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 JasonR1975
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of LakerLeith
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Chugs13
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of jshusc
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First, this beer is good. I am not sure it is what it was intended or expected but it is delicious.

Poured a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Typical IPA in appearance. Light copper color, 1/2 inch head, a bit hazy.

S: bourbon notes are forward, at least at this point in time. No citrus at all. Caramel malt a bit

T: the beer has actually flip flopped. It is bourbon on the front end now, the hops have mellowed but balance the heavy malt that follows the bourbon. Really turns into a delicious brew.

M: light carbonation, heavy weight beer .

Overall, I know this beer gets beaten up by some, but I'm a big fan. If you have and don't want, let me know.

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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 Chico1985
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprise find on-tap at Moan and Dove.

Served in a small mug. Color is darkish orange with a small white head. A bit of lace and a thick ring left by the end, pretty good for the ABV/barrel treatment.

Lots of bourbon and oak in the scent, comes off as boozy but balanced - good amount of caramel, vanilla, and though they're on the low end, good amount of piny and grapefruit hops present.

Taste brings it into full scope. Though still pretty bourbon-y, its less harsh than the scent and surprisingly balanced with hops. Caramel, vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, and a little bit of honey come to mind, hops come through as mostly resin and grapefruit, with perhaps some citrus too. Good mix of bourbon, sweet, and hoppy. The bourbon barrel treatment reminds me of Backwoods Bastard a bit.

Very solid mouthfeel. Quite swishable and full with pleasant foamy carbonation. There is some booze, but for 10% this drinks on the easier side.

This one surprised me, I was expecting a harsh mess but it comes off as quite balanced and unique. Great bourbon and sweet malt flavors, hops are not in the forefront as expected but definitely make their presence known. Wind up getting a bottle the next day, not sure whether to drink it soon or age it...

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Photo of Evan
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Amalak
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had out of a 250 ml bottle.

A. It is perfectly opaque and thick...syrupy. It has a caramel color with a big, thick foamy white head that leaves a lot of lacing behind.

S. It has a beautiful butterscotch scent. LOVELY.

T/M. Like the scent, it has a thick butterscotch taste. It is smooth and thick with a nice hoppy bite underneath. Medium-to-full bodied.

O. The flavor of butterscotch is so good. It is not over the top; it is perfectly balanced and wonderfully tame; not overpowering. Smooth and quite refreshing.

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Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jegross2
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of vande
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Eaglefan344
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DonFrap
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of bigfnjoe
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/27/17. Opened on 6/18/17 12 oz. Bottle

A hazy, electric apricot color with a thick, cream colored head. Holds tight. Good lace.

The aroma is very complex and interesting, with a big boozy tingle, vodka, cask barrel vanillaband oak like aroma. Old furniture and tropical, zesty, peppery hops. Pineapple, pepper and a hint of citrus to the hop aroma as well.

The flavor starts off with a boozy heat, vodka and bourbon from the cask barrel aging which also brings in the classic vanilla sweetness with hints of oak. The hops are bold byt slightly muted from the barage of malty cask flavors. Grapefruit and pineapple pops out most from the hops, a bit tropical with hits of pepper and zesty spice thst seems hot with the big 12.4 % booze.

The mouthfeel is sharp, peppery and boozy hot to start, becomes medium with a juicy feel and then dry and sharp again with a boozy tingle. Complex, slightly harsh but also a true sipper.

This one is a beast. Proceed with caution.

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Photo of mpayne5
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of stephens101
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep red with a fine, slim tan froth.

Fruit juice and florals aroma-wise.

Caramel, graprefruit, oak, gum and vanilla versus herbal, floral hops on the palate makes for a near sublime combo.

Heavy side of medium in body with enough alcohol bite to keep you on your toes.


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

Photo of SebD
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours crystal clear apricot with a pool of thin white head.

S-Lots of hops with some good oakiness. Kinda like Double Trouble with oak.

T-Which is what it tastes like. Really hoppy, with strong citrus notes. Some vanilla notes follow, with a very boozy warm finish.

M-Medium bodied and a bit oily.

T-Pretty boozy but very nice for a glass. Not my favorite Founders beer but a good one.


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Photo of pmarlowe
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of ralerwen
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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