Big Daddy J's Malt Liquor - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by GMB:
2.9/5 rDev -17.4%
Big Daddy J's Malt Liquor pours a golden body and fizzy white head that are typical of the style. Carbonation is at first typically vigorous, but very soon settles. The scattering of slowly rising bubbles tell me that this may be gentler on the tongue than most malt liquors.
The smell of alcohol is backed by that of toasted starches. Yeah, this is malt liquor alright. But wait. What's that? Where's the putrid smell?
I must admit that I expected to pour this into the glass, take a few sips, and then pour it down the drain. But the nose, while not enticing or appetizing, is certainly more appealing than expected. Can a beer earn a high rating simply because it exceeds its reviewer's expectations? Hmm. Nevermind the philosophy. Let's press on...
First sips can be deceiving. Fortunately, the taste of this beer is too monotonous to deceive. Alcohol and sweet grainy and corn (or is it rice?) malt. There you have it.
As I predicted, the beer is gentler on the tongue and more substantial than some of the cheap malt liquors I've tried over the years. Still, it doesn't offer anything special to recommend itself.
Full Sail earns points for its bravery. I am certain that there was a lot of heated debate at the brewery when one of the brewmasters suggested putting out a malt liquor as seasonal brew. And I suppose this beer should earn points for being a craft malt liquor that is widely available and relatively drinkable.
That said, Big Daddy J's Malt Liquor loses points for being a beer that, all things considered, I wish I hadn't had and won't drink again. It's better than most of the malt liquors out there, but that isn't saying much.
By the way, some argue that a malt liquor's high ABV ought to be taken into account in its review. I don't agree. There are plenty of beers out there with high ABVs that are also delicious. This one isn't.
10-23-2012 21:30:21 | More by GMB
More User Reviews:
3.68/5 rDev +4.8%
Poured into a becker a deep golden with a large one finger white head that faded pretty quickly leaving a few small chunks of lace behind.Aromas were light with a touch of sweet booze and toast malt,a little corn came into play as the beer warmed.The flavors were not nearly as potent and boozy as I thought they would be,grainy and lithly toasted with just a light zing of sweet alcohol,the corn/adjunct flavors were pretty well hidden.This is a standard for American malt liquor wich might not being saying a whole lot, but this was pretty damn good and easy going down for how big it is.
10-22-2012 11:57:44 | More by oberon
British Columbia (Canada)
3.7/5 rDev +5.4%
Appearance. Pours a pretty clear gold with over a finger of frothy white head.
Smell. Tons of light malts and a bit of corn. Some light grassy hops.
Taste. Sweet light malts, a little sweet citrus juice and light grassy hops again. Sweet aftertaste with a little bitterness. Giving this a seemingly high mark, but considering the company in this style that I've tried, this is pretty good.
Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, Medium carbonation.
Overall. This didn't exactly knock my socks off, but like I said, not bad considering most of the others out there...
10-31-2012 01:51:08 | More by Rutager
3.48/5 rDev -0.9%
- Pours a very clear straw yellow brew with a hint of honey color. Not much head at all but some traces of white slurry which quickly dissipates.
- Quite the nice malty Full Sail grainy goodness. Biscuit, rich breadyness, light alcohols, and perhaps a grassy touch. Not bad really. Some light esters as well playing in the nose.
- Certainly a nice grainy brew full of bready malts, light sugary malt, esters and light alcohol. The beer doesn't taste bad by any means, and has a nice grassy earthy flare to it. Is tasty.
Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- This is a slightly dry brew because I think it has been bittered decently with hops. It is a slight touch syrupy, but overall medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. It's a bit watery though compared to what I remember a malt liquor being. Overall nice though.
- Compared to a typical adjunct malt liquor, this is golden. But it doesn't really pop in any one direction except for maybe the nice Full Sail malt profile. It is however drinkable, and worth the purchase. I got a kick out of its charitable contribution choice though spousal abuse is no laughing matter.
10-05-2012 03:23:56 | More by Docer
4/5 rDev +14%
Picked this up tonight in Hood River. I did try a taste beforehand and decided to get a fill. Pours rich golden amber with a good three finger white fluffy head which lingers for at least ten minutes. There is still a white ring after about 20 minutes. Actually some minor lacings as well. Aroma is winey and cider like.
