Founders Doom | Founders Brewing Company

Founders DoomFounders Doom
2,143 Ratings
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 CochonKing
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hype beast

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear medium golden copper pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Solid lacing.

S: Straight barrel. Vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

T/F: Rich... sweet and boozy, with a ton of barrel character. Strong oak, char, and bourbon. Vanilla. and some sharp spice. Not a lot of hop character, and I think the IPA kicks in mostly bitterness. Buttery and smooth on the mouth. Mellow carbonation. Oak and booze on the aftertaste.

O: A tasty beer... lots of barrel character, and as noted I think the IPA comes through mostly in terms of bitterness as there isn't a lot of hop 'flavor' per se. A definite sipper... one I really enjoyed, but the IPA component is a bit of an oversell.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice looking brew, pours out a clearish golden orange with a tinge of amber. bright white head leaves some nice lacing. green hoppyness, orange, grapefruit, pine, floral, oak, creamy malts, vanilla, some bourbon notes, comes through a little boozy but not in a bad way. mouth feel is medium but pretty fluffy. overall an interesting brew, tasted better when cold and became a bit of a boozed mess as it warmed. still enjoyable, but would recommend drinking it cold 6-8oz is plenty!

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

Photo of whatthehull
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a hybrid glass from a 750 mL bottle

A - beautiful deep reddish cooper with a hint of deep gold, one finger off-white velvet head with some serious sticky lacing

S - very sweet, lots of booze and wood from the barrels, vanilla, sweet and toasted malts, over ripe fruits, pipe tobacco, caramelized bananas, sweet floral hops, very creamy,

T - huge booze up front, tons of wood, a crazy mix of dry/sweet/toasted/roasted malts/grains, caramel, vanilla, bananas, rich sugars, creamy, lots of citrus rind, rich, huge and awesome.

M - full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, medium acidity, medium carbonation and a beast of an ale to be sure

D/O - This ale is amazing. More to come later.

Final thoughts - The price on this bottle is out of control at $21 dollars, but a lot of east coast stuff when it gets to the west is pretty pricey but the 12.4% abv makes me very happy. On tap or cask this dude must be amazing, wow. Age as many bottles as you can.

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Photo of Maillard
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of danoble1
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewmanCapote
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Glad to find this in a 4pk. 12oz is perfect for sipping.

Remember this from a few years back and I am not sure I was enthusiastic. But it seems like that this is Doom 2.0.

Look is honey orange with a surprising two finger head when first poured. Dissipates quickly and you are left with a head of what looks like an imperial ipa or even a triple ipa. Lacing and alcohol legs very present. Bright beer. Was the last version cloudy in 2013? Can't remember.

Smell is really interesting. A bit of hops and then the bourbon barrel hits with a blast of vanilla. Little to no malt.

Taste is explosive and changes throughout ....It's like a DIPA or Triple IPA for the first sip, then the vanilla and bourbon barrel hit. Smooth finish but then the DIPA tongue scraping dryness emerge. Cool experience.

Feel is surprisingly medium bodied for the ABV. Usually beers of this magnitude are of the stout or cloying sweet quad variety and are a bit viscous. This one hides the alcohol heat very well.

Overall happy with this one. Founders seems to have reinvented their Doom IPA to be up to their recent barrel aging standards. Great addition to the rotation and hope it stays next year.


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Photo of Nunya
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nrbw23
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXMRTN
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oldvines
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hermit990
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


22oz. Bottle to tulip glass.

LOOK: dark yellow color, big white head, creamy looking head. Head leaves sudsy legs when jostled.
AROMA: touch of a metallic hoppy, hay/grass, hints of oak and bourbon, but overpowering. Something a little funky/skunky in there drops the aroma number a tad.
TASTE: oak first, then a mix of bourbon and pine. the smallest touch of citrus.
FEEL: smooth sipper. pretty full bodied (70th-ish percentile).

Was not really looking forward to the concept of a BBA IPA, but this is better than I expected. It works on some level, the aging does smooth out the hoppy bite while still leaving a good amount of the flavor.


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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Danmullens1
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a large, dense beige foam head that recedes very slowly.

Smell is sweet, bready caramel and toffee mostly hiding the alcohol, paired with earthy, floral hops. As it warms, it becomes more piney and lemony.

Taste is like a mellower version of Devil Dancer. In other words, it's still verging into barleywine territory, with caramel, toffee, toast, burning pine forest, and some hot bourbon on the exhale, yet the booze is sophisticated and smooth. As it warms, more oaky bourbon and vanilla emerges, while it somehow becomes less hot.

Feel is exceptionally round and smooth for what it is, and it's much more quaffable, less bitter and less potent than Double Trouble. The thick head that retains for so long brings a really thick, fluffy soft introduction.

This puts beer first, despite the aging, and more than anything else it is its own beast. It's a pleasure in and of itself without needing to be defined by pre-existing descriptions. Maybe my excuse for coming up short on descriptors, but it is a really nice beer to turn down the lights and lighten the mood with.

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Photo of kdivers
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben1313
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/28/17 with 12.4% and. The beer pours a beautiful orangish amber color with tons of thick off-white head. The head stays for several minutes and leaves thick lacing.

The smell is huge barrel presence and sweet malt. Underneath is nice citrus and even some floral.

The taste starts with big barrel and sweet caramel. It is well balanced with bitter citrus. The alcohol comes through also.

The mouthfeel is thick, smooth, and low carbonation. Very nice feel.

Overall this beer is outstanding. There is a ton of barrel, but it balances very well with the bitter DIPA.

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Photo of Dave2234
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MGoeltz
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acmurphy696
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Doom is a great looking beer with a nice head and a fantastic reddish amber color. It possesses a strong flavor with probably a too much of a tilt towards the bitterness. That bitterness lingers on the way down. That's okay for me, but I would have liked slightly more balance.

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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,143 ratings
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