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Liquor De Malt - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 131
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-14-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The world's only bottle-conditioned malt liquor, Liquor de Malt is brewed with red, white and blue gourmet corns. These 40-ounce bottles come in a hand-stamped brown paper bag.
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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A surprisingly well malted, as opposed to cheap corn, and a tasty beverage, courtesy of Joey Capps. Light color, barlywine aroma and in taste. A little lace. Interesting intensity of flavour. Seductive drink on its own, it can sub as a kicked-up root beer.

Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -38%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with hints of copper. Good white head. Smells very sweet with a bit of corn. A nice malty sweetness in the taste as well. Not too cloying. A bit of a bready character. Nothing too complex about it, just a nice all-around feel. Nice creamy, carbonated mouthfeel. Fairly crisp with nice drinkability.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a novelty? ...even at that (for what it's worth) the best Malt Liquor that I have ever had. Has a strong straw color with anabundance of carbonation. Aromas are strongly of corn sugar with a decent malt dose and light hops. Flavors are overly sweet with corn sugar and somewhat creamy...yet smooth. It picks up on some vegetal, earthy, and grassy notes (not hop derived). Body is medium or a bit higher and quite smooth and creamy despite high carbonation. Although I won't be buying many of these, I appreciate DFH for their sense of humor.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this one was opened at the halloween carving last night. thrilled to be able to knock it off my list i shared it with a couple others. poured into a pint glass and consumed on 10/29/2010.

really a fantastic pour here with a very hazy peach colored body that made a huge head of white foam on top of the glass. great lacing then dropped down the side, instantly coating the entire side of the glass. really nicely done i have to admit.

aroma is hard to describe. lots of grains, but there is definitely another element to this beer that is hard to describe. like bananas, or some kind of fruit that mixes in and gives it some sort of light kick. smooth, incredibly clean flavor with a rich and even carbonation. i cannot belive a malt liquor can taste this good. smooth malty flavor, very sweet with a light kick of fruit and a long clean and sweet finish of light corn seal the deal.

simply outstanding beer and puts a whole new look into my eyes as far as a style goes. really well done.

Photo of womencantsail
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jacob for sharing this whale.

A: The pour is a cloudy pale straw color with just about no head at all.

S: It smells like (wait for it) malt liquor. Corn and perhaps some actual malt, but not good by any means.

T: Now, the flavor is actually not terrible. It's sort of sweet and less "corny" than malt liquor usually is, but malt liquor none-the-less.

M: The body is light with a moderate carbonation.

D: It wasn't terrible tasting at all, like many malt liquors are. But it wasn't so much better that I would trade a bunch for it or rush out and buy it. Let's be honest: it's malt liquor.

Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was lucky enough to have the DFH rep pour me an 8oz sample from a 40 at the microfestivus festival in Roanoke,poured a deep,rich golden with a rather large white heade.Whoo the aroma could burn nose hair,I think lawnmowers could run on this stuff corn and intense grain alcohol.Flavors are quite potent up front the corn is very prevelant then it rounds into more of a spirit flavor vodka maybe?Very nice coating mouthfeel goes down easy put I wouldnt wanna drink to much it could be a headache waiting to happen.This isnt Mickeys thats for sure top notch for the style.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaker pint glass.

My 1000th beer tasted. Been quite a ride. Hopefully Billy Dee's guarantee works for this 40... I made sure to take a swig straight from the bottle before the pour, but knew that a proper review required a pour into a glass. These ain't the streets, yo. It pours a clear amber copper topped by a thick hunk o' white froth, which hangs around on the street corner for what seems like all night. Thank God for the fuzz, otherwise I'd never get a drink in edgewise, for fear of shanking. That's the kind o' neighborhood I live in, baby. The urine-like appeasrance warns of a somewhat urine-like odor. It's not an asparagus-laced pissing, but rather a semi-sweet stream, comprising wheat, rice, corn syrup, and just that slightest bit human waste water...you know the smell. It's what makes piss piss, and what makes this brew smell like a malt liquor instead of something else. Something like that. The taste mimics the nose, though along with a strange maple syrup flavor rises a light sourness, not unlike the Guinness sour. Only not as stouty. I have no idea what to make of this taste. It's not bad, per se, but not what would be expected from a beer. Hence the style, I guess. It does shed some light on why these things are downed quickly, straight from the bottle, though... The body is a lighter medium, with light carbonation and a slightly sticky feel. Overall, this was quite the experience: my first craft 40. As if it needs saying, it's better than other 40s. But it just doesn't seem as smooth or classy as some. Hmm...maybe if I'd kept the paper bag it came in...

