Doom | Founders Brewing Company

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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  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of screamking
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours cloudy light straw, with a creamy one finger head which disappears quickly. Little bit of lacing hanging around. 3.75

Aroma-strong bourbon profile, vanilla, oak and butterscotch. Some coconut in there too. Grapefruit is hiding behind the bourbon. Some tropical fruits, pineapple and mango. 4

Taste-vanilla and butterscotch right away come to the forefront. Most of the citrus gets overwhelmed by the barrel. It's slightly hoppy in the finish, but this one seems to be all about the barrel. As it warms the bitterness is starting to come thru at the finish. 4.25

Feel-medium bodied, alcohol is noticeable from the get go. Mouthfeel doesn't last is long as I would like. 3.75

Overall-I'm totally glad I tried this. It's a little weird, but the flavors compliment each other well. I wish the citrus was a little stronger but that's to be expected. The barrel seems to conquer all but the some flavorful stouts. Even then, the barrel seems to be the most upfront flavor. If they ever bottle this again or I see it on tap I will get it again and enjoy. 4.25

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3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (much appreciate the hook-up!). Bottle date apparently rubbed off but it aint all that old. Served in a Founders snifter.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a finger and a half near white head. The head neither lingers nor laces.

The bourbon is fainter on the nose than expected. I get a little more piney and citrus hops mixed with the oaky bourbon and sugary sweetness.

Tastes is very interesting. At first it hits the typical IPA notes of pine, oranges and wet grass but almost immediately the bourbon heat rushes in. Bourbon, orange peel, resinous pine, butterscotch, vanilla-tinged oak, wet grass, leather, cracker, pepper and a pretty heavy handed bite of booze. It goes back and forth between the IPA notes and the bourbon, with a slightly different blend each sip. It drinks a tad hot.

Mildly slick medium body with fairly soft carbonation. Lingering dry bitter bourbon hop finish.

I wasn't sure what to think about this counter untuitive blend at first but I grew to like it more as I drank it and got my mind wrapped around it. A unique experience but I couldn't see myself coming back to it much if it were available. It's just a little too hot (despite the fact that I have no issues with the likes of Mephistopheles or 120 Minute) and although the IPA and bourbon are tasty, it seemed a bit disjointed to me.

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4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange color nice creamy white head. Poured this into my BHB tulip glass. Smell is sweet, toffee, orange, some bourbon not a lot of hops on the nose but that is too be expected given the barrel aging. Not overly boozy on the nose either. The taste is much like the smell low hops, little boozy but not bad... creamy mouthfeel, bourbon on the back of the tongue. Not really picking up and citrus notes. I like this goes down well. Kinda reminds me of backwoods bastard after it has been cellared. Really like this but at the price point don't know if I'd buy another.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of TheCuriograph
2.62/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle into a snifter. I'm inherently distrustful of infusing bourbon and wood into an IPA, even one as bold as Double Trouble. But if any brewer can do it gracefully, it's Founders.

A - Rich, hazy gold with a healthy foam head, about two fingers. Pours more like a Belgian Pale Ale than the Double Trouble base.

S - This is exciting. The toffee/smoke/caramel of the bourbon barrel stings the nose immediately, but the hop presence is not totally overpowered. The citric notes mix with the booze to create something like a peach cobbler nose. Really very well balanced.

T - Honestly, the balance of the bouquet is nowhere to be found in the taste. What you get is a massive bourbon character against a totally diminished Double IPA. It's sickly sweet and smokey, with the booziness smacking you squarely in the face.

M - Heavy, sticky, oily. Pleasant perhaps with a more robust brew, but in Doom its oppressive.

O - As I said, I'm distrustful - probably unfairly so - of any lighter ale getting aged against bourbon (though I loved the Jai Alai White Oak, where the wood complemented the hops perfectly). The smell of Doom promised this might be a genuinely well-balanced brew, but the taste was barely an improvement on swill like the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Real disappointment.


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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Hopswagger
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

P: Pours a hazy pale straw color with a massive milky head. Intricate lacing accumulates along the edges.

S: Sugary pound cake, butterscotch bourbon aroma, subtle whiffs of garlic bread. Complex hop aroma thst is hard to identify the type due to the sweet bourbon.

T/M: Sweet butterscotch bourbon, saltine crackers, herbal tea, toasted toffee, hints of pine resin, spices and a floral bouquet. Bitterness really overtakes the sweetness in the finish and leaves with a waxy feeling of just eaten carrots. Bourbon really shines once warm. Medium body with a moderate effervescence that really creates a great atmosphere for the palate.

O: Hands down the best Founders offering I have had. Bourbon is strong but the hops still shine through at the end. Great dryness and balance between bitter and sweet. Great beer that should be sought out.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 release, poured into an 8 oz tumbler. Review based on tastings in April and June.

When poured, it leaves wide bubbles that span the neck of the bottle. This happened when There's not much head, it's a bit syrupy and pours somewhat flat. There was an irridescence to some of the foam, rainbows like soap.

