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K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

Not Rated.
K-9 Cruiser Winter AleK-9 Cruiser Winter Ale

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351 Reviews

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Reviews: 351
Hads: 743
Avg: 3.32
pDev: 21.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 80 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-30-2001

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Photo of PintOHops
2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Glass - Tulip

A - An amber colored brew with high clarity and moderate C02. It produced a 1-finger head that just sank seconds after pouring. No lacing left on my glass.

S - I don't really get much on the nose except for rind like hop characteristics, a touch of alcohol and maybe a hint of caramel. It smells very generic really. The alcohol gives off dark fruit like notes as well, kinda like plum.

T - The rind like hop character is there but less noticeable than what I expected. The flavors aren't balanced out to well to me. I get rind and herbal hop characters, along with bread and over ripened fruit like plum and fig, then alcohol and soft bitterness. It comes off as very muddy and unbalanced to me.

M - Smooth, chewy, viscous and full bodied with low carbonation.

O - Well, not much of a Winter Warmer to me. It tastes more like an old muddy DIPA that just sat around to long. I didn't like the unbalanced flavor profile, and the smell was very basic to me. Perhaps I got an old one, but I don't think so. Not that good to me. I'd drink it again but not buy it again, and I would recommend you try another Winter Warmer before this one.

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Photo of JosiahS
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

glass: tulip

a: Sort of a hazy, muddy brown with tinges of burnt orange. Yellow-ish fluffy 1-finger head sits atop.

s: from afar, i get whiffs of sweet chocolate. Digging in, a different story. There's lots of sweet date, brown sugar, acohol and cherry with overtones of citric hops.

t: Hops seem to take a slight lead, coming in with lots of lemon rind and a bit of pine but chasing is that deep malt base that carries all the aforementioned characteristics.

m: The mouthfeel seems hollow but in the best way possible. It's thick but airy in the mouth, medium carbonation.

o: eh, not liking this too much. Flying Dog always tries to steer clear of whats expected of a style but not in a way that i like.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with no visible BB date. Picked up recently from my local beer specialist. I like the snowboarding dog on the label.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear coppery-brown hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of light tan foam with a fine consistency; after a few minutes this reduces to a decent surface layer. Aroma of sweet dark malt with notes of caramel, yeast and coriander.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a bitter finish. Chocolatey overtones on the palate. Notes of caramel, dry yeast, coriander, faint chocolate syrup, candy sugar and stewed hops. Bitterness has a somewhat herbal quality. Mouthfeel is tingly and dry, but rather thin. Quite astringent. Aftertaste of sweet malt and bitter hops.

Hmmm - OK. A brown winter ale with a strange spicy note; coriander seems like an odd addition to a winter ale (if that's what it is). Smell/taste are a bit uneventful, and the body is watery. It's alright, but not amazing. Helps to confirm my opinion that american brown ales are not a style I like that much.

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Photo of Chaney
2.69/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a very pretty, peaceful, transparently bubbly, amber color, with a huge solid white head the retained itself in and on the glass throughout the session.

S: Not much though was put into the nose side of the house on this one. I got a couple of puff of booze, candy sugar, and malt, but that's it. I had to really work for it!

T: Where were the spices? Where was the gingerbread, cinnamon, etc? This was just a bit vat of sugar and malt. Additionally, the back end didn't taste very fresh... more like dirty dish water actually.

M: Lots of lacing, thick and carbonated enough, but since the taste wasn't there, I honestly didn't care.

O: This wasn't quite a drain pour, but it was definitely a meh beer with a capitol M!

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Photo of ahq514
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber color. Finger sized, slightly off white head. Seems to have a lot of carbonation. A couple clumps of lacing.

Tons of malt in this beer. Getting lots of sweet, toasty malt. Decent amount of caramel.

Similar to aroma, but with more hop presence. Sweet, caramel, nutty, toasty malt. A hint of earthy bitterness towards the finish. Very breadlike in its taste.

Medium body, less carbonation than I expected, more medium. Lingering toasty sweetness.

Overall not a bad winter warmer. There are probably a handful of other winter warmers I would grab first. That pretty much sums up how I feel about FD as a whole. They have good beers, but there are so many other beers out there I would rather drink.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear brown hue with hints of red. Frothy, off-white, 2-finger head that leaves a persistent lace and a long trail all the way down the glass.

S: Sweet malty aroma with hints of spices and hops.

T: Sweet flavor with a good malt backbone and a mild bitter finish. Mild hops in the background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: This was a solid winter ale. Really smooth and went down way too easy.

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Photo of zimm421
3.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaped pint glass. Appears a dark amber to brown. Very clear with a tan head. Great lacing.

Nose is sweet with caramel and has a slight spiciness on the end. Taste is much more sweet and not balanced by any means. There's some nutiness here, and the spices come through in the end.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, and the carbonation almost seems to be missing. Overall, not too impressed. Had much better winters and won't be going back to this one again.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clean and clear amber color with an off white head. Much like the weyerbacher winter warmer this beer has a lot of action and carbonation going on. Wants to be let out. Nose is faint but has notes of roasted malts.

