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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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623 Ratings

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Ratings: 623
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | 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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3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 03:41:13 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 02:56:17 | More by barleywinefiend
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Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 03:47:13 | More by Viggo
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3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

2.03/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 20:51:46 | More by brantadid
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 20:37:05 | More by budsboy
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 20:50:51 | More by tapman
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3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 02:34:36 | More by Monkeyknife
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3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 20:04:44 | More by auxiliary
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4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 16:26:12 | More by jwc215
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3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Either dirty copper or russett colored. A nice layer of off white foam tops my GLBC snifter and has long retention. Leaving thin trickling lace in the glass behind.

I finally tried this beer for the first time a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. The nose of the thin barley wine. Rich with brown sugar, and fig paste with a good amount of earthy hops and other earthy aromas. Sweet date and raisin aromas as well with a slight hint of nutmeg.

Nice hop bitterness on the mid palate and finish with some citrus showing in the mouth. A bit chalky on the finish but not sidetracking. Full of brown sugar and date with a sligh bit of cocoa. Fig and thick caramel devour the middle as well with a creamy thickness that leaves a great glyceryl note behind. Not sure why I didn't try this beer before but I'm happy I finally did.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 22:54:21 | More by mcallister
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4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

K-9's pours a dark amber body, nicely topped with one and one-half fingers of tannish head. A solid yeasty aroma protrudes, quickly followed by a nice nose full of spice--ginger, some nutmeg. It could use a bit (more) cinnamon for a sweet-bitter complexity. The taste is smooth, with a faint reminder of bread and malt mixing with the spice on the tongue.

For the first beer from Flying Dog that I've tried, this is a good beginning. I wouldn't mind another of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 18:27:54 | More by Gehrig
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3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer wasn't bad. Not a big fan of the winter warmer style but I enjoyed this one. Poured a copper color with very little off white head and minimal lacing. The taste was good. It was mostly malty, roasted flavors with a nice hint of hops. Mouthfeel was a medium body with medium carbonation. Overall not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 21:17:42 | More by Beerbuddha
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New Hampshire

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

12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours the color of tarnished copper with virtually no head to speak of. Citrusy hops and toffee/caramel like malt. Citrusy hops with a fair bit of diacetyl and some toffee flavor too, with hints of spice on the aftertaste. No alcohol flavor, but definitely some alcohol warming going on here. Somewhat slick medium-bodied with full carbonation. Definitely not the best example of the style by any means. Decent enough, but not something I'd really seek out again...

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 01:50:59 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The look is good with a bright rusty amber color with reddish hues, good carbonation and a 1/2" deep tan colored head that had very little retention.

Smells like Cinnemon toast crunch cereal with sweet and sour fruits, toffee, astringent alcohol and pine-needles.

The malt is large and in charge, very toastie malt with extra butter, a smooth, creamy malt for sure. The malt flavor is only overshadowed by a big bitterness from the hops and alcohol, the ABV is not really high but it tastes like rubbing alcohol should. There's a decent herbal, earthy and semi-spicey effect. The aftertaste is much like the sour yeast flavor of a lager.

This one is full-bodied, thick and smooth feeling but still packa a nice bite.

This is a strange brew for sure, taste like a big Brown ale with spices. It would be decent if it wasn't for the bitter-alcohol like flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 18:44:14 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark nut brown with 2 fingers of off-white head after semi agressive pour. Lacing is nice and is present for the entire drink.

S- Yeasty, biscuity and spicy. Hoppy smells are there too. Nuts and creamy caramel like malts are the backbone.

T- Sweet carmael malt taste with winter spices such as cinnamon, cloves and gingerbread. Leaves the mouth sweet, but in the finish is somewhat bitter.

M- Medium to thick in the mouth, and the carbonation is low to mid.

D- Sweet and rich so the drinkability is somewhat low.

Overall- Good winter offering but not my favorite. Very rich and sweet, but really not bad. They went with the sweet style of winter brews, where I jprefer the strong and spicy. I appreciate the difference and will go back to it again next year for a good "sitting by the fire" beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 02:26:31 | More by MMAJYK
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2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz from the Coop for about $1.40.. poured into a shaker pint.. listening to Pucifer "V is for Vagina" The album was a gift!?

