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Liquor De Malt - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Liquor De MaltLiquor De Malt

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176 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 129
Gots: 9 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-14-2004)
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Photo of TMoney2591


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 05:32:25 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of vacax


3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Opened up this forty ounce of freedom at Blue Palms "Ultimate Brown Bag" because it already came in a brown bag. How perfect. Paired it in a side-by-side with St. Ides, a rarity in these parts. Most people seemed to prefer this, though honestly I thought the finish was cleaner on the two dollar forty than the twenty dollar one. This one poured sparkly and pale gold, just like a good malt liquor should. The head was tighter than most due to the bottle conditoning but retention was low. A bit cloudy due to the bottle conditioning, which goes against the style, especially for a style meant to be drank directly the brown bag.

Aroma is lighter than typical malt liquor with a bit of esters, banana, in addition to a corn cereal, not harsh. Taste has a malt sweetness with corn, some esters not typical of malt liquor lighten it, but the finish is harsh on the corn and quite dry. It starts better than "malt liquor" but the ending says this is definitely a malt liquor. One of the key aspects of a malt liquor is the drinkability, which depends on a clean finish, which this one does not do as well as a craft version ought to. Light body, probably heavier than most though, which is evident due to natural moderate carbonation which is lower than usual. Mouthfeel is a strong point for the beer. Overall, drinkability is hampered by the finish, unique flavor on the midpalate, but not necessarily good.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 06:55:36 | More by vacax
Photo of womencantsail


2.83/5  rDev -22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 05:32:25 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Gobzilla


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pale yellow with a half finger head that left good sticky lacing.

S: big wheat and booze aromas with a liitle bit of malt sweetness.

T: wheat malts booze flavors upfront with a hint of spice.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation and a wheaty boozy finish.

D: drinkable malt liquor but was a little dissapointed cause the st. Ides tasted better in a side by side tasting.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 19:38:57 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of scottyb88


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2010

A- pours a hazy dark orange almost copper color with a great head and sticky lacing

S- very faint banana, like a weak hefeweizen aroma, a hint of sweet lemon, some yeast aroma, alcohol spiciness

D- a semi-sweet lemon citrus, alcohol is prominent, not very bitter just kinda sweet with a slight burn at the end

M-very smooth almost like water; the lingering finish is nice; the alcohol flavors coat the sides of your mouth a bit

D-not very accustomed to malt liquors, but the alcohol prominence is a little overpowering and after one glass it is really starting to catch up with me; definitely nice to try because of the rarity and a style I'm not familiar with, but if it were in regular production...nah, I would buy something else.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 23:27:08 | More by scottyb88
Photo of JohnGalt1


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

I know it is stupid... but this is one of my long time whales... Tiklmelmo hooked me up with 2!! Jason is a stellar trader for sure... This is from the 2nd release in 2010.

Reviewed from pretty good paper notes ... I cracked this at a pretty big tasting a few weeks ago... I'm saving the other 40 to share with my bro and a work buddy who claims to be a "Malt Liquor Connoisseur"... I'll add more to the review then.

Pours clear dark gold on initial pours... but later they were sorta hazy golden... no lacing... short lasting white head.

Nose is clean maltiness... something that I guess is corn... smells like some bigger micro cream ales I've had over the years....

Flavor has a lite splash of citrus/lighter floral hops that let you know this is not your every day drunk punch... pale malts and some corny goodness (i think) .... some booze for sure just to brand the style into your brain.

Again.. the body and carbonation are akin to a bigger cream ale... medium with a lite yet frothy carbonation.. definitely interesting and glad I get the chance to try another.... The last bottle is kept in the coldest part of the fridge with a post-it that hopefully keeps people from randomly grabbing it.. Honestly, I can't wait to try it again.


Thanks again Jason.... Awesome trade.... I hope you like your brews as much as I like my incredibly rare treats.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 07:15:12 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of kingcrowing


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

40oz bottle in a bad ass hand stamped paper bag poured into a DFH hand blown snifter!

