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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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BA SCORE
76
okay

636 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
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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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Drank from a Delirium snifter. Deep ruby color, thin beige head that dissapates quickly.

I smell alot of sweet roasty malts. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and red apples. Dont smell much in the way of hops.

Not a bad beer by any means, but not exactly a winter warmer. Mostly a malty-alcohol taste with a quick shot of hops that fades rapidly on the tounge. I think this tastes more like a scotch ale or maybe a cross between the two.

Hard to rate this one. As a beer I give it a B+, but as a winter warmer it gets a B-.

08-17-2008 05:15:57 | More by twiggamortis420
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Herrbrokt

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +11.1%

poured from bottle. into pint glass. clear amber color with beige head. sticks around ringing the glass.

sweet malt smell, deep fruits, hops in the mix nicely

there's no effort put in to hiding the warmer part of this winter warmer. the malts are really nice and all the flavors are there (buttery fruits and spiced hop) but much of them seem to be overtaken by this big slap of alcohol. I'm assuming thats to style so can't bash it too hard.

carbonated and smooth not bad here

overall not my favorite. A bit harsh for my taste. Again I'm assuming thats to style. I'll stick to just one though.

08-16-2008 04:34:43 | More by Herrbrokt
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +18.6%

Pours a 1 1/4 finger head that doesn't want to go away and leaves a decent, yet slightly thin lacing for quite some time. Color is a slightly dark brown, but I can see my fingers through the glasss.

Smell reminds me of christmas smells mainly christmas cooking. Chocolate cookies, almost m and m like come through. I don't smell any orange peel when I put my nose to the glass, but I get a tiny undertone after my sips. I also get a fair amount of nutmeg and I believe a little allspice which would explain the relationship to cookies.

Some caramel malts come through on the beginning but chocolate malts and spices come out on the finish. Allspice and nutmeg combine with some chocolate malts. these are balanced by a citrusy hoppiness that is slightly (very) too high.

This beer has two mouthfeels. It is slightly creamy with a bite of carbonation. I would work on bringing out the creaminess a bit and bringing down the carbonation level.

This is not a bad beer at all. Perhaps the age on it did some good considering the other reviews of this beer. I could drink a few of these, however.

In corpus christi, World market had a 6 pack of this laying around and liquid town had a case or two. If I can buy this discounted, I may get a few six packs.

07-15-2008 00:40:49 | More by jasonjlewis
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AlexJ

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -15%

ruby tinged mahogany pour with a thin head of beige that leaves minimal lace.

Aroma is sweet malts, wood pulp, faint spice, and dry grass.

Flavor likewise, very malty and sweetish with an offputting note of recycled paper products and some light metallic.

Body is medium aND VIGOROUSLY CARBONATED. Drinkable but why.

05-24-2008 18:09:03 | More by AlexJ
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praufs01

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -9.9%

Appearance - Clear ruby color with a creamy off white head.

Aroma - Bread and hay.

Palate - Moderate carbonation.

Flavor - Smooth malty flavor up front followed by a tart hop middle that ends with a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Final thoughts - Decent brew. Not a big fan of beer that has a metallic aftertaste.

04-14-2008 19:39:04 | More by praufs01
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umustdrink

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -0.9%

A - Clear, dark brown color. Offwhite head fades to a thick film. A few small patches of lacing.

S - A very light roasted maltiness with some sugary sweetness.

T - Taste is mostly light cereal malts with light bitterness. A little bit of fruity sweetness comes in and the finish leaves a light bitter taste.

M - Medium consistency and carbonation.

D - No off flavors but not a lot of flavor. Average.

04-07-2008 06:14:10 | More by umustdrink
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JDV

Texas

2.48/5  rDev -25.5%

Pours clear crimson with a medium average lived beige head. Malt and spices in the nose typical of the style. Taste is a touch of cardboard stale malt like flavor. Toasty, spiced malt as well. Thin flavor and body and some metallic notes. Drinkable but unremarkable.

