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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3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into snifter.
A: A off white head, pours a two finger head retention and settles into a solid layer that leaves sticky lace. The body is a ruby red hue that has a bit of haze to it.
S: A sweet aroma, that has a medium intensity. Notes of barley and a nutmeg spice.
T/M: The front is a smooth and bold mouthfeel that has a nice flavor of a caramel malt. The deep flavor of a sweet warmer. A hoppy, dry flavor on the finish that I find in many of the Flying Dog brews.
D: This is a good overall winter warmer, but I do not think that I would get a six pack of this. It is a nice and drinkable brew, but a bit thin overall and would consider other winter brews.

Photo of Bobby12many
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Sparkling ruby-amber color with a thinly beaded head that dissipates into a ring, following the beer down. A fair amount of oily lacing clings to the glass. Very nice looking beer, but a was expecting something a bit darker and frothier.

S - Grainy dark malt with a hint of must in the back end.

T - Sweet, lightly roasted malt up front, that quickly follows with enough bitterness in the finish to keep the sweetness in check. Im a bit disappointed by its lack of deep roasty malts that you often expect from a 7.4 % Winter Ale. A bit of bitter acidity lingers on my palette.

M - Much like the flavor, its a bit limp and watery for the style.

D - Not a bad beer, with no hint of the 7+% abv (as stated on bottle - 074A11 ), it just didn't interest my palette at all. Wasn't big and malty enough to be a big winter ale in my fridge anytime soon.

Photo of philbertk
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Brewing Company, L.L.C.--K-9 Cruiser Altitude Ale--2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.80% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Strong Ale--Slightly hazy thin light brown amber color. Light lace head. Spicy mild cocoa hop wheat front. Crisp sweet tangy spicy thin mild roasted cocoa citrus fruit body. Spicy dry clean mild hop end. Mixed Style. Sampled 10/30/2003.

Flying Dog Brewery, L.L.C.--K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale--Seasonal--2005-2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale Mild lacy head. No sediment. Clear dark bronze red color. Nutmeg malty mid hop front. Cinnamon malty smooth slightly creamy toasted dry sweet toffee caramel nutmeg ESB body. Nutmeg mild hop clean rich end. Sampled 2/2/2006.

Flying Dog Brewery, L.L.C.--K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale--Flying Dog Seasonal--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.40% ABV. 30 IBU's. (4.0 /5.0) Mild lace big foamy tan head. Clear bright dark copper amber color. Mild hop toasty roasty mild fruit malt ester front. Mild sweet roasted malty medium textured rich body. Winter malt spice mild crusty bitter hop smooth end. Rich roasted Winter Ale. Sampled 12/10/2010. 6-Pack purchased for $9.45 @ Full Throttle Bottles, LLC, Seattle on 12/9/2010.

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 rarbring
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a clear amber brew, has an off-white high head with uneven bubbles leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is sweet brown syrup, dark bread, and grass.

Upfront slightly sweet and with bread notes, bitter oranges and then bitter hops.

Medium high carbonation, small aggressive bubbles, but smooth texture, a good body and a dry finish.

A really enjoyable and hoppy winter warmer.

Photo of tehawful
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At times, I have a soft spot for Flying Dog. The brewery started in Denver (the city in which I was born) and moved to Frederick, MD...which is where I live now. This, combined with the fact that they use Ralph Steadman's art leaves me really wanting to support this brewery.

The K9 cruiser pours a dark copper color with an appealing creamy head. The aroma isn't very strong, and consists mostly malt and sweet caramel characteristics. There is just a little bit of a hop smell at the end...but it seems to be barely there.

Not surprisingly, malt is also the prominent trait in the taste. Buttery caramel notes are also there, along with a slight bit of toasted grain. A subtle pine-like hop presence appears at the end to add a bit of dryness. As the head might have suggested, there is a very creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. The creaminess is probably one of the best traits about this beer. For the most part, this is a decent enjoyable beer...however the dry finish adds some redundancy to the experience.

Photo of dragonWhale
2.45/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

haven't had anything in a while from these peeps. haven't had anything decent from them since the gonzo a few years back. bought a single for a small bit of change to taste with some other winters. woo.
light ambery, wispy, flat looking. little aroma, bit of malt and some vague hop, maybe a little funkiness?
it tastes like a little soap and funk, indistinct malt, a little caramel.
a little gross compared to the other beers of the evening, which didn't really stand out aside from the jolly roger. thin. skimping on malts? overattenuative yeast? probably not the latter. flavors would still present themselves.

