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Founders Doom....I've never been so wrong!

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by bobhits, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. bobhits

    bobhits Savant (465) Kentucky Oct 31, 2006

    I've had a few barrel aged IPAs, I can't call all of them but I've had more than a couple and I've had barrel aged barley wines and they're iffy at best often. So lets just say going into Doom I was expecting to have an "experience" but mostly I was just ticking off a sorta hard to get beer from a brewer with imo a less than stellar record on their beers sold in large format bottles.

    All that said and my expectations being I'd hate this beer....HOLY CRAP this is good. Easily one of the best beers I've had this year and honestly hands down the best beer in this series by founders, CBS mind you imo is maybe their worst stout (which isn't an insult in that company) but really I've been debating just giving up on founders expensive ass bottles but I've been sold on this one. The only problem is I'm not sure I'll be able to get another bottle. A huge tip of a cap and cheers to the brewers for this one!
  2. I too was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It worked a lot better than I expected. I wouldn't say it was amazing, but it's the best Backstage beer since CBH.
  3. Jparkanzky

    Jparkanzky Initiate (0) Ohio Apr 5, 2011

    Hey, look at that.... you're wrong again.... everything is circular.

    *the above is merely my opinion of what many believe is a fine beer
  4. VaTechPhilly

    VaTechPhilly Savant (335) New York Oct 28, 2010

    Drinking it right now. Agreed. Better than I thought it would be. Not overly Bourbon taste like some stouts. Very good.
  5. I am a huge Founders fan. This one was not my favorites and I thought bourbon way overwhelmed the Double Trouble. I appreciated it for it's uniqueness but a fellow BA and myself felt that we "checked" this one off and will share our other bottle with someone who hasn't had one.

    A local brewer (Olde Hickory) barrel aged their DIPA in oak and imparted flavor that was not so overwhelming.

    Looking forward to the next mystery release and all the regulars from Founders.
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  6. I was disappointed. The bourbon overpowered the double IPA. Im glad I got a chance to try it though.
  7. I will also agree.
    I was very skeptical going in, but I absolutely love what the BB brings to the table.
    You lose quite a bit of the hop bite on the finish, but it's a fair trade for what it's bringing to the party on the front end.
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  8. bobhits

    bobhits Savant (465) Kentucky Oct 31, 2006

    honestly all I got from the bourbon barrel was vanilla sweetness and thankfully this beer tasted nothing like double trouble does in a bottle (imo still the biggest drop any beer suffers from draft to bottle). It's just great and I really didn't get much bourbon or heat in the beer.

    Very possible it is a inconsistent beer which makes me wish I had a second bottle to make sure I'm wright in how GREAT this one was!
  9. tobin

    tobin Aficionado (195) Michigan Nov 22, 2009

    Good beer, but for the price I would rather have a quality 4/6 pack
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  10. I thought it was perty good. IMO DooM could have been World Class with another dose of fresh hops just before bottling.
    I poured some fresh draft Double Trouble over my last four ounces. Killer!!
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  11. bobhits

    bobhits Savant (465) Kentucky Oct 31, 2006

    Certain flavor combinations are just impossible without doing expensive things. Really hoppy beer costs more than less hoppy beer. Putting a beer in a bourbon barrel again is expensive. Imperial costs more than non. The beer was clearly too much money but for how unique and different it was...I'd rather have that beer once than any of the 4-6 packs I've already had. Isn't that the point of having unique beers? To trying something youve' never had and yea it costs more to make unique beers that might not sell so you make less of. It's not like the billion 10+ imperial IPAs all over the place that are all ok to maybe good.
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  12. Way to rub it in guys.... :(
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  13. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Savant (445) Illinois Mar 2, 2013

    yamar68, a highly respected BA, certified beer connoisseur and prolific beer trader who eats reuben pizza that made me drool one day said Doom tastes like a bourbon shit smells. I'm not sure who to believe.
  14. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poobah (1,020) New York Aug 25, 2010

    I love it, too - I gave it a 4.5-something!

