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K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

Not Rated.
K-9 Cruiser Winter AleK-9 Cruiser Winter Ale

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350 Reviews

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Reviews: 350
Hads: 737
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 350 | Hads: 737
Photo of DPMomutant
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finger-thick head fades quickly on this one. Body is dark brown but kind of thin for the style.

A decent little fruity aroma going on here. Sweet but not as strong as one would think.

Not as much taste as I'd expect from a strong beer. A bit sweet with some alcohol at the beginning with some bitterness at the end. Not bad but not as much going on as I'd like.

This beer feels a bit to thin for me. Maybe with a little less water that taste would come out more.

Obviously with the higher ABV you don't want too many of these. While not great, this would be good enough to have a couple. It has potential but isn't quite there. (639 characters)

Photo of far333
2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown color, and tops itself with a beige, thin and low head that disappears too quickly. Aroma is sweet malt, and that's about it. Flavor is sweet and syrupy. The ABV doesn't interfere with the flavor, but maybe something should. This one is cloying to me, and the body is thin. I wouldn't be able to guess the style if I didn't know. (348 characters)

Photo of ngandhi
3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little bit of buttery diacetyl on the nose and actually quite distinguishable as an old ale. When I was drinking it, I didn't know what it was, but I thought it best resembled an old ale.

Not very malty, it's on the lighter side of the spectrum. The nose is wonderful, revealing a great rich complexity that the beer never provides. I can say the yeast is pretty good, producing wonderful aromas, but the recipe itself is weak.

The beer thins to ethanol with some malt and fruit-laden yeast poking through. The flavors are muddled and vacant.

Relax, relax.
ng (573 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown clear brew, looks like a Bock beer.

Smell is sweet with a smell of dark fruits, with brown sugar and malts. Smells like a bock beer.

Taste is Very sweet with a bit of chocolate flavor with plum wine. This is a Bock beer, no matter what the bottle says. That or a really sorry Imperial Stout. It's an OK Bock, and a crappy Imperial Stout. I pick Bock and give it a 3.

Mouthfeel is OK for a Bock.

Not real drinkable, I can find better. (464 characters)

Photo of jtfest
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very clear dark coppery-reddish with a small tan head that disappeared altogether. Kind of a grassy, wet hay aroma with malt sweetness undertones. The mouthfeel was syrupy, somewhat flat, and a little thin. The taste was pleasant -- sweet, with a little clove-like spiciness with a bit of bitter in the aftertaste. Good, but I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting. (378 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a medium head. Left a little edge around the glass. Hops aroma that quickly went away to malt. Not much aroma. Somewhat sweet, malty and dry. I did not notice the alcohol. I will have another of these to make a full assessment. Not good, not bad. Drinkable but a little weak for a strong winter ale. Taste is like some Scottish ales I have had. (369 characters)

Photo of BigRedN
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Background: Picked up at local store in display stack with other winter seasonal beers. Put together with other singles as a mixed 6-pack.

Apperance: Dark amber in color, can just see through the glass. Thin head that disappeared quickly. Lace around glass to the end.
Smell: Slightly fruity, herbal aroma, with some maltiness to it.
Taste: Slightly fruity, sweet and malty. A touch of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, crisp.
Drinkability: OK, but not fully what I expected for a winter beer.

Final Thoughts: An alright beer, I won't be likely to purchase a whole 6-pack of this but may purchase another single bottle on a whim. Just not what I expected for a winter beer, expected a heartier more robust product. (752 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber color, clear and tending toward brownish. Head is decent, it slightly pale, creamy in texture. Lacing is nice, complicated webbing down a pint glass. Aroma is heavily malty, scant hops, pear fruit and butterscotch are the main characters. Mouthfeel is medium, but the flavor is a littlle much -- lots of sugary sweetness and diacetyl re-inforced by the aroma. Unidimensional to me, front to back, a big aftertaste continues to underscore the dominant notes of the flavor profile. While not sticky, the beer is border line cloying. (536 characters)

Photo of pezoids
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out a deep amber color and was very clear. The head on this beer never even had a chance and was gone in a blink of an eye. Light carbonation. Could be a bit flat. Slightly sweet malt aroma with a dry fruitiness. The flavor has some fruity malt and is light to medium bodied. There really isn’t anything special here and seems to lack gusto. Not bad and somewhat unique tasting. Finishes with a dry touch of bitterness. Not sure what to make of this one. (462 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew is a dark maroon amber colour with no head to speak of. The lacing is OK, but does not hold up too well. The aromas are pretty subdued, but I can smell some roasted caramel malts, and some very, very faint, old hops (perhaps cascade?). This kind of reminds me of a very weak tasting scotch ale, or kind of like Otter Creek's A winter's ale. The mouthfeel was a bit light for a winter ale, and the drinkability was just OK. Decent. (440 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color. Small head. Aroma is malty and sweet, kind of perfumy. A medium bodied strong ale. Malts are roasted and sweet. Hops are a touch citrusy. An interesting beer. Aroma and taste are very different. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a touch of an alcohol bite. (321 characters)

Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light walnut. Aroma is sweet and a faint dark fruit. Big, big malt body with a fair bit of yeasty phenolic action going on - buttery diacetyl and a hint of prune. Finishes fairly clean for the malt, and the surprisingly high abv is not evident in the flavor profile. More like a strong Scottish export ale than anything else I can compare it to. Quite good. (370 characters)

Photo of Indybeer
3.21/5  rDev -3%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), over a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

What little tan head there is dies to nothing fast. It's possible to stir up some minimal runny lacing. The color is dark brown with garnet highlights. Not a bad looking barley wine.