Photo of mithunc
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears dark amber brown, little or no head. Smells of malt and light hops. Mouthfeel is medium, not too light or heavy. Tastes of malt with a crisp hoppy finish, a little too bitter at the end. Decent malty winter beer, but loses a lot of flavor to the hops bitterness.

Photo of TheGarvenator
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer has a dark amber color to it with a little head around the glass.

S - Smells malty for the most part

T - Tastes or malt with a dash of wheat and hops.

M - Some carbonation remains and has a sting of hops

D - Drinkable I'd say, leaves the after taste of malt.

A decent winter beer. It seems Flying Dog likes to use multitudes of wheat and malt with their beers considering this is what most of them taste like.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice red amber color, tan head is small but dense. Good lacing on the glass.

Deep malty and bready aroma, with some nice hop spice presence. Aroma promises a big hearty ale. Tastes of spice and raisin bread, even fruitcake, with some alcohol up front. Oh yeah, this is a hearty ale indeed. Big bodied and not subtle at all.

This beer is warming me up as it warms. A little bit of a bite in the mouth with some alcohol burn. Sippability is high!

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a clear deep amber to chestnut (copper) color forming a medium beige and bubbled head. Good retention and a lot of lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet in the nose. Caramel malts, candy sugar, basically. Sweet and refreshing. Reminds a English Bitter. End is hoppy and bitter. Grassy earthy hops

T: Follows the nose: Sweet upfront. Notes of caramel malts, candy sugar, roasted malts and hops. End is grassy and hoppy. Refreshing

M: Medium body and carbonation. A bit molasses. No alcohol can be felt despite the reasonable 7.4% ABV

O: Good drinkability. A bit sweet but refreshing and tasty beer

Photo of weller1js
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a reddish brown, moderately carbonated, lighter foam and lacing.

smell: light maltiness, with a pronounced sweet undertone.

taste: balanced on three parts, with a tangy hop flavor yet sweet, as well as with the bold maltiness.

drinkability: enjoyable to drink, has something to offer for everyone and appropriate for the season.

Photo of Mjoepp
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber color with white head.

S: "Warm" as a winter beer should be. Spices, some dried fruits and caramel notes are there.

T & M: Refreshing and tingling feeling in the mouth. Roasted malt, fruity and some spices. A little bit of fudge is also there.

O: Over all a decent winter beer.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes off like a weaker English Strong ale (old ale) but regardless...

A - A slight dark amber hue with a bit of head

S - Slight bread and malt with a bit of cherry and spices.

T - Wow that's balanced. This years version is cracked up from 6.4 to 7.4 for all who need "cheer" during the holiday season. Regardless of the ABV boost this beer is drinkable sporting slight caramel and spice with slight oak that seems dulled with cinnamon and such. It was good.

M - Thick but medium bodied. A sipper in some counts.

D - Well Flying Dog seems to create some great beers but this one really offered nothing to come back to. If I wanted an Old Ale I would stick to founders or even some Great Lakes. A nice winter ale though!

Photo of bsp77
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Note: I think the Winter Warmer category on here is ridiculous because it is a catch-all - it includes Spiced Christmas beers, Old Ales, big Brown Ales and the English Strong Ale. Most of the non-spiced so-called Winter Warmers in the US are really English Strong Ales - medium to full bodied malty English Ales that may have a good amount of English hop counterbalance. More than anything, they simply taste English and are relatively high in alcohol (but not a Barleywine).


Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Somewhat dark reddish-amber with nice light tan head.

Smell: Mostly cherry and spicy & floral English hops. Some bread, tea and caramel. Smells English.

Taste: Sweet upfront before swiftly turning quite dry. Cherry and caramel come through at the forefront, along with some light biscuit & tea tones. End more peppery, spicy and floral rather than truly bitter. Unfortunately, there is a little bit of an astringent aftertaste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, exceedingly dry finish.

Drinkability: My first thought was this was a fine English Strong Ale, and I wondered why it has a relatively meddling average. Then that astringent aftertaste began to gnaw at me. Ultimately, there are much better English Strong Ales out there, such as Odell Isolation, Deschutes Jubelale, Avery Old Jubilation and Full Sail Wassail.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear bronze color with a rough, off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts.

Tastes of the toasted malts with a hop kick. Malts offer some butterscotch and toffee notes. Hops give a decent citrus bite on the end. A little weak overall.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep amber/copperish color. Slight head of creamy tan/white.

S - Malty, fruity and slightly boozy.

