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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: 2,155 |  Reviews: 472
Photo of thecheapies
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy blonde color. Hardly any head.

Smells of floral/citrus hops, bourbon, alcohol, sweet crackery malts. Tangerine and whiskey.

Tastes strongly of corn whiskey with notes of tangerine, caramel, apricot, and corn mash. Intense and boozy. A big one.

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4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into snifter

A-Light copper color, frothy, bubly 3/4 inch head, good retention, moderate lacing, head reappears with moderate swirl

S-vanilla, woody bourbon, citrus hops, grapefruit, mango, caramel, toffee

T-woody, boozy, with slight vanilla upfront; some sweetness from the malts andbarrel; hops are a bit in the background with a bit of a bitter finish, taste not as sweet as the nose,

M-low to mild carbonation, a bit oily, slick

O-the barrel aging is at the forefront of this beer as the hops take a back seat. Alcohol is present at first it doesn't seem to linger or burn as it goes down the throat. Alcohol mellows as beer warms and gives way to stronger notes of the barrel aging especially the vanilla / bourbon neither the hops or the barrel aging dominates the beer as both are present with each taste and in the nose. All aspects of the beer come through: the sweetness of the malts / bourbon, the dryness of the wood, the alcohol, and the bitterness of the hops but none significantly over powers the other.

Enjoyable sipper good represenatation of the style. would prefer a 12 oz. serving rather than being committed to the entire bomber.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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

Radiant golden color with effervescent carbonation. Brilliant clarity. Very intense aroma of bourbon just nearly destroys the hop aroma. Just a whiff of oranges. The mouthfeel is weighty and substantial. Very intense bourbon flavoring with a blend of light grape fruity hops. A bit of alcoholic aftertaste reminds you that this is not to be taken trivially.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of rodlavers
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Finally a draft version. Local Option offering, into a snifter.

Confirms suspicions; but looks great, clear orange/amber-yellow, crist and creamy in appearance.

Sweet but light bourbon, light citrus hops, and an overall dryness to aroma.

Taste is unique. Vanilla/oaky bourbon, but nearly subdued citrus, which I thought played a role, here.

Feels smooth but slightly grainy...paradoxical...creamy but see myself having only 10oz., tops. Glad untried it for a 4th/5th timeX but ultimately not spectacular. Probably worth a try, cheers.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.65/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Brenden
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Doom starts off with a hazy look that clears up and leaves a deep, bright medium gold-colored brew. It brings up a soapy white head to rest at almost two fingers tall, which subsides to a heavy, creamy half finger. It never subsides beyond that, leaving a heavy sheet of lacing from the top to the bottom of the glass.
I figured this beer would be a unique and interesting experience, and one smell tells me I was right. It's uniquely sweet, though certainly still hoppy. The nose brings out something like candied citrus and powdered sugar alongside rind and zest with a floral note to the bitterness as well. Bourbon is easily identifiable without being too hot or being so focal a component as to overwhelm the hops or diminish the complexity. Some oak comes out underneath, particularly at the end of each sniff.
Candied orange and grapefruit mingle with the sweet notes of vanilla, toffee and caramel with balance from dry woods and more bitter citrus rind and pith coming through in the middle. This beer could go wrong in so many ways; cloyingly sweet, too boozy/hot, too dry, etc., and masterfully avoids all of those. It's also deceptively drinkable. Yes, I feel the alcohol and it's easy to taste, but it's obviously a nicely bitter DIPA against all that. A little woody dryness and leafy bitterness lingers in the finish.
The body holds up and is big enough to keep it together without quite being full. It's got crispness up front and through the middle and an easy smoothness. The body does seem to lighten and thin ever so slightly at the end of the sip.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,155 ratings
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