Dark Horse German Hobo Malt Liquor

I only use my fanciest of can glasses for my malt liquor

Style: American Malt Liquor
ABV: 9.5%
5.5 Stars

A collaboration with Old Nation Brewing, The German Hobo Malt Liquor from Dark Horse Brewing is some strong dancejuice, both in flavor and alcohol content. I’ll be honest and say that I’m not all that well-versed in the world of malt liquors… if my college day memories weren’t a rum-induced haze, I could likely count the number of times I’ve had one on a single hand.

German Hobo pours from the bottle a pleasant, hazy orangish copper. Dark Horse is releasing their batch in bottles while Old Nation’s come in 16oz cans (that clock in at an even stronger 11.5%), so I can’t say for 100% certainty that it pours the same from the can, but I’ll make a wild speculation and say that it does. Filling up my fanciest of can-shaped beer glasses nicely, I could smell the boozy, malty sweetness wafting up to me from below.

Strangely, I find that this beer is a little reminiscent of scotch ale… malted barley, sweet caramel and some hints of toffee. Along with all those tasty-sounding things, I also found a load of boozy funkness behind it all. It comes juuuuust to the edge of being something I could enjoy, but then that funky aftertaste kicks in and my tongue gets angry.

Now I love me some strong brews, but unfortunately, this one isn’t really my cup of tea. Drinkable, yes. But something I would seek out again? Probably not.

As I mentioned before, this is a collaborative effort with Old Nation Brewing, a brewery that makes some delightful collaborations with Detroit’s own Sanders Chocolate Company. Do yourself a tasty favor… leave this one on the shelf and pick up their Bumpy Cake double oatmeal brown ale.

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A craft beer fan since 19, used to look for your non-regular beers on frequent trips to downtown Windsor with friends, at 21 Ken basically took over an entire refrigerator with monthly visits to Merchants. With 5 years of podcasting prior, Ken decided to create the brand and show Better on Draft in the spring of 2015, and began creating his dream of a beer-centric website that wasn't too full of itself. He now runs the board and does a lot of the back office stuff while the show goes on, keeping everyone in line, and the beer flowing!