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

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80
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 09, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

spycow, Oct 12, 2014
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.

metter98, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

kylehay2004, Jul 13, 2013
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.

oberon, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

nickfl, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
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-

kojevergas, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Halcyondays, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

3.5/3.5/4/4/3.5

JohnGalt1, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

LiquidAmber, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

flagmantho, Nov 05, 2012
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.

twiggamortis420, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
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.

Cyberkedi, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

cdwil, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of gtermi
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

gtermi, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

DavoleBomb, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Reidrover
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.

Reidrover, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of srandycarter
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.

srandycarter, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Lovely85
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Lovely85, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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...

Rutager, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of Falcone
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Falcone, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of beerpadawan
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

beerpadawan, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of JohnBender
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

JohnBender, Dec 02, 2012
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Big Daddy J's Malt Liquor from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
80 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.