DKML | Founders Brewing Company

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3.88 w/ 352 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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Ratings: 352 |  Reviews: 117
Reviews by MacStinson:
Photo of MacStinson
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of imbibehour
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Frothy and huge rich four finger head, in a light khaki color tone, with fine bubbles. Out of the bottle it billows up like a big rich stout, with a head that just leaves a chunk that wont quit. Pretty impressive for malt liquor. Body color is equally nice, a golden brass orange and quite clear. Real nice looking brew.

Aroma hits with lots of barrel notes. Thick buttery sensing wood and caramel like bacon on the nose. Subtle not overblow, but almost a neutral expression of a well put together barrrel flavor and smell. Hints of smoke a bit, more so barrel notes than actual base beer character. This is a real impressive quality, but doesn't give an impression of the base style. Still it's fantastic.

Once again the barrel is the star on the palate. Oaky rich tones of vanilla and barrel caramel expressions. Woody splintery and almost pencil like shaving on the aftertaste, mix with a touch of adjunct sweetness on the finish. Muted tones of smokey wood and liqoury booze, but without the harsh edge. Full bodied and rich with a large wood tone expression.

The surprising thing is that this doesn't even come across as a high powered abv monster on the palate. This thing is dangerously good, the real brass monkey indeed.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Daring to do what has yet to be done, the brewers at Founders take on the daunting responsibility of making a malt liquor a craft beer. And they do so with a generous late hop character and a long slumber in bourbon barrels, so a promise of complexity comes strongly. We'll just see about that.

Bold amber a tawny, the golden and copper beer gleans in the glass. Capped with a sturdy eggshell froth, the beer's upstart is a far cry from those adjunct riddled beer. Its scent is rife with corn, caramel, honey and charred whisky. As coconut and vanilla aroams rise, the taste delves into a sweet corn, caramel and honey taste to start the session.

Although those upstarts seem pleasant enough, the corn presence and simple caramel coat trails into a grainy taste with barrel complexities of vanilla, coconut, caramel and spice taking too far of a command of the middle palate than should be. Spicy, solventy and soapy, the finish is an empty cloud of sweetness with a moderately bitter finish of pine, woods and mineral.

Full in a lush and lasting sweetness, but the beer's boozy thinness and lack of complexity renders the beer a shell of what a bourbon barrel ale should be. It shows that the underlying style of malt liquor is an inferior type of beer and unworthy of salvage. Harsh, spicy and fusel, the beer's aftertaste is long and solventy without palate regard.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a globe.

A: Golden-amber colored with great clarity and a massive Rocky head. Chunky lacing.

S: Herbal and grassy hops, nuances of pine and perhaps even a touch of citronella? Lots of peppery whiskey and wood too. Plenty of corny sweetness.

T: Huge corny-sweet body flows pretty seamlessly into the bourbon and wood character. And there's a lot of bourbon and wood at play. A lot. The dry hopping kicks up a bit on the back end, though it integrates itself well too. Herbal, grassy, soft pine, maybe lemon, citronella too. Finish is all whiskey and barrel.

M: Rich, thick, round body. Chewy. Warming.

O: This beer ain't playin' around. It'll kick you right in the crotch (DKML=dick kicker malt liquor?). Big, boozy, corny sweet and whiskey potent (in a hot way, even). Plenty of hops at play too. A fun concept, and there's nothing else quite like it on the market. Just be prepared- your palate will be challenged.

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Photo of tomdiamond
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw color with thick, fluffy white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Smells sweet with caramel and bourbon notes. Taste is borderline sickly sweet with caramel, vanilla, and some bourbon. Alcohol is apparent without being boozy. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel. I drank two of these, puked, passed out on the toilet and woke up with a hangover. Would repeat.

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Photo of MikeP64
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First sip is like a upper cut from Mike Tyson...BAM! This is a great beer! This is NOT your dad's malt liquor. Like a really smooth bourbon drink...I drink mine from a rocks glass and it seems happy there.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

L - barrel aged malt liquor? Pours crystal clear caramel with a choir of bubbles. Some nice legs.

S - initial vanilla sweetness that turns to copper and some weird orange. Hoppiness like you'd find in a cheap IPA. Nilla Wafers.

T - even more vanilla. Surprisingly smooth for it's ABV! Some bourbon in there that quickly dissipates and is replaced by stale corn. Bit of a chalky bitterness and earthy hops. Tastes a lot like bitter bourbon without any burn. Strange.

F - the oddest thing: I can hardly tell that the liquid has hit my lips. Seamless. Thinnish, but also full-bodied. The carbonation is creamy and smooth as can be. Honestly pretty damn impressive. Puts me in a different world. Irresponsibly drinkable for its ABV.

