Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,596
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
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Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-01-2009

Previously known as Hand of Doom.
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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 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 tectactoe
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of ROBORB
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Orangish-gold with an initially thick and foamy head. It
persists a little while, but then looks a little flat.

Smell: Light vanilla and oak from the bourbon. Very, very mild citrus and tropical notes. Compared to the aromatic Double Trouble base beer, this is lackluster.

Taste: Vanilla, oak, and brown sugar hit the taste buds immediately, followed by some nice layers of citrus, tropical fruits and pine. Finish still has a bitter kick despite the aging.

Feel: Lower carbonation than a typical DIPA. Pretty full bodied, but not quite as dry as the base beer.

Overall: First of all, this is a good beer. However, it certainly falls short of Double Trouble (which I had again the previous day) as the bourbon barrel aging has muddled the flavor profile so that everything is a little muted. Certainly enjoyable, but not worth the hoops you have to jump through to get it.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Radiant golden color with effervescent carbonation. Brilliant clarity. Very intense aroma of bourbon just nearly destroys the hop aroma. Just a whiff of oranges. The mouthfeel is weighty and substantial. Very intense bourbon flavoring with a blend of light grape fruity hops. A bit of alcoholic aftertaste reminds you that this is not to be taken trivially.

Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a big Founders CBS glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of carbonation. Solid two fingers of white head that slowly recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big rich and interesting mix of bourbon barrel hints and lots of juicy hops. Big barrel presence up front with hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, wood, and vanilla. Big scent of ripe hops with good hints of citrus grapefruit, pulpy orange peel, tangerine, mango, pineapple, and lemon. Also some earthy hop hints with some grass and pine resin. Subtle malt profile in the background with hints of biscuit, caramel, yeast, and cracker. Also a hint of honey like sweetness. Very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a big and complex taste of bourbon barrel notes and lots of hop esters. Big barrel taste with notes of bourbon whiskey, wood, oak, and some vanilla. Huge hop taste with citrus notes of ripe grapefruit, orange pulp, mango, tangerine, pineapple, and lemon. Earthy and floral hop notes along with some spicy pine resin. Some bready malts come through in the background with notes of biscuit, caramel, grain, cracker, yeast, and a touch of sweet honey. A really complex taste. The barrel elements play with the hops very well. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and chewy. Oily and fairly creamy. Some alcohol heat is felt but its masked by the big hops.

Overall: A really great beer. A barrel aged IPA seemed like an odd idea but it worked really well. The barrel notes and hops blend well and make a very good and unique taste.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excited to try this beer I'm never a huge fan of barrel aged DIPA, but it's Founders they don't typically screw up any beers they've done in whiskey barrels. Pours a slightly hazed bright golden copper hue with a bright white head forming thick, with fine white lacing left behind evenly between sips. The nose comes off like a honey bourbon barrel, toasted oak, vanilla, a bit of charred barrel notes really impressive mild citric hops definitely muted from the barrel aging here. A beautiful marriage between DIPA and bourbon barrels, I'm in love with the first sip it's sweet with whisky malts, slightly vanilla charred oak with big alcohol and bitterness from the muted hops it's an amazing experience for any bourbon and DIPA lover it's the lovechild. It has a kiss of honey that makes the bourbon burn just wash away complex ale in all it's beauty I'm in love with this beer. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied residual sugars abound, great stuff throughout each sip not a bad sensation on the palate. Overall impressive to no end, I'm a fan of this's gone before you want it to be gone. It's that good don't believe me try it, please.

Photo of chinchill
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a sparkling clear honey-amber with a fairly durable ivory-colored head. Glass was nicely coated with lacing with each tilt.

Aroma/Taste: satisfying smell of sweet bourbon; light malt and surprisingly little hops. Given the Double Trouble IPA start, the hop bill is markedly suppressed here. I believe it is not just the 4 months of aging -- enough to subdue the hop slam of an IPA -- but also some masking from the bourbon barrel infusion. Still a mild-medium bitterness in the finish. Anyway, the result is excellent, particularly the aroma... it just is not hoppy like an IPA, let along a DIPA. Exceptional sweet/bitter balance given the particular mix of other flavors.

Feel: very smooth for style and ABV. Some warming on the tongue.

Photo of brow1901
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer reminds me of the saying, all that glitters is not gold. Otherwise known as shoving things in bourbon barrels doesn't always make things better.

A- Straw yellow with a decent white head sitting on top. Nice lacing, no retention.

S- Smells like a shot of bourbon was dropped in my beer, which is not a bad thing that is really all I smell. I was really hoping to pick up some oak notes but zilch. The bourbon totally overpowers what hops were left.

T- Again the bourbon is present, it isn't awfull but I think it fights against the IPA. The harsh bitter and spiciness of the hops don't get along well with the burn of the bourbon. Because the beer is somewhat light and clean, it ends up tasting like a whiskey and water.

M- Pretty light, again I think something thicker and smoother would be better with the bourbon.

D- Its a barrel aged double IPA of course it's not super drinkable. I struggled to finish mine.

