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Liquor De MaltLiquor De Malt

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The world's only bottle-conditioned malt liquor, Liquor de Malt is brewed with red, white and blue gourmet corns. These 40-ounce bottles come in a hand-stamped brown paper bag.

Added by Todd on 05-14-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 145 | Ratings: 181
4.89/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smells of cotton candy, sweetcorn, some tart, highly alcoholic beer I remember having once but can't recollect the name of, and a trace apple peel notion.
Deep gold color, average clarity, little head and a sticky appearance overall.
Sugary sweet and candyish sweet corn are at the forefront. I sense some of the characteristic flavor from the DFH Raisin D'Etre. Did they actually add some green raisins to this? The mouthfeel is spot on for a malt liquor-sticky, gooey, oily and all. Tastewise, this seems ale-like during some more poignant moments. The beginning 12 oz were poured into a glass, for some review-types of sakes. The rest was juiced straight out the 40, as nature intended, in a sunshine lawnchair. From the bottle this seems less confectionary, and the corn and husky grain settle in a bit more. This is utterly drinkable, much more so than any other preceding malt liquor, ever. Good even. Maybe great. Not just for a malt liquor, but in general as well.
I'd definitely give this a go again. Very unique. I realize the project is a bit tongue-in-cheek but they did well anyhow. Besides, I"m a sucker for a good ploy. But seriously, this blows every malt liquor right out of the lake. I've enjoyed other beers more that got a lower score, but per style this is the reigning champ. No question.
"Police on my drawers, I have to pause,
forty ouncer in my lap and it's freezin' my balls" -Eazy E

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4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The freshness dating on the bottle was left unmarked.

The color of this malt liquor is an orangeish, medium amber. I purposely kept the head low when pouring, but the bubbles rising from the bottom kept it going.

For a malt liquor this stuff smells awesome. Sweet corn abounds in the nose, and for once in a malt liquor I can smell some quality hops in there. There is also a light touch of dark fruits and a hint of citrus. Only a slight amount of ethanol is evident. I am also picking up a scotch like aroma in there.

Carbonation is medium low, and the body is medium.

Tastes like corn, but in a good way...fresh and sweet. A nice touch of fruity maltiness, though low, is in there as well. The taste is not quite as complex as the smell, but still holds up to the hype. Alcohol and bittering hops make themselves known in the finish.

The proper glassware for this beer, being a malt liquor, is the 40 ounce bottle in which it came...bag in place. I did, however, pour about 6 ounces of it into a snifter in order to better observe the colors and aromas. Slightly more complexity on the tonge would have bumped my rating up to a 5 for taste. A little accompaniment from Del was in order as I drank. And no, I did not pour any of this one out for my homies.

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4.77/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear golden/amber color with a foamy white head on top. The foam lasts for a few minutes and dissolves leaving the smallest amount of white on top. No lacing to speak of.

S: Surprisingly sweet, some straw and grain as well as a little bit of corn. There is a faint floral aroma mixed in as well.

T: Again, sweeter than expected. There is some light malt and a little bit of graininess, as well as some corn. There is a little floral/grassy flavor as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks rather smoothly for a malt liquor.

O: Easily one of the better malt liquors I have ever had. Hopefully DFH will make it again

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4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought this beer for the botlle... Honestly, I did not care about the taste, but after drinking it I was completely satisfied... I have enjoyed most Dogfish brews, but still expected that nasty Old English kind of taste.... Verry good taste, great after taste, sweet smell of roasted malt.... I will totally drink again if I can find it... PEACE and CHEERS

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Photo of dirtylou
4.62/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There are 3 times in a mans life when malt liquor is to be consumed

1)between the age of 15 and 17
2)when pledging a fraternity, if thats your bag
3)when you find liquor de malt

appearance: first of all 40's are not for pouring, under any circumstances. The bottle is nice, and the bag is money!

smell: not like your ordinary malt liquor. very malty, sweet, mmm midwest corn, well probably delaware corn actually

taste: surprisingly (or maybe not so much) delicious. sweet, warms the body. corn malt

mouthfeel: smooth

drinkability: the easiest drinking malt liquor by far!

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4.59/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a forty of this fine-ass brew at Star Liquor in Madison, the only place to buy it in the state I was told. Apparently someone who worked on this brew used to work at Star Liquor, so they got the only 5 cases that Wisconsin got. I feel pretty privelaged to find this in a store.

