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Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,499
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 108
Gots: 276 | FT: 38
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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:
Previously known as Hand of Doom.

(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-01-2009)
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MallyOMight

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2%

04-20-2013 04:50:09 | More by MallyOMight
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lorenwhite7

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-19-2013 21:47:41 | More by lorenwhite7
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Ken2Brew4taste

Michigan

4.91/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap, as well as from a bottle (750ml).
To start with, let me explain that my favorite Double IPA ever has been the Double Trouble by Founders. I was on board with this bourbon barrel version since I first heard of it.

A - Poured a low thin head, but was able to leave behind some lacing. The color was very clear, a bit more to a pale amber than gold, but very deep.

S - Sweet, Slightly Hoppy, Citrusy, Oak Barrel... All the factors of this beer come through in a very balanced way.

T - Surprised! I was not expecting the spicier notes of the barrel but more of the Bourbon that was not even as strong as I anticipated. Obviously built on the back bone of an IPA, this thing has balance. At 10% ABV, its too well hidden and this one goes down easy. EXCELLENT, too bad its not a regular beer for them, I could enjoy this for years to come.

M - Smooth, Full, yet complex and clean finishing with just enough sweet and hoppy tail to remind you you just tasted near perfection.

O - I want more, I want it often. Pricy but well worth the $$. I reccommed this to any beer drinkers that like bourbon barrel aged beers. Good luck trying to score some unless you can hit the taproom this week, this won't be lasting long.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2013 18:22:21 | More by Ken2Brew4taste
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supa0525

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-18-2013 23:25:49 | More by supa0525
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MoreAbv

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-17-2013 12:37:23 | More by MoreAbv
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.
10% ABV,

A - Vibrant golden in color, Doom pours with a firm white head that lingers with Swiss cheese-like holes letting the clear beer show through the cap below dots of lace which adorn the glass.

S - Doom's subtle barrel-aging imparts a smooth note of vanilla which pairs well with the plush, juicy tropical fruit hop aroma of candied passion fruit and mangoes. Blending in nicely is caramel and Munich malt sweetness before the aroma finishes with a soft touch of bourbon and oak.

T - While decidedly malt-forward, this double IPA doesn't lack hops, it's soft underbelly of robust tropical fruit flavors do give way to the sweetness and barrel-aging, however. Munich and caramel sweetness linger with a light (real) maple syrup-like flavor which works well with it's time in barrels. Oak and notes of vanilla are a unique addition to the fruity-hopped beer while the finish trails off with a touch of the liquor.

M - Full-bodied but quite smooth, Doom has a big feel that captures each essence of the beer nicely; soothing, warm alcohol from the barrel, sharp, almost tart hop bitterness, and plenty of sweet malt to balance it all out.

O - Doom runs the gamut of aromas and flavor profiles for a unique beer that works very well. The hops' respective qualities pair well with the barrel-aging process' natural characteristics. It's not too big, not too boozy; in fact, it's just right and surprisingly smooth!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 00:28:05 | More by BeerFMAndy
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

04-16-2013 18:34:39 | More by cadaugherty
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YCantWeNotBeSober

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

04-16-2013 18:26:33 | More by YCantWeNotBeSober
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totalbangover

Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Founders right after I picked up my 2 bottles.

Appearance pretty standard. Small head initially froths up with some swirling. Decent lacing.

Bourbon and oak are the first thing I get on the nose but they're pretty deep and not overpowering. Would have expected a bit more hops up front and while they're there they take a back seat to the bourbon. Smells sweet and fresh.

For taste... Again the first thing I'm hit by is the bourbon and yet it isn't too aggressive. Oak's there too. As with the smell I think the hops are taking a back seat to the barrel aging qualities. The sweetness I associate with double trouble is for sure there but seems toned down. Creamy. I feel like all the flavors are blending well and in the vehicle of the medium body with low carbonation we've got quite a nice, well-balanced, quaffable beer. Really seems appropriate for this time of year, right between winter warmers and summer sessionable ales.

A really pleasant beer. Not something I'll be rushing out to have more of but next time I'm here I'll probably order again. Be interesting to see what happens with age as the hop presence already seems understated.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2013 19:39:21 | More by totalbangover
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erlenmeyer

Maine

4/5  rDev -2%

04-14-2013 11:42:21 | More by erlenmeyer
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lpayette

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-12-2013 02:31:17 | More by lpayette
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dmorgan310

Panama

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-12-2013 01:50:45 | More by dmorgan310
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champ103

Texas

3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX. The first time Founders is officially available in Texas.

A: Pours a hazed orange/red color. A white head forms with small and fine bubbles rising to the top. Some lace is left behind as well.
S: At first, a juicy grapefruit aroma up front. After this warms a noticeable sweetness comes out. Just a bit of vanilla from the barrels.
T: Follows the nose with grapefruit and piny bitterness up front. A light sweetness. Then, as this comes to room temp, the barrel is apparent. Vanilla, and wood flavors. Alcohol as well.
M/D: A medium to full body that is a bit low on the carbonation. Certainly not under carbonated at all. Sticky and syrupy. This is a slow sipper for me. The alcohol is pretty potent.

Overall, fairly simple though I still enjoy it. Certainly not near the the quality of some other Founders offerings, and I will not take this over many of those. Still worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2013 14:35:06 | More by champ103
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -2%

04-11-2013 00:44:20 | More by drummermattie02
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Tiernan

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-09-2013 20:36:26 | More by Tiernan
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-08-2013 02:31:40 | More by HattedClassic
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2%

04-07-2013 02:49:57 | More by ScaryEd
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was released early in Maine along with KBS. I drank this on 4/4 and in summation: "I liked it." Definitely worth $12.99, and if you like DIPAs and bal-aged beers, you won't be disappointed. Keep in mind that while there are still some hoppy notes to the beer, this tastes nothing like Double Trouble anymore. Also, the bourbon notes are very sweet. I like sweet, so 750 mL of sweetness didn't put me off, and I drank it slowly while watching a movie. However, if you're not ready for that strong Jim Beam-type sweetness, let it cellar. Little to no boozy burn, so for a fresh bal-aged beer it's not very hot, nor is there much resiny hop bitterness. There's some vanilla, oak, and coconut in there too: reminded me of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale but with a much better base beer. I'm curious to see how this morphs with aging (i.e., how long it tastes for the sweetness to mellow a little bit and head toward barleywine territory). Fresh, this beer is as advertised: it smells and tastes like a DIPA aged in bourbon barrels. I was a little iffy about this beer at first, but in the end I'm glad I tried it. Now then, where art thou Black Biscuit?

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 03:59:06 | More by ElGallo
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-05-2013 16:02:34 | More by Kegatron
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IrishColonial

Texas

3/5  rDev -26.5%

04-04-2013 17:25:37 | More by IrishColonial
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AndrewKroll

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-22-2013 02:23:57 | More by AndrewKroll
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Mbrown44

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

03-16-2013 17:17:19 | More by Mbrown44
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Mike

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

03-16-2013 16:53:31 | More by Mike
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

01-22-2013 06:29:15 | More by oglmcdgl
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

03-03-2012 09:02:58 | More by ygtbsm94
Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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