HoppyAlesToYou (156) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some citric, pine, vanilla, and bourbon on the nose, but not enough of anything to make it very appealing. It pours well into a Greenbush snifter, but flattens quickly as it warms. Taste is mild sweetness followed by medium bitterness, but the mouth feel is too light. I was underwhelmed overall.
superspak (2543) - Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in March 2013. Pours fairly hazy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, light honey, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, bourbon barrel, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light honey, light pine, and floral/oak earthiness. Good amount of pine/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light honey, light pine, and floral/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops, bourbon barrel, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged DIPA with age. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops, bourbon barrel, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
furthur (165) - 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 (9064) - 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 (159) - 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 (4903) - 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 (5360) - 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 (1658) - Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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 (5386) - 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 (1254) - 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.