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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:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
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 thespaceman


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Flying Dog pint glass:

Appearance: Nice deep amber in color, big rocky head emerges off this one, nice head retention, lacing is soapy and follows this beer all the way down the glass.

Smell: Hints of bread like malts, some citrus and hop oil are also present here, a nice passionfruit overtakes this one and quickly hands off to a spicy malt backbone. Aromatic from the glass to say the least.

Taste: I think the balance on this one is actually perfect, some decent back and forth jabs of some caramel malt and some resinous hops, the bite from the hops leaves a citrus-like aftertaste, some grapefruit and orange. The maltiness holds up sturdy, very toasty. I also get some grassy and a bit of metallic aftertaste which isn't too bad.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, holds up balanced on the tongue, maltiness is rich and leaves a nice, bold richness in the mouth. Good bitterness from the hops.

Drinkability: After previous reviews, I thought this beer was going to be horrible, although I actually enjoyed it. I love that this beer has a decent hop profile, since it's nice to have a good, bitter hop profile in the cold weather. Not only that, but the balance with the malt is perfect in my opinion, just enough to keep me interested. I like Flying Dog's effort, and as this is not the best winter warmer out there, it's a notably good one, pick this up if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 14:23:25 | More by thespaceman
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a big, rocky head that leaves thick patterns of lace

Smell: Very unusual, almost sweaty aroma distracts from the the caramel, bitter chocolate and spruce elements

Taste: Caramel, up front, with a growing dark chocolate, spruce and burnt butterscotch character; the beer sweetens up considerably just before the swallow, though the diacetyl is off-putting; afterwards the spruce and butterscotch dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and and a slight warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Too many distractions going on here to make this one a keeper

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 02:25:16 | More by brentk56
Photo of John_M


3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mahaffey's (and not impressed).

The beer pours an amber copper color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The beer doesn't look all that bad. On the nose I get almost nothing. I kept on going back to this beer and, well, nearly nothing. There is some light spice and bit of sweetness, but otherwise that's it. On the palate, this beer is no better. There is some very light underlying sweet malt with some spice, and there's some hoppiness in the finish, but this beer really doesn't have much flavor. It has a fairly dry finish, and has a pretty light mouthfeel. Drinkability would probably be OK, except there's really very little enjoyable about this beer. Really, not very impressed with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 21:34:51 | More by John_M
Photo of magine


3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a dark amber brew with off white head that settles to a lace island head. Some lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel, maple, yeasts.

Taste is malty; caramel (maple maybe) has a yeast presence as well. Can pick up the hops in the end as you drink. Is a tad bit light to the palate; a bit on the watery side. Has a carbonated mouthfeel and a dry finish. I expected more of a thicker bodied brew, in the flavor and the texture.

This brew isnt going to make you take notice in its bold flavor by any means. But this isnt a bad thing, it is very drinkable. A brew that goes down very easy and comes in at over 6% alcohol is pretty good, and a welcome thing in the cold nights of the winter season. Hey if you are sitting in the house and want to tie one on this will do the trick and tastes decent. Good brew that will not offend anyone.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 02:18:57 | More by magine
Photo of PapaEugene


3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared this bottle with rvdoorn.

A: Amber color and a very lightbrown head.

S: Some maple syrup,cascade hops and slight alcohol.

T: Grains, maple syrup and grapefruit. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Low carbonation and a thin body.

D: Too watery for my taste. Nice to try once.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 14:42:48 | More by PapaEugene
Photo of rvdoorn


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

Thnx PapaEugene for sharing this bottle with me.

Beer pours an amber color, with a very light brown head, which disappear while blinking the eye.

Smell: Quite weak. Maple syrup, cascade hops (grapefruit) and light alcohol.

Taste: Maple syrup again, grains, grapefruit. Taste is short. The aftertaste is bitter (cascade hops), slightly alcoholic. While most beers with cascade hops have a very dry finish, this beer is not very dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin bodied, med-low carbonation which tingles the tongue.

