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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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636 Ratings

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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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Photo of Tballz420


3.28/5  rDev -1.5%

This brew is a clear, dark-brown/cola colored beverage. Topping it off is a small khaki head. There is a chocolate scent, with a hint of alcohol. Chocolate malt front, some bittering hops, alcohol hidden. The mouth is much too thin and watery for this beer, and this ruins what otherwise may have been interesting.

01-08-2005 00:39:17 | More by Tballz420
Photo of alexgash


2.98/5  rDev -10.5%

Man, I just hate the Flying Dog labels. The names kind of suck too. Regardless. Bronzed, dark amber body with a small, guaze-y, light brown head. Lean to very-lean cookie malt sweetness set against a bed of funky-citrus (almost sour) hop aroma. Weird. Weak toffee and cookie malt up front. Malty sweetness flashes early but quickly gives way to lemony-pine hop burn. Kind of astringent and raw; definitely bitter. Cookie malt barely resurfaces into the finish along with the astringent bitterness and alcohol. Not as full-bodied as it should be; rather thin and watery for the style. Not terrible, just not very good.

01-05-2005 03:07:30 | More by alexgash
Photo of rowew


2.65/5  rDev -20.4%

Presentation: 12 oz long neck with a nice Ralph Steadman label. Freshness code on label.

Appearance: Poured a dark reddish mahogany color with a nice tan colored head. Head dissapated quickly but left decent lacing.

Smell: Earthy, malty aroma with hints of something else .. not quite right.

Taste: Oily mouth feel with medium carbonation. Tastes like yeasty by-products with some grassy flavors. Not bad, but certainly not all that good either.

Overall Impression: Not a horrible winter beer, but certainly not one I'll be seeking out in the future.

12-28-2004 19:33:31 | More by rowew
Photo of feloniousmonk


2.95/5  rDev -11.4%

My first bottle of this in years, trying to remember if I liked it or not...let's try one and see...
Appearance: clear, dark caramel coloring, very full, cream-colored head, a whipped, eggnog-y chunk of froth, resting triumphantly on top.
Nose, sweet and sharp, cherries and brandy, very winey, as well. Naked alcohol speaks up just behind the fruit.
Taste: very bright fruity flavor charges on the palate, then thins out. Raw strength, though a mere 7.5% shows it's teeth early, for the body is a low medium, and there isn't sufficient ballast. More malt, please, or something, in any order. Mouthfeel becomes slick with each sip, nearly stings, slips on the tongue and leaves an oily air of Luden's mixed with cabernet sauvignon.
Needless to say, I'm not finding it overly enjoyable. Missing many important elements, without which one cannot find pleasure in an ale.
I was glad to find this on sale, but not so happy that I have five bottles left. They'll be saved for when I'm already 3 1/2 sheets to the wind, and don't care what goes in me next.

12-21-2004 02:02:00 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of winomark


2.6/5  rDev -21.9%

Pours a nice deep copper with some maroon hues. Small, light brown head. Roasted sweet malt controls the nose. No hop aroma. Malty palate, but not much else. Sweetness, with a dry, short finish. Unimpressive. Light, slightly metallic mouthfeel. Disappointing. Another mediocore brew from this brewery. No need to try this one.

12-09-2004 14:17:26 | More by winomark
Photo of clvand0


3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

This one pours a dark brown color with a small head that quickly dies off and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and fruity with some grassy smells. Dark fruits. The flavor is thin and reminds me of a bock beer. Not too sure what I think about it being an American Strong Ale. Fruity and crisp with a grassy flavor. Just ok. Probably won't have it again.

11-29-2004 20:19:23 | More by clvand0
Photo of Gusler


3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

The beer evacuates the 12-ounce brown bottle a deep brown color with a modest semi-creamy light tan head that evaporates rather quickly leaving a thin but sealing sheet of lace. Nose is sweet malt, light hint of hops and caramel, fresh and crisp to the senses, start is sweet with a fair grain profile, the top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is briskly acidic, the hops sufficient in their spiciness, a drinkable beer.

11-19-2004 19:03:02 | More by Gusler
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +26.1%

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thin off-white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a rich malty scent along with a warm molasses type aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth, rich, malty flavor that has some dark malt qualities. It goes down really easy and finishes with a buttery molasess aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really smooth old ale. It has an elevated abv. , but you would never know it. This beer drinks very well.

