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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: 641
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | 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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4/5  rDev +20.1%

cfurey13, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am continuing to reduce my backlog of beer, seasonally apropos or not, since I cannot justify trading for CANs or buying more bottles when I have so much to drink as it stands currently.

From the bottle: "Your legs are strained and your ass is clenched as you descend down the face. You don't even notice the blood drip from your nose as the powder is crushed beneath you. It's freezing cold, but you don't feel a goddamn thing."; "Seasonal Selection"; "'Good People Drink Good Beer' - Hunter S. Thompson".

I went with an aggro pour since nothing on the label suggested doing otherwise. There was an initial pseudo-cascade before I backed off, but I still ended up with three fingers of dense, rocky tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty, kind of nutty with an underlying spiciness like nutmeg. Believe it or not, I actually prefer drinking these kinds of beers when the temperature warms up. I truly prefer this sort of thing to most Hefeweizens, for instance. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and the inherent heat in this one was immediately obvious on the tongue. Phew! Once the initial burn abated, I got flavors of dried dark fruits, spices and a bit of molasses. Finish was dry as a bone, rather hot, even after six months, giving greater weight to my waiting to drink it. I want to try this again in the Winter, just to see what it is like fresh, but this was quite good.

woodychandler, Jun 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Klebe, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

superspak, Jun 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Vogt52, Jun 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

wvbrewcrew, Jun 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

muskiesman, May 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Latarnik, May 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Durandal_777, May 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

hypnotoad1, May 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Bandi, May 05, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

metter98, May 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Coreynezy4, May 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

JOldewurtel, Apr 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

kgammell1, Apr 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

SkinniePost, Apr 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

b1515152004, Apr 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

PickwickHopz, Apr 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Luweezy, Apr 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

awr84, Mar 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Viperman1316, Mar 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

craftbeersweden, Mar 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

tconty, Mar 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

JavierGC, Mar 14, 2014
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.