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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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Pretty color, great aroma bright citrus hops lots of vanilla. And that's how it tastes, nice balance between the vanilla and citrus, with notes of bourbon barrel. Smooth, thick, soft and creamy I really like how this finishes. Kinda reminds me of Samichlaus, fruits dipped in alcohol and overall very satisfying. Got this for an incredible $12.49 at Flair Beverage Inwood Manhattan NYC 205th street that was an adventure, almost as far north as you can go on the island. And the uptown girls looked as delicious as the beer.

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of minterro
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought from founders for around 14 dollars

Not as intense as I expected both in hops and alcohol tones.

between straw yellow and burnt orange in colored. Head is retained well at times, but other pours (with equal vigor) there was less retention. Head is pure white.

bourbon comes out more (but not very intense) as it warms. alcohol come out much more at room temp (way more then the bourbon)

Very sweet in the smell and taste.

huge malty backbone, Grapefruit hoppyness in the taste. hints of golden raisins.

Overall: enjoyable, but nothing as special as I thought it would be.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White head. Color is a slight hazed golden orange.

Flavor profile is a nice coconut flavor up front. Really delicious. A lot of tropical fruits. Grapefruit citrus and pineapple. It has a wood/oak and maple flavor. A bit of bready and caramel malts show, but it is mainly tropical and citrus flavors. The hop profile is floral.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean at first, but it ends sticky. Medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It still had a bright citrusy flavor and it wasn't all malts. The barrel flavors were really nice. The coconut was awesome!

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4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber with a one finger head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pineapple, vanilla, coconut, maple syrup, and light bourbon.

The taste is sweeter than the aroma suggested. The bourbon is stronger in the taste than the smell, but is not too strong. It seems to be just right. In addition to bourbon, the taste also has grapefruit, pineapple, vanilla, coconut, maple syrup, and oak. The flavors come together very nicely. This is a definite sipper.

Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol is not as noticeable as I thought it might be for a 10.40 % abv beer. Very well made. I recommend this highly, if you have access to it.

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3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Sharing this one with my family - cool bottle!

Glass: Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: A beautiful hazy orange color. Slight carbonation rising from the bottom. Very little head produced from a gentle pour.

Smell: Deep sniffs produce mostly bourbon. A very sweet bourbon with little alcohol or boozy character on the nose. Not really my style, I hope that the flavors of an IPA come through a little more in the taste.

Taste: Hmmm, kind of good! Lots of vanilla comes through from the bourbon, yet it still remains quite mild! A little bitterness from the hops, but overall this one seems relatively tasteless to me in the hop department. Most of the hop flavor falls into the "piney" department for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation, oily, with a dry finish.

Overall: I definitely feel let down compared to my anticipation for this beer. The bourbon qualities are beautiful, and not too strong. However, there needs to be much more tropical fruit / citrus qualities for me to personally like this one. If I got those flavors combined with the vanilla from the bourbon I would have been very happy, but overall the hop character is just too weak for me. Not a drain pour, but not great.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

And let the point, counter-point begin! Do you prefer IPAs fresh and unadulturated? Do you like barrel aging? Or better yet- bourbon barrel aging? Does that age take away from the hops or round them out? How does that balance play out? ...Doom takes you through all that range of preferences, all the while seducing you against your will.

Like syrupy caramel, the ale pours golden honey-amber and carries the standard hoppy haze. Releasing a creamy textured, ivory colored head, the tight knit sheet pulls apart to form a necklace around the glass before retaining the session. Light on lace, the alcohol-laden ale prefers cognac-like appearances... deservingly so.

Bold boubony aromas are reinforced by caramel and toffee before being wrapped by citrus and pine hop scents. Candied in its character, the ale brings in fragrant oak, vanilla, almond, marshmallow, and coconut. The balance of grapefruit and pine ismore than just supportive- those hop notes command the stage as well.

But then there's the taste. The rich caramel, bourbon, and vanilla flavors layer on the tongue heavy and in saturating fashion. Candied almonds, coconut, and sweet cream only reaffirm the beer's malty-rich upstart. But the late middle palate allows for a rise of citrus peels and piths to pierce the malt and balance the beer with ease. A late charge of strong oak, bourbon tannin and cherry-like alcohol keep the complex alcohol taste coming.

Though an IPA, the ale carries the body of an American Barleywine because of its supreme sweet and savory underpinnings- yet with its dryish charm from alcohol, hop resins, and toasted hop and oak underpinnings. Though strongly warm, the beer lingers with a marshmallowy creaminess and grassy hop bite that keeps the beer balanced even in the deepest of aftertastes.

Because the bourbon barrels have rubbed off the fresh and sharp edges of hops and then supplanted them with bourbon booziness, the beer sides heavily with American-style Barleywines. I don't see it as any type of IPA, but as an American strong barley-focused, boubon barrel layered, and hop infused ale of ultimate complexity. And I celebrate it very well in this arena.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 2,014 ratings.
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