Taste is typical cheap high abv malt liquor, only it is the most refined and tasty version ever for me. Nice amount of sweet malts without being overly sweet. I swear there are even some hops in the finish. Hard to tell with the high abv. The alcohol dominates but isn't unpleasant. I am just finishing the first pour (about 12 ounces due to the prolific head) and am already feeling a good buzz. Years ago a high abv beer was 5%. Malt liquor was 5.5% in my state and pretty tasty stuff in the early 1960's. Country Club and Colt 45 were the two choices. This brew would be awesome if they aimed for that 5.5% level. That being said the boys that dig the "40's" would be in hog heaven over this brew. I suggest you buy a growler and split it with about three or more friends.
The mouthfeel is quite good for the style and I had a bit of a dilemma rating the drinkability. Hey within the style (high abv malt liquor) this is super drinkable. I actually talked with the brewer on the way out of FS. He doesn't look old enough to drink. Nice guy and welcome to Full Sail and I am looking forward to your future brews!
01-06-2009 05:07:16 | More by Spikester
3.78/5 rDev +7.7%
Edit: Reviewed on the beer's quality ... not any preconceived notions.
22 picked up at the COOP over the weekend... I bought one for me and one for a coworker who has the lofty claim of being a "Malt Liquor Connoisseur". I hope he drinks his bottle from a glass, mine is poured into my slim tulip. Short lasting 1 finger head, leaves spotty lacing... the brew is clear golden.
Nose shows much more "clean maltiness" than I was expecting, not the hot malty/creamed corn aspect. some very background hoppiness with warmth.. maybe some grassy hops fit in there somewhere.
Flavor isn't "exactly" clean... Some DMS for sure, but not terrible... Clean enough that some EtOH shows as a little hotness and spiciness... Basically just fairly sweet malts with not enough hops to balance... drinkable and sorta approachable for a Craft Beer drinker looking to slum it for a while :-)
Body is pretty thick as expected... carbonation is light making it go down easier.
If given this in a blind tasting, I would guess it a dumbed-down Maibock that didn't quite get the right carbonation. Or maybe a bigger craft Cream Ale.
Meh.... Honestly, I will certainly buy this one again just so I have one for my planned "Blind Malt Liquor" tasting with my buddy Jon.... and maybe 1-2 for guilty pleasures.
09-18-2012 04:33:16 | More by JohnGalt1
3.9/5 rDev +11.1%
A: This beer pours a very nice golden amber body with a thick white head that quickly fades to nothing.
S: This beer really stings the nose when you take a whiff. I get a strong amount of grain, corn and a hint of alcohol.
T: Now this is how malt Liquor should taste! There is some corn, grain alcohol and a faint hop flavor. As the beer lingers, it REALLY becomes sweet on my palate and just turns into something very tasty.
M: This beer is surprisingly smooth.. especially for a malt liquor. It Has a nice crispness on the back of the tongue and a nice full body.
O: This is by far the best malt liquor I have ever had. Its one of those beers that i would drink all the time if it was year round. I got it for 3 bucks and well worth the price...Instead of giving me corn water BMC, give me something like this at a cheap price!
09-28-2012 04:34:26 | More by gtermi
3.83/5 rDev +9.1%
Poured into an Arrogant Bastard Ale pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a thin white head with good retention and slippery lacing. Aroma dominated by biscuit malt, a hint of citrus. Flavor is sweet bready malt, vague fruit esters and just a touch of pure alcohol. Pretty cool, the brewer captured the essence of a cheap malt liquor (malt and alcohol), but made it pleasantly drinkable. The hint of pure grain alcohol was genius and appropriate for the style. Medium bodied with a touch of creaminess, much too nice a mouthfeel for a malt liquor, but I appreciated it. I'm not sure I'd buy this as a go-to beer, but for an attempt to craft-ize a classic brown bag American style, they nailed it. I like this Brewers Share series. Most haven't knocked my socks off, but all are interesting and well worth trying.
01-13-2013 04:21:38 | More by LiquidAmber
3.55/5 rDev +1.1%
On-tap at Pony Bar Upper East Side, New York, NY
A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off-white head that died down and left a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sweet malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of sweet malts and some vinous notes of grapes as well as some slight hints of alcohol.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and slightly thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There is nothing overly special about the taste of this beer but it is extremely drinkable and doesn't have any off flavors or a taste of alcohol.
