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.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery. Poured a golden orange with a little bit of foam. This beer had a little bite up front, but finished quite smooth. Maybe some subtle maple flavour to it too with a citrusy hop bite. It reminded me of The Oracle a lot. Both are ok beers. Was expecting a bit more from this, but its very easy to drink for the percentage. It was actually 11.1% at the brew pub. Not bad.

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Photo of kbeals
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Had on-tap at the KBS release party. Has a dark golden color to it with a bit of white fluffy head. Not much lacing, head retention is pretty good however.

S- Citrusy, grapefruit hops along with notes of oak and bourbon. Very interesting to have a mix between the bourbon and hops.

T- There's huge amounts of bourbon in here, almost tastes like straight bourbon it's that strong. The hops help to mellow it out a little bit, but as it warms the booziness really comes out and masks all the other flavors. A little too much IMO. Very sharp feeling on the palate.

M- Smooth, medium-bodied. Some carbonation but not much.

D- Way too much bourbon in this one to make it really drinkable. I probably wouldn't buy this again, even though it is pretty good still. Given the choice, I'd rather just have a Double Trouble.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's

A: Pours a golden hue with a small white head. Very little retention with a few spots of lace.

S: Bright citrus aromas with hints of caramel, vanilla, and light wood.

T: Tasty citrus goodness with more subtle hints of sweet pine and dashes of herbal greenness as well. The barrel is there with subtle notes of vanilla and fresh cut oak.

M On the fuller side of medium, smooth.

D: Pretty tasty.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a wonderful mix of maple syrup, pale malts, hops, and wood. It's bitter as hell with a very nice sugary aroma. The taste is great as well. It's loaded for bear with hops and barrel character. I'm a big fan of the maple barrels. It has a solid pale malt base, but the talent lies in these "candied hops". It a term often used with this beer and it pretty well describes the experience. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. Just another quality offering from Founders. They have produced some of the most interesting beers of NoTB.

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Photo of Lunch
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at EBF 2010 in Boston, MA into a tasting glass at the appropriate temperature (02/20/10).

A: Glowing shade of golden yellow with some orange hues. Capped by some thick off-white foam.

S: Great aroma of citrus, tropical hops, honey, and some stick maple syrup. Some oak undertones as well as of booze and pine. It is almost as if the hops have been dipped in candied sugar.

T: Probably my favorite beer of the fest. The candied sugar, citrus hops are the dominant flavor with layers of tropical fruit, orange, honey, oak, and maple syrup. The complexity of this beer is off the charts.

M: Fuller-bodied with a slight syrupy texture along with low and smooth creamy carbonation.

D: I am truly amazed that this beer weighs in at 10.4% abv as it is completely hidden. Easy to drink and hard to put down.

Overall this is yet another fine offering from Founders that needs to be bottled. An extremely unique take on the American Double IPA and one that is sure to please. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap into a tasting glass at NotB.

The beer is light gold with a hint of orange. Not much carbonation here at all, looks thick.

The aroma is super strong and dominated by hops. Its the strong grain alcohol hops of an imperial that is either great or too strong like in this beer. There is the slightest citrus note at the end.

Like the aroma the taste is way too grain alcohol hoppy sucking on a pine needle pine cone bitter. Some people love this, but for the all around beer drinker its not a pleaseant taste, feeling or experience. Its not at all balanced which if only it was might make this beer drinkable.

The feel is actually pretty nice.

Overall, another too hopped up imperial that is going for all ibu's and nothign else.

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Photo of Telix
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the brewery. Served in a fluted glass.

A: Mostly clear, deep orange/gold with no head, and only a ring of carbonation at the edge. There is little carbonation evident at first, but a good swirl knocks it out of suspension. It's a dense, thick brew.

S: BIG. Boozy, hoppy, sweet... I told my fiancee it smelled like "candied hops". There is almost a coconut rummy boozy smell going on, like Malibu.

T: Unique. Prominent coconut and tropical fruits, booze, soft but big hop flavors that are well integrated. The coconut really makes it taste like Malibu, and once that got into my craw the comparison just wouldn't leave. Sweet, honey, with sweet and clean finish with no alkaline. The aging really takes the edges off of Double Trouble and turns it into a great beer. Big, savory, satisfyingly juicy with candy orange, resinous hops, tropical notes, and a big mouthfeel. This was my second glass of it ever, and I'm not sold on the coconut... I'm torn between a 4 and 4.5.

M: Great, juicy, thick, rick, supports the huge flavors.

