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Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%

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 Tonerelia

New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
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
Photo of ThrewRedButter


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opened this one for the Super Bowl. Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Hazy, golden orange with a finger's worth of white head.

S- Founder's Double Trouble with bourbon. Fruity IPA characteristics, but the bourbon wasn't as sweet as I had hoped. Did pick up some lingering alcohol sting on the nose.

T- The alcohol sting was still there despite the bottle being almost a year old, but it wasn't off-putting. Hoppy and bitter with a bourbon finish.

M- Pretty well-carbonated

O - People are torn on this beer. When they heard Founder's was barrel-aging an imperial IPA, people seemed to already make up their minds before trying. Plus the pressure of being part of the Backstage Series meant the beer was (no pun intended) doomed from the start.

That being said, this one is a winner. It's everything great about Founder's Double Trouble, but with a bourbon kick. This could have been a disaster, but I think Founder's nailed it with the best of both worlds. It was a risk that paid off. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 17:19:58 | More by ThrewRedButter
Photo of Patches0Who


4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Founders Doom (opened fresh about three weeks after it hit Mass last year) is nothing short of fabulous, beautiful bourbon aroma that doesn't overwhelm hints of floral hops peak through well. On the first taste huge hit on bourbon followed right after by nice floral hop bitterness, more warming bourbon, vanilla and caramel on the backbone. This brew is huge, full bodied with a great smooth finish. Glad I tried it fresh the floral notes really carried through, with age Doom will really open up.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 04:22:03 | More by Patches0Who
Photo of Jonada

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow orange color with 1+ finger of an eggshell colored head. Body is fairly clear but with some fine visible sediment. Mild amounts of visible carbonation stream throughout the glass.

Smell: Tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, along with some vanilla and coconut from the barrels. Some booziness in the aroma as well.

Taste: A good amount of malt sweetness if the first thing that hits the tongue but is then balanced by a medium to high hop bitterness. Some mango, and to a lesser extent grapefruit, hop character is there, but it's not super strong (to be fair this is 9+ months old at this point). The finish and aftertaste is where the bourbon barrel character takes over with notes of vanilla, bourbon and a slight banana cream character as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly thin mouthfeel given how big the beer is. Not terribly boozy, but still a sipper. Carbonation is medium

Overall: Another good one from Founders. The bourbon barrel aging adds some nice additional complexities that you wouldn't expect in an IPA, which makes this a unique offering. Good stuff and definitely worth a try, though not something I'll likely feel the need to have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 22:58:20 | More by Jonada
Photo of CoutoAdam


4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Although I had this beer a few weeks ago, as I look back on 2013, it is by far the finest one I had this year! A perfect combination of hops and malt with the backbone of bourbon. A lot of fun to drink and look forward to the 2 bottles in my cellar as they age!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 05:03:44 | More by CoutoAdam
Photo of beerdrifter


4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a great trade with Mike! Clear yellow-amber pour with a creamy one finger white head with decent retention and crazy lacing. The nose is surprisingly still very hopcentric with the Double Trouble notes still intact. Loads of sticky pine initially, yielding to some nice oaky barrel notes, grapefruit, orange peel, and some subtle butterscotch as well. Very little bourbon, especially based on the previous reviews. The taste is also dominated by the piney, citrus hops. Hints of sweet caramel malts add a measure of balance, and the wood and oak really emerge as it warms with some great vanilla notes. The bourbon finally kicked in, but it was too little, too late for me. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and prickly at times, with a really smooth but tangy finish. Overall, this was a nice change of pace from some of the boring Imperial IPA's out there today.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 02:15:26 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of kylelenk


3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed both from the bottle and on tap.

A: What you'd expect from an IPA. A little more on the yellow side with a white head that dissipates into a little lacing around the edges.

S: All bourbon. You pick up familiar vanilla and just the slightest hint of floral notes.

T: Bourbon overpowers any type of hops forward. Dominating vanilla and oak while there sites just a hint of crisp floral on the back palate. Aging at 6 mos. had completely lost any of this.

M: Very crisp on the carbonation and surprisingly lighter in body than I had anticipated.

