1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders DoomFounders Doom

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,522 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,522
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 120
Gots: 281 | FT: 40
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,522 | Reviews: 315 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kbuzz
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

kbuzz, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of ringwersen
4/5  rDev -2%

ringwersen, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of crownrl28
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

crownrl28, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of KCAS81
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

KCAS81, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -2%

imperialking, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Auracom
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

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
Photo of Rheaume17
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Rheaume17, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of james582
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

james582, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of WiscoBrewsco
4/5  rDev -2%

WiscoBrewsco, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev -2%

jaminjohnson, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

SportsandJorts, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

duceswild, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of andrewjraab
4/5  rDev -2%

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.

andrewjraab, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of chugalug06
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

chugalug06, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of randylangford
4/5  rDev -2%

randylangford, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of DRBiser
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

DRBiser, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

oriolesfan4, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of tittymcj
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

tittymcj, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of jealmanzar
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

jealmanzar, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Scalawags
4/5  rDev -2%

Scalawags, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev -2%

millerbuffoon, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of SawyerMI
4/5  rDev -2%

SawyerMI, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of Invictus
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Invictus, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev -2%

Hanzo, Jun 17, 2013
Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,522 ratings.