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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,805
Reviews:
169
Ratings:
498
pDev:
13.77%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
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122
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Ratings: 498 |  Reviews: 169
Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber color. 1/2 inch head of off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of liquor, sweet malt, alcohol, citrus hops, slight spicy hops, and bread dough. Fits the style of an American Malt Liquor. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of liquor, sweet malt, alcohol, citrus hops, slight spicy hops, and bread dough. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, body, and feel.

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

Photo of lobos62
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mnine
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary .25L tulip
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.13 with 10 percent off for a variety 6-pack
Purchased: Oct. 5, 2017
Consumed: Nov. 7, 2017
Reviewed as: American Malt Liquor
Misc.: 2017 release; Bottled on July 6, 2017 at 11:08 p.m. ET

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Recently was dared to review a King Cobra. Actually did not know that Malt Liquor was reviewable on Beer Advocate. Once I looked it up and saw I was, had to go with it. Once I saw that there were seven (seven!) (EDIT: now eight (eight!)) other Malt Liquors at the next-door market, made it a point to review one each Tuesday until I run out. Typically am against all the big boy beers, but I am breaking that rule for this challenge. Ninth up was the odds-on favorite - DKML from Founders, which was labeled as an Imperial Malt Liquor Aged in Bourbon Barrels. Had planned to have this as the final one of the 10 Malt Liquprs after picking it up at Bine & Vine over a month ago, but circumstances did not allow me to pick up a Colt 45 on this night. Therefore bumped it up. Description on bottle read, “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.” Beer Advocate had this one at No. 1 on their rankings by style, clocking in at 3.87. Hoping to pass my No. 1 Malt Liquor so far, E40 at 4.17.

Poured an amber clear color with three fingers of rocky off-white head. Lots of bubbles coming up at different speeds from the bottom of the glass. Excellent foamy lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled hot, boozy bourbon up front. Thought I would be sipping on a whiskey pour. Man. Got a little better once it was able to breathe with sweet caramel, toffee, leather, oak, brown sugar (wishful?), honey (reminding me slightly of Firestone’s Helldorado), red apple and butterscotch. Crazy how less boozy it got after each whiff. Really flipped the ratings here. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste followed the nose, at least the last part of it. Super boozy, no hiding that 14.2 pct. ABV. Got bourbon, oaky wood, leather, brown sugar, honey (Helldorado still), sweet caramel, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla and spice. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, boozy, warming finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Arguably the most liquor-forward beer I’ve ever had, but it did grow on me. For the style, it was the best Malt Liquor I’ve tried. Love the attempt here. Would not be as high if I was comparing it to other bourbon barrel-aged stouts. (Overall - 4.25)

4.28 | 95 | A

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous copper color with a quarter inch of creamy beige on top. You can tell it was aged in bourbon barrels simply by looking at the light sedimentary haze within. Light lacing. The aroma is of bourbon, corn, and light grains. I'm tasting a blend of sweet bourbon, corn, and light cereal grains. The mouth is dry, lightly boozy, and yet fairly smooth. Good luck finding a better overall malt liquor.

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

Photo of WatertowerIV
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 7/14/17, poured into nonic pint

A- slightly cloudy copper with next to no head (probably due to abv, 14%)

S- vanilla, caramel, and oak. Straight bourbon notes with an additional boost of sweetness from the corn malt

T- Bourbon follows through on palate, along with some bready sweetness and estery bite

F- Medium-bodied, sticky, and numbing to the tongue (Thanks again 14%)

O- Good for one, and only one. Anyone making an attempt on two of these is on a fool's errand

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Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a beautiful golden amber, nearly clear, light tan head. Gorgeous. The nose has oak from the barrel, loads of fruity hop notes, and a significant sweet corn component.

The oak is REALLY forward on the taste, which is good because that gives the fruity hops and corn notes a chance to pull this back so you don’t feel like you’re doing bourbon shots on every taste. The fact that the booze is barely noticeable in a 14.2% ABV beer is a credit to Founders and their ability to pull this off. I wish I had more of this.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leefx
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(11/22/2017) Sick/congested — couldn't smell very well

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Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of igl
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TysonNavarre
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
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 Shade1951
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First "malt liquor" I've ever tried, and I bought this one because it was brewed by Founders.

Nice enough color - slightly cloudy amber, small head, decent lacing. The smell is a bit compost-like - perhaps that's the kind of hops? The flavor is solid, though. Hop forward, I would say, but not in a cringe-worthy way. There is definitely a bit of an alcohol sting, but given the ABV, that's excusable.

I'm glad I got this! I'm enjoying it - a good sipper - a quick buzz. While I don't crave getting another, I just might do so if I come across it again.

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Photo of Roguer
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very solid head production. Brew is a dark burnished gold or lighter amber. Head retention is solid. It looks like an AAL or cider on steroids.

Aroma is surprisingly inviting. Bourbon, mash, coconut, vanilla; corn; a blend of hops, from earthy and spicy noble hops to lighter citrus and pine notes. Crisp and clean pale malts shining through the bourbon. Still somehow reminiscent of an AAL on steroids (nose follows the appearance?).

Shockingly drinkable. Thick and malty up front; sweet, not particularly grainy, potent, syrupy. Vanilla, corn, cream, light caramel notes. Tinged throughout with strong resin notes and light citrus. Bourbon-edged second half, yielding to a strong coconut and cream finish.

Chewy and syrupy. Hot, boozy finish.

This is not the worst way to imbibe a 14+% brew. I didn't know going into it that it was dry-hopped, but that might be the only thing keeping it palatable. It kind of straddles the line between wheat wine and TIPA.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of groleau
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wattie83
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenHoppy
5/5  rDev +29.9%
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 chicagoish
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of arizcards
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead on 10-9-17 for $4.49. Bottled on 6-27-17.

Beer poured orange with a pretty good white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is corn, vanilla, oak, bourbon.

Initial sip was corn forward with a hot bourbon heat. Subsequent sips pickup up vanilla, corn, and bourbon. Sweetness is counteracted by the bourbon.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth.

Overall an interesting brewing project by Founders, i am sure it was a fun one for them. Sampling this brew was fun but it is a bit over the top for me.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.56/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 07.06.17 printed on the label. Bourbon, oak, vanilla and malt liquor on the nose. The taste is sweet and boozy with a spicy warming finish that gets more medicinal as it warms. Not something I’d purchase again either. Definitely a slow sipper.

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Photo of harrylee773
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rossracing
1/5  rDev -74%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

DKML from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 498 ratings
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