Founders Doom | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders DoomFounders Doom

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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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look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Kept refrigerated since purchased at release. 750ml capped bottle.

A slightly hard pour gives this a huge white head. Hazy golden body picks up some orange hue at the widest points of the glass. Lacing is good but not as good as other similar beers.

Aroma is biscuity, sweet, doughy. Hint of bourbon. As this warms and gets lower in the snifter the hops sneak through but are still dominated by sweetness.

Taste matches. Almost a cloying malt sweetness which is very offputting. Very low bitterness. Doughy. Vanilla sweetness, likely from the barrel. Some fleeting hop flavor on the finish, along with some barrel and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Carbonation is good. Alcohol is very well hidden. The finish seems astringent and that feeling lingers.

Overall this is a very mediocre beer. Hop presence is low, the sweetness is almost entirely unbalanced, and the barrel seems to add sharpness rather than complexity. Reminds me more of an imperial Kentucky Bourbon Ale than a respectable offering from Founders. I couldn't recommend this to anyone but the sweetest of sweet tooths - it is a borderline drain-pour for me.

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

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Could not find the regular Founders date stamp on the neck, but it is from this years' bottle release. With a fairly aggressive pour down the middle, I get three fingers of light tan head over a light amber body, with a bit of yellow tint and a touch of haze. The head dissipates fairly quickly, as would be expected from a high abv beer. A little lacing is left behind.

Very sweet aroma. The bourbon and maple are prominent. Light amounts of oak and light, sweet citrus.

The flavor is also very heavy on the bourbon and maple. Other smaller flavors blend in as well - oak, caramel, light citrus. Only a very slight amount of bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Medium to thick in the texture and a noticeable amount of carbonation. A bit of alcohol present. Overall, sweeter than I had hoped for as a fan of Double Trouble. I think the comparisons are inevitable but I think I prefer Burton Baton, aged just in the barrel, without the bourbon. Works a little better in the flavor mix for me. All in all, however, a very well prepared beer and likely achieves what they were seeking.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Frankenmuth at the World Expo of Beer.

Appearance: A nice little finger of head floats on top of this golden colored beer. Good.

Smell: Huge hop aromas... fruity and floral, and bursting.

Taste: Sweet, oak, vanilla, hops, not very bitter ... not cloying. My first aged IPA, and I like it a lot.

A great beer! I wish I had gotten myself a full sample of this instead of Bolt Cutter. The barrels work their magic on this one, and it makes for a very compelling IIPA.

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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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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,086 ratings.
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