Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,565
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 134
Gots: 286 | FT: 39
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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2.61/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Well, let's see what all the rage is about.

Golden on apricot colored with a thin white sheet. Smells like sweet bourbon and bubble gum and diacetyl. Taste is malt, some nougat, vanilla, artificial caramel, alcohol, very, very sweet. Medium bodied with moderate carb and an off dry finish. Well, this is not what I expected. I have have barrel aged IPA and DIPA's, but this is shit. Sweet, alcoholic, sweet and not very much like the style at all. That being said, if somebody is looking for a desert beer, I'd suggest this as it reminds me very much of a higher end Samiclaus.

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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very cloudy orange amberish color with a foamy 2 finger bright colored snow white head that faded slowly, leaving good spotty lacing. Tons of bubbles in the head and racing up the brew, it looks like a good aged bottle conditioned Belgian ale.

Smells of pineapple, bourbon, orange peel, charcoal and wine up front; second whiff contains vanilla, oak or wine barrels, mint, brown sugar, caramel, light spices, tropical fruit, flowers, floral hops and merlot like tannins. The hop aroma was not as strong as I expected, nor was the booze or bourbon influence, but man was this sweet and complex with so much going on that it was almost confusing; enjoyable, but confusing.

Taste is unique; on one hand there is the evident barrel aging effect producing sweet wine and bourbon notes, and then there is the juicy hop sweetness that has citrus and pine notes bursting through and then fizzling out for an intertwined complexity. The smoky bourbon flavors come through, as does pineapple, mango, orange peel, guava, gummy bears, brown sugar, caramel and vanilla, and then seems different and complicated after each swallow. The malts and booze are present throughout the flavor, but the hops add juicy sweet fruit with each sip that dances between oaky and boozy, grainy and hoppy, all the while maintaining some form of balance which allows different accents to come through with each sip. I noted coconut, maple syrup, tart sour apple and cinnamon in separate sips, and yet the booze and ABV never let this turn nasty or offensive. Perhaps the hop bitterness calmed the barrel aging, as I can’t explain why this wouldn’t be borderline undrinkable with the strong vanilla and bourbon influence and clocking in at 10% ABV. Somehow it worked well enough to make this pretty drinkable for such a huge, full bodied beer. Don’t get me wrong, this beer puts the hurt on as that ABV hits you hard in every drop, but the experience and variety of flavors involved makes this quite intriguing and enjoyable. This is not a session beer, and I wish I would have split the bomber, but I’m still glad I tried it.

Mouthfeel is oily slick and very creamy, and then the oaky and bourbon notes halt the slide and give it a chewy thick feel that is sweet like honey or syrup with the same kind of consistency; fruity notes and a hop bitterness come through at the end, allowing the barrel aged notes to give off some smoky bourbon-like flavors and peat moss or roasted grain dryness that is almost tart.

This beer was not what I expected it to be, but it was still fairly enjoyable and worthy of the money ($14) for the bomber. A very nice experiment by Founders, but to be honest I’m not sure that I’d buy it again.

NOTE: After thinking about this beer review a week or so, I give it extra credit for being so smooth considering that this is a big burly beer; a DIPA aged in bourbon barrels should have strong booze and be packed with flavor, so in that regard this brew delivered exactly what the brewer set out to do.

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4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A – Pours a golden orange with a solid finger of light cream head which lingers for a good 5 minutes. Lacing as fantastic – thick and unbroken around the edge of the glass.

S – Lots of oaky boozy bourbon, sweet vanilla, the slightest trace of tart citrus. Lacking DIPA qualities

T – Oh wow, initially just straight woody/oaky warm bourbon and some vanilla, minimal alcohol detectable. Eventually the bourbon subsides and delicious sweet and citrusy flavors come through, and the bitterness although mild (relative to the bourbon flavors) comes through. The aftertaste is sweet citrus flavors, mild bitterness, and a smokey oaked flavor.

M – Fairly light bodied for the flavor – well carbonated, making this more drinkable than it probably should be.

O – Absolutely fantastic – the more I drink the more I can get around the bourbon and the more immediately the DIPA qualities are picked up. Fantastic all the way around.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A – Hazy with a decent quantity of white suspended sediment. Bright gold body. Thick, creamy white cap of foam settles relatively quickly. Ok retention and nice lace.

S – Sweet strawberry jam, touch of booze, vanilla, light grapefruit, maple, bright oak.

T – Vanilla, maple syrup, fresh strawberries, caramel, white oak, rosemary, malt candy, woody booze.

M – Wonderfully smooth, thick, creamy, full body; especially for the style.

O – Incredible. Unlike a BA stout, the barrel takes center stage while the hops support and frame the profile; the complexity and quality of the barrel character puts this beer over the top. Tip-of-the-hat to the brewers at Founders.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 04/27/13 notes. Bottle Shared by nmann08; thanks a lot Nate. Had a 2 oz. sample of this at NOTB but glad to actually review it.

a - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, caramel malts, toffee, oak, burnt malts, toasted malts, butterscotch, and light fruit. Lot of bourbon up front, and some alcohol to it, which hurts it a bit in my mind.

t - Tastes of bourbon, alcohol, caramel malts, toffee, raisins, oak, vanilla, toasted malts, burnt malts, roasted notes, molasses, and sugar. Sweeter than the nose and a lot of alcohol again.

m - Medium to thick body and moderate carbonation. Some alcohol heat in the taste, otherwise nice.

o - Overall a decent beer, but disappointing to me. I like bourbon beers but right now this is a bourbon bomb, with a lot of alcohol coming through in both the taste, nose, and mouthfeel. Will probably be better with some time on it, but this is basically a barleywine to me; I didn't get many IPA characteristics. Would have it again but wouldn't seek it out as it's hard to find around here.

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2.48/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is gold and clear. Good white head that stays the entire glass.

Smell is creamy vanilla. Cake icing. Not much hop at all.

Taste is overpowering creamy vanilla with just a touch of bitter hops at the finish. Sweet.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, but very smooth.

Overall I absolutely did ot want to finish this beer. The vanilla was cloying, the lack of any real hops for a DIPA was suprising. A sweet vanilla-bomb.

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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,565 ratings.