Liquor De Malt | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Liquor De MaltLiquor De Malt

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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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Ratings: 181 |  Reviews: 145
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 kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -38%

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 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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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 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 nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 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 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 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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.45/5  rDev -5%

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 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 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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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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Liquor De Malt from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 181 ratings