04-28-2004 00:46:24 | More by WesWes
Photo of budgood1


2.58/5  rDev -22.5%

pours out an chestnut/auburn colour with a fine fading off white head. minimal lace. fruity estery aroma...lots of dark ripened fruit and other yeast induced flavours. sweet flavours abound, but there seems to be no malt backbone to beef up this style of beer. the mouthfeel comes off as slick and buttery...then weak and watery, therefore causing the whole beer to suffer. very mild bitter finish. high ABV well hidden. too sweet for the body; to weak for the style. i'd drink a few, but i don't think i'd spend any more $$$ to sample this again.

04-24-2004 00:07:05 | More by budgood1
Photo of DPMomutant


3.33/5  rDev 0%

Finger-thick head fades quickly on this one. Body is dark brown but kind of thin for the style.

A decent little fruity aroma going on here. Sweet but not as strong as one would think.

Not as much taste as I'd expect from a strong beer. A bit sweet with some alcohol at the beginning with some bitterness at the end. Not bad but not as much going on as I'd like.

This beer feels a bit to thin for me. Maybe with a little less water that taste would come out more.

Obviously with the higher ABV you don't want too many of these. While not great, this would be good enough to have a couple. It has potential but isn't quite there.

04-12-2004 07:25:30 | More by DPMomutant
Photo of far333


2.93/5  rDev -12%

Pours a dark brown color, and tops itself with a beige, thin and low head that disappears too quickly. Aroma is sweet malt, and that's about it. Flavor is sweet and syrupy. The ABV doesn't interfere with the flavor, but maybe something should. This one is cloying to me, and the body is thin. I wouldn't be able to guess the style if I didn't know.

04-04-2004 12:32:19 | More by far333
Photo of ngandhi


3.1/5  rDev -6.9%

A little bit of buttery diacetyl on the nose and actually quite distinguishable as an old ale. When I was drinking it, I didn't know what it was, but I thought it best resembled an old ale.

Not very malty, it's on the lighter side of the spectrum. The nose is wonderful, revealing a great rich complexity that the beer never provides. I can say the yeast is pretty good, producing wonderful aromas, but the recipe itself is weak.

The beer thins to ethanol with some malt and fruit-laden yeast poking through. The flavors are muddled and vacant.

Relax, relax.

03-17-2004 17:21:08 | More by ngandhi
Photo of Zorro


3.05/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a dark brown clear brew, looks like a Bock beer.

Smell is sweet with a smell of dark fruits, with brown sugar and malts. Smells like a bock beer.

Taste is Very sweet with a bit of chocolate flavor with plum wine. This is a Bock beer, no matter what the bottle says. That or a really sorry Imperial Stout. It's an OK Bock, and a crappy Imperial Stout. I pick Bock and give it a 3.

Mouthfeel is OK for a Bock.

Not real drinkable, I can find better.

02-24-2004 05:25:07 | More by Zorro
Photo of jtfest


3.48/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured a very clear dark coppery-reddish with a small tan head that disappeared altogether. Kind of a grassy, wet hay aroma with malt sweetness undertones. The mouthfeel was syrupy, somewhat flat, and a little thin. The taste was pleasant -- sweet, with a little clove-like spiciness with a bit of bitter in the aftertaste. Good, but I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting.

02-21-2004 03:41:43 | More by jtfest
Photo of daledeee


3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured a dark brown with a medium head. Left a little edge around the glass. Hops aroma that quickly went away to malt. Not much aroma. Somewhat sweet, malty and dry. I did not notice the alcohol. I will have another of these to make a full assessment. Not good, not bad. Drinkable but a little weak for a strong winter ale. Taste is like some Scottish ales I have had.

02-04-2004 00:02:57 | More by daledeee
Photo of BigRedN


3.2/5  rDev -3.9%

Background: Picked up at local store in display stack with other winter seasonal beers. Put together with other singles as a mixed 6-pack.

Apperance: Dark amber in color, can just see through the glass. Thin head that disappeared quickly. Lace around glass to the end.
Smell: Slightly fruity, herbal aroma, with some maltiness to it.
Taste: Slightly fruity, sweet and malty. A touch of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, crisp.
Drinkability: OK, but not fully what I expected for a winter beer.

Final Thoughts: An alright beer, I won't be likely to purchase a whole 6-pack of this but may purchase another single bottle on a whim. Just not what I expected for a winter beer, expected a heartier more robust product.

