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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: 641
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 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.

thebeerdoctor, Oct 19, 2009
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.

Brad007, Oct 17, 2009
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.

BierFan, May 15, 2009
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.

jbphoto88, Apr 15, 2009
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.

hoplover82, Feb 12, 2009
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.

webbcreative, Feb 11, 2009
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.

corby112, Feb 11, 2009
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.

Haybeerman, Feb 09, 2009
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...

KI9A, Jan 27, 2009
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.

robbyc1, Jan 14, 2009
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.

Buggies, Jan 07, 2009
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.

Absumaster, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of cpn920
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.

cpn920, Dec 31, 2008
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.

BeerSox, Dec 28, 2008
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.

Pegasus, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
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.

Lexluthor33, Dec 21, 2008
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.

biggred1, Dec 15, 2008
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.

magictrokini, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of TheDeuce
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale...

Appearance-deep and dark brown color, a strong even head with thick lace and a lots of bubbles. Looks good.

Smell-malty smell, chocolate and sweet coffee smell, and alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-syrupy sweet, thick viscocity, somewhat uneven taste, chocolate comes up but is washed away, the feel is thick, ok flavor.

Drinkability-certainly a winter warmer, thick taste, heavy alcohol.

Overall-an ok beer, all the parts are there but it's an uneven drink.

TheDeuce, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of katan
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - seasonal beer into a pint

A - Pours an amber and very clear color. Head is eggshell in color, and is highly retained. Carbonation is obvious.

S - Piney and grapefruit sweetness on the nose from the ohps character. Overall, muted in smell. No malt notes to speak of.

T - Very balanced beer - starts off with a roasted malt flavor which transitions to a hop earthiness. There are some hits from the alcohol in the beer. The bitterness really dominates the aftertate.

M - Thick and full of body. Carbonation is not really present in the mouthfeel. Somewhat oily in the background.

D - Good as a winter warmer - that is a one-off beer which does give that intense warming inside feelings. Flavors are not overpowering. Per style, I think this is a fairly drinkable beer.

katan, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bronze/brown brew with a small but tight white head. Some decently crusty lace is encircling the glass after a swirl. This one is hazy, but relatively transparent in the soft glow of the neon pub lights.

S - This smells like a lightly spiced and powerfully hopped amber ale. Mellow caramel and pleasant winter spice complement the relatively aggressive leafy hops.

T - Again, mellow is the name of the game here. Soft caramel and toffe malt with a dusting of nutmeg and cinnamon, followed by some tasty hop action.

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and soft. This finishes neutral and slighlty hoppy.

D - Not bad at all, in fact I appreciate brewers who understate the "winter spice" in favor of more actual beer flavors. This is a nicely hopped amber ale, but it's a little forgetable since its not really doing anything to stand out from the crowd.

pmcadamis, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of BeerLover729
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark opaque beer with small frothy tan head that last for a short period of time out of a tapered 16oz glass.

S: Dark and roasted malts fill the nose.

T: Crisp and robust with prominent roasted flavors and no real detectable bitterness.

M: Full bodied brew with a pleasant thickness and viscosity.

D: Smooth on the palate and tantalizing on the tongue this one goes down with ease.

Notes: Vintage 2007. Drank in 2008.

BeerLover729, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of beernut
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a copper color with an off white head that quickly disappears. Aroma is malty and sweet with a toasted bread background. Taste is malty caramel with a faint hop taste. Decent carbonation throughout with some good lacing that follows the beer down the glass. This beer is not bad.

beernut, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of akokandy
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- I poured this beer into a standard pint glass. It was copper in color with a 1-finger head that fades fast. With a little agitation, you can coax the head back with no problem.

S- Wheaty grain aroma. There isn't much here.

T- Starts out with pronounced hops. I was surprised at the hop flavor for a beer listed at 30 IBUs. Finishes with cereal grains and dryness.

M- A light-bodied beer. A pretty good amount of carbonation. Pretty average.

D- I have no problem throwing these puppies back.

This isn't a bad beer, but there are so many other beers I would rather have in the house.

akokandy, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber, light tan head that doesn't retain well.

Nose has toasted breadcrust, and some caramel.

Palate is caramel malty sweet, some hops in the middle to back for balance, and finishes a little warm with alcohol. Some black tea flavors are present as well.

Not a tremendous amount of complexity. Higher carbonation than expected for the style, and is most noticeable on the finish with the alcohol.

yemenmocha, Nov 13, 2008
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.