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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: 8
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-30-2001

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Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 12 oz bottle a dark copper color with a one finger head that quickly dissolves into a light lace. Moderate but lively carbonation. The aroma is of toasty, nutty malt. 1st sip brings a reprise of the aroma...toasty, nutty malt with a hint of dark chocolate. It starts off sweet, but quickly becomes dry in the middle with a very dry, bitter finish consisting of slight hop note & alcohol. Mouthfeel is solid. Overall, a pleasant, but not outstanding winter warmer.

Photo of Amalak
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a nice, hazy brown. Great foamy tan head and lacing. Some bubbles. Matly, metallic scent to it.

Very tame maltiness. There's a good touch of caramel and mild sweetness, in general. It's light and it's easy. Interesting smoothness to it. It's refreshing, but it's kind of bland. Nothing there that jumps out, but it's an easy to drink ale. I like some parts, and am indifferent toward other.

Photo of mikechance
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A --- Nice reddish orange --- not much of a head

S --- earthy floralness, yeast, raisin

T --- not much of anything. Kind of malty, maybe a faint hint of clove

M --- light body and little carbination

O --- I'm a little disaapointed. I was expecting it to big one way or another. It's tame and not very memorable.

Photo of goalie33
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: red shiny body, trace head, zero lacing

S: mild spicy, nutty, caramel, malt

T: same as nose, but light bitter semi-crisp finish

M: light bubby body, semi-crisp

O: Love this style, but not this offering.
Ok, Winter Ale but not worth getting again.


Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear medium amber, with a creamy tan head building about one finger high. Dissipates fast into good lacing.
The smell is rather disappointing, and I do not detect much but some faint malt.
The taste produced some earthy malt notes and some grassy hops. Not much else I detect.
Never the less it is a refreshing drinkable beer, but not what I expect of a Winterwarmer!

Photo of mcphish22
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of rlee1390
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Deep ruby red, clear not much head either.

S-Some malt and spices, a nuttiness is there, not much else though.

T-Spices, some nuts and roasted malt. not much bitterness but sweet.

M-Light to medium bodied with little carbonation.

O-Although it tasted alright everything else about this beer was off base, a little flat, and not much there in the nose.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a reddish amber, almost mahogany. Very small head.

S - Very spicy smell, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg with a dash of fruit. Good amount of sweet malt.

T - Taste starts a bit sweet, again fruit, before fading into some hoppy bitterness and finishing with a touch of that cinnamon spice again. Finish has just a touch of that metallicy taste.

M - Lot of carbonation in this one, but smooth.

Overall - It was pretty good. Again, a bit of metallic taste, but I thought overall, it was a decently put together beer.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, never seen this before in the Southland, so I picked up a bottle, always up for a new winter warmer,

A: Pours a dark amber to red, good clarity with a medium off-white head. Good head retention and leaves some thick lace.

S: Light notes of wood and malt, but I'm struggling to find much. Disappointing since this can be the best part of many winter beers.

T: The flavour brings it back. Nice notes of toffee like malt, some nuttiness, hazelnuts come to mind. Lightly fruity, but in most ways a straightforward malty English style beer.

M: Medium-bodied, a soft but crisp at the same time carbonation character if you get my drift. Thins out towards the end, feels like a 4% beer there. Mild aftertaste.

O: All in all a good winter beer. A bit more complexity would have be nice, but I enjoyed this effort. To me like a lighter Avery Old Jubilation. Worth a single bottle pickup for sure.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #79
Served On: 10/25/2011
Glassware: Shaker Pint
Labeled ABV: 7.4%
Date/ Code: 051A12

Ran across a 6-pack of this way in the back of the cooler at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick.

Look: Poured a crystal clear rich copper. Carbonation seemed a little low. Head was a thick kaki color; about 1 finger was left after things calmed down from the pour.

Smell: The aroma was robust with spicy malts and some dark pit fruits. There were also some faint hints of molasses and brown sugar. Basically all the spicy and sweet notes I usually expect in a top notch winter warmer. No booziness was noticeable in the nose.

Taste: Ok – the taste was right on with the aroma. First was the spicy roasted malts followed by the sweeter dark fruits. The finish had smooth sugary notes with a hop bite right at the end. Aftertaste was an enjoyable earthy spice that lasted for a while.

This brew is reminiscent of the Wild Goose - Snow Goose. Seeing how Flying Dog use to brew the Wild Goose brand, I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is virtually the same exact beer. Regardless, this is a very enjoyable winter warmer.

Photo of bubseymour
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark purple/brown color with 1 finger head that quickly disappears. Looks really boozy in appearance if appearance could appear to be boozy.

Smell - malty...like Flying Dog's lager style

Taste - Doesn't really work too well here. Some bitterness and some "off" flavorings and some spice. Not much worthwhile in this beer.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and ok.

Overall - Very mediocre to not-very-good beer. Not highly recommended and barely drinkable.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Amber color. The nose offers a bit of light coffee nose with touches special yeast and oats. The body appears extremely complex and the flavors are sometimes too many present and affect the consistency of the drink. In the mouth, and spices - especially cloves - but they are directly offset by the bitterness of the roasted malt and a citrus aftertaste.

The body is more or less the balance of flavors - which sometimes tend in the brewery, to go in any direction - but we feel that this balance is right and it is undoubtedly one of best beers of the brewery.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.01/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cool label, I like the notion of crazed dogs skiing recklessly.

