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Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 319
Hads: 1,604
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 159
Gots: 271 | FT: 33
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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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Reviews: 319 | Hads: 1,604
Photo of Skater_Rich
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starts boozy but turns to perfection after initial sip. Pineapple notes are outstanding, ends with vanilla and toffee with the perfect amount of bitterness.

It is not the most economical beers out thee but it is one of my favorites for sure. I wish I could drink it more but I need to pay my bills!

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Photo of ncketchum
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled in an imperial pint glass

A - pour is golden yellow, foamy white head, not much retention

S - citrus - orange, lemon, mango initially with a strong presence of vanilla coming through

T - great taste- again, citrus up front - orange and mango predominantly - followed by vanilla, oak, maple syrup in the end

M - thick and chewy, alcohol is present but doesn't overpower, at 10%, this is very drinkable

O - I wasn't sure what to think about a barrel aged IPA, but they really nailed it with this one. Glad I was able to snag a bottle of this one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, floral, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid caramel and bourbon presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice extra from a wonderful BA. Pours a hazy, golden-orange color with a medium white head that goes down quickly. Scent is packed with citrus and vanilla up front. Soft oak with some bourbon aromas and more citrus. Subtle hops with just a hint of booze. Taste is just what I was hoping for. Lots of hops and bourbon initially, with some lovely vanilla and toffee note. Orange, grapefruit, and other citrus flavors. Some alcohol and more sweet vanilla. Finishes with bitter hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, yet finishes creamy. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this reminds me of a bourbon barrel aged anniversary beer I had from Great Divide a few year ago. I loved that beer, and this beer was very good as well. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Doom pours a hazy straw yellow with some orange hues mixed in. On top is a small, frothy head that leaves a few spots of lace behind as it fades away.

The aroma has nice notes of vanilla, oak, butterscotch, coconut, tropical fruit and a touch of citrus.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, slightly chewy with mild carbonation. The flavor begins sweet with vanilla, oak, bourbon and some tropical fruit. The middle presents some toasted malt and a little smoke. It finishes with some orange citrus. Once gone the bourbon and vanilla lingers on the palate.

This beer is definitely a sipper. Very tasty and boozy. It could easily be aged for a year or two to smooth out the bourbon edges.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, vanilla, bourbon, and orange citrus. In the taste, oaky, big bourbon, and some mellow orange citrus hops. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry woodiness, with notes of citrus and bourbon. Big bourbon, more in the nose than taste, and really nice!

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Frothy, white head, good retention with soapy lacing on a light copper body. Aroma includes tropical fruit flavors and some bourbon heat, the idea of whisky infused grapefruit comes to mind. Taste follows suit and has an interesting hot whisky-like finish with some maple and vanilla notes in the background. Very drinkable for a high abv, very complex and tasty.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (from a Piggly Wiggly in Alabama, btw), poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear deep orange body beneath an inch of fine off-white froth. Great retention and lacing.

S: Major bourbon, vanilla, oak, and (rather distant) citrus hops. It's all about the barrel, and the barrel is great.

T: Rich, luscious bourbon: vanilla, coconut, and spicy booze. Some grapefruit and herbal hops accentuate the woodiness and heady bourbon. Long, bittersweet finish. Terrific.

M:Thick, rich, creamy. Lovely.

O: My expectations honestly weren't high for this one, but it really blew me away. Not a DIPA by any means, but one of the better barrel-aged American Strongs I've had in a long while.


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Photo of thedoubler55
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice darker amber color, a little bit transparent, a nice off white head at the top that left some nice lacing around the glass as you drank it.

S: Strong Hop notes up front slight hint of malts, the barrel is definitely present, good notes of brown sugar and vanilla, wild nose for an DIPA.

T: Almost exactly like the nose but more of malt taste, that hops are present and have smokey taste to it, the vanilla and barley is present.

M: Full bodied brew, with a good amount of carbonation, nice stickyness to it as well

O: This was a very good brew from Founder's although high abv the alcohol was hidden and the beer tasted fresh.

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Photo of themind
2.46/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ok the beer looks good when poured into a glass with a rich thick head. The aroma is strange but not totally unattractive. The taste...well this bourbon bomb is not my cup of tea. The hop character in nonexistent and the aftertaste is repulsive. This is the perfect beer if your stranded in the Congo and are being eaten alive by insects as this insect repellant of a beer would save you. I should have buried this in the back yard as a time capsule for generations to discover in the future to see just how far civilization has come.

Bottom Line: taste test this against a can of raid!

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Photo of Wukk
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice look to it, but a little bit lighter than I expected. Lighter shade than Double Trouble. The brilliant smell of Double Trouble is still there, but it is masked. Hops give way to stronger notes of bourbon. The taste is much the same as the smell, bourbon and the extreme hop character that Double Trouble originally exhibits blend together very pleasantly. Bourbon seems to take the lead in the finish, before the hoppy bitterness returns in the aftertaste. Pine is hard to find in there.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founders Doom

Split this bomber with my old man. Served chilled in a couple CBS snifters.

