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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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 egrace84
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Duff27
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Half inch tall white fluffy head. Dark golden body. Big bubbled collar.

Sweet mangoes. Rich danky hop notes on the nose. Oak.

"Pineapple caramel". Dank hops. BA kick at the end of each sip, vanilla and oak. I wouldn't guess the ABV as high as 10.4%

Slick thick mouthfeel. Medium-low carbonation level for the style.

I don't's good, not great. The barrel notes don't meld very well with the DIPA base. Perhaps worth a try but I wouldn't go out of my way now that I know what's up.

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Photo of Dannynoonan123
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of prender1482
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Brad007
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a marvelous golden color with a white head and plenty of lacing left behind it. Love the name!

A big 'ol shot of bourbon on the nose. Whooo boy, that sure is a heck lotta bourbon! Where's the hops?

Now we're talking. Lots of pine tar upfront. Bourbon is there but it takes a backseat as it should.

Gooey, sticky pine tar, infused with bourbon, coats the mouth. An interesting contrast. Surprisingly absent is a strong dose of alcohol heat.

As good as a bourbon-infused DIPA is going to get. I won't buy into the hype but I will say that this is pretty damn balanced. SIP IT!

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orangey brown color with over an inch of thick white head. Lots of lacing. Wow, unique aroma. Butterscotch, sweet juicy citrus, vanilla, and booze. The taste is booze and butterscotch up front. Almost like that classy liqueur, Buttershots, but better. Oak, citrus hops and vanilla as well. Boozey, buttery, oaky finish. Bitter orange peel at the end. Heavy, creamy mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Quite a unique tasting Imperial. Overall, damn good and worth seeking out.

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Photo of justforrazors
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of stevec32
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of DJButters
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of visualmartyr
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JamesGWittel
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 estlinska
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap at Hop City Birmingham on 5/4/13. This beer poured a sort of hazy yellow to almost yellow color. There was a good 2cm of head that stuck around longer than I would have expected given the ABV and it left fairly decent lacing. The haze however, was very present and failed to clear as the beer warmed a bit. The nose was a little less impressive than such a beer would promise. There was some floral and spicy hops on the nose and some smoky bourbon to the nose, but they seemed to mostly cancel one another out. There is definitely some alcohol bursting out of the beer as well. The flavor can be summed up in one word: smooth. The bourbon, I think, rounds out the double IPA flavors to a smoky and hoppy combo. The bitterness is there, but is, for the lack of a better word, smoothed out. Bourbon flavor is there and actually plays fairly nice with the hops in this beer. There is a little toffee and/or butterscotch (diacetyl) that creates a nice flavor to the beer. The mouthfeel was very big and very alcohol. The big flavors of DIPA and bourbon did nothing to mask that omnipresent burn. I had this beer with my buddy who is a fan of all things bourbon or barrel aged and he loved it, but I can't say that I'm buying into the bourbon/barrel aged crazed. This was a good beer and I would drink it again slash recommend to others, but just not my cup of tea I guess.

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Photo of Cyclone8
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Listers
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SadMachine
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 5/5/13.

A- Pours a clear golden/straw color with a healthy white head that retains well and leaves good lacing.

S- The aroma is very vanilla forward, followed by sweet malt, caramel, and a bit of floral and piney hop character. As it warms the aroma becomes super oaky!

T- The flavor starts really malty and sweet, with vanilla and caramel taking center stage, and floral/grassy hops and moderate alcohol following right behind. A splash of citrus hits the middle of the palate when it warms, along with a lot of oak. The finish makes me think I'm sipping a fine bourbon.

M- The body is quite full for a DIPA, and it's silky smooth.

O- This is simply delicious, and I wish this wasn't a one-off! People who say IPAs can't/shouldn't be barrel aged either haven't had a beer like this or are smoking something! The amount of vanilla/oak aroma and flavor and the perfect bourbon finish beats most BBA stouts.

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Photo of 1424IpA
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of gumballhead1
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of DIPAFAN
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of golfntiger
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was wondering about the barrel aging on this being a dipa. The smell was very nice got a good bit of the barrel aging lots of vanilla and some hops/fruit trying to break through. It poured very nice with pillowy white head. The color was a little more pale than I expected. I was so excited to get this beer, mainly because I missed on KBS. The taste was mainly one note of sweet vanilla up front and then it just kind of fell flat. I was hoping it would change once it got warm but didnt get much other than the vanilla and bourbon. It is a better than average beer but at the $15 bucks for a bottle it seems a bit disappointing. I sometimes think that these "special" one off beers get higher than usual ratings due to their rarity, which is a shame. If you are looking for a different tasting beer try it. The beer is not awful, however it was not one that I would drive all over town to find.

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Photo of TypsiYpsi
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of BeastLU
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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