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 nickfl
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, copper colored body. The foam settles at a moderate lace and leaves thick lace.

S - Pine, vanilla, caramel, and citrus.

T - Thick, sweet malt up front with some vanilla. Pine and grapefruit in the middle with a finish of grapefruit pith, oak, and whiskey.

M - A syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Like most other bourbon barrel IPAs I've had, this just doesn't work that well. For whatever reason the hops and bourbon clash and while the beer is drinkable enough, I can't help but think the barrels should have been saved for a stout or barleywine.

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Photo of bsp77
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Orangish-gold with an initially thick and foamy head. It
persists a little while, but then looks a little flat.

Smell: Light vanilla and oak from the bourbon. Very, very mild citrus and tropical notes. Compared to the aromatic Double Trouble base beer, this is lackluster.

Taste: Vanilla, oak, and brown sugar hit the taste buds immediately, followed by some nice layers of citrus, tropical fruits and pine. Finish still has a bitter kick despite the aging.

Feel: Lower carbonation than a typical DIPA. Pretty full bodied, but not quite as dry as the base beer.

Overall: First of all, this is a good beer. However, it certainly falls short of Double Trouble (which I had again the previous day) as the bourbon barrel aging has muddled the flavor profile so that everything is a little muted. Certainly enjoyable, but not worth the hoops you have to jump through to get it.

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Photo of kwkdmk
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benish
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of foobula
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date that I could find. Appearance is fairly clear, apricot color, with a one-finger white head that dissipates quickly. Not an appearance to make one cower in fear. Aroma is nice: pleasant citrus hops: mango and peachy, with a subtle buttery bourbon in the background. So subtle I probably wouldn't have noticed it in a double-blind test. Taste is bitter up-front, reminiscent of grapefruit. Sweetness comes next, sort of a standard malty IIPA-type sweetness. The finish is challenging: fairly bitter, almost disagreeable. No real bourbon to speak of, even as it warms. Mouthfeel is light-medium in texture and carbonation. Overall it's a bittersweet beer (more bitter than sweet) that is woefully lacking in any bourbon characteristic. Disappointing entry into Founders Backstage Series, and it's hard to believe that 14 months of age is to blame.

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy honey color and a modest head (as this was a 6 oz. pour and I was glad for that); streaks of lace

Smell: Oaky bourbon battles with citrusy hops

Taste: The vanilla, oak and Bourbon flavors jump out immediately and while the citrus tries to break through, it ultimately gives up by mid-palate; after the swallow, the beer tastes mostly of Bourbon, with only the vaguest notion that there is a DIPA lingering underneath

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An interesting experiment and while I like some Bourbon barrel beers, this one is just not up my alley

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Photo of kylelenk
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed both from the bottle and on tap.

A: What you'd expect from an IPA. A little more on the yellow side with a white head that dissipates into a little lacing around the edges.

S: All bourbon. You pick up familiar vanilla and just the slightest hint of floral notes.

T: Bourbon overpowers any type of hops forward. Dominating vanilla and oak while there sites just a hint of crisp floral on the back palate. Aging at 6 mos. had completely lost any of this.

M: Very crisp on the carbonation and surprisingly lighter in body than I had anticipated.

For the price point, it's a great beer released by a great brewery. BBA IPAs are a rather avoided category but Doom is as solid as any offering I've had.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden honeyish orange with a slim slice of ivory colored cream that faded to a broken film in mere minutes. Even though very little lace graced the glass in the end, the beer did look pretty good in a balloon snifter. $5 for an 8 ounce pour.

As it happened, aroma was the beer's best feature. It was impressively hoppy, with loads of pineapple, orange and lemon that was powerfully pungent. Alcohol was barely noted, which was yet another plus. Simcoe was a no-brainer. The bartender (after talking with the brewer) stated that Amarillo and Summit are the other members of the hop bill.

For whatever reason, hops were much less prominent on the palate and alcohol was more prominent. The ale smoothed out a little over time (it was served too cold), but hop flavor never did increase, as I'd hoped it would. Call me crazy, but a DIPA named Hand Of Doom ought to pummel the tongue in merciless fashion.

