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 kingcrowing
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

40oz bottle in a bad ass hand stamped paper bag poured into a DFH hand blown snifter!

Pours a nice cloudy golden amber with a big two finger white fluffy head that slowly fades to about one finger and it's sticking around with a bit of lacing. Nose is very belgian, almost like a belgian golden ale. Very yeasty/bready with some light hops as well.

Wow, best Malt Liquor ever? The finish is a bit harsh and astringent like most malt liquor, but it's way more complex and fruity, I can taste the hops and having all this different corn really gives quite a nice and complex flavor.

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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 nickd717
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

40oz bottle via trade thanks to soulforpeanuts. Been after this one for awhile. If there was a packaging category in rating this one, it would do quite well: brown bag, 40oz bottle, plastic screw top. Classy.

Pours cloudy amber with a nice frothy off-white head and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is nice and sweet but not too exciting: pale malt, caramel, slight floral hops, and some grainy adjunk (corn, I think).

Flavor is sweet and malty. Pale malt and maybe some caramel, grain, corn, and just a hint of floral hops. A little sweeter than it should be.

Smooth and sweet on the palate. Medium-bodied with an average carbonation level.

Drinkability is not too high, but what 40 of malt liquor is drinkable? Edward 40-hands wouldn't be much of a challenge then, would it? I think "great for the style, but not great overall" sums it up. I like what they did here, but probably wouldn't opt to drink this again.

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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 duffextracold
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow, not much head

S- Sweet, sort of like vomit, but not in a bad way...

T- Sweet malt, corn, sugar, no hops, no bitterness, more sweet, a hint of soap at the end. sort of has a moonshine taste.

M- decent mouthfeel, good carbonation, nice consistency.

D- If I was to drink malt liquor, I guess this would be high up on the list, but meh..

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why didn't I get a paper bag with mine? Honey colored with a thin white head. Smells like ginger ale and rugby socials.

Tastes like ginger ale with candy corn at the end. Has that distinctive malt liquor "instant hangover" taste. Better than Steel Reserve!

Yeah, it's really good for a malt liquor...but so what?

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Photo of mhewes
2.14/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A : Poured a honey color with a small white head

S : Not much on the smell, mainly just corn and some malt

T : Not that good. Strong corn flavor with the alcohol really showing through. There was some mineral tastes in there that just threw it off.

M : Light carbonation, medium-bodied

D : I usually love Dogfish's beers but this is one that I'm glad they haven't rereleased.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden copper color with a small white head. In the aroma, bourbon, and a malty liquor presence. In the taste, malty and bourbon like, with a dry end. A big body, smooth mouthfeel, with a semi dry, bourbon aftertaste. Bourbon presence was a surprise, but was nice. Love the 40oz, its like classy trash!

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

This poured a clear golden color with a thick head – tight bubbles. The aroma is big of hops initially that settles down to a sweet malt after a few moments. The taste is sweet and malty. The mouthfeel is full bodied and the alcohol is noticeable. Overall, this is one bad ass malt liquor – it is Friday afternoon, and I just got off work – much better than the days of King Cobra!

(Note: As I try to do, style kept in mind while scoring)

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Photo of SilentSabre
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

To finish all 40 ounces of this myself is going to be quite challenging indeed. Little gas escaped as I removed the plastic cap. Pour was an orange bronze colour with a nice looking half-inch thick white head. Strangely, there seems to be quite alot of CO2 bubbles streaming upward in this, inspite of the lack of escaping gas upon opening.
Smell is sweet and fruity with a substantial amount of corn. It smells nothing like any malt liquor I have ever smelled. I don't quite know what to make of this, actually. The taste is very sweet, and while I wasn't exactly impressed with it, it certainly does seem to taste better than your average malt liquor, so I gave it a 3,5. Mouthfeel is rather heavy and quite honestly, it's almost oily in texture. I like this in certain styles, but not this one. This is a very strange concoction which seems to combine attributes of a wide variety of styles, and place them all in a malt liquor. It's quite novel, if nothing else.

