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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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Ratings: 2,153 |  Reviews: 472
Photo of florisj135
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sunsjammer
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gifted from my bro, arizcards. Bottled on 5-4-17.

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Photo of Bearman13
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of arizcards
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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 MrJuengling
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kinggimp
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbell23
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
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 +18.4%
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 TheWolf
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of stadmo1
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 aclockworkchris
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Evilyak
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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 MHJeff06
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TTripp725
1.75/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Pantalones
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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 probert
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shmizzen
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JamFuel
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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%
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 Uconnelmo
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,153 ratings
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