For the price point, it's a great beer released by a great brewery. BBA IPAs are a rather avoided category but Doom is as solid as any offering I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 04:38:26 | More by kylelenk
Photo of jshusc

South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First, this beer is good. I am not sure it is what it was intended or expected but it is delicious.

Poured a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Typical IPA in appearance. Light copper color, 1/2 inch head, a bit hazy.

S: bourbon notes are forward, at least at this point in time. No citrus at all. Caramel malt a bit

T: the beer has actually flip flopped. It is bourbon on the front end now, the hops have mellowed but balance the heavy malt that follows the bourbon. Really turns into a delicious brew.

M: light carbonation, heavy weight beer .

Overall, I know this beer gets beaten up by some, but I'm a big fan. If you have and don't want, let me know.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 03:55:54 | More by jshusc
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper with a one-finger white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Lots of bourbon and vanilla. Nice amount of tropical fruit is present in the background.

T - Bourbon dominates the flavor. Good amount of sweetness from the malts. Hops come in at the end and produce some nice bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn in the finish.

O - Very interesting beer. Enjoyable and quite easy drinking. My only complaint is that I wish the hops had come through more.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 02:49:34 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of Jaycase


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: light copper. white, frothy head (1.5 fingers). modest lacing

s: heavy bourbon notes. vanilla. slight citrus hops in the background (mango/grapefruit primarily)

t: starts off with citrus hops (mango.grapefruit) but quickly bourbon and vanilla take over through the finish. some sweet malts at the end as well

m: thick & creamy. Low carbonation. Gets a bit syrupy as it warms.

o: Didn't quite know what to expect of this. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would going in. The IPA was overpowered by the barrel aging but was able to retain some of its characteristics. Nothing outstanding but definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 01:54:00 | More by Jaycase
Photo of Paincane


4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy golden with creamy white head. Nice lacing left on the glass.
S: Bourbon and floral aromas open as it warms.
T: Boozy malt backbone balances out hoppy back end. No bitterness surprisingly.
M: Smooth mouthfeel with a clean dry finish.
O: Boozy balanced brew that is very much a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 22:48:34 | More by Paincane
Photo of yuenglingfan101


5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am surprised i hadnt rated this beer. This is the beer that an Imperial IPA should. Light golden in color smells of hops all around and the taste of hops in so intoxicating that its not funny. I loved this product so much. Well done to Founders for this beer My taste buds thank you very much

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 16:46:41 | More by yuenglingfan101
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:15:27 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of MusicaleMike


3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon glass. This beer is a semi-hazy golden ale that is topped by a sticky, foamy white head. The head collapses after a couple minutes, but does leave excellent lacing on the glass. Clearly a well hopped beer.

A bold aroma (though more faint than I expected) of sweet oak, citrusy juicy hops, and not much else. To me the combo brings out something similar to banana. The hops aren't very fresh and smell like they have started their descent already. Maybe should not have let this sit so long.

The barrel character is much stronger and prevalent then the DIPA. Boozy on the swallow. Sweet malts right up front and across the palate. The bitterness comes in at the finish, and linger long into the aftertaste. The barrel quality, while it does add a nice, oaky flavor, is too much for this beer. Unfortunately it is quite hot and unrefined tasting in the finish as well.

Full bodied ale, with a signature smoothness of Founders high abv beers. A little hot in the finish. Slick body. Medium carbonation.

I had Hand of Doom before. I didn't know what it was, other than a barrel aged DIPA and I remember thinking how remarkable it was. I was blown away, and thought it was one of the best beers I had ever had. This is not the same beer, and so I'm understandably disappointed. However, I'm trying to not give it a worse score because of that disappointment. Still a good beer we are talking about.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 06:55:14 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of jbaker67


4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head. Nose brings out heavy bourbon notes, wood and some resinous hops. Flavor brings out loads of bourbon notes, some sugary notes / residual sugars, subdued resinous hops, and lots of alcohol. The bourbon barrels are done very well, but completely take out the hops - so it doesn’t seem like a IIPA at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 17:25:20 | More by jbaker67
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2013 01:07:55 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of Skater_Rich


4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starts boozy but turns to perfection after initial sip. Pineapple notes are outstanding, ends with vanilla and toffee with the perfect amount of bitterness.