04-06-2008 00:30:27 | More by JDV
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours to a very festive ruby redish brown body hosting an inch and a half of spicey tan head. It quickly fades to just a skim leaving no lace. Nose shows tones of dark fruit, peppery dough and sweet dark carmalized malt. Enters the mouth slightly tart that quickly yields to a biscuit like spiceness. Some dark yet crispy dry fruit comes thru on the second half of the palate. The spicey richness and crisp tartness battle on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is a powdery spicey hue. Drinkability isnt bad but the spice profile with layers of pepper, coriander, and mild chilli powder are a bit much at times.

04-05-2008 16:11:17 | More by SPLITGRIN
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ballewblake

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -15.9%

Poured in a duvel tulip creating a D in the head :)

Dark black with a two finger off-white head on an aggressive pour. Head kills quick. Not getting much of anything on the smell. Tingles at the back of the tongue, feels a little spikey. Really light malts, few spices, nothing is really standing out. Taste is not offensive, very easy to drink, just not really inspiring. I'd drink it if was in the fridge, but there are a few other winter warmers I'd target before this little fella.

04-03-2008 03:18:53 | More by ballewblake
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -6%

A: Pours a dark ruby red with light orange hues and an off-white head.

S: really sweet malt, citrus with some xmas spicing (cinnamon) and light cloves.

T: The initial flavor was dark caramel malt, some dried woodiness and a dry fruitiness from the yeast.

M: creamy and sweet.

D: Good hearted winter beer without an overabundent amount of spices. Subtle alcohol warming finish with a ok drinkability.

04-03-2008 00:37:41 | More by beerthulhu
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -8.4%

A: Amber body with a moderate offwhite foamy head with decent lacing...

S: Caramel malts.. a nut so fresh buttery aroma... some floral hops in the end...

T: Pretty much the way the nose smells this thing tastes... butter, floral hops, caramel and a bit of soft fruits...

M: Smooth and medium-fullbodied... slightly oily feel.

D: Can't say this beer impressed me.. but this style hasn't impressed me either

03-28-2008 01:43:45 | More by callmemickey
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured a deep reddish orange with a small head. Not much going on here, and looks a bit flat.

Smell was sweet and a bit tart, with some sweet fruity aromas.

Taste was of very tart fruit, with a surprising berry flavor. Also, some smooth caramel sweetness and a bit of grain.

The mouthfeel, however, was pretty disappointing. It was very flat, and didn't compliment the otherwise decent flavors. Had a slick oily feel to it.

I'm starting to see the Flying Dog beers all over. I feel like they're playing it too safe, focusing more on marketing than quality. I'll have to try some other beers by them. So far, they're pretty good, but far from great.

03-24-2008 14:55:23 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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Redwood21

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%

A: the head dies way too fast there is a mild lacing, but it should last better than this

S: I honestly do not pick this up at all..please forgive me not knowing, or smelling....

T: Very malty, with a little bit of alcohol. not a high level of spice at all and not highly balanced..

This all said, i actually really enjoyed this beer. Its not a huge beer, or intense, but its good and very enjoyable

03-17-2008 05:19:13 | More by Redwood21
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.9/5  rDev +17.1%

This beer poured a clear brown with a rocky, tan colored head. The aroma is mild and mostly malty. The taste is malty with some spicy and molasses flavorings - not overbearing, but enough to wake the taste buds. The mouthfeel is full and seems appropriate. Overall, this is very drinkable brew.

03-12-2008 01:03:43 | More by barefootbrewer
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

A - 3/4" beige head falls to 1/4" quickly and stays there. Amber-brown with good clarity. Little lace.

S - Lots of fruity esters. Chocolate. Candy like sweetness.

T - Earthy malt. Chocolate. Nuttiness. Smoky in the finish. Fruity. Just enough hops to keep this from getting too sweet.

M - Medium bodied with a mid-level of carbonation.

D - Good drinkability, I enjoyed drinking this while it was available.

03-06-2008 03:41:13 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured a nice deep brown amber with a tan head. This is a bread and butter beer if there ever were one. Malty chew with butter hints. Hop balance is nicely done. Flyin Dog has made better brews. They should spend a little more time on this warmer. It needs some more attention.

