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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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Ratings: 2,153 |  Reviews: 472
Photo of Bruno74200
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - lightly hazy with a three fingers head

S - bourbon, caramel, citrus, pine resin

T - bourbon, orange, grapefruit, herbal bitterness, vanilla, caramel. Very few sweetness compare to the bitterness. Some mineral notes. Orange blossom

M - medium carbonation, a bit sirupy

O - A very nice barrel aged dipa. At 12% it almost flirts with barleywine territory but it's really really not boozy for the abv. I think I'll feel it quite soon

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Photo of RyanK252
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours deep golden orange amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves a some nice lacing.

S: Smells as expected, a big DIPA with a bourbon barrel kicker. Citrus, a little fruit, and spicy pine, noticeable barrel presence, vanilla, oak, mild bourbon, backed with biscuity malt and some caramel and honey sweetness.

T: Happy to report some of the hops have survived their slumber. Citrus, orange and grapefruit, a little spicy pine, some underlying fruity notes, peach and apricot, complimented nicely with barrel character, lots of vanilla, some earthy oak, just a touch of the bourbon, and built on a foundation of crackery malt with some caramel and honey sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy smooth, with a just a bit of warmth to remind you of its strength.

O: I'm super curious what the base beer tasted like fresh just to have a reference point of how much this changed in the barrels. That being said it came out quite tasty, maybe leaning a bit towards the English IPA style, but with a little extra kick. Not something I'd necessarily go after again, but a fun one to try.

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Photo of MIBeerGeek
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HarryPotHead
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking forward to trying this supposed "oxymoron" of an experiment. Barrel aging an IPA? Blasphemy!!! The hops heads who religiously check on freshness dates and consider a 2 day old IPA drain pour worthy must be shocked beyond belief.
All kidding aside, I'm reviewing this live, with high expectations (because Founders rocks, and an open mind. (Purity of style be damned!)
It pours a copper amber color with a moderate foam head that soon dissipates. A thin ring and a scattering of lacing stick to the glass.
Holding it up to the nose it is instantly apparent that this is aged in bourbon barrels. Besides the bourbon sweetness and alcohol spice, the oak and vanilla also come through. I'm really enjoying this complex nose as the biscuity malt and caramel aromas lure me in with their inviting aromas. Subtle but bold hops aroma also comes through; hints of tobacco, peppery and pine.
Medium to full body with a complex blend of malt, hops and alcohol flavors. As with the aroma, traces of bourbon are instant. A strong combination of boozy sweetness, alcohol spice, vanilla and oak, make this taste like a hard liquor. Yet, the robust hops kick, peppery, put new needle, tobacco and resin, remind us that this is an IPA. Nice alcohol warming and a slight burn, is accompanied by a dry and bitter finish derived from the hops. A rich and chewy malt backbone also adds to the complexity. Caramel sweetness, toasty and biscuity. There are even some fruity and citrusy flavors, as well as the aroma, that come out towards the end. I'm picking up orange peel, grapefruit rind and even some licorice and anise seed like qualities. The alcohol burns all the way to the end. A strong brew indeed but quite easy to put down. I think it was worth it.

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Photo of daveserv
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Krajnyak
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a huge beer. Left a lasting aftertaste that I wasn’t crazy about. Maybe too much going on. Overall, better than average but not my favorite from Founders.

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Photo of cmukid87
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of josanguapo
3.11/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Playing Space Pilgrim Episode 4. Superb woody/bourbon aroma but the high abv excessively affects head. Doesnt taste to alcohol though, just oak/bourbon, but not much hoppyness here

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

Photo of jroof1
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Retroman40
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very nice yellow-orange with a thick white head that retreats to some wisps. The smell is citrus hops with a hint of bourbon. The flavor is hop/malt forward with a great bourbon finish. Excellent mouthfeel with a perfect carbonation level. Overall this is an OUTSTANDING barrel aged IPA. With the classic IPA flavor upfront and the bourbon finish this is a super beer. The very high ABV is barely noticeable and even for a HG drinker like me could sneak up on you. This is a great beer - if you can get it - GET IT!

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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kricks77
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tcsox
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a dark murky orange almost brown color with a sheet of a little white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some light lace ran here and there.
The aroma had an orange marmalade sweetness with a little bit of tobacco leafy to woody sweet barrel dryness. Some tropical and grassy hops balance in underneath.
The flavor was mainly sweet through the prior mentioned aromas capturing some of the leafy to woody dryness to slide in with the orange marmalade quality. Light aftertaste of the woody sweetness, orange marmalade and tropical character.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt appropriate. Fairly smooth finish of the orange marmalade and tropical notes. Woodiness seemed to sit further back in this realm.
Overall, as a barrel aged DIPA, I'd say it works. Maybe I can say, it's a bit "old school" in it's makeup, but it's definitely one I'd have again.

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3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jhavs
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of adipilla8708
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Brewing Co. "Doom"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "Bottled On: 04.28.17 1522 6" and sampled on 10.08.17
$5.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Another great label. Somewhat hazy deep amber/copper colored body beneath a finger-thick head of frothy bright white that settles to a thin but solid surface covering. Some decent lacing is left behind, but not much, so 3.75 for appearance. The aroma expresses tropical hops with some tangerine and apricot over a medium dark caramel malt base. There's some pine in there as well, and just a hint of Bourbon barrel. Ah, I take that back, a swirl of the glass brought out a good whiff of Bourbon. It's still more prominent in the flavor with some drying oak. Not that it really needs it, it's pretty solidly bitter and the alcohol helps to dry it as well. The two components seem to toggle back and forth rather than combine into one, sometimes giving more of the tropical hops and sometimes giving more of the Bourbon. It finishes dry with some residual oak and heat from the alcohol. How strong is this? 12.4%, oh, OK, that makes sense, acceptable then. Medium bodied and smooth except for the alcohol. I like it but I'm not sure how much the Bourbon barrel is really helping it, it seems like a pretty decent double IPA without it, and in fact I feel the barrel aging kind of confuses it. Would I buy it again? Given the price, no.

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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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