D: So the major issue here is the fact that it's reminiscent of Malibu rum, with huge coconut aroma and taste along with some booziness. However, the rest of the flavors are superb and it's just a big satisfying beer for the most part. It's an big improvement over the harsh and unrefined Double Trouble, for sure, but it's not exactly perfection.

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Photo of jt31914
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hopcat:

A: A light pale color with a little bit of head.

S: Similar to double trouble; citrus and pine aromas.

T: Taste is a little too piney and not what I'd hoped for. Malty and thick.

M/D: Decent drinkability, but frankly I'm disappointed by this brew.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours crystal clear apricot with a pool of thin white head.

S-Lots of hops with some good oakiness. Kinda like Double Trouble with oak.

T-Which is what it tastes like. Really hoppy, with strong citrus notes. Some vanilla notes follow, with a very boozy warm finish.

M-Medium bodied and a bit oily.

T-Pretty boozy but very nice for a glass. Not my favorite Founders beer but a good one.


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Photo of ffejherb
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler via FooFaa on 11/30/09.

A - Poured a clear, sparsely carbonated orange/light amber body with a finger's width of bubbly off-white head that reduced to a patchy veil and thin ring of retention. However, the head flared back up with each swirl of the glass, leaving spotty lace that slid down the sides of the glass.

S - Pungent citrus hops paired with sweet vanilla, oak and woody notes, and a sharp bourbon/whiskey presence. There's also a slight hint of earthy must and pine needles/sap.

T - Like a creamsicle soaked in whiskey, Hand of Doom combines citrus hops with a vanilla character to create a uniquely delicious DIPA. Strong alcohol notes emerge in the middle, but are ultimately quelled by the sweetness. A slight herbal, medicinal character appears in the finish due to the heavy alcohol presence and aggressive hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied and quite smooth and creamy with subtle carbonation. Finish is semi-dry with moderate hop bitterness and alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - While I prefer bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stouts over hoppy brews, Hand of Doom is probably the best example of a barrel-aged DIPA I've had. This is really tasty stuff and another winner from Founders.

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Photo of koopa
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler purchased at Capone's Black Friday Event.

Appearance: pours neon orange with little head, retention, or lace. The growler is about 10 days old though and I remember a fairly decent white crown on the glass I purchased and consumed at the bar on Black Friday.

Smell: A wonderful bouquet of hops, bourbon, and a slight sugar note. Intoxicating!

Taste: Loads of orange / lemon citrus coupled with floral and grassy hops with some bourbon warmth and flavor in the background. I'm amazed by how much the hops stay up front while the bourbon keeps to the background. The play btw the two is intricate and fascinating.

Mouthfeel: Well this growler is lacking carbonation but that is because I didn't drink it soon enough so I won't hold that against the brew. Medium bodied and a touch syrupy. I remember the fresh pour having more carbonation and feeling fairly lively.

Drinkability: Btw the abv and the booze quality, this is a sipper that should be consumed in moderation.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark, hazy amber body. Good head height and good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Boozy, heavy malt presence. Mostly caramel. Some citrus hops shine through the booze and malt.

T: Tastes like a smooth, woody pot still Irish whiskey. Reminiscent of Redbreast 12 actually. Interesting since I really didn't get any bourbon notes. Light citrus hop bitterness. While I like my Irish Whiskey... it didn't quite work here.

M: I like my beer to feel like beer. Hand of Doom didn't quite have a burn to it, but rather was a thick, slick, oily, greasy like feel to it.

D: All in all, it was an interesting attempt. Personally, I think it failed to really hit the mark.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Capones on tap, served out of a tulip.

A: Poured a 1/2 finger coarse white head that dissipated quickly. Brew was a slightly cloudy yellow with an orange tint. Lacing was stringy and spotty but scattered.

S: Citrus, candied cherries, grass, hops, cane sugar, and a pleasantly surprising pineapple.

T: Caramel and hops upfront that gradually evolve into a brown sugar maltiness. Middle is a bit boozy with a hint of cherry. A bit of brown sugar lends a nice smooth end to this one. What ruins it here is that this just keeps getting boozier and hoppier as it warms...

M: Medium bodied and coarse. Ends a bit dry but very very smooth with a lasting brown sugar finish.

D: Likeable... the only way I can really describe this one is that its an unique IIPA. I'd have it again, but drink quickly, this doesn't get any better than when its served a bit cold.

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Photo of capra12
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review on a snowy day with speedwayjim and stephy.

Appearance: orange and tan with little head.

Smell: I get pink grapefruit and red fruit twinge at the very end.