The smell is sweet vanilla bourbon and hop forward. Pineapple, citrus, bitter piney ganja, malt, warmth, alcohol. There is definitely some hop complexity that you gotta look for in between the whiskey bloom. At the back end I taste what reminds me of line dried laundry gone a tad sour, from a lighter Founders taproom pilsner that showcased a single strain.

Mouthfeel is great for this style. It's pretty flat, a bit viscous.

Overall, I look forward to another release of Doom. I love the hop selection they've used here, and the barrel aging adds a complementary element of flavor that other DIPAs lack.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of mwgroove23
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lots of vanilla, oak, & sweet malt with this one. Let it warm up a bit, and you get the hop back that makes you set your world on fire. This beer is great. The sweet bourbon helps balance out the hops amazingly. Hops are barely noticeable cold but the sweet malt & bourbon flow through. Great beer overall!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of beagle75
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of persistent white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Concentrated pine foliage marries well with the overt presence of oak. Toasted coconut seems to simultaneously take the place of grain and honest bourbon qualities. Alcohol vapors add weight to the presence.

T: Begins off-dry, with bright fruit-affected pale malt and well-matched acidity. Vanilla is featured during the middle, alongside the complimentary toasted oak that is hard to miss with any of the senses. The finish is mildly bitter, definitely spirituous, and occasionally infused with some apricot fruit.

M: Medium viscosity, balanced and slightly resinous and syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Like almost all of Founders pale ales, this beer is very well in-tune with its malt bill--but that is not to say that it is malt focused. Doom is very much focused on its barrel qualities, presenting a pale (yet strong) alternative to the usual roasted or heavily crystal malt-centric beers that benefit from the spirit-and-oak treatment. Unlike some barrel-aged IPAs from other brewers, it is not in possession of clear hops-derived flavors impareted from the usually obligatory post-barrel dry-hopping. Nevertheless it does not suffer for the lack of hops aromatics, instead standing alone and dignified in the presence of more rarified company.

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3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on May 31, 2013.

A: Light amber with some excellent head retention. But honestly besides that, not a whole lot else to say. Rather average looking beer.

S: To me this has some remarkable similarities to a Barley wine, both in smell and taste. Typical Barley wine smells of burnt sugar, butterscotch, caramel, with some citric fruits thrown in there as well. Nothing real special going on with the smell, but it is still quite inviting.

T: Follows the nose, first taste is of burnt sugar and butterscotch. As it sits, flavors of citrus fruits and vanilla come out as well. The taste of vanilla is actually quite strong in fact, and goes along with the other flavors quite well. There is also a bit of spice and peat, which I am assuming comes from the fact that the beer has been aged in bourbon barrels. The malty backbone in this brew gives way to the taste of freshly baked bread. Flavor tones of copper also seem to come out, bringing to mind something more akin to an amber ale. This is a very complex beer. On the swallow, there is a definite presence of alcohol, but it is not biting by any means, in fact it complements everything else quite well. Very good tasting brew.

M: It's very creamy, and the carbonation is in perfect harmony with the beer, adding to the effect of the spicy undertones that come to the fore as the tasting session goes on. Very, very bitter on the back end. This beer is not kind and I would strongly advise against following it with a beer of less intensity. Seriously, you will not be able to taste anything for at least a few hours. That being said the taste is pleasant, leaving a bitter back bone that brings out the grapefruit as well as the other citric fruits present within the brew (i.e. oranges and something akin to lemon rind). A very satisfying mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very good DIPA from Founder's and I would expect nothing less from them. However, it may not be quite up to the bar set by the other beers in the Founder's line. However, considering how incredible those beers tend to be, it is only a slight con. This is a very good DIPA, and if you are able to attain it, it is most definitely worth checking out for yourself. Seek it out and cheers my friends!

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is chill-hazed golden-honey in color with a 1-finger foamy white head that retains well. Leaves a good amount of lacing behind.

S: Interesting - citrusy hops and tropical fruity hops with vanilla and bourbon noted.

T: Follows the nose, pretty much. Big malt foundation of toffee and vanilla nougat is followed by bourbon, vanilla beans, some wood tannins and the hops, which, when you can find them hiding behind all that booze, seem to be of the tropical fruit variety. Heat from booze noted immediately, both on the palate and on the way down and into the belly. Booze is too much, to be honest, for this style. It detracts from the hops and makes this seem more like a boozy barleywine than a DIPA. As it warms, however, and your palate adjusts to the booze, more citrusy hop bitterness is detectable. It just takes awhile to get past all that booze.

M: Full bodied, somewhat slick in feel. Carbonation is fairly modest.

O: I don't love this one. It's OK; I just think the booziness overwhelms the characteristics that I like in a DIPA - i.e., the hoppiness. It's there, but you really have to focus to find it, since your palate is pretty much overwhelmed by the booze.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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