Pours a nice cloudy golden amber with a big two finger white fluffy head that slowly fades to about one finger and it's sticking around with a bit of lacing. Nose is very belgian, almost like a belgian golden ale. Very yeasty/bready with some light hops as well.

Wow, best Malt Liquor ever? The finish is a bit harsh and astringent like most malt liquor, but it's way more complex and fruity, I can taste the hops and having all this different corn really gives quite a nice and complex flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 01:16:22 | More by kingcrowing
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 04:46:08 | More by Mora2000
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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

40oz bottle via trade thanks to soulforpeanuts. Been after this one for awhile. If there was a packaging category in rating this one, it would do quite well: brown bag, 40oz bottle, plastic screw top. Classy.

Pours cloudy amber with a nice frothy off-white head and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is nice and sweet but not too exciting: pale malt, caramel, slight floral hops, and some grainy adjunk (corn, I think).

Flavor is sweet and malty. Pale malt and maybe some caramel, grain, corn, and just a hint of floral hops. A little sweeter than it should be.

Smooth and sweet on the palate. Medium-bodied with an average carbonation level.

Drinkability is not too high, but what 40 of malt liquor is drinkable? Edward 40-hands wouldn't be much of a challenge then, would it? I think "great for the style, but not great overall" sums it up. I like what they did here, but probably wouldn't opt to drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 01:30:01 | More by nickd717
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4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 15:41:37 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of duffextracold


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow, not much head

S- Sweet, sort of like vomit, but not in a bad way...

T- Sweet malt, corn, sugar, no hops, no bitterness, more sweet, a hint of soap at the end. sort of has a moonshine taste.

M- decent mouthfeel, good carbonation, nice consistency.

D- If I was to drink malt liquor, I guess this would be high up on the list, but meh..

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 15:52:57 | More by duffextracold
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why didn't I get a paper bag with mine? Honey colored with a thin white head. Smells like ginger ale and rugby socials.

Tastes like ginger ale with candy corn at the end. Has that distinctive malt liquor "instant hangover" taste. Better than Steel Reserve!

Yeah, it's really good for a malt liquor...but so what?

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 13:12:49 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of mhewes


2.1/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A : Poured a honey color with a small white head

S : Not much on the smell, mainly just corn and some malt

T : Not that good. Strong corn flavor with the alcohol really showing through. There was some mineral tastes in there that just threw it off.

M : Light carbonation, medium-bodied

D : I usually love Dogfish's beers but this is one that I'm glad they haven't rereleased.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 16:06:08 | More by mhewes
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden copper color with a small white head. In the aroma, bourbon, and a malty liquor presence. In the taste, malty and bourbon like, with a dry end. A big body, smooth mouthfeel, with a semi dry, bourbon aftertaste. Bourbon presence was a surprise, but was nice. Love the 40oz, its like classy trash!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 13:37:06 | More by OWSLEY069
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4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Truth be told: the only other malt liquor I've tried is Rogue's Daddy's Little Helper. I have not tried any of the 7-11 malt liquors, i.e. Colt 45, King Cobra, or what have you. I will eventually try them, but this review has no point of reference outside of craft brewing.

Malt liquor seems to get a bad rap - cheap, "ghetto swill", easy stuff to get drunk off. What Dogfish Head has done here is taken a seemingly awful style and turned it into something special. From the packaging, the authentic 40 oz. bottle, to the beer itself - liquor de malt is excellent. The appearance is a rich golden color with a bone white head that dissipates, but leaves significant lacing. The aroma is sweet as is the taste. The taste also has a roasted element as well as a nice alcohol presence. There is nice carbonation here giving the mouthfeel a nice touch. I really like this beer & could drink it all night. An impressive malt liquor - highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 03:33:09 | More by montageman
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear golden color with a thick head – tight bubbles. The aroma is big of hops initially that settles down to a sweet malt after a few moments. The taste is sweet and malty. The mouthfeel is full bodied and the alcohol is noticeable. Overall, this is one bad ass malt liquor – it is Friday afternoon, and I just got off work – much better than the days of King Cobra!