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not a very good malt liquor, but OK in itself.

Golden with a long-lasting white head. Nice lacing.

High alcohol in the nose. Floral and malty.

Full bodied but pretty well carbonated to offset it.

Malty sweet and basic in the flavor with a heavy hit of alcohol. Fruity.

Overdone, but what DFH beer isn't. Besides, this is all about the gimmick anyway.

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Big brown 40oz bottle with a bottled in 04' freshness date. Nice long Pssst ... when I cracked the red plastic cap off. Awesome touch in the brown paper bag.

Appearance: Hazed bubbly tawny gold hue, decent head from the active carbonation. Great retention with a trail of lace.

Smell: Wicked solvent-like fusel alcohol (roses?), Jesus did someone drop a jigger of Mr. Boston Vodka in my mug? Light grainy malt and sweet corn in the back.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Viscous smoothness in a full body, perhaps the thickets malt liquor I have ever had. Layered sweetness from the corn, with a staunch grain character middle to end. Juicy in the middle as well. Touch of yeast and spicy warming alcohol in the end. Lots of alcohol on the breath … almost too hard to swallow yet unlike other malt liquors this one has a good flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: This is a “sippin’ brew” … and that is how I tackled this brew, sippin’. It grew on me quick … still in sippin’ mode. Went well with some basic cheddar cheese and Triscuits.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got to sample at the Penn Brewfest, but I also bought a bottle to take home. I don't understand why they are using these plastic twist off caps on the forties that can't hold air, on the way home we lost some carbonation drank it later that night and noticed some difference compared to the earlier samples I had at the fest. Honey amber gold tone at the fest a white frothy head formed but dwindled rather quickly leave thin lacing around the sample glass. Aromatics grainy sweetness and alcohol with a mild dose of corn somewhat husky but not wretched smelling, actually smells nice with the strong sweetness and alcohol. Taste consists of a sugary malt and adjunct deriven flavor with alcohol eivdent pretty clean and very stomachable especially compared to most forties. Mouthfeel was light to medium mildy sticky with a soft syrup texture. Drinkability, yeah you could get folded off a couple of these they are easy to drink and pretty tasty, not worth all of the hype but it's awesome to see a micro brew a forty.

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Annual(?) Chicago Malt Liquor Tasting - opened this immediately after Head Banger. I got this in a trade a while back - I apologize as I can't remember who sent it. Initially consumed straight from the bottle, although we poured a little into a tulip to accurately review appearance (as well as a little on the floor for our homies who couldn't attend).

A - Quick-dissolving finger of white foam settles to a thin ring and razor-thin cap. Tiny spots of lace remain. The body is a slightly hazed, mostly transparent golden peach color. It's a little bit above-average for the style, but gets bonus points for the wonderful bottle and accompanying paper bag.

S - Sweet grains, sugar, fruity notes, perhaps a faint whiff of alcohol.

T - Again, lightly toasted cereal grains, sugar, honey, and fruity notes. Somewhat juice-like actually (and not Jooze-like), but gets increasingly cloying as it approaches room temperature.

M - Zesty carbonation, grainy medium body, and some surprising bitterness in the finish. Are there actually hops used in this?

