Founders Doom | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders DoomFounders Doom

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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Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRPunk
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Greg for splitting this fine brew.

Large format bottle into a pint glass.

A- Rich, golden amber body. Abundant head with great retention. Awesome stick. Moderate carbonation.

S- complex. Lots of resinous hops at first. Leafy and tobacco-like. Brown sugar and leather. Vanilla really opens up with warmth. Definite barrel character.

T- as complex as the aroma. Straddles the barleywine/double IPA line quite nicely. Sweet malts are something of brown sugar and quality caramel. Tobacco-like hopping. As with aroma, vanilla notes strengthen with warmth.

M- Rich and full bodied. ABV well hidden throughout. Moderate, though delicate, carbonation keeps up with higher viscosity. A nice sipper.

O- This is a special beer. While barrel aged, it kept a "fresh" quality. Something to settle in and enjoy. I'd lay down the cash for another to return the favor to a good friend who decided to share this one.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a clear, amber, blonde with lots of carbonation. HAS A CREAMY, ONE-FINGER, OFF-WHITE HEAD.
S- Smells of oak, bourbon barrel and slight hop.
T- Mostly dominated by the bourbon oak, and vanilla. Bitterness from hop is detectable, not as much as the malt. Bourbon lovers dream of an IPA.
F- Definite warming feeling from the oak. Full-bodied IPA.
O- Bourbon dominant in which I was expecting to be more subtle, however very tasty!

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into pint glass. Pours a clear amber-gold with a nice off-white head. Great lacing. Initial impression is booze, vanilla, oak, grapefruit, and pepper. Mouthfeel is chewy/sticky. Carbonation is medium. Finish is boozy and slightly bitter-sweet. This is a really good DIPA. A little bite, but that just adds to the effect.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a big Founders CBS glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of carbonation. Solid two fingers of white head that slowly recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big rich and interesting mix of bourbon barrel hints and lots of juicy hops. Big barrel presence up front with hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, wood, and vanilla. Big scent of ripe hops with good hints of citrus grapefruit, pulpy orange peel, tangerine, mango, pineapple, and lemon. Also some earthy hop hints with some grass and pine resin. Subtle malt profile in the background with hints of biscuit, caramel, yeast, and cracker. Also a hint of honey like sweetness. Very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a big and complex taste of bourbon barrel notes and lots of hop esters. Big barrel taste with notes of bourbon whiskey, wood, oak, and some vanilla. Huge hop taste with citrus notes of ripe grapefruit, orange pulp, mango, tangerine, pineapple, and lemon. Earthy and floral hop notes along with some spicy pine resin. Some bready malts come through in the background with notes of biscuit, caramel, grain, cracker, yeast, and a touch of sweet honey. A really complex taste. The barrel elements play with the hops very well. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and chewy. Oily and fairly creamy. Some alcohol heat is felt but its masked by the big hops.

Overall: A really great beer. A barrel aged IPA seemed like an odd idea but it worked really well. The barrel notes and hops blend well and make a very good and unique taste.

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Photo of Wgkutz
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bierguy5
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear gold color with a small white head. Head disappears rather quickly, but expected due to the size. A few nice spots of lace.

Nose full of juicy, piney hops. A bit of bourbon and wood as well. Pretty decent whiff of alcohol. Very nice aroma.

Lighter malt character. Good bitterness. Great juicy hops. A good woody note. Nice bourbon edge at the end. A bit harsh with some tannins. Some warming alcohol.

Medium body, lower carbonation. Very nice. Interesting.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a decent head to this 8oz snifter glass. This beer had a huge smell of pineapple. There were other smells of tropical fruit and some hints of alcohol. The taste gave way to a nice double with alcohol and fruit aftertaste. A very tasty double IPA!

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Photo of fishermanrobb
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hey bourbon lovers dream.

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Photo of hardy008
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber with a one finger head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pineapple, vanilla, coconut, maple syrup, and light bourbon.

The taste is sweeter than the aroma suggested. The bourbon is stronger in the taste than the smell, but is not too strong. It seems to be just right. In addition to bourbon, the taste also has grapefruit, pineapple, vanilla, coconut, maple syrup, and oak. The flavors come together very nicely. This is a definite sipper.

Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol is not as noticeable as I thought it might be for a 10.40 % abv beer. Very well made. I recommend this highly, if you have access to it.

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

Carmel and bourbon. Very sweet.... Vanilla comes through tremendously. Founders is on to something here.... rrally kike how the bournon rolls to the back....

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Falling off the wagon with Doom is a delight. It spills out in a gorgeous honey coloured pour and has a decent dusty white head a pinky tall. The glass is laced with jagged remnants looking like snow covered mountain peaks.

The nose is full of bourbon immediately after the vessel is filled. The ale qualities bring up the rear where caramel notes, which seem to be the most abundant, are beautifully drizzled over the pine sap qualities of the hop additions.

The taste is wrapped in bourbon. Belches of bourbon heat and hoppy green ale are lovely. Caramel notes flourish within the swarming bouquet of sappy pine flavour. Describing this thing of beauty is quite difficult. This is one of the best things to come down the pipes around this reviewer's hideout in quite some time.

