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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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 7/9/13 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts, vanilla and subdued hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of caramel, vanilla and a little citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is subdued by the intense oak-aging essence. There’s a slightly alcohol sting a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very aged 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – Served clear golden-orange colored brew with a small one half finger white head. The head faded moderately fast to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass

Smell- The aroma is on the sweeter side with a good deal of tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, and papaya) with other aromas of sweet vanilla and some apple juice. Along with these sweeter smells are some lighter hop aromas of pine and grapefruit with a moderate, but not overpoweringly strong, bourbon smell.

Taste – The taste begins malty and sweet with lots of caramel, bread, and the tropical fruit that was heavy in the nose. As the taste advances some vanilla as well as a little bit of bourbon begin working their way onto the tongue along with some of the hops, which up to this point were rather subdued. The bourbon grows slightly stronger more toward the end with the hop of a pine and grapefruit nature building as well. While the hops gain strength they never really out compete the malt and sweet tastes with the end flavor that is left on the tongue being one of a sweeter fruit and lightly hopped and bourbon boozy taste.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the creamier and smoother side with a carbonation level that was rather average to slightly below average. A rather nice mouthcoating feel for the rather sweet flavors of the brew with it highlighting well the bourbon flavors as well.

Overall- A rather tasty brew overall, but a little light on the hop to balance out the malt for an Imperial IPA. A nice try, but nothing to go nuts over.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: 750mL bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Colour is a light hazy orange. Head is a finger in height and fluffy. Some visible carbonation. The head fades quickly to a thin film.

Smell: Sweet alcohol mixed with bready malts and citrus hops. Brown sugar, molasses, and yeast as well.

Taste: Very strong hops and bourbon flavours. Not as balanced as I had hoped for - the flavours are all there but they don't sing together in harmony.

Mouthfeel: Medium body has a silky touch with a carbonated bite and sticky finish.

Overall: A little too extreme for my own tastes. This is a boozy hop bomb if I've ever had one. Still a very good beer done in the Founders spirit, though.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to maximumu13 for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 25.4 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Hazy orangish-gold, with a one-finger white head and low visible carbonation.

S: Bourbon, oak, hops (pine, resin, bitter citrus), and vanilla tannins.

T: Bourbon, then a hop punch (pine, citrus, grass) and vanilla. Malt sweetness with some caramel, and big oak tannins. There's more bourbon burn after the swallow - lasting almost as long as drinking actual bourbon.

M: Medium to full-bodied, carbonation sensation on the low side, and the alcohol is quite noticeable.

O: I don't think this is a bad beer, the flavor combinations just didn't work for me. I have difficulty fully evaluating a beer that does the things the label says it's going to do, but I don't end up likely the combination. This is quite obviously a big bourbon-aged IIPA. Maybe some age would have let the flavors meld some more and made it more enjoyable.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Doom on bottle bought at Whole Foods Columbus Circle, served in an eight-ounce glass.

Appearance: A cross between a Belgian beer and an American IPA, with two fingers of head that last and great lacing. Clear like apple juice but also glossy and deep like bourbon.

Smell: Pinneaple juice and sour, grassy, some tartness. Apple, cider. Sugar, frosting, caramel. Damn sweet as the sipping progresses. A prolonged sniff of this will fill you up!

Taste: Whisky-soaked cake, syrup. Subtle hoppy finish, tingles in the roof of the mouth. Bourbon is present but well distributed. Pineapple, coconut. Tastes like the beach, oh-so-tropical. Hops are easy.

Mouthfeel: Soft and gentle, carbonation is just right. Dry spicy finish. Peppery. Smooth bourbon all around. Medium body and flavor.

Overall: Starts great and exciting, then dies down/becomes repetitive, but still a good brew. Supremely drinkable, never boozy. My first bourbon-barrel IPA, reminds of Evolution Menagerie #4, a rum-barrel-aged DIPA.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.02/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Eric (Holland ) for the share! I've been wanting to try this, but haven't gotten around to opening my bottle, or going out to get it on tap.

