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Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 132
Gots: 287 | 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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3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of SeanGC
4/5  rDev -2%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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).

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3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nose: Vanilla, coconut cream, bourbon notes dominate out of the bottle. Palate: Vanilla, bourbon, and coconut cream again dominate, this time on the attack. The mid-palate onwards is composed almost exclusively of bourbon and candied, creamy vanilla notes but occasionally I get a bit of bitter grapefruit poking through.

An interesting marriage of bourbon barrel aging and DIPA. The result is 90% barrel action and 10% DIPA, which is to say that there's a lot of creaminess and bourbon action and not so much beer action. Enjoyable but a bit experimental and gimmicky to me.

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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is nice, it smells like bourbon, vanilla, citrusy and pine hops, coconut, and some apricot. Taste is a lot like the aroma, with the bourbon, vanilla, and oak flavors being the strongest. Combined with the bitter pine/citrusy hop flavors, it makes for a unique tasting brew. There's also a bit of coconut and mango noticeable. Good mix between the sweet and bitter flavors, although I think it's more sweet tasting. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and syrupy with low/moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. I think its a good overall brew, I'm glad I got to try this one. Worth a try if you come across it.

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2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliantly clear light golden color with medium white head that leaves substantial lacing on the glass. The look is right on for DIPA.

The aroma is very bourbony, vanilla, and wood. There is a VERY faint hint of earthy minty hops in the background but this is pretty far off the mark from what Double Trouble is. I make that comparison as I'm under the impression, Doom is essentially bbal aged DT. This is not what I'd want in an IPA.

The taste is similarly disappointing in that it is seemingly a very bitter bourbon barrel aged alcohol bomb with little-to-no malt foundation to carry the heavy bourbon flavors. Very little hops in the flavor and a quite astringent bitterness in the back end make this beer subpar for me.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy like a good bbal beer should be. It almost rounds out at the finish but there is a definite astringency in the finish that seems to be a combination of high IBUs and barrel chat character.

Overall, I'm not a big fan of this beer. I'm usually a big Founders fan but there barrel offerings recently have been over extracted or off the mark.

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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,562 ratings.