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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: 716
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.02%
Wants: 8
Gots: 64 | 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 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
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
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
1.93/5  rDev -42%
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
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
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
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
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
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber-mahogany with a creamy, pale biege head of two-and-half fingers. Great retention leaves some spotty lacing. Light aroma of roasted barley, caramel, and floral hops in the background. Pale Munich malt sweetness upfront, followed by heavy dextrins, dark crystal sweetness, toasty Vienna, and finally sharp Pilsener malt flavor. Drying aftertaste with some malty notes sticking around, fruity ale character and an american hop citrus/grapefruit flavor is slight but noticeable. Balanced flavor with a respectable malt profile. Ample dextrins give some texture to the mouthfeel, filling in the gaps and making the light-medium mouthfeel seem full. Lighter carbonation allows the minimal residual sugars and slightly tannic malt to settle in, while the fruity hop profile dries the palate. Finishes mildly roasty with a faint herbal hop bitterness, "HI-C" fruit flavor, and grainy astringency. The overall character seems good but restained; might be fanatastic if it were toned up a little.

Photo of cabsandking
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with crimson highlights and a tight tan head with good retention. Dark fruit and boozy esters are all I’m getting from the nose. With the first sip a nutty malt character is noted and followed by dark roasted notes and a nice balance of dry, bitter hops that are spicy at times. A little yeasty tartness, a little sweet, and some caramel notes too. A noticeable alcohol presence is a tad too much for me and considering the abv for its style is on the low end. Some of the alcohol retreats as it warms allowing its other characters to come to the forefront. Medium mouthfeel and some creaminess at the end is pretty nice.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby red. Nice head with some spotty lacing down the frame. Smells of Sherry and some slight toffee. Tastes really nice, with a few malty aromas and possibly cherries. Nice hoppy kickback at the end. Makes you yearn for the next one. I think this should be offered year round, and I will buy this when it is available.

Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink print 06907FY
6.4% ABV
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a light brown with rustic highlights. Thin is some areas and darker in others. A thin circular head curves around the glass.

Light nose. Mainly smells very malty and sweet.

Thick malty and syrupy backbone. A tad creamy with toffee & caramel highlights and a mini hop snap on the finish. I like this beer, it reminds me a Scottish Ale. Very drinkable at 6.4% ABV and quite appropriate on this late December evening.

Photo of kennyo
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had it on tap at Alternative Brews

Beertenderess recommended this as one of her favorite christmas beers, so I took one for the team.Dark amber beer with a nice foamy head, not much of an aroma. Taste was malt with some spices and some friutiness. It is medium bodied and had a nice mouthfeel.

I enjoyed drinking this beer, was tasty and really didn't offend. Wouldn't be dissapointed if i saw this on tap.

Photo of gbarron
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. bottle.

A - dark ruby, pretty clear. Head is slightly off-white/tan, about a cm. thick. Leaves excellent lacing and has very good retention.

S - slightly sweet, malty, sugary smell. Very little hop aroma. Mostly smells of sweet candy, dark fruits, higher alcohols, fresh flowers.

T - fairly rich flavors of licorice, dark fruits, candy sugar. Somewhat well balanced brew for a strong ale - tart, dry bitterness comes at the end not making this beer overly sweet and counteracting the sweet aroma and maltiness of this brew.

M - a little bit of a sticky finish, carbonation is average, slight alcohol warming.

D - pretty tasty, not sure why this beer is getting such low ratings. Yes, the flavor is a little flat compared to the aroma and I've had many better strong/winter ales, but this one is ok.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty good looking amber colour with hints of ruby and a mid-sized foamy head that leaves a mild amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is basically non-existent. There's a bit of earthy malt that's minimal at best and thats about it. We'll call it average for at least having some sort of aroma.

The flavour isn't much better but a bit fuller. Malt hits you all around, albeit fairly faintly, and is complimented by a bit of sweet caramel and a touch of hop flavour. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a touch less crisp than expected. Pretty average overall.

This one is less than stellar. It's got some basic flavour to it and thats about it. It's simple and easy drinking, but not one that I would go out of my way for and would likely only sample again if there were no better choices on the menu or in the store.

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

Another brew from the recently pruchased pick your own six. It was a good looking deep amber with brownish tint and minimal head at the pour. Smell was faint but I detected some malts and maybe butter. Taste was decent, maybe a bit of raisins and chocolate in the aftertaste. Just a decent beer.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a very dark amber with good Carbonation. The head is 2 fingers thick, tan and leaves a whole lotta lace.

The smell is like a fresh spicy fruit cake.

The taste follows mild spice and a very fruity and bready malt main body that is mellow.

The mouthfeel is big, thick and sticky.

The drinkability is good a nice well rounded brew. MK

Photo of riversider76
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper, thin head, not much retention, but good lacing. Smell was on the weak side, malts and dark fruits mostlty. Body is medium, not much carbionation. Taste is sweet,and fruited. Has a nice rasin flavor edge. A hint of spice throughout make this a very nice beer!

K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.