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 Blackop555
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange. Short, bubbly, white head that Fades fast.

Smell Citrus, tropical, bourbon, Oaky vanilla and caramel malt.

Citrus peel, orange, tropical and light Pine. Followed by bourbon, Oak, caramel malt. Finish is dry with a Pioneer and light bourbon linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased while visiting Niagara Falls, NY.

Appearance - Pours a clear dark shade of gold. Lots of bubbles rise to the impressive finger and a half peak of fluffy and dense white head. Good retention and many bits of lacing stick to the edges of the glass.

Smell - Sweet tropical notes initially with pineapple mango and lychee being the stars. Some pine and earthy notes drop in for a second and that's all covered over a wooden, boozy sub-layer of aroma. Bourbon starts to stand out for with a few whiffs but pretty well hidden. Smells like a big beer, but perhaps not 12.4% ABV big.

Taste - Wood and bourbon come through initially with a brown sugar and caramel sweetness, then some subtle citrus flavors shine. This is more on the bitter end of things with lemon and grapefruit (with a hint of pineapple). Wood flavors and the booze come through at the end with a bitter and boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and syrupy, not cloying but might be if you were to drink multiple of these back to back.Astringent woody and somewhat dry finish round it out. Booze warms the back of the throat quite nicely.

Overall - a tasty DIPA with barrel aging introduced quite nicely, subtle yet not overly so as to question the why? Doom is anything but it's namesake (unless you were to drink many of these in a sitting), but simply a well crafted DIPA with the intensity (and alcohol) ramped up to 11. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber/orange beer with perfect off-white head, long retention.
Smell - tropical, marmelade, oak, dank.
Taste - well-balanced between DIPA and wood-aged characters.
Full-bodied, boozy, soft carbonation, smooth.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer. Amber to orange in color with excellent clarity. Fluffy, off white foam, a slight orange hue, with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is bourbon and oak first, the barrel is prominent. Additional notes of pine, citrus, dank, vanilla, caramel. A nicely balanced aroma with the hops, malt, and barrel all vying for your attention. On taste, the piney, citrusy hops hit first. Then come big waves of bourbon, oak, and an alcohol heat. A lingering hop bitterness keep the DIPA present, even when the barrel notes become primary. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and extremely creamy & smooth. Again, there is a strong lingering alcohol heat. Overall, an excellent brew, really enjoying this!

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Humm... something intriguing and tasty about this, but not in a normal way. Almost a boozy, syrup drink, but makes you want to keep trying it. 12 OZ is just about enough

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine two finger off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, light citrus hops, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is mild caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, lemon and grapefruit, bourbon and oaky vanilla; boozy. Hop bitterness builds into a resinous citrus and pine hop bomb of a finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The aroma was classic triple IPA bordering on barleywine profile, but the caramel and fruit flavors associated with barleywines do not show up somewhat in the taste, which is much more alpha hop and barrel influenced. Perhaps the smell led me to expect more rich malt presence, but this really is, as advertised and big, big barreled IPA. Good citrus fruit flavors and the hops are interesting although they have lost most of their herbal character in aging in the barrel. A bit hot, but developed more deep fruit flavors and some light toffee as I delved into the glass. Big and hoppy with good barrel character. The price point was pretty impressive for an IPA of this size, thanks.

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Photo of smcolw
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Given the high alcohol, I expected little from the head but, while small, it holds up and leaves impressive rings of lace. The liquid is lightly cloudy with a dark gold color.

Low or sweet caramel to the nose. Almost like a pale barley wine.

The flavor is like a barley wine as well except for a well balanced hop presence for bitterness. The finish is literally bitter and sweet. Good carbonation against the obviously thick body. The flavor masks the 12.4% abv, making this a deceptively potent beer. I get rum soaked raisins, salted caramel, and black pepper in the taste. A truly superior beer worth seeking out.

This is one of the great beers in the world, imho.

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Photo of Spikester
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange gold with four fingers of long lasting bone color head. Swathes of dense fine bubble lace.
Smell is oak rich malts with hop resins and a kiss of vanilla.
Taste is similar to the nose but with the hops more up front.
Mouthfeel is full with good carbonation. Finish is dry and mostly bitter.
Overall a really big beer that is very tasty.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: hops for a brief moment, then vanilla;

T: bourbon, oak, and vanilla from start to finish; no hop character; mild bitterness at the end that increased to moderate in the aftertaste;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: nice, but with no hop character, this doesn't seem like an IPA to me;

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Photo of jooler
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look is dark copper
Smell like a malty scotch ale
Taste is really boozy. It doesn't even taste like an IPA.
Overall, an Interesting idea but doesn't really pan well

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Photo of ASoftMachineMan
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased in a four pack and drunk over the course of a week. 12 oz bottle into snifter.

Look: Pours hazy gold and forms a nearly opaque peach body. One and a half finger head off-white in color and dissipates rapidly to nearly nonexistent lacing.

Smell: Sweet bourbon and malt of front, back nose is piney and slightly boozey. Basically what one would expect from a barrel-aged double IPA.

