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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: 9
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
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 Samp01
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby/amber with a small offwhite head. Aroma of malt, yeast, some fruity esters and piney earthy hops. Taste is sweet caramel with earthy citrusy hops. Palate is med to full body, nice carbonation. Finish is caramel malts,fruitiness, some breadiness followed by some good earthy citrusy hops ending with a lingering nutty dry alcohol hoppy bitternes. Overall a good holiday brew.

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a twelve ounce glass of this at the amsterdam ale house on the upper west side of manhattan. It was one of three or four winter ales on draft at that time and I'm not sure what the appeal is of these beers. The base beer is often very interesting but is ruined (in my opinion) by the spices.

Color is a dark, reddish brown. Aroma is malty but also cinnamon and cloves. Flavor, again, spices and malt. Not the most wintery of winter beers but definitely in the category.

Photo of Symptomu
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with little head. Dark amber color slight lacing. Smells like funky yeast and little else. You either like this particular smell or hate it. Taste is malty. Not many dominant flavors. A non sugary date flavor with a warm to hot spicy finish. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming to my palate. Mouthfeel is thin and warm. Drinkability is good for me. Very warming winter brew. I like this yeast.

Photo of Bfarr
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear red amber and medium tan foamy head with okay retention. Sweet malt and spice aroma. Chocolate and light spice and alcohol. A drastic bitter linger that byt the end lingers too long.Fairly smooth lager feel but a bit foamy.

Nothing particularly special. A good winter warmer although the mouthfeel brings it down a bit in the drinkability category.

Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hooray for local beer that is distributed all over the world. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Chimay goblet. Beer is amber / brown and clear with a one finger head that settles to a thinner head of tiny and medium bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Carbonation low.

Smells like an amber ale, medium sweetness, maybe a little spice.

Beer is pretty bitter from hops, the lead off is a mild sweetness but the beer finishes really thin and very bitter. There is a hint of some spice in the midpalate, something light like allspice, it's very subtle. It's very bitter, pretty shocked by that. Overall, especially for Flying Dog, it's a decent beer. I'd even caution a second bottle.

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

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany.

A: Dark but clear coppery-amber in color with a small sand-colored head that leaves behind solid lace. Looks good.

S: Faint in the nose; perhaps it was served a bit too cold. I get a bit of sweet malt (brown sugar) and a touch of generic hop bitterness.

T: Solid malt backbone tastes of caramel malt, brown sugar and a hint of toffee. At the middle of the sip I get a nice citric hop bitterness that provides a nice counterweight to the sweeter malt. Lingering hob bitterness on the palate.

M: Light-to-medium in heft with an active but fine carbonation.

D: Solid. I had a pint, switched to another beer, then came back to this one.

Notes: The bartender said this was an ESB. I see other reviews here treat it as a Strong Ale. It seemed a bit dark and sweet to me for an ESB, but reviewed as a Winter Warmer makes better sense, even if it is lacking in spices. It was nicely balanced, however, between malt and hops - just like a good ESB should be. So call this a hybrid winter ale and go with it.

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

Poured into pint glass from 12 oz. bottle

A: Pours a copper-red hue with almost non-existent thin lacing head. Tightly-bound carbonation bubbles collect in the center of the glass.

S: Fresh malty aroma, very very slight earthiness detected.

T: Malts on the forefront but not overly malty, lacking some chewiness. Hoppy bitterness present but only initially. Finish is semi-sweet malt, slightly tart almost like a ripe red grape. If it were sweeter it would be borderline raisin notes.

M: Medium but tight carbonation, effervescent. Sweet but not cloying or chewy. Slightly creamy. Finish is on the dry side.

D: Good drinkability, I could see having a couple of these on a cold night. Alcohol presence is masked well and at 6.4% you could easily enjoy a few.

Overall not a bad beer at all. I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this out, but after having tried it I would not hesitate one bit if I had the opportunity to order a bottle of it or get it on tap somewhere.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.57/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This beer pours copper with a medium large white creamy head. Dissipates into nice lacings.

S: The malt is roasted. There's some fruityness to it along with some bitter hops. But way to faint.

T: Bitter hops, American style. Some sweetness to the light roasted malt, also with notes of rye bread.

M: Aftertaste lingers for some time with a nice bitterness. Body is full and carbonation is medium.

D: An uneven beer, where the aftertaste is the best part. I won't buy this one again.

Photo of gopens44
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Coppery and clear with a thin cream colored foamy head that settled at about 1/8th of an inch for a while.

S - Malty and just a smidgen of boozy sharpness. Nutmeg was pretty clear in the nose as well as a touch of allspice.

T - Lot like the nose, malty with hints of spice. Alcohol was not too well hidden, but there was a pleasant bitter finish that made me smile a bit.

