Liquor De Malt - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by Dantes:
2.25/5 rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Package: 40 oz., brown-glass, red-plastic-capped, classically-shaped forty. Typical DFH buff-colored, spare parchment label with the legend, The bottle-conditioned, handmade malt liquor. Bottled in year codes for 04, 05, 06, 07; notched at 04. Included stamped brown paper bag and the humorous instructions (I notice not too many people seemed to get these). I was surprised by the plastic cap, but even after being transported in a hot car and shaken a bit, this had lots of carbonation. I will say 40 oz. is a good size; 2 imperial pints or 3 shakers.
Cost: $6.99 per 40 oz. bottle at Garys in Madison
Presentation: 16 oz. Shaker pint at ~40-45º
Appearance: Generated a large, ivory-colored head, which did not last very long, leaving a thin skim. Body was a murky, brownish-amber color, with large bubbles along the bottom of the glass and some smaller ones rising through the beer. I did not notice any substantial lees until the last glass (I got almost 3 full pints out of this with the large heads); in which there was a cascade of brown flecks and large clumps of yeast at the bottom (which I didnt drink). (I gave bonus points for packaging.)
Smell: Hard to describe. Definite volatile, alcohol fumes that brought to mind day-old, sticky pools of Genny Cream and Brador. Sort of a sweet-and-sour nose, but not particularly corny. Beery.
Taste: Immediately sweet on the palate, followed by a sourish curdling taste. The thick sweetness coated my lips with a sweet, sticky glaze that I kept licking off. I kept getting that bitter-sour sensation that one experiences after eating bad candy or drinking really bad, cheap champagne (a memory which kept returning). Flabby, with little hops or structure. The finish, as mentioned, was in turns, sweet, sticky, and then almost acrid.
Mouthfeel: Quite dichotomous. There was almost a syrupy thickness that seemed to turn into a somewhat harshly carbonated thinness. The carbonation, as exhibited in the head, seemed tight but then became strong and harsh.
Drinkability: Not very. Too sweet, more alcoholic-seeming than the 7% ABV would suggest, and pretty expensive for what one gets. See below.
Backwash: I cant claim great expertise with Malt Liquor, but Id say that based on my college experience with Molson Brador (which was definitely stronger than 6% in the day), this is pretty damned authentic...including the college, cheap-beer headache it provoked! No, this was no hangover. By the time Id finished the second pint, the headache had come, much like the ones I used to get at college champagne brunches while drinking copious amounts of fine sparkling wine from J. Roget et al.! I cant guarantee it was from this, but Im pretty sure it was. An interesting novelty, but ultimately a glorious failure. Do yourself a favor and go out and buy a regular malt liquor!
Serving type: bottle
08-09-2004 19:54:52 | More by Dantes
More User Reviews:
4.75/5 rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A: Pours a clear golden/amber color with a foamy white head on top. The foam lasts for a few minutes and dissolves leaving the smallest amount of white on top. No lacing to speak of.
S: Surprisingly sweet, some straw and grain as well as a little bit of corn. There is a faint floral aroma mixed in as well.
T: Again, sweeter than expected. There is some light malt and a little bit of graininess, as well as some corn. There is a little floral/grassy flavor as well.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks rather smoothly for a malt liquor.
O: Easily one of the better malt liquors I have ever had. Hopefully DFH will make it again
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2012 03:07:05 | More by jaysephx69
3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 40oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a hazy looking orange color with a thick, foamy, white head rising an inch above the beer.
The aroma has a lot of sweetness to it. I get corn, caramel, sugar and some grainy malts. I get some crisp fruitiness to it as well. Not a bad aroma, could use a little more balance to offset some of the sweetness but it's starting off better than I anticipated it would.
The taste shows more of the caramel flavors coming out and mixing with some of the crisp fruitiness. I get a little of the corn up front, while the finish is sugary sweet. Not bad overall.
The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavier side and also pretty creamy. Carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a lot better than I anticipated, but also not great. It had some decent flavors to it through and was cool beer to try.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2012 03:35:45 | More by billab914
Liquor De Malt from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.