Doom | Founders Brewing Company

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Average: 4.12 | pDev: 11.17%

Reviews: 503 | Ratings: 2,241

Ranked #607 American Imperial IPA and #2,653 overall.

ABV: 12.40% | Availability: Rotating

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Notes: 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.
Reviews: 503 | Ratings: 2,241
Photo of Snowcrash000
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, dark amber coloration with a medium off-white head leaving a spiderweb of lacing on the glass after a little swirl. Smells predominantly of vanilla and bourbon with a certain. slightly piney citrus aroma overshadowed by all the vanilla and bourbon. Taste follows the nose, the vanilla is strong in this one. There are also notes of citrus, pine, oak, caramel malts and bourbon, with quite a bit of bitterness coming through in the aftertaste. While it hides its ABV quite well, there is a slight, hot boozyness to it. I'm conflicted about this. It's not bad, but I'm really not sure if I want vanilla bourbon notes in my piney citrus DIPA. Does everything really need to aged in barrels? I think I'll stick to stouts for barrel aging and enjoy my DIPAs fresh and fruity.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - lightly hazy with a three fingers head

S - bourbon, caramel, citrus, pine resin

T - bourbon, orange, grapefruit, herbal bitterness, vanilla, caramel. Very few sweetness compare to the bitterness. Some mineral notes. Orange blossom

M - medium carbonation, a bit sirupy

O - A very nice barrel aged dipa. At 12% it almost flirts with barleywine territory but it's really really not boozy for the abv. I think I'll feel it quite soon

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Photo of RyanK252
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours deep golden orange amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves a some nice lacing.

S: Smells as expected, a big DIPA with a bourbon barrel kicker. Citrus, a little fruit, and spicy pine, noticeable barrel presence, vanilla, oak, mild bourbon, backed with biscuity malt and some caramel and honey sweetness.

T: Happy to report some of the hops have survived their slumber. Citrus, orange and grapefruit, a little spicy pine, some underlying fruity notes, peach and apricot, complimented nicely with barrel character, lots of vanilla, some earthy oak, just a touch of the bourbon, and built on a foundation of crackery malt with some caramel and honey sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy smooth, with a just a bit of warmth to remind you of its strength.

O: I'm super curious what the base beer tasted like fresh just to have a reference point of how much this changed in the barrels. That being said it came out quite tasty, maybe leaning a bit towards the English IPA style, but with a little extra kick. Not something I'd necessarily go after again, but a fun one to try.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking forward to trying this supposed "oxymoron" of an experiment. Barrel aging an IPA? Blasphemy!!! The hops heads who religiously check on freshness dates and consider a 2 day old IPA drain pour worthy must be shocked beyond belief.
All kidding aside, I'm reviewing this live, with high expectations (because Founders rocks, and an open mind. (Purity of style be damned!)
It pours a copper amber color with a moderate foam head that soon dissipates. A thin ring and a scattering of lacing stick to the glass.
Holding it up to the nose it is instantly apparent that this is aged in bourbon barrels. Besides the bourbon sweetness and alcohol spice, the oak and vanilla also come through. I'm really enjoying this complex nose as the biscuity malt and caramel aromas lure me in with their inviting aromas. Subtle but bold hops aroma also comes through; hints of tobacco, peppery and pine.
Medium to full body with a complex blend of malt, hops and alcohol flavors. As with the aroma, traces of bourbon are instant. A strong combination of boozy sweetness, alcohol spice, vanilla and oak, make this taste like a hard liquor. Yet, the robust hops kick, peppery, put new needle, tobacco and resin, remind us that this is an IPA. Nice alcohol warming and a slight burn, is accompanied by a dry and bitter finish derived from the hops. A rich and chewy malt backbone also adds to the complexity. Caramel sweetness, toasty and biscuity. There are even some fruity and citrusy flavors, as well as the aroma, that come out towards the end. I'm picking up orange peel, grapefruit rind and even some licorice and anise seed like qualities. The alcohol burns all the way to the end. A strong brew indeed but quite easy to put down. I think it was worth it.