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Photo of RDAdams
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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Photo of flexabull
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have to give this beer a 5 for appearance, 40 oz. twist off, plus a whino bag with the Dogfish Head logo on front, this is classic.

Beer itself is surprisingly an orange color with a fairly small head.

Aromas are dull and subtle. Not much going on here, maybe a bit of sweet corn. Not unpleasant though.

Flavor is interesting, not at all what I expected. It is a bit sweet, just slightly dry, corny and breadlike.

Mouthfeel is thick and full.

Drinkability? As a novelty, yes. As far as something I'd search out? No. Kudos to Dogfish Head for making this though, it's a fun beer to taste.

Bottle courtesy of beerbeing. This was sent for B'day 07, thanks!

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.29/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

What an amazing novelty, brown bag and plastic screw-top included. If this wasn't Dogfish Head or some other reputable brewer, I'd be very scared right now, questioning my sanity and everything...

Who knows how long this sat in the store? (Purchased at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC) I got a completely unimpressive head, resembling wispy dishsoap bubbles scattered across the top of a burnt golden yellow. Good clarity.

Smell is definitely on the corn-y side, but there's a nice malt backbone backing things up, if a little on the sweet side.

The moment of truth: flavor is corn-heavy with a mineral maltiness as support. Slight bitterness in the finish, sort of like an alcohol-spiked butterscotch candy. This just tastes wrong, like they diluted the batch with Brut aftershave or something as sickening.

Making matters worse is the watery body, and the somewhat pasty film left in the mouth, sip after vile sip. Yuck.

I suspect this particular bottle wasn't the freshest example of Liquor De Malt, but damned if I'll buy it again just to a find a better example. I think I got the idea. Nice novelty, DFH, but no way was the fun-factor worth the $8.99 price of admission. My most expensive drain-pour yet.

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Photo of
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

40oz. bottle

Light brown, rough texture. Some black lines in center. Small white head on top. Now, let's take it out of the bag....

In the interest of science, poured a serving into a glass. Crystal clear, golden color, with a large, rocky, white head.

Aroma was alcohol, and not much else. A bit of molasses and bread if I really shoved my head in the glass and inhaled beer.

Taste was better than the aroma, but not by a lot. A sweet wheat bread, corn, bubblegum on the rebound and, oh yeah, alcohol. Surprisingly, the alcohol was not terribly overdone.

Medium in body and carbonation. A very sweet/wet finish. A bit slick and coating. Alcohol warming in short order.

Interesting, but not my thing. Technically, pretty well done compared to what I remember of other malt liquors I had long ago. If Mickeys works for you, give this one a run.

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Photo of mcallister
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honestly not a bad looking beer at all. A very carbonated head large and lasting fills my Unibroue glass too the brim. The Liquid inside is very clear and a shade of maple. Some thick frothy lace remains behind.

Nose is hard to pull out any definite answers. There are hints of sweet corn sugars, as well as a malty type of ester. But hard to really define anything.

This beer is actually quite good and very drinkable. Mouthfeel is to a tee on this style. Not overly carbonated but carbonation is sufficient. Very light and easy to quaff. The main flavors are of a sweet corn paste mixture, with what maybe slight bits of floral earthyness. Not a complex beer by any means but one that is easy too drink if you have to hang out with some homeys but you don't want to pount the 45.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was able to get a bottle of this to savor in a quieter enviroment then the pub. Very nice golden color, it is extremely clear. I think it might be flat. There is almost no carbonation and there was a waxy/crusty substance around the mouth of the bottle like the cap had failed or something. Nice, malty sweet aroma-somewhat of a low level barleywine sweetness to it. Slightly vinuous. Smooth as silk, malty flavor. Just a hint of bitterness in there for good measure. Full mouthfeel-much more body then any other malt liquors I have tried. The lack of carbonation brings it down a notch or 2 though it is still quite full bodied. Damn good beer and dangerously enjoyable. Too bad it is called a malt liqour but then again what is in a name? Well worth a try.

