Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by DrewV:
3.23/5 rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I think Founders is a fantastic brewery and produces some of my absolute favorites (their stouts and porters are among the best in the world), but this one just bombed out, to be quite frank.
Starting out with the appearance, I would guess this was a weak pilsener from the pale color (slightly golden yellow) and thin fizzy head. It smelled more like an oaky wine than a beer and I had a hard time picking out any real hop presence in the aroma. Taste was the best part of the experience, with a nice punch and some decent bourbony flavor, but there was no substance behind it, nothing to back up the sweetness, nothing to follow up at the end to clean up the palate. The flavor just hits with some heat and spice, then fades away quickly with no mouthfeel or creaminess. I'm actually being generous with my rating, as I don't feel this brew was offensive in any way and it certainly seems better than BMC swill, but as a "complete" beer, it totally misses the mark. My personal rating gives this a B-, no higher. I would not buy this again.
EDIT: As this beer warms, the flavors definitely become more pronounced and the mouthfeel becomes more full. However, I don't believe this changes my review, as the overall product still seems inadequate and misses the mark. I would much prefer a good barleywine or fresh DIPA rather than this, at a much lower price. Again, it's decent and definitely qualifies as a "good" brew, but it misses the mark in terms of a fulfilling brew.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2013 20:49:56 | More by DrewV
More User Reviews:
3.89/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A- Poured into a brandy snifter. Nice golden hazy yellowish amber color. The pour didn't get much of a head at all.
S- Very strong bourbon smell along with a nice citrus hop upfront with slight smells of vanilla. Oak was detected on further sniffs. This really means to please the nose.
T- Nice big hop upfront (crisp fuity grapefruit/citrus) along with oak flavor. The bourbon makes an appearance midway through the flavors and ends with a nice vanilla ending. The vanilla comes through huge when more than a sip is taken.
M- Good crisp and clean mouthfeel. This beer glides over the tounge from the good carbonation. Leaves a hoppy taste on the palate along with a nice vanilla taste as well. Overall pretty good per mouthfeel.
O- I was more than surprised with this and am happy I tried it.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 01:47:43 | More by Tonerelia
Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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