Nothing darker than sugary pale malt was appreciated. Flavors otherwise included candied grapefruit, pineapple, orange and lemon. Unfortunately, flavor intensity left quite a bit to be desired. The alcohol wasn't as well-masked as it should have been. It added a solvent-like flavor and was warm enough to begin numbing the tongue by the bottom half of the glass.

The body/mouthfeel was a fraction lighter than medium for the style and was as smooth as possible given the rampant ethanol. Lightly sparkly bubbles added just the right amount of lift.

Given the rest of the Founders lineup (including the outstanding Double Trouble), Hand Of Doom is a disappointing effort. An American DIPA that doesn't taste very hoppy isn't much of an American DIPA. It's as simple as that.

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

I suppose I should preface this by saying that Double Trouble has been an all time favorite of mine for years and I highly regret not trying this the one time I had the chance when it was on draft as The Hand of Doom.

This beer pours a light bodied, relatively clear copper in color with a soapy one finger head. The nose smells like a distillery when you first step onto the grounds. There is oak, vanilla, and bourbon in the air. It also has this sweetness that reminds me of an aged wheatwine. The beer kind of reminds me of Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale in terms of the nose. The flavors are definitely more bourbon and oak forward than expected. I don't know how long this was aged for but in my experience, Double Trouble doesn't exactly turn into a malt bomb if not consumed fresh. The DIPAs characteristics do not make themselves known at all. It really isn't too far off from Bourbon Barrel Ale. It just has more traditional beer influence than BBA, which I liken to bourbon and water. It is just so oaky and has a great amount of vanilla. It drinks light in body with a resonating aftertaste. Overall this bottle was much appealing than the bottles I tried a couple weeks back. It is somewhat enjoyable but not a beer necessarily deserving of high praise.

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

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

Had a Doom last night..poured at refrigerator temperature. Nice Amber color, good bitter-sweet IPA smell. Taste was really good, but rather average. Honestly I had to think about the bourbon to actually taste it. A very good IPA, but a very average IPA. The difference was a nice smoothness from the bourbon. It was good, but not a must have!!

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

a big ipa in whiskey barrels, this is a polarizing style, and i dont think this is the best example of it in the world, despite the beer tasting really good. for me, this is a little heavy, a little stale on the hops, and just too sweet. the best of these are dry hopped in stainless post barrel ageing, i think the hop freshness is preserved that way, this tastes like this hops are a little old, even a little oxidized, and little else in the flavor except that leafy vegetal bitterness and a hint of citrus, but for an imperial ipa, the hops should be way more flavorful. the wood is stronger than the whiskey here, although there is a honey and vanilla sweet note to it, it just doesnt seem like it spent too long in the barrel. its odd because the hops dont taste fresh but the barrel aspect is also not all that mature, so its sort of missing both elements that way. i like it, dont get me wrong, but it seems overly strong and like a beer that may have been pioneering awhile ago, but appears to have been long since surpassed. heavy, almost like a blonde american barleywine, i could not drink more than one. in the end, i had much higher hopes for this...

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Photo of OnryAndMean
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarRoomHero88
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber a week ago, finally cracked it open tonight.

A: Bright white half a finger or so head. Slightly hazy, amber. Good looking beer

S: Definitely noticed the vanilla-ish smell from the bourbon barrel. Slight bitter, citrus hop. But definitely smell the barrel up front.

T: Follows the nose. Citrusy hop bitterness up front, more noticeable than on the nose. Follows with a big bourbon barrel kick. Oaky vanilla. Almost a butterscotch flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Can taste mild booziness. Very smooth.

O: A good, but not great beer. Definitely unique and worth a try.

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Photo of portia99
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a pale golden color with glowing orange highlights. The body has decent clarity although a touch of haze is present. A thick finger plus of dense creamy white foam shows excellent staying power falling to leave behind lots of foamy lace on the glass.

S - Sugary sweet malt base with plenty of citrus hop character. Vanilla and sweet bourbon aroma and light booziness. More bourbon than hops but both exercise good overall balance and appropriate intensity.