Photo of Brenden
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Doom starts off with a hazy look that clears up and leaves a deep, bright medium gold-colored brew. It brings up a soapy white head to rest at almost two fingers tall, which subsides to a heavy, creamy half finger. It never subsides beyond that, leaving a heavy sheet of lacing from the top to the bottom of the glass.
I figured this beer would be a unique and interesting experience, and one smell tells me I was right. It's uniquely sweet, though certainly still hoppy. The nose brings out something like candied citrus and powdered sugar alongside rind and zest with a floral note to the bitterness as well. Bourbon is easily identifiable without being too hot or being so focal a component as to overwhelm the hops or diminish the complexity. Some oak comes out underneath, particularly at the end of each sniff.
Candied orange and grapefruit mingle with the sweet notes of vanilla, toffee and caramel with balance from dry woods and more bitter citrus rind and pith coming through in the middle. This beer could go wrong in so many ways; cloyingly sweet, too boozy/hot, too dry, etc., and masterfully avoids all of those. It's also deceptively drinkable. Yes, I feel the alcohol and it's easy to taste, but it's obviously a nicely bitter DIPA against all that. A little woody dryness and leafy bitterness lingers in the finish.
The body holds up and is big enough to keep it together without quite being full. It's got crispness up front and through the middle and an easy smoothness. The body does seem to lighten and thin ever so slightly at the end of the sip.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8.5oz pour into a mini pilsner glass. Review from Saturday's notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden with a solid white head. Average amount of visible carbonation in the body. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: Bourbon notes are strong and the hoppiness takes a backseat. Mild sweetness from the malt and bourbon. Quite pleasant.

T: Very smooth bourbon blend. The hop fruintess really hold strong and delivers it flavor. Starts off with note of bourbon, then the hop takes over for a few seconds before more sweet bourbon finishes it off.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation with a touch of stickiness. Not hot like one would expect from a bourbon beer does warm nicely though.

Overall an interesting bourbon beer here as its not your typical stout. The hop citrus and bourbon blended much better than I expected. Would love to get this one again.

Photo of timc100
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This was a great surprise for me, did not have high expectations for it blending well. The tropical fruit astringency from double trouble was certainly still there and coated with creamy vanilla, coconut, and butterscotch. This beer needed to be warm, probably 55 - 60 - when cold it had a messy, polarized taste.

The aroma was very sweet with vanilla, tropical fruits, and coconut. There was very little oak or caramel at all. The taste was more bitter and astringent. The caramel from the bourbon melded with the fruity hops created a really nice butterscotch flavor.

Very interested to see what age will do. Very impressed.

Photo of weonfire
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap at Founders Brewery at their Black Party, pour into a 12oz snifter.

A - Golden, semi-transluscent, hazy, patchy lacing, pencil thin-cream colored head

S - Sweet bourbon, medium citrus, carmel

T - Initial: Bourbon, carmel, sweet grapefruit. finish: hops is low (5/10), booze- but minor

M - Thick, Frothy, high viscosity, great for such a high ABV

O - This was my first 'Bourbon' BA IIPA so I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. Bourbon flavor is really nice. But as for a IIPA - citrus flavor is pretty minor which disappoints me. The bourbon straight dominated it. Tough to keep calling it an IIPA in my mind. To be fair, grapefruit-specifically was apparent.

Photo of Sammy
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice DIPA and a marvellous cask, enjoyed with Dave, an owner of Founders, at the brewery. Wonderful bourbon smell, this was top notch ingredients used, smooth bitterness that was well integrated with the secondary whisky notes. A Smooth drinker, and good mouthfeel for a cask.

Photo of tdm168
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - clear, dark goldish amber with a thin, soft, white head

S - sweet malt, faint cupcake batter, bourbon, woody

T - sweet malt, faint birthday cake batter, woody, earthy, bourbon, alcohol, mildly bitter finish

M - medium to full bodied, warm, smooth, well carbonated

This is an interesting beer. The bourbon barrels definitely impart their flavors on this IPA. The bourbon is forward and intense. The barrels add some woodyness as well. The malt character is almost perfect for what needed to be done to add balance to this beer. The hops, however, are a bit subdued and don't come through over the intense bourbon notes. Overall, this is an intense beer that is worth trying but to me it's more of a strong ale than a DIPA.

Photo of socon67
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cracked for Memorial Day bottle share

A - Orange pour with a frothy white foam head that created a pettern of lacing on the glass. Cloudy look and some visible carbonation is noted.

S - Has very little citrus notes. the barrel aging mellowed the hop profile to a more earthy smell. There are clear notes of wood pulp in the scent, and as it warmed there was a pronounced smell of bourbon.

T - This has a very unique level of mild bitterness to compliment the warming burn in the finish. Really tastes like a dry whiskey cocktail. A buddy who is a whiskey & bourbon drinker found it sublime. The oaken flavor from the aging reserves this well, and mutes the sharp bitterness that would otherwise come from this beer.