Definitely an "interesting" beer here. Poured seemingly normal for an IPA, as I would've expected, golden-honey color with a slight haze, and a small white head that receded to a retaining ringlet; dabs of lacing on the glass. There was quite a pronounced bourbon/vanilla profile right up front in the nose, which was pretty nice; soon thereafter, the hops came in, bitter, fruity, piney, more bitter; underlying notes of fusel alcohol. The taste was similar...I liked it for about 0.5 seconds or so, as the vanilla and bourbon came through right up front, but soon the hoppiness struck, and the flavors just clashed so much, it just wasn't enjoyable at all. Any smoothness from the bourbon melded with the otherwise intense Double Trouble hoppiness, producing an uncomfortable grainy booziness, with an extremely bitter finish and aftertaste. I was skeptical about this beer from the start--as were many people, I suppose--and my skepticism was pretty much justified. This beer really just didn't work. Mouthfeel was harsh, body was about medium, drinkability was...well, I had enough after 5 ounces.

Just for the hell of it, I'm going to age my bottle for at least 5 years and see what this beer turns into. I doubt aging could cause any further damage, so why not?

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

Enjoyed as part of a Founders event at Bier Station in Kansas City. I just missed the cases of Doom that came to this market, so I was ecstatic to hear that they'd be doing pours from the bottle.

Appearance - A hazy orange-yellow with a half finger of cream-colored foam that dissipates quickly, leaving a film of spotty lacing on top of the body. Holding it up to the light reveals tones of apricot and peach flesh in a murky, unfiltered liquid.

Smell - I had a pour of this right next to the Double Trouble base beer, and the stark difference in aroma is fascinating. Hops are present, but comparatively, it seems almost nonexistent, instead being replaced by musty oak and hints of vanilla.

Taste - As with the smell, the difference between this and the base beer is almost comical. Like a case study in how barrel aging can change a beer. Hop bitterness and acidity mostly missing . Bourbon characteristics and esters with boozy notes of caramel and bitterness from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - On the high side of medium bodied, with low carbonation yielding a creamy, luscious nature to the feel.

Overall a nice effort, but there are half a dozen Founders beers I'd choose to have again before this one. I will say that I haven't had many barrel-aged DIPAs or IPAs, or even barrel-aged beers that are light in hue, for that matter. Perhaps some roasty malts would have gone a long way to balance out the booze and sweetness.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Small head. Thin collar.

Smell - Musty pine hop. Caramel malt. Faint barrel.

Taste - Pine hops. Caramel. Bourbon comes through here. Vanilla and oak. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Bitter. Not smoothed out by the barrel. Retains its IPA character.

Overall - Had this next to Naughty Temple and the barrel is nowhere near as good.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Greg for splitting this fine brew.

Large format bottle into a pint glass.

A- Rich, golden amber body. Abundant head with great retention. Awesome stick. Moderate carbonation.

S- complex. Lots of resinous hops at first. Leafy and tobacco-like. Brown sugar and leather. Vanilla really opens up with warmth. Definite barrel character.

T- as complex as the aroma. Straddles the barleywine/double IPA line quite nicely. Sweet malts are something of brown sugar and quality caramel. Tobacco-like hopping. As with aroma, vanilla notes strengthen with warmth.

M- Rich and full bodied. ABV well hidden throughout. Moderate, though delicate, carbonation keeps up with higher viscosity. A nice sipper.

O- This is a special beer. While barrel aged, it kept a "fresh" quality. Something to settle in and enjoy. I'd lay down the cash for another to return the favor to a good friend who decided to share this one.

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Photo of Blaze5445
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The smell is so unique on this beer. Right away i can't help but smell the alcohol and bourbon of this beer. However it is not overpowering as you also get some earthy hops in the background as well as the sweet smell of vanilla.

When tasting you definitely get the vanilla and bourbon right off the bat. There is an alcohol burn as it goes down but a nice subtle one that does not interfere with the enjoyment. When the sip is over you get a little of the hop bitterness.

Overall i think this is a great and unique beer. I would have to drink it at the end of the night as I am sure it would overpower anything else after that.

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Photo of yuichituba
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from JTDay. You da man.

COLOR is a bright golden/yellow IPA.

SMELLS of light bourbon-y sweetness followed by grassy, earthy hops. I get some pine as well but the bourbon is more prominent.

TASTES almost exactly like one of them malt-forward hoppy American barleywines at first. It has that west coast citrus crispness, yet has a nice chocolate-y mouthfeel throughout. The hops acts as a wonderful countermelody to balance out the sweet bourbon mouthfeel. Gradually I'm tasting some rich apricot flavor in the finish. The vanilla from the bourbon is merely a backdrop in texture on the tongue.

This beer was extremely under-appreciated at the bottle share I went to. I was practically the only one finishing the last half of this 750mL (thank GOD). I'm glad people of BA gave it a higher rating. As big and crazy as this beer seems, Founders did a great job keeping the bourbon light in order to compliment the crisp nature of the DIPA hops. This beer can taste like a blonde barleywine in some respect, especially with some age. Come to think of it, I may want to get more of this....

