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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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of srv33
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark yellow, with a bit of fine lacing around the collar. Scents of vanilla, bourbon, citrus, and pine. Taste is quite similar, opens up with bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, malt, and ends with a bit of citrus. Wow, what an interesting blend, and very well done too considered. Overall balanced, but, it is certainly a heavy beer, despite its appearance. Mouthfeel is thick, buttery, and with light carbonation. This is a fine brew, and an interesting one at that, recommended.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2%

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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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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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Doom from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,220 ratings