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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: 133
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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Photo of jjanega08
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

No freshness dating

A= Pours a totally translucent ginger ale dark piss sort of color with a nice two fingers of head on it that holds nice retention and lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is quite hot to be honest. A lot of the bourbon barrel comes through in the nose. There is a nice hop aroma that comes through as well but the aroma is dominated by bourbon, vanilla, and hot alcohol.

T= The taste is similar to the nose. A little lighter on the alcohol but that may be bacause the hop profile is amplified hiding a bit of the booze. The bourbon comes through greatly and there is a nice vanilla aroma. It actually isn't as bad as I though coming from the nose but I still don't think it's on par with some of the other bourbon barrel IPAs I've had.

M= The mouth is great on this one. Nice soft beer.

O= Founders makes some amazing beers. This just so happens to not be one of my favorites. It's still a solid beer but it's not as mind blowing as I was hoping. This beer is good but not great. Try it and see for yourself. I was hoping for a bit more of a hop punch. Maybe another dry hopping or something. Who knows.

Photo of Crimsontider22
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of server222
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of weonfire
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap at Founders Brewery at their Black Party, pour into a 12oz snifter.

A - Golden, semi-transluscent, hazy, patchy lacing, pencil thin-cream colored head

S - Sweet bourbon, medium citrus, carmel

T - Initial: Bourbon, carmel, sweet grapefruit. finish: hops is low (5/10), booze- but minor

M - Thick, Frothy, high viscosity, great for such a high ABV

O - This was my first 'Bourbon' BA IIPA so I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. Bourbon flavor is really nice. But as for a IIPA - citrus flavor is pretty minor which disappoints me. The bourbon straight dominated it. Tough to keep calling it an IIPA in my mind. To be fair, grapefruit-specifically was apparent.

Photo of SaxmanRick
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of herman77
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MWilt
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of PieOhMy
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap. Poured into tulip glass.

A. Hazy orange. No transparency. Very little white head. Nice lacing follows down.

S. Boozy. Pungent but not off putting. Got some hops but not strong. Slight citrus aroma.

T. Off balance. There's a smooth boozyness, which I like, but no initial hop flavor. The hops do hit in a second wave along with a piney/woody flavor. The pine/wood does not linger in the aftertaste.

M. Quite full actually. Not quite syrupy but quite thick. Best part of this beer.

O. The Double Trouble hoppyness and fruitiness died while barreling. All of that is smoothed out and replaced with wood and booze. Founders overdid it on this one. People are going to dig this based on the hype machine but there is nothing to see (taste) here. Double Trouble is a good DIPA, but aging it out doesn't work.

Photo of MNBeer1017
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of josephwa
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of GRFounder
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of MallyOMight
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of lorenwhite7
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Ken2Brew4taste
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.

Photo of supa0525
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MoreAbv
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
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!

Photo of cadaugherty
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of YCantWeNotBeSober
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of totalbangover
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.

Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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