DKML | Founders Brewing Company

398 Ratings

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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Photo of petewheeler
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DudMan
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of razorsdescent
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cuy50
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alphajackson3
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

After 47 malt liquors, finally I can say i've had a decent one.
If you don't drink bourbon, I wouldn't recommend it, it's pretty boozy.

That said, there's a certain level of alchemy happening here, where the sweet corn and rich toffee flavors magically combine into a bourbony caramel corn flavor. Maybe it's science. Yeah, probably science.

Deep saturated amber tone with a momentary head of thin foam, and minimal spotty lacing. Bright and clear, looks kind of like bourbon with a thin ring of foam. Sharp alcohol bite, which is to be expected for a bourbon barrel aged malt liquor. No burn though, obviously this is more of a slow sipper. Bottom line, if the words "bourbon caramel corn" appeal to you, this is worth trying. Also recommended for Backwoods Bastard fans, it's really more of a strong ale.

It definitely lives up to it's name.

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Photo of Avatar113
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hman43
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours amber with an off white head. It has excellent head retention which is actually a surprise for the alcohol content of the beer.

Smell: It has malty aromas with a alcohol and bourbon. There are also elements of corn sweetness in the nose.

Taste: It has a malty sweetness in the taste with strong alcohol presence. There are bourbon elements and a bit of corny sweetness. There is a bit of wood flavor as well.

Feel: It has a moderate body with a very strong alcohol presence. It is a bit hot, but not to the point where it is unpleasant.

Overall, this style is not the best for me it taste, but this is one of the better ones out on the market.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger white head, amber clear body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Toffee, corn, bourbon, some mild oak. Tastes like caramel corn.

Feel: Medium-low carbonation, silky smooth mouthfeel, some alcohol warmth, sweet. Amazing that it's 14%!

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Photo of Shigata-ichikuchi
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tastes... slickery. What with the wood and vanilla overtones, or undertones or whatever the frisk you call it, combined with the viscous mouthfeel, it gave me a nice slick velvet slow ride. I don't know why everyone is stretching to correlate this with your average American commercial malt liquor; there's nothing to be achieved in attempting to do so. This beer is sweet, with a simple flavor that entertains but doesn't offend. I will keep a few of these on hand for when I want a sipping beer and I want a hearty buzz without having to drown my urinary system through more than 12 ounces of liquid. Better than the Euro swill in the same category/ABV class, if you ask me. And you didn't.

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Photo of AirBob
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harrison8
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly clear amber-yellow with a finger of white head. Head retention is fair, with no lacing left behind. Aroma is strong notes of bourbon and booze. Actually, flip that - booze, and then some bourbon. Pilsner malt, lager yeast spice, sweet corn, with hints of caramel, molasses, and toast. Flavor profile is bourbon, and oak right up front. Not a lot of boozy burn, fortunately, but it is still present. Additional notes of sweetcorn, butterscotch, caramel, and molasses add some dimensions to the beer. Mouth feel is smooth, and nearing crisp, with a medium thickness. Overall, booze and bourbon notes are huge. Fortunately, most of that boozy, bourbon presence comes by way of the aroma, instead of burning the throat every sip. Still, it's a beer with a huge presence, as one might expect for a beer hitting nearly 15% ABV.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tshane
4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Stunning, masterful handling of a beer style heretofore relegated to ghetto party stores--but hyperspun here (feel my neck, I've got whiplash!) into a flavorful, power-packed, beer-lover's delight!

14.2 % alcohol--fit almost 4.3 Miller's into 1 classy bottle! But...what on earth does "DKML" mean? ML--clearly malt liquor. DK--Dave's Kingly?? Dark Karomol?? Lord knows...but it matters not.

Blondishly coppery and hazy. Beautiful! I don't give a crap about head size or lacing. Didn't look. Too busy showering after a sweaty workday, at 1 a.m. And yes, I LOOOVE drinking beer while showering.

Aroma: Sweetness, butterscotch, caramel, bourbon, maybe hints of raisins. No trace of ragged sea rope or tarred peat like they claim in "fancy" whisky aficionado reviews.

Taste: Sweetness, butterscotch, bourbon traces, caramel. Very little bitterness, but a bit, which balances the overall thick sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Don't really care, but sweet, slightly syrupy, kinda full.

Overall: Amazing, stunning! One of my top 10 ever favorite beers. I tend to go for malty, medium-bodied to syrupy, sweet, caramel, vanilla, sometimes hints of coffee and very low to low-medium (usu. 30 or below IBU) bitterness.

Up there w/ Trappiste Rochefort 10, Boulevard Brewing Co.'s Bourbon Barrel Quad, Founders Backwoods Bastard, New Holland Brewing Co.'s Bourbon Barrel-aged Dragon's Milk Stout.

Go Blue! State of Michigan rocks the brewing world, and I thank FSM every day that these are almost all local or regionally close brews! Proud Michigander here.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 7/3/17

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a one finger creamy white head that has good retention after the pour

S- aroma is dominated by booze and sweet corn, with undertones of woody oak, bourbon, vanilla & just a trace of fruity hops

T- taste is very sweet initially, bringing out flavors of caramel and toffee, almost like a wee heavy. Mid-palate brings out the barrel notes with plenty of woody oak, vanilla and barrel juice. The finish is boozy and bold with lingers of sweet corn, caramel & bourbon

M- heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a boozy warming finish

O- judging by style, this blows away and malt liquor I've previously tried. It big and boozy as expected, but has some nice caramel and barrel notes throughout, good stuff

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.66/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Founders Brewing Co. "DKML"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "Bottled On: 07.03.17 1324 6" and sampled on 10.08.17
$5.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I just had to try this beer based on the label. It's very basic but eye-catching. As for it being a "malt liquor", yeah I'd heard that, and I wanted to try it to see how it compared to Dogfish Head's Liquor de Malt, but I had no idea it was 14.2% abv. So, OK, here goes... clear deep gold body beneath a finger thick head of bright white that drops into a 1/4" thick creamy cap. There's no lacing left behind but I'm pretty impressed with the head retention. The aroma is malty with a light note of Bourbon. Where are the hops? I thought the label said it was dry-hopped? Wow, it's very malty, I wasn't expecting that. How big is this beer to begin with that it's this malty and it still has 14.2% abv? That's amazing. And I totally believe that all of that alcohol is there because I can taste it. It's not harsh, but it's clearly coming through. It actually helps to dry it. There's some oak as well, also helping, and a moderate bitterness level. As I work through it I'm finding some vanilla in there with the Bourbon and oak. It's got some adjunct to it, the malt shows that; and I can also smell the alcohol in the nose. Not bad, not great, but certainly with a "malt liquor" character. And it has a much higher strength than most. It's creamy and smooth in the mouth with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Overall I'd say it's interesting, and fairly nice to relax with and sip at, but given the price I'll give it a pass the next time I see it.

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Photo of Heeenrik
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bubseymour
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Prime 16. Pours a clear light golden color with very little head. Fair amount of lacing. The aroma is very boozey and sweet. Oak, Bourbon and more booze. The taste is lots of alcohol heat but also some sweet corn, butterscotch, and oak. Boozey as expected, with almost no hop flavor. Boozey, sweet hot finish. Creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Not much to complain about here honestly. This beer delivers on its promise of being a Malt Liquor. Still it's somehow surprising the ABV is over 14, if that makes sense. Easily the best Malt Liquor out there and worth trying at least once.

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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metacog42
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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DKML from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 398 ratings
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