Taste: Closely follows the nose, with sweet malt up front paired with the honey/vanilla/oak of the bourbon barrel. Back of the palate gets plenty of pine and bitterness from the hops, just enough to offset and compliment the heavy sweetness that forms the front of the tongue.

Feel: Heavy, syrupy body with only moderate carbonation. Falls very nicely into the "chewy" category with no flabbiness at all.

Overall: An excellent rotating brew from Founders, a must have for any fan of the double IPA style.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

120z bottle into Libbey Tulip
bottled on 4/25
L- pours a clear peach color with thin white cap
S- straight up Bourbon! this smells like a Barrel-Aged Bomb!
T- tastes like a piney IPA, with muted tones of sweet bourbon & oak,
F- medium-bodied, this is definitely a sipper but too not much booziness, easy drinking
Overall this was great! exactly like I expected a great IPA, with the unique flavor profile of Barrel-Aging.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.00] The bottle lists the ABV (12.4%) and there is a bottled date (05/04/2017). The beer is a cloudy/hazy apricot color. It forms about 1/2 a finger of white head.

S: [4.00] Caramel, fresh baked bread, crackers, pine, dank and some cocoa.

T: [4.50] Lemon, melon, peach, orange, crackers.

M: [4.50] Thick and resinous. Low carbonation.

O: [4.25] Impossible to believe that this is 12.4%. There is no hint of heat or alcohol. It is really smooth for barrel aged (sometimes I find them jarring). This is a really good combination of barrel aging and a good IPA. The flavors all meld together really nicely.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear deep amber with 1 finger of head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Lots of bourbon and vanilla up front, minimal hop notes

Taste: The hop bitterness actually hits you up front then all the barrel character comes in the middle leading to an incredibly balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Full, but not too cloying

Overall: An outstanding rendition of a barrel-aged IPA. Its amazing how balanced the different flavors are. Despite such strong bourbon character there is plenty of hop bitterness to bring complexity. This really shows the skills Founder's has when blending barrels.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orange with a fog to it. Head foams up to a finger and a half in height, and khaki in color. Good head retention with good lacing left behind. Aroma is molasses, honey, oak, with biscuit, and bready malts and a shade of earthy malts. Flavor profile is smooth, with a huge malt bill - biscuit, bread, earthy. Earthy, herbal, resiny hops add to the complexity. Bourbon, and oak really show up well at the end, resulting in a robust flavor. While it doesn't totally cover up the 12%, it still is incredibly smooth. Little bit of alcohol burn on the very end. Mouth feel is full, with a fitting texture. Overall, a well crafted, bourbon barrel aged IPA. It's smooth, and drinkable, despite being a few ticks above 10%. The malt bill is pretty large, and balances well with the hops and bourbon.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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

Golden yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a moderate, creamy and somewhat soapy, bright white foam with good retention. Medium aromas of oak, vanilla, bourbon, sweet caramel malt, and earthy tobacco. Medium bodied with soft, light creamy, medium light carbonation. Pleasant, definitive warmth from the middle to the finish. Vanilla, boubon, and malt flavors. Medium herbal hop flavors followed by medium, spicy hop bitterness through the middle. Earthy hop flavors with leafy tobacco notes from the middle to the end. Finished dryly with vanilla and mellow bourbon flavors along with a boozy heat. Flavors are smooth and mellow. Bourbon character is also mellow and sweet but never overwhelming. The high abv is dangerously hidden. Mellow feel with great flavors.

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Photo of HellsRanger
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founders does it again with this be-a-u-ti-ful BB IIPA...what to say other than "Thank You". I am in awe !!! What to say other than smooooooth sweet 12.4 BB IIPA. So pleased to try this has everything a heavy BB has without the heavyness. Just superb to drink, but in moderation. hahahaha!!! Another odd combo with heavy and lite together.,and remember my opinion doesn't count...just respect beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color - light for a barleywine, but appropriate for a DIPA. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Retention is excellent, and a sudsy ring of lacing sticks to the glass nicely.

Well, this is interesting. The barrel presence takes a bit of time to enter the olfactory senses, initially allowing aged hops and caramel malts to enter the nose. It still has a mildly impressive hoppiness - grapefruit shows up, as do grass, flowers, and pine - it's just the malt nuance is more appropriate of an old DIPA than a barleywine. Slowly but surely, notes of vanilla and oak start showing up. The whole thing could use more subtlety, but it lives up to what's promised easily.

Big vanilla flavors opens the flavor profile up. In fact, much bigger than what the nose suggested. Quickly, the base IPA will take over with a slightly malty, caramel-laden middle, and a mildly bitter finish of grapefruit rind and pine. It tastes really good, it's balanced well (like most Founders offerings), but it lacks the nuance to truly be great.

Firm-bodied and almost crisp, many aspects of the mouthfeel do a stunning job of concealing the 12.4%. Right after it leaves the palate, there is a mild burn that betrays the slightly slender feel and moderate dryness. Still, it's a smooth offering for its size. Carbonation is appropriately low.