Taste: opens with a floral and grapefruit that last way trhoughout and beyond. In the middle an intense and complex rich earthiness emerges into the flavor profile, as the finish approaches and a rich malt and grainy profile hits your palate along with a mild boozieness that carries into the aftertaste. The hop bitterness doesnt impact this at all.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation and slightly coarse.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again. I highly recommend this someone who wants to try a rich and very complex DIPA. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Capone's on 11/28/2009.

Pours a very dark hazelnut/chestnut brown with subtle touches of plum hues when held to a light source and a .5 finger off-white foam head that quickly dissipates into a very thin ring. Very sporadic minimal spots of lacing.

Subtle bourbon aroma with hints of vanilla as well as some caramel/chocolate malt. Hints of hazelnut, toffee and some coffee but I'm not picking much of a hop presence.

The hoppy floral notes absent from the aroma are prominent up front with some nice citrus notes and dry pine flavor. This is quickly balanced by a smooth silky chocolate maltiness with hints of toffee and hazelnut. The bourbon character comes through really nicely midway through and lasts throughout into a lingering sweet finish. The bourbon character is not overpowering, letting the complex flavors from the hops shine through even in the finish where the bourbon flavor is most prominent. There are still some dry pine and citrus notes in the finish. Very complex and more balanced than I expected. The alcohol is very well masked and there is not much heat/warmth making it pretty drinkable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Capone's yesterday.

Clear orange in color, my 13oz pour of this beer shows excellent clarity and a thin white head is present, receding to a disk rather quick, leaving a little lace. The nose is great, really reminding me of Double Trouble, with citrus and pineapple present with plenty of bright citrus character. Malt character is reserved/non-existent. As this beer warms up, the vanilla and bourbon grow in strength, along with a mild caramel sweetness. The flavor palate opens with a strange combination of hop flavor and booze. The hop character is quite excellent, with pineapple,citrus, lemon and floral character. Malt sweetness is minimal. Vanilla and bourbon are present mid-palate, with the booze lingering on the finish. Bitterness is low, this is all about the flavor hops. The light body, medium carbonation and great hop flavor with low bitterness make for an extremely drinkable beer, but the bourbon heat just detracts from what is an excellent base beer. Why does a DIPA need to be aged in a bourbon barrel?
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5
Reviewed on: 11-28-2009 17:57:09

*Edit: I tried it again at Pizzeria Paradiso on 25 July 2010. The bourbon and oak just don't do it for me, there's too much heat, vanilla and tannins. I couldn't drink more than 2 sips. I'm reducing scores accordingly

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the Founders brewpub, 8oz pour into a snifter. The beer is light orange colored, clear, with very little head and no lacing. The aroma reminded me of Double Trouble, plus extra alcohol. Grapefruit, pineapple, maybe a little lemon, it seemed like the characteristics of several different hops were involved, and definitely enough fermentables were included to make a savage ABV (based on smell). It was tasty but a little too hot, the burning mouthfeel made it more of a sipper than I'd have preferred for a DIPA. Definitely less accessible than I'd hoped, after first hearing about this beer 6 months ago I'd hoped for more.

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Photo of wingedeel
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Founders 11-21-2009.

A slightly different twist on a Imperial IPA with this one. Aged in bourbon barrels,the bourbon flavor is quite up front, particularly on the first sip or two, but ultimately blends quite nicely with the grapefruit/citrus flavor of the hops.

Quite drinkable, even though the bourbon taste was a little shocking at first.

Another fine beer from Founders.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft sample at MBGF Summer 2009.

Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate citrus, bourbon and small woody aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy Heaven Hill bourbon bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

My expectations where more then met.

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Photo of adamette
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served at the brewery earlier today into a brandy glass. 10 oz. for $5.

A Golden brown, murky, big head, lots of big bubbles. 4.0

S Hops, malt, belgian yeast huge smell and very inviting, interesting. 4.5

T Malt candy sweet, hops to match with a great belgian yeast taste as well. I do not know how it can be improved. 5.0

M Big, huge. This demands your attention and returns that attention in a very gratifying way. 5.0

D Savored every drop, great beer! I would never let any of this remain in my glass! 5.0

Notes: Drinking this beer at Founders today reminds me of why I am a beer advocate. It is simply a work of art...something to behold. Why more brewers do not make more of this is beyond me.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In every way, Hand of Doom is a beer that celebrates excess.

Pours a light copper with virtually no veil and no head. The smell is superb: the strong citrus and peach hop notes stand out, complemented by the vanilla and oak notes from the barrel. I could smell this beer all day.

