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Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,583
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 144
Gots: 281 | FT: 35
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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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Ratings: 1,583 | Reviews: 317
Photo of SadMachine
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 5/5/13.

A- Pours a clear golden/straw color with a healthy white head that retains well and leaves good lacing.

S- The aroma is very vanilla forward, followed by sweet malt, caramel, and a bit of floral and piney hop character. As it warms the aroma becomes super oaky!

T- The flavor starts really malty and sweet, with vanilla and caramel taking center stage, and floral/grassy hops and moderate alcohol following right behind. A splash of citrus hits the middle of the palate when it warms, along with a lot of oak. The finish makes me think I'm sipping a fine bourbon.

M- The body is quite full for a DIPA, and it's silky smooth.

O- This is simply delicious, and I wish this wasn't a one-off! People who say IPAs can't/shouldn't be barrel aged either haven't had a beer like this or are smoking something! The amount of vanilla/oak aroma and flavor and the perfect bourbon finish beats most BBA stouts.

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3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was wondering about the barrel aging on this being a dipa. The smell was very nice got a good bit of the barrel aging lots of vanilla and some hops/fruit trying to break through. It poured very nice with pillowy white head. The color was a little more pale than I expected. I was so excited to get this beer, mainly because I missed on KBS. The taste was mainly one note of sweet vanilla up front and then it just kind of fell flat. I was hoping it would change once it got warm but didnt get much other than the vanilla and bourbon. It is a better than average beer but at the $15 bucks for a bottle it seems a bit disappointing. I sometimes think that these "special" one off beers get higher than usual ratings due to their rarity, which is a shame. If you are looking for a different tasting beer try it. The beer is not awful, however it was not one that I would drive all over town to find.

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3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle into an IPA glass.

A - It has a golden hew. Head is offwhite, but brighter than many other IPAs.

S - You can definitely smell the barrel aging effect on the beer as it is less hops and more bourbon.

T - It's got a soft sweet taste upfront that is overpowered by the bitterness of the hops and barrel agedness. You can definitely taste the bourbon in it. You can't enjoy the hops as much.

M - The bourbon effect makes it a lot more boozy and a much slower sipper than your average IPA. It isn't an easy drinking beer, and it would probably better in smaller quantities.

O - The concept of a barrel aged IPA is really interesting to me. To me, an IPA should be drunk fast because of the extensive hopping. Of course, when IPAs were initially made and sent to India, they were stored in barrels. It's interesting to see an American take on this. Overall, interesting is the word I'd use to describe Doom. It met my textural appetite, but definitely did not meet my tastes.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle to Hop Back Pint glass

A: It looks amber to orange in color with a white to beige head that leaves a good sized lacing. It is completely translucent and as about as clean as you can get the barrels did not cloud it up at all i guess.

S: Well it is definitely interesting if nothing else the bourbon definitely stands out it is not too powerful or overwhelming but it is there is with a little bit of chocolate hint to it. The bourbon is dominant but there is some hop smells in the background along with some malt for an almost farmhouse smell.

T: Wow the bourbon flavor is really prominent upfront; it has some nice flavor without being overpowering and definitely has some chocolate to it. Unfortunately on the other hand the hops are basically completely gone there is almost not bitterness or hop flavor at all. There is some malt sweetness but it is really just a pretty solid backbone nothing too special.

M: It is smooth and very drinkable for something that has so much bourbon flavor. The beer is also really thin which sort of throws me off as it is heavy in the flavor but feels light. This isn't necessarily a easy drinking beer but the feel certainly does help mitigate the strong flavors.

O: My overall feeling about this beer is "meh" it is good but it is not great, its not that it doesn't have anything special about it or that the bourbon flavor is not good it is more that I expected this beer to impress me and it really did not. Its worth a try if bourbon barrels are your thing if not definitely skip for the price.

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4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a teku glass.

A - Pours a very clear burnt orange body. Three fingers worth of frothy bone-white foam sticks around for a while. Very sticky lacing with modest retention. A swirl creates a very strong head again.

S - Double Trouble peaking through a huge wave of bourbon. Starts off with some pine and tropical fruit before being consumed by butterscotch, oak, vanilla and smooth oak. The bitterness does clash a bit with the barrels. Noticeable alcohol.

T - Bitter grapefruit and resinous pine. The finish is of smooth caramel malt and even smoother bourbon. Loads of butterscotch, toffee and vanilla. The bitterness cuts through the rich flavors awkwardly. The mouth feel is nice and creamy. Alcohol is a bit warming. A little weird but damn good.

O - I've had a few BA IPA's in the past and this one seems to be the most effective. The double trouble is noticeable and it does make friends with the bourbon barrels. It's a bit confusing at first but after a few sips I got used to it and enjoyed it quite a bit.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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