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Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,524
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 120
Gots: 282 | FT: 40
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 Gww1864
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Gww1864, May 06, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light honey hue with a very thick and creamy two finger off white head that left very nice thick side lacing and a super dense blanket. Wish there was a bit of haze to it.

S - Sweeter malt/hops. Semi older hops. Lightly buttery oak/vanilla/caramel/bourbon. Its actually pretty pleasant at first, but a good swirl makes the booze just explode from this. Almost nostril singeing.

T - Taste is fairly solid. Hops are not really resinous or citrus, more earthy, though there is a nice light bitter finish. Sweeter, big malts, caramels, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Booze is much more subdued than on the nose. Its quite pleasant tasting and the bourbon creates a more gentle DIPA.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, slightly creamy. Alcohol is very well hidden on the pallet.

O - Overall, a tasty beer. I've had a few barrel aged (D)IPA's before and I think Hardywood's is better executed. Still, tasty.

rudzud, May 06, 2013
Photo of YogiBeer
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

YogiBeer, May 06, 2013
Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +22.5%

csustar001, May 06, 2013
Photo of Squatchito
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance - Golden to copper in color, aggressive pour produces a 1 inch head that dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing, certainly looks good.

Smell - Very intriguing to me. This was the aspect I was most concerned with when it came to Doom. I thought the barrel would dominate, and perhaps it has. I get mostly tropical fruits though. Pineapple in particular was the most noticeable aroma for me. Other notes are there, caramel, toffee though neither to the point of burnt sugar. More subtle for me would be the citrus notes and the clearly barrel notes, candied lemon and vanilla.

Taste - Mimics the nose for me, though more coconut than pineapple. More vanilla on the palate than on the nose. More candied fruits as well, the lemon note is still there, but more apricot than anything else for me in that department. Lots of resiny hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - This has some heft about it. It is well carbed but sits heavy on and coats the tounge. That said it lets up fairly quickly, it doesn't sit there like an oil slick. It is slightly warm if you hold it for a second, but nothing unexpected for the style or the barrel aging.

Overall - I am really impressed by this beer. I presumed the barrel would dominate everything an IPA would bring to the table and wouldn't compliment anything it brought to the table. I was wrong, the tropical notes of the hops and barrel do very well together as does the stong malt backbone and caramelized sugar notes. Solid effort.

Squatchito, May 06, 2013
Photo of RStang13
3/5  rDev -26.5%

RStang13, May 05, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark straw color with a decent white head that is fed by a constant stream of carbonation bubbles. Aroma's of juicy fruits, lemon and citrus with a solid bready caramel to back it up. Very subtle woody aroma takes some concentration to find underneath some pine resin and citrus. The flavor holds a lot more wood than I could find in the aroma. Sweet caramel malt gives way to sweet bourbon and vanilla up front. A bit of bourbon and alcohol usher in a bitter resinous hop bite about midway through. Long lingering alcohol, oak tannin, and resinous hop bitterness after each sip. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet burning alcohol mouthfeel. Nice IPA mash-up. The Barrel aging adds lots of complexity, but also a bit of harsh alcohol at times. Not something I'd drink every day but I'm glad I got to try it.

johnnnniee, May 05, 2013
Photo of JxExM
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

JxExM, May 05, 2013
Photo of gatornation
3/5  rDev -26.5%

gatornation, May 05, 2013
Photo of ShawneeIrish
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

ShawneeIrish, May 05, 2013
Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev -2%

Beezee, May 05, 2013
Photo of Bubba569
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Bubba569, May 05, 2013
Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: nice pale golden color with off-white 2 finger head with decent lacing

s: bourbon, bread, caramelized sugars and a hint of vanilla

t: bourbon and smooth oak up front followed by creamy malt with a little vanilla. finish is resinous, slightly bitter and a little dry.

m: lightly carbonated, creamy with a middlin thickness

o: more bourbon than I thought but not overbearing, decent barrel character. not much of the double trouble base left after barrel aging. worth a try just don't know if it qualifies as a dipa, seemed to have more of a old ale/barleywine feel.

arlingtonjoe, May 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

ahbithwabm, May 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

tobelerone, May 05, 2013
Photo of Gmann
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey straw color with a short wispy off white head that settles into a ring.

The aroma is sweet with honey and an apricot fruitiness. Very candy like. Subtle hints of bourbon and vanilla.

The taste is of vanilla pudding. Noticable vanilla presence to go along with a smooth sweet bourbon flavor. The malt is fairly light, adding a bready note. The hops seem to be grassy with some tropical fruit notes, pineapple and apricot.

The feel is light with tingly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but with a grassy bitter finish. Remarkably not thick or syrupy or overly sweet. Some ABV heat.

Founders made the bourbon work well with a DIPA and not make it overly sweet. I'd prefer some hoppier flavor though.

Gmann, May 05, 2013
Photo of biga7346
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Massive creamy lacing, straw colored to copper, shimmering firmness

N - Peach skin, tangerine, lemon merengue pie, hop resin, some vanilla extract, pie crust, booze, fresh pineapple, tanginess, liqueur like kahlua, fresh cantaloupe.

