DKML | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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.

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Ratings: 590 |  Reviews: 201
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

Photo of Boone757
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UnicornBrewing
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Founders DKML Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Malt Liquor - Wholly rolling crap, this kicks a heavy, wet boot into your stomach. Left me staggering physically through taste and aroma alone, down a dark alley primed to get rolled. Like a wino with a Rolex, mixes and mingles across the classes. Stands up to even a sophisticated drunks cigar smoked out taste buds. Each sip reiterates its place atop the booze chain. At 14.2% it dominates the category and pushes limits of what stores without a liquor license could carry. The label is similar to recycled paper bags. It’s like a barley wine with all of the refined traits necessary for mixing with higher society, yet unable to hide it’s impoverished roots, gorging itself on cheap adjunct substitutes like corn, getting sloppy drunk at the nearest open bar event. Storing some in your cellar would not be considered lagering but blacking out, next thing you know years have passed by and you come to wondering how you managed to keep alcohol on hand for so long.
@foundersbrewing #foundersbrewing #maltliquor #barrelaged #brewedforus

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Photo of marcrech
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jet812
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timtac
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xungmound98
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fermentedbarley
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of colts9016
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought this beer on a whim and was not sure what I was getting. After reading what it was, I was like oh no. I do not care for malt liquor, but I am game for something new. Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees. A billowy white formed and died. The color of the beer is a pale amber color with orange hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy. The beer has some carbonation bubbles.

It does not have the typical aromas of this style of beer. The aromas are corn (not dms), floral, yeast, honey note, wood, and alcohol.

This style of beer is better than the gas station 40's. The flavors in the beer are malt, corn, a honey-like sweetness, floral, citrus, wood, yeast, and grains.

The mouthfeel of the beer is viscous and carbonated. The body of the beer is medium-plus, medium-plus carbonation, and a medium finish.

All beer in this style is difficult to drink, not this one. This beer is tasty.

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

Photo of Dzu
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33l bottle into Founders glass.
L: Light amber color with a weak white foam head, Transparent.
S: Bourbon, caramel.
T: Caramel, bitterness and sweetness.
F: Feels not like a beer, tight body and no carbonated.
O: Very unusual beer. Must taste,

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1/3/18: 2017 release bottled 7/6/17 poured into a snifter. Cloudy golden pour, generous white fluffy head. Let this sit for a few minutes, carbonation held well. Whiskey, corn and malt the predominate aromas, pretty strong pleasant aroma.Taste sweet, tasted almost like brandy. Corn and whiskey very strong, alcohol presence very strong, stronger than similar beers with a high 13-15 % ABV. Mouth feel firm, alcohol strong with each sip, light texture, easy drinking. This was the strongest beer I ever recall having, and it was quite intimidating to finish this bottle. This was also a little too sweet for me. I'm glad I tried this, and it is a very good beer, just a little too sweet and strong to regularly seek out.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass. Bottled on '07 06 17'.
Cloudy, pale amber body. Lots of small particles spread throughout. White ring and cap are fed by rising bubbles. Some spots and areas of lacing.
Bourbon, boozy aroma, with lots of corn malt, and some fruity hops.
Taste is full of booze and bourbon but rather smooth. Floral, fruity hops, and corn malt.
Medium mouth feel, and relatively smooth (for the ABV of 14.2%).
Certainly a modern and more sophisticated take on a malt liquor, but it is a slam to the nose and palate, considering. Label states "KICKS YOU WHERE YOU MOST EXPECT", and this beer delivers on this description. One and done is recommended, two or three of these would put one in the alcohol's prerogative.

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

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gspeer711
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taters21
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a thin soapy white head, quickly fades, color is Amber to brassy.
Smells of dank hops, sweet corn husks, methanol, and bourbon, hint of maple.
Tastes strongly of sweet corn, bourbon is dominant, some salt, decent heat but bearable.
Mouthfeel is hot, medium bodied with a dry burn.
Overall a uniquely enjoyable take on the style, and worth searching out for the experience if nothing else.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hmich176
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on June 26, 2017. Orange/brass colored, bourbon comes through clearly in this malt liquor. I liked it a lot; I would get this again if it's made next year.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, Bottled On: 07.03.17, purchased off singles shelf last week ... poured into a snifter)

L: crystal-clear, brass colored liquid topped with a messy, off-white foam, which recedes somewhat slowly

S: smells like a barrel- and/or couch-cushion-aged handful of dirty pennies floating atop a caramel-scented candle - I like the malt and subtle fruity hop and booze aromas, not so much the hint of loose change... the barrel aging seems to obscure or influence the perception of alcohol strength, or the booze sharpness could be sanded down rather nicely... all-in-all, I'm not getting any (North American-style) 'malt liquor' from the smell

T: lots of the barrel character upon first sip - mostly toasted coconut, and a mellow butterscotch; the finish is rather delightfully dry with subtle notes of copper and light crystal malt lingering in the aftertaste - bitterness is fairly low, and there was surprisingly (and sadly) little if any phenolic, solvent-y spice... gradually, some mildly oxidized banana peel and a faint essence of clove-n isopropyl alcohol build in the aftertaste

F: light and smooth as it should be with very little burn from the alcohol... residual warmth is gripping, however

O: most of the comments I've heard (and the few I've read) for this were in the negative, however, I feel like they very much nailed down a fine product for what it is... would love to try the base beer -

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