Founders Doom | Founders Brewing Company

Founders DoomFounders Doom
2,140 Ratings
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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed as part of a Founders event at Bier Station in Kansas City. I just missed the cases of Doom that came to this market, so I was ecstatic to hear that they'd be doing pours from the bottle.

Appearance - A hazy orange-yellow with a half finger of cream-colored foam that dissipates quickly, leaving a film of spotty lacing on top of the body. Holding it up to the light reveals tones of apricot and peach flesh in a murky, unfiltered liquid.

Smell - I had a pour of this right next to the Double Trouble base beer, and the stark difference in aroma is fascinating. Hops are present, but comparatively, it seems almost nonexistent, instead being replaced by musty oak and hints of vanilla.

Taste - As with the smell, the difference between this and the base beer is almost comical. Like a case study in how barrel aging can change a beer. Hop bitterness and acidity mostly missing . Bourbon characteristics and esters with boozy notes of caramel and bitterness from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - On the high side of medium bodied, with low carbonation yielding a creamy, luscious nature to the feel.

Overall a nice effort, but there are half a dozen Founders beers I'd choose to have again before this one. I will say that I haven't had many barrel-aged DIPAs or IPAs, or even barrel-aged beers that are light in hue, for that matter. Perhaps some roasty malts would have gone a long way to balance out the booze and sweetness.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Small head. Thin collar.

Smell - Musty pine hop. Caramel malt. Faint barrel.

Taste - Pine hops. Caramel. Bourbon comes through here. Vanilla and oak. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Bitter. Not smoothed out by the barrel. Retains its IPA character.

Overall - Had this next to Naughty Temple and the barrel is nowhere near as good.

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

Huge thanks to Greg for splitting this fine brew.

Large format bottle into a pint glass.

A- Rich, golden amber body. Abundant head with great retention. Awesome stick. Moderate carbonation.

S- complex. Lots of resinous hops at first. Leafy and tobacco-like. Brown sugar and leather. Vanilla really opens up with warmth. Definite barrel character.

T- as complex as the aroma. Straddles the barleywine/double IPA line quite nicely. Sweet malts are something of brown sugar and quality caramel. Tobacco-like hopping. As with aroma, vanilla notes strengthen with warmth.

M- Rich and full bodied. ABV well hidden throughout. Moderate, though delicate, carbonation keeps up with higher viscosity. A nice sipper.

O- This is a special beer. While barrel aged, it kept a "fresh" quality. Something to settle in and enjoy. I'd lay down the cash for another to return the favor to a good friend who decided to share this one.

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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,140 ratings
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