(Note: As I try to do, style kept in mind while scoring)

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 22:15:21 | More by barefootbrewer
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North Dakota

2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

To finish all 40 ounces of this myself is going to be quite challenging indeed. Little gas escaped as I removed the plastic cap. Pour was an orange bronze colour with a nice looking half-inch thick white head. Strangely, there seems to be quite alot of CO2 bubbles streaming upward in this, inspite of the lack of escaping gas upon opening.
Smell is sweet and fruity with a substantial amount of corn. It smells nothing like any malt liquor I have ever smelled. I don't quite know what to make of this, actually. The taste is very sweet, and while I wasn't exactly impressed with it, it certainly does seem to taste better than your average malt liquor, so I gave it a 3,5. Mouthfeel is rather heavy and quite honestly, it's almost oily in texture. I like this in certain styles, but not this one. This is a very strange concoction which seems to combine attributes of a wide variety of styles, and place them all in a malt liquor. It's quite novel, if nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 17:18:26 | More by SilentSabre
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4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A friend of mine, who once gave me a bottle of Richard's Wild Irish Rose for Christmas, put bag bag on the table and said "As soon as I saw this, I thought of you!"

A - The 40 oz bottle and the paper bag are priceless. The beer itself has a nicer and deeper color that I usually associate with American Swill. The head on the first pour was thin, but on the second pour it was at least a quarter of an inch and retained longer than expected.

S - If you have never smelled fermented sweet corn, this is really it. They must have used some hops, but not much. Maybe they were saving them for their IPA's.

T - Sweet and malty. It has that clean, crisp taste I associate with lagers without the aftertaste.

M - It has that thin carbonation associated with light lagers. Here is where the malt comes through.

D - Surprisingly drinkable and refreshing. BUT when I asked what it cost, I said for a few bucks more I can buy Chimay Grande Reserve,

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 20:20:39 | More by RDAdams
Photo of flexabull


3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have to give this beer a 5 for appearance, 40 oz. twist off, plus a whino bag with the Dogfish Head logo on front, this is classic.

Beer itself is surprisingly an orange color with a fairly small head.

Aromas are dull and subtle. Not much going on here, maybe a bit of sweet corn. Not unpleasant though.

Flavor is interesting, not at all what I expected. It is a bit sweet, just slightly dry, corny and breadlike.

Mouthfeel is thick and full.

Drinkability? As a novelty, yes. As far as something I'd search out? No. Kudos to Dogfish Head for making this though, it's a fun beer to taste.

Bottle courtesy of beerbeing. This was sent for B'day 07, thanks!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 06:02:23 | More by flexabull
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

2.23/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

What an amazing novelty, brown bag and plastic screw-top included. If this wasn't Dogfish Head or some other reputable brewer, I'd be very scared right now, questioning my sanity and everything...

Who knows how long this sat in the store? (Purchased at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC) I got a completely unimpressive head, resembling wispy dishsoap bubbles scattered across the top of a burnt golden yellow. Good clarity.

Smell is definitely on the corn-y side, but there's a nice malt backbone backing things up, if a little on the sweet side.

The moment of truth: flavor is corn-heavy with a mineral maltiness as support. Slight bitterness in the finish, sort of like an alcohol-spiked butterscotch candy. This just tastes wrong, like they diluted the batch with Brut aftershave or something as sickening.

Making matters worse is the watery body, and the somewhat pasty film left in the mouth, sip after vile sip. Yuck.