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Photo of Auracom
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. picked up at MSCM. Poured alongside the 2013 release of Double Trouble for reference with the base. 6 oz. into a FFF Rastal on May 1st, 2013.

A - Darker golden coloring than double trouble with a slightly "dirtier" appearance (a la Alpine Nelson), much clearer, similar soapy head. Larger legs and marginal lacing.

S - Orange peel and other citrus coming from two places - both the base beer and the barrel. This reminds me of Four Roses' barrel character of fruitiness. Caramel, toasted almond, vanilla, and mint underneath. I get a stronger bread note as it warms.

T - Pine bitterness with a smooth werther/cracker jack toffee note. The bourbon is really muted on the edge of the flavors and rounds this out, somehow allowing the base beer to still present itself.

M - Medium body, smoothened out from the barrel but with an equally dry, more tannic finish with a hint of caramel.

D - Way the hell better than expected. I expected an inharmonious blending but Founders has rediscovered a little bit of that balance I use to pull out of all their brews. Hard to believe that I'm wishing the barrel wasn't quite as muted as it is.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a lighter orangish yellow. fairly clear. a small head that leaves a touch of lacing.

Smell: strong hops. i can perceive the alcohol but its not super strong. fairly weak smell for what it is.

Taste: when it was colder it tasted almost just like double trouble. as it warmed the vanilla and bourbon began to mix beautifully with the hops. ends up being a bitter sweet war that plays out nicely

Mouthfeel: a little weird to describe. more bourbony and sweet than any thing else.

Overall: I am glad I got to try this with out going crazy to hunt it down. it was a unique beer and definitely tasty. much better as it warmed than cold.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with Paul L. - Thanks Paul!

A - Pale yellowish color with amazing clarity and lots of carbonation. Nice Lace rings finished on the glass but quickly disappear. Almost could resemble a pale ale - amazing finish and look for a 10.0 ABV brew.

S - Bourbon jumps out, some pine and citrus notes expected from the IPA element, caramel, grass.

T - IPA meets bourbon cask ale. This is a very unique brew that blends the two styles nicely.

O - I love that Founders continues to push the envelope with what it does with the back stage series. This isn't for everyone, but damn I love what they are doing with it! Highly drinkable and extremely enjoyable. I'm glad I got to try this.

Notes - I heard the base for this was Double trouble (not sure if true). I Believe this to be true as we enjoyed a double trouble side by side with this which I would recommend. I would also recommend to share this with someone.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden mild foggy brew with large lasting foamy soapy off-white head. Lacing is a bit weak...

Relatively fresh hops for being barrel aged. Crisp pine and forward vanilla.

Great bitter vanilla with faded piney hops. Dry, earthy, crisp, easy drinker, very fluid, buttery vanilla feel, low carbonation feel with high press of bubbles. Awesomely bitter and drinkable.

This brew is damn good and needs to be tried by all... Thanks abanton for another great trade! A crisp summer drinker for a damn hot day. Highly recommended.

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Photo of tittymcj
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought from Maximum Beverage in West Hartford. Poured at fridge temp.

A: Dark copper color, slightly hazy with a relatively thin head that disappears quickly and leaves few traces on the glass.

S: Smells like dark wood and cherries, with the nice bite of hops in the background. You can definitely tell it's been barrel aged. Lots of complex smells here.

T: Much as it smells. cherries, wood, malt, and hops. Leaves a very bright vanilla/cherry taste lingering behind.

M: A bit thick for my liking. Very creamy and delicious, but not the most drinkable beer in the world.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - 22 oz bottle.

Appearance - Light golden tan/yellow, looks much like pineapple juice. 1/2 inch creamy head and nice lacing.

Smell - Sweet fruity hops, vanilla, oak, lemon, apple, grapes. A little bourbon aroma mixed in with some sugars.

Taste - First sip is real malty, then the hops and bourbon kicks in. Loads of sweet hops, vanilla and bourbon. Each sip is warm from the booze, and oaked, and loads of vanilla. Added sugars work well, and add some nice sweetness to counter all the bourbon and bitterness. The finish is warm.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets a lot of malts, vanilla and bourbon. Palate gets plenty of oak and vanilla, along with more hops and sugars. The aftertaste is warm, vanilla and sweet fruits.