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Photo of Krajnyak
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a huge beer. Left a lasting aftertaste that I wasn’t crazy about. Maybe too much going on. Overall, better than average but not my favorite from Founders.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.11/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Playing Space Pilgrim Episode 4. Superb woody/bourbon aroma but the high abv excessively affects head. Doesnt taste to alcohol though, just oak/bourbon, but not much hoppyness here

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Photo of Retroman40
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very nice yellow-orange with a thick white head that retreats to some wisps. The smell is citrus hops with a hint of bourbon. The flavor is hop/malt forward with a great bourbon finish. Excellent mouthfeel with a perfect carbonation level. Overall this is an OUTSTANDING barrel aged IPA. With the classic IPA flavor upfront and the bourbon finish this is a super beer. The very high ABV is barely noticeable and even for a HG drinker like me could sneak up on you. This is a great beer - if you can get it - GET IT!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a dark murky orange almost brown color with a sheet of a little white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some light lace ran here and there.
The aroma had an orange marmalade sweetness with a little bit of tobacco leafy to woody sweet barrel dryness. Some tropical and grassy hops balance in underneath.
The flavor was mainly sweet through the prior mentioned aromas capturing some of the leafy to woody dryness to slide in with the orange marmalade quality. Light aftertaste of the woody sweetness, orange marmalade and tropical character.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt appropriate. Fairly smooth finish of the orange marmalade and tropical notes. Woodiness seemed to sit further back in this realm.
Overall, as a barrel aged DIPA, I'd say it works. Maybe I can say, it's a bit "old school" in it's makeup, but it's definitely one I'd have again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Brewing Co. "Doom"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "Bottled On: 04.28.17 1522 6" and sampled on 10.08.17
$5.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Another great label. Somewhat hazy deep amber/copper colored body beneath a finger-thick head of frothy bright white that settles to a thin but solid surface covering. Some decent lacing is left behind, but not much, so 3.75 for appearance. The aroma expresses tropical hops with some tangerine and apricot over a medium dark caramel malt base. There's some pine in there as well, and just a hint of Bourbon barrel. Ah, I take that back, a swirl of the glass brought out a good whiff of Bourbon. It's still more prominent in the flavor with some drying oak. Not that it really needs it, it's pretty solidly bitter and the alcohol helps to dry it as well. The two components seem to toggle back and forth rather than combine into one, sometimes giving more of the tropical hops and sometimes giving more of the Bourbon. It finishes dry with some residual oak and heat from the alcohol. How strong is this? 12.4%, oh, OK, that makes sense, acceptable then. Medium bodied and smooth except for the alcohol. I like it but I'm not sure how much the Bourbon barrel is really helping it, it seems like a pretty decent double IPA without it, and in fact I feel the barrel aging kind of confuses it. Would I buy it again? Given the price, no.

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Photo of arizcards
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a four -pack from TW Arrowhead 7-1-17 for $12.99. Bottled on 5-4-17 but stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head.

Nose is bourbon forward with an interesting mix of citrus.

Taste was better than expected. Light booze, vanilla, and leather meet citrus and some light mango. Finish is hoppy enough to keep the sweetness off the charts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall i was surprised at what an easy sipper this was...sipper being the key word. Give it a shot if you enjoy the flavor profiles above!

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Photo of dbell23
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one big ass beer. Certainly not for the faint of heart.

Looks like a dipa. Nice lacing with good head retention. The head has to stick around a while because this is a sipper.

Smell is big time bourbon. Maybe a little hops and malt but I get lots of bourbon.

Taste is a combination of bourbon and hops. Lingering hoppy bitterness but bourbon up front with a hoppy alcohol finish.

Great mouthfeel. Founders beers usually are smooth and this one is.

Overall a big, almost over the top beer. A must try but there may be a little too much bourbon taste for a dipa. Barrel aging seems to be better with stouts.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Doom poured an amber color with a good 3 finger foam head. Being a bourbon lover the smell of this beer was just unbelievable. Bourbon rings solid and the hoppy goodness slides in home safe. It is sweet to the tongue and the 12% is not noticeable to me. The face is starting to flush but it is good. Overall I will buy this if I see it again.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Aroma has butterscotch, oranges and resiny hops. Taste starts with sweet bourbon but the hops kick in with a good amount of bitterness. Really nice combination of flavors.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is a good, swift kick in the face. golden and clear with a thin head. no lace. smells like the barrel. tastes like the barrel. hot and boozy. thick and oily.

the whole thing reminds me of tossing a shot of whiskey into a beer. it works, and it'll get you fucked, but let's not pretend this is some sophisticated brew. i like it.

