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Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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1,562 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 133
Gots: 287 | FT: 39
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Previously known as Hand of Doom.

(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-01-2009)
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
Photo of Ryan011235
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Founders snifter on 5/24/13

The appearance is honey through and through - amber and touches of brown marked with a depth of haziness. As the head grew initially, the only thing I could think was "barrel-thin" but the head puffed like an adder and filled the uppermost of the glass. The foam held steady for a good minute or two, at least long enough for me to pose the beer and bottle with Age of Apocalypse figure to annoy the late MbpBugeye. This down time resulted in drapes of foam on the side of the glass that dries and speckles over time. Overall retention isn't much save for a pile of tightly clustered bubbles.

Doom smells a lot less potent that I feared for a 10% barreled DIPA; that's probably a good thing, too. The barrel just out first as vanilla, oak, mild char and subtle/sweet bourbon. Slathered thereunder are the workings of the base beer; registering as thick and sweet candy citrus hops with a hint of the floral, biscuit and wafers.

While the aroma features more of the barrel than the base, the taste leads off with oily citrus hops and a dab of pine. The hops dance the foxtrot, jitterbug and jive for a moment or two, basking in a pretty darn good example of hop flavor triumphing over any sort of bitterness, before side-stepping to what would be a foray into the very biscuit and cracker malts that are swallowed up within an abundance of vanilla. Indeed, the barrel comes to prominence on the latter half of the beer and takes no holds barre(le)d on the finish. In an astonishing turn of events for a barrel-aged DIPA, the charred oak adds a pleasant dryness to the finish while the bourbon adds a soft sweetness and a compounding alcohol heat. Ye, the heat rises with the temperature of the beer. Good thing I'm kicking it in the basement and it hasn't been terribly cold lately anyway.

The feel impresses me quite a lot; the base beer is oily and only slightly sticky. The alcohol heat, at least by my reckoning, is attributable only to the barreling; with that thinking in mind I am all the more impressed that Founders pulled off such a non-boozy, non-sugary DIPA. The barrel characteristics allow for a drying out of the hop oils as a way to wrap up each sip. For all the more impressive all that is, it doesn't even take into account the carbonation. Oh, the carbonation. It's so soft and well proportioned and considerate of the intricacies of the beer. In the comparison of the flavors and body and such, the carbonation comes across as flat out delicate.

I've pecked out a lot, so to give it a quick wrap-up here is the MbpBugeye-approved text message short version: I'm not keen on barreling DIPAs but if you're gonna do it, this is how you do it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to get one of the few bottles that Roger has over at Bestway.Poured into an imperial nonic a...like others have notes a honey tinged lighter golden with a nicely formed half finger white head atop that left multiple broken rings of lace behind as it settled.Aromas were lighter than expected but some nice vanilla/bourbon and sweet fruity notes were there,the hops were somewhat subdued giving off light resiny notes.One thing I will say about the flavor profile is that the bourbon barrel is a major flavor component but it doesn't smack you in the face,all the flavors seem to be more subtle but still providing enough.The hops are more leafy and slightly citric,a good shot of peppery spice hits in the back end.Not in your face bourbon or alcohol in my opinion but neither are the hops,a very good beer with out big hops.

Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tectactoe
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

The (long-awaited) Doom, finally being bottled (previously known as "Hand of Doom" and only available at the Founders brewpub in Grand Rapids). I was a little less than thrilled to learn about this beer, simply because I'm not a huge fan of the flavor meshing between barrels and IPAs, but I'll never shun anything before trying it at least once. Plus, Double Trouble is amazing, so I owe it to myself to see how this one turned out. Picked up a bottle at my local shop, but thanks to Chris for offering to split his with me.

Doom pours a vibrant amber color with very, very nice clarity. It's capped with a thick and foamy white head - fine bubbled, vibrant, and bright. Retention is very nice and it leaves lots of webbed lacing on its decent down the glass. From the appearance, Doom actually reminds me a bit of Pliny the Elder. A very clean looking (albeit barrel-aged) double IPA. The clarity in this one is truly a remarkable thing.

I can't think of any better way to describe the aroma than to just say it's like stuffing your face directly into a pineapple. Super tropical aroma with a light bit of sugary sweetness. Surprisingly enough, I am picking up almost no bourbon at at all in the aroma. Hell, if it weren't for the very faint vanilla and wet oak hints, I would have no idea that this thing was barrel-aged. I know it only sat in barrels for four months, but I'm seriously picking up zero bourbon on the nose. Nevertheless, the tropical essence is still fantastic.

Holy shit, I don't get it... The nose contains almost no bourbon, but the first sip is loaded with it. Bourbon raids the tongue immediately - it's not really "hot" and doesn't come with a "burn", but the bourbon flavor is rampant on the palate right out of the gate. Needless to say, the fruitiness from the nose is much lower; the taste buds are also picking up some light oak, vanilla, and very faint pineapple. I can honestly say this is unlike any other beer I've ever had.

The hops are pretty much buried beneath all of this other stuff, but they do have a small, leafy and bitter presence at times. Some oaky warmth in the aftertaste with more bourbon flavors. As Doom warms up, the pineapple, tangerine, and mango notes actually get a bit stronger and it tastes a little better in my opinion, but I'm still not really digging the heavy booze flavors meshing with my Double Trouble. Medium-thick bodied, pretty slick on the palate and a little sticky at times; good carbonation for an IPA.

Well, this was weird. The smell was fantastic, it really was. I was more than let-down by the taste, however, as it tasted almost nothing like the smell. The bourbon flavors were coming through a bit too much and shadowing the beautiful tropical fruit notes. I know the bourbon was "supposed" to be heavy seeing as how this is a bourbon barrel-aged beer, but I don't know if I'm on board with this craze just yet. I think I'll stick to Double Trouble.

Photo of MadScientist
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A medium amber with good clarity. The persistent head is off-white and mostly creamy.

S: This smells great almost Christmasy with a strong pine-like hops aroma while the oak is bringing cinnamon, oak and some vanilla to the nose. The hops bring plenty of citrus too just their first impression if more of pine. There is a moderate malt sweetness and a floral alcohol notes.

T: Complex hops, malt and oak dominate with an aggressive hops bitterness, a moderately-strong citrus, pine and herbaceous hops flavor and the oak again bringing a medium cinnamon and oak with some vanilla. There is a decent amount of malt backing up the hops and bringing a moderately-low caramel malt flavor with some sweetness. The balance is fairly bitter and the finish is off-dry. The aftertaste is of citrus hops, hops bitterness and cinnamon. The bitterness has a slightly harsh edge but it's not bugging me.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation and a some alcohol warmth.

O: A big flavorful bitter beer with a great blend of competing elements that resolves nicely.

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Photo of ROBORB
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. It was served in a snifter with a nice 2 finger head. You can pick up bourbon, citrus, and perhaps vanilla on the first sniff. It smelled fantastic and tasted even better. It was very bitter when it was cold but as the beer warmed up it evened out nicely. I could pick up a nice, but pungent citrus taste at first. Then as it warmed I could pick up some vanilla, oak and some sort of buttery taste. I would look for this beer and get it again in a heartbeat.

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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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