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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Photo of MJSh3a08
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HardyA
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cozmo
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harrison8
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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 BeerNDoggerel
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bundy462
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of Grupatre
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Cascade24
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IronLover
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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 JakerLou
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

caramel, sugar, boozy bite. can definitely taste the barrel. ipa not as prominent

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of HellsRanger
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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 rockrob
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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 chrismattlin
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Apellonious
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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 BeerMe8
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dewsby
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,082 ratings.
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