It is not the most economical beers out thee but it is one of my favorites for sure. I wish I could drink it more but I need to pay my bills!

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2013 21:50:38 | More by Skater_Rich
Photo of ncketchum


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

Served chilled in an imperial pint glass

A - pour is golden yellow, foamy white head, not much retention

S - citrus - orange, lemon, mango initially with a strong presence of vanilla coming through

T - great taste- again, citrus up front - orange and mango predominantly - followed by vanilla, oak, maple syrup in the end

M - thick and chewy, alcohol is present but doesn't overpower, at 10%, this is very drinkable

O - I wasn't sure what to think about a barrel aged IPA, but they really nailed it with this one. Glad I was able to snag a bottle of this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 01:15:18 | More by ncketchum
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, floral, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid caramel and bourbon presence in the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 21:04:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of DovaliHops


4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice extra from a wonderful BA. Pours a hazy, golden-orange color with a medium white head that goes down quickly. Scent is packed with citrus and vanilla up front. Soft oak with some bourbon aromas and more citrus. Subtle hops with just a hint of booze. Taste is just what I was hoping for. Lots of hops and bourbon initially, with some lovely vanilla and toffee note. Orange, grapefruit, and other citrus flavors. Some alcohol and more sweet vanilla. Finishes with bitter hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, yet finishes creamy. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this reminds me of a bourbon barrel aged anniversary beer I had from Great Divide a few year ago. I loved that beer, and this beer was very good as well. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 07:15:56 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of WanderingFool


4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Doom pours a hazy straw yellow with some orange hues mixed in. On top is a small, frothy head that leaves a few spots of lace behind as it fades away.

The aroma has nice notes of vanilla, oak, butterscotch, coconut, tropical fruit and a touch of citrus.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, slightly chewy with mild carbonation. The flavor begins sweet with vanilla, oak, bourbon and some tropical fruit. The middle presents some toasted malt and a little smoke. It finishes with some orange citrus. Once gone the bourbon and vanilla lingers on the palate.

This beer is definitely a sipper. Very tasty and boozy. It could easily be aged for a year or two to smooth out the bourbon edges.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 21:43:28 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, vanilla, bourbon, and orange citrus. In the taste, oaky, big bourbon, and some mellow orange citrus hops. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry woodiness, with notes of citrus and bourbon. Big bourbon, more in the nose than taste, and really nice!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 17:55:16 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Frothy, white head, good retention with soapy lacing on a light copper body. Aroma includes tropical fruit flavors and some bourbon heat, the idea of whisky infused grapefruit comes to mind. Taste follows suit and has an interesting hot whisky-like finish with some maple and vanilla notes in the background. Very drinkable for a high abv, very complex and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2013 19:24:04 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of woosterbill


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (from a Piggly Wiggly in Alabama, btw), poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear deep orange body beneath an inch of fine off-white froth. Great retention and lacing.

S: Major bourbon, vanilla, oak, and (rather distant) citrus hops. It's all about the barrel, and the barrel is great.

T: Rich, luscious bourbon: vanilla, coconut, and spicy booze. Some grapefruit and herbal hops accentuate the woodiness and heady bourbon. Long, bittersweet finish. Terrific.

M:Thick, rich, creamy. Lovely.

O: My expectations honestly weren't high for this one, but it really blew me away. Not a DIPA by any means, but one of the better barrel-aged American Strongs I've had in a long while.


Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 03:45:04 | More by woosterbill
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice darker amber color, a little bit transparent, a nice off white head at the top that left some nice lacing around the glass as you drank it.

S: Strong Hop notes up front slight hint of malts, the barrel is definitely present, good notes of brown sugar and vanilla, wild nose for an DIPA.

T: Almost exactly like the nose but more of malt taste, that hops are present and have smokey taste to it, the vanilla and barley is present.

M: Full bodied brew, with a good amount of carbonation, nice stickyness to it as well

O: This was a very good brew from Founder's although high abv the alcohol was hidden and the beer tasted fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 16:58:32 | More by thedoubler55
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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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