DKML | Founders Brewing Company

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329 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
329
Reviews:
110
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.98%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
78
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 329 |  Reviews: 110
Photo of KAP1356
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of foobula
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At first I got a lot of bitterness out of the finish, but after letting it warm up I was happier. Very light mouthfeel, alcohol is apparent when it's colder, and the woody flavors come through. Reminiscent of backwoods bastard. I think I would try it again but it's definitely worth letting it warm up for about 40 mins from cooler temp.

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Photo of cp45
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shopk
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chillin
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/14/2017. Pours crystal clear medium orange/amber/light copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of apricot, plum, pear, apple, honey, brown sugar, cracker, corn, biscuit, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. A bit of booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of pale malt, corn, bourbon barrel, light-moderate fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big apricot, plum, pear, apple, honey, brown sugar, cracker, corn, biscuit, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/pine bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of apricot, plum, pear, apple, honey, brown sugar, cracker, corn, biscuit, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pale malt, corn, bourbon barrel, light-moderate fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/oak spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky/tannic, and slightly slick/silky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; a mildly increasing warmth, with minimal barrel booziness after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged imperial malt liquor. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pale malt, corn, bourbon barrel, light-moderate fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the enormous ABV. Really great showcase of the barrel with some nice malt complexities. Not too hoppy, and the yeast wasn’t too fruity either; but added some nice balanced fruity notes, vaguely similar to an English barleywine. A very unique, but very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear dark gold with a small white head. Smells of bourbon, alcohol, and corn. Tastes of bourbon, alcohol, caramel, corn, and some vanilla. Medium-light in body and in carbonation. Overall this is a great malt liquor, which is something I don't think I'll ever say for another malt liquor.

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Photo of Dewsby
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Amber-blonde. Short head that dissipates immediately. Crystal clear. Light carbonation.

Nose
Sweet bourbon, caramel, toffee, candy sugar, corn sweetness, oak, and pleasant booze.

Taste
Very smooth bourbon sweetness. Rich caramel, toffee, candy sugar, and a slight corny sweetness. Charred American oak and vanilla cream. The booze is apparent yet pleasant.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, smooth, slick, and warming.

Overall
Probably the finest Malt Liquor ever made. I was hesitant to buy this but if you're a fan of Barleywines, Old Ales, Scotch Ales, or Bourbon it's worth picking up.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khargro2
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of darktronica
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured to a tulip glass, which is way more refinement than a 14.2% abv, BBA malt liquor deserves. That said, 14.2% abv would make for a dicey game of Edward Fortyhands, so I'll stick to the glass, thankyouverymuch.

I'm unsure of how exactly such a high alcohol content was achieved here, in terms of whether any brewer's sugar was added to the corn as an adjunct. In any case, we end up with a beverage that is relatively light, but pleasing, on the nose: 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. The dry hopping is not particularly evident on the palate. I get a little vanilla and oak from the barrel treatment, but 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. It's easy drinking, and its dry finish keeps bringing me back for another sip.

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Photo of Eric_T_07
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +30.2%
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 Giggy
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very cool label, looks great in a glass with its light copper coloring and off white head. It packs a punch with its high alcohol content and sweet bourbon flavoring. What's missing is body.

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Photo of Nat1975
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
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 Zaphog
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Feldpausch
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DKML from Founders Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 329 ratings.
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