01-08-2004 22:24:22 | More by BigRedN
Photo of ADR


3.45/5  rDev +3.6%

Amber color, clear and tending toward brownish. Head is decent, it slightly pale, creamy in texture. Lacing is nice, complicated webbing down a pint glass. Aroma is heavily malty, scant hops, pear fruit and butterscotch are the main characters. Mouthfeel is medium, but the flavor is a littlle much -- lots of sugary sweetness and diacetyl re-inforced by the aroma. Unidimensional to me, front to back, a big aftertaste continues to underscore the dominant notes of the flavor profile. While not sticky, the beer is border line cloying.

01-02-2004 17:22:25 | More by ADR
Photo of pezoids


3/5  rDev -9.9%

Poured out a deep amber color and was very clear. The head on this beer never even had a chance and was gone in a blink of an eye. Light carbonation. Could be a bit flat. Slightly sweet malt aroma with a dry fruitiness. The flavor has some fruity malt and is light to medium bodied. There really isn’t anything special here and seems to lack gusto. Not bad and somewhat unique tasting. Finishes with a dry touch of bitterness. Not sure what to make of this one.

01-02-2004 08:16:18 | More by pezoids
Photo of francisweizen


3.15/5  rDev -5.4%

This brew is a dark maroon amber colour with no head to speak of. The lacing is OK, but does not hold up too well. The aromas are pretty subdued, but I can smell some roasted caramel malts, and some very, very faint, old hops (perhaps cascade?). This kind of reminds me of a very weak tasting scotch ale, or kind of like Otter Creek's A winter's ale. The mouthfeel was a bit light for a winter ale, and the drinkability was just OK. Decent.

11-22-2003 05:36:29 | More by francisweizen
Photo of beerguy101


3.2/5  rDev -3.9%

Dark amber color. Small head. Aroma is malty and sweet, kind of perfumy. A medium bodied strong ale. Malts are roasted and sweet. Hops are a touch citrusy. An interesting beer. Aroma and taste are very different. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a touch of an alcohol bite.

08-14-2003 03:27:08 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Brent


4.22/5  rDev +26.7%

Pours a nice light walnut. Aroma is sweet and a faint dark fruit. Big, big malt body with a fair bit of yeasty phenolic action going on - buttery diacetyl and a hint of prune. Finishes fairly clean for the malt, and the surprisingly high abv is not evident in the flavor profile. More like a strong Scottish export ale than anything else I can compare it to. Quite good.

07-20-2003 22:22:49 | More by Brent
Photo of Indybeer


3.2/5  rDev -3.9%

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep mahogony with no real head. Some sign of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt is about all you can detect, no noticable hop aroma. Moderatly carbonated, and you can taste the malt, and again no hopiness. Lacks any body, and finishes weakly, but it still tastes good. I wouldn't go out of my way to get this but wouldn't pass it up if offered.

06-04-2003 17:32:03 | More by Indybeer
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.23/5  rDev -3%

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), over a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

What little tan head there is dies to nothing fast. It's possible to stir up some minimal runny lacing. The color is dark brown with garnet highlights. Not a bad looking barley wine.

The nose is sweet, sweet toffee, minimal grapes, some breadiness. The front is mostly caramel malt, with some apples and grapes in the middle. The feel is a little watery. Toffee comes back strong in the finish with some grains. As it warms, some faint chocolate appears in the aftertaste. Overall... nothing special.

04-11-2003 07:58:21 | More by kbub6f
Photo of Quaffer


3/5  rDev -9.9%

Appearance: This was a deep brown beer with hints of red. The light tan head was coarse and fizzy, rising up to maybe one finger.
It disappeared immediately, leaving the only thinnest of rings around the edge of the glass. There was no lace at all.

Smell: An interesting aroma of sweet currants, cherries, grapes, and alcohol. Honestly, it didn't even smell like beer, but it was not bad.

Mouthfeel: It was semi-smooth with a medium body. It seemed a little watery in the back of the mouth.

Taste: The taste was all dark berries and fruits, with a little alcohol on the finish. That's about it. No hops flavors at all and just a hint of malt in the background. Like the smell, it was not very beer-like, but not unpleasant either.

03-21-2003 18:45:19 | More by Quaffer
Photo of lewwjr


3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

They call it altitude ale. I am not sure from what mountain they are on. I love their creativity. However, they call it a strong English brew and maybe it is I put it more like a scotch kinda ale. It is very drinkable with some after taste. Overall, I like the diverisity.

02-10-2003 10:05:53 | More by lewwjr
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.