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): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by CRJMellor on 02-01-2009

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

I am surprised i hadnt rated this beer. This is the beer that an Imperial IPA should. Light golden in color smells of hops all around and the taste of hops in so intoxicating that its not funny. I loved this product so much. Well done to Founders for this beer My taste buds thank you very much

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank you, angrybabboon! About time I get to try one of the Backstage Series beers from one of my all-time favorite breweries. Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Split with friends. This was released in April, but I had heard that it had held up very well by now.

Pours a rather unassuming looking beer, as far anything that's bourbon-barrel aged. An orange-amber tinged color with a frothy white head that amazingly doesn't give up. Of course, some minor swirls reveal the booze on this, with enormous tears that immediately start to make their way slowly towards the liquid. Thick and very elegant, and it's fantastic how well this looks this late after the bottling date.

The aroma is an immediate combination of citrus, sweetened malts, and lots of oaky bourbon notes, all which are well balanced in their presentation. The bourbon immediately hits the nose with vanilla beans, butterscotch, nutmeg, and brown sugar, which then leads to light notes of pine, orange blossom, grapefruit, and apricots, with some caramel and toffee from the malt profile soon trailing behind. The booze is well hidden here, but the bourbon is definitely forward. The combination of the bourbon sweetened flavors with the citrus is very unique, and pretty mellowed out. I'd imagine fresh that this was a little bit more intense and eccentric in nature.

Wow! Definitely a different experience here as far as bourbon barrel aged beers go. You wouldn't think in a million years that aging a DIPA in barrels, let alone bourbon, would work so well, but it's really the malty profile of the beer that saves this from being a train wreck. At first there's the immediate rush of orange lemon peel from the hop oils, followed by pine and some light earthiness. Then, the bourbon immediately comes in, delivering notes of vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, and almonds. Combined with the toffee profile from the malts, as well as the zesty hops, there's a tobacco-like finish that compliments all of the key ingredients and keeps it from falling apart. While it doesn't taste boozy, this really is a sipper. Very rich and sweet at the finish, with a creamy, chewy mouth feel. I took my time with this, but it was very rewarding in the long run. Whoever decides to tackle one of these by themselves is an absurd person indeed, however.

This doesn't look like a concept that would work, but Founders really shows that they know what they're doing here when it comes to selecting the ingredients for their beers that go into their barrel program. The pungent zest from the hop resins is pretty faded at this point, but the accentuated syrupy feel from the malts allows the bourbon notes to shine and the citrus to add a flavorful touch to the recipe. This is like a more hedonistic version of Burton Baton, nevertheless. Still really good stuff, and ready to drink now. I'd gladly split another. Thanks again to Founders for showing how to properly play around with bourbon!

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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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