Overall - Just fantastic in every way. Such a big beer, yet easy to enjoy. The addition of the barrel age really takes this to the next level. Balance is nice, each aspect shines , the malts, hops, bourbon, vanilla, sugars, all mixed in and work great together. Hope this gets a annual release.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excited to try this beer I'm never a huge fan of barrel aged DIPA, but it's Founders they don't typically screw up any beers they've done in whiskey barrels. Pours a slightly hazed bright golden copper hue with a bright white head forming thick, with fine white lacing left behind evenly between sips. The nose comes off like a honey bourbon barrel, toasted oak, vanilla, a bit of charred barrel notes really impressive mild citric hops definitely muted from the barrel aging here. A beautiful marriage between DIPA and bourbon barrels, I'm in love with the first sip it's sweet with whisky malts, slightly vanilla charred oak with big alcohol and bitterness from the muted hops it's an amazing experience for any bourbon and DIPA lover it's the lovechild. It has a kiss of honey that makes the bourbon burn just wash away complex ale in all it's beauty I'm in love with this beer. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied residual sugars abound, great stuff throughout each sip not a bad sensation on the palate. Overall impressive to no end, I'm a fan of this beer...it's gone before you want it to be gone. It's that good don't believe me try it, please.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a Doom last night..poured at refrigerator temperature. Nice Amber color, good bitter-sweet IPA smell. Taste was really good, but rather average. Honestly I had to think about the bourbon to actually taste it. A very good IPA, but a very average IPA. The difference was a nice smoothness from the bourbon. It was good, but not a must have!!

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Photo of rboinski
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber from Tommyguz poured into a Barrelworks teku

Appearance: Pours an extremely clear copper-orange with an ever so slightly off white head. Much better looking than I expected for a bourbon barrel aged IPA! Builds exactly the amount of head I would expect on an IPA, about 1.5" of creamy head when poured vigorously.

Smell: Smells strongly of new oak with some bourbon sweetness behind it. I would be very surprised if these barrels had seen much age. Very prominent vanilla and woody character, with a very faint hop aroma hidden way in the back.

Taste: The hop character is more prominent on the taste than the nose. Immediate taste is sweet barrel aged character with vanilla and cedary wood, but it is quickly replaced by a nice hop bitterness character. I don't get much hop aromatics, but the bitterness is actually a really nice addition and gives a great finish to this beer. The alcohol is present in this one and is not as hidden as I would want.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style and ABV. A little more carbonation would be nice.

Overall: More than I was expecting from this beer. I would appreciate more hop aromatics, but that is pretty difficult in a barrel aged beer like this. I'm sure most of it volatilized pretty quickly, but the hop bitterness plays off the barrel nicely and creates an overall pleasing beer. I feel fortunate to have gotten the chance to try this one!

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Photo of emerge077
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Grub for sharing this surprise beer with us!
Served in a tulip glass, quick review from written notes.

Dark orange coloration with some frothy edges and decent coverage on the surface. Aroma is a bit faded, like an old Double IPA. Pleasant but subdued tropical hop aroma that is more present in the taste, before getting steamrolled by the toffee and oaky bourbon barrel notes. The flavors meld well despite their extremes. Thick and full-bodied, boozy and sluggish (like doom metal?). Lingering traces of caramel, toffee, and bourbon in the aftertaste. Definitely glad I got to try this, and also glad it was split a few ways.

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Photo of Bauzen
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden, well-carbonated, and slightly hazy. Fluffy white foam atop the mug.

Smells of citrus and pine, hops, and an earthy woody element that wraps it all together.

It sips like an IPA, but finishes like a Bourbon. You get the hops from the nose, without the bite. The hoppiness is actually much mellower than I thought they would be. Instead being sharp and in your face, the time in the barrels gave it more depth and complexity. As you continue to drink it, it tastes less like an IPA, and more like a bottle of Jack Daniels.

This is an rare and pricey beer, and I suppose you really need to be a Founders lover to know where to snag a bottle. It's worth a try, but I wish it came in a less expensive, smaller bottle. It becomes monotonous after a while, and when the bottle is that big, it becomes a chore. Probably won't re-visit it based on the price, unless I was sharing it with a friend.

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Photo of Dope
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very clear amber with a big frothy offwhite head adorning it. Head fades slowly with top notch lacing. Good head retention to boot.

S: Really nice combination of hops and bourbon character, neither is overpowering however. Notable citrus, pine and resin from the hops. Caramel and vanilla from the barrel.

