Liquor De Malt | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Liquor De MaltLiquor De Malt

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A surprisingly well malted, as opposed to cheap corn, and a tasty beverage, courtesy of Joey Capps. Light color, barlywine aroma and in taste. A little lace. Interesting intensity of flavour. Seductive drink on its own, it can sub as a kicked-up root beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a novelty? ...even at that (for what it's worth) the best Malt Liquor that I have ever had. Has a strong straw color with anabundance of carbonation. Aromas are strongly of corn sugar with a decent malt dose and light hops. Flavors are overly sweet with corn sugar and somewhat creamy...yet smooth. It picks up on some vegetal, earthy, and grassy notes (not hop derived). Body is medium or a bit higher and quite smooth and creamy despite high carbonation. Although I won't be buying many of these, I appreciate DFH for their sense of humor.

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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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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was lucky enough to have the DFH rep pour me an 8oz sample from a 40 at the microfestivus festival in Roanoke,poured a deep,rich golden with a rather large white heade.Whoo the aroma could burn nose hair,I think lawnmowers could run on this stuff corn and intense grain alcohol.Flavors are quite potent up front the corn is very prevelant then it rounds into more of a spirit flavor vodka maybe?Very nice coating mouthfeel goes down easy put I wouldnt wanna drink to much it could be a headache waiting to happen.This isnt Mickeys thats for sure top notch for the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not a very good malt liquor, but OK in itself.

Golden with a long-lasting white head. Nice lacing.

High alcohol in the nose. Floral and malty.

Full bodied but pretty well carbonated to offset it.

Malty sweet and basic in the flavor with a heavy hit of alcohol. Fruity.

Overdone, but what DFH beer isn't. Besides, this is all about the gimmick anyway.

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Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 40oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a hazy looking orange color with a thick, foamy, white head rising an inch above the beer.

The aroma has a lot of sweetness to it. I get corn, caramel, sugar and some grainy malts. I get some crisp fruitiness to it as well. Not a bad aroma, could use a little more balance to offset some of the sweetness but it's starting off better than I anticipated it would.

The taste shows more of the caramel flavors coming out and mixing with some of the crisp fruitiness. I get a little of the corn up front, while the finish is sugary sweet. Not bad overall.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavier side and also pretty creamy. Carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a lot better than I anticipated, but also not great. It had some decent flavors to it through and was cool beer to try.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

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. It would still be hard to drink the entire thing on your own, and I am glad I was able to share this one. Hopefully DFH will make it again so I can have it again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
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 Jason
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Big brown 40oz bottle with a bottled in 04' freshness date. Nice long Pssst ... when I cracked the red plastic cap off. Awesome touch in the brown paper bag.

Appearance: Hazed bubbly tawny gold hue, decent head from the active carbonation. Great retention with a trail of lace.

Smell: Wicked solvent-like fusel alcohol (roses?), Jesus did someone drop a jigger of Mr. Boston Vodka in my mug? Light grainy malt and sweet corn in the back.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Viscous smoothness in a full body, perhaps the thickets malt liquor I have ever had. Layered sweetness from the corn, with a staunch grain character middle to end. Juicy in the middle as well. Touch of yeast and spicy warming alcohol in the end. Lots of alcohol on the breath … almost too hard to swallow yet unlike other malt liquors this one has a good flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: This is a “sippin’ brew” … and that is how I tackled this brew, sippin’. It grew on me quick … still in sippin’ mode. Went well with some basic cheddar cheese and Triscuits.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jacob for sharing this whale.

A: The pour is a cloudy pale straw color with just about no head at all.

S: It smells like (wait for it) malt liquor. Corn and perhaps some actual malt, but not good by any means.

T: Now, the flavor is actually not terrible. It's sort of sweet and less "corny" than malt liquor usually is, but malt liquor none-the-less.

M: The body is light with a moderate carbonation.

D: It wasn't terrible tasting at all, like many malt liquors are. But it wasn't so much better that I would trade a bunch for it or rush out and buy it. Let's be honest: it's malt liquor.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaker pint glass.

