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Big Daddy J's Malt Liquor - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
80
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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 12
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 12-16-2008)
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Reviews by Spikester:
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Spikester

Oregon

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: growler

01-06-2009 05:07:16 | More by Spikester
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a typical clear yellow with a thick but effervescent white head. Aroma is malty, slightly fruity, crisp but unremarkable. Flavor is more fruity than malty, somewhat sweet but not cloying, not quite bold but better than what the aroma promises. Texture is smooth, but lacking in fizz or viscosity. OK, not so hot, but I am more of a stoutie; a lager lover should give it a fairer shake.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 23:50:38 | More by Cyberkedi
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bcm75

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-14-2014 22:52:46 | More by bcm75
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

10-18-2013 20:31:52 | More by ummswimmin
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pkalix

California

2.38/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

bought this on the heels of the Full Sail Barrel-Aged Stout thinking 'how can I go wrong?'.... let's see....
pours an effervescent transparent golden with low effervescence. looks like a Mickey's Big Mouth...
smells like .. . .. .. ... .. idunno... some fruit maybe? mostly just a regular commercial barroom tap... total commercial stuff.... fancy bottle though.... I mean Olde English 800 doesn't have THIS much to read on its label. probably because it KNOWS its clientele doesn't need to be bothered with reading much.
tastes . . . . idunno again. I suppose kind of smooth. has that kind of Olde English 800 twang to it, but I don't think even Olde English is this strong.... it's only, like a 6.9%... I don't know what to think of this stuff. prejudiced? maybe. I mean, who calls their stuff 'malt liquor' these days? and who refers it to BIG DADDY J's MALT LIQUOR if they want any respect for their product? maybe a homey little cutesy name for their home crowd?
it just kind of sits there with a few bubbles rising from the bottom of my tulip glass. under the heading 'malt liquor, it IS ranked 12th at a respectable (cough) 3.57 for BA... idunno. I just don't get it. why would a reputable brewery do something like this? why would they brew something that automatically brings to mind Mickey's, or Olde English 800, or Colt 45? unless they made it super awesome.... maybe my taste buds are snobs. maybe it's because I just had an AVENTINUS. maybe it's because it was RIGHT NEXT to the Barrel-Aged Stout from Full Sail in the store and I thought it could do no wrong?
close to dumping this one. I mean, I guess it's not bad if you're on a budget and looking for a decent way to get buzzed; but then, if you're on a budget why are you in a Total Wine store and buying a 'malt liquor' beer for $6?
I dumped it.... sorry. it really wasn't that bad; i'm just spoiled today. after the surgery, and with all the pain (and the pain killers) I just didn't have the tolerance for this beer. not totally bad, but I wouldn't buy it again... I saw it was for a charity. geez, put something out that tastes SPECTACULAR if you care about the charity, ya know?
and you know what? ratebeer has it at a 47 ! ! ! ! and we ALL know ratebeer has loose standards.... seems EVERYTHING is 15 to 25% higher rated on ratebeer... so I don't feel bad about this assessment at all...

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 23:40:52 | More by pkalix
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a somewhat hazy, mostly clean golden/copper pour with a finger of white head which dissipated rather quickly. as far as malt liquor goes, this smells fantastic - almost barleywine-like.. lots of sweet malt, caramel, nutty/biscuity aromas. lots of sweet malt, nutty/biscuity/bready flavors..subtle bitterness, oh man.. THAT flavor.. yeah, the flavor i haven't tasted in YEARS! holy crap.. does malt liquor have a hidden ingredient that causes that somewhat rusty skunkyness? for the style, again, this beer is FULL of flavor. hands down the best tasting malt liquor i've ever had. medium to full body, mild carbonation, very sweet finish.

overall, i feel like this is almost a gimmick beer or whatever, but in the same sense i can appreciate it because.. i've been there. i think we all have. this brings back memories of a forgotten (mainly due to blackouts) style of beer but in a very tasty effort. thanks, full sail, for making this.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 01:10:07 | More by facundoCNB
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akttr

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

09-07-2013 05:30:22 | More by akttr
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another fine malt liquor, thanks to Chris (spycow). Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a collar and a few stray specks of lace. Transparent golden body. Style-appropriate, with a bit better retention than expected.

S - Pretty authentic aroma too, with notes of corn, cereal grains, yeasty bread, and light alcohol. No discernible hop character, and thankfully no chemical or overly fusel flavors either.

T - The taste is more saccharine, with the corn flavors emerging more significantly and some nebulous fruitiness as well. Sweeter than I prefer, but thankfully never reaches cloying levels. Well-hidden booze here, with no chemical or off flavors.

M - Smooth, medium body, with a light grain to the texture. Pleasant carbonation, and some slight warming in the finish.

D - A well-executed malt liquor. Not the best craft attempt I've had, but a lot better than most mass-produced offerings. Would obviously lose the price/performance debate, but otherwise pretty true to style.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 15:57:22 | More by MasterSki
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.18/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 03:34:52 | More by DavoleBomb
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

07-13-2013 21:44:06 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-13-2013 18:57:43 | More by nickfl
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Lovely85

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-13-2013 18:56:46 | More by Lovely85
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t420o

California

4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A-

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 00:09:33 | More by t420o
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and nail polish remover aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some odd aromas but the flavors are tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 03:26:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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kojevergas

Texas

1.94/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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.

D-

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 07:48:42 | More by kojevergas
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-01-2013 01:04:52 | More by Falcone
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 23:02:36 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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MadeInOregon

California

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

01-15-2013 20:59:24 | More by MadeInOregon
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 04:21:38 | More by LiquidAmber
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srandycarter

California

2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love Full Sail and I didn't even look to see what type of beer I bought. I took it out of the fridge tonight and realized it was a malt liquor. Ok, well, that could be an ok thing, so I give it a go.

Murky orange, not much head, no head, actually, no lace.

Smells sours, off. Cidery.

Tastes sour, off. Cloying and cidery.

Mouthfeel is just about as bad.

If I wanted Old English 800, I would have bought it and it would have been a lot cheaper.

Fail.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 03:24:29 | More by srandycarter
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Ted

Texas

3/5  rDev -14.5%

12-29-2012 03:49:17 | More by Ted
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 20:47:15 | More by Ryan011235
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JohnBender

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

12-02-2012 08:56:23 | More by JohnBender
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Reidrover

Oregon

3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 03:53:40 | More by Reidrover
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Txphil

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

11-28-2012 15:39:01 | More by Txphil
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Big Daddy J's Malt Liquor from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
80 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.