So I drank this predominantly out of the bottle, but poured a small glass to see what it looked like. Golden yellow with zero head, and some fine CO2 bubbles that rise to the top, along with the little pssst that came with opening the 40, are the only ways to know it was carbonated. Smell is quite sweet, like fruity candy, maybe some malt, but mostly sweet and some alcohol to round it out. Taste is mad-sweet as well. Like cotton candy in a bottle, yo. Actually, grainy-corn/caramel sweet and fruity - no hops to be found. Alcohol is not evenpresent for 7%. Mouthfeel is smooth, not as carbonated as your typical 40, because of the bottle conditioning (which leaves a big chunk of yeast at the bottom of the bottle) but fine and creamy nonetheless. Easiy the best malt liquor out there and better than many a beer out there. If you're lucky enough to get ahold of this rare brew give it a try, it's kitschy as hell, and not a bad brew at all. Plus, it'll get you drunk!

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4.59/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta start by saying I completely dig the cheap red soda bottle cap and nice hiss when you unscrew it.

Poured this baby into my rapscallion snifter and savored over the coarse of an hour or so. It poured a very fine white head with a thick somewhat cloudy orange body.

The nose was a big fruity, corn, malt smell. Alcohol and biscuit malt also fight their way through. Basically, it smells like Bud if it were actually amazing, or what bud tasted like before it was mass-produced.

The taste was very full-bodied and extremely thick right off the first sip. A very fine intense carbonation. Big chewy coarse corn and malt flavor. The alcohol sneaks up on. This is a lot of beer to drink. It starts soft but actually ends with a nice sharp bitter punch. In the finish though it ends chewy and pretty mild.

I hate saying this but damn; this is an awesome beer. Maybe I’m the only one who likes it, but I could sit and drink this baby all day long. This is beer to just sit and savor. One key note is that you must drink the entire 40 yourself in one sitting. It’s truly an experience, a challenge if you will, sort of like climbing Mount Everest. When it comes to malt liquors I’d give this beer 5.5 if I could. Nothing like any malt liquor you’ve ever had before.

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4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a brownsacked 40 into a champagne flute.

Pours a fantastic dark cider wood-aged gold with a killer white head and bubbles like champagne. This would be a 4.5 pour in just about any style, but as it goes so far above and beyond any other malt liquor I've ever seen I have to give a 5.

Dark malt, wonderful adjunct grain dancing against fruit with a light hop. Think of a great, dry, fruity European pilsener and then make it more intense. Wonderful.

Starts wonderfully light and crisp, like a very good pilsner, fruits dancing around heyfield grain and then moving into a Belgian-y yeast middle and it ends with a mixture of adjunct corn and wonderful dark brown sugar. Jesus this is great!

Must be drank to be believed. Wonderful.

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4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

not much to say...easily the best malt liquor ever made.

It does get a bit funky at the swill if its warm,thats why it didnt get a perfect.

The perfect malt liquor for the critic that cant handle or lower themselves to the macro malts like St. Ides,Schlitz,Old English. etc

Only Tap and Die is better but its out of production.

Shiner Malt would be right behind DFH malt...impossible to find it though.

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4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed from the bottle, on the porch, listening to early '90's Compton's Most Wanted, specifically the album "Music to Driveby", then onto M.C Eiht's (from CMW) "We Come Strapped".
I poured enough into a glass to get a handle on the appearance. It's a hazy, cereal straw colored with a bountiful, lacy white head.
Surprisingly aromatic. The corny sweetness coupled with the yeast indicates sugared kiwis. There is plenty of grain structure to back it up. It lacks entirely the solvent booziness that other Malt Liquors seem to possess. It smell far from cheap, in fact, the aroma is very inviting, and that is a HUGE feat.
Flavor is bold and multifaceted. Begins akin to toasted tortillas. Corny and slightly rough. Sweetness rushes in, full of caramel and vanilla nougat. At this point, it's like a plate of nachos covered in caramel sauce. Yeast adds nuance of tropical fruit, specifically guava, kiwi, and papaya. Grainy towards the finish, as the corn reasserts itself (in a flaked maize sense), along with an resurgence of vanilla, toasted breads, and flashes of boozy heat. Hopping is passable (I'd like to see what's used), and just bitter enough for cleansing purposes.
Slightly fuller than medium, and with actual structure and finesse. It's drinkable....not quickly...but it's drinkable. And this needn't be kept ice cold.

Yes, this is a gimmick. It's one I figured I loathe, and I didn't. Rather, I enjoyed all 40ozs. And I enjoyed it a hell of a lot. As a malt liquor, this is absolutely untouchable, and I've rated it as such.

I can't overstate how impressed I am with this.