O - I dunno about this one. You can polish a turd, but it's still a turd. Now this ain't a turd, but it's an exquisite attempt to polish one. The barrel character is fantastic, but the base beer ain't so hot. The dry hopping also seems more like a mask or bandaid than an actual complement to the beer. It's a valiant effort though, and ultimately an enjoyable beverage.

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Photo of SeanGuenette
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Okay, its not a world class beer thats going to blow your mind in terms of flavor, but it is totally unique and likable in its own way.
Pours a coppery transparent orange with a thick head that lingers longer than expected by appearance. The texture of the head and beer are very reminiscent of a stereotypical malt liquid you would buy at your local bodega, but the fizz sticks around much longer.
The initial nose and first sip immediately hit me with corn, almost moonshine-ish corn smell, but gradually faded into a more boozy rather than corny smell. Alcohol taste is very prevalent at first, and remains throughout, but is eventually balanced by a sweet whiskey and mild malty flavor. Unlike its infamous cousins, say an Olde English or Colt 45, it lacks the metallic aftertaste, and overall has much more character.
And as stated on the bottle, "Kicks you right where you expect it" the buzz after finishing one glass is very noticeable.

Easily takes the cake as the best malt liquor i've ever had! Some people may not consider that as much of an achievement, but I can appreciate the art of brewing that Founders applied to a beverage that most people would frown upon. Worth the four dollars and change to try at least one.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber with a short, light tan head that leaves good lacing.

The smell is bourbon and sweet corn and alcohol.

The taste starts very nice with a hit of Bourbon and a nice sweet punch to go with it. Then the alcohol slams in and takes over with a lingering alcohol heat.

The mouthfeel is medium body and carbonation.

Overall this has great flavor but it's really hot. I'm going to age a few of these and see how they are next year.

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Photo of Neverdie7
4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was a complete shock and surprise to me, and a very good surprise! Some of the reviews of this beer had me kinda turned off and I wasn't really even looking for it to be honest, but bam, hit my store on Friday after work and there it was. The clerk told me he couldn't sell it and was afraid he'll be stuck with it, so I graciously volunteered to be the taste tester.

Look - Nice clean slightly amber pour, the beer is clear with about a half inch head in a tulip glass.
Smell - Boozy, bourbon, slight hint of corn.
Taste - At first when ice cold I get mostly alcohol heat, bourbon and some sweetness. Where this beers sets itself off is when it starts to warm up a bit. Here I get tons of bourbon, caramel, vanilla and a nice warm and content tummy.

I expected this beer to be bad in all honesty, but in reality this was a awesome surprise. Just goes to show you can't always judge a book by it's cover! Needless to say I went back to the beer store, told my buddie the clerk he need not worry about not selling the rest of it because I was buying it all! Cheers!

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 7/3/17.Pours into a becker a clear brass color with a full two finger head atop that settles ever so slowly into a frothy mass.Nostril burning alcohol and bourbon in the nose,just smells as hot as all get out.Bourbon laced fruits with some vanilla and butterscotch thrown in,kinda hot going down,nothing to reign in the booze.As boozy and over the top it is once you are able to take it in it's not bad,but you have to get over that initial blast.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ExtraStout
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle poured to a tulip glass. 14.2% abv. Surprisingly light golden color, mild floral hops and a vague sweetness suggesting wildflower honey, brown sugar, and white corn. The flavors are quite yeasty, with biscuits and barrel coming to the forefront. It's hard to separate the bourbon from the overall booziness of a 14.2% malt liquor. That said, DKML is pretty thick and syrupy, but smoother than expected for its ABV. As a Malt Liquor, this has to be the finest example out there. But I have to wonder if it was just a double-dog dare undertaking; because why??

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It poured a bright gold color with a small white head.

A sweet, boozy aroma.

Sweet corn taste with a lot of alcohol.

Some burn in the mouthfeel.

One at a time for this one. A 40 of this would put me in a coma.

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Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Founders chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a slight off white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A nicely boozy and sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of bourbon, caramel, and corn. Big upfront barrel scent of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Malt scent of caramel, biscuit, toast, wheat, grains, and corn with yeast. Light hints of hops. An interesting and good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a boozy and sweet malt driven taste with notes of bourbon, caramel, and corn. Big barrel presence with upfront notes of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Toasted malt with notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, wheat, grains, and corn along with some yeast. A little earthy hop bitterness. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Some alcohol is noticeable but this is pretty smooth for 14.2%.

Overall: A pretty good brew. Very good bourbon barrel and caramel malt notes that hide the booze pretty well. An interesting concept that they knocked out of the park.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moundbz
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Nicks in Clemson.
Poured with a semi-durable white head over a light copper colored body.

Mild, sweet and lightly boozy aroma. The flavor is considerably more boozy, with bourbon barrel components dominating. Fortunately, the barrel aging effects are delicious.

Near medium body and medium light carbonation with limited mouth warmth for over 14%.

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Photo of dhmxray
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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DKML from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 74.4% out of 100 with 352 ratings
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