Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
We crack the top and pour a brew of dark golden orange, sporting a two finger head of soapy, French vanilla colored foam. This retains nicely and is easily reproducible, leaving mountainous islands of lacing clinging around the glass, and an aggregate of bigger bubbles to one-side atop the liquid. A softer chill haze is noted, with no sediment, and active carbonation. The aroma gives bright vanilla given from both the bourbon itself and the wood of the barrels, along with coconut husk, drying oakiness, pineapple sugars, lightly citric hops, and a pale and caramel malt base. With warmth comes light bubblegum esters, enhanced vanilla, soured lactics, light plastics, graphite, and more booziness. Our first impression is that in contrast to the aroma, the taste takes on a much more deep, syrupy, and caramel malty profile, with quite a bit of hotness on the back end of it. As we sip, the taste starts off with chalky and drying wood barreling, corny bourbon flavoring, waxiness, thick caramel malts, white sugar sweetness, very faint butters, and mild citric hop stems. The middle peaks spiciness of black pepper, fusel booze, vanilla, pale malt base, twangs of rye, coiny metallic bitterness, and more sweetness of biscuity malts. Washing through the finish is strong booziness that seems more fusel than authentic bourbon, although the earthiness and vanilla of the wood itself comes through wonderfully. To balance are more raw caramel malts, mineral, stark woodiness, fruitiness of strawberry and coconut, and a final wash of gritty pale graininess. The aftertaste breathes of chalk, juicy yeast, mossy woodiness, coconut, pencil eraser, lime rind, coin, raw caramel sweetness, pineapple, citric and green resin hops, cherry sugars, fusel booze, almond, and black pepper. The body is solidly medium, and the carbonation light to medium. The mouth is frothed and creamed initially, melting into a bit of a pucker, dryness, and heat from the booze. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, and finishing pop, with good creaminess. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its flavoring. The barreling is wonderful and full, with strong and drying woodiness giving moss, massive vanilla airs, and softer bourbon authenticity. The malt base gives nice fruitiness that borders on more tropical varieties, giving a final blend that is, at times, reminiscent of a piña colada. Where we ran into a bit of trouble was with the hoppiness. While there were nice notes here and there, the base hoppy DIPA-ness is far too subdued. Additionally, the flavoring is a bit hot, especially on the back, while the feel follows in the same vein, with burn and pucker. The nose was otherwise nice, but ran into the same issues as the taste, while the feel and body were pleasant in their slurp and frothiness. This is a great addition to the series, but it will be interesting to see if things calm down a bit with age.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2013 23:48:31 | More by TheBrewo
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