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:
-
Reviews:
199
Ratings:
587
pDev:
13.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 587 |  Reviews: 199
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grinky
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitburger
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Bot. on 7.14.17. Consumed in pint 02.14.18.

A: Foamy pitted weathered white head is active on the surface with a great deal of macro-bubbles clinging to the vessel walls. A clear pumpkin orange coloring has the slightest of haze.

S: Strong scents of whiskey and barrel woodiness. Lager malts corn whiskey, with a the alcohol taking center stage, but very soothing per its reported 14.2%.

T: The flavor is heavy whiskey tones/barrel influence set against a corn malt background. Corn husks, soothing barrel notes, warming sugars and sweet caramelized orange malt and grind add highlights.

M: Thick and syrupy mouthful, nothing like your perception of what old school malt liquor is. Warming whiskey glow, nice alcohol breath post-swallow.

O: Overall definitely one of the better malt liquors I've tasted. Heavy on the whiskey barrel influence, and a very good and thick viscose corn malting that is sweet and smooth. This is not your fathers malt liquor, it is a viscose, flavor filled delight with a heavy malt depth base. This is a prime example in an other wise forgotten beer style, that not many brave to venture, due mostly to perception. This should certainly change peoples minds and open up the possibility on what can be accomplished through crafty brewing. Strong drink-ability, it will catch up to your later, a great speciality niche that not many try, and an alcohol rate of 14.2% more then worthy per style, that drinks like a 8.0%.

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Photo of stortore
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 7/3/17, had 8/5/17.

Pours a very clear golden orange, with a one and a half inch foamy head and a lots of foamy lacing. Fairly active carbonation. Aromas of light bourbon, corn, light malt, some vanilla, brown sugar, some toffee, a little apricot. The taste is much more bourbon forward, corn, brown sugar, caramel, oak, light malt, still getting a little apricot. A good amount of alcohol warming. Incredibly smooth for both the ABV and for the style, a solid light to medium body, well carbonated.

This is interesting. Kind of a bourbon bomb, but it’s still pretty well balanced. An amazing effort in being able to both barrel- age and tune up a style like this to 14.2%. I really like it. Hey, let’s try rum barrels next!

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Photo of psmith161
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dd53grif
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BSiegs
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer. Amber in color, very clear, brilliant white foam with excellent retention. Aroma is a nice blend of bourbon, oak, vanilla, slight alcohol heat. On taste, the bourbon comes through. Good barrel character. Clean, corn, malt, vanilla. Body is medium, low-moderate carbonation, creamy, low bitterness, and an alcohol burn on the finish. Overall, a well done, interesting beer from Founders.

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Photo of fly_marlin
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is my first experience with bourbon barrel aged malt liquor. I can tell how it was helped with aging in a barrel, however, the final product is simply a Mickey's with a shot of whiskey in it. It isn't too hard too drink, but isn't easy either. Notes of caramel, malt, bourbon, and definitely alcohol.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-clear amber bottle pour with a 1/2 cm from cap. The aroma is sweet with bourbon character. The flavor is clean malt with an oak/bourbon line. There is some sweetness. The relatively high abv is well hidden. -this is tasty.

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Photo of GregSemenza
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

From Boxbeers. In Teku glass. Playing Cally's Caves 3. Huge abv surprisingly well hidden, with soft bourbon and wood notes much more balanced than usual in bourbon beers and some nice sweetness

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Photo of akopczyk
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of strohme2
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this on tap when it was called BA Summer Sizzler and when the bottles were fresh. I don't believe the taste has changed too much from fresh to now.
12 ounce bottle, poured into tulip. Deep golden orange with a finger worth of dense off white head. Lacing is present. I love the nose. To me, it is Founder's barrel program. So much bourbon without heat, cream soda, wood, vanilla. That said, there is not much complexity here. The taste is simple, sweetness, smooth bourbon notes, honey notes, more cream soda and graininess. Smooth body, big and medium chewiness. Almost no heat with the small amount of booziness. IMO, drinkability is easy for a 14+% beer.

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

2/5/18 bottle

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

Photo of RKuitula
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bourbon, some malts. Taste is of bourbon, a light burn, plenty of booziness to it. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while it's not bad, it's not really to style, if I wanted to drink whiskey, I would have bought that instead.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jroof1
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CUBeerBuff
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

DKML from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 587 ratings