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Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 319
Hads: 1,603
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 159
Gots: 271 | FT: 33
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
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 argock
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml capped brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Purchased at WIne Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Hazy peach golden with 1/2 finger of off-white head with decent retention and a few spots of lacing.

S: Coconut, bourbon, pineapple, and medium caramel malts. Hopping gives more pine and grapefruit but it is sweetened with the barrel notes.

T: Flavor is great, reminiscent of Allagash Curieux when fresh with big coconut, vanilla, oak, and bourbon notes merging with light citrus and pine hop components. There is plenty of sweeter caramel character as well with some bready pale maltiness. Not too much booze but enough alcohol character to get your attention. Bitterness is medium to medium-high.

M: Lush without being heavy with even carbonation and overall slick, oily feel in the finish.

O: Doom is an unsung beer with stellar BB notes on top of a balanced DIPA leaving a lot of really interesting flavor combos. (941 characters)

Photo of SFACRKnight
2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up from a generous local BA. Thanks bro!
Poured into duvel tulip
Pours a deep gold, bit of haze, nice white head, looks good, inviting.
Huge bourbon on the nose, hops hiding in there, some pine touch of citrus. Where my hops at?
First sip... huge boozy bourbon, big bitter... second sip, booze and bitter. third sip oh, theres some citrus in there, bit of orange zest. but this is all barrel here. Honestly, tastes like orange cough syrup to me.
good mouthfeel, not to thick.
I don't think im a fan of the style. The barrel, booze, and hops just don't come together for me. the barrel kills the attributes that I look for in an ipa. (640 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look 9/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 15/20

Overall 87/100

Mega bourbon flavor, very crushing from the go. Monster notes of caramel, bourbon, vanilla. Perhaps a bit muddled and heavy. Is hot and stingy. Almost a sipper. Otherwise the full flavor is dynamic. Almost amazing how much flavor is on it. No real hop presence is really notable, much less predominant. In a way is counter productive to what most seek out In an IPA. That said, its a rest I would like to taste again~ (580 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in March 2013. Pours fairly hazy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, light honey, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, bourbon barrel, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light honey, light pine, and floral/oak earthiness. Good amount of pine/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light honey, light pine, and floral/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops, bourbon barrel, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged DIPA with age. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops, bourbon barrel, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,610 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bright sunny orange in body with big, fluffy head that lasts. Aroma of sweet citrus syrup and stinging alcohol. Tastes of caramel, citrus syrup, booze, and aftertaste of elephant peanuts. Medium chewy body with light carbonation. The hops seemed to have disappeared in this bottle. Good but that not good. (305 characters)

Photo of foobula
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date that I could find. Appearance is fairly clear, apricot color, with a one-finger white head that dissipates quickly. Not an appearance to make one cower in fear. Aroma is nice: pleasant citrus hops: mango and peachy, with a subtle buttery bourbon in the background. So subtle I probably wouldn't have noticed it in a double-blind test. Taste is bitter up-front, reminiscent of grapefruit. Sweetness comes next, sort of a standard malty IIPA-type sweetness. The finish is challenging: fairly bitter, almost disagreeable. No real bourbon to speak of, even as it warms. Mouthfeel is light-medium in texture and carbonation. Overall it's a bittersweet beer (more bitter than sweet) that is woefully lacking in any bourbon characteristic. Disappointing entry into Founders Backstage Series, and it's hard to believe that 14 months of age is to blame. (859 characters)

Photo of ricknelson
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of roger617
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter glass. Vintage 2013, consumed and reviewed May 2014.

A: A blend of a golden and copper hue in color, pours with 2 fingers of white frothy head the reduces slowly and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Being barrel aged and a ear old I am surprised at both the head and lacing, very impressive.
S: The aroma is a combo of bourbon and malt. At this age, I'm not surprised that the hops have fallen off on the nose. Nothing is dominant, leaving this aroma a bourbon malty mess that I can't wait to taste.
T: Lots of bourbon flavor pronouncing itself proudly. The malt compliments enough to make sure this isn't a solely bourbon flavor. Hops are barely there, a little bit of citrus, and little bit of pine.
M: Carbed well, with a pretty dry after taste.
O: I had this one fresh May 2013, and I have to say I enjoy it quite a bit more with some age on it. The bourbon certainly takes lead, both fresh and aged, but everything else going on fits the profile a lot better after a year. Looking forward to trying my last '13 after 2 years on it. (1,070 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Again, thanks to Scalawags for this beer!

APPEARANCE: The first time I had this beer it was in a very dark room, so now that I get to drink it at home, in a well-lit room, I’m pretty shocked at how light it actually is. It leans more towards a straw, yellow color than orange and it is pretty hazy. About a finger’s worth of head foams up when the beer is first poured, but it quickly drops down to a very thin cap of head. However, that cap always covers the full surface of the beer. The lacing, by the way, is exceptional. It creates some very nice layers that are almost Guinness-like.

SMELL: There is bourbon all over this beer. Vanilla is the dominant aroma, which leads me to believe that this is a pretty fresh bottle (despite the lack of “bottled on/best by” date – come on Founders). A little oak, a lot of citrus and a touch of pine round this aroma out.

TASTE: As skeptical as I am of barrel-aged IPAs, when three of my favorite things in the world (Founders’ beers, IPA and Bourbon) are combined it’s hard for me to be upset. The only risk I take with this combo is that the bar is set too high. Nope. Not here.
This is a world class beer. All the citrus (grapefruit and orange in this case), pine, grass, tropical fruits and a touch of spice one might expect from a solid Double IPA are there, but vanilla, oak and some lighter fruit flavors from the Bourbon Barrel are there as well.

MOUTHFEEL: The carbonation is pretty low, only providing a slight tickle, but that is what should be expected from this masterpiece of a beer. The bourbon aging tones down the sparkle to a great degree, but takes nothing away from the mouthfeel. The body is much bigger than a typical IPA and it is as sticky as a Gordon from Oskar Blues. Excellent mouthfeel.

OVERALL: The concept of a barrel-aged IPA is a little weird to me. In fact, it is something I probably would never do if I owned a brewery. There is so much that can go wrong…and I’ve tasted a lot of that. Somehow, however, Founders always finds a way to make everything right. On the short list of breweries that don’t even know how to make a bad beer Founders is there. I feel guilty for drinking this without sharing. (2,206 characters)

Photo of Tonerelia
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,017 characters)

Photo of Patches0Who
4.88/5  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. (498 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,210 characters)

Photo of CoutoAdam
4.91/5  rDev +20.6%
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! (261 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.1/5  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. (880 characters)

Photo of kylelenk
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of jshusc
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.1/5  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. (542 characters)

Photo of Jaycase
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of Paincane
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +22.9%
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 (294 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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! (2,957 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (1,423 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.34/5  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. (864 characters)

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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.