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Photo of Pantalones
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle picked up just north of the North Carolina border on a family trip to see the eclipse back in August. Bottling date is 4/25/17, so about three months old at this point (plus the time spent in the bourbon barrels, of course.)

The beer is a nice deep orange color, mostly clear with maybe a slight haze to it. The foam forms a nice head on top when first poured, shrinking down to a thin cap by the time the glass is emptied to about the halfway point and leaving some nice lacing behind. Not a lot of visible bubbles, but in this case it almost adds to the look of the beer rather than taking away -- makes it come across as something bordering on liquor, like you'd see somebody in the '50s drink out of a tiny glass full of ice after getting home from work. Appropriate for 12.4% ABV -- this is basically two (or three, if you're a "lite" beer person) ordinary beers worth of alcohol!

The most prominent smell of this beer is malt -- barleywine-like almost, rich and with that slightly sweet raisin/dried-fruit-like aspect to it that I've always enjoyed. Slight hints of citrus from the hops occasionally make themselves known as well. It's a very pleasant-smelling beer, all things considered -- and you can smell it from a foot or two away sometimes, there's so much packed into this beer that it refuses to remain contained in its glass.

Like the smell but so much better -- that nice rich bordering-on-barleywine-territory malt is there, but there's also a juicy orange-like citrus from the hops and occasionally a little pop of vanilla sneaking in from the barrel aging. No one aspect of this beer takes over and overpowers the others; one sip you'll get mostly malt, the next the bitterness and citrus from the hops will pop out more, and the next you'll get a lot of that nice smooth vanilla-y flavor from the bourbon barrels. It's such a nicely-balanced beer and every single flavor is welcome. Such an interesting combination that I've never had anything quite like before -- I will definitely try to get more of this, or try other barrel-aged IPAs if I stumble across them.

The mouthfeel is -- as with most things about this beer -- pretty amazing. It's 12.4% ABV and yet it goes down so smoothly that you'll want to take bigger and bigger sips, almost getting to the point of gulps rather than sips. There's a warmth from the alcohol on the first few sips but it quickly fades as your mouth realizes how tasty the beer is and decides that it wants more sooner rather than later. This is a beer you could sit and sip for hours if you wanted, but it's hard to make it last that long between the taste being so nice and the feel making it so easy to finish off quicker than you'd ever expect to finish a 12% ABV beer. Seriously goes down like a 7% ABV beer even though it's nearly twice that... this is REALLY good stuff.

Overall -- this is an amazing beer. If I can find more of this I will definitely be buying it. I've always liked what I've seen from Founders but this may just be the beer that establishes them as one of my favorite breweries -- never even thought about what a barrel-aged IPA would be like, but the result is so much better than I could've imagined, taking the things I like about IPAs and neutralizing the things I'm not as fond of and mixing in some barleywine features which are always welcome to make one of the most unique and tasty beers I've ever had. I'll be looking out for more beers from these guys for sure.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange, with soft, thick head.

Smell is a very interesting hybrid, pine and citrus upfront, backed by a sweet oaky vanilla.

Taste is massive, oak and vanilla form the base for a pretty hefty bitterness and some warming booze. Smooth and sippable.

Mouthfeel is a sticky medium, very smooth, and well carbonated.

Overall, a very cool hybrid of tastes. Maybe not a beer I would casually drink, but as a sipper, it's very good.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug. Bottled 4/25/17.

Appearance: rich dark-orange hue with a moderate-to-heavy haze and a finger of frothy ivory foam with a hint of an orange cast to it.

Smell: earthy, herbal hops, vanilla oak, and just a little bit of bourbon. An earthy and complex mélange; I like it.