My 1000th beer tasted. Been quite a ride. Hopefully Billy Dee's guarantee works for this 40... I made sure to take a swig straight from the bottle before the pour, but knew that a proper review required a pour into a glass. These ain't the streets, yo. It pours a clear amber copper topped by a thick hunk o' white froth, which hangs around on the street corner for what seems like all night. Thank God for the fuzz, otherwise I'd never get a drink in edgewise, for fear of shanking. That's the kind o' neighborhood I live in, baby. The urine-like appeasrance warns of a somewhat urine-like odor. It's not an asparagus-laced pissing, but rather a semi-sweet stream, comprising wheat, rice, corn syrup, and just that slightest bit human waste know the smell. It's what makes piss piss, and what makes this brew smell like a malt liquor instead of something else. Something like that. The taste mimics the nose, though along with a strange maple syrup flavor rises a light sourness, not unlike the Guinness sour. Only not as stouty. I have no idea what to make of this taste. It's not bad, per se, but not what would be expected from a beer. Hence the style, I guess. It does shed some light on why these things are downed quickly, straight from the bottle, though... The body is a lighter medium, with light carbonation and a slightly sticky feel. Overall, this was quite the experience: my first craft 40. As if it needs saying, it's better than other 40s. But it just doesn't seem as smooth or classy as some. Hmm...maybe if I'd kept the paper bag it came in...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got to sample at the Penn Brewfest, but I also bought a bottle to take home. I don't understand why they are using these plastic twist off caps on the forties that can't hold air, on the way home we lost some carbonation drank it later that night and noticed some difference compared to the earlier samples I had at the fest. Honey amber gold tone at the fest a white frothy head formed but dwindled rather quickly leave thin lacing around the sample glass. Aromatics grainy sweetness and alcohol with a mild dose of corn somewhat husky but not wretched smelling, actually smells nice with the strong sweetness and alcohol. Taste consists of a sugary malt and adjunct deriven flavor with alcohol eivdent pretty clean and very stomachable especially compared to most forties. Mouthfeel was light to medium mildy sticky with a soft syrup texture. Drinkability, yeah you could get folded off a couple of these they are easy to drink and pretty tasty, not worth all of the hype but it's awesome to see a micro brew a forty.

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Photo of Billolick
2.61/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

DFH night at the BTAH in NYC. Typical 40 ounce bottle, plastic screw off cap, and arrives in the comical brown paper bag. Pours mostly clear light amber, light tan head, minimal lacing. Nose is harsh, solvents, alcohol, burns the hairs inside my schnazolla. Nose reminds me its been many years since I've sampled/chugged any Malt liquor. Flavor here is mostly corn and more corn and/or other adjuncts. Medium thickness, slightly warming in the finish. I'm not sure why DFH brewed this stuff, hopefully they will drop this one and move on to more interesting and drinkable styles

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Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured orangish with a foamy two-finger head that was fairly well-retained.
It smelled of corn syrup and alcohol. But, clean for the style. The corn adjuncts aided the alcohol.
It tasted much better than the typical malt liquors, but still had that corn/alcohol thing going.
Overall, for the style, it wasn't bad. A sophisticated touch to the style. An interesting rendition of the style. The corn malt had body. Smooth for the style.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

forgive me, while I drink from the glass, at least for the initial pour and taste....

nice, though short-lived, head...cloudy amber hued color...hmmm....

Nose: corny, at the least...grainy...nothing

Taste: smooth, but blah...not enough in it's blandness...blahbeddyblah...

They made a less awful malt liquor, and I salute them for it.


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Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Annual(?) Chicago Malt Liquor Tasting - opened this immediately after Head Banger. I got this in a trade a while back - I apologize as I can't remember who sent it. Initially consumed straight from the bottle, although we poured a little into a tulip to accurately review appearance (as well as a little on the floor for our homies who couldn't attend).