I wouldn't say this is my favorite among Founders' barrel-aged offerings, but playing second fiddle to awesome beers like KBS and Backwoods Bastard is nothing to be ashamed of. Considering what Founders wanted to achieve - a barrel-aged DIPA that doesn't taste like aged hops and failure - I'd say they nailed it. I'll buy this again, gladly.

3.8/5: A good barrel-aged DIPA???? The end truly is nigh

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 5/4/17. Pours a mainly clear orange/ruby red, with only a slight haze , with a one finger white head that moves to a half finger lace before the tasting begins. Aroma is bourbon, brown sugar, orange citrus, and that leather wood/oak smell. You know, THAT one. The taste packs a wallop, first heat, then wood/oak/citrus, followed by a bourbon and vanilla finish. It's definitely a sipper. The mouthfeel is on the medium to light side, the carbonation is medium. This is definitely one to try, though I can see some people not being able to handle the heat. I am going to age one to see what happens, maybe to the six month level to see if it smooths out before the hops becomes overly faded.

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Photo of Dewsby
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L) Pours a pristine, clover honey color with a slightly off-white head. Decent retention and lacing. It is surprisingly translucent.

S) The smell is incredible, although there isn't much of a hop profile for a DIPA. There is some resin and pine, but the nose is dominated by dark honey, buttery caramel, and a lovely vanilla.

T) For as much going on as this one has, the taste is surprisingly clean. The hop profile is disappointingly simple and supportive; just as the nose, there is a smidge of pine to back up the intense malt. This can easily be forgiven though from how delicious the malt and barrel character combine to be. The bourbon is strong in this puppy. The oak works very well with the pine, and the vanilla notes are so strong that they lift up the intense caramel and toffee notes into something very drinkable. This surprisingly doesn't seem to be a palate wrecker, it's actually refreshing.

F) For all of the flavors going on, it honestly seems a bit over carbonated as well as thin. Perhaps this is part of the charm, it certainly lends itself to the drink-ability, but for a barrel aged, it is not quite as full bodied as hoped.

O) This thoroughly surprised me. I was expecting a good beer that I likely wouldn't re-buy, not a fantastic beer to look forward to annually. Great work on the new addition Founders.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.13 (10 pct. off with a variety 6-pack)
Purchased: July 7, 2017
Consumed: July 9, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Blushed on April 25, 2017

Picked this one up as part of a variety 6-pack at Bine & Vine, landing me 10 percent off overall. Hated buying a beer from a brewery who sold 30 percent to a big boy, but still really wanted to have this one. Loved Founders (11th on my brewery list (min. 10 reviews)) and love bourbon barrel-aged beer. Expecting this one to be great.

Poured an amber, murky color with 2-to-3 fingers f frothy white head. Lots of bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. Excellent semi-layered foamy lacing. World-class foamy retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled syrupy caramel, sugary toffee, oaky wood, bourbon, vanilla, earthy tobacco, dark fruits, woody pine, hints of toasted coconut and overripe grapefruit rind. Would hardly know this was an IIPA after just the smell. Smelled very boozy overall. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste followed the nose for the most part. No hiding that 12.4 pct. ABV. Got bitter pine, caramel, toffee, warm boozy bourbon, rye whiskey, oaky wood, vanilla, earthy tobacco, spoiled fruit, some nuttiness, bitter citrus peel and dark fruits. More like a barleywine than a DIPA. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming, boozy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a damn interesting beer. Not sure it is really a DIPA, but more an American Barleywine. That being said, I enjoyed this a lot. (Overall - 4.25)

4.14 | 92 | A-

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Photo of LAp
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The second bourbon barrel DIPA I've tried (Burton Baton being the other). Sweeter than I want - a relatively malty double isn't complemented by the sweetness of the bourbon barrel. Still, an interesting brew, and like everything from Founders, well-executed.

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Photo of ZAP
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-deep oak colored...minimal head..

S-Oak...caramel....nougat....malt forward.....light citrus hops...

T-Rich....malty....the oak, caramel and nougat are all there...but also a lingering hop impression on the taste...more sharp unsweetened grapefruit like..

F-Full but does not seem over sweet thanks to the late hop backing in the finish which adds a tight but long finish of dry bitterness..

O-Definitely leans to the caramel, nougat malt flavors and oak....the hops just add a touch of balance.....I like it overall.

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Photo of brureview
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drinking before the premier of GOT season 7.
Pours a semi-clear copper red color with a 1 finger head in a Stone Snifter. I was expecting a bigger head.
Aroma: deep oak, some of the strongest oak in an aroma of any beer I've tasted.

Smooth and slightly carbonated MF.

Taste: extraordinary. Oak, fruit, toffee with an excellent piquantly bitter finish.

Love this beer. My kind of Bourbon barrel aged beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled date from April

Clear dark golden in color, white head that fades. Aroma has bourbon notes - caramel, coconut, vanilla. Taste is heavy on bitter hop resinous flavkr., And boozy alcohol. Sticky mouthfeel

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