A) Nice looking golden amber. A little haze to this one. Big fluffy white head. Nice retention... Big time sticky lacing all over the snifter.

S) Big time tropical fruit sweetness, like taking a chunk of ripe pineapple and drizzling it with some honey. There's a bit of booze on the nose as well. Very impressive...

T) Follows the nose, with the exception being the barrel aging aspect of this brew definitely comes out in the taste. The alcohol is noted, but highly enjoyable.

M) Medium bodied, gets sticky and a little syrupy as it heads to room temp. Lightly carbonated... Very smooth overall. A little alcohol tingle on the finish.

O) A worthy backstage release in my opinion. This was highly enjoyable. Wish I had another bottle.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Founders tap takeover at Novare. $6.50 for an 8 oz. pour

A: Pours a golden color with a fingers worth of head that lasts for a good while

S: Much like double trouble with the citrusy and floral hops, but with an added dimension of vanilla and oak. Alcohol comes through a bit, but not bad for 10%

T: Citrusy hops come out first, quickly followed by the vanilla and oak from the barrels. The barrels take out a lot of the bitterness and makes it more sweet, but you can tell it's still a DIPA

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: The regular double trouble is better IMO, but this adds a nice dimension of vanilla and oak. If you like BBA hop-heavy beers that take out a bit of bitterness from the original, this one might suit your style

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Photo of JohnG190
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper with a bright white head. Decent lacing. Aroma of bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla, and faint notes of earthy hops. Sweet malts, vanilla and charred oak hit the palate first followed by nice hoppy bitterness. Nice warmth from the 10% ABV. Finishes dry with great bourbon aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full bodied with little carbonation. Overall a quality barrel aged DIPA (Double Trouble if I'm not mistaken). Well balanced and well crafted, Founders continues to impress!

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Photo of smalenberg
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The barrel aging makes it rare, but I didn't find it particularly exceptional. It is a very good beer, with an excellent balance between hops, malt, and subtle barrel notes. But there is a kind of mystique and hype around this beer that I don't feel it lives up to. Can a beer be too complex? That might be part of what I get here. Have difficulty picking out distinct elements in the nose (initially all I could smell was sanitizer on the glass and it was too cold - which is a serving issue, not a beer issue). There is a bready note, some vanilla, some woodiness, and a muddle of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine resin. The bourbon really comes out in the nose as it warms.

Mouthfeel leaves a bit of graininess on the tongue and some boozy warmth. Surprisingly, the bourbon character isn't as present in the taste. Not as drying as you might expect.

Overall, I enjoyed it and I'm glad to have had a chance to try it, but I wouldn't jump through hoops to get it.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber to a snifter glass

A- pours a beautiful hazy golden amber, 1 finger head with sexy lacing all around the glass

S-vanilla and oak up front, brown sugar, bready malts, a faint rustic grapefruit scent

T- bready sugary malts a subtle vanilla a earthy woody flavor, sweet malts come through on the end. Juicy slightly bitter finish

M- full bodied big beer low carbonation Sweet oaky slight bourbon all over

O- great beer no hops however for the ipa, was aged a little too long on in the barrels but if the classification is my only discrepancy, then, this beer is a total winner wish I had boughten a couple more bottles to age

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright amber/orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of strong bourbon notes with some wood and some bitter hoppy notes. Taste is a mix between some light citrus hoppy notes with strong bourbon and vanilla notes with dominant oak notes. Body is average with oily texture and good carbonation with light warming alcohol. I am usually not a big fan of barrel-aged IIPA but this was quite drinkable.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy blonde color. Hardly any head.

Smells of floral/citrus hops, bourbon, alcohol, sweet crackery malts. Tangerine and whiskey.

Tastes strongly of corn whiskey with notes of tangerine, caramel, apricot, and corn mash. Intense and boozy. A big one.

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Photo of beerbully
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into snifter

A-Light copper color, frothy, bubly 3/4 inch head, good retention, moderate lacing, head reappears with moderate swirl

S-vanilla, woody bourbon, citrus hops, grapefruit, mango, caramel, toffee

T-woody, boozy, with slight vanilla upfront; some sweetness from the malts andbarrel; hops are a bit in the background with a bit of a bitter finish, taste not as sweet as the nose,

M-low to mild carbonation, a bit oily, slick

O-the barrel aging is at the forefront of this beer as the hops take a back seat. Alcohol is present at first it doesn't seem to linger or burn as it goes down the throat. Alcohol mellows as beer warms and gives way to stronger notes of the barrel aging especially the vanilla / bourbon neither the hops or the barrel aging dominates the beer as both are present with each taste and in the nose. All aspects of the beer come through: the sweetness of the malts / bourbon, the dryness of the wood, the alcohol, and the bitterness of the hops but none significantly over powers the other.

Enjoyable sipper good represenatation of the style. would prefer a 12 oz. serving rather than being committed to the entire bomber.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Radiant golden color with effervescent carbonation. Brilliant clarity. Very intense aroma of bourbon just nearly destroys the hop aroma. Just a whiff of oranges. The mouthfeel is weighty and substantial. Very intense bourbon flavoring with a blend of light grape fruity hops. A bit of alcoholic aftertaste reminds you that this is not to be taken trivially.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Finally a draft version. Local Option offering, into a snifter.

