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Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,582
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 141
Gots: 284 | FT: 36
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-01-2009

Previously known as Hand of Doom.
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3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into snifter:

Hazy dark orange with minimal white head, very little lacing. Head fizzles away within seconds.

Big nose of oak, charcoal, caramel, malt, some citrus and hops. Makes a good impression.

Mouth is filled with malt sweetness, confronted with bitter hop goodness, followed by the whiskey barrel taste. It's not that well-balanced, and comes across as schzio. I think the whole "barrel-aged" crap is out of hand, and brewers should just lay off of it.

Medium body, with average carbonation.

I think "barrel-aging" any kind of IPA is a disgrace. This isn't bad, and is certainly more than drinkable, but give me a straight up, unaltered DIPA or IPA anyday.

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4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review taken on my Birthday May 2nd, 2013. It was in my fridge for nearly a week before opened. Saving it for my 'special day'.

Large brown Founders Backstage series bomber bottle. Excellent label and artwork. These style bombers are beautiful. This was poured into a stemmed tulip style glass.

A - burnt orange/dark golden/copperish colored body. Slightly off white head that poured lush and massive. Foamy while leaving some stick. Settles to a nice ring of lacing with a few big splotches floating in the center while looking down at the ale.

S - Bourbon and oakiness. Some boozy vanilla and caramel. Citrusy hops are noticed but very mellow. Maybe some odd coconut and bubblegum whiffs. Sweet sugary aroma that screams bourbon barrel aged. Fruitiness paired with the bourbon booziness and vanilla sweetness make for a wonderful aroma.

T - A real oakiness up front with citrusy hops. Big bourbon flavor provide excellent vanilla and slight caramel notes. A small touch of grassy hops paired with more citric hoppiness as you go further into the flavors. A pretty hefty booziness to the overall flavor. Bubblegum and sugary from the time spent in the barrels. Hops add some bitterness but the overall sweetness make for a mild bitter presence. A big dose of bourbon character in the end taking some of the massive bite out of the finish.

M - big and bold. Massive bodied and coats the mouth with big time flavor. This isn't something everyone will find easy to drink. The mixture of Double Trouble and bourbon barrels make for a massive and bold encounter. This definitely isn't for everyone. But I myself found this to be my kind of DIPA. Strong while taking no prisoners. Dominating the mouth while letting you know with every sip you are drinking a bourbon barrel aged double ipa.

O - wow what a creation. I can't recall many DIPAs I've had aged in bourbon barrels, but damn was this thing delicious. Doom brought a lot to the table and I enjoyed every bit of it. Wish I could have had a chance to buy a few more of these. It has a lot of class and a lot of thought went into this ale. I just hope it gets released again at some point. It's not for everyone, but then again it wasn't intended to be. It's a remarkable ale nonetheless.

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3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden copper with no head, but a whitish ring of foam around the rim.

Muted citrus, a hint of oak, and bourbon form the initial aroma. Slightly sweet caramel notes, along with vanilla and resin, add complexity. Fresh cut grass surfaces late. More subtle than expected.

Booze encompasses the flavor initially. There's some oak dryness and bitterness, along with resiny underpinnings. Deep caramel and toasted notes surface after a few sips. After the bourbon and oak subside, there's a muted grapefruit and lemon character. Becomes earthy late.

Body is moderate to almost a touch light, with modest carbonation and substantial alcohol warmth. It's borderline fusel.

The balance is bitter and boozy, and the rest of the flavors are unfortunately dwarfed. Citrus is pretty muted.

Improves as it warms, but not enough to merit excellent status. Still too bitter for my palate.

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4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at liberty taproom in Mt. Penn Pa.
Review is from notes
The appearance was a nice orange amber colored body with no head to it. The aroma has a sweet vanilla to it with some fruit coming through.
The taste was increditable, the sweetness from the bourbon mixed with a great hop hit just was great. The bourbon was the star, but the hops were were right behind. The mouthfeel was smooth and overall i was very impressed with this beer.

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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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