Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured a very cloudy orange amberish color with a foamy 2 finger bright colored snow white head that faded slowly, leaving good spotty lacing. Tons of bubbles in the head and racing up the brew, it looks like a good aged bottle conditioned Belgian ale.
Smells of pineapple, bourbon, orange peel, charcoal and wine up front; second whiff contains vanilla, oak or wine barrels, mint, brown sugar, caramel, light spices, tropical fruit, flowers, floral hops and merlot like tannins. The hop aroma was not as strong as I expected, nor was the booze or bourbon influence, but man was this sweet and complex with so much going on that it was almost confusing; enjoyable, but confusing.
Taste is unique; on one hand there is the evident barrel aging effect producing sweet wine and bourbon notes, and then there is the juicy hop sweetness that has citrus and pine notes bursting through and then fizzling out for an intertwined complexity. The smoky bourbon flavors come through, as does pineapple, mango, orange peel, guava, gummy bears, brown sugar, caramel and vanilla, and then seems different and complicated after each swallow. The malts and booze are present throughout the flavor, but the hops add juicy sweet fruit with each sip that dances between oaky and boozy, grainy and hoppy, all the while maintaining some form of balance which allows different accents to come through with each sip. I noted coconut, maple syrup, tart sour apple and cinnamon in separate sips, and yet the booze and ABV never let this turn nasty or offensive. Perhaps the hop bitterness calmed the barrel aging, as I can’t explain why this wouldn’t be borderline undrinkable with the strong vanilla and bourbon influence and clocking in at 10% ABV. Somehow it worked well enough to make this pretty drinkable for such a huge, full bodied beer. Don’t get me wrong, this beer puts the hurt on as that ABV hits you hard in every drop, but the experience and variety of flavors involved makes this quite intriguing and enjoyable. This is not a session beer, and I wish I would have split the bomber, but I’m still glad I tried it.
Mouthfeel is oily slick and very creamy, and then the oaky and bourbon notes halt the slide and give it a chewy thick feel that is sweet like honey or syrup with the same kind of consistency; fruity notes and a hop bitterness come through at the end, allowing the barrel aged notes to give off some smoky bourbon-like flavors and peat moss or roasted grain dryness that is almost tart.
This beer was not what I expected it to be, but it was still fairly enjoyable and worthy of the money ($14) for the bomber. A very nice experiment by Founders, but to be honest I’m not sure that I’d buy it again.
NOTE: After thinking about this beer review a week or so, I give it extra credit for being so smooth considering that this is a big burly beer; a DIPA aged in bourbon barrels should have strong booze and be packed with flavor, so in that regard this brew delivered exactly what the brewer set out to do.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2013 03:45:56 | More by CHickman
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