M - More of a sipper than I expected, this is a beer to be savored slowly and in my opinion with out food. It is smooth but the complexity does belie a heavy feel.

O - Was heppy to try this and I think I'm just a fan of most of these Founders Backstage Series offerings. I recall this is BBA Double Trouble and if that is true this is very different from that base beer. A true treat for those who enjoy the bourbon notes from aging.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Capones on tap, served out of a tulip.

A: Poured a 1/2 finger coarse white head that dissipated quickly. Brew was a slightly cloudy yellow with an orange tint. Lacing was stringy and spotty but scattered.

S: Citrus, candied cherries, grass, hops, cane sugar, and a pleasantly surprising pineapple.

T: Caramel and hops upfront that gradually evolve into a brown sugar maltiness. Middle is a bit boozy with a hint of cherry. A bit of brown sugar lends a nice smooth end to this one. What ruins it here is that this just keeps getting boozier and hoppier as it warms...

M: Medium bodied and coarse. Ends a bit dry but very very smooth with a lasting brown sugar finish.

D: Likeable... the only way I can really describe this one is that its an unique IIPA. I'd have it again, but drink quickly, this doesn't get any better than when its served a bit cold.

Photo of beertooth
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sheffield's for the Founders beer dinner. Served in a small goblet. $8

A hazy gold liquid capped with two fingers of creamy white head.

I smell pineapple, a little bourbon, vanilla, sweet malts.

The taste follows the nose. Lot's of sweet pineapple and tropical fruit. Bitter grapefruit, slight oaky tannins, sweet and sugary malts. I'm getting more booze as the beer warms up.

Very full and creamy mouthfeel.

An extremely quaffable barrel aged DIPA. I'm not sure if I prefer this to Double Trouble though.

Photo of mikey711
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Counter pressure bottle bottle thanks to badnewsbeers

A: Slightly cloudy golden orange color. Head is only about a quarter of an inch thick and does not retain all that well or leave any lacing.

S: Mixture of Vanilla and citrus hops that is heavenly. The bourbon is very light but mainly comes through as vanilla sweetness.

T: Oh man this is good. The citrus hoppiness and the bitterness of the pine blend very well with the sweetness of the vanilla, but there is also a very smokey quality that is very enjoyable. There is also a bit of a pepper note which adds to the overall flavor profile and complexity.

M: For the most part smooth, with some lingering bitterness. A touch of heat but that doesnt really bother me.

D: I could drink this nonstop for the rest of my life. I really wish founders would bottle this so that i could have it more often as it is one of my favorites

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Small head. Thin collar.

Smell - Musty pine hop. Caramel malt. Faint barrel.

Taste - Pine hops. Caramel. Bourbon comes through here. Vanilla and oak. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Bitter. Not smoothed out by the barrel. Retains its IPA character.

Overall - Had this next to Naughty Temple and the barrel is nowhere near as good.

Photo of sjones5045
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What to say about this?! Perhaps one of the most different smelling and tasting beers out there. Founders has built a reputation for delivering outstanding unique off center bourbon beers and this is another example of how there is Founders and then everyone else.

Pours a clean orange with decent head. Smell is definitely something you don't experience with other beers. When first cracked there is a big upfront of bourbon but as the beer breaths you definitely get more of the double trouble citrus hops in combo with the bourbon.

The taste is of course unique too. Every sip is different. Sometime more hops and others more bourbon. I guess if I had one complaint would be the citrus is really mellowed from the bourbon.

Overall, as with almost all of the backstage series, I wish it is easier to get and that they would be brewed regularly. But this is an outstanding unique, off enter beer that a true craft beer enthusiast would definitely appreciate the complexity of the brew. Once again a world class offing from Founders.

Photo of beerhan
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Intimidating is probably the best way to describe this beer. It comes off looking like its going to be just a weak beer served in a cognac type glass. The only way to describe this beer is like having a sip of cognac followed by drinking a bottle of perfume. It is very very strong but looks like apple juice. Try this if you ever get the chance.

Photo of ricknelson
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was our tasting group second time tasting Doom. The first time we tasted it; it was fairly fresh and had a kick you in the head over powering Bourbon hit to it. This bottle had been aged for about a year and in that time it had a chance to mellow out a bit. This turned out to have a great effect on the beers drinkability. Big improvement, and made a great beer ever better. Our group has had a number of Founder's brews, and overall we feel as a group that this is probably one of the best brewers in the Country.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden orange and clear. The head is bone white and soft, like dish soap bubbles.

The vanilla from the bourbon pairs well with the tropical fruits, giving it a coconut-like quality. It also has a toasted marshmallow aroma.

The bourbon qualities in the taste doesn't showcase the vanilla as much and it comes across more light a neural spirit, almost as if a shot of vodka was dropped in an IPA. It's a bit of a letdown of what was prefaced in the aroma. It also drowns out the tropical fruit hops. It's boozy.

The mouthfeel could have used a little more body to carry the booze across the palate. It's to thin to stand up to the barrel aging process.

It stated out great in the smell and if that would have translated to the taste it would have been fantastic.

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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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