Smooth and mellow with hints of caramel and vanilla. (See what I did there) Slighty spicy with a rich moltiness up front with a smooth finish. Very well balanced with flavors that go well together. Some detectable breadiness detracts from some of the flavors a little bit but it's not too bad. Just enough hops to clean things up. I like it. Subtle but not bad in the least. Not nearly as outrageous as the label.

Another beer that's getting bad ratings for god knows what reason.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, purchased as part of a sixer @ Green Growler Grocery in Croton-On -Hudson, NY.

Pours dull light brown, with an orange hue. Loose and minor light tan head, leaves fine bits of lacing.

Mild nose of some sugary malts, honey and dark toast.

Malty brew, dark toast comes to mind. Minor complexity and pretty straight forward. Some honey and more sugary sweetness in the finish. Nothing special, but a decent holiday season sipper. 7.4% well in the back ground. Would just fine in a marinade for chicken or pork or as part of a sweet reduced sauce

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Photo of Innocentexile
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into pint glass

A-Dark red and hazy. a finger of head with good lacing throughout drink

S-Spices are present but had a hard time smelling anything else

T/M-Malty with some Roasted/Nutty flavor. alcohol is present and warming.

O-eh, not too special

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.05/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear light amber color. One finger of creamy beige head. Retention is about average and no lacing is left.

3.0 S: Caramel and nuttiness. Something along the lines of peach fruitiness (this seems to be an off-aroma of sorts). Light "generic" spiciness. Not much going on here, but not bad.

1.5 T: Damn this is non-tasty. First, this is unexpectedly bitter. Indeed, I think this is the most bitter 30 IBUs can get. Second, there's some strange acridity going on here. I don't know where it's coming from, but I don't like it. Third, the maltiness doesn't really show up. Caramel is faint. Toastiness is there, but overall this has very little maltiness to it. The spice is a little stronger, but even that seems like it doesn't belong.

2.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Watery on the tongue. Carbonation level is fine. Too thin, and lacking the creaminess that I want from the style.

1.5 T: A couple ounces was way more than enough of this, but I drank the whole bottle anyway. What I would like to know is who the hell is buying this such that they haven't retired it? This beer sucks. Avoid.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

K-9 suggests to drink this in your dog's honor during a day a skiing. Okay....I haven't been skiing since I was in kindergarten, and I haven't had a dog in the family since I was ten. Is it okay to drink it on a Sunday evening while I wait for the cats to come inside? While I wait for a response, let's go on to the beer:

If you love a big head on a beer, this is not one to get. Its head is quite small and is quick to drop to a chunky lace. The color is chocolate brown with hues of burnt orange. And the nose...it holds promise, but it is tough to sniff what's really going on down there. There's a note that's like a Tootsie Roll, a few hops are turning in there, and a vague spice. It's make or break time...

At first, it looks like this is going to be exciting. It's big bodied, malty, has a hoppysweet flavor. Yet from there it doesn't build up. A portion of the taste is stuck in AWOL. Among the specifics, dry toffee, hop leaves, and a hint of orange paint the flavor profile. It could be so much more.

Something isn't being worked in this beer. Or maybe this is a sign that I really need to visit the slopes and adopt a dog.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Stevens Point St. Benedict's Winter Ale.

A: Clear dark red-brown with two-finger, off-white, rocky head that lasted more than a few minutes. Great lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Dark fruit and caramel. Spices and metal.

T: Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Caramel and spice. Sort of nutty. Mild overall.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Metallic feel. Kind of dry.

O: This beer looks fantastic, but the nose and taste are a bit off, and then there's that metallic taste and feel. Overall, I would call it a tie between this and Benedict's Winter Ale.

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Photo of HopsYeast
2.79/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

a-pours a deep brown copper color with a 1 finger creamy pale head that holds for quite some time and leaves nice amounts of lacing. has a somewhat cloudy body that leans more towards clear.

s-spices with some strong maltiness. hops stick out with some orange peel and the aroma of bread with the strong smell of alcohol start to finish. it has a sour smell to it that almost seems to be competing with the hops.

t-kinda bland with nothing major sticking out at first. then the hops hit and remain. spices like clove sticking out. maltiness and a somewhat bright acidic flavor. it finishes quite sour like some kind of sour flavored fruit candy.

m-this is the only really enjoyable aspect of this beer for me. has a nice lower level of carbonation, with a rich creamy body. it goes down rather easy as well.

o-too bad the mouthfeel doesnt have nice flavors to go along with it. this is just an average beer. it isnt downright awful, but it isnt anything exceptional either.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours an amber color with a tight off-white cap. Some mild lace. The aroma is of earthy hops, sweet caramel, candi sugar, spice and some cherries. On the palate, toffee and candi sugar carry through the middle before some tart cherry, spice and earthy hops come through in the finish. Medium body, adequate carbonation. A pretty nondescript beer, that falls around average.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 12 oz bottle a dark copper color with a one finger head that quickly dissolves into a light lace. Moderate but lively carbonation. The aroma is of toasty, nutty malt. 1st sip brings a reprise of the aroma...toasty, nutty malt with a hint of dark chocolate. It starts off sweet, but quickly becomes dry in the middle with a very dry, bitter finish consisting of slight hop note & alcohol. Mouthfeel is solid. Overall, a pleasant, but not outstanding winter warmer.