Confirms suspicions; but looks great, clear orange/amber-yellow, crist and creamy in appearance.

Sweet but light bourbon, light citrus hops, and an overall dryness to aroma.

Taste is unique. Vanilla/oaky bourbon, but nearly subdued citrus, which I thought played a role, here.

Feels smooth but slightly grainy...paradoxical...creamy but see myself having only 10oz., tops. Glad untried it for a 4th/5th timeX but ultimately not spectacular. Probably worth a try, cheers.

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Photo of Brenden
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Doom starts off with a hazy look that clears up and leaves a deep, bright medium gold-colored brew. It brings up a soapy white head to rest at almost two fingers tall, which subsides to a heavy, creamy half finger. It never subsides beyond that, leaving a heavy sheet of lacing from the top to the bottom of the glass.
I figured this beer would be a unique and interesting experience, and one smell tells me I was right. It's uniquely sweet, though certainly still hoppy. The nose brings out something like candied citrus and powdered sugar alongside rind and zest with a floral note to the bitterness as well. Bourbon is easily identifiable without being too hot or being so focal a component as to overwhelm the hops or diminish the complexity. Some oak comes out underneath, particularly at the end of each sniff.
Candied orange and grapefruit mingle with the sweet notes of vanilla, toffee and caramel with balance from dry woods and more bitter citrus rind and pith coming through in the middle. This beer could go wrong in so many ways; cloyingly sweet, too boozy/hot, too dry, etc., and masterfully avoids all of those. It's also deceptively drinkable. Yes, I feel the alcohol and it's easy to taste, but it's obviously a nicely bitter DIPA against all that. A little woody dryness and leafy bitterness lingers in the finish.
The body holds up and is big enough to keep it together without quite being full. It's got crispness up front and through the middle and an easy smoothness. The body does seem to lighten and thin ever so slightly at the end of the sip.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Relatively clear copper. Some burnt orange thrown in there as well. Head is off-white and creamy. Drops to a small cap and light bubbly collar in short order. A bit more carbonation than I would expect from a barrel aged beer. Some splotches and streaks of lacing.

Smell: A nice soft bourbon influence. Woody with some vanilla. Loaded with caramel malts and some caramel sweetness. The citrus heavy hops manage to push through, but they definitely carry that sense of age. Warming pulls a bit more bourbon. Cooked and caramelized malts come up on toffee. A bit leafy and herbal on the back. Gives a nice complexity to the base beer. A hint of mint and alcohol in the back.

Taste: More of the same. Slightly sweet with a syrupy element. Loaded with bourbon, but it's not hot. Vanilla, wood, caramel, and something almost smoky. Warming pushes tons of bourbon through. A bit hot on the finish. Some heavy citrus, mostly grapefruit, comes through as well. Some mint, oily pine, and pith. Caramelized malts run the gamut. Caramel, toffee, and even some brown sugar sweetness in the back. Very woody. Something like smoke lingers in the back.

Mouthfeel: A bit thing for the style, but that's par for the barrel. Medium to low carbonation. Surprisingly clean on the finish. Nothing to write home about, but not terrible either.

Overall: Harold Camping approved.

Not bad, not great. It tastes like you poured some bourbon in Double Trouble and let it sit for a couple days. Not as hot as the usual Founders barrel aged beer, which is nice.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 7/13/13

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright copper with some nice orange hues - remarkably clear considering the barrel aging - pours with a rich, creamy, eggshell white head that sticks around indefinitely

Smell: A nice mix of ripe bourbon barrel and citrus aromas - wood, vanilla, and straight-up bourbon, but not in excess - sweet orange, grapefruit, with some marmalade - some pale as well as cooked, caramelized malts, mostly works with the woody aromas

Taste: Somewhere between a barrell-aged DIPA and a blend of watered down bourbon and grapefruit juice - big bourbon and woody flavors - some vanilla - orange rind and lots of grapefruit juice - on the high side of bitterness, unexpectedly potent - some grassy and herbal notes - I'm tempted to say that the alcohol is pretty obvious, but it might just be my association with the bourbon flavor - caramelized, highly cooked malts, profile kind of reminds me of a barleywine to an extent

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, smooth, sticky, with a bitter, sticky aftertaste and some alcohol heat

Overall: "Rip and tear!" - Doomguy

I wasn't particularly looking forward to this beer, so I might as well acknowledge this bias. But it's not that unpleasant. The bourbon flavor is a bit much, and the DIPA flavors don't quite balance out, but it is worth a try. Not a 750mL bottle, but a try.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Piper's Pub. Pour is hazed golden amber with white head. Nose is light bourbon, sticky caramel, pine resign, touch of pine sol. Taste is more bourbon, still sticky resigny hop, notes of citrus and lots of pine. Body is full, fairly assertive carb, syrupy texture.

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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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