Liquor De Malt | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

181 Ratings
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 Bmoyer0301
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pulled this sweet bottle out of its bum like brown bag and proceeded to twist off the plastic cap for real old school college effect. Pours a murky light brown, tan colored with a one finger thick bone white head that actually stuck around for the whole time. As I hold it up to the light there is some yeast chunks and lots of haze going on here and I cannot see through this ale. On the swirl the viscosity appears to be pretty thin.


Haha probably the best smelling 40oz I have ever had! wet earthy corn particularly the green husks and the brown hair like fibers. Lots of sweetness and moss going on here with absolutly no hop presence. In the finish there is a slight hay aroma with other muddled flavors that hare hard to pull out.


Not bad at all, Very sweet, light fluffy corn and some green veggies, honey and candi sugar are the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe some burnt biscuits or toast ? Like a overly sweet pilsner..


Smooth and definitely unforgettable for its crazy packaging and flavorful undertones that make this the best 40oz out there. I would agree this is kind of a gimmick but its really neat to see these kind of experiments go down just for fun.

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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 albgarza
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought this to a beer tapping at Flossmoor.

Appearance-Very cloudy and thick head

Smell-malty and sweet barley

Taste-Not what I expected kind of like a Barley wine.

Mouthfeel-Fills your mouth,thick very carbonated.

Drinkability-Not easy to drink but would have another at 7%abv

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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 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 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 vacax
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Opened up this forty ounce of freedom at Blue Palms "Ultimate Brown Bag" because it already came in a brown bag. How perfect. Paired it in a side-by-side with St. Ides, a rarity in these parts. Most people seemed to prefer this, though honestly I thought the finish was cleaner on the two dollar forty than the twenty dollar one. This one poured sparkly and pale gold, just like a good malt liquor should. The head was tighter than most due to the bottle conditoning but retention was low. A bit cloudy due to the bottle conditioning, which goes against the style, especially for a style meant to be drank directly the brown bag.

Aroma is lighter than typical malt liquor with a bit of esters, banana, in addition to a corn cereal, not harsh. Taste has a malt sweetness with corn, some esters not typical of malt liquor lighten it, but the finish is harsh on the corn and quite dry. It starts better than "malt liquor" but the ending says this is definitely a malt liquor. One of the key aspects of a malt liquor is the drinkability, which depends on a clean finish, which this one does not do as well as a craft version ought to. Light body, probably heavier than most though, which is evident due to natural moderate carbonation which is lower than usual. Mouthfeel is a strong point for the beer. Overall, drinkability is hampered by the finish, unique flavor on the midpalate, but not necessarily good.

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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 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 scottyb88
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2010

A- pours a hazy dark orange almost copper color with a great head and sticky lacing

S- very faint banana, like a weak hefeweizen aroma, a hint of sweet lemon, some yeast aroma, alcohol spiciness

D- a semi-sweet lemon citrus, alcohol is prominent, not very bitter just kinda sweet with a slight burn at the end

M-very smooth almost like water; the lingering finish is nice; the alcohol flavors coat the sides of your mouth a bit

D-not very accustomed to malt liquors, but the alcohol prominence is a little overpowering and after one glass it is really starting to catch up with me; definitely nice to try because of the rarity and a style I'm not familiar with, but if it were in regular production...nah, I would buy something else.

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