furthur (331) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour, slightly cloudy medium amber body, big cream head. Aroma is malt, apple, plum, pineapple. Taste is vanilla, peach, raisin, bitter lemon and citrus rind, light malt. Body is rich, thick, carbonation light and fine. This is a big IPA. The sweetness and bitter finish balance well, the barrel vanilla and fruity hops flavors blend well.
hopscotch (9953) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Clear golden pour with a tissue paper-thin, white head. Decent retention. The nose is of a bourbon barrel-aged, American-style barleywine thatís seen a couple years of cellaring. Caramel and toffee malts accompanied by a modest measure of gentle, woody funk. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and zippy carbonation. The flavor provides a balance of lush malty sweetness flanking hop and alcohol bitterness. Woody, malty finish with a comforting kiss of bourbon.
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - medley of pine, citrus to include grapefruit and lemon, and some oaky notes.
Appearance - copper color body, clean liquid, and a full 1 1/4" white head that slowly settles, and very nice lacing.
Taste - combination of assertive piney/citrus, oaky bourbon booze like quality
Palate - body is medium; texture is oily; the carbonation lively; finish is bitter and boozy.
Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2014 This is not a beer to sit on, store or age if you are an out and out hop head. If you have a bottle I would open it soon before all of the hops fade out. But you already knew that. Although I wonder if this might age and ripen into a barleywine. Drank relatively fresh this is a bold DIPA with a bourbon burn from the barrels. Solid malts and resinous, mossy finish. Forward with malt and very hop centric. Doom is a cult classic and it is easy to see why.
UPDATED - this does ripen pretty well into a Barleywine esque beer. Great with a year on it. Very mellow, hops still linger.
Strykzone (5331) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at dld eve. A delightful aroma. Citrus. I get wood but nothing
Ime bourbon. Still, this is delicious. Clover honey notes.
alexsdad06 (6550) - Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle and draft at Big Beers and barley wines. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have a good dose of bourbon, citrus, resin, wood, vanilla. Medium plus sized body that melds the barrel and the beer pretty well. Sure the hops are faded, but I kind of like this one.
tectactoe (2938) - Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Chris! Vibrant amber body with exceptional clarity, topped with a frothy, foamy, fine-bubbled, bright white head that leaves lots of nice, webbed lacing on the way down. Aroma is lovely; itís like shoving your nose directly into a pineapple. Extreme tropical fruit blast with onset notes of residual sweetness & warm vanilla from the barrel. Not much bourbon explicitly, but the pineapple & mango presence is wonderful. The taste, however, is a different story. Even though the nose didnít show it at the, the flavor is a bourbon bomb up front... Itís not "hot", shockingly enough, just full of nothing but bourbon flavor. Very light notes of oak, vanilla, & pineapple with a timid, back-end leafy hop character. Warmth definitely brings out more notes of tangerine & mango with the pineapple, but the bourbon presence on the palate is disappointing, especially after the incredible aroma. Disappointed to say the least, I expected excellence after the nose but was sorely let down. Not awful but not great, either.
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl, as Founders Doom, new exclusive American brew Anno 2013, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex bitter brew, alcoholic/bitter and slightly fruity/woody, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, good head, good brew, yet expensive!
tmongoose (1532) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber poured clear bright orange color with minimal white head. lots of foamy lacing around the glass. the aroma of lots of hops sweet and sticky and bourbon barrel with traces of vanilla and booze. the flavor is double trouble through and through with that bourbonesque flavor, hints of vanilla, lots of hops and bourbon...about 45 degrees not real clue so the flavors are very strong. well done founders.
Strife21 (223) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours hazy golden with light white head
smells of bourbon and toffee
tastes of sweet toffee, malt, smokey and has a huge bourbon presence with some slight bitterness on the finish from the hops.
medium body, light carbonation.
Really good but most the india pale ale characteristics get washed away.