11-03-2012 19:19:18 | More by metter98
3.5/5 rDev -0.3%
What...no clear bottle? 22 oz bomber pours a clear gold color with a small, wispy white head. Not much to look at, but what malt liquor is?
Nose is alcohol, sweet grain and an actual nice little burst of honeyed malt.
Taste has got to be the most quaffable malt liquor I have ever had. Nice little grain and alcohol, very little hops. What this has that most of the common MLs dont have is a nice caramel malt presence and a fine carbonation. As a beer in general, it is just ok, but as a malt liquor it is quite good. Coming from a craft brewery though, it just seems wrong in principle, so I cant morally give this beer perfect marks...sorry, I just cant. I might buy it again, depending on if I feel like having a reasonably priced high ABV bomber.
11-03-2012 23:53:41 | More by twiggamortis420
2.18/5 rDev -37.9%
Poured into a perfect pint.
3.0 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. One finger of frothy white head. Retention is worse than average and not much in terms of lacing.
3.0 S: Graininess, corn and more corn, and some breadiness. Not digging it. Light earthy hops.
1.5 T: The corn does not mix well with the hop bitterness at all. Perhaps this is why there's never any hops in malt liquor. Grain and breadiness.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess. Not bad here.
2.0 D: Ehh, kinda sucks.
08-10-2013 03:34:52 | More by DavoleBomb
3/5 rDev -14.5%
22oz bottle from "Habits" in S.Salem. $3.99\ I am drinking this from the bottle wrapped in a brown paper bag. aroma from the bottle is mostly malty slightly caramel in aspect. Taste caramel,sugar and cheap vodka.. Mouthfeel very dry for style it helps. not great really..but i will drink it.
12-01-2012 03:53:40 | More by Reidrover
3.5/5 rDev -0.3%
A-pours a golden straw color with a white head with average retention
S-just smells kind of sweet, no real distinction and no hop presence
T-lots of adjunct sweetness and a bit of bitterness to offset it in the finish
M-light-medium bodied despite the high abv
O-pretty much what you would expect from a malt liquor. Even though it isnt a fancy style, I think its pretty cool that full sail decided to make one, just something different
10-21-2012 23:10:23 | More by atr2605
4.03/5 rDev +14.8%
Full Sail Malt Liquor
A- pour produces a 1 finger white head that fizzes away leaving slight lacing. Beer is golden in color. 3.5
S- this brings back some memories here. The typical malt liquor alcohol/grainy smell is most prevalent. Corn, sweet malt and no real hop presence. Smells better than the average Malt Liquor for sure. 3.75
T- this is a very smooth and quaffable brew. Corn and grain are on the forefront with a caramel malt and the Hallertau hops make there presence known even though the presence is very small. Hides the 8% abv extremely well. 4
M- smooth and crisp. Medium body 4
O- rating this compared to other malt liquors, its the best malt liquor I've ever had. Brings back some college memories (funny because first thing I thought was smells like college, then I read the label and it says it was brewed in part to "celebrate the inner college student in everyone" me likey. 4.5
06-26-2013 00:09:33 | More by t420o
4.03/5 rDev +14.8%
Poured into an Olde Hickory glass on 12/5/12
Dulled gold and honey hues; looks a lot like apple juice. Light haziness. One thumb head rises willingly and washes out shortly thereafter. Drippy lace.
Cereal grain jump out of the aroma with notes of orange rind and herbal/grassy hops. Hints of biscuit dust. Overtones of apple, too. Pretty good aroma. Alcohol is not at all apparent.
The taste has more of a malt liquor bent. Toasted and steeped grains with some alcohol slickness and heat, especially on the back end. Hops are at a low level; not a bad thing, just less notable than in the aroma. The finish fairly dry.
Medium body with average, maybe a tad lower than average, carbonation. The bubbles aren't overbearing. The alcohol actually dries up after a while. Slightly dusty finish. I like it.
Overall, this is pretty darn solid. It really comes together after setting out of the fridge for a while. It's rare to get a quality beer in a $3.99 bomber in Ohio; cheers to Full Sail for that. For whatever reason, I never see their bombers in Columbus.
