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 laintringulis
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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Photo of jarsh
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 40oz bottle w/ plastic twist off cap, accompanied buy a DFH Logo'd brown paper sac. Awesome.

Appearance: Pours a orange-y gold color with decent brilliant white head that seems to last.

Smell: Alcohol and malty corn, very corn-y. Reminds me of my daughters Gerber corn puffs actually.

Taste: Nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Sweet and corn surupy with a decent malt backbone. Alcoholic throughout..but what is this? A malt liquor that dosn't taste like the bottom of a corn silo. As I drank it, the alcohol taste subsided and actually was a decent beer.

Overall: By and far the best malt liquor I have ever had. Had this in a tasting with a friend who brought over a Rougue Daddys Little Helper and the DFH blew it away. The Rougue tastes like OE, belch.

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Photo of DrJay
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a fizzy white head, modest retention, and a bit of short-lived lacing. The aroma was all sweet malt and corn, plus a whisper of hops. Low bitterness to start and quite sweet with corn and malt. There was a bit of fruit in the middle and it finished with a bit more bitterness as the sweetness faded. It got a little tastier as it warmed, with more fruit and a bit of hop flavour coming through. Moderately low carbonation - smooth rather than crisp - medium bodied with a slightly syrupy texture. This is definitely the best malt liquor I've ever had, but I'm not sure that's a ringing endorsement. Still, I did enjoy it for more than just the novelty.

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Photo of mnapier
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First off, I would never consumer a 40oz anything in one sitting, with that said, this apricot colored, clear beer, has some redeeming qualities.
In regards to the appearance, the head is mild & with a fringe of lace
Swirling it around I detect slight hop & lager sweetness, and some slight grapefruit odor. Initial tastes, are a slight sweetness, with an overall maltiness, overall drink-ability appears medium in taste.

I would say the only drawbacks, are the idea of a 40oz 7 percent beverage, not to mention a noticable sediment in the bottom of the bottle. No warning is indicated to avoid pouring this in your glass either.

Overall, this is a drinkable beverage, and doesn't approach the same crappiness that is expected from a malt beverage as it warms up.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
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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Photo of wcudwight
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A craft brewed bottle-conditioned malt liquor. Who'd a thunk it.
Pours out of the 40oz bottle a tawny golden amber color with a thin whispy head that quickly recedes to a thin lace around the rim.
Smell is very good. Sweet garden fresh corn. Corn husk and faint alcohol.
Taste is grainy. Raw grain, sweet corn, malt, and alcohol. Alcohol in the finish. This has to be more than 7%.
Feels alright in the mouth. Medium bodied. Slick and oily feeling.
It's not a bad beer, it's a good malt liquor. But I still don't think it's a very drinkable beer.

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

I can't beleive this is a malt liqour. It is as good as the hype.

The beer poured into my Dogfish Head glass a nice golden light amber. There is a large head that refuses to go away. The smell is corny with a spicey hint. The taste is similer to others but there is vanilla hints in there too. The taste is certainly the best malt liqour I have had. The mouthfeel is very smooth. A lasting bitterness in the aftertaste. The drinkability is good. I would have no problem buying this again. But they are pretty much all gone for the year. This beer was presented nicely. From the brown bag to the 40 oz bottle to the plastic cap. This was classic.

I could not think of a better way to celebrate the one year anniversary of NC popping the cap. This one is for you, Jimmy Jacumin. Thanks to all the people that made PTC a reality.

**Edit. This stuff still has that sore throat like aftertaste that makes this style hard to enjoy. Still a good beer for the style.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a fizzy amber tan. Very clean look. Good head, egg shell white. Good filmy foam retention as well.

Smell- There was some trademark adjuncts, of course. But a sweet malt contenance. Hints of biscuits.

Taste- A very sweet bready malt mixed with your corny adjuncts. But a more complex adjunct profile for a malt liqour.

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

After waiting nearly a year since NC raised the ABV limit, I finally got the chance to try this beer. I removed the twist off cap and heard a loud satisfying hiss. The beer poured a light amber color with a nice one finger head. Lots of bubbles and carbonation present. Aroma was of sweet malt, corn adjunct and some perfumy hops in the backround. Taste was quite sweet and fruity, with some syrupy notes and a touch of alcohol. As the beer warmed I could taste a little bit of honey and some peppery/spicy flavors. Mouthfeel was light and smooth. Drinkability was OK considering the sweetness of this beer. This is possibly the tastiest ML available. I never detected any of those harsh alcohol/solvent flavors that are so common with the style. The corny taste is never too strong and the yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle adds some different flavor. Too bad the availability of this beer is so limited and the high price puts it out of range for bums and the homeys.

