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 rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +0.5%
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 -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of n2pux
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ntanner83
1.84/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nwhittin
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dope
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 bottle

A: Pours a clear reddish-gold with a tall tan head. Head fizzes out like a soda would, just a little bit slower. No real sign of any lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling. Caramel and vanilla from the bourbon barrels. Big sweet corn malt.

T: Big caramel and toffee up front from the bourbon along with an enormous alcohol harshness. Some oaky vanilla too. Big sweet corn malt hit in the finish and then it's back to that oaky vanilla. Huge alcohol sting on the back end, this one is strronnnggg. Instantly belly warming from the first sip.

M: Not as thick as syrupy as I expected. The huge alcohol presence really cuts down the alcohol and the heaviness. Big beer regardless with a big ole kick to boot.

O: Well, it's a pretty simple formula, lots of corn and lots of alcohol but the bourbon does add quite a kick both in flavor and in intensity. Definitely the best malt liquor I've ever had and it's not even close.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SHDoyle
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description: Golden color and slightly hazy with no head. Smell is sweet, corn and boozy. The alcohol is not only apparent, it might be a little too apparent. Taste is similar to the smell in that it's sweet, corny and very bourbon forward. There did seem to be some other sweet notes aside from the corn but I couldn't place it exactly...sort of cherry, apple...maybe vanilla. Feel was smoother than a normal IPA and a medium to heavy texture.

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) As I imagine it is with most folks, I didn't really know what to expect from a bourbon barrel aged malt liquor so don't have much basis for comparison. With that being said I think this worked and was a generally good, drinkable beer although I don't know that I'd drink a lot of it. The alcohol was a little too much for me; I may let one sit for a while and see if it mellows out. And as I've said before about other Founders beers that trend outside the norm, 'kudos' to the brewery for having the creativity and/or guts to try something like this.

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Photo of cdwil
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of lemmy187
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A beautiful clear golden amber in color with a small white head.

S: Huge amount of booze, followed by a big hit of vanilla and oak, with corn rounding out the finish.

T: Bourbon bomb at first sip. Huge amount of booze, as well as oak, vanilla, and corn whiskey. creaminess in the finish, with a vanilla extract finish dotted with earthy hops.

M: Medium thick in body with high carbonation, a bit of a bitter cling in the finish, and a touch cloying.

O: Tasty, but still rough around the edges with a helluva kick, I suppose it is intended to be that way... But still other have made big beers, even bigger with less abrasiveness.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phineasco
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nrod
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AJmon13
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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