    Try Burton Baton (from DFH) for a similar experience (BBA DIPA)...
  15. tobin

    tobin Aficionado (195) Michigan Nov 22, 2009

    I'm not bashing Doom by any means, this is the first barrel aged IIPA I've had, and I paid for that experience. I love most things that Founders does, however instead of buying a 750ml of Doom for $14 I would much rather have say... Backwoods Bastard. It was definitely a unique experience, but not one I will seek out. I apparently like my bourbon beers in the stout/olde ale category
  16. I called all over Kentucky and the only place that had Doom was an hour and a half away so, I packed up the family on away we went in search of Doom...I love Double Trouble and just couldnt wait to get my hands on it, we arrived in Puducah, Ky... I walked in and asked ''a bottle of Founders Doom please'' the man at the counter said all the Doom we have is reserved for other customer so I said '' I called earlier and u guys said u had it and I said I'm on my way'' he said '' who did you talk to'' I said I believe that lady there and she remembered me and said she was sry she didn't know it was a ''Special Beer''. Needless to say I did not get a bottle of Doom that day or any day since :( but, I did get a Three Floyds Arctic Panzer wolf, Double Trouble 4 pack, Left Hand Twin Sisters, Rye of the Tiger 6 PK, and Dark Horse variety IPA 12 pack so, it wasn't a complete waste:).
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  17. bobhits

    bobhits Savant (465) Kentucky Oct 31, 2006

    I don't get the backwoods love, it's nice and I'm glad to have had it but doom to me a a whole other level. Now KBS....Doom can go away :)

    Either way fair enough I agree there's better beer for the money but for what I can get I've had it...I love new flavors and new things so bring on new and creative small batch excitement!
  18. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    That beer will haunt my dreams for the foreseeable future.
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  19. stealth

    stealth Advocate (630) Minnesota Dec 16, 2011

    Founders let me down with KBS and did it again with Doom. At least there's always breakfast stout.
  20. Dope

    Dope Advocate (600) Massachusetts Oct 5, 2010

    You lost me here.

    (Yes, I know you said "imo", this is tongue in cheek) :D

  21. BigJim5021

    BigJim5021 Advocate (520) Indiana Sep 2, 2007

    Burton Baton isn't bourbon barrel aged. It's a DIPA blended with an old ale and then aged in oak tanks for a month. I like it quite a bit, but it doesn't even show a lot of oak given that it only spends a month aging. Unfortunately it used to be way better. Back when they first started brewing it, it was a blend of 90 Minute and a different DIPA that had been aged on oak for four months.
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  22. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poobah (1,020) New York Aug 25, 2010

    Really? Oh, snap :oops: - I thought it was a bba - sorry for the misdirect... Wish I could correct my previous post... Oh, well - still love it :p

    Thanks for the correction!
  23. BigJim5021

    BigJim5021 Advocate (520) Indiana Sep 2, 2007

    No problem. I added a little addendum at the end right after you quoted me too.
  24. xanok

    xanok Savant (415) Connecticut Aug 13, 2009

    BBA barley wines are iffy at best? Lol.
  25. Doom isn't bad by any means, but the King of Barrel aged IPAs is IMO, Southern Tier - Oak Aged Unearthly. Too good for(most) words.
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  26. jb123

    jb123 Advocate (520) Michigan Dec 3, 2012

    didnt like?
  27. I too LOVED Doom. It was amazingly smooth; just plain delicious.
  28. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Savant (390) Virginia Jun 21, 2009

    Almost pulled the trigger last night at a downtown pizza shop. Couldn't pull the trigger for $30.
  29. jb123

    jb123 Advocate (520) Michigan Dec 3, 2012

    30$!!! thats insane
  30. Oh I see... $30 for a lifetime supply, right?
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  31. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    Unfortunately no :(
  32. kkibbey

    kkibbey Zealot (85) Ohio Apr 27, 2013

    I am really excited to try Doom!
  33. jb123

    jb123 Advocate (520) Michigan Dec 3, 2012

    Yet to open one of my two. Hope I like it lol
  34. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    Judging by the other reviews, maybe I was just in a bad mood when I had it or something haha.
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  35. jb123

    jb123 Advocate (520) Michigan Dec 3, 2012

    It happens, cheers!
  36. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Savant (390) Virginia Jun 21, 2009

    I only contemplated because I was at 899. My 900th was a Riserva tonight.
  37. dcraig13

    dcraig13 Aficionado (215) Ohio Sep 13, 2010

    He clearly has not had Abacus or KH.
  38. I shared a bottle of this with a friend, and I went into it not knowing what to expect. On the first pour and sip, I wasn't so impressed. I tasted a lot of coconut and thats one thing I really hate. Hate is a strong word.
    But as it warmed up a bit and opened up, it got a lot better. By the end of the glass, I didn't want to finish it, it was so good. My friend agreed.
  39. Had it tonight on tap at a pizza place in D.C., I was also pleasantly surprised. Good stuff.
  40. ressling

    ressling Savant (280) Georgia Oct 26, 2011

    Best $12.99 I've spent on beer in a very long time...
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