The nose is sweet, sweet toffee, minimal grapes, some breadiness. The front is mostly caramel malt, with some apples and grapes in the middle. The feel is a little watery. Toffee comes back strong in the finish with some grains. As it warms, some faint chocolate appears in the aftertaste. Overall... nothing special. (599 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: This was a deep brown beer with hints of red. The light tan head was coarse and fizzy, rising up to maybe one finger.
It disappeared immediately, leaving the only thinnest of rings around the edge of the glass. There was no lace at all.

Smell: An interesting aroma of sweet currants, cherries, grapes, and alcohol. Honestly, it didn't even smell like beer, but it was not bad.

Mouthfeel: It was semi-smooth with a medium body. It seemed a little watery in the back of the mouth.

Taste: The taste was all dark berries and fruits, with a little alcohol on the finish. That's about it. No hops flavors at all and just a hint of malt in the background. Like the smell, it was not very beer-like, but not unpleasant either. (740 characters)

Photo of lewwjr
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They call it altitude ale. I am not sure from what mountain they are on. I love their creativity. However, they call it a strong English brew and maybe it is I put it more like a scotch kinda ale. It is very drinkable with some after taste. Overall, I like the diverisity. (272 characters)

Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep dark brownish-red color, small foamy off white head that doesn"t last. Has a malty bready yeasty aroma, sweet malty candy caremel flavors, some hop bitterness in the finish, medium body kind of a syrupy mouthfeel, something is off balanced in this ale. (257 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish copper color with a very thin tan colored head that vanishes almost immediately. Aroma and taste are a fruity and malty sweetness with a faint trace of floral bitter hops. Seems a bit thin and watery in the mouth. Nothing special about this brew. (268 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
3.82/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown but clear hue with a small off white head that shrinks quickly but leaves a nice sheet over the entire top. The smell is that of a delicious smelling baked bread and malts...very nice! The taste is consistant with the smell as the fresh baked bread comes in with a nice lightly hopped and quite noticeable alcohol on the tail. The mouthfeel is a little too thin to my liking for this style but all in all, a pretty darned good brew. Cheers! (464 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

K-9 pours a dark ruby, with a limited head, no lace. The nose was very fragrant with buttery-banana, rum, candy, and prune arrangements. The flavors on the palate are the same as the nose; it got really pruney towards the end. The mouthfeel was a tad sticky. The beer warmed your throat as it was consumed. The alcohol was noticeable… a winter warmer with a ton of punch, all the same, I like it. (397 characters)

Photo of marc77
2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark ruby hue, topped by a light tan head that settles quickly into a tight glass coating ring. Combination of damp floral Goldings hop nose and mild bubblegum esters are followed by very assertive diacetyl that almost takes on a cheesy character. Biscuit malt and generic dark caramel sweetness persist as an undertone in aroma. Subdued chocolate malt manages to couple well with the prominent butterscotch and prevents the diacetyl from becoming offputting. The flavor profile is comprised of light roasted barley bitterness, sweetness derived from crystal malt lightly contrasted by low hop bitterness. The expectedly strong diacetyl emerges towards the end of the sip. Like the aroma, the chocolate malt offsets the butterscotch presence adequately, and prevents it from being overbearing. Lightly bodied, w/ a somewhat watery mouthfeel. Finishes sweet w/ biscuity notes lingering. K-9 is an odd, eccentric brew. It's not particularly well balanced, mostly due to the strong diacetyl that borderlines on being akin to rancid butter. The drinkabilty is decent considering the strength. It's not a beer I'll have in the forseeable future, however. This beer, in its bottled form, appears to be inconsistent, but it is never well rounded. (1,245 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with a scary dog theme artsy label. Freshness date is printed on the label.

Appearance: Bright reddish amber with a very well formed off white lace that leaves ring all the way down the glass.

Smell: Slightly fruity buttery diacetyl, malt sweetness with hints of caramel and a plum like fruitiness in the nose. Touch of hops mostly earthy and herbal.

Taste: Full bodied with a light carbonation, slick malty mouth feel with a sturdy smoothness. A mix of fruity diacetyl and malt sweetness mostly caramel meld together to make a butterscotch flavour throughout. Within the fruitiness is a ripe plum and raisin flavour. Hop bitterness only balances and fades quickly, light earthy hop leftover. Hints of unsweetened chocolate and carob in the finish though the diacetyl still holds strong right to the end.

Notes: The fruity buttery diacetyl (by-product of the yeast) is a bit excessive borderline overwhelming though not as bad when the brew warms up to cellar temperature. A half decent brew yet hard to finish one due to the high level of alcohol and flamboyant flavours. (1,120 characters)

Photo of Wildman
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, so far in bottles, the Flying Dogs have been crashing and burning. But sometimes on tap they manage to stay in the air. This one arrived a very dard amber color and formed a small off white head with some nice lace. The aroma was slightly of hops and malt. The taste was of hops, malt and some caramel. The finish was medium and had elements of malt and caramel. (373 characters)

Photo of pbrian
2.78/5  rDev -16%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of Todd
2.32/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A deep red coloured beer with a nice sticking creamy foam head. Aroma is nill. Flavour is kind of boring for a strong ale. Some fruity, roasty malt action going on with a raw feel about it. Buttery, faint hint of vanilla, chocolate and raisiny edges. Finish is bland.

Another near average beer, from a seemingly near average brewery. It's almost like they don't know how to handle their own yeast? (400 characters)

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K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.