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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: 730
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 8
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 730 | Reviews: 354
Photo of JohnGalt1
2.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz from the Coop for about $1.40.. poured into a shaker pint.. listening to Pucifer "V is for Vagina" The album was a gift!?

Aggressive pour left little head and no lacing atop a dark brown brew with crystal clear red highlites.

Aroma is bready malts.. some caramel malts and a little fruitness and lite butterscotch... uninspiring for sure.

Toasted and lite chocolate malts mix well with yeasty fruitness.. little hops to note.. More of not alot to pick-out... Nice smooth body... I am sure there are hops in there, but overpowered by the malts even when drank at room temp.

My old notes say this one was an "Old Ale" .. It still sorta fits into the winter warmer category... but the old notes agree, this is just an OK brew... Old notes and New reviews say this brew needs more of everything.. aroma, flavor, body.. Etc. I will probably only ever buy this brew again, if I hear Flying Dog has made a move "back" toward their roots.

I only hope the Flying Dog BW's in the cellar are better than this brew.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely. Clear brown that is ruby hued when held to light. Good sized crème head. Minimal action on the nose. Flavor is decent. Starts off mellow and a high sweet tone kicks quickly on the end before vanishing. Smooth, but not a lot of character going on here really. Feel is smooth as well with the liquid and carbonation giving it good. Overall this is a nice drinker. Nothing really interesting or eventful though.

Photo of ndekke39
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Rumba Cafe. Poured in a pint glass with about two fingers of head. Great retention, lots of lacing. Deep ruby color. Smells and tastes are pretty simple: nice malt backbone with some warm spices. Medium body. Very drinkable, nice example of a Winter Warmer, but not the most dynamic one I've ever tasted. Still, it fit the purpose and I enjoyed it!

Photo of beerphan
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> pint
no date, screen code 077FX08

Pours a clear orange rusted color, with a quickly dissipating tan head that settles to a few dish suds. Lacing and carbonation appear minimal equally.

Nose: Malty, alcohol

Thin crisp body. Very sweet and malty with caramel sitting center stage. An oddly different kind of spicey aftertaste with some medium bitterness. A little alcohol present but not enough to offend.

Seems pretty average to me. Worth a try but not worth seeking out, imho. Thanks to gxxerman for the sample.

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!

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K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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