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Photo of Amalak
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a nice, hazy brown. Great foamy tan head and lacing. Some bubbles. Matly, metallic scent to it.

Very tame maltiness. There's a good touch of caramel and mild sweetness, in general. It's light and it's easy. Interesting smoothness to it. It's refreshing, but it's kind of bland. Nothing there that jumps out, but it's an easy to drink ale. I like some parts, and am indifferent toward other.

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Photo of mikechance
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A --- Nice reddish orange --- not much of a head

S --- earthy floralness, yeast, raisin

T --- not much of anything. Kind of malty, maybe a faint hint of clove

M --- light body and little carbination

O --- I'm a little disaapointed. I was expecting it to big one way or another. It's tame and not very memorable.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: red shiny body, trace head, zero lacing

S: mild spicy, nutty, caramel, malt

T: same as nose, but light bitter semi-crisp finish

M: light bubby body, semi-crisp

O: Love this style, but not this offering.
Ok, Winter Ale but not worth getting again.


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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear medium amber, with a creamy tan head building about one finger high. Dissipates fast into good lacing.
The smell is rather disappointing, and I do not detect much but some faint malt.
The taste produced some earthy malt notes and some grassy hops. Not much else I detect.
Never the less it is a refreshing drinkable beer, but not what I expect of a Winterwarmer!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Deep ruby red, clear not much head either.

S-Some malt and spices, a nuttiness is there, not much else though.

T-Spices, some nuts and roasted malt. not much bitterness but sweet.

M-Light to medium bodied with little carbonation.

O-Although it tasted alright everything else about this beer was off base, a little flat, and not much there in the nose.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a reddish amber, almost mahogany. Very small head.

S - Very spicy smell, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg with a dash of fruit. Good amount of sweet malt.

T - Taste starts a bit sweet, again fruit, before fading into some hoppy bitterness and finishing with a touch of that cinnamon spice again. Finish has just a touch of that metallicy taste.

M - Lot of carbonation in this one, but smooth.

Overall - It was pretty good. Again, a bit of metallic taste, but I thought overall, it was a decently put together beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, never seen this before in the Southland, so I picked up a bottle, always up for a new winter warmer,

A: Pours a dark amber to red, good clarity with a medium off-white head. Good head retention and leaves some thick lace.

S: Light notes of wood and malt, but I'm struggling to find much. Disappointing since this can be the best part of many winter beers.

T: The flavour brings it back. Nice notes of toffee like malt, some nuttiness, hazelnuts come to mind. Lightly fruity, but in most ways a straightforward malty English style beer.

M: Medium-bodied, a soft but crisp at the same time carbonation character if you get my drift. Thins out towards the end, feels like a 4% beer there. Mild aftertaste.

O: All in all a good winter beer. A bit more complexity would have be nice, but I enjoyed this effort. To me like a lighter Avery Old Jubilation. Worth a single bottle pickup for sure.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #79
Served On: 10/25/2011
Glassware: Shaker Pint
Labeled ABV: 7.4%
Date/ Code: 051A12

Ran across a 6-pack of this way in the back of the cooler at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick.

Look: Poured a crystal clear rich copper. Carbonation seemed a little low. Head was a thick kaki color; about 1 finger was left after things calmed down from the pour.

Smell: The aroma was robust with spicy malts and some dark pit fruits. There were also some faint hints of molasses and brown sugar. Basically all the spicy and sweet notes I usually expect in a top notch winter warmer. No booziness was noticeable in the nose.

Taste: Ok – the taste was right on with the aroma. First was the spicy roasted malts followed by the sweeter dark fruits. The finish had smooth sugary notes with a hop bite right at the end. Aftertaste was an enjoyable earthy spice that lasted for a while.

This brew is reminiscent of the Wild Goose - Snow Goose. Seeing how Flying Dog use to brew the Wild Goose brand, I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is virtually the same exact beer. Regardless, this is a very enjoyable winter warmer.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark purple/brown color with 1 finger head that quickly disappears. Looks really boozy in appearance if appearance could appear to be boozy.

Smell - malty...like Flying Dog's lager style

Taste - Doesn't really work too well here. Some bitterness and some "off" flavorings and some spice. Not much worthwhile in this beer.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and ok.

Overall - Very mediocre to not-very-good beer. Not highly recommended and barely drinkable.

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K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.