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Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,536
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 122
Gots: 282 | FT: 41
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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4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Blaze5445, Jun 25, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
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....

yuichituba, Jun 24, 2013
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KCAS81, Jun 22, 2013
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imperialking, Jun 21, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Auracom, Jun 21, 2013
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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,536 ratings.