Doom | Founders Brewing Company

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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 Sammy
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice DIPA and a marvellous cask, enjoyed with Dave, an owner of Founders, at the brewery. Wonderful bourbon smell, this was top notch ingredients used, smooth bitterness that was well integrated with the secondary whisky notes. A Smooth drinker, and good mouthfeel for a cask.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not much head on a clear golden with burnt orange hues body. Not much lacing. Aroma is mild and simple with oak, earthy and slightly herbal hops and mild caramel malts with some candied orange. A lot of whiskey and oak sweetness throughout with a still noticeable caramel malt base. It's interesting how this one remains fairly bourbony without being too boozy but still has a booze sharpness and burn. The hops are mostly earthy with some tart citrus. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. The carbonation seems a little strong. Nice balance between the barrel aging and hops.

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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Revisited 6-27-17. Bottle date 4-28-17.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, floral, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid caramel and bourbon presence in the aroma and flavor.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a slightly cloudy golden color with a pretty nice white head on top. The retention is thin but holds up pretty well. The lacing is spotted. The smell of the beer is sweet and hoppy, it's got that common barrel aged aroma that Founders seems to always bring to the table. The taste is sweet with malt, honey and bourbon. There is a slightly sharp bitterness in there balancing everything out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth and boozy. Overall it's a pretty good brew, I was interested in trying it and I'm glad I did. The balance is really interesting here. Starts almost like a barrel aged barely wine then finishes with the resin-like aftertaste of the IIPA. Worth trying if the price is right.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose - pineapple seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has lots of tropical fruit flavors along with a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink considering its strength but is a pleasant one to sip due to its interesting tropical fruit flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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

And let the point, counter-point begin! Do you prefer IPAs fresh and unadulturated? Do you like barrel aging? Or better yet- bourbon barrel aging? Does that age take away from the hops or round them out? How does that balance play out? ...Doom takes you through all that range of preferences, all the while seducing you against your will.

Like syrupy caramel, the ale pours golden honey-amber and carries the standard hoppy haze. Releasing a creamy textured, ivory colored head, the tight knit sheet pulls apart to form a necklace around the glass before retaining the session. Light on lace, the alcohol-laden ale prefers cognac-like appearances... deservingly so.

Bold boubony aromas are reinforced by caramel and toffee before being wrapped by citrus and pine hop scents. Candied in its character, the ale brings in fragrant oak, vanilla, almond, marshmallow, and coconut. The balance of grapefruit and pine ismore than just supportive- those hop notes command the stage as well.

But then there's the taste. The rich caramel, bourbon, and vanilla flavors layer on the tongue heavy and in saturating fashion. Candied almonds, coconut, and sweet cream only reaffirm the beer's malty-rich upstart. But the late middle palate allows for a rise of citrus peels and piths to pierce the malt and balance the beer with ease. A late charge of strong oak, bourbon tannin and cherry-like alcohol keep the complex alcohol taste coming.

Though an IPA, the ale carries the body of an American Barleywine because of its supreme sweet and savory underpinnings- yet with its dryish charm from alcohol, hop resins, and toasted hop and oak underpinnings. Though strongly warm, the beer lingers with a marshmallowy creaminess and grassy hop bite that keeps the beer balanced even in the deepest of aftertastes.

Because the bourbon barrels have rubbed off the fresh and sharp edges of hops and then supplanted them with bourbon booziness, the beer sides heavily with American-style Barleywines. I don't see it as any type of IPA, but as an American strong barley-focused, boubon barrel layered, and hop infused ale of ultimate complexity. And I celebrate it very well in this arena.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in March 2013. Pours fairly hazy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, light honey, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, bourbon barrel, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light honey, light pine, and floral/oak earthiness. Good amount of pine/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light honey, light pine, and floral/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops, bourbon barrel, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged DIPA with age. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops, bourbon barrel, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 Boone757
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright amber/orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of strong bourbon notes with some wood and some bitter hoppy notes. Taste is a mix between some light citrus hoppy notes with strong bourbon and vanilla notes with dominant oak notes. Body is average with oily texture and good carbonation with light warming alcohol. I am usually not a big fan of barrel-aged IIPA but this was quite drinkable.

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