, with a definitive hue of amber. Light fizzy head roams the top of the glass, and leave some light lacing. Nose is sweet, gets a bit of caramel in there.

Good tasting beer, with a definite sweetness, caramel and even chocolate. I get a slight bit of the alcohol burn that is trademark winter warmer. Mouth is medium, with light carbonation that is a little too noticeable. A great beer to pair, not a great beer to drink alone, in my opinion.

Photo of budsboy
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep mahogany with a thin white head that quickly fades leaving little behind.

Interesting fruity-spicy aroma ... like a fruitcake soaked in a spiced liquor. Hmm. Skepticism sets in.

Well balanced, sugary sweetness and gingery-coriander spice. Add to that a wee bit of hop-alcohol bitterness. Blends really will and comes off warming and satisfying.

Medium-heavy bodied. Very nice and smooth.

Enjoyable winter ale, this one. Nice on a February cold night in Ohio. I'm glad my wife picked some up.

Photo of dannycohen62
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Bowers-Brew
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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