Doom | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Previously known as Hand of Doom.

Doom may be impending but that doesn't mean you have to fear it. A collision of worlds, the intense hop character of our Imperial IPA mingles with the warm vanilla and oak notes imparted from the time spent in our favorite bourbon barrels. Like all good things, Doom comes to those who wait.

Added by CRJMellor on 02-01-2009

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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doopie broke out this one for beer night a while back. Cheers!

From a 750 into a snifter
Barrel aged triple IPA

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, foamy white head with great retention. Clear rust orange in color with no carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good film and clings to the glass. A half wisp remains until the end leaving touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of hops, citrus, lemon aromas, caramel notes, with a bit of wood and bourbon on the nose.

TASTE: Melon, caramel, wood, bourbon and booze up front. Wood and alcohol with citrus and caramel sweetness at the swallow. Bold and boozy finish with bitter hops, pine, citrus and caramel sweetness lingering on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down with a good burn and finishes a bit mouth-coating. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Good stuff. The triple IPA is the most prevalent here but the barrel component is there if you look for it. I’m not sure this style of beer needs to be this strong and boozy, but for what it is, it’s done well and is worth checking out if you have one. Thanks again doops!

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Photo of thebeers
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark, brownish orange with a fing r of soupy white head that's quick to dissipate. Leaves a soupy crown.

Earthy hops and big bourbon in the nose with plenty of wood and a hint of vanilla. A whiff of alcohol as well.

Orange hard candy, stale hops, earth and big alcohol all stand out in the taste. There's some creamy, vanilla bourbon mid-palate and then a bigly bitter finish.

Full, creamy feel.

Having this on tap at Churchkey. I don't really know how fresh it is but it tastes huge and stale. Not something I'm likely to revisit. A definite ass-kicker.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. 2017 Release.
Clear, deep amber colored body. One finger off white head settles to thin cap and bubble fed ring. Just a few spots of lacing, most foam slides back into beer.
Aroma is like bourbon soaked orange, with barrel notes of oak, caramel, and vanilla.
Taste is sweet, then bourbon barrel, mixed in with citrus hops. Also there is oak, caramel, vanilla. Pine bitterness at the back end. Good malt foundation. As the beer warms, there is something like a spice (cinnamon) way at the back end, probably from the bourbon barrel.
Medium mouth feel, with syrupy touch that allows the complex tastes to linger.
Very smooth drinker. The tastes with aging have blended well. Who knew a barreled aged IPA would stand up to cellaring the bottle for a year. Very pleasant surprise.

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4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jacobdunne
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

just so good. Can’t pinpoint what it tastes like because it’s so unique and good. Just try it.

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Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from my brother. Can’t believe the low ratings. This is top notch. Glowing orange copper body initial two fingers fluffy head subsides to tightly beaded cap. Nice mellow aroma of citrus and mats yield little clue to what comes next. Taste explodes on the tongue, orange peel, Bourbon notes, sweet malt, butterscotch. More woody Bourbon notes waft up on the finish, kind of boozy, gentle warmth. This is really well crafted, and the barrel aging dances cheek to cheek with the lovely IIPA. Damn near perfect.

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Photo of JustJim
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GlennWB
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stortore
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 4/28/17, had 6/1/17.

Pours a mostly clear golden orange, with a half inch foamy head and some foamy lacing. Aromas of malt, yeast, a decent amount of citrus hops at first, but that fades, some bourbon- more as it warms, vanilla, some oak and toffee, some pine. The bourbon picks up in the taste, and there’s a good amount of hop bitterness throughout that lingers on the finish. Malt, vanilla, some caramel, light oak, some pine and resin on the finish. Smooth, a good medium body, well carbonated.

It’s good, it might develop more flavor with some age. The flavor is very good, but could use more intensity. Very good aroma. Worth a purchase.

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Photo of samEBC
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlueKurenai
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of boogerisu
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnpalisi
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Taste: intense bourbon, complex, oak, vanilla, warming finish with some hops for balance. Wood aroma with hint of hop nose. Golden hue, semi opaque, nice webbed lace. Medium full body. 100 IBUs

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4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of caahare
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vidblain
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had Founder's Doom fresh, and now I'm drinking it after several months of age. Amazing what barrel aging, and what further bottle aging, does to an IPA. Common sense would tell you that this is going to be turning in to a barleywine any time now... but that doesn't seem to be the case. And I'm not really sure why that is, and don't care to speculate. Let's talk about the IPA.

Doom is aging fairly gracefully - which surprises me a bit, and makes me happy. I'd been slightly dismayed about the number of bottles I stashed away, honestly, after I had my first bottle. I have a four pack, I believe, and a bomber still sitting around in the cellar. But I'm becoming more okay with that after trying this most recent bottle.

While I am not a fan of 120 Minute IPA, I will admit that one thing does impress me - the maltiness. Similarly, Doom is quite a malty little beer. It pours a nice red-gold color, not precisely amber, more of an orange-y color. It smells quite pleasantly hoppy. Again: the girlfriend test says that this beer is no good for the hops haters. The bitterness isn't pronounced, but it's certainly there. The beer has that rich, slightly dry flavor that it had while fresh, but the barrel is fading a bit and the beer has smoothed out slightly. That dry barrel isn't quite so remarkable anymore, which is totally cool with me. It was... disruptive, before.

Doom is turning in to a really great beer. I'm glad I have more to try in the future.

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Photo of MickeyHops
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jet812
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gobuccos
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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