03-04-2008 02:56:17 | More by barleywinefiend
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -0.9%

12 oz picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a clear chestnut brown, reddish highlights, decent off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin layer, touch of lacing. Smell is malty, some caramel, bread, earth, light citrus, some floral, bit pungent, luckily a very light piny spicing. Taste is malty, very bready, light grains, almost a rye character, caramel, light sourdough, just malt, bit of iron and some fruitiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Easy to drink, not bad but definitely not very interesting.

02-26-2008 03:47:13 | More by Viggo
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zeff80

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

A - Poured out a burgandy colro with a bubbly, tan, two-finger head that left some nice lacing.

S - It smelled very malty and of grasses.

T - It tasted very malty and very sweet. It had a nice spicy kick.

M - It had a subtle warm alcohol presence. It was soft, smooth and medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good winter warmer. One of the better Flying Dog products.

02-26-2008 00:58:28 | More by zeff80
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brantadid

New Jersey

2.03/5  rDev -39%

Poured at roby/garnett color with very little head. Beer was clear with some light passing through. Note much head to speak of.

Smelled of a nondiscript ale. I couldn't realyy place much in the nose.

Tasted much the same as the smell. A nondiscript ale with some spice. Some sweetness on the front palate and then it dries out.

Moderate to high carbonation. Somewhat light mouthfeel.

02-24-2008 20:51:46 | More by brantadid
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budsboy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Clear, deep mahogany with a thin white head that quickly fades leaving little behind.

Interesting fruity-spicy aroma ... like a fruitcake soaked in a spiced liquor. Hmm. Skepticism sets in.

Well balanced, sugary sweetness and gingery-coriander spice. Add to that a wee bit of hop-alcohol bitterness. Blends really will and comes off warming and satisfying.

Medium-heavy bodied. Very nice and smooth.

Enjoyable winter ale, this one. Nice on a February cold night in Ohio. I'm glad my wife picked some up.

02-10-2008 20:37:05 | More by budsboy
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tapman

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Dark mahogany hue with a large tan head. Opaque, though appears unfiltered. Nothing out of the ordinary, but nothing unappetizing.

Sweet in malt, buttery, reminds me of a malt extract homebrew. Floral and fruity, perhaps a fuggle or some less hoppy american hop.

A little better than the smell, but very similar. A pronounced malt character, still reeks of malt extract. I'm sure that's not what it is, but perhaps there was an overcooking of the malts. Alcohol slightly pronounced, not great, for there are many beers that do this style with a higher abv percentage and less alcohol taste. A personal taste call, I suppose.

Thick and effervescent. A little syrupy.

A moderately good winter brew, there are worse to be had. It feels like this one is playing it safe in a lot of areas, only to wind up with bland results.

02-05-2008 20:50:51 | More by tapman
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +9%

Poured from a bottle a dark clear mahogany color with a rich two finger beige head.

Aroma is sweet and malty with dark ripe fruit, toffee and brown sugar.

Tastes of roasted malt, brown sugar, figs and raisins, and toffee.

Thin and dry mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Easy to drink but felt it was a bit on the thin side for a winter warmer. Still, a pretty decent brew.

02-03-2008 02:34:36 | More by Monkeyknife
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +12%

Bottle smell is of chicory and slightly roasted but sweet malt. Pours to a nearly opaque golden brown with a tremendous frothy microbubble head. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, too much in my opinion. The taste is a great combination of sweet malt and cocoa flavors with a slight hopping for balance. It has a flat semi bitter start with a sweet finish. This is a nice surprise for a winter ale. Flying dog continues to impress.

01-27-2008 13:43:23 | More by mooseisloose
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +19.5%

appearance - Burgandy color, with a small head.

smell - Roasted malt, and spices here.

taste - Roasted malts, some bitterness in the taste. Hints of spices and caramel here too.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Very nice winter warmer, would purchase thie again.

01-23-2008 20:04:44 | More by auxiliary
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +20.1%

Pours deep amber with a thin head that lasts the duration, leaving some rings of lacing.

The smell is toffeeish and fruity. Quite a hop presence for the style.

The taste is of a sprucy earthiness with a toffeeish maltiness. Well-balanced. Smooth. A tad buttery. Slightly warming finish.

Easy to drink. It has a smooth, medium body. Nothing particularly "great", and not necessarily "wintery" but I like it.

01-20-2008 16:26:12 | More by jwc215
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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