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:
201
Ratings:
590
pDev:
13.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 590 |  Reviews: 201
Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of scott2269
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle. Clear deep golden. Medium white head. Smells of bourbon, sweetness, alcohol, caramel, oak, and fruit. Tastes of strong fruitiness, bourbon, oak, alcohol, and more alcohol. Pretty sweet, but it's cut by oak and alcohol. The back end has a huge spike in alcohol and oak. Heavy. Sweet. And the burn is real. I expected a train wreck. It's a mere fender bender.

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Photo of mynie
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Goblet pour.

I don't like how the official description erases the history of Dogfish Head's exquisite Liquore De Malt. I mean, if you're gonna make a production about how much better this particular iteration of a style is than all other iterations of a style, then you should at least go all out.

So, pre-pour I was trying to decide whether I should judge this as a malt liquor or an American strong ale, and, well, its appearance does not help to dispel the confusion. It's a dark amber--far darker than any adjuncts--but its soapy heady and completely clear body signal more of a malt liquor vibe.

Smells like a very light-bodied old ale. Oaky vanilla up front, then a relatively light middle of adjunct grain and American hops.

Tastes... quite good. Different, but quite good. Vanilla and wood up front, heavily alcoholic and pleasantly bourbony. But then the finish is like a slightly amped up Mickey's with the adjunct nodes muted. While it tastes strong, nothing about it betrays its kinda ridiculous 14+ ABV.

It's a sipper, for sure. And I can see some people turned off by the lack of intense complexity on the back end. But I think Founders nailed what they were going for, here, and this is the rare beer that I would say unequivocally is worth more than 15 bucks for a bomber.

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Photo of izzyismyrott
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anon
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First and foremost, label holds true, didn't think I'd be pouring a Malt Liquor into a glass for a review, in fact I've only had a few that all deserved a drain pour. At least Founders sought to actually make it drinkable and not just make you drunk on 3 bucks at the end of the month.

Pours a clear, light Amber hue, appearance is pretty close to liquor, but starts with a fluffy head that dissipates but leaves some sticky lace on the glass.

Aroma is largely bourbon-forward, sweet, woody, spicy bourbon. Taste follows with the bourbon hitting bit along with a blast of sweet caramel malt. Light sweet corn on the finish with some bread, but the bourbon takes the cake on this one, just subtly balanced by the huge malty, corn base.

Very interesting brew, Founders definitely rolled the dice on this one but the payoff was worth it. If you're into bourbon-infused beers, give this one a go.

Don't let the Malt Liquor title fool you, this is good stuff.

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Photo of odement
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gemini6
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Retroman40
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a very clear deep golden color with some hints of orange. Very tight and persistent head. The smell is pure bourbon (good bourbon for sure, but bourbon nevertheless), period; not a hint of anything else. The taste is pretty close to that also. I felt somewhat like I was drinking a boilermaker. Yes, there is a hint of corn (like in all bourbon since that's what it's primarily made from) but it is way off in the distance. Very dry mouthfeel but not to the point that I needed ice water to get it down. Overall this is really a great beer and I enjoyed it immensely. I am torn however as, at least to me, the name "malt liquor" was more of a tease than an actual description of the product. I'm not sure how to assign ratings. I decided to treat it more like a bourbon barrel aged lager than a malt liquor like OE800. Be warned however, that 14.2% ABV makes my favorite malt liquor, Hurricane High Gravity, look like soda pop.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, dark amber color with orange highlights and a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of bourbon, booziness and sweet malt. Very boozy and bourbony. It doesn't have the grain and corn flavor of a malt liquor.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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 Gregf51
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 n2pux
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ntanner83
1.84/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nwhittin
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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