D - This was actually quite easy to drink, although it'd be a challenge to put down 40oz before it got warm and overly saccharine. I suspect that if Dogfish marketed this as a strong lager with honey and maize it'd actually be quite successful.

Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rolling out the 40 for my 1000th review. Its a good substitute. Beer poured into a DFH glass (becher) from a 40. Twist off cap, classy.

Beer is murky amber with a big head of off white bubbles. Carbonation is high, small bubbles. I have to say, this is not what I was expecting from a malt liquor. I've reviewed several malt liquors and this does not really look like a malt liquor. Kind of looks like dirty water. Head dynamics are good and there is a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pretty sweet but overall kind of weak.

Beer is kind of sweet, light in body, carbonation in mouth, almost a carmelly aftertaste. Its interesting. Quite a decent tasting beer, despite looking like dishwater. Its creamy and smooth in the mouth, highly drinkable. OK I get it, its a good beer. I'd have it again, if that were possible and if it came in less than 40 ounce bottles.

Wow, what a 1000 beers. What will I drink for the second 1000? I don't know but I can't wait.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

forgive me, while I drink from the glass, at least for the initial pour and taste....

nice, though short-lived, head...cloudy amber hued color...hmmm....

Nose: corny, at the least...grainy...nothing more...eh...

Taste: smooth, but blah...not enough flavor...rich in it's blandness...blahbeddyblah...

They made a less awful malt liquor, and I salute them for it.


Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured orangish with a foamy two-finger head that was fairly well-retained.
It smelled of corn syrup and alcohol. But, clean for the style. The corn adjuncts aided the alcohol.
It tasted much better than the typical malt liquors, but still had that corn/alcohol thing going.
Overall, for the style, it wasn't bad. A sophisticated touch to the style. An interesting rendition of the style. The corn malt had body. Smooth for the style.

Photo of WesWes
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick, creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a warm pale malt scent with some carapils for color and sweetness. It has a creamy aroma with little hops. The taste is decent. It has a smooth creamy pale malt flavor with some light crystal malts. It's sweet and warm warm on the finish with some hops in the aftertaste. This beer is good for about three sips and then it goes down hill. I don't think I could drink a whole one of these, but I like the concept. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer is pretty good, but I won't be making it to the end.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle.

Poured from a clear glass 40-ounce bottle with a screw cap. Awesome. This is my first malt liquor review and what a beer it is. The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is corn, caramel malt and orange hops. The flavor is more of the same, lots of orange hops along with some flowery hops and corn. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color, and is topped by a white head driven by an ample carbonation. The aroma is dominated by sweet grain, but has a really nice contribution of spicy earthy hop aromatics. Surprisingly juxtaposed, the beer is dry up front but then finishes with a sweetness. The end of the finish sees a bit of hop bitterness, which helps to wash away the sweetness a bit. I was expecting this to be a bit lighter on the palate than it is, but it is actually quite full bodied. Along with the sweetness this points to lots of residual extract in this beer. There is some nice hop flavor in this beer as well, sort of faintly spicy, and faintly herbal. Overall not a bad Malt Liquor, and certainly far better than the ones that I had in my early days in college.

Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/11/05- Received via trade with Connecticutpoet.

Presentation- Ghetto style 40 which even included the brown paper bag. Love it! Poured into a big ass glass mug. A "bottled in" place on the side label, but unmarked. Assuming '05.

Appearance- Golden color pour with a 3/4 inch white foamy head. Leaves not much lace though. About what a 40 is supposed to do.

Smell- Almost reminds me of a weaker barleywine scent. Lots of brown sugar and maybe a tad bit of some sugary fruit. Alcohol is present as well.

Taste- Pretty damn sweet. Actually reminds me of a barleywine and tripel combined into one. Sugary sweetness overall. Maybe a few spices floating around.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and mouth coating. Low to medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Guaranteed this will be the highest rating I give for a 40! Soooo, easy to drink and has a great flavor as well. May have to get another one of these in the future.

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Liquor De Malt from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.