M - Medium carbonation with a creamy feeling on the tongue.. Finish was a bit dry.

Not my favorite seasonal, but it wasn't altogether too bad. Wish it could have had a bitter better balance.

Photo of bark
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

7.4% ABV according to the label.

The smell is fruity and malty: Some roasted nutty notes, clean bitter flavours. Dried apples and apricots, dark bread, hints of alcohol.

The colour is medium brown, the liquid clear. The two finger head is compact and beige. It sinks slowly leaving no lacing.

The taste is bitter with dry metallic notes. Sweet rounded flavours of rye bread and a touch of treacle. Full bodied. The aftertaste is bitter, almost harsh. Some roasted notes and an astringent hint.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles mild. The liquid is mid-smooth.

The bitterness is too strong and too sharp for me.

Photo of Ranbot
1.87/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass from 12oz bottle.

A fairly agressive pour produced a thin head that dissapated quickly. Color is dark brown with slight hints of red. I'm unimpressed.

There's not a lot to the smell either. A little earthy grains and mild roasting, and slight fruit, but I'm not sure what type.

Initial flavor is a mildly roasted, moderately sweet malts with very mild fruit (plum/apple maybe?) and spice undertones. A light touch of earthy hops rounds out the flavor. Alcohol is apparent and a bit too hot for tastes. A bitter/sour flavor carries through the aftertaste. I could have given this beer a passing grade had it not been for this lingering unpleasant flavor. I'm reminded of beers I've had that were "spiced" with spruce. I don't know if Flying Dog used spruce in this, but that's the best way I can describe what I'm detecting in the aftertaste and I don't like it.

Mouthfeel and body of K9 is thin and watery for a strong ale like this. I think the carbonation could use some work too.

I drank about half of this beer before pouring it down the drain. That's a big deal for me because I can't remember the last time I had a drain pour. Maybe I was just having a bad day, but I would never recommend this anyone.

Photo of homebrew311
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: appearance is a deep clear red with a bright white head, quite head a little retention

S: earthy malts, dark fruits, spices: soem cinnamon and allspice character, very mild- not sure if there are spices so they may be perceived

T: bitter up front with deep earthy tones followed by a big fruity sweetness, candied dark cherries, red grapes, and some piny hops on the finish. Nice balance, lots going on... a little bitter on the finish.

MF: perfect medium amount of carbonation which lends a smooth mouthfeel, somewhat creamy

D: this is a good winter warmer- lots of flavor and spice, nice mouthfeel, and very drinkable for the abv. Lots of fruit and spice notes with a nice dose of bitterness.

Photo of bum732
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Rich melanoidens, some dark fruit, figs and prunes mostly. Some toffee and herbal notes.

L: Brilliant clear deep ruby red, light tan head with amazing retention and lacing.

T: Fairly bitter and dry melanoidens leads to a strong herbal backbone. Semi-sweet slight toffee malt. Very slight chocolate roastiness in the finish. Dry finish.

M: Medium-full body, medium low carbonation.

Very dry winter warmer, very unexpected. Lots of munich malt which is contributing the fruity and toffee notes.

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

On tap at Mad Mex Robinson, pours a deep caramel ruby amber hue with a light cream head, leaves behind speckled lacing. Aroma has upfront malts with a bit of xmas spicing, nothing outweighs one or the other a cohesive force of bready malts and christmas spices. Flavor is upfront with cramel sweet malts, a nice herbal spice and piney hop finish complements the whole experience leaving behind a dry finish vesurs your typical bread dough version of this same style of Christmas ale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied easy going carbonation glides across the palate defintitely doesn't cloy or make the experience sour. A smooth drinking go to Christmas ale that I will revisit in the future.

Photo of jiggahertz
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Burnt caramel brown, some amber notes through the light, a good finger head which slowly dissipates. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Bisquity malts, pleasant nutty sweetness but rather subdued.

T: Sweet carmel matls up front, dry hopness in the middle with some citrus and a dry finish which hangs around for a while. After warming up taste is almost pop-like, fizzy and sweet.

M: High carbonation, medium bodied.

D: The dry bitter finish isn't something I look for in a winter warmer.

Photo of jchow79
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the WaterFront Ale House.

I enjoyed this beer as I'm not too familiar with this style.
For some reason the alcohol seemed hotter in comparison to other beers of similar ABV. Perhaps its that winter warming aspect of it.

I think that this is quite enjoyable by the pint. I'm not sure I want more than one.

I picked up notes of caramel and there was also a subtle herbal taste to it.

Like I said, I'm not familiar with this style of beer.

3.03/5  rDev -9%
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
2.86/5  rDev -14.1%
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
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
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 +23.1%
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
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
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 -26.4%
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 +18%
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
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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