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Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,524
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 120
Gots: 281 | FT: 40
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Previously known as Hand of Doom.

(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-01-2009)
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Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes.

A- Clear as day pour into a goblet with a light amber hue. Foamy white head builds up to about a finger in height and retains decently. Spotty lacing.

S- A ton of vanilla feel from mellowed out Bourbon barrels. These barrels remind me of the ones used in 2011 Backwoods Bastard. Not a ton of actual whiskey feel but good oak. Nice citrus and tropical hops in the background.

T- The vanilla feel from the Bourbon is unreal and almost dessert like, very nice. I recognize these barrels from certain batches of other Founder's brews but they work quite nicely with this beer. IPA flavors build with time and a good citrus juice, pine and floral feel comes into play. Slight caramel backdrop.

MF- Creamy overall feel with a moderately thick body. Carbonation on the lower end but it works out fine here. Slight alcohol warming.

Really awesome barrel feel with big vanilla and smooth oak notes. IPA feel substantial enough to add complexity and give this one a unique feel.

cbutova, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of beertooth
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

beertooth, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 7/9/13 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts, vanilla and subdued hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of caramel, vanilla and a little citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is subdued by the intense oak-aging essence. There’s a slightly alcohol sting a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very aged 2IPA to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of KFBR392
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light orange color. Good head, peaked at about one and a half fingers. Carbonation was probably below average overall, much more active when this beer was colder.

Smell: Yum, this is really interesting and awesome here. A creamy bourbon front hits right away. There is a mouth watering hop complexity here which adds some considerable layers of depth here. So much bright bourbon here which get accented in unique ways with this unique beer style.

Taste: A very light hoppy front which is quickly bombarded with many of the bourbon accents that were felt in the aroma. Some earthy tones which remind me quite a bit of scotch. Leafy texture is prevalent throughout. A heavy caramel/syrupy texture is left on the palette.

Mouthfeel: An interesting mixture of hop dryness and heavy bourbon. Palette is taken for quite a ride here.

Overall: It seems a recent trend with the Founders Backstage series is making really unique big beers. If so I think this one fits the bill, a really well crafted unique style that is a treat. The best representation of this style that I have ever had. Barrel aging an IPA seems to be very counter productive but this one is done well. Glad I got an opportunity to try this one out!

KFBR392, May 07, 2013
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750Ml poured into a tulip glass

A- A slightly hazy golden orange with a three finger bubble white head. A surprising head to this beer.

S- Right Away you notice this beer is very vanilla dominant. There is also a nice bourbon presence to this beer and a bit of oak. Sweet and sugary smelling. There is a hoppiness to this beer but it is very hidden under bourbon.

T- Very interesting. It tastes unlike I thought it would but exactly like the label says. A nice bitterness at first. The first thing you really taste is the bourbon. A subtle sour mash and whiskey tones. A lot of vanilla from the bourbon gets through as well as a nice bit of charred oak. The hops have become more subtle over the age but are noticeable on the back end of the beer. An overly ripened grapefruit. A pungent acidic citrusy lime character and some pine. An interesting mix to say the very least.

M- A dry aftertaste, partly from the hops, partly from the oak. Not too bitter but still an imperial IPA at heart. Warming and thick.

O- This is a pretty awesome beer. First IPA in bourbon barrels I have tried. I feel like I have to say, that while this is a good beer, I think the bourbon barrels are better suited for other styles. I think bourbon in a beer is amazing but in this one, it kind of kills the IPA aspect of it. Its more bourbon then IPA, which I like but I think there are better base beers.

TwelveOunces, May 02, 2013
Photo of TaddyPorter
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an 8oz. glass of this at the South Philly Tap Room during Philly Beer Week. I drank several great beers on that weekend trip, but this one took the case for both me and the wifey, as well as other friends who we were with. Indeed, it even stole the show from my first-ever taste of Kentucky Breakfast Stout on tap.

Appearance: Poured a bright golden amber with a thin layer of white foam on top that quickly dissipated to an even thinner layer.

Smell: Oak, whiskey, vanilla, hops. Smooth and inviting.

Taste: Like heaven. As I raised it to my lips, I was taken in. Lo and behold, this was an oaky, winey, whisky-laden beauty with a smooth hop presence throughout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and with a smooth, heavy-wine-like viscosity. Fairly low carbonation, which is natural given the special type of ale.

Drinkability: Well, I'd drink one any day of the week! A complex beauty and a very special treat.


TaddyPorter, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of magictacosinus
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank you, angrybabboon! About time I get to try one of the Backstage Series beers from one of my all-time favorite breweries. Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Split with friends. This was released in April, but I had heard that it had held up very well by now.

Pours a rather unassuming looking beer, as far anything that's bourbon-barrel aged. An orange-amber tinged color with a frothy white head that amazingly doesn't give up. Of course, some minor swirls reveal the booze on this, with enormous tears that immediately start to make their way slowly towards the liquid. Thick and very elegant, and it's fantastic how well this looks this late after the bottling date.

The aroma is an immediate combination of citrus, sweetened malts, and lots of oaky bourbon notes, all which are well balanced in their presentation. The bourbon immediately hits the nose with vanilla beans, butterscotch, nutmeg, and brown sugar, which then leads to light notes of pine, orange blossom, grapefruit, and apricots, with some caramel and toffee from the malt profile soon trailing behind. The booze is well hidden here, but the bourbon is definitely forward. The combination of the bourbon sweetened flavors with the citrus is very unique, and pretty mellowed out. I'd imagine fresh that this was a little bit more intense and eccentric in nature.

Wow! Definitely a different experience here as far as bourbon barrel aged beers go. You wouldn't think in a million years that aging a DIPA in barrels, let alone bourbon, would work so well, but it's really the malty profile of the beer that saves this from being a train wreck. At first there's the immediate rush of orange lemon peel from the hop oils, followed by pine and some light earthiness. Then, the bourbon immediately comes in, delivering notes of vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, and almonds. Combined with the toffee profile from the malts, as well as the zesty hops, there's a tobacco-like finish that compliments all of the key ingredients and keeps it from falling apart. While it doesn't taste boozy, this really is a sipper. Very rich and sweet at the finish, with a creamy, chewy mouth feel. I took my time with this, but it was very rewarding in the long run. Whoever decides to tackle one of these by themselves is an absurd person indeed, however.

This doesn't look like a concept that would work, but Founders really shows that they know what they're doing here when it comes to selecting the ingredients for their beers that go into their barrel program. The pungent zest from the hop resins is pretty faded at this point, but the accentuated syrupy feel from the malts allows the bourbon notes to shine and the citrus to add a flavorful touch to the recipe. This is like a more hedonistic version of Burton Baton, nevertheless. Still really good stuff, and ready to drink now. I'd gladly split another. Thanks again to Founders for showing how to properly play around with bourbon!

magictacosinus, Nov 04, 2013
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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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