Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company
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4.63/5 rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: The relative oddity that is bourbon barrel-aged Double Trouble predictably pours a slightly darker and richer gold than the base beer. A slightly violent pour yields two fingers of pure white head with impressive retention, based on the barrel aging. Lacing is very good. There is also more carbonation than expected given the bourbon presence. There is minimal sediment present as well, but the beer is nearly crystal clear. This is a great looking drink and really is not all that different in appearance from Double Trouble.
Aroma: “Odd” is the only word to describe the duel between bourbon (which is very much present, though in more of an alcohol presence than a traditional bourbon note) and citrusy hops. The bourbon actually makes the hop qualities come out earthier in comparison to Double Trouble’s largely citrus- and pine-based aroma. The bourbon (or, rather, alcohol) is not overpowering, but actually somehow works quite well with the earthiness of the hops and caramel of the malt bill. There is a touch of vanilla from the barrel hidden in the nose. Overall, it really just smells like a sweet, syrupy, high ABV IIPA with a hint of oak, which is not a bad thing; more bourbon barrel character would have been nice.
Taste: The barrel, perhaps angry that it was nearly counted out of the aroma, hits hard, almost to the degree of tasting like an impossibly smooth shot of bourbon. Never fear, hop-heads, as is just the beginning: this beer is immensely complex. Right after the initial bourbon barrel sucker punch (which is packed with sweet bourbon, hot booziness, and fantastic oak) come the hops; they vary as the beer warms: initially, only the harsh grapefruit is strong enough to cut through the barrel, but eventually some great orange and mango notes come through. The mango brings with it a banana (!?) and a pineapple to create a great tropical fruit basket. There is also a strange (yet awesome), savory butter quality going on here. The malt wavers from bready to caramel to toffee (likely because of the barrel’s influence), and is superb throughout. The assertiveness of the barrel may ruin the beer for some, but for what it is it is done to perfection.
Mouthfeel: It is a bit thinner than one would hope for in an IIPA, but still solid; the thinness is likely a result of the bourbon seeping into the beverage. The carbonation is not quite as active as the appearance would suggest, but it is enough. After the mention of how strong the barrel is in the taste it should come as no surprise that there is a definite alcohol burn in the mouthfeel. It is not quite as bad as taking a shot of even the smoothest of bourbons, but it registers only a few magnitudes below that; it is almost shocking that the ABV is only 10%. There is a mild astringency from the hops, which is utterly unsurprising when considering the base beer has some of the most ridiculous astringency found in any beer. All these qualities combine to create a slightly “hot”, yet wonderfully silky-smooth beer. Wonderful.
Overall: My first bourbon barrel-aged IIPA was a runaway success. Sure, the barrel character is outrageous, but beneath that is a fantastically complex beer. The key to enjoying this beer is to LET IT WARM. So much comes out of it while it closes in on room temperature, and drinking it cold, like every other IIPA, will not do it justice. The barrel character in this is matched only by Goose Island BCBS, and it stands out more here because of the lighter, thinner base beer. There is so much to love about this, but it takes an open mind and an adventurous palate to really appreciate everything that Founders succeeded in doing here. For BA, this will not be the next CBS by any means, but it also is not Frangelic Mountain Brown. Pick it up if possible. 18/20
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2013 21:52:00 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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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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