T - Good hop bitterness up front that gives the beer an overall bitter character. Bourbon comes on behind the hops with noticeable booziness. Potent woody flavors and smooth vanilla. Bready malt finds its way thru to the finish. Barely noticeable citrusy hop flavors. Barrel aspects overpower the DIPA base, maybe a bit too much. I find the flavors clash a bit and create a bit of a medicinal bitter flavor overall.

M - Body is medium-full. Carbonation is medium-high, finely bubbled and a bit creamy feeling. Hop bitterness, wood, bourbon, booze dominate. After the swallow, citrusy hops linger into the aftertaste a bit, finally fading off and leaving behind the medicinal bitterness that I get on each sip.

O - This might be one DIPA that could use a little age...not something I would typically say. The hops really are overpowered by the barrel treatment and I find the combination of booze, wood, hops is giving a medicinal impression. Beer is rather dry overall also - from start to finish...actually think this could benefit from a bit more sweetness...some more malty, sugary flavors would suit this well. Perhaps I am asking more for a BA barleywine out of this. Good beer, but it doesn't hit the mark the way Hand of Doom did at EBF a couple years back - that really had more hop flavor and aroma and blew me away. Falls somewhere between super fresh and hoppy DIPA in barrels and a bit too hoppy BA barleywine. Too old...not old enough? Not really sure, but if another bottle finds its way to me, think I will hold on to it for a while and see what some age does to this.

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Photo of GregSemenza
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


22oz. Bottle to tulip glass.

LOOK: dark yellow color, big white head, creamy looking head. Head leaves sudsy legs when jostled.
AROMA: touch of a metallic hoppy, hay/grass, hints of oak and bourbon, but overpowering. Something a little funky/skunky in there drops the aroma number a tad.
TASTE: oak first, then a mix of bourbon and pine. the smallest touch of citrus.
FEEL: smooth sipper. pretty full bodied (70th-ish percentile).

Was not really looking forward to the concept of a BBA IPA, but this is better than I expected. It works on some level, the aging does smooth out the hoppy bite while still leaving a good amount of the flavor.


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Photo of CNP
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very strong and bitter first enter the mouth, getting better after more zips. A little fruity flavor hiding in under the bourbon note.

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Photo of JFresh21
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer. It is definitely well crafted but the blend just isn't right.

Tastes like a decent double IPA with the sting of a barrel. Its drinkable and worth a try but the style isn't a style. I had a KBS prior and it was so smooth and tasteful.

Try it but don't overpay. You aren't missing much if you skip this brew.


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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Capone's on 11/28/2009.

Pours a very dark hazelnut/chestnut brown with subtle touches of plum hues when held to a light source and a .5 finger off-white foam head that quickly dissipates into a very thin ring. Very sporadic minimal spots of lacing.

Subtle bourbon aroma with hints of vanilla as well as some caramel/chocolate malt. Hints of hazelnut, toffee and some coffee but I'm not picking much of a hop presence.

The hoppy floral notes absent from the aroma are prominent up front with some nice citrus notes and dry pine flavor. This is quickly balanced by a smooth silky chocolate maltiness with hints of toffee and hazelnut. The bourbon character comes through really nicely midway through and lasts throughout into a lingering sweet finish. The bourbon character is not overpowering, letting the complex flavors from the hops shine through even in the finish where the bourbon flavor is most prominent. There are still some dry pine and citrus notes in the finish. Very complex and more balanced than I expected. The alcohol is very well masked and there is not much heat/warmth making it pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dexterk1
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Grub for sharing this surprise beer with us!
Served in a tulip glass, quick review from written notes.

Dark orange coloration with some frothy edges and decent coverage on the surface. Aroma is a bit faded, like an old Double IPA. Pleasant but subdued tropical hop aroma that is more present in the taste, before getting steamrolled by the toffee and oaky bourbon barrel notes. The flavors meld well despite their extremes. Thick and full-bodied, boozy and sluggish (like doom metal?). Lingering traces of caramel, toffee, and bourbon in the aftertaste. Definitely glad I got to try this, and also glad it was split a few ways.

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Photo of rypkr
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks inviting. Taste I'd impressively fresh and not of stale hops I was expecting. It's thin and hot. Overall, cool novelty founders but this beer isn't very good.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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