Aggressive pour left little head and no lacing atop a dark brown brew with crystal clear red highlites.

Aroma is bready malts.. some caramel malts and a little fruitness and lite butterscotch... uninspiring for sure.

Toasted and lite chocolate malts mix well with yeasty fruitness.. little hops to note.. More of not alot to pick-out... Nice smooth body... I am sure there are hops in there, but overpowered by the malts even when drank at room temp.

My old notes say this one was an "Old Ale" .. It still sorta fits into the winter warmer category... but the old notes agree, this is just an OK brew... Old notes and New reviews say this brew needs more of everything.. aroma, flavor, body.. Etc. I will probably only ever buy this brew again, if I hear Flying Dog has made a move "back" toward their roots.

I only hope the Flying Dog BW's in the cellar are better than this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 09:16:43 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely. Clear brown that is ruby hued when held to light. Good sized crème head. Minimal action on the nose. Flavor is decent. Starts off mellow and a high sweet tone kicks quickly on the end before vanishing. Smooth, but not a lot of character going on here really. Feel is smooth as well with the liquid and carbonation giving it good. Overall this is a nice drinker. Nothing really interesting or eventful though.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 16:13:49 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Rumba Cafe. Poured in a pint glass with about two fingers of head. Great retention, lots of lacing. Deep ruby color. Smells and tastes are pretty simple: nice malt backbone with some warm spices. Medium body. Very drinkable, nice example of a Winter Warmer, but not the most dynamic one I've ever tasted. Still, it fit the purpose and I enjoyed it!

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 05:17:10 | More by ndekke39
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3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> pint
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Pours a clear orange rusted color, with a quickly dissipating tan head that settles to a few dish suds. Lacing and carbonation appear minimal equally.

Nose: Malty, alcohol

Thin crisp body. Very sweet and malty with caramel sitting center stage. An oddly different kind of spicey aftertaste with some medium bitterness. A little alcohol present but not enough to offend.

Seems pretty average to me. Worth a try but not worth seeking out, imho. Thanks to gxxerman for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 16:14:54 | More by beerphan
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second beer I've sampled from the flamboyant Flying Dog Brewery... I must say, I definitely liked their rendition of a winter warmer better than their pale ale, which was also good, but lacked the flavor and flair of this great sample... a really nice warmer, with a nice 6.4% alcohol percentage which provided a nice glow... Appearance was good, a nice prunish-reddish brown with little carbonation but a nice color... smell was sweet with caramel and sugars present... taste was really pleasing with a vanilla and cinnamon flavor present... mouthfeel was good and the drinkability was great... went down smooth and the alcohol was hard to detect behind a sweet, cinnamon-vanilla flavor that was really pleasing... a good example of the style... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 00:14:03 | More by dsa7783
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3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted a four ounce pour at the recent Mid-Atlantic Holiday Beer Tasting at Brewer's Art in Baltimore; this was not the best one of the event.

The head was weak and the lacing was minimal. Nice copper clarity, though. Despite the brewery's hound dog imagery, the nose was nil - could'nt detect any smell at all. K-9 did posses a nutmeg sweetness with a good support from the hops.

It was nicely balanced, offering a finely structured body of well-balanced malts and hop. All in all, I would drink one if offered, but not necessarily as a "winter" ale.

NOTE: I beleive Flying Dog now brews in Maryland, which will make it more accessible for us in the East. Woof!

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2007 22:33:04 | More by jjboesen
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3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the winter seasonal from Flying Dog, I picked it up when I saw it at Subs&Suds since I like to try every new beer I come across and I'm in a big winter beer swing lately, naturally.

This beer pours a dark red-drown with a decent cap of head that doesn't stick around too long. Pretty minimal lacing.

Smell is roasty and just a little blend of woody and fruity, but that's about it.

tasty is pretty much malty, a combination of earthy, almost bordering on cardboardy breadiness, followed by a bitterish finish, almost spicy like cinnamon, but with out the corresponding flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty light in body and rather 'active'.

Overall not a bad beer but certainly not the greatest winter warmer either. Worth trying each year perhaps, but I'm not sure I'd get more than a bottle each time.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 20:54:12 | More by foureyedgeek
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.