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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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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is nice, it smells like bourbon, vanilla, citrusy and pine hops, coconut, and some apricot. Taste is a lot like the aroma, with the bourbon, vanilla, and oak flavors being the strongest. Combined with the bitter pine/citrusy hop flavors, it makes for a unique tasting brew. There's also a bit of coconut and mango noticeable. Good mix between the sweet and bitter flavors, although I think it's more sweet tasting. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and syrupy with low/moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. I think its a good overall brew, I'm glad I got to try this one. Worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of NastyNate11
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Danielr26
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ahalloin
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliantly clear light golden color with medium white head that leaves substantial lacing on the glass. The look is right on for DIPA.

The aroma is very bourbony, vanilla, and wood. There is a VERY faint hint of earthy minty hops in the background but this is pretty far off the mark from what Double Trouble is. I make that comparison as I'm under the impression, Doom is essentially bbal aged DT. This is not what I'd want in an IPA.

The taste is similarly disappointing in that it is seemingly a very bitter bourbon barrel aged alcohol bomb with little-to-no malt foundation to carry the heavy bourbon flavors. Very little hops in the flavor and a quite astringent bitterness in the back end make this beer subpar for me.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy like a good bbal beer should be. It almost rounds out at the finish but there is a definite astringency in the finish that seems to be a combination of high IBUs and barrel chat character.

Overall, I'm not a big fan of this beer. I'm usually a big Founders fan but there barrel offerings recently have been over extracted or off the mark.

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Photo of chubby2u
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of NSK79
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Durb777
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of MRAnderson
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of DogfishJoe
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of mbenda
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma was slightly piney, could pick up some oaky hints there too.
First drink was good. Nice balance with the bourbon barrel and bittering. Towards the end of the glass it was definitely getting sweet. Was picking up a lot of the bourbon sweet flavors. Almost too much for my stomach to handle.. Definitely enjoyed this one though. You can really appreciate the work that goes into these small batches.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of huskermike12
2/5  rDev -51%

Photo of FlussigkeitMut
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to joe for sharing this. Poured onto a tulip. This one poured a bit of an amber color with a small white head.

The aroma has a nice bourbon tones in the front with some piney citrus hops. Bitter hops on the pallet. Crazy bitter! Lots of pine and some bourbon notes on the finish. A bit of malt in the background.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Sharp on the finish. Overall this is tastey. Lots of great hops!

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Photo of vivasbeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of sbricker
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of smogfood
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of jaasen64
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fast review live at Publick House. Full pour into Founders tulip, keg just tapped last night.

A- Pours a translucent golden orange that is a little bit on the darker side as far as IPAs go. About 2 fingers of white foamy head that slowly recedes to a thin layer leaving layered lacing around the glass. Slow rising carbonation bubbles that have excellent consistency.

S- Bourbon predominates with a nicely integrated balance of citrus hops providing notes of grapefruit and lemons supported by a lightly sweet malt background.

T- Sweet bourbon balanced with grapefruit from hops and a light malt background with a bit of oak. Overall very nice, not as boozey as I was afraid of, nice balance between bourbon and hops with bourbon dominating slightly more. Only complaint is that it is a little bit too sweet.

M- Creamy, smooth, nice carbonation, easy drinking especially considering the abv.

O- I'm not a huge fan of barrel-aged IPAs, but this one wasn't bad. A little bit on the sweet side from th bourbon but also a nice hop presence. It would be interesting to see how this ages, but it is drinking nicely now. I'd recommend trying it out but it isn't something I could have in large quantities or all the time.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,170 ratings
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