Overall: Too watery and too flat in taste, too low in smell. Average brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 21:01:19 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of Frosty80


3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: clear reddish-copper

Smell: malty, bready with some earthy and spicy hop aromas to balance

Taste: translates well from nose. malt sweetness balanced with earthy hops and some breadiness and a solid spicy bitterness that lingers in the somewhat dry finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth, full-med body. moderate carbonation but remains creamy

Notes: originally when i reviewd this beer i wasnt impressed. the first FD brew that let me down. well i got intelligenter. solid beer. solid malt body with BIG hop flavor and bitterness. would like to have seen the bitterness a little more subdued but fits in well with its brothers

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 04:42:04 | More by Frosty80
Photo of thebeerdoctor


4.4/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There was a time when K9 said: "when in doubt go flat out", but that was before the troubles in New York back in 2001. This version from Maryland is an incredible delicious ale, where malt sweetness combines with a crunchy biscuit flavor note in the finish. This is even better than I remember of the first version I sampled from Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 22:36:25 | More by thebeerdoctor
Photo of Brad007


4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bit early for a winter warmer, eh? Not quite as snow fell in parts of Vermont this week.

Pours a nice reddish-copper color with a two-finger head into my fluted glass. Nice hue that reminds me of christmas colors.

Aroma is full of sweet malt with a hint of spice and smokiness out of all the things.

Taste is sweet and yet, flavorful. Chewy and full of a bit of smoke. Alcohol warmth is unwanted but it's there. Otherwise, the smokiness and chewiness helps it stand out.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering smokiness and chewiness of the malt. Very nice. Not bogged down or overly-carbonated.

I like this. It's not a typical winter warmer and you could drink it whenever the night was full of cold.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 00:39:58 | More by Brad007
Photo of BierFan


3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1 finger of tan foam sitting on top of a dark reddish orange body. The lacing was pretty good.

Smell: Malty with some faded hop aroma.

Taste: Malty with diacetyl giving a little bit of a butter flavor. Has a little bit of a bitter hop bite on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 03:39:53 | More by BierFan
Photo of jbphoto88


3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful caramel red with blood orange highlights. A tan colored head rises up fast but fades to a sudsy nothing before I even take my first sip.

The smell is dominated by sweet malts. Toasted but not burnt. Hints of toffee and caramel and even an inkling of coffee and chocolate. Not much in the way of spice or hop.

Taste is smooth, refined and full of malt. There is a nice complexity to the grain profile. It starts with a caramel influenced sweetness, then segues to a more roasty, toasty, robust malt flavor. The finish is a lingering sweetness with a mild bitterness from some hops. A nice flavor and feeling addition that accents the fullness of the sweet malt.

Clean and creamy mouthfeel that lasts well into the finish. This one doesn't have much bite only some slight metallic bitterness and a lack of spice for the style that frankly I don't miss. Damn fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 23:34:43 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of hoplover82


4.85/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a dark hazy ruby red with a tan creamy medium head that sticks around until the fat lady sings and leaves great lacing.

S-Wow! Lots of hops! Wonderful suprize! Earthy, floral and piney hops. Lots of very aromatic malt too. Caramel and toffee shining through with biscuits too. Very complex.

T-Wow! It's a five! Very impressed. Very creamy malty with lots of hops flavor and bold but clean bitterness. Caramel and biscuits also come through. There is soft lingering bitterness in the end.

M-Very creamy and full bodied.

D-My goodness, I could sip these all night, I wish this could last forever. Very impressed. I think the beer has been improved over time, I had the 2008 one and it seems the reviews of the past years are not as good as it is now. I think everyone that has had this should go back and revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 20:14:14 | More by hoplover82
Photo of webbcreative


3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 05:20:44 | More by webbcreative
Photo of corby112


2.4/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark chicory amber color with a think yellowish head. Malty aroma with hints of dark cherry, bitter hops and a spicy pepper presence. Syrupy and medicinal with hints of robitussin, spicy pepper and alcohol. I was looking forward to drinking this after the way it poured, but have to say that I was dissapointed by it's flat medicinal taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 01:37:23 | More by corby112
Photo of Haybeerman


3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear copper color. Poured a 2 finger biege head with fair retention. Laced the glass in rings at the start.

S: Burnt caramel notes, caramel notes and brown sugar. Light, slightly floral, hop in the finish.

T: Roasted caramel malts up front. Toasted malt and buttery sweetness fills the middle. Mild sweetness lingers with the light bitter finish.

M: Light side of medium body. Balanced carbonation. Overall smooth, rich and tasty.

D: Very well-balanced and quite tasty, but certainly not over the top.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 17:43:40 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of KI9A


2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Brown, big ol' rootbeer float head.

S: Malty, sweet, some citrusy hops.

T: Just like a brown ale. Thats all I detect. Good balance of light hops, and malt. Very BORING winter beer.

M: Clean. Boring.

