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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: 726
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 8
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-30-2001

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Photo of dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev +21%
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...

Photo of jjboesen
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

Photo of foureyedgeek
3.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of edskirk3
2.79/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce brown bottle with Ralph Steadman artwork on the label. Stamped code: 086FX0S? It must be recent because it says Boulder, CO *and* Frederick, MD.

Into a pint glass it pours clear amber with cream-colored froth. I cam smell some grain husks and that's about it.

The taste is rather bland. Bran cereal with a touch of hop bitterness. A tad buttery, chewy. Borderline astringent aftertaste.

I can think of many Winter seasonals to drink before I even think of this beer.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.33/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with a small eggshell head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty with some nice toasted nutty and bready tones.

Quick malty taste upfront that is immediately hammered by a rather harsh bitterness and herbal hop flavor. Bitterness lingers well past the finish.

Medium-full body, medium carbonation.

A disappointing warmer from a rather reliable brewery. I suggest cruising past this one to another option.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, deep amber color with a small white head that disappeared in a few minutes and didn't leave any lace.

S - some sweet sugary aroma and some alcohol aroma.

T - nothing special, reminds me of SA Winter Lager with a bit more alcohol.

M - thin bodied with very little carbonation.

D - I didn't think much of this one and I probably won't try it again.

Final Note: Most of Flying Dog's base brews have been somewhat of a disappointment to me with the exception being In Heat Wheat. I love their extreme beers, namely Double Dog and Gonzo Imperial Porter, but I'm not a real big fan of the regular brews.

Photo of Tolann
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a thick head that is foamy and sizzles out quickly. Dark in color and a clear reddish hue.

S - Toffee and sweet malt. Some caramel. I think as this is warming I'm also finding something like coffee as well.

T - Spicy and sweet. Some bitterness at the end and heavy dryness settles in your throat.

M - lighter and lively on the pallet. certainly feels like a 'warmer'.

D - This is a good example of the style. All I need now is a fire, some snow, a warm hat and mittens, and maybe some marshmallows to roast. This is a sipping beer; not necessarily one you'd drink a whole 6pack in a night.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a winter beer with a lot of spiciness, which I liked. However, I thought there was also a complexity of other rather strange flavor notes that I didn't much care for. My thought was that if the intentional spiciness were removed, the base beer flavors that remained would be odd-tasting and not very desirable. Nonetheless, this beer wasn't bad.

The appearance was very good - a deep rich red color that was clear and brilliant. There was lots of head composed of minuscule bubbles which towered over the rim of my glass. Aroma was a faint caramel smell, a copper smell (think a penny), and diacetyl. Flavor was holiday spiciness up front (think nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice) followed by some hoppiness. I also got some isoamyl acetate (banana/circus peanuts) and vinous-ness as it warmed. These good and puzzling flavors were balanced a bit with some metallic copper maltiness. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

Not bad...but hardly terrific. I'd weakly recommend this beer. I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

Photo of mangledorf
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A lot of winter ales have a taste that seems to linger and die and finally rot on top of my tongue. This one is a clear exception. The stunning Steadman bottle pours neatly in the glass with a slight, white head and translucent ruby red color. The first sip is smooth and filling. The taste deteriotes only slightly as the glass slowly empties. A good winter choice.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.01/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper/ orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a small sweet maltiness. In the taste, a sweet maltiness and just a hint of christmas spices (nutmeg/cinnamon). A smooth mouthfeel and a small malty, yet very clean aftertaste. Not huge in flavor, but easy drinking for a strong ale.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby/orange color with a medium white head that has pretty good staying power. Patchy lacing on the glass. The aroma has notes of citrus and spice, along with some dark fruit. Medium-bodied with earthy malt, spice and fruit flavors. The finish is mildly bitter with a sweet malt aftertaste. Even though it is one of Flying Dog’s better offerings, that isn’t saying a whole lot.

Photo of malcontent
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a kind of chestnut brown with only a bit of head. Lacing is spotty at best.

Roasted grains, dark fruit and I swear I'm picking up an alarming fishy scent.