T/M - Hop bitterness, caramelized sugar, charred oak, raisins, astringent, some citrus hops; when it starts to warm the mouthfeel gets real silky, caramel, brandy; mouth-puckering and boozy, warming in the finish, definitely coats your palate.

D - I guess when I stepped into a bourbon barrel finished double IPA, I had no idea what to expect. Very interesting b/c it borrows elements from different beers. That bitter, mouth-puckering finish is off-putting, other than that a great night-capper. Not a beer to be trifled with and one of the few Founders beers I have had that was overly boozy, like drinking an after-dinner brandy.

biga7346, May 05, 2013
Photo of Florida9
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear golden yellow in color. Forms a minimal white head that reduces fairly quickly to just the faintest wisp of surface coating. No lacing what so ever.

S: Fairly aromatic. Boozy, but in a good way. Vanilla, oak, citrus, and orange. Aroma is sweet and slightly floral.

T: Taste is also fairly sweet. Again its pretty boozy, but then again, so is bourbon, so it's not out of place here. More oak, a bit of sweet vanilla, orange peel, and some other citrus. There is a slight earthiness on the finish.

M: Smooth, slick, and slightly oily. Lower carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: I liked this beer even though I really wasn't expecting to. I was expecting this to be more along the lines of DFH's Burton Baton: earthy, strong, and with muted hops. You know, essentially a barleywine listed as a DIPA. But in the end, this beer was able to blend two contrasting flavors quite well and it was rather reminiscent of a bourbon cocktail. Maybe something along the lines of a Boulvadier: a little sweet, a little boozy, and a bit of bitterness, yet still harmonious. Can't say that this is something I'd want to drink on a regular basis, but still a very nice beer.

Florida9, May 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

tyelton2, May 05, 2013
Photo of phooky
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

phooky, May 05, 2013
Photo of mpedara429
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was on a mission to find KBS and I got even luckier to pick up Doom! Somebody never picked up their special order for this wonderful brew and I became the rightful owner. I feel sorry for the sap. Anyways...

A: Pours out a slightly hazy amber color with three fingers of off white head. Head was very thick with good retention leaving heavy and chunky spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like pineapple upside down cake. Very tropical with pineapple and maybe coconut like smell. Sweet and buttery toffee.

T: Similar to the smell. A little bit of earthy hop bitterness and just enough presence of oak barrels.

M: Medium body that is oily and creamy. Carbonation in the light to medium range. Very smooth.

O: This beer was heavenly! Truly unique. Sort of breaks away from the traditional citrus/pine style. Great for the open-minded IPA drinker or any fan of barrel aged brews.

mpedara429, May 05, 2013
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

JRod1969, May 05, 2013
Photo of tut2528
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: gorgeous light orange, slightly rustic and when backlit becomes an awesome golden color. it creates a terrific 1-2 fingers worth of bright white head that is fairly dense. with nice lacing

S: immense orange peel comes forward and is quite dominating. slightly medicinal, more orange peel citrus. very one dimensional.

T: again, monstrous citrus notes. there is a slight bourbon barrel sweetness presence right in the middle and there is a oaky finish along with some bitter hops

M: quite light, but it fits this beer perfectly. it leaves a strong orange peel flavor on the palate with a a hop bitterness.

O:: LET THIS ONE WARM FOR A BIT!!! cold, it i s too sweet, one dimensional and and citrus forward. but as it warmed up and got closer to room temp, i found that the hops started to come forward and began to balance the brew out a bit better. It is not a bad beer, but its not something that I would go crazy about in obtaining.

tut2528, May 05, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is very bright, with a slightly hazed, orange-gold coloring and a bright white, filmy, sparse surface coating of head that has a decent cling. Smooth and full appearance while pouring. Aromas of bitter, resiny hops balanced with a blend of tropical fruits, most notably pineapple. Delve a bit deeper and you get some woody notes, a touch of char, and some deep sweet characteristics. Very layered nose. Flavors are peppery and resiny hop forward, quickly drawn under a char and oak character that makes the palate heavy but leaves the spice remaining. The tropical fruit characteristics of pineapple, mango, and citrus dart in and out around the heavier flavor characteristics, but also blend with a subtle vanilla profile that peaks out more and more as the beer warms in your glass. There is a subtle, building warmth from the alcohol content, which partners well with the char and wood characters of the barrel aging, as well as the bourbon flavors that are imparted. A slightly boozy, peppered aftertaste, with a touch of smoke there, as well. This builds on the palate as you drink...it's a test of endurance for your tastebuds, and one worth undertaking, at that. Slick, slightly bitter and lingering finish. You are not going to forget what you are quaffing with this one. Heavy, robust, and full...this is a good beer!

GarthDanielson, May 05, 2013
Photo of lic217
1.5/5  rDev -63.2%

lic217, May 05, 2013
Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,524 ratings.