D: Easy drinker, higher ABV will kinda sneek up on you. Hard to really rate this fairly. If it were a brown ale, well, I'd rate it higher...but, it isn't. It's a "winter" ale.

EDIT: This blew my mind, but, I just poured a BUD American Ale, and, dammit, they are really close! I even poured another K9 to compare. Ehh, this is like wierd...

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 02:35:08 | More by KI9A
Photo of robbyc1


3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a kind of strange Winter warmer, look is reddish/brown, a mix of a brown ale and a red ale, decent head.

Malty and hoppy too, with a bitter finish, hard to finish this one, it does have a nice malt taste, a bit of chocolate there, but the hops are biting, makes it hard to like it. I will stop buying this one for winter tries, too many other good ones out there unless they change the recipe.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 19:01:30 | More by robbyc1
Photo of Buggies


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

A: Pours a sort of reddish brown. Very little head, but leaves a little lacing all the way down.

S: Smells mostly malty sweet with some fruity notes coming through.

T: Nothing really special for me here. Taste is malt with a hint of bitterness. Slight fruity flavor coming through. Yea really nothing that interesting.

I've had better more interesting warmers than this. I probably will never buy this again. It is an average OK beer with an inflated price tag.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 03:15:06 | More by Buggies
Photo of Absumaster


3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, brown beer with a fizzy and fast dying head.

Smell is malty with a big caramel addition. Some notes of raisins and dark fruit.

Taste is light bitter and has some salmiak or liquorice in there. It is easily mistaken for bitterness, but somehow the beer tastes bitter the first second, but when rolled over the tongue it is liquorice all over the place. It adds a nice holiday spice taste and for sure it is interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 18:44:50 | More by Absumaster
Photo of cpn920

New York

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

Poured amber with a head that was gone in a flash. Smelled of malt and maybe hint of caramel. Taste was pretty blah IMO. Was malty but with no real strong or obvious flavors. Mouthfeel was one of poor carbonation and nothing of note. I find this to be a beer of poor quality that doesn't induce me to finish even the first.
Not recommended for this BA.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 15:58:57 | More by cpn920
Photo of BeerSox


3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into pint glass.

Hazy brown with burnt orange highlights. The head is about one finger and light tan. Rings of sticky lacing. The aroma has some light burnt malts giving a little caramel and some light spices. The spices come out in the flavor as clove-like. A little brown sugar is in there as well. The hops are on the low side, barely detectable. Full bodied.

An enjoyable beer on-tap. Some caramel and brown sugar with a little bit of spice. Served me well on a slightly chilly day in Athens, GA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2008 18:29:43 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Pegasus


3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, deep toned copper in color, with a large, persistent white head, scattered patchy lacing, no discernible carbonation.

Aroma: Deep caramel notes, slight butterscotch, brown sugar, and slight herbal hops.

Taste: Opens with mild caramel notes, less sweet than typical, a pronounced pine tar hop note soon follows. This dominates the taste to the close. There is a late wave of mild sweetness that carries to the close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, pleasant, soft.

Drinkability/notes: A bit understated, although very well-crafted.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a twenty-ounce Pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 01:02:58 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Amber color with a decent sized head and very good lace.

The aroma of malts,alcohol,caramel and some fruits.

The taste seemed to confuse me a bit. Malts,sweet taste,butter flavors and some metallic notes. Alcohol was very present and there were some raisin hints.

The feel was smooth,slightly bitter from the hops.
Full body and medium carbonation.

Notes: Where is the balance?, not horrible brew yet it did lack even distribution of flavor. Still,I managed to finish it and it was better when warmer. It needs some tweaking. There will be no next time because this was butter and brew combined.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 03:01:41 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of biggred1


3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby amber colored with a sweet looking rocky tan head that settles into a nice little collar around the glass, leaves decent lacing on the glass. Decent malty nose with some aromatic hop notes in the background. Taste is less spicy than most winter warmers but nice with a great balance between butterscotchy caramel flavors and bitter hops. Medium light mouthfeel with a smooth carbonation. Nice drinkability for the style, quaffable and easygoing. Seems better to me now than in years past.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 00:03:37 | More by biggred1
Photo of magictrokini


2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been suckered in again by Flying Dog. Clear mahogany pour with a bubbly, short-lived off-white head. Thin aroma of malt and hops, with a little caramel. Weak taste consisitng of watered-down caramel malt, some hops, grains, and nuts. While this was better than Tire Bite and Snake Dog, I have learned my lesson to not buy any more overpriced beers from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 23:00:47 | More by magictrokini
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.