Doom | Founders Brewing Company

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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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4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of PieOhMy
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap. Poured into tulip glass.

A. Hazy orange. No transparency. Very little white head. Nice lacing follows down.

S. Boozy. Pungent but not off putting. Got some hops but not strong. Slight citrus aroma.

T. Off balance. There's a smooth boozyness, which I like, but no initial hop flavor. The hops do hit in a second wave along with a piney/woody flavor. The pine/wood does not linger in the aftertaste.

M. Quite full actually. Not quite syrupy but quite thick. Best part of this beer.

O. The Double Trouble hoppyness and fruitiness died while barreling. All of that is smoothed out and replaced with wood and booze. Founders overdid it on this one. People are going to dig this based on the hype machine but there is nothing to see (taste) here. Double Trouble is a good DIPA, but aging it out doesn't work.

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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%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Ken2Brew4taste
4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap, as well as from a bottle (750ml).
To start with, let me explain that my favorite Double IPA ever has been the Double Trouble by Founders. I was on board with this bourbon barrel version since I first heard of it.

A - Poured a low thin head, but was able to leave behind some lacing. The color was very clear, a bit more to a pale amber than gold, but very deep.

S - Sweet, Slightly Hoppy, Citrusy, Oak Barrel... All the factors of this beer come through in a very balanced way.

T - Surprised! I was not expecting the spicier notes of the barrel but more of the Bourbon that was not even as strong as I anticipated. Obviously built on the back bone of an IPA, this thing has balance. At 10% ABV, its too well hidden and this one goes down easy. EXCELLENT, too bad its not a regular beer for them, I could enjoy this for years to come.

M - Smooth, Full, yet complex and clean finishing with just enough sweet and hoppy tail to remind you you just tasted near perfection.

O - I want more, I want it often. Pricy but well worth the $$. I reccommed this to any beer drinkers that like bourbon barrel aged beers. Good luck trying to score some unless you can hit the taproom this week, this won't be lasting long.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.
10% ABV,

A - Vibrant golden in color, Doom pours with a firm white head that lingers with Swiss cheese-like holes letting the clear beer show through the cap below dots of lace which adorn the glass.

S - Doom's subtle barrel-aging imparts a smooth note of vanilla which pairs well with the plush, juicy tropical fruit hop aroma of candied passion fruit and mangoes. Blending in nicely is caramel and Munich malt sweetness before the aroma finishes with a soft touch of bourbon and oak.

T - While decidedly malt-forward, this double IPA doesn't lack hops, it's soft underbelly of robust tropical fruit flavors do give way to the sweetness and barrel-aging, however. Munich and caramel sweetness linger with a light (real) maple syrup-like flavor which works well with it's time in barrels. Oak and notes of vanilla are a unique addition to the fruity-hopped beer while the finish trails off with a touch of the liquor.

M - Full-bodied but quite smooth, Doom has a big feel that captures each essence of the beer nicely; soothing, warm alcohol from the barrel, sharp, almost tart hop bitterness, and plenty of sweet malt to balance it all out.

O - Doom runs the gamut of aromas and flavor profiles for a unique beer that works very well. The hops' respective qualities pair well with the barrel-aging process' natural characteristics. It's not too big, not too boozy; in fact, it's just right and surprisingly smooth!

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of totalbangover
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Founders right after I picked up my 2 bottles.

Appearance pretty standard. Small head initially froths up with some swirling. Decent lacing.

Bourbon and oak are the first thing I get on the nose but they're pretty deep and not overpowering. Would have expected a bit more hops up front and while they're there they take a back seat to the bourbon. Smells sweet and fresh.

For taste... Again the first thing I'm hit by is the bourbon and yet it isn't too aggressive. Oak's there too. As with the smell I think the hops are taking a back seat to the barrel aging qualities. The sweetness I associate with double trouble is for sure there but seems toned down. Creamy. I feel like all the flavors are blending well and in the vehicle of the medium body with low carbonation we've got quite a nice, well-balanced, quaffable beer. Really seems appropriate for this time of year, right between winter warmers and summer sessionable ales.

A really pleasant beer. Not something I'll be rushing out to have more of but next time I'm here I'll probably order again. Be interesting to see what happens with age as the hop presence already seems understated.

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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%

Photo of champ103
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX. The first time Founders is officially available in Texas.

A: Pours a hazed orange/red color. A white head forms with small and fine bubbles rising to the top. Some lace is left behind as well.
S: At first, a juicy grapefruit aroma up front. After this warms a noticeable sweetness comes out. Just a bit of vanilla from the barrels.
T: Follows the nose with grapefruit and piny bitterness up front. A light sweetness. Then, as this comes to room temp, the barrel is apparent. Vanilla, and wood flavors. Alcohol as well.
M/D: A medium to full body that is a bit low on the carbonation. Certainly not under carbonated at all. Sticky and syrupy. This is a slow sipper for me. The alcohol is pretty potent.

Overall, fairly simple though I still enjoy it. Certainly not near the the quality of some other Founders offerings, and I will not take this over many of those. Still worth a try.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice white head that is a bit creamy and fuzzy. The beer itself is a beautiful clear light amber that has a nice orange hue color. It's a really nice looking beer that is a bit bright for what you would expect is a good thing.

The smell and taste are very good and share the same notes at the sameish intensity but flip as to which is dominant. The smell has a fairly strong vanilla and light bourbon note while the sweet orange note is underneath it. In contrast, the taste has a stronger sweet orange note with slight hints of bourbon and vanilla with a little bit of alcohol to it. Overall, it's a fantastic combination of smells and flavors.

The feel is pretty good. It's a heavy body beer with a nice slickness and light carbonation to it. It's slightly hot but ultimately drinkable fresh.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a very interesting profile and feeling from the barrel aging.

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Doom from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,208 ratings