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

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Big Daddy J's Malt LiquorBig Daddy J's Malt Liquor

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35 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 58
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 17
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

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Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 12-16-2008

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 58
Photo of sabinelr
4.65/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Winter Lager glass. Took a whiff, found the fragrance but not the skunkiness of Mickey's. Slammed down a decent swig, like you oughta with malt liquor, and had a good experience all the way. There isn't hardly any head, and the brew is a respectable clear amber. No harshness like the corner brews like Olde English or Steel Reserve. It's too bad this is a limited release. It's great stuff, and just what you need for watching your favorite football team or monster movie.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
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.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep, clear gold with a disappearing bright white head, exactly as it should be.
Smell is almost perfect: corn, cheap malt, and citrus-ish hops. The citrus-ish hops are what keep it from being perfect. They have no place in a malt liquor.
So, onto the most important aspect: taste. I was really excited about this and am both disappointed and amused. It is not what I was expecting at all. It fails as a malt liquor. It has very little boozy bite. It's got some alcohol "warmth," but it's nothing like the malt liquor bite I'm looking for. The reason for this is the balance provided by the citrusy hops that I smelled in the nose. It also has some peppery hops on the finish. These are problems in a malt liquor. Malt liquors, in my opinion, should taste noticeably corn, have a boozy bite, and have an otherwise simple lager taste. This is not that at all. It has more balance and complexity than it needs and in the wrong places. I would accept malt complexity in a malt liquor, but not multiple hop flavours.

On the other hand, it's a good beer. It's a good craft lager. The hops in it are not excessive for a lager and about as complex as a lager ever needs to be without going over the top. It's an excellent alcohol percentage for any beer in my opinion. It's just an all-around good lager. Not really what I would want to drink when I'm in the mood for the malt liquor style, though. As the previous review put it, Natty Daddy is better (within style).

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

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours goldenrod with a medium frothy white head. Good retention, light lace.

S: Lots of sweet malt, some sourdough bread, light hops.

T: Some booze and heavy malt. Somewhat sweet. Very good malt character, I liked what this beer was doing. The grain character is quite inviting and works well with the ethanol.

M: Medium-bodied, boozy, but never a problem. Very smooth and crisp.

O: Really the least harsh Malt Liquor I've had. It's 8%, but never really feels like it. In a lot of ways it feels like a big pilsner. A fun beer to drink, and as long as Full Sail puts out good interesting sub-$4 bombers, I'm going to try them.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Creamy off white one finger head, settling to a soft thin puck on top and thick rich collar. Body color is a cloudy somewhat murky amber. Not a single noticeable bit of carbonation can be seen. Nice glow to it, if a little lifeless.

Large sweet chewy apple fruit and orange notes. Hints of mild sensing fussel grain but very tiny. Clean and straightforward, about as simple and good as malt liquor can get. Some warmth but not overly strong or boozy.

Palate comes straight forward with a good dose of flavor and controlled booze. Not too much surprise taken from the nose, bringing in warm apple and sweet malt flavors. Finishes with a bit of a thump, good thick coating without too much of a syrup rush, a creamy feel as well, but no mistaking for the style.

Basically if you want a balanced controlled malt liquor with some decent taste look no further.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of mjurney
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden color, slight hazy. Fairly good amount of carbonation rising up. Small head.

Sweet, rich, malty, hint of alcohol.

Lots of sweet barley malts up front, corn bread, touch of honey, spicy-citrus hops towards the end. Body is medium, crisp, a little dry and syrupy aftertaste. Nice carbonation. Alcohol well hiding.

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Photo of t420o
4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
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


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Photo of Spikester
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!

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Photo of facundoCNB
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.

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Photo of gtermi
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

Nope, we did not drink from a paper bag nor did we spill a little bit out for our homies, this is craft beer after all. It is what it is … a Malt Liquor and Full Sail does a good job at it. A bit more crispness and it would be heavenly.

STYLE: American Malt Liquor
ABV: 8.0%

LOOK: Hazed full amber, thin lacing

SMELL: Malty, cooked cereal, faint herbal hop, clean alcohol, faint white cherries, biscuity

TASTE: Malty sweet, slick, medium bodied, bready, growing warmth, slight hoppiness, husky, grainy, dried grass, mildly boozy, clean, semi-dry finish

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.


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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What I like is that it actually has a lot in common with high alcohol classics such as Old English. The essence is there, they've just civilized it a bit, like Taco Bell in Demolition Man but with better results.

Gone is the medicinal, metallic, artificial twang that is the "finish" of common "high gravity" malt liquor. It is replaced with a clean-finishing, medium-bodied beer that still has a twang at the end. But it comes from mild but noticeable noble hops (Hallertau), providing light bitterness and a little spicy/earthy quality. The alcohol is hiding in plain sight.

The malt body adds sweet grain and a drop of honey. Very quaffable. Enjoyable offering that is both true to the style and not a mere stab at ironic self-deprecation, nor intended for those who might use it as a tool for such shenanigans.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of atr2605
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of DavidST
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Docer
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance (3.0)
- 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.

Smell: (3.5)
- 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.

Taste: (3.5)
- 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.

Overall: (3.5)
- 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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden hue with a moderate haze and lazy effervescence. Head is nonexistent. Pretty normal for the sytle.

Smell: moderate malt aroma with a character a lot like a Scotch ale, but with a nice hint of malt liquor. Not bad.

Taste: it's like a corn-tinged Wee Heavy. Perhaps not the best beer in the world, but absolutely outstanding for an American malt liquor. This is even a lot better than a Euro strong lager (usually a pretty equivalent style).

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent effervescence and creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: drinkable and tasty example of the style. Perhaps not award-winning, but hey, I'm drinkin' a malt liquor here!

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Big Daddy J's Malt Liquor from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.