Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company
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4.01/5 rDev -1.7%
Served on-tap in a snifter at Hunter's Ale House
A: Orange/yellow-orange color in this lighting. Body is somewhat clear. Nice white head sits on tap briefly before fading.
S: Bourbon is there, but its presence is very light. Makes me think more of a lighter Candian blend whiskey nose than a typically more potent bourbon nose. The hop scent is significantly reduced compared to Double Trouble, leaving only the ghostly remains of hops left to smell.
T: Whiskey is the first thing to be noticed on the palate of course. Again, it is very light on the bourbon, clearly an attempt to let the hops come through. That task is accomplished. Hop flavor consists almost entirely of grapefruit zest and maybe a slight earthiness. The hops exist only in the aftertaste once the bourbon has subsided.
M: Fairly typical DIPA body, perhaps with a bit less carbonation and an increased oily slickness compared to the non BBA counterpart.
O: A fair offering in the Backstage series. Balance was found between barrel and hops, as I would expect from the barrel experts at Founders. A pleasant surprise to a BBA IPA skeptic, yet not overly impressive to me.
05-11-2013 00:42:52 | More by CMUbrew
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
Well I cracked. Yup bought a barrel aged IPA. I figured if Founders can't pull this off no-one can. It's either this or the wagon. Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.
A super clear body with some minor cola carbonation stuck to the glass. Light rising fine carbonation in the middle. Head makes a fluffy off white of three fingers tall and will not budge. Inspection shows a lot of large bubbles in the head which are consistent, but this head is stuck and going nowhere.
Nose is very un IPA like. Large amounts of oaky vanilla. Not much caramel sense, or even hops. It has a good ice cream like sense to it, but the idea that this is an IPA is nowhere to be found since there is no hop aroma on this what so ever. It does however smell like a solid barrel aged brew, but rather simple.
Palate hits with a luckily interesting balanced presentation. Mild hop pine in the front palate with some caramel oaky sweetness. Quite a good chunk of lingering bitterness but coats well with the matching vanilla. Boozy quality takes over in warmth, but the mid palate also does fill with some good green hop character and spicy quality. A minor bit of bready finish as it warms up on the aftertaste as well. Borderline juicy, with a solid malt depth.
This is just not a style that is easy to pull off, but they managed to keep certain qualities in check and others show up at the right time. Well crafted, to highlight both characters greatly I think is pretty much impossible. Here though, is at least a good balance even if some things are compromised and are buried (which I think needs to happen). Good job Founders.
05-10-2013 23:19:39 | More by smakawhat
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
750ml bottle poured into a snifter.
Slightly hazy golden amber with 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Decent retention and low-moderate carbonation.
Sweet bourbon, caramel, lemon meringue, pina colada, cream soda, apricot and vanilla with touches of mango and pineapple.
Bourbony caramel with good amounts of toffee and residual candy sugars. Lemon meringue, cream soda, pina colada and vanilla cream. Notes of apricot, mango and pineapple. Pleasantly boozy whiskey finishes with oak and pine resin sticking around.
Medium bodied, oily, smooth, sticky, dry and moderately bitter.
Very unique and enjoyable. Has a cream soda/pina colada thing going on.
05-10-2013 20:48:10 | More by justintcoons
4.14/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
05-10-2013 14:56:50 | More by chinchill
3.84/5 rDev -5.9%
Bought a bomber a week ago, finally cracked it open tonight.
A: Bright white half a finger or so head. Slightly hazy, amber. Good looking beer
S: Definitely noticed the vanilla-ish smell from the bourbon barrel. Slight bitter, citrus hop. But definitely smell the barrel up front.
T: Follows the nose. Citrusy hop bitterness up front, more noticeable than on the nose. Follows with a big bourbon barrel kick. Oaky vanilla. Almost a butterscotch flavor.
M: Medium bodied. Can taste mild booziness. Very smooth.
O: A good, but not great beer. Definitely unique and worth a try.
05-10-2013 05:28:45 | More by BarRoomHero88
3.89/5 rDev -4.7%
Half inch tall white fluffy head. Dark golden body. Big bubbled collar.
Sweet mangoes. Rich danky hop notes on the nose. Oak.
"Pineapple caramel". Dank hops. BA kick at the end of each sip, vanilla and oak. I wouldn't guess the ABV as high as 10.4%
Slick thick mouthfeel. Medium-low carbonation level for the style.
I don't know...it's good, not great. The barrel notes don't meld very well with the DIPA base. Perhaps worth a try but I wouldn't go out of my way now that I know what's up.
05-10-2013 04:15:47 | More by Duff27
3.71/5 rDev -9.1%
Pours a marvelous golden color with a white head and plenty of lacing left behind it. Love the name!
A big 'ol shot of bourbon on the nose. Whooo boy, that sure is a heck lotta bourbon! Where's the hops?
Now we're talking. Lots of pine tar upfront. Bourbon is there but it takes a backseat as it should.
Gooey, sticky pine tar, infused with bourbon, coats the mouth. An interesting contrast. Surprisingly absent is a strong dose of alcohol heat.
As good as a bourbon-infused DIPA is going to get. I won't buy into the hype but I will say that this is pretty damn balanced. SIP IT!
05-10-2013 02:57:54 | More by Brad007
4.09/5 rDev +0.2%
25.4oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orangey brown color with over an inch of thick white head. Lots of lacing. Wow, unique aroma. Butterscotch, sweet juicy citrus, vanilla, and booze. The taste is booze and butterscotch up front. Almost like that classy liqueur, Buttershots, but better. Oak, citrus hops and vanilla as well. Boozey, buttery, oaky finish. Bitter orange peel at the end. Heavy, creamy mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Quite a unique tasting Imperial. Overall, damn good and worth seeking out.
05-10-2013 02:54:43 | More by PicoPapa
Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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