DKML | Founders Brewing Company

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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 590 |  Reviews: 201
Photo of BlueKurenai
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dcotom
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders has managed to take this much-maligned style and transform it into something truly special. This screams bourbon from start to finish. It looks like a fine bourbon in the glass, there is an intense bourbon character on the nose and palate, and a pleasant bourbon-like warmth on the finish. As might be expected from a beer of this ABV, it is boozy. However, not boozy in the typical malt liquor fusel alcohol fashion, but rather in a refined, aged-bourbon fashion. I found the sweetness quite subtle, neither corny nor over the top. Think of DKML as a fine liqueur and appreciate its unique character for what it is. Kudos, Founders!

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Photo of Stupac22
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The absolute best malt liquor beer ever made. Buy this! Drink this! But be certain careful with it. Like a yield sign: slow down!

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Taste is mainly whisky but for malt liquor this is by far the best of the best. For 14% abv this is incredibly smooth. Not my favorite brew but it will get you ripped and actually flavorful compared to other malt liquors as long as you have an appetite and liking of whisky.

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Photo of BenHoppy
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drink it out of a bottle or in a snifter. Either way it's a delicious brew. As good as it gets for malt liquor layered with loads of barrel flavored whiskey. A true craft malt liquor beer, for malt liquor it doesn't get better than this.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.96/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

DKML has a medium, off-white head, a clear, slightly bubbly, orange-yellow appearance, and very limited glass lacing. The aroma is of sweet corn, faint bourbon & wood, and malt. Taste is not boozy, and one detects sweet corn, roasted grain, and a touch of vanilla and pale malt. No bitterness, but not overly sweet. Mouthfeel is high medium, and DKML finishes medium dry.


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Photo of Bill_Hadley
4.94/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Tshane
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
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 Neverdie7
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
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 shauun176
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tastes like a scotch and water.

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Photo of TeachChefs
4.81/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SuperP
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of grahuba
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fjdelvalle
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JamesLeung
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Can_if_you_can
4.74/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Czequershuus
4.71/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a brownish gold with a medium sized head. The aroma is bold and very boozy. Vanilla and caramel are immediately present, along with sweet corn, corn bread, dates, brown sugar, raisin, and honey. Overall it gives a very sweet impresion, tempered by a hot, alcoholic quality. The flavor starts with a strong feel of butterscotch candy, then a heavy dose of vanilla, and then a stronger fruit drive tone, with fig, raisin, date, and ripe grape, then a strong caramel sweetness, and an assertive mix of the earlier flavors on the finish, with a big whack of burning booze. The mouthfeel is full, but not overly so, with ample bubbly carbonation and a coating finish. Overall I really like this beer. This was one of my most anticipated beers of the year, and it really does live up to my hopes. It is big a beastly, and I was worried from the smell too sweet, but the richness is nicely controlled. The flavors shift complexly though a sip, with especially unexpected dark fruit notes. It does drink very like Bourbon, of which I am a fan. Great concept and a superb beer.

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Photo of MacStinson
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TysonNavarre
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Ended up trying a bottle of this at a beer tasting and was instantly in love. Boozy finish that reminded me of Dragons Milk, a bourbon barrel stout. Very easy to drink.

Ended up finding some at a party store some time later and was very disappointed. Made me remember to be cautious about where I buy beer. The 4-pack of DKML was totally skunked and nothing like the original bottle I had. Very harsh and hard to drink.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - clear yellow golden beer with a white head that sticks and leaves a nice lacing
S - big bourbon, vanilla, oak barrel, sweet corn, pinot hops, grapefruit, almost like a bba imperial ipa
T - big bourbon and sweet corn, oak barrel, pine and grapefruit hops, vanilla, toasted coconut, toffee. It's pretty amazing how good this beer is considering it's a malt Liqour.
M - heavy mf, alc present but appropriate, aftertaste is mainly bourbon and sweet corn..
O - best malt liquor I've had. If you're into bba beers, you'll most likely like this one as a nice change up from the bba imp stouts and barleywines, if you don't drink bba beers much you probably won't like it. It's a strong beer, but in a good way. To put it in perspective, in my book it far out reaches WWS and 120 minute in flavor, which doesn't surprise me at all.

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Photo of Burke4375
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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 taters21
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a thin soapy white head, quickly fades, color is Amber to brassy.
Smells of dank hops, sweet corn husks, methanol, and bourbon, hint of maple.
Tastes strongly of sweet corn, bourbon is dominant, some salt, decent heat but bearable.
Mouthfeel is hot, medium bodied with a dry burn.
Overall a uniquely enjoyable take on the style, and worth searching out for the experience if nothing else.

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DKML from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 590 ratings