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: 2,191 |  Reviews: 483
Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes.

A- Clear as day pour into a goblet with a light amber hue. Foamy white head builds up to about a finger in height and retains decently. Spotty lacing.

S- A ton of vanilla feel from mellowed out Bourbon barrels. These barrels remind me of the ones used in 2011 Backwoods Bastard. Not a ton of actual whiskey feel but good oak. Nice citrus and tropical hops in the background.

T- The vanilla feel from the Bourbon is unreal and almost dessert like, very nice. I recognize these barrels from certain batches of other Founder's brews but they work quite nicely with this beer. IPA flavors build with time and a good citrus juice, pine and floral feel comes into play. Slight caramel backdrop.

MF- Creamy overall feel with a moderately thick body. Carbonation on the lower end but it works out fine here. Slight alcohol warming.

Really awesome barrel feel with big vanilla and smooth oak notes. IPA feel substantial enough to add complexity and give this one a unique feel.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

L - clear copper color with a white head that thinned to a ring.

S - the bourbon barrel is the first to hit with some faint citrus in the distance.

T - once again the bourbon barrel shows up first before citrus rind bitterness takes you to the drying finish.

F - medium bodied it's smooth and easy to drink.

O - very good all around.

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Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose - pineapple seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has lots of tropical fruit flavors along with a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink considering its strength but is a pleasant one to sip due to its interesting tropical fruit flavors.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours lightly hazy honey colored with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some peach + apricot highlights, The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical fruit/pineapple/mango hops with lighter aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops, oak barrel, and just a touch of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate amounts of malts with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Moderate to strong flavors of tropical/pineapple/mango hops and citrus/grapefruit hops along with some moderate flavors of oak barrels, bourbon, and vanilla. Light amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I really like the combination of bourbon barrels and DIPA tropical hop flavors - a really nice complexity to the flavors and aromas. Very enjoyable and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Falling off the wagon with Doom is a delight. It spills out in a gorgeous honey coloured pour and has a decent dusty white head a pinky tall. The glass is laced with jagged remnants looking like snow covered mountain peaks.

The nose is full of bourbon immediately after the vessel is filled. The ale qualities bring up the rear where caramel notes, which seem to be the most abundant, are beautifully drizzled over the pine sap qualities of the hop additions.

The taste is wrapped in bourbon. Belches of bourbon heat and hoppy green ale are lovely. Caramel notes flourish within the swarming bouquet of sappy pine flavour. Describing this thing of beauty is quite difficult. This is one of the best things to come down the pipes around this reviewer's hideout in quite some time.

The mouthfeel has a syrupy thickness that carries the flavours well without becoming too heavy.

Overall, I am quite overjoyed with this one. I stopped at the right place at the right time and got a brew that has grabbed me by my neck and pulled me back to the ales I love. Another masterpiece from my favorite brewers on the planet. God, thanks for the luck I have. Thanks Top Shelf for letting me take this one home with me.

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Photo of Pando
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Billpare
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MattAnderson99
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Westuh
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of comfortablynirm
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of haazer
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy golden brew, with little to no head in my 5 oz glass.

S - A lot of bourbon and vanilla notes. Subdued grapefruit and mango from IPA.

T - Smooth bourbon flavor. Vanilla follows suit, and the mango and grapefruit flavor are underneath the barrel. The hoppy bitter bite is gone for sure, but the flavor remains. The oaky dryness rounds out the flavor.

M - Light to medium bodied brew,with low carbonation.

O - Interesting to try an IPA barrel aged. The barrel preserves the flavor, but the hop bite leaves. It worked much better than I thought. As with all Founders brews the alcohol is non detectable. Not their best barrel beer by any means but still great.

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Photo of savagepm
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of MrNate
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of cgentzkow
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of notdriving
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of meatyard
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of touchmeimsac
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a yellow color with some head. Blocked lacing. Really deceiving - external characteristics hide well the strength.

S: Bourbon present and tough to find much behind there.

T: Again bourbon presence from front to pack with a pinch of bitter and sweet in the middle (one of few indications this is an IPA).

M: Medium to heavy and not sessionable.

O: Really good.

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Photo of LEdubs
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,191 ratings
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