I suspect this particular bottle wasn't the freshest example of Liquor De Malt, but damned if I'll buy it again just to a find a better example. I think I got the idea. Nice novelty, DFH, but no way was the fun-factor worth the $8.99 price of admission. My most expensive drain-pour yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 22:05:25 | More by Metalmonk
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2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

40oz. bottle

Light brown, rough texture. Some black lines in center. Small white head on top. Now, let's take it out of the bag....

In the interest of science, poured a serving into a glass. Crystal clear, golden color, with a large, rocky, white head.

Aroma was alcohol, and not much else. A bit of molasses and bread if I really shoved my head in the glass and inhaled beer.

Taste was better than the aroma, but not by a lot. A sweet wheat bread, corn, bubblegum on the rebound and, oh yeah, alcohol. Surprisingly, the alcohol was not terribly overdone.

Medium in body and carbonation. A very sweet/wet finish. A bit slick and coating. Alcohol warming in short order.

Interesting, but not my thing. Technically, pretty well done compared to what I remember of other malt liquors I had long ago. If Mickeys works for you, give this one a run.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 19:38:52 | More by
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3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honestly not a bad looking beer at all. A very carbonated head large and lasting fills my Unibroue glass too the brim. The Liquid inside is very clear and a shade of maple. Some thick frothy lace remains behind.

Nose is hard to pull out any definite answers. There are hints of sweet corn sugars, as well as a malty type of ester. But hard to really define anything.

This beer is actually quite good and very drinkable. Mouthfeel is to a tee on this style. Not overly carbonated but carbonation is sufficient. Very light and easy to quaff. The main flavors are of a sweet corn paste mixture, with what maybe slight bits of floral earthyness. Not a complex beer by any means but one that is easy too drink if you have to hang out with some homeys but you don't want to pount the 45.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 00:03:05 | More by mcallister
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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was able to get a bottle of this to savor in a quieter enviroment then the pub. Very nice golden color, it is extremely clear. I think it might be flat. There is almost no carbonation and there was a waxy/crusty substance around the mouth of the bottle like the cap had failed or something. Nice, malty sweet aroma-somewhat of a low level barleywine sweetness to it. Slightly vinuous. Smooth as silk, malty flavor. Just a hint of bitterness in there for good measure. Full mouthfeel-much more body then any other malt liquors I have tried. The lack of carbonation brings it down a notch or 2 though it is still quite full bodied. Damn good beer and dangerously enjoyable. Too bad it is called a malt liqour but then again what is in a name? Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 22:13:02 | More by lackenhauser
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serve: Sampled screwtop bottle with friends in shaker glasses.

Appearance: Brightest Dogfish beer I have ever tried. Poured a nice level head,but did not last. The beer, however, retained some carbonation as I drank the sample.

Smell: The strong corn smell is what you takeaway from this beer. I have had many beers in my career and have never sensed this much sweet corn.

Taste : The early sips at its coldest were the best. As the sample aged in my glass, I grew less fond of the overwelming corn element. The alcohol was more noticable, but joined with corn for a less than exciting finish.

Mouthfeel: The early sips were nice and even. The sweet corn taste blended with a not too heavy aftertaste. I again felt better about the cooler- first sips vs. the later warmer sips.

Drinkability: I nice beer that I would split with a friend. Different from most of the other DFH offerings. I have had malt liquor before, but I never remember wanting to have it again like this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 15:47:43 | More by mobud
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West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled this beer with some friends and poured my share into a nice little 7oz beerfest pilsner.

Appearance: Golden and light. This beer was probably the lightest of all Dogfish Beers I have encountered.

Smell: Corn, Corn and more corn. It smells just as sweet as it tastes and that is a good thing for this beer.

Taste & Mouth Feel: In the mouthfeel department, this beer doesn't deliver much. It presented a pretty decent head when poured but almost came out flat. Still had enough fizz, however, to be enjoyed.

Drinkability & Notes: This is the kind of beer that I could picture myself drinking all night long. It is that drinkable. A little sweeter than what my tastes crave but a good one nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 04:49:53 | More by tcromwell
Liquor De Malt from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.