Founders Doom | Founders Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Founders DoomFounders Doom
BA SCORE
4.08/5
Exceptional
2,190 Ratings
Founders DoomFounders Doom
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,373
Reviews:
483
Ratings:
2,190
pDev:
11.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
184
Gots:
439
Trade:
30
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 2,190 |  Reviews: 483
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

Photo of HopsnScotch987
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

A: Poured into a tulip to a golden orange topped by a dense two finger white head which retains well and fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of sweet vanilla and oak with some bitter hops and some caramel sweetness
T: Taste is earthy and slightly herbal hops with a hint of citrus before some oak, vanilla and caramel come into the party. Slight alcohol as well. Swallow is more earthy hops, alcohol, oak, vanilla and a hint of caramel. Slight citrus rind at the very back of the finish
M: This beer is fairly thick in body with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low but adequate for what they are going for while the beer has a slightly drying finish.
O: Overall this is an interesting beer. It's a unique concept but I think they could have put those barrels to better use. I'm sure it was probably a little better when the hops were fresher too. Definitely interesting and worth a try if you like things to be different. It reminds me a lot of Oaked Old Richland from The Bruery.

 1,053 characters

Photo of Furley80
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Milktoast75
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewed date of 5/03/17. Held out as long as I could. 6 pak 12oz. bottle poured into Door Co. Brewing snifter. I was "talked" into purchasing this 6 pak on the cashiers observation of me buying Founder's Old Ale. Hey you might like this? They had one 6 pak left. Uh, ok. Best beer purchase of the Summer.
L. Pours a perfect, smooth, copper hue. Minimal white head dissipates quickly.
S. Hard time with this one. Oak. Some floral. Grapefruit. Vanilla and alcohol. Strangely as it warmed the smell did not change.
T. First taste were sharp wood, grapefruit, floral with a strange back of the throat tartness. Why would I even drink anymore? It only gets better from here. Sip. Wait. Sip. Let it warm. Much smoother. Flavors blend and meld as intended. I did enjoy this beer but for a potent sipper, I prefer Founder's Old Ale. I would buy again given the chance though!
F. Smooth, but not thick or heavy feel.
This is a beer that cannot be defined with one glass or bottle. To say its is a complex beer is an understatement. Some will not get past the initial blast of alcohol or barrel aging flavor. Give this beer the time to appreciate when drinking it that the brewers did to produce it. There is a lot going on and should be treated accordingly. Take your time to fully enjoy this beer. I found the smoothest flavors were found as the beer warms to near room temp.
I try not to compare beers to beers but take them as they are.

 1,432 characters

Photo of TomTrocc
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BSquaredGolf
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Pencible
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy dark gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like candied apricots and toasted coconut, with some vanilla and nougat and copper hops and alcohol.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and resin and toasted coconut, with some vanilla and oak and nougat. It had a mostly clean and bitter sweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was an interesting brew with bold scent and taste, but not the most delicious combination of flavors. The body was solid, but the finish was hot, so it must be sipped. Probably not for aging, although I'm really curious how this would be after it has more time to mellow out and gel. Fresh is fun to try once, but nothing special enough to buy multiple times.

 779 characters

Photo of MrZach76
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vaulmas
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dsa7783
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Morris Tap and Grill. Pours a golden effervescent hue with minimal frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

 176 characters

Photo of stevem1206
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hman43
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours clear and golden with an off white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has citrus, bourbon, and alcohol aromas up front. There are also notes of bread and caramel in the background.

Taste: There are sharp citrus flavors with bourbon and wood. The alcohol is quite noticeable. The is also a bit of syrup flavor and floral elements.

Feel: It is quite heavy with a slick feeling to it. The alcohol warming in quite strong with a slight bit being hot. This is definitely a sipping beer.

Overall, the flavors are complex but the alcohol is a bit boozy and slightly hot.

 590 characters

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

Photo of VashonGuy
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What an interesting beer! This one refuses to be pigeon-holed. Don't expect a typical DIPA. It's really more like a light barleywine. There are plenty of hops, but they are balanced with light caramel and oak and bourbon. As far as BBA beers go, the bourbon presence in this beer is mild. Not recommended for style purists. It reminds me a bit of DFH Burton Baton, although they aren't identical at all.

I liked it.

 423 characters

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

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FLima
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy amber orange color with a thick off-white head with great retention and leaving strong laces.
Aroma with predominant notes of mild bourbon, vanilla, oak and lychees.
Flavor is more interesting with notes of chocolate-cocoa, bourbon, lots of spices, especially vanilla, orange marmalade and resin. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Bordering full body with appropriate carbonation. They have slaved its 12% abv. Well done.
Me like it. Very complex and flavorful with no notes shadowing the recipe. Oak and bourbon are delicate. Almost an American Barley Wine without the dark notes. I felt a lot of cocoa upfront with bourbon and oak on the background.

 658 characters

Photo of dannycohen62
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stratusjeans
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,190 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.