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Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,573
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 136
Gots: 286 | FT: 37
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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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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First thanks much to the generous pal that got me this (you know who you are!)
appearance: Clear honey with a steady stream of bubbles. For a 10+%, a huge whitish head and messy lacing.
smell: Until this warmed it was "merely" a damn good citrus and floral DIPA. After....damn...vanilla mixes with the other. Sweet bourbon mixes with the fine DIPA and vanilla.
taste: The taste is awesome from the chilly pour and only gets better. All the flavors of the nose with a final bitter finish balanced perfectly with the vanilla and bourbon. Damn.
overall: I thought this would be good, no idea it would be a masterpiece but it is.

Photo of sjones5045
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What to say about this?! Perhaps one of the most different smelling and tasting beers out there. Founders has built a reputation for delivering outstanding unique off center bourbon beers and this is another example of how there is Founders and then everyone else.

Pours a clean orange with decent head. Smell is definitely something you don't experience with other beers. When first cracked there is a big upfront of bourbon but as the beer breaths you definitely get more of the double trouble citrus hops in combo with the bourbon.

The taste is of course unique too. Every sip is different. Sometime more hops and others more bourbon. I guess if I had one complaint would be the citrus is really mellowed from the bourbon.

Overall, as with almost all of the backstage series, I wish it is easier to get and that they would be brewed regularly. But this is an outstanding unique, off enter beer that a true craft beer enthusiast would definitely appreciate the complexity of the brew. Once again a world class offing from Founders.

Photo of bsp77
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Orangish-gold with an initially thick and foamy head. It
persists a little while, but then looks a little flat.

Smell: Light vanilla and oak from the bourbon. Very, very mild citrus and tropical notes. Compared to the aromatic Double Trouble base beer, this is lackluster.

Taste: Vanilla, oak, and brown sugar hit the taste buds immediately, followed by some nice layers of citrus, tropical fruits and pine. Finish still has a bitter kick despite the aging.

Feel: Lower carbonation than a typical DIPA. Pretty full bodied, but not quite as dry as the base beer.

Overall: First of all, this is a good beer. However, it certainly falls short of Double Trouble (which I had again the previous day) as the bourbon barrel aging has muddled the flavor profile so that everything is a little muted. Certainly enjoyable, but not worth the hoops you have to jump through to get it.

Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of yamar68
3.01/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden body with an orange hue to it. A soapy white head produces thick sheets of lace.

Loads of vanilla, honey, sweet syrupy citrus, a bit of melon, caramel. The bourbon is pretty tame on the nose.

Well THIS is weird. I found the bourbon - it's on the palate. Cheap, artificially sweet Kentucky Beau overwhelms what would have been a tasty IIPA. Sweet honey and citrus flavors beneath that... vanilla and caramel, brown sugar.

I hope this concept doesn't catch on. Bourbon + IPA = confusion.

I'd love to see more IPA's aged in fresh oak or with oak chips. That there is a style I could jump on board with.

Photo of starrdogg
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Morey
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DukeX13
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of rkf1976
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CesarLopes
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber acquired with great effort because of all the hype effect (that I contributed to) and poured over a snifter.

A DIPA aged in a bourbon barrel sounded like the perfect idea. However, the barrelness totally takes over the DIPAness, and was a little overbearing for me. Totally worth the try, however.

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle

Appearance: Looks like 2x Trouble to me; straw colored haziness with a small white head that quickly fades.

Smell: Sweet and sexy barrel notes. Vanilla, toffee, coconut, chocolate, dark fruit, fudge brownie and even some maple. Awesome.

Taste: Sweet malt overlayed by bitter hops with some spicy notes, perhaps due to barrel, gives way to more prominent barrel notes. There is a nice underlying backbone of vanilla/barrel character that overtakes the malt notes that usually hold the reins of Double Trouble. This is not bad in its current state but perhaps a bit boozy. I can only see this getting better with age; something like Southern Tier's Oak Aged Unearthly.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, which I can understand for a 2x barrel aged beer.

Overall: Not bad by any means. Would love to have the taste match up more to the elements of the nose; there's only one way to find that out. I'm aging at least one of these for a year+

Photo of robhbest
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into tulip glass.

A: Clear light amber in color, 1 finger white head, good lacing.

S: Mostly vanilla, caramel.

T: Mostly bourbon, vanilla, oak, some hop bitterness at the end. Quite boozy. Piney citrus, scotch.

M: Medium high bodied. Good carbonation.

O: I was really overwhelmed with flavors here. It starts off really sweet, then gets hoppy, to more vanilla as it warms. I wonder what age would do to this. Its really sweet and boozy right now. This may be the first Founders beer that I didnt say to myself...wow. It was good but not great.

Photo of zeff80
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of SeanGC
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

.75L bottle served into a tulip glass.

a - pours relatively clear with some chill haze. Moderately full, white head that dissipates quickly, with the exception of a long lasting ring. Little lacing. Golden color.

s - citrusy hop aroma accompanied by a candi malt aroma. alcohol at perceivable levels.

t - brilliant balance of bourbon, wood, and malt character with dominant hop bitterness. alcohol is definitely present, but expected with the abv and bourbon addition.

m - moderate body, warming, moderately high carbonation. solvent.

o - Great beer, with the exception of some minor. Alcohol is definitely perceivable on the palate. I would suggest aging the beer, but risks the possibility of losing some of that hop character. Interesting enough

Photo of seplo
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle picked up locally...not too tricky to track down which was nice. enjoyed from the Doom glass (thanks to Founders for such lightning fast shipping!).

let me preface this by saying...going into this i'm fairly excited. i am a HUGE double trouble fan and putting it in bourbon barrels??? oh boy! i know, i know...,an IPA in bourbon barrels you may ask? i've had a few and they were always impressive (marshall wharf makes a great one called cant dog)...but i digress.

a - brew poured a nice thick transparent syrupy orange with a generous ipa head. great lacing is left on the glass as the head dissolves. solid. just like double trouble.

s - smells fairly meh as far as hops and IPA goes. like old double trouble but with a really nice bourbon glaze a la backwoods bastard. the bourbon is nice, but really tame and the faded double trouble leaves me craving fresh double trouble.

t - wow. bourbon slap with double trouble bitterness. a bit overwhelming at first sip and fairly hot but once my palette adjusted to the intensity i found myself really enjoying this one. exactly as advertised, double trouble soaked in oaky bourbon barrels. the hops are still fairly dank and the bourbon is a beautiful compliment. booze glazed citric.

m - bitter dry finish, but leaves an alc tingle.

o - overall, i'm a fan. upon first sip i was all like "what the heck is this" but after a few more gulps i became all like "hey now...now that's what i'm talking about!" i'd definitely be up for another bottle or two, but the real question is what will time do this? i suspect not good things, but you know people are bound to age it so i guess time will tell (like it has with CBS).

Photo of oldedog
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of schomber
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of BDeibs
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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