A - Quick-dissolving finger of white foam settles to a thin ring and razor-thin cap. Tiny spots of lace remain. The body is a slightly hazed, mostly transparent golden peach color. It's a little bit above-average for the style, but gets bonus points for the wonderful bottle and accompanying paper bag.

S - Sweet grains, sugar, fruity notes, perhaps a faint whiff of alcohol.

T - Again, lightly toasted cereal grains, sugar, honey, and fruity notes. Somewhat juice-like actually (and not Jooze-like), but gets increasingly cloying as it approaches room temperature.

M - Zesty carbonation, grainy medium body, and some surprising bitterness in the finish. Are there actually hops used in this?

D - This was actually quite easy to drink, although it'd be a challenge to put down 40oz before it got warm and overly saccharine. I suspect that if Dogfish marketed this as a strong lager with honey and maize it'd actually be quite successful.

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Photo of GClarkage
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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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rolling out the 40 for my 1000th review. Its a good substitute. Beer poured into a DFH glass (becher) from a 40. Twist off cap, classy.

Beer is murky amber with a big head of off white bubbles. Carbonation is high, small bubbles. I have to say, this is not what I was expecting from a malt liquor. I've reviewed several malt liquors and this does not really look like a malt liquor. Kind of looks like dirty water. Head dynamics are good and there is a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pretty sweet but overall kind of weak.

Beer is kind of sweet, light in body, carbonation in mouth, almost a carmelly aftertaste. Its interesting. Quite a decent tasting beer, despite looking like dishwater. Its creamy and smooth in the mouth, highly drinkable. OK I get it, its a good beer. I'd have it again, if that were possible and if it came in less than 40 ounce bottles.

Wow, what a 1000 beers. What will I drink for the second 1000? I don't know but I can't wait.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pale yellow with a half finger head that left good sticky lacing.

S: big wheat and booze aromas with a liitle bit of malt sweetness.

T: wheat malts booze flavors upfront with a hint of spice.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation and a wheaty boozy finish.

D: drinkable malt liquor but was a little dissapointed cause the st. Ides tasted better in a side by side tasting.

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Photo of WesWes
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick, creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a warm pale malt scent with some carapils for color and sweetness. It has a creamy aroma with little hops. The taste is decent. It has a smooth creamy pale malt flavor with some light crystal malts. It's sweet and warm warm on the finish with some hops in the aftertaste. This beer is good for about three sips and then it goes down hill. I don't think I could drink a whole one of these, but I like the concept. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer is pretty good, but I won't be making it to the end.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle.

Poured from a clear glass 40-ounce bottle with a screw cap. Awesome. This is my first malt liquor review and what a beer it is. The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is corn, caramel malt and orange hops. The flavor is more of the same, lots of orange hops along with some flowery hops and corn. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of biegaman
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After pouring a little out on the sidewalk, I pour some into my pint glass. And it's a good thing too because otherwise I wouldn't of been able to appreciate this beer's huge, pillowy head, tarnished brass colour and, although they aren't exactly attractive, the occasional little fleck of spent yeast. It looks aight yo, and besides, the lacing it leaves is so decorative and rhythmical, I find myself examining it for hidden messages.

Not ever having tried any of the godfathers of malt liquor - Old English, Colt, Schlitz, Mickey's, St. Ides - I definitely lack a point of reference. I know enough about bad beers, however, to know one when I smell it. And this, to be blunt, smells repulsive. It is a crude, borderline vulgar smell dominated by coarse alcohol and, feeling the urge of my biological instincts kicking in, I just keep my nose away. The fumes alone are intoxicating.

Where as all other malt liquors are made from a majority of industrial corn syrup, Liquor de Malt uses actual milled corn - three types in fact: Azetec Red, Taos Blue and Hickory King. Pretty cool actually. Mad respect. And, as you'd expect, the flavour is not only fuller but much tastier (like spoiled cider) and, in all honesty, appreciably unique. Dare I say I like the taste of this? Yea, I do dare. And even my boy Bruz over at agrees!