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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 MaltyGoodness
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

** Reviewed on paper 7/21/06 **
40oz. bottle inside a DFH stamped paper bag

Visually, the packaging is really fun - a really cool presentation. I poured just enough from the bottle to take a look at the contents. It pours a light amber with a fluffy white head.

Aroma of sweet malt with a slight booziness.

Taste is sweet and malty start to finish. It tastes more or less like most malt liquors, minus the corn.

Light body, plenty of CO2.

This brew has a great fun factor, but it's really nothing more than a quality made malt liquor with a nifty package. It's certainly better tasting than your garden variety malt liquor, but also at more than 3 times the price.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the brown paper bag packaging.
A- Clear light amber, nice white head, moderate lacing.

S- Sweet malt and alcohol. A certain Dogfish head sweetness in the nose.

T- Having been a malt liquor drinker in my younger days, I was impressed that this one had a taste that was nice. Definite Dogfish Head sweetness I could peg a mile away. Lots of alcohol warming the brew. I'd love to note some more hops, but this is a malt liquor and for the style, it's very well done.

D- I enjoyed sipping this one, both the sweetness and apparent alcohol rose as it warmed.

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Photo of grub
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a pale yellow colour with a half inch of pure white head. the head quickly dissipates and doesn't leave much lace.

aroma is definite malt liquor. lots of corn.

this is probably the best malt liquor i've ever drank. in comparison to it's peers that's a medal of honour, but that doesn't necessarily make it good. it's alot like other strong lagers flavour-wise. kind of fruity, which seems to increase as it warms. a little alcohol also comes through as it warms, as well as just a bit of bitterness.

mouthfeel is ok.

drinkability is ok. better than most malt liquor, but still not the sort of thing i'm going to drink regularly.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served partly in a pub glass. The remainder of the beer was drank in the traditional method. I served the beer from the bottle and wrapped in the paper bag it came in. No I did not pour any out for my dead homeys. My wife would have killed me for pouring it on our floor.

Appearance: The beer has a amber coloration. The beer is very effervescent. The beer has a large head and retains it well.

Smell: The beer has a very sweet corny smell. The beer has a very pronounced fusil alcohol smell. The beer has a undefinable floral smell.

Taste: The beer is very corn bread sweet. The beer has a bit of charcoalesque flavor. The beer is remarkably bland and inoffensive. Even when the beer warmed up it was consistantly ok.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is dam near all body. This is a viscous full bodied malt liquor. The beer is well carbonated and this breaks the full bodied beer up a bit. The beer was split between myself and my wife. The beer is a sipper and should be treated as such. Oddly enough this is a really good malt liquor. If you will this is the Cadillac with a Brougham of malt liquior. Dogfish head has definately pimped my malt liquor!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bid Nasty looking plastic 40 and split by some friends and the DFH Ale house. Oh man, what is that. Floaters in the beer. This pale yellow liquid has suspended partials in it. The head is light white and fluffy.

The small is of malt, but not sweet. Kind of stiff of flat smelling, not fruit here.

The taste is surprisingly good. Smooth, creamy, malty. Not bad at all. Not what I expected, or what I remember from the style. But defiantly what I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel is good creamy and thick.

Drinkability is ok. I am sure I would not want all 40 oz's as there is much more beer in the sea, (as it were). But good and lots of fun. Thanks Sam, Now stop fooling around and bring on the Espresso Bock! Prost MK

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clever idea, certainly not what I remember Colt 45 was like (thankfully). It was an amber color with a medium white head. It had a very sweet aroma. It tasted surprisingly smooth, sweet, a little hoppy. Not what I expected. A trifle light in the mouth. Drinkable, although next time I'll share the bottle.

