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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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stortore
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 4/28/17, had 6/1/17.

Pours a mostly clear golden orange, with a half inch foamy head and some foamy lacing. Aromas of malt, yeast, a decent amount of citrus hops at first, but that fades, some bourbon- more as it warms, vanilla, some oak and toffee, some pine. The bourbon picks up in the taste, and there’s a good amount of hop bitterness throughout that lingers on the finish. Malt, vanilla, some caramel, light oak, some pine and resin on the finish. Smooth, a good medium body, well carbonated.

It’s good, it might develop more flavor with some age. The flavor is very good, but could use more intensity. Very good aroma. Worth a purchase.

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Photo of samEBC
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlueKurenai
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of boogerisu
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Taste: intense bourbon, complex, oak, vanilla, warming finish with some hops for balance. Wood aroma with hint of hop nose. Golden hue, semi opaque, nice webbed lace. Medium full body. 100 IBUs

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Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Vidblain
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had Founder's Doom fresh, and now I'm drinking it after several months of age. Amazing what barrel aging, and what further bottle aging, does to an IPA. Common sense would tell you that this is going to be turning in to a barleywine any time now... but that doesn't seem to be the case. And I'm not really sure why that is, and don't care to speculate. Let's talk about the IPA.

Doom is aging fairly gracefully - which surprises me a bit, and makes me happy. I'd been slightly dismayed about the number of bottles I stashed away, honestly, after I had my first bottle. I have a four pack, I believe, and a bomber still sitting around in the cellar. But I'm becoming more okay with that after trying this most recent bottle.

While I am not a fan of 120 Minute IPA, I will admit that one thing does impress me - the maltiness. Similarly, Doom is quite a malty little beer. It pours a nice red-gold color, not precisely amber, more of an orange-y color. It smells quite pleasantly hoppy. Again: the girlfriend test says that this beer is no good for the hops haters. The bitterness isn't pronounced, but it's certainly there. The beer has that rich, slightly dry flavor that it had while fresh, but the barrel is fading a bit and the beer has smoothed out slightly. That dry barrel isn't quite so remarkable anymore, which is totally cool with me. It was... disruptive, before.

Doom is turning in to a really great beer. I'm glad I have more to try in the future.

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Photo of MickeyHops
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jet812
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of HopsnScotch987
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

A: Poured into a tulip to a golden orange topped by a dense two finger white head which retains well and fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of sweet vanilla and oak with some bitter hops and some caramel sweetness
T: Taste is earthy and slightly herbal hops with a hint of citrus before some oak, vanilla and caramel come into the party. Slight alcohol as well. Swallow is more earthy hops, alcohol, oak, vanilla and a hint of caramel. Slight citrus rind at the very back of the finish
M: This beer is fairly thick in body with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low but adequate for what they are going for while the beer has a slightly drying finish.
O: Overall this is an interesting beer. It's a unique concept but I think they could have put those barrels to better use. I'm sure it was probably a little better when the hops were fresher too. Definitely interesting and worth a try if you like things to be different. It reminds me a lot of Oaked Old Richland from The Bruery.

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Photo of Furley80
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Milktoast75
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewed date of 5/03/17. Held out as long as I could. 6 pak 12oz. bottle poured into Door Co. Brewing snifter. I was "talked" into purchasing this 6 pak on the cashiers observation of me buying Founder's Old Ale. Hey you might like this? They had one 6 pak left. Uh, ok. Best beer purchase of the Summer.
L. Pours a perfect, smooth, copper hue. Minimal white head dissipates quickly.
S. Hard time with this one. Oak. Some floral. Grapefruit. Vanilla and alcohol. Strangely as it warmed the smell did not change.
T. First taste were sharp wood, grapefruit, floral with a strange back of the throat tartness. Why would I even drink anymore? It only gets better from here. Sip. Wait. Sip. Let it warm. Much smoother. Flavors blend and meld as intended. I did enjoy this beer but for a potent sipper, I prefer Founder's Old Ale. I would buy again given the chance though!
F. Smooth, but not thick or heavy feel.
This is a beer that cannot be defined with one glass or bottle. To say its is a complex beer is an understatement. Some will not get past the initial blast of alcohol or barrel aging flavor. Give this beer the time to appreciate when drinking it that the brewers did to produce it. There is a lot going on and should be treated accordingly. Take your time to fully enjoy this beer. I found the smoothest flavors were found as the beer warms to near room temp.
I try not to compare beers to beers but take them as they are.

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Photo of TomTrocc
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BSquaredGolf
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenHoppy
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Pencible
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy dark gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like candied apricots and toasted coconut, with some vanilla and nougat and copper hops and alcohol.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and resin and toasted coconut, with some vanilla and oak and nougat. It had a mostly clean and bitter sweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was an interesting brew with bold scent and taste, but not the most delicious combination of flavors. The body was solid, but the finish was hot, so it must be sipped. Probably not for aging, although I'm really curious how this would be after it has more time to mellow out and gel. Fresh is fun to try once, but nothing special enough to buy multiple times.

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Photo of MrZach76
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doom from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,227 ratings