Far better than the previous two categories had set this up to be (not saying much). Malt has a cola-ish flavor that melds with an herbal taste akin to Fernet Branca (a pungent Italian aperatif). Finish is long and bittersweet with a nuttiness that lingers. It's OK.

Resists the urge to get thick and yet retains the right level of heaviness for this type of brew. Huh, still haven't had anything from this brewery that impressed me. Maybe they should ask Ralph Steadman to brew the beer...

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear red body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Prominant cherry-berry scent with notes of malt and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet toffee malts with just a tiny bit of chocolate and an oddly medicinal sour cherry flavor throughout and the finish and the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Winter has never looked bleaker.

Photo of AndoBrew
1.91/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

*i hated it and would never buy*

app: ugly, cloudy brownish poo water. maybe it has chill haze, ..i think my buddy has kept it cool for a while

smell: smells like cough syrup. some cherry, lots of yuck, bad all around. I can not imagine finishing this glass based off the smell.

taste: it is painful, bad booze flavor , no hops.. still that cherry cheap booze flavor, this would be a good bad shot. not a good beer. where is the malt depth? where are the hops to balance? where is the quality?

mf: fine. just take it away. thin for a strong ale

drinkable?: NO, i cant. sorry.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing wrong with a winter ale in mid summer. Maybe I've just been dreaming of cooler temperatures...

This one pours a full three finger head that retains well over a deep redish brown brew. It seems to be well carbonated as the head refuses to die and the carbonation continues to rise within the glass. This one smells a little too boozy for only 7.48%, but there's malty sweetness almost bready behind the alcohol with floral hops to balance things out. I give it some time to settle and warm before my first sip that ellicits a caramel malty sweetness that gives way to a hop bite. Well balanced and less alcohol here than in the nose. The carbonation and medium mouthfeel gives it a creamy consistency. Fairly drinkable even in the summer, but I did expect more wintry spices given the labeling of winter ale on the bottle.

Photo of letsgopens
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This selection pours mostly clear amber orange with a tan head that holds well and leaves some thick lace with a hard pour.

Aroma-wise there is some hops and sweet malt. Not particularly aromatic but a good citrus exists with a raw sugary sweetness.

The flavor is sweet and spicy with some dark and light fruits alike. A malty finish with some Belgian ale qualities and some hops.
A hint of alcoholic warmth in the finish.

The mouthfeel is soft on the palate, especially once its warmed a bit. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings.. Dated November 2006

Poured a deep mahogany brown colour... Light mocha head poured quite small and thick then faded quickly to thick ring around the edge. Very light lacing...

Aroma - Quite rich sweet toasted malted bread notes, spicy dark fruits (prunes, strawberries, dates), Christmas cake notes, treacle / brown sugar sweetness, some saltiness, some pine / sap notes, light peppery hops, toasted nutty sweetness...

Taste – Loads of rich sweet bready malts, dark alcohol soaked fruits (currents, prunes, raisins, some figs), toasted malt loaf, treacle sweetness, the faintest of piney / peppery hops, definite roasted nuttiness...

Feel - Rich, smooth and creamy... medium / full bodied... Pretty drinkable for a 7.48% beer although all those sweet malts might be too much after a while...

Overall - An excellent beer - i really enjoyed this.... a bit like a mix between a Scottish wee heavy and a Doppelbock... Recommended...

Photo of danielharper
2.86/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor, Fayettville, TN

A: I'm a sucker for a nice dark beer with a thick tan head. Especially when it has a sweet brownish tinge at the bottom. Nice appearance.

S: Fruity, strangely sour. Almost citrusy, with an interesting apple aroma. I know Winter Warmer is a strange style, but... hmm.

T: Odd flavor. Heavily malted up front, with a sweet cherry finish. No hops to tickle the tongue. Slightly cloying.

M: Thin, watery. No carbonation.

D: Overall not a really great beer, but not really a bad one. Spices are all right, and it's not a bad beer, but not really a great example of the style. Anchor's Christmas Ale is way better.

Photo of terrabyte
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light-reddish brown color with a large light-tan head.

Aroma is quite strong, and consists of a nice nutty malt, backed by a small amount of hops.