Secondly, instead of being artificially carbonated with CO2, as with most mainstream beers, Liquor de Malt is bottle-conditioned. As result, the texture is actually quite creamy and well bubbled and more reminiscent of a quality Belgian offering than an industrial lager. If it weren't for the indecent amount of raw alcohol noted, this would actually be a delight to drink. The taste of refined sugar on the finish is kind of pleasant too.

If the idea of a malt liquor is to be as crude and aggressive as possible, or at least not to care about correcting those things, then in this regard Dogfish Head relatively fails. While the alcohol is undoubtedly boorish and the corniness tactlessly coarse, the beer isn't too vulgar (and no more obnoxious than, say, their Squall IPA or 120 Minute). Still, the task of finishing it is starting to seem daunting and, truthfully, stomach wrenching.

I better wrap this up before this buzz get's the better of me. I think the real irony here is that, although they were trying to be cheeky and satire the most unpalatable, distasteful and inelegant style known to man, Dogfish Head actually, perhaps for the first time, despite all their eccentric offerings, impressed me with a beer that was authentically, respectfully and tastefully unique. Mad props to my homie Sam for the 40!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color, and is topped by a white head driven by an ample carbonation. The aroma is dominated by sweet grain, but has a really nice contribution of spicy earthy hop aromatics. Surprisingly juxtaposed, the beer is dry up front but then finishes with a sweetness. The end of the finish sees a bit of hop bitterness, which helps to wash away the sweetness a bit. I was expecting this to be a bit lighter on the palate than it is, but it is actually quite full bodied. Along with the sweetness this points to lots of residual extract in this beer. There is some nice hop flavor in this beer as well, sort of faintly spicy, and faintly herbal. Overall not a bad Malt Liquor, and certainly far better than the ones that I had in my early days in college.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know it is stupid... but this is one of my long time whales... Tiklmelmo hooked me up with 2!! Jason is a stellar trader for sure... This is from the 2nd release in 2010.

Reviewed from pretty good paper notes ... I cracked this at a pretty big tasting a few weeks ago... I'm saving the other 40 to share with my bro and a work buddy who claims to be a "Malt Liquor Connoisseur"... I'll add more to the review then.

Pours clear dark gold on initial pours... but later they were sorta hazy golden... no lacing... short lasting white head.

Nose is clean maltiness... something that I guess is corn... smells like some bigger micro cream ales I've had over the years....

Flavor has a lite splash of citrus/lighter floral hops that let you know this is not your every day drunk punch... pale malts and some corny goodness (i think) .... some booze for sure just to brand the style into your brain.

Again.. the body and carbonation are akin to a bigger cream ale... medium with a lite yet frothy carbonation.. definitely interesting and glad I get the chance to try another.... The last bottle is kept in the coldest part of the fridge with a post-it that hopefully keeps people from randomly grabbing it.. Honestly, I can't wait to try it again.


Thanks again Jason.... Awesome trade.... I hope you like your brews as much as I like my incredibly rare treats.

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Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled due to BIGsBIF and the kindness of BeerBeing.

Pours a clear amber colored beer with a skimpy white head.

Smell is strong fusel oils and a floral scent of...raspberry I think. Corn aroma is a great deal less than expected. Slightly spicy smelling and it has that "DFH Smell" that I can only describe as a smoky Crème Brûlée smell.

Taste is sweet and corny with a clear taste of fusel alcohol. Lots of fruity flavors to this one and a strong caramel popcorn flavor. Not much hop flavor here so the caramel flavor really takes over. Serious tongue numbing action from this beer, it packs a punch. A grand head pounding hangover maker this beer is.

Mouthfeel is thicker than is has any right to be.

The whole time I was sampling this I just could not keep from thinking that they raided the mash tun of the local moonshiner! Definitely a corn liquor in the most shameful American tradition, but in a good way ...sort of.

A must try for its uniqueness but I won't be demanding that 60 Minute IPA disappear so they can make more.

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Liquor De Malt from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 181 ratings.
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