Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company
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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.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2013 04:48:58 | More by Ryan011235
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