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K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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BEER STATS
Reviews:
363
Ratings:
781
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
21.69%
 
 
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K-9 Cruiser Winter AleK-9 Cruiser Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 10-30-2001

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Reviews: 363 | Ratings: 781
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a perfectly clear, garnet color with one finger of khaki colored head. The retention was ok at first but it soon was little more than a needle-thin collar that left only a few small spots of lacing. The aroma was of caramel malt, toffee and a hint of floral hops. The flavors were of caramel malt, toffee, diacetyl, nuts, toasted malt, burnt toast and then a finish which was a bit to herbal/medicinal and didn’t quite balance out properly. Distinctly bitter on the finish but it wasn’t a ‘clean’ finish. The mouthfeel was frothy and slick, the body medium and the carbonation a bit high. Rather average overall but by no means unpleasant.

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Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. has a deep copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a touch of malts. Taste is also on the mild side, some malts, lightly hopped, kind of weak. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's still winter? Could have fooled me with this warmth! Let's see how this winter seasonal goes, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A nice off tan head, very large on the pour practically three fingers tall, but kind of foamy. However, the body color is a real nice copper red, clear and amber in appearance. Really like this body color.

Light hop, noticeable kind of dark fruit and malts. Brown sugar, coming off more as a strong ale than anything. However, it smells quite nice regardless.

A real nice sort of mushy malt on the palate. Chewy and dense. Dense malts mix with a strong ale feel, giving some rich body. Light hop on the finish with a nice blast on the malt. Some classic dark spices in there, but not the sort wintery warmy feeling. Smooth and almost velvety mouthfeel.

Overall I am thinking English sort of slight hoppy strong ale here, not so much a winter warmer. It's still very tasty though, so no worries there.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.74/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-dark whiskey colored with a thick cream colored head

S-sweet barley. strong smell but it really smells off

T-comes in with a very adjunct taste of honey and barley. then comes a weird bitter taste. after-taste is matching. this really isn't too good.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-if i didn't know better, i would say this is a boozey BMC version of a winter warmer...except the only BMC winter warmer i've had (winter's boubon cask ale) was a lot better than this. its just harsh. i tried it because i've been seeing it everywhere i go, but now i can't understand why any bar would want this.

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Photo of WMEugene
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a rich, clear amber color with a thick, slightly off-white head and fairly nice lacing.

S - Malts, caramel, spices and some dark fruits. Some sweetness as well from some form of sugar.

T - Sweet malts and dark fruits. Spices are present as well (appropriate for a winter ale). I also pick up a slight butterscotch flavor which may be from some diacetyl (but it's not that strong).

M - Medium bodied, sweet and smooth, ok carbonation and rather drinkable.

O - Flying Dog's K-9 cruiser is an enjoyable winter beer. It's sweet and with nice seasonal spices. A solid seasonal offering.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser this cold Chicago winter's night. The beer pours clear amber with thin almost non-exsistent white head. The smell is mostly caramel type malt with undertones of spice. The taste is good combo of spice and caramel malt. The mouthfeel is a nice medium body with so so carbonation. Overall it is a decent winter ale.

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Photo of therica
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent warmer, better than the various ones I tried this season (including my longtime favorite Old Fezziwig which Sam Adams ruined this year).

A= copper, with modest off-white head, modest carbonation, some nice rimming and lacing.

S= nice mix of candied fruits, noteably dark cherry and plum. Nice roasted sweet malts and floral hops.

T= much like the nose yet apricot becomes noticeable; a very nicely balanced mix, modest carbonation, adequate bitterness. Slight sourness but taken in stride given the beer style.

M= slight syrup sweetness on the tongue along with the mixed fruits and bitterness.

O= a very worthy offering that I'll look forward to finding next holiday season as well.

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Photo of csrbv
4.35/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ran across a 6-pack of this at Wegmans.

Look: Poured a rich copper. Carbonation seemed a little low. Head was a thin 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: Good – 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 a couple Christmas Ales that I have had, this is a very enjoyable winter beer.

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

on tap at winghearts burger joint in downtown pittsburgh. pours a slightly cloudy cherrywood red color with a dying head. smells fairly basic, malty and seasonal, a little sharp from the alcohol. flavor is slightly spiced, malt driven, and subtly hopped. its very dumbed down for a winter warmer, nothing over the top, which makes is very drinkable i suppose. overall it was a well made beer but fairly unremarkable in terms of excitement.

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Photo of beerme626
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown/red

Smell: I can't smell much of anything, but that said, not much to smell here. A malty smell with a few spices.

Taste: Much more of a hoppy taste than I expected from their label on the box that suggested it was super malty. The spices give it an interesting twang, but it's difficult to pin down one flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little sharp on the tongue (reminiscent of IPAs?), which feels a little strange, but I like it.

Overall: A strange beer. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I like it. Might not buy it again (there are better Flying Dogs-- Raging Bitch, In Heat Wheat, etc) but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Teddbeer
3.96/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer in a restaurant that I had been looking forward to trying for some time. The barmaid was having a bit of a time getting a good pour(turned out it was her first night on the job) We were patient, and our patience was, eventually rewarded.

I thought this beer was very good. Most reviews don't seem to agree so I'm guessing that the fact that my beers were drawn from the tap makes all the difference.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep amber color, clear, Not much foamy head and even less carbonation.
I'm not picking up in the nose mostly malts.
Taste is fairly sweet with hints of spices and nuts. Medium body and smooth.
Overall there was nothing really bad about the beer, nothing good either. Could use some retention and attenuation and a flavor boost.

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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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K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.