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Photo of mobud
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serve: Sampled screwtop bottle with friends in shaker glasses.

Appearance: Brightest Dogfish beer I have ever tried. Poured a nice level head,but did not last. The beer, however, retained some carbonation as I drank the sample.

Smell: The strong corn smell is what you takeaway from this beer. I have had many beers in my career and have never sensed this much sweet corn.

Taste : The early sips at its coldest were the best. As the sample aged in my glass, I grew less fond of the overwelming corn element. The alcohol was more noticable, but joined with corn for a less than exciting finish.

Mouthfeel: The early sips were nice and even. The sweet corn taste blended with a not too heavy aftertaste. I again felt better about the cooler- first sips vs. the later warmer sips.

Drinkability: I nice beer that I would split with a friend. Different from most of the other DFH offerings. I have had malt liquor before, but I never remember wanting to have it again like this one.

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Photo of tcromwell
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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Photo of ghostwalker
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden amber body, thick fluffy white head.

Nose is mildly boozy with a malty, corn chip smell.

Flavor is assertive and bold. Planty of bland backbone, malt and some corn. It has the medium octane finish of a malt liquor. Not a lot of hops here, should I be surprised?

Mouthfeel is thin, slick and very highly carbonated.

Drinkability is high. This is a 7% easy drinker.

One really different brew. DFH does it again by doing what no one else can, or no one else will. A interesting and ultimately successful experiment.

Also, I love the bottle and paper bag presentation, it's a keeper!

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

A: The beer is a deep golden yellow color with an abundant head that does not lace.

S: The smell is malty biscuit and sweet corn.

T: The lager has a very delicious malty sweetness. The corn adds a strong syrup-like flavor and creates a beer that is full of flavor. The alcohol, at 7%, is well hidden.

M: The lager’s sweet malt character is very pleasant in the mouth.

D: This is a veritable session beer from DFH, full of flavor and high on novelty, check it out.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boy I was lookin for this one for a long time, then last weekend, there it is, the last bottle sitting innocently on the shelf at Spirit Haus. Anyway, pours a really 40ish orange pee color like most ive encountered. Smell is a tad sweeter then any of the others i have had, certainly has the high alcohol smell characteristic of most of DFH's beers. Taste up front hits you with some nice hops, then the sweet malty backbone comes into play. I don't know why, but something about the fact that they use gourmet corn in this beer makes me enjoy it even more. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and pretty easy to drink all in all. Im not gonna lie, this beer isn't anything breath taking, but I still love how DFH takes a style that is somewhat looked down upon, and has made a really quality beer from it. Im a wee bit disappointed that i didn't get a paper bag included, but oh well. You beer snobs should sip a 40 like this (or any one for that matter) and stop taking yourselves so seriously. Embrace beer without bias. Cheers

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Amber body with a couple fingers of off-white head. Smells alcoholic and corny like most other malt liquors, except more pungent. Corn and alcohol are definitely apparent. Slightly sweet. Light-bodied. Tasty. The alcohol doesn't hit you in the face like other malt liquors. I'd go so far as to call it the best malt liquor out there. Very, very drinkable. Kudos once again, DFH! I also love the 40 oz bottle with a screwtop cap and the brown paper bag...

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

A - It poured a deep gold/ light copper color. It had a head for a little bit, but quickly dissapated.

S - Sweet Corn aromas and very little else. There is a little bit of toasty caramel thing going on, but not much else. Doesnt have a nasty Malt Liquor bite that traditionals do... But then again this isnt traditional.

T - Very sweet along the lines of corn, and caramel. Veryinteresting in the after taste department. It stays the same all the way down.

M - Very light and smooth. No real carbination bite, or bitterness.

D - Very VERY easy to drink a lot of these. Very drinkable.

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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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