T - Bitter, coffee and chicory notes, maybe a little bit 'o grandma's fruit cake.

M - High level of fuzzy carbonation.

D - I like Flying Dog beers in general for all purpose drinking, but this is my least favorite.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a DFH curved glass late at night.

Kay-Nine pours out your standard bronze type color with some pumpkin orange to round it out. Get a not so tight, loose root beer type head that stays and goes just as fast. A semi cap afterwards with some spots atround the glass. This really smells like a beefed up marzen mixed with some amber base as well. Malty, caramel, grainy, rich, sweet, blech. Taste is what I expected, a sweet oktoberfest/marzen, some werthers qualities. Some spice in the finish but not enough to call this a WW. Some butterscotch, caramel, alot of grizanne, and toasted malt. Feel is medium above and elixer like. A small carbing(?), faint alcohol afterwards. Well, it looks like it's back to the drawing board for a new WW to scope out, this one does not cut the mustard. A underwhelming big winter ale that needs more spice, and pizazzz.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Color is an amber-red with a tad bit of white head and a little bit of lacing. The nose is cherries, caramel malt, sweet bread, and some light yeast. The taste is mainly some moderately-sweet malt. Medium feel with some sweetness. Drinkability is alright; not the typical winter warmer, but not too much involved either.

Photo of deskim
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not overly impressive beer. Haven't had too many of this style, but this doesn't seem like anything special.

Appearance - dark ruby red, slight head with minimal retention

Smell - Malts and a slight booziness

Taste - fairly malty, "warming"

Mouthfeel - overly carbonated

Photo of LairdChisholm
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear, deep copper color. There was a slightly less than one finger, tan colored head that had poor retention. There is no lacing. There are also a few bubbles heading to the surface.

S - I get some biscuit malts and alcohol. Nothing special.

T - There is some biscuit malts mixed with some slight cinnamon. There is a slight hop presence that attempts to balance things out. Alcohol is present towards the end. This could be a lot better. It's not awful though.

M - A tad too much carbonation. It holds back the flavor.

D - Doesn't taste the best. I could drink a few but it wouldn't be the most enjoyable experience.

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 Arithmeticus
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: dark reddish brown; clear; carboatio o; thin head, little lacing
S: sweet carmel smell
T: sweet, malty, not very bitter; hints of root beer, cherry; it is an odd taste, and the suggestion of one reviewer, that it is a mix of a stout and an IPA sounds a bit right; FD is prone to such mixes
M: lively in the mouth

I might follow through and get a 6 pack, but prob only one this winter

Photo of DeliciousSeeker
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber coloring, with dirty blonde highlights under some light. Not to much carbonation, and head a couple millimeters after a minute or two.

S- string hoppy smell, with hints of coffee and malts. It almost smells more like a porter, or at least it reminds me of one. Slight bit of a booze smell, but overall nice.

T- comes off more of a mix of an IPA and a porter. The hops flavor is there, and there's quite a good bit of it, but there's also this porter like taste that comes in. So, think about 70% IPA, 30% porter taste. It makes for an interesting beer. Slight coffee aftertaste, but only just. As far as winter beers go, this sticks out.

M- feels more like a very full IPA, or a slightly less full porter. Quite smooth, but with density.

D- This definitely was one of the more interesting beers I've had lately. It's a nice take on what a winter ale should be. I'm not sure this is a very drinkable beer though, with the unique taste and fairly high alcohol content for it's genre. Good to enjoy with those who are into different beer, not for those who like consistency of taste.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

The self-described "psycho in the pack," this Winter Warmer is yet another addition to a style that American brewers have been taken by. Available until late March.

A hefty amount of foam from a medium pour, head retention is solid even when it dwindles down; the lace seems to want to stick everywhere. Dark brown tarnished penny color, clarity is great. The nose starts off with toasted grain, biscuity for the most part with mild chocolate and a faint citric hop in the back. Smooth and slick on the palate with a medium body. Heavy on the toasted malt flavor throughout with a quick glimpse of caramel and chocolate; the malt character feigns a bigger dryness than there actually is. Warming up the beer a little bit more draws out a bit more sweetness. The alcohol is a touch warming but never to the point of being dominant in any way. Hops are mellow with an even bitterness and a pop of spicy herbal flavor in the semidry malty finish.

Perhaps the driest Winter Warmer we've had this season, not a bad thing but certainly different from the rest of the pack. Regardless, this is a pretty inviting brew with winter knockin' on the door.

K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.