The taste gives you more of that powerful tag team. A veritable fruit salad of hoppiness (peach, mango, citrus rind) accents a suprisingly sweet middle with vanilla and sweet cream flavors providing the backbone. Then the toasted oak and intense bitter hops take over with a bit of alcohol heat. The finish seems to last forever, and the alcohol makes this a bit of a sipper, but for the style and the ABV, this is dangerousely drinkable. Overall, HoD sets the standard for barrel aged IPAs.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A DIPA thrown into a bourbon barrel, OK I guess, let's see how this goes, i'm game. Served in a tulip.

A- Hand Of Doom does not look all that DOOM dayish to me. The color is nice with a mix of bright orange with some light amber appearence shown as well. Im going to say this looks exactly like Founder's Double Trouble(because hat's what this is essentially) but without a strong head. The head was a bright white color but was just a few centimeters high with no lace. I know this was thrown into a barrel but I would of thought this tap version would bring some liveliness to this.

S- Well, this one is mainly giving off a lot of bourbon and some wood from the barrel. With that a big whiff of alcohol is detected. The DIPA portion of this is really lacking in the smell department. Under the hard alcohol the hops do give off very minimal traces of grapefruit and pine. What's odd is that I'm smelling peaches which I did not find in the regular double trouble. What I do like about the barrel is it gives off just a whiff of vanilla.

T- Well the hops seem to have faded in this, or they are just overpowered by the bourbon, I believe it's a mixture of both. At first Im getting big shots of Kentucky bourbon and the heat and alcohol that comes with it. After that some underlining wood with the ever popular vanilla taste that goes with it. And after that Im greeted by the base beer with faint traces of it's former self (pineapple, grapefruit, slight mango) I do get some of those peaches in taste as well. This ride is finished by a malt sweetness which is welcomed by me. All in all DOOM is not that well balanced IMO.

M- Hot and bothered. This one holds no punches back in the roughness department. I wonder how much time this spent in the barrel. The hops really must of got the shit beat out of them by the bourbon because they are not bittering up my tounge which I love dearly. DOOM is medium bodied while the carbonation could of been upped just a tad in my book. This is not a smooth ride.

D- Well im glad I tried DOOM and am actually grateful that Founders sent a few kegs our way here in SEPA. With that said this was a one and done kind of beer for me. It was even a bit hard for me to finish my tulip of this elixir. I'm glad Founders had the balls to do something like this though because you don't see amny DIPA's in barrels. A good experiment with not so great results, hopefully founders can work out the kinks of this in the future, I have faith they will.

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Photo of brow1901
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer reminds me of the saying, all that glitters is not gold. Otherwise known as shoving things in bourbon barrels doesn't always make things better.

A- Straw yellow with a decent white head sitting on top. Nice lacing, no retention.

S- Smells like a shot of bourbon was dropped in my beer, which is not a bad thing that is really all I smell. I was really hoping to pick up some oak notes but zilch. The bourbon totally overpowers what hops were left.

T- Again the bourbon is present, it isn't awfull but I think it fights against the IPA. The harsh bitter and spiciness of the hops don't get along well with the burn of the bourbon. Because the beer is somewhat light and clean, it ends up tasting like a whiskey and water.

M- Pretty light, again I think something thicker and smoother would be better with the bourbon.

D- Its a barrel aged double IPA of course it's not super drinkable. I struggled to finish mine.

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Photo of weeare138
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at TJ's...
Appears a semi transparent light gold with an orange hue when held to the light. A small head of white fluff fades onto a gentle cap. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, toffee, bourbon, rum, grapefruit, and orange.
Taste is of the aromas with more of a bitter herbal flavor pulling through on top of the bourbon goodness.
Mouthfeel is sexy smooth sugar and silky with a medium-full bodied flavor, and a dry, wood like finish. A bit of heat is noticeable.
Damn fine beverage if Ive ever had one!!

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Photo of BenJames1984
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I ordered a sample of this at Crunchys Bar in East Lansing, MI. This stuff blew me away, and soared above Double Trouble in Founder's pecking order.

Appearance- A clear, light amber color capped with a frothy white head.

Smell- Citrus, primarily grapefruit. A tinge of pine, and a hint of malt.

Taste- A perfect balance of malts and hops. Good God, this is one of the best beers to grace my palette in the longest time.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, and a nice little warming feeling when going down. This would be an ideal winter beer.

Drinkability- For as complex and strong as this beer is, I could probably drink a four pack with no problem...just for the sheer enjoyment of the taste.

Great job, Founder's. Keep it up.

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4.07 out of 5 based on 2,032 ratings.
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