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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tectactoe
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

The (long-awaited) Doom, finally being bottled (previously known as "Hand of Doom" and only available at the Founders brewpub in Grand Rapids). I was a little less than thrilled to learn about this beer, simply because I'm not a huge fan of the flavor meshing between barrels and IPAs, but I'll never shun anything before trying it at least once. Plus, Double Trouble is amazing, so I owe it to myself to see how this one turned out. Picked up a bottle at my local shop, but thanks to Chris for offering to split his with me.

Doom pours a vibrant amber color with very, very nice clarity. It's capped with a thick and foamy white head - fine bubbled, vibrant, and bright. Retention is very nice and it leaves lots of webbed lacing on its decent down the glass. From the appearance, Doom actually reminds me a bit of Pliny the Elder. A very clean looking (albeit barrel-aged) double IPA. The clarity in this one is truly a remarkable thing.

I can't think of any better way to describe the aroma than to just say it's like stuffing your face directly into a pineapple. Super tropical aroma with a light bit of sugary sweetness. Surprisingly enough, I am picking up almost no bourbon at at all in the aroma. Hell, if it weren't for the very faint vanilla and wet oak hints, I would have no idea that this thing was barrel-aged. I know it only sat in barrels for four months, but I'm seriously picking up zero bourbon on the nose. Nevertheless, the tropical essence is still fantastic.

Holy shit, I don't get it... The nose contains almost no bourbon, but the first sip is loaded with it. Bourbon raids the tongue immediately - it's not really "hot" and doesn't come with a "burn", but the bourbon flavor is rampant on the palate right out of the gate. Needless to say, the fruitiness from the nose is much lower; the taste buds are also picking up some light oak, vanilla, and very faint pineapple. I can honestly say this is unlike any other beer I've ever had.

The hops are pretty much buried beneath all of this other stuff, but they do have a small, leafy and bitter presence at times. Some oaky warmth in the aftertaste with more bourbon flavors. As Doom warms up, the pineapple, tangerine, and mango notes actually get a bit stronger and it tastes a little better in my opinion, but I'm still not really digging the heavy booze flavors meshing with my Double Trouble. Medium-thick bodied, pretty slick on the palate and a little sticky at times; good carbonation for an IPA.

Well, this was weird. The smell was fantastic, it really was. I was more than let-down by the taste, however, as it tasted almost nothing like the smell. The bourbon flavors were coming through a bit too much and shadowing the beautiful tropical fruit notes. I know the bourbon was "supposed" to be heavy seeing as how this is a bourbon barrel-aged beer, but I don't know if I'm on board with this craze just yet. I think I'll stick to Double Trouble.

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3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a one finger thick light tan and creamy head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. the body was a bright orange-amber color.
s - bourbon and vanilla with some citrusy hops fighting their way through.
t - piney hops with some sweet fruit notes too. the bourbon flavor comes through way too much in this beer. as it warms it begins to smooth out but the barrel and bourbon flavor or too over the top in this style.
m - medium and slick.
o - i had high hopes for this beer and while it is still good it fell a little short of my expectations.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter

A bright orange body with a one finger off-white cap. The head fell quickly and left some dots of lace inside the glass. Some stray bubbles find their way to the surface.

The nose is of candied grapefruit, whiskey, vanilla, pine, and oak. Barrel influence is strong. The double trouble hop nose has faded quite a bit, but the barrel presence helps to keep this from being too sweet.

On the palate, vanilla and candied grapefruit hit first with the barrel through the middle. Oak and whiskey with some booze lead into a finish of pine resin, sweet bready malt, vanilla, oak, and booze.

Medium body, a bit syrupy. Carbonation was on point for a barrel aged DIPA.

A very nice take on a tough style to pull off. This didn't blow me away, but it was very enjoyable. Well made.

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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 2-finger bubbly, rocky, white head. Really nice retention and some great lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – I’m getting a nice mix of vanilla-tinged bourbon and grapefruit and tropical fruit hop aromas. There may be some bready and caramel malt aromas here, too, but the bourbon and hops take the forefront. The alcohol is not nearly as prevalent as I thought it would be, and I am completely alright with that.

T – It starts off sweet with bready and caramel malt and vanilla. Earthiness and woodiness from the bourbon barrels comes in next, followed by grapefruit, mango, pine, and possibly floral hop bitterness. This is much more pleasant than I expected from a barrel-aged IPA, and the flavors seem to come together nicely.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a chewy, sticky, and mouth-coating feel, and a bittersweet, dry finish. Hoppy bitterness and vanilla sweetness both linger for a bit. There’s also a nice, smooth throat-warming sensation from the alcohol. I think a beer of this ABV and flavor complexity could use some more body, but the mouthfeel otherwise is nice.

