Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml Backstage series bottle, vintage 2013, shared with a buddy in Russian River snifters today 4/24/2013.
Aroma: There's just something interesting about this that piques my interest. I definitely smell citrus- grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest at the beginning, plus some vanilla and oak which are presumably from the bourbon barrel. BUT, as it warms up, it all blends into something like peach, maybe even a little bit of apricot. Its hard to explain, but the smell starts out individually as the DIPA and the bourbon barrel contribution, but ends up blending into a peach sort of scent. I'm very surprised as I expected something like the first part only, something more separated but this comes together surprisingly well in a good way. (5)
Colour: Definitely a hazy dark amber body. But when I pour it, it starts out a really light, golden colour like a Belgian blonde, with tons of bubbles coming up and almost a minute later, it turns a very dark, hazy amber/copper body. I was transfixed by this particular transformation- never really saw a beer do that. Comes with a big fluffy 2cm white head that sticks around for more than a minute, and the lacing is pretty darn good. Really, I'm giving this a 5 because it pours like a Belgian blonde and ends up being more like a brown ale. Really cool how that came out. (5)
Flavour: Similar to the nose- the hops are very fresh and I get a good bit of citrus on its own when its chilled out the bottle. There's also some toffee and breadiness, which I imagine is from the Double Trouble contribution. And then there's a good bit of vanilla and oak, which I imagine is from the barrel. But I don't get a whole lot of actual bourbon. When it warms up, it starts tasting very similar to a White Oak Jai Alai- peachy and oakey. Very cool, balanced but nothing unique. Still a very enjoyable flavour set. (4)
Mouthfeel: Thinner side of medium body, great carbonation that leaves a good fizziness on the tongue after each swallow. The finish is dry and smooth yet refreshing. Its on the lighter side for a DIPA but isn't hard to drink- the heat is pretty well disguised or not there in the first place. Not difficult to drink for sure. (4)
Overall: Pretty cool beer. It took me back to when I drank the CCB White Oak Jai Alai that I bought back from the brewery- its really similar to that, but everything is a bit more intense. I wish there had been a little bit more bourbon to distinguish it, but overall it was a very interesting experience and I'm glad I picked up one bottle. That being said, I'm also glad I didn't go crazy and hunt down 5 bottles. I'll happily drink it again if offered but I won't necessarily pay the asking price to drink it again. (4)
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2013 07:10:29 | More by Stevedore
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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