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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

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Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-01-2009

Previously known as Hand of Doom.
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of daledeee
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle of this at HyVee. The beer stores sold out right away. I quickly snatched it up and am drinking it as soon as I get home.

Poured a pretty clear golden color. Not overly heady but good lacing.

Immediate nose is oak/whiskey barrel with vanilla and booze.

Taste: Quite a nice twist to others. Plenty of bourbon flavor but also a nice hops profile. This is not on the Cascade side, it is more tropical and mellow. Some of the hop intensity probably mellowed with aging. You know what, that is OK once in a while. Other hints of sweetness and vanilla finish this out.

Mouthfeel is a true delight. Very creamy with average carbonation. I like this.

A very distinctive and enjoyable drink. I can't think of whiskey barrel aged IPA that I have had. Too bad it is limited to a few bottles.

Photo of Synergy87
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to get one of the few bottles that Roger has over at Bestway.Poured into an imperial nonic a...like others have notes a honey tinged lighter golden with a nicely formed half finger white head atop that left multiple broken rings of lace behind as it settled.Aromas were lighter than expected but some nice vanilla/bourbon and sweet fruity notes were there,the hops were somewhat subdued giving off light resiny notes.One thing I will say about the flavor profile is that the bourbon barrel is a major flavor component but it doesn't smack you in the face,all the flavors seem to be more subtle but still providing enough.The hops are more leafy and slightly citric,a good shot of peppery spice hits in the back end.Not in your face bourbon or alcohol in my opinion but neither are the hops,a very good beer with out big hops.

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A – A vibrant, translucent, golden orange with a nice slightly-creamy head and lacing. It’s an attractive beer; it's just the color I like to see in my IPA/IIPA.

S – Bourbon booze, charred wood, and some slight earthy legumes in the background. The hops are certainly in the backseat. Pine and slight sweet citrus with a bit of candied lemon peel as it warms.

T – At first, it feels a bit muddled. There’s a big bourbon booze burn in the finish. The warmth that lingers is nice and woody followed by the hop bitterness. So far, I think the finish is the highlight of this brew.

M – Very smooth… Velvety and coats the tongue well.

O – Double Trouble is not my favorite IIPA, but I have a lot of faith in Founders. Also, I have to admit that it went really well with my spicy Chilean baked fish. I’ve got another bottle, so I’ll be interested to see what happens to this one over time. I think it’s a little too booze heavy, so I’m hoping that mellows out and allows some of the other flavors to not be over powered.

Photo of BrianJohnson
2.77/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It looks like an IPA and has the clarity to match. NIce orange color, smallish head when poured that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing as you drink it down, though.

Upon first smell, bourbon comes through front and center. I think the bourbon smell overpowers everything else. If you think long and hard while you're smelling, you can detect the hops slightly and the malt/bread smell even more slightly.

Bourbon comes through on the taste as well. But as you drink it, the hops leaves that familiar bitter feeling on the back of your tongue. But the hops does not come through over the bourbon flavor. You more sense the hops presence than actually taste the hops.

Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation, nice body. I enjoyed tasting this one, but it leaves me wishing for a true DIPA rather than feeling like I just did a shot of bourbon, tastewise. Glad I tried it but probably won't try it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Holmes698
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a 750ml bottle in to a Weyerbacher tulip glass.

A: Nice 1 1/2 fingers of soft white head. Deep amber color. Nice stream of carbonation. Amazing lacing.

Ar: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, hops on the backend.

T: The vanilla is dominant for me. I also get some hops, bourbon, earthy wood, and a mild spice. Some how these flavors all work together. I have no idea how Founder's pulled this off, but it has a very pleasant blend of flavor. 10% ABV is very subtle.

M: Creamy for an IPA. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: This beer was a pleasant surprise. It is nicely balanced. I loved the vanilla notes that are produced. The hops, oak, and bourbon all blend nicely together. I'll be honest I was expecting this to be a hot mess, but it wasn't. It does remind me slightly of an BBA American Barleywine to some extent, kinda like Bolt Cutter junior without the maple.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of tdm168
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - clear, dark goldish amber with a thin, soft, white head

S - sweet malt, faint cupcake batter, bourbon, woody

T - sweet malt, faint birthday cake batter, woody, earthy, bourbon, alcohol, mildly bitter finish

M - medium to full bodied, warm, smooth, well carbonated

This is an interesting beer. The bourbon barrels definitely impart their flavors on this IPA. The bourbon is forward and intense. The barrels add some woodyness as well. The malt character is almost perfect for what needed to be done to add balance to this beer. The hops, however, are a bit subdued and don't come through over the intense bourbon notes. Overall, this is an intense beer that is worth trying but to me it's more of a strong ale than a DIPA.

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4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle served into a snifter, tasted side by side with Double Trouble. It pours a light hazy orange with a quality head that leaves nice legs and lacing.

The first thing i get on the nose is sweet bourbon. There is also lots of oak, vanilla, and a bit of tropical hops. Doom has the same body as double trouble, but with a vicious boozy bite. The fruity hops are still there along but it's dominated by vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Edit: It tastes like cheap bourbon as it warms.

I was skeptical going in but Founders can pull anything off.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rich looking tangerine colored orange with a razor thin white head that fades into a thin halo. There are huge notes of candied pineapple, mango, passion fruit, with a touch of coconut from the barrel. The taste is relatively fruity and woody, with a great bitter aftertaste, but possibly a bit overboard on the barrel. There is a disappointing amount of distinct bourbon in the taste as well. The mouthfeel is relatively syrupy sweet, like sugar coated hops, followed by a slightly barrel-aged sweetness, residual bitterness, and very little alcohol. It's surprisingly approachable and drinkable, although a bit astringent still. This is definitely a potent barrel-aged DIPA that packs in big tropical fruitiness and some subtle barrel characteristics without being completely overbearing and undrinkable.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Gosox8787
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Presentation: 750 mL bottle chilled and poured into my Hill Farmstead stemware. I figure this should be best fresh, so opening this up tonight.

Appearance: Light to medium orange in color with a little haze. Pours a decent white head that settles into a light lacing. So far, so good.

Aroma: Bright citrusy hop tones are a bit covered up by light bourbon, caramel, vanilla bean and butterscotch. The really bright tones from the hops are made a bit heavier but the barrel aromas.

Taste: The bourbon really hits hard on the first sip. Big brash bourbon and caramel combined with a really strong booze character. The bitterness from the hops seems to bring out the pure, raw bourbon character. There is some bright orange zest and lemon tones that come through but they really don't do much to increase how refreshing this is. Butterscotch and caramel provide some interesting tones as well. Cannot seem to make up its mind as to whether it wants to drink like a refreshing IPA or a heavy barrel aged ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but really nice and crisp. Drinks like a really tasty IPA. Just doesn't have the flavor to match.

Overall, this really doesn't come together under one coherent idea. It wants to be refreshing like an IPA but also wants the smooth sipping notes and complexity of a barrel aged beer. Classic example of a beer that tries to do a little bit of everything and ends up not doing any of them well. I really like the base IPA and the barrel aging also provides some nice tones, but the hops really bring out the worst characteristics of the bourbon and vice versa. Not upset I tried this but I was left a bit underwhelmed.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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