DKML | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Here you have what could be the first malt liquor worthy of a glass. Typically a slighted style, we thought we would class it up with a stay in the wood and a healthy dose of dry-hopping. A huge hit of corn gives this one a smooth sweetness while its time spent aging in bourbon barrels will give you reason to share. Be warned: this one’s a pry-off, not a twist-off.

Added by rudzud on 04-09-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
204
Ratings:
611
pDev:
13.47%
 
 
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Photo of CraftFan5
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KMcGrath
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eric5bellies
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chopp02
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jonbonfondle
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anthony-s
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elNopalero
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a warm golden tan color. Yes it's a malt liquor. But it boggles my mind how good it is. The nose reminds me of, well, bourbon. But bourbon you can drink from a bottle. Lots of corn, incredibly smooth, the finish is delicious and the whole thing is wonderful. Wow. Bam!

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Photo of ghooul
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Houborg1
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Metalsnota
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Snowcrash000
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, deep gold/pale amber coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smells of caramel malt, bourbon and just a hint of vanilla. Taste follows the nose, with caramel. grainy malt at the forefront, some sweet corn and a strong barrel character of bourbon, oak and vanilla. A little boozy, but not too bad, really. Finishes bittersweet with a bit more booze coming through in the aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. This has the typical Founders barrel character to it that can even make a Malt Liquor seem not too bad, really. While it is a little sweet and boozy, the rich barrel notes really save this.

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3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hanyuu
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rolltide8425
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Loads of barrel, alcohol heat, and sweetness

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Photo of JOBEERFB
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slatetank
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at Sturges speakeasy

The color is amber with light hazed look and white head with fine bead. The smell is sweet almost perfumey with mild fruity and light caramel from malt with subtle alcohol in the nose. the feel is boozy with sweet mixture of light cloying quality as it is moderately high in carbonation low in bitterness with semi-dry finish.

The taste is creamy and has a caramel like sweetness like caramel corn low malt flavor with light bitterness yet slight fruity yeast in the taste with a mild alcohol for 14%. This is a pretty unique beer, definitely sweeter than most but more bourbon barrel taste than expected too so you can split the difference. the only drawback for me is the strength and sweetness for multiple servings

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Photo of Spaten454
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2017 release. Served in a Founders Barrel Aged Tumbler glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice but a bit subtle, the brew smells like bourbon, corn, grain and vanilla. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some oak and booziness noticeable along with a somewhat bittersweet finish. Taste and aroma gets stronger as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. Easy enough to drink, considering the 14.2% ABV. I thought this was a good overall brew. Probably would have preferred this in a 12 ounce bottle but I never did come across any of those. The label says "Kicks you where you most expect it" and that's certainly true after finishing this bottle! Worth a try if you've never had this before. $12.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin clear light amber-ish gold with medium bubbles to the body with a white head rising almost two fingers length off the body. Slightly sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light alcohol scent which is nice after it warms up and the potency does level up a bit but there's nothing else.

Taste: Malt and hops with an overwhelming alcohol characteristic which makes your palates think about what are you really drinking.

Mouth: Medium carbonation with a super sticky scotch after tone. Might be the closest spirit tasting beer I've had in my life and I have had a lot.

Overall: Good brew but drinking two back to back would be overkill for some. Happy drinking and Salud!

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Photo of AlenLager
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, so many reviews here that are slamming this brew. This beer is the top malt liquor I have ever tasted. That being said it is one of my favorites in any category. I bought a bunch of it for my stash. On the beer itself; the smell is of corn and bourbon. The taste from the corn is very evident and the bourbon barrel comes through perfectly. It is boozy, but in a good way. Nice job.

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DKML from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 611 ratings