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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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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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beerpadawan

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 07:00:13 | More by beerpadawan
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flagmantho

Washington

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 05:26:43 | More by flagmantho
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 23:53:41 | More by twiggamortis420
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2012 19:19:18 | More by metter98
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

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...

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 01:51:08 | More by Rutager
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GMB

Japan

2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 21:30:21 | More by GMB
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 11:57:44 | More by oberon
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atr2605

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 23:10:23 | More by atr2605
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grittybrews

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

10-21-2012 01:54:04 | More by grittybrews
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DavidST

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 05:27:35 | More by DavidST
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kew

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

10-19-2012 02:45:55 | More by kew
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cdwil

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

10-19-2012 00:02:36 | More by cdwil
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Glibber

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

10-12-2012 03:50:15 | More by Glibber
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mtbeer3649

Washington

4/5  rDev +14%

10-09-2012 21:32:12 | More by mtbeer3649
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cowboy83

New York

4/5  rDev +14%

10-07-2012 04:21:07 | More by cowboy83
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mjurney

Texas

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

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

Smell:
Sweet, rich, malty, hint of alcohol.

Taste:
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 03:13:18 | More by mjurney
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Docer

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 03:23:56 | More by Docer
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 04:57:01 | More by HuskyinPDX
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gtermi

Texas

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 04:34:26 | More by gtermi
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Halcyondays

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 03:51:21 | More by Halcyondays
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ElCommodoro

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 05:51:59 | More by ElCommodoro
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depechemode1983

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pours out clear, dark gold in color. the head is white and somewhat foamy with little to no retention. no lacing at all.

S - up front you get lots of corn and a metallic twang. Not much else going on.

T - The taste is very sweet with the metallic twang gone. Although there is a very unpleasant and unrefined alcohol flavor. Reminds me of a Hurricane High Gravity

M - Medium bodied but with low carbonation.

O - I did not like this one at all. I would rather drink a Natty Daddy.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 04:23:54 | More by depechemode1983
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 04:33:16 | More by JohnGalt1
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Caleb

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

09-15-2012 18:49:46 | More by Caleb
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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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Big Daddy J's Malt Liquor from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
80 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.