12-08-2012 20:47:15 | More by Ryan011235
4.35/5 rDev +23.9%
Very happy to have just purchased this beer from Gabriel's in San Antonio! I can already tell you that I am going to get more of this one just in case they run out!
Pours a nice clear tan color with slight orange notes. Head and lacing weren't bad at all.
Aroma is already FAR beyond any malt liquor you've ever tried. It's incredibly complex, assuming from the (probably generous amounts of) Hallertau hops. It's not overpowering like an IPA, rather more delicate and subtle, but wonderful! I get tons of herbal and grassy notes, a delicate peppery smell, and some fruitiness. It would be impossible to categorize this as a malt liquor if this were blind and you were just going by aroma (and maybe taste, see next paragraph).
Flavor... again, WOW! Very nice! The peppery spiciness is more apparent now, as is the fruitiness. Although it's got some malt-liquor like properties (a little sweet corn, grainy notes, some light alcohol), it's more between a strong dry pale ale and a very strong, hoppy lager.
Body is dry and light, alcohol apparent on the backside, and overall just plain delicious.
Just amazing, great flavor, great aroma, great body, great job Full Sail!
This is getting a ridiculously high rating because it's hands down the best American Malt Liquor I've ever tried. Rate to style, right? This beer is just amazing and deserves a great rating.
02-05-2013 23:02:36 | More by AlCaponeJunior
3.5/5 rDev -0.3%
Okay, I know I hate Malt Liquor but I decided to try this anyways (for $4 it was worth a shot). Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours a golden color with a mid sized off white head. The smells are of a sweet malty aroma, not full of the corn adjuncts which normally turn me off to malt liquor. The feel is medium, decent carbonation. The taste is pretty good better than the cheap stuff. You get a sugary load of malts but grain which is nice.
10-20-2012 05:27:35 | More by DavidST
3.2/5 rDev -8.8%
Bottle opened on 9.26.12.
A - Pours a slightly hazy medium orange with a small white head that is gone quickly.
S - Sweet malt, mostly carmel and orange.
T - Very sweet malts, oranges and subtle spices.
D - Decent carbonation, but on the lower side, with a medium sweet body.
O - Sweet and un-eventful. Malty for sure.
10-03-2012 04:57:01 | More by HuskyinPDX
1.94/5 rDev -44.7%
28 IBU. Old style rustic label. Acquired for $5.00 at a local SoCal beer store. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded standard pressure cap. 8% ABV confirmed. Not big on this brewery, but expectations are above average; I'm in the mood for the style, actually. Served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz.
Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a 1.5 finger white colour head of pretty good (~3 minute) retention for the high ABV, but it's devoid of cream and the thickness is below par. Body colour is a weak pale translucent clear yellow-copper. Carbonation bubbles are rampant. Not much to look at. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Meh.
Sm: Sweet malts, pale malts. A light simple aroma. Heavy corn adjunct. Somewhat sugary. Meh.
T: Generic floral hop character alongside a pleasant sweet malt/corn adjunct foundation. A bit grassy. Some artificial fruit. A bit of pineapple acidity in the third act. It's more balanced than most beers in the style. The corn feels cheap and weak. A bit of caramel malt on the climax is all the good flavour you're gonna find here. Weak and empty up front; no depth of flavour to this one. Simple and lackluster. Meh.
Mf: Thin, weak, smooth, and wet, with some adjuncty coarseness. Artificial buttery feel. Crystal malt lends it a light tingly feel. Overcarbonated. It's to style, but it isn't all that great.
Dr: 'Overpriced garbage' might be a bit harsh of a label, but it did go through my mind. Is it better than Mickey's? I don't know, actually. To be honest, Steel Reserve is probably better. I any case, it does a decent job of hiding its ABV. Why brew this? I think many reviewers are giving this high scores merely because they want to support this brewery and its take on this specific style over macro-brews, but in a blind taste test they'd prefer the very breweries they're attacking. Make no mistake, this is pretty crappy. Difficult to drink. It does remind me of college, but is that really a good thing? Congratulations, Full Sail, you've brewed a shittier malt liquor than Miller does. How cachet.
03-01-2013 07:48:42 | More by kojevergas
Big Daddy J's Malt Liquor from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
80 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.