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

If i could just sum this beer up as a good one i would, but i cant so here it goes. I am so torn between ratings on this one its unreal. Do you rate it for the style or do you rate it for the way it is as a beer all around? In which case i used both in my decision. It pours like a beer shoudl with a nice fluffy head, dark golden body, with excellent lacing and head retention. The smell is of malt liquor. All malt with the most subtle hint of hops and a sweet alcohol nose. It smells slightly fruity with some corn, rice and a hint of spice. This beer is creamy, medium body, with little carbonation, and is sweet, fruity, grainy, and a slight bit yeasty. It us very interesting. Alcohol is apparent only in the fact that if you drink half the 40oz you get a nice buzz. It is very coating in the mouth which doesn let you miss many of the flavors that are compacted into this beer. All in all i say this beer is half gimmick half an excellent beer. It is one to try for all and a staple for the style.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 40oz bottle a hazy dark yellow/orange with some yeast floaties in suspension. A small white head that leaves some spotty patches hangs around. Aroma of sweet corn and light citrus notes. Slighty spicy as well, with fresh yeast. Interesting clove/pepper undertones. For a malt liquor this smells damn good!

First sip brings a crisp sweet corn maltiness. Light fruit tones with a nice yeasty flavor as well. Mellow peppery spiciness on the way down gives this brew an interesting twist. A smooth, tasty malt liquor that changes the way you look at the style overall.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, smooth and creamy with no alcohol apparent at all. Goes down pretty easily. Wow, a seriously good brew and something I'd like to drink every now and again. Cheers to DFH for taking a much maligned style and showing what can be done with it. The brown paper bag and traditional 40oz bottle with plastic screw cap seal the deal! Worth checking this one out boys and girls.

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

Pale color with a well developed white head. Subtle aroma, which was clean and not filled with toxic and oceanic (fish, algae, seaweed) like most malt liquors. The flavor is actually very enjoyable, providing a hint of hops and yeast, along with the corny goodness. Big props to Dogfish Head for creating this fun and unique beer.

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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 babydoc
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from its 40-oz bottle into a pint glass, yielding a frothy one-finger off-white head that dwindled fairly quickly, but did leave some sticky lace. Beer was iced- tea colored initially hazy near the end. It had streamers here and there. I didn't drink it from the bottle or wrap it in the DFH-stamped brown bag kindly provided by Nilus- would that have made the experience a sweeter one?

Nose? Corn, corn, and alcohol a bit of fresh-corn sweetness. Nothing flowery of floral here.

It tastes of corn,grain, and alcohol; again a bit sweet, but not malty sweetness. Alcohol doesnt't try to hide. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, moderate, slick on the tongue.

This beer is a force to be reckoned with in it's style/class, but malt liquor is not a style I find particularly enjoyable!

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I just had to try this beer out of novelty factor alone. Thanks, mentor, for sending me the bottle. Unfortunately the brown bag didn't come with it, but I have another one lying around to use after I finish writing my review from the glass (yes, folks, I will be drinking the rest of this thing ghetto style).

The beer looks decent enough. Pours to a clear light golden color with a great carbonation. Head is very frothy and thin, but doesn't last long despite the lively carbonation. Lacing is actually fairly decent, surprisingly enough.

The smell is quite sweet and grainy. Definitely corny. Fairly high in alcohol. Not terrible, but not good. The taste is likewise. Actually much more flavorful than I was expecting, though it isn't particularly good either. Sweet and grainy with even a hint of toastiness to the malt. The finish really shows off the corn. Blech.

Full of residuals, but the body is still fairly light. The carbonation is prickly on the tongue. Has a bit of a bite to the finish.

Drinkability is not high. After this beer I will most likely never consume another 40 oz in my life. This was the first one I'd had since I was about 15, and probably my last unless another highly respectable craft brewery releases a malt liquor complete with 40 and brown bag.

I would say its the best malt liquor I've had, but that doesn't say much for it, and it's pretty much a given anyway.

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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 ViveLaChouffe
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light hazy gole with a creamy 1/4 inch ivory head. Not much lacing. Smells grassy and corny. Herbal hops. Sweet.

Tastes grassy and of that sweet corny taste so predominant in malt liquor. Not as bad as say, Schlitz Malt Liquor Bull or anything but it's still there. There are some light bittering hops that do their best to offset the cloying sweetness but they lose as the beer goes down. Lightly metallic tastes too. Creamy and sticky mouth.

I drank my share of crappy beer in my time but always shied away from malt liquor due to that weird corny taste. This one is much better but I am still turned off by the corn.

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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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