T: Nice pungent hoppiness up front with some citrus (grapefruit it would appear?) and some pine and resin. Bourbon mixes with it initially, with some sweetening caramel. Again, neither dominates, this isn't a huge west coast IPA or some barrel-obliterated monster. They work together surprisingly well. Sweetness from the barrel and the malt fades, leaving a sudden wave of bitterness from the hops along with a fresh burst of flavor. Finish and aftertaste is lots of bitter hops and drying oak barrel. Hops are oily, resinous and mouthcoating here.

M: Nice full body with an oily, drying finish.

O: Huh, I've had some barrel aged IPAs before and to be honest they've all been fairly crap. Just doesn't seem like a style that works well. Leave it to Founders to find a way to make it work. Nicely balanced with nice layers of flavors. Not the best beer ever but given the style I think it's an amazing job.

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

I picked up a bottle of Founder's Doom a couple weeks ago for 12.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm a big fan of Double Trouble and I'm interested to see how the Bourbon barrels work with the base DIPA, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, this was a late spring release from the Backstage Series, it isn't super fresh, but it isn't old either. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's pretty simple but it has a nice clean and classy look it. It poured a nice slightly clear golden yellow color that took on some nice orange hues when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy slightly off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left tons of sticky lacing behind. This is one great looking beer, the color, head and lacing were all really good looking.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the bourbon barrels, there's some nice vanilla, oak, and wood aromas with a lower medium amount of bourbon coming through that doesn't seems to smell boozy. Up next comes some big and juicy tropical and citrus fruit hops aromas with no one fruit sticking out with some piney aromas in the background. Towards the end I get a light butterscotch aroma. The aroma was pretty good, the tropical and citrus hops seems to blend nicely with those great aromas that the barrel imparted.

T- The taste seems to fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with some caramel and dark bread like malt flavors that give way to some nice barrel flavors with some vanilla, oak, and bourbon coming through that has a little more booze to it then did in the aroma and it's a little warming. On the finish comes the hops which take on a pretty noticeable piney flavor with some citrus hops showing up a little in the background with a medium amount of bitterness and a oak and vanilla like aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, but the hops weren't as juicy and fruity as I would like.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, a little crisp, slightly sticky, on the slightly fuller side of being medium bodied, with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation that was slightly fizzy. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good a beer and a good example of the style, the barrel aspect wasn't too overpowering and blends well with the hop profile, but it lost a good amount of that juicy citrus and tropical fruit hop aspect from the aroma which made the finish fall a little short. This beer had decent drinkability, I could drink a whole bottle to myself, but this is the type of beer that I wouldn't mind sharing so half a bottle is good with me. What I like the most about this beer is how balanced the barrel aspect is, Founders has some skills when it comes to barrel aging beers and it really shows in this odd clash of styles, I got a lot of nice barrel flavors and aromas without all the booze that sometimes comes with it. What I like the least about this beer was how muted the hops were when I got to the taste, the barrel must have cut down on some of the juicy and tropical fruit hop flavors, I missed that, and I wish there was a way that the hop profile wouldn't lose it's intensity by going in the barrels. I don't know if I would another bottle if they released this again, it's solid but it is a little pricey, but I could see myself ordering a glass of it if I saw it on tap, I would recommend this beer to anybody who is a fan of barrel aged beer since I felt the barrel is really represented well in this beer. All in All I liked this beer, I thought it was good, but it wasn't as great as I think it could have been, being such a big fan of Double Trouble the somewhat muted hop flavors left me wanting a little more, but I was completely satisfied with the barrel aspect of this beer. I have had a couple Barrel Aged IPA's and while this isn't my favorite, it's a good beer nonetheless, I have a feeling that we will be seeing more of this style in the future. Good job Founders, If anybody could nail the barrel aspect in an IPA it's you guys and that just what they did, but the hops left me wanting a little more. I really like how creative Founders is, they showed they can take risks and I'm all for future experiments, keep up the great works guys.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a sam adams utopia glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a clear amber body with a 2 finger white head that reduces slowly to chunky foam. Leaves spotty lacing.

S- Lots of pine, resin and I definitely get the bourbon baarrel notes, including caramel, vanilla, and subtle whiskey. Smells pretty nice.

T- Tastes like a very malt-forward DIPA with pine, citrus, resin notes and finishes with both the vanilla/caramel notes of bourbon and a pretty astringent feeling from the hops. A little cloying.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Not the easiest drinker.

This beer would be a lot better without the overly bitter, astringent hops that dominate the bourbon character. I am cellaring one for at least a year to see if they tame.

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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.