Flavor has a dark nutty body that quickly switches to a twangy hop bite. A very bitter aftertaste almost seems to come out of nowhere.

Mouthful is medium and slightly creamy. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your tastes) the hops ends it with a tangy finish that strips the tongue and makes you thirsty. Another drink is the only solution, and that leads to amazing drinkability. You could drink a hojillian gallons trying to catch the fleeting delicious taste while trying to keep ahead of the thirsty aftertaste.

I find it very enjoyable, although I'd like to linger on the flavor a bit longer instead of the hops. Finally a Flying Dog beer I wasn't disappointed in.

Photo of BurnsTau
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours brown, nice white head, good lacing, this is definitely a good looking beer.

Smell is mostly malty, sweet with no real sign of hops in aroma. Taste is the same, sweet maltiness up front, very slight alchohol and just a little hop bitterness at the end. There is a bit of a strange aftertaste to the beer, a bit chemical like.

Is this beer as good as other winter style ales out there? No. Is it a bad beer? Not in my opinion. Worth trying.

Photo of TheBierBand
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this as a gift from Marlene! Thanks! It came as a mixed twelve pack with other Flying Dog offerings.

I poured the K9 Cruiser into my pint glass to form a perfect 1" of frothy tan head. The color of the beer was a nice, clear dark orangy brown.

The smell was interesting. I picked up a nice malty note right away... and then a hop bite.

Then the taste.... hey.... not bad! Nice predominant malt and a bit of a hoppy bite at the end. Nice balance with hints of coffee in there too with just a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel was a little thin for my taste. However, this beer left a nice aftertaste.

Overall, I would say that this is one of the best of the bunch for Flying Dog. WOW!... I wonder if that ABV is correct?!...7.48...hooooweee! I would definately try this one again... COOL...there's one more left!

Photo of kmo1030
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a good looking ruby brown with thin tan head.
the smell is a little odd, it's got a weird plastic-y hop character, with grainy caramel and a something just shy of berry fruitiness. picking up moderate alcohol.
a similar flavor to the aroma with a bit more citrus possibly from hops. hints of smoke. fairly sweet, with some bitterness right at the end, which dries it out a bit.
fuller medium body with moderate carbonation.
not a bad beer, but one gets the feeling that this could have been better.

4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge fan of the Flying Dog family of beers, but thought I would try the K9 Cruiser since my local liquor store has a "build your own six pack" section!

The beer poured well into a pint glass-- as I drank just a bit of foam hung around, with no lacing. The color was a deep burgundy-- it just looked like it would taste good.

I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. I didn't know what to expect, since the bottle didn't describe the beer at all. Nice maltiness, a bit of smokiness, and even a slight bitter hoppiness on the finish. Nice and rich-- almost like having an after dinner cognac or sherry.

I probably wouldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting, but a very good "winter warmer" and dessert beer.

Photo of cypressbob
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

355ml bottle with particularly odd artwork of a surfing dog..

Served in a nonic imperial pint glass

Pours with a deep rich burgandy body, thick deep mahogany hues running through too. Light tan head with good retention, forms about half an inch thick and is very dense. Patchy lacing up and down the glass

Smell, nice fragrant nose, thick caramelly malt, sticky malt extract, some nice roasted malt too. Some fresh american aroma hops like cascade, syrupy preserved fruit like figs and prunes. Some very slight vegetal aromas on the finish

Taste, smooth mouthfeel almost oily on the palette, crisp malty backbone with lots of caramelized sugars present. Bready and biscuity malt profile, some slight hop bitterness on the finish but overall its quite reserved and the majority of the flavour is left up to the malt

A solid ale, little disappointing hop profile but otherwise pretty damn drinkable. Seems to be more of a brown ale in many respects

Photo of bruachan
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the color is an orangish brown with a decent head, receding to a sudsy veneer

the aroma is brown ale. subtle deep crystal malts bout with flowery earthy hops

it's essentially a heftier brown ale. drinks well with a considerable hop character. it's dry with enough sweetness to balance, but the hops keep things firmly coralled

K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.