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4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this one was opened at the halloween carving last night. thrilled to be able to knock it off my list i shared it with a couple others. poured into a pint glass and consumed on 10/29/2010.

really a fantastic pour here with a very hazy peach colored body that made a huge head of white foam on top of the glass. great lacing then dropped down the side, instantly coating the entire side of the glass. really nicely done i have to admit.

aroma is hard to describe. lots of grains, but there is definitely another element to this beer that is hard to describe. like bananas, or some kind of fruit that mixes in and gives it some sort of light kick. smooth, incredibly clean flavor with a rich and even carbonation. i cannot belive a malt liquor can taste this good. smooth malty flavor, very sweet with a light kick of fruit and a long clean and sweet finish of light corn seal the deal.

simply outstanding beer and puts a whole new look into my eyes as far as a style goes. really well done.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with hints of copper. Good white head. Smells very sweet with a bit of corn. A nice malty sweetness in the taste as well. Not too cloying. A bit of a bready character. Nothing too complex about it, just a nice all-around feel. Nice creamy, carbonated mouthfeel. Fairly crisp with nice drinkability.

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4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/11/05- Received via trade with Connecticutpoet.

Presentation- Ghetto style 40 which even included the brown paper bag. Love it! Poured into a big ass glass mug. A "bottled in" place on the side label, but unmarked. Assuming '05.

Appearance- Golden color pour with a 3/4 inch white foamy head. Leaves not much lace though. About what a 40 is supposed to do.

Smell- Almost reminds me of a weaker barleywine scent. Lots of brown sugar and maybe a tad bit of some sugary fruit. Alcohol is present as well.

Taste- Pretty damn sweet. Actually reminds me of a barleywine and tripel combined into one. Sugary sweetness overall. Maybe a few spices floating around.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and mouth coating. Low to medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Guaranteed this will be the highest rating I give for a 40! Soooo, easy to drink and has a great flavor as well. May have to get another one of these in the future.

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4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Truth be told: the only other malt liquor I've tried is Rogue's Daddy's Little Helper. I have not tried any of the 7-11 malt liquors, i.e. Colt 45, King Cobra, or what have you. I will eventually try them, but this review has no point of reference outside of craft brewing.

Malt liquor seems to get a bad rap - cheap, "ghetto swill", easy stuff to get drunk off. What Dogfish Head has done here is taken a seemingly awful style and turned it into something special. From the packaging, the authentic 40 oz. bottle, to the beer itself - liquor de malt is excellent. The appearance is a rich golden color with a bone white head that dissipates, but leaves significant lacing. The aroma is sweet as is the taste. The taste also has a roasted element as well as a nice alcohol presence. There is nice carbonation here giving the mouthfeel a nice touch. I really like this beer & could drink it all night. An impressive malt liquor - highly recommended.

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4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean golden amber beer. Has a small off white head, not much lace. The aroma is a very distinict malted grain with some vanilla notes like from powdered malted milk. At first the alcohol rushes into your mouth. The the malt smoothes everything out and the is just a little prickly hop on the finish.

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4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A friend of mine, who once gave me a bottle of Richard's Wild Irish Rose for Christmas, put bag bag on the table and said "As soon as I saw this, I thought of you!"

A - The 40 oz bottle and the paper bag are priceless. The beer itself has a nicer and deeper color that I usually associate with American Swill. The head on the first pour was thin, but on the second pour it was at least a quarter of an inch and retained longer than expected.

S - If you have never smelled fermented sweet corn, this is really it. They must have used some hops, but not much. Maybe they were saving them for their IPA's.

T - Sweet and malty. It has that clean, crisp taste I associate with lagers without the aftertaste.

M - It has that thin carbonation associated with light lagers. Here is where the malt comes through.

D - Surprisingly drinkable and refreshing. BUT when I asked what it cost, I said for a few bucks more I can buy Chimay Grande Reserve,

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4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle shared thanks to Drew d13logan, thanks a lot for hosting the whole tasting. Let me preface this by saying to all those that are rating this beer badly: Have you ever had other malt liquors? If we were rating this actually to style compared to all the malt liquors, this would get all 5's, just saying.

A: Deep orange, totally cloudy with a crazy pinky of thick foamy head that leaves nice lacing. I guess that'd be a 5 for Malt Liquor to me!

S: Has a lot of apple juice in the smell, with a little cinnamon, reminds me of homemade apple sauce. Some sticky taffy in there too.

T: Also has lots of apples mixed with big barley flavors. Has a nice ripe fruit and raisin taste that makes me think of a belgian strong or BPA. Straw. Some sweetness drips from it. For a malt liquor, it's quite awesome.

M: Too much carbonation but a smooth beer behind that.

O: Best malt I'll ever have.

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4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haha. Hilarious idea here. They craft brew a malt liquor, sell it in a plastic 40 (fo-dy), and sell it with a paper bag and description of how to drink it. Bravo. Dogfish is great, so I expected them to do this one up right. And they did. I only poured a little of it out, so I could get the color and head, and I drank the rest from the bagged up 40oz as they instruct.

Pours an amber color with a moderate head that falls fast and leaves some nice lacing on the glass (malt liquor leaves lacing?). The aroma is pretty sweet with a corn and grain. The flavor is sweet and slightly alcoholic with corn being easliy detected. The body is extremely full - better than most malt liquors. The drinkability is really good. Can't believe DFH made a malt liquor that I enjoyed drinking. Actually, can't believe they made a malt liquor. Great job and great humor here!