O – This is a very interesting and pretty tasty beer. I really did not expect a bourbon barrel-aged DIPA to be any good, even if it was from Founders. As a matter of fact, the bourbon seemed to mesh well with the malt backbone and the bitter hops of the base beer, and the age did not seem to blunt the hops one bit. It didn’t quite blow me away as a DIPA, but it is definitely a cool idea.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of MadScientist
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A medium amber with good clarity. The persistent head is off-white and mostly creamy.

S: This smells great almost Christmasy with a strong pine-like hops aroma while the oak is bringing cinnamon, oak and some vanilla to the nose. The hops bring plenty of citrus too just their first impression if more of pine. There is a moderate malt sweetness and a floral alcohol notes.

T: Complex hops, malt and oak dominate with an aggressive hops bitterness, a moderately-strong citrus, pine and herbaceous hops flavor and the oak again bringing a medium cinnamon and oak with some vanilla. There is a decent amount of malt backing up the hops and bringing a moderately-low caramel malt flavor with some sweetness. The balance is fairly bitter and the finish is off-dry. The aftertaste is of citrus hops, hops bitterness and cinnamon. The bitterness has a slightly harsh edge but it's not bugging me.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation and a some alcohol warmth.

O: A big flavorful bitter beer with a great blend of competing elements that resolves nicely.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Gww1864
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light honey hue with a very thick and creamy two finger off white head that left very nice thick side lacing and a super dense blanket. Wish there was a bit of haze to it.

S - Sweeter malt/hops. Semi older hops. Lightly buttery oak/vanilla/caramel/bourbon. Its actually pretty pleasant at first, but a good swirl makes the booze just explode from this. Almost nostril singeing.

T - Taste is fairly solid. Hops are not really resinous or citrus, more earthy, though there is a nice light bitter finish. Sweeter, big malts, caramels, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Booze is much more subdued than on the nose. Its quite pleasant tasting and the bourbon creates a more gentle DIPA.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, slightly creamy. Alcohol is very well hidden on the pallet.

O - Overall, a tasty beer. I've had a few barrel aged (D)IPA's before and I think Hardywood's is better executed. Still, tasty.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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

750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance - Golden to copper in color, aggressive pour produces a 1 inch head that dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing, certainly looks good.

Smell - Very intriguing to me. This was the aspect I was most concerned with when it came to Doom. I thought the barrel would dominate, and perhaps it has. I get mostly tropical fruits though. Pineapple in particular was the most noticeable aroma for me. Other notes are there, caramel, toffee though neither to the point of burnt sugar. More subtle for me would be the citrus notes and the clearly barrel notes, candied lemon and vanilla.

Taste - Mimics the nose for me, though more coconut than pineapple. More vanilla on the palate than on the nose. More candied fruits as well, the lemon note is still there, but more apricot than anything else for me in that department. Lots of resiny hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - This has some heft about it. It is well carbed but sits heavy on and coats the tounge. That said it lets up fairly quickly, it doesn't sit there like an oil slick. It is slightly warm if you hold it for a second, but nothing unexpected for the style or the barrel aging.

Overall - I am really impressed by this beer. I presumed the barrel would dominate everything an IPA would bring to the table and wouldn't compliment anything it brought to the table. I was wrong, the tropical notes of the hops and barrel do very well together as does the stong malt backbone and caramelized sugar notes. Solid effort.

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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

Pours a slightly hazy dark straw color with a decent white head that is fed by a constant stream of carbonation bubbles. Aroma's of juicy fruits, lemon and citrus with a solid bready caramel to back it up. Very subtle woody aroma takes some concentration to find underneath some pine resin and citrus. The flavor holds a lot more wood than I could find in the aroma. Sweet caramel malt gives way to sweet bourbon and vanilla up front. A bit of bourbon and alcohol usher in a bitter resinous hop bite about midway through. Long lingering alcohol, oak tannin, and resinous hop bitterness after each sip. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet burning alcohol mouthfeel. Nice IPA mash-up. The Barrel aging adds lots of complexity, but also a bit of harsh alcohol at times. Not something I'd drink every day but I'm glad I got to try it.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: nice pale golden color with off-white 2 finger head with decent lacing

s: bourbon, bread, caramelized sugars and a hint of vanilla

t: bourbon and smooth oak up front followed by creamy malt with a little vanilla. finish is resinous, slightly bitter and a little dry.

m: lightly carbonated, creamy with a middlin thickness

o: more bourbon than I thought but not overbearing, decent barrel character. not much of the double trouble base left after barrel aging. worth a try just don't know if it qualifies as a dipa, seemed to have more of a old ale/barleywine feel.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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