Light brownish pour with a red hue to it, uneventful formation of head, aroma was well, warming, mildly hoppy, but not much else going on.

Easy sipper, just like a winter warmer should be I guess, but hardly inducing excitement in any fashion. Hops kept out of the taste, smoothness and warmth are in. Caramel, mild spice, brown sugar. Offputting bitterness in a warmer a few seconds after you tell yourself its smooth. Huh?

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a nice deep dark red color with a light tan head on top. The head fades into a thin ring around the glass. The smell of the beer has a spiciness to it and some malts that come through. The taste of the beer is also a little spicy and has a warming flavor to it. The mouthfeel is smooth, semi-thick and lightly carbonated. Overall I think this beer is a pretty nice Winter Warmer. I'd like to try it again in the future to see if my tastes have changed at all.

Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rich and roasted ale.

Dark amber with a touch of orange in the tulip glass. Warm malty aroma. Long flavor evolution from sweet through varieties of toasted malt to the bitterish finish. Hops are not very aggressive. Plenty of caramel and a hard candy taste. Better as it warms a little. Nutmeg and burnt sugar.

Something a little coarse about this beer. There are so many great Christmas and winter beers this is one of the less interesting. Still, quite drinkable for a switch and plenty of flavor.

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 ummswimmin
2.46/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I received 12 bottles for a party awhile ago.

I have been making this my third bottle of the evening. The flavors were understated, and I didn't taste anything that makes it seem like a holiday brew. After aging this beer (unintentionally), I finally taste additional seasoning.

The coloring is fine and the lacing looks good. With the pour, I have two fingers of moderate head.

The taste has bittered with time, but I finally get the winter flavors coming through.

Just like most Flying Dog beers, this is nothing special. I recommend it as an entry level winter ale for those that haven't embraced strong flavors.

Photo of clarkkr
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle -> tulip glass

Pours copper/bronze color and has a fairly thick head with good retention and some lacing. Smells of deeply roasted sweet malts with some caramel-like malted scents. Tasting it, I pick up some chocolate flavors that compliment some of the roasty-sweetness fairly nicely and some very faint hops add bitterness and keep the alcohol from entering in too strongly from the equation. You don't really taste the alcohol, but you do notice its warmth and it bites a bit along with the light hops. It makes an impact on your mouth, and I'd be wrong to call this brew "smooth." It's forceful which sort of makes it hard to appreciate the texture of this one. Overall, it makes for an okay winter ale, but misses out on some of the fun "wintery" things that one tends to look for in the style.

Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Considering Winter is about to be completely gone soon, I'd better get rid of these Winter brews I've got left hanging around. This one pours a clear amber-ruby topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises caramel, orange peel, mandarin oranges, and lightly-buttered biscuits. The taste brings out the bitterest notes possible from these elements, ranging from the white part of the orange peel to an astringently charred biscuit. Honestly, this comes off as just too much bitterness in a bad way for anything good to really come of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, not my cup o' tea (so to speak), thanks to all that crappiness on the tongue.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured amber with a huge creamy head that quickly faded leaving some nice lace down the sides. Smell was hoppy with sweet caramel undertones and a slight smell of alcohol. The taste was extremely sweet. Almost tasted like candy. Dry hopped finish, but still very sweet. Overall this is very drinkable, but a bit too sweet to be really drinkable.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. 7.4% ABV, IBU: 30, 074A11.

A - A badass looking beer, K-9 pours a totally clear, gorgeous rusty bronze color with vibrant highlights. A two-finger tan head rises up and lowers slowly with nice lace left behind.

S - The aroma is fairly mild overall but there's a lot of caramel malt sweetness going on in there. Some candied fig and a touch of bread are very low. It's good, but there's not a lot there.

T - The nice malty sweetness of caramel and candied fig in the nose almost falls away completely, leaving a bland amber body with lots of rustic, earthy hops behind. Slight floral notes peek through on the finish though.

M - Smooth and medium-bodied, K-9 finishes with a harsh, hard hop bitterness certainly not expected after the nose. Higher carbonation level in this one.

D - Not awful, it's just much more of a pedestrian winter warmer that's high in ABV but not offering anything pronounced. I wish the aroma's caramel malt sweetness would have carried into the flavor for better taste and balance.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - Two-finger head of dense, light-khaki foam that collapses under itself, leaving rings around the glass. Deep amber red/orange and decently opaque, but not cloudy. When the head finally finishes, there's a thin, but almost solid layer of lacing across the surface that stays longer than I have patience to see if it's going to clear.

S - Huge malt on the pour. Nose is toasted malts, spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, aromatic pine hops, and a bit of the alcohol pushing its way through from the background.

T - Rich buttery toasted malts and caramel. Bittering hops take over rather quickly and dominate the finish; it's citrus, but darker. As it warms in the glass, there's a touch of competition on the back-end of the finish between the sugar and the hops, but it's pretty subtle and appears only at the end.

M - Creamy, but well-carbonated, so it's also rather foamy. Decent structure, although a bit thin for the ABV. Bitter finish lingers on the tongue.

D - A winter warmer for those who enjoy a bitter finish on their beer. I would have liked to see more attention given to the malt side of the profile, since they're definitely in there and are tasted at the beginning of the quaf as well as exploding from the bottle on the pour.

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

Clear amber with a fading tan head, and excellent lacing. Slight winter spice, kind of bland aroma. Malty caramel not very sweet mildly bitter not very hoppy. Medium bodied, finishes a bit spicy/peppery. Decent, but not something I would seek out again.

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