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4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a slightly golden yellow color with a 2 finger head taht falls to a generous coat over the beer. The nose is sweet, slightly corny. Not bad at all. The flavor is nice. It has a corn sweetness and a slight alcohol spiceyness on the finish. The feel is moderate to thick. As far as a malt liquor goes, this is really nice. I couldn't finish the first OE I ever tried, so this is definately better.

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4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Straight out of the forty, pours murky amber and sits thusly in the glass with a thin white head, fading to a faint skim, no real lacings to speak of.

Smells quite vegetal, corn mainly. Greasy doughnuts, grassy with kind of milky. Near medicinal qualities in the back of the throat from deep inhalation. Yum...

Tastes mildly sweet up front, powerfully malty. Loads of sugary bread dough and hints of clover. Mildly spicy, grassy hop presence. Finish is smooth and clean with light pepper and a warming alcoholic glow.

Sickly smooth in the mouth, mild carbonation and a medium body. It's built for swillin'.

It is what it is, and it excells at it. It's also very easy to put back, and it better be, because this one's got a brother waiting in the fridge.

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4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks urbancaver. Comes with its own paperbag n palstic cap! :)
Smells amazing, very addictive smell the malts come across awesome
Taste is great, like it quite a bit but probably wouldn't drink often.
Mouthfeel - very nice
Drinkability - very very good.

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4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sending me this awesome beer, Josh!

A: Pours a cloudy golden iced-tea color with a big tan head that quickly settled into a wispy scum. Not much lace.
S: I get dominant notes of corn meal and a honey-esque sweetness. Grain definitely dominates but there is a bit of orange zest in there as well.
T: Follows the nose with a big grainy taste followed by a clean honey sweetness. There are a bit of fruity hops in the finish as well. For what it’s worth, the flavor really isn’t that offensive at all. Nothing sour.
M: Medium body, foamy carbonation, wet and creamy mouthfeel and fairly hidden alcohol. This is pretty clean actually, and no bad aftertaste or film is left in my mouth.
O: For a malt liquor this is definitely king. I found nothing offensive in this beer at all. It’s not something I would want to drink again, but it’s just a sweet grainy straight forward beer. Thanks again, Stormking47.

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4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The DFH 40. Priceless!

This beer, when poured into a pint looks like the color of whiskey with a copper straw color with no head at all. I had to pour this into a glass because there was this gigantic, disgusting slug looking wad of bottle conditioned nasty yeast that broke free from the bottom that was floating around the bottle. That’s just gross, but that’s not part of my score.

Smelled like a simple barely wine like barley sweetness but dryer and more faint. I’m also getting a little green grape sweetness here. The alcohol that is detected is very well blended.

Tastes of big barley sweetness with a dry, wine-like dryness. Again there’s the green grape but along with some pear and plumb. Fades to alcohol in the finish but in a pleasant dry sort of way.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a thin carbonation.

Tasted all right, but the drinkability is getting docked because of the gross slug floating around that prohibited me from slugging this out of the bottle. On a positive note, this is actually really tasty. I kept thinking of OE high gravity whilst drinking this one. The nausea was there, but that was due to old karma and not the beer at hand. Finally, a malt liquor that doesn’t taste like ass.

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4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled this beer with some friends and poured my share into a nice little 7oz beerfest pilsner.

Appearance: Golden and light. This beer was probably the lightest of all Dogfish Beers I have encountered.

Smell: Corn, Corn and more corn. It smells just as sweet as it tastes and that is a good thing for this beer.

Taste & Mouth Feel: In the mouthfeel department, this beer doesn't deliver much. It presented a pretty decent head when poured but almost came out flat. Still had enough fizz, however, to be enjoyed.

Drinkability & Notes: This is the kind of beer that I could picture myself drinking all night long. It is that drinkable. A little sweeter than what my tastes crave but a good one nonetheless.

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4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pub glass. Must say I was amused by the packaging. Not a big malt liquor drinker.

Pours an amber-red color. Lots of loose carbonation. Large light beige head that thins quickly.

Smells of fresh sweet corn, very yeasty. Light jasmine, citrus, ashy/charcoal.

Taste is uncomplicated. Strong grilled sweet corn with substantial maltiness. Slight dryness and citrus flavor on the finish. Alcohol is present in a nice way.

Medium bodied. Nice mouthfeel. Very light oiliness without being filmly. Finishes with a light dryness; clean on the finish. Flavors do not linger.

Very sessionable. Easy to drink, doesn't taste like cheap malt liquor. A little pricey, but good to drink. I was pleasantly surprised after drinking so many bad malt liquors in my youth.

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Liquor De Malt from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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