The mouthfeel has a syrupy thickness that carries the flavours well without becoming too heavy.

Overall, I am quite overjoyed with this one. I stopped at the right place at the right time and got a brew that has grabbed me by my neck and pulled me back to the ales I love. Another masterpiece from my favorite brewers on the planet. God, thanks for the luck I have. Thanks Top Shelf for letting me take this one home with me.

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Photo of Campian
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RacerX5k
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Pretty color, great aroma bright citrus hops lots of vanilla. And that's how it tastes, nice balance between the vanilla and citrus, with notes of bourbon barrel. Smooth, thick, soft and creamy I really like how this finishes. Kinda reminds me of Samichlaus, fruits dipped in alcohol and overall very satisfying. Got this for an incredible $12.49 at Flair Beverage Inwood Manhattan NYC 205th street that was an adventure, almost as far north as you can go on the island. And the uptown girls looked as delicious as the beer.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

P: Pours a hazy pale straw color with a massive milky head. Intricate lacing accumulates along the edges.

S: Sugary pound cake, butterscotch bourbon aroma, subtle whiffs of garlic bread. Complex hop aroma thst is hard to identify the type due to the sweet bourbon.

T/M: Sweet butterscotch bourbon, saltine crackers, herbal tea, toasted toffee, hints of pine resin, spices and a floral bouquet. Bitterness really overtakes the sweetness in the finish and leaves with a waxy feeling of just eaten carrots. Bourbon really shines once warm. Medium body with a moderate effervescence that really creates a great atmosphere for the palate.

O: Hands down the best Founders offering I have had. Bourbon is strong but the hops still shine through at the end. Great dryness and balance between bitter and sweet. Great beer that should be sought out.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured Doom into a Belgian Duvel glass.

A - Pours dark hazy orange with a finger and a half of white creamy head.

S - Whoa, Holy moly this thing smells awesome. Orange citrusy, coconut.

T - Incredible, the Doom comes through with some smooth orange, grapefruit, citrus, and coconut. A little booziness sneaks in mid palate. Tasting just a hint of bourbon in there which completes the beer and smoothes it out nicely. On the finish it has some light pina colada flavor. I'm not much of a IPA fan but this is mellow and quite flavorful.

M - Mouthfeel is medium body all the way. Smooth as silk.

O - A little boozy overall, but the flavors shine well. Just another great brew from Founders. Carry on now and enjoy.

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Photo of msscott1973
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MeLoynes
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pkkosmatka
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sposter4
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akopczyk
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gatch
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful slightly hazy golden orange with a huge soapy sticky bright white head. All IPA from here. Great nose of fruity and earthy bourbon and barrel. Sweet, sticky hops. Obviously a bit of booze. I had Southern Tiers oak aged double IPA before this and it was just as good. The barrel shows itself a bit more in this beer. This isn't a new style but it might be riding the trend and I'm cool with that because its delicious. All the good flavors of bourbon and barrel with the character of a double IPA. Don't see why this beer isn't getting more love. Can be a tad cloying and sensory overload at times but a great one time treat. Well done.

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Photo of JimmyShaker1
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DirtyBirdSpecial
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml into an Allagash tulip.

A: Golden/burnt orange. Mostly clear with a slight bit of haze. Head dissipates
promptly but retains decent lacing throughout.

S: Mostly bourbon and vanilla, the hops don't really stand out very much on
the nose but are ever so slightly detectable. Verry mellow

T: Outstanding melding of the barrel notes and hop profile. Predominat vanilla
oakiness with a lasting hop bite on the back end.

M: The mouthfeel dances on that perfect middle ground for a DIPA, not watery
in the least bit and with good carbonation for the style.

O: If I'm going drink a regular DIPA I'm expecting to get my teeth kicked in with hoppiness. If it is going to be bourbon barrel aged, I'm looking for the hop profile to be mellowed out a bit, and this beer from Founders definitely delivers. If you're looking for a DIPA with extreme hoppiness I wouldn't reccomend this. If that's what youre looking for, don't complain about it, just don't buy something thats been aged dumbass! Hop flavors and aromas mellow with aging! I'm a huge fan of this beer from one of my favorite breweries

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Photo of RenownedHack
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, poured into a pint glass.

The pour was pleasant. A finger or so of quickly dissipating, foamy white head. Clear light amber in colour, some light lacing on the glass and a few bubbles rising to the top.

When I took a whiff of it, the bouquet was replete with fruity hops, just a hint of bourbon in the nose. Strong citrus, and a light oakiness that holds back. The fruity smell overwhelms here, and it's not a bad thing.

Upon taking a sip, the complexity of flavor was not done justice by the bouquet at all. There's an oakiness, a bourbon punch, that hits you right from the get go, and a strong hops character that doesn't disappoint. The finish itself is almost completely bourbon though, a light trace of hops lingering on the palate. Still, interesting balance of flavors, and not something you're going to run into everyday.

On the palate, it does linger, a slight crispness and dry hop feel, but a silkier, syrupy bourbon feel. It's intriguing.

Overall, definitely something I recommend. It's going to run about $15 a pop, but if you just want to have a nice IPA, something a little different but still quality, and make an evening of it - this is your guy.

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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,905 ratings.
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