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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: 726
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 8
Gots: 65 | 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 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.

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.

K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.