Taste: whoo boy this is boozy! There is a ton of sweetness to go with the bitterness of the hops and the astringency of the oak; vanilla and bourbon round out the additional flavor characteristics. Hop character is earthy, if anything, but it's hard to tell among all the noise. It's a hell of a thing, this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this beer has a lot of good flavors, although the mix is rather bizarre. I like how interesting it is, but it's definitely a slow-sipper.

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Photo of Vader444
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into my favourite Delirium Tremens tulip glass

I was surprised and stoked to find this in the UK and, as a lover of all things Founders and bourbon barrel aged, couldn't wait to try it.

Pours a deep tangerine orange with a fluffy off-white head with reasonable retention. The nose reeks of bourbon and hops. Taste follow the nose but there is an astringent bitterness that I really didn't care for, particularly on the finish. Alcohol is quite noticeable and off putting. Was glad to have tried this but it's nowhere near as good as KBS or Backwoods Bastard in terms of drinkability. Cheers

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear burnt orange, little head that disappears quickly.
S - Vanilla comes out clearly, hoppy, a little dank, oak/barrel scents
T - Great hops, maybe wet hopped like Harvest IPA. Slight bourbon, vanilla still clear, maybe oak.
M - Perfect carbonation, very full bodied (of course, it's an IIPA), somewhat creamy but not in a bad way.
O - I went in expecting something amazing, but I only got "great". I'm always excited to try something strange and a bourbon barrel aged imperial IPA is right up there. The barrel sing seems to add a sort of creaminess which I enjoyed. If I had to guess, this is barrel aged Devil Dancer. Maybe some Harvest IPA too. I liked that one, and this is a great offshoot. Definitely get seek this one out if you'll try any beer out there.

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Photo of Lucular
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm always skeptical of barrel aging (or any aging for that matter) an IPA, but the aromas and flavors of vanilla, oak, and bourbon are really nice. Does not feel or taste like a 12.4% beer at all.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours cloudy burnt orange color with nice rocky white head. Spotty lacing.

Aroma - Picking up some oak, vanilla, little bit of caramel, nice amount of bourbon. Not getting much hops, maybe a little pine aroma but that is about it. Aroma reminds me of a barleywine.

Taste - Getting a little more pine/hop flavors in the taste. The vanilla is a little more muted. There is some grapefruit and orange peel along with a good amount of bourbon and oak.

Feel - Medium bodied, good carbonation. A good bit of warming from the alcohol along with some burn.

Overall - A really well done beer, good flavors nice aroma very boozy.

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

Upgrading my review after a second bottle - top notch DIPA, like the best of them looking beyond hop heaviness, great malt flavor with the barrel adding rich tones and the hops topping it all off.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is simply put a great beer. It pours dark amber with a small head. The nose is of sweet malts with a hint of additional bourbon sweetness. The taste is similarly sweet upfront from the malts, followed by some vanilla and of course bourbon. Some booze burn but not in a bad way. Full body with negligible carbonation.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Rusty orange color with a mostly transparent body and three fingers of off-white head

S - American Barleywine smell with iced tea and wet hops with big malty influence. Not a lot of bourbon. Candied orange, grapefruit, pine, herbal hops

T - Bourbon comes through, sweet alcohol, malty, pine, moss, grass, mint, spices, pepper, caramel, toffee, molasses

F - Thick, but not syrupy. Alcohol warmth on each sip, but no burn. A sipper.

O - Unique. Barrel-aging accents intense hop bitterness.

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Photo of Shanex
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden with a solid white head. Average amount of visible carbonation in the body. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Bourbon notes are strong and the hoppiness takes a backseat. Mild sweetness from the malt and bourbon. Quite pleasant.

Very smooth bourbon blend. The hop fruintess really hold strong and delivers it flavor. Starts off with note of bourbon, then the hop takes over for a few seconds before more sweet bourbon finishes it off.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation with a touch of stickiness. Not hot like one would expect from a bourbon beer does warm nicely though.

Overall an interesting bourbon beer here as its not your typical IPA. The hop citrus and bourbon blended much better than I expected. Would love to get this one again.

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 2241 ratings