northropfrye (3628) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 27, 2017 tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2013 A little hazy, golden pour and a white head. Really interesting aroma, most of double troubles pungent floral and tropical fruit hoppiness seems to be gone, the bitterness is mostly malt based and then you get to some of the barrel characteristics (prominent oak and vanilla aroma). Interesting taste, subtle piney hop notes there, bold barrel notes of vanilla, oak and bourbon, some caramel, boozy notes, and maybe a touch of dark fruit. Founders did a really good job, this is a fantastic beer that I enjoyed drinking. Tastes more like a barleywine or a strong ale than a DIPA.
Thanks cards04 for this. Dark orange body, white head nice lacing. Citrus and malt aroma. Taste is rich malty and kind of like a slightly hoppy barley wine. Abv well masked. Nice beer. commonmac (1250) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2017
On tap at Muddy Waters. 10oz pour. A hazy, thick golden orange appearance. Nose leans towards a bourbon barrel effort suppressing the citrus and pine of the imperial IPA beneath the surface. Taste is heavy into citrus almost a resiny viscous affair. The bourbon barrel aging effort comes through in the full boozy feeling. Syrupy mouthfeel. This doesn’t quite work for me. Hard to find balance in this one. I think it’s too heavy on the alcohol. You’re clearly doomed if you consume 1 or 2 of these beers. GIJOE (1210) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUL 26, 2017
Pours an orangey amber with a thin white head. Nose is boozy nougat candy with piney hop notes. Taste is quite bitter, but the sweet malt comes through. Barrel notes come out nicely in the aftertaste. Excellent brew.
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Tap. Clear deep amber. Well lacing head. Melon, honey aroma. Tropical fruit background. Full body. Well balanced taste. Honey malts, powerful citrusy hops. Very good Darwenus (1138) - Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2017 A good beer, but an example of why it is hard to age an IPA in Bourbon barrels. You either lose the Hop character, or the Bourbon Barrel does not have time to make an impression. With Doom, The Bourbon Barrel is all up in your face. The sacrifice is the Hop character that typically defines an IPA. It pours a bright hazy copper color with very little head. This beer smells sweet and malty, with some vanilla and some caramel. Oak is present on the aroma. The flavor is like a bourbon barrel-aged Pale Ale. It has enough malt to stand up to Bourbon Barrel aging, and conveys the typical bourbon notes competently. What I do not get here is any distinct Hoppy quality. The hops are there, but in a very muted form, clamoring for some attention in the finish. But they do not come close to the kind of dominance that hops enjoy in a proper IPA. And it might be that this bottle is a little too old. But I cannot imagine the hops having been a distinct presence at all, based on what I have here. It is a fine beer. I recommend it to fans of pale ales aged in Bourbon barrels. But billing this as an IPA does not make sense to me. I have to deduct points for the marketing. I imagine that IPA fans are going to drink this and find it wanting.
kidobutai (691) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2017
Poured from a bottle. Delicious, very strong. Clear, orange. Delicious caramel aroma, very strong scotch taste. Luvystypotables (1967) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2017
Aroma of caramel, malt and bourbon, clear caramel color with a thick white well laced head. A caramel, bourbon and malt taste. A medium body with a sweet malt whiskey finish. MrHangover (4563) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2017
Bottle @ Floris’ Leaving Party. Pours a clear amber colored beer with a small off white head on top. Aroma has faded, cheesy hops, barley wine notes, lots of bourbon and vanilla in there. Very malty. Flavor is bittersweet and still has some of the hoppy bitterness in there, very sweet bourbon notes are also present. Very alcoholic, very strong with a kinda thin body. Not too impressive, probably past it’s shine. drjoeng (1291) - SINGAPORE - JUL 22, 2017
12.4%ABV. Imperial IPA.
Poured out amber. 12 SRM.
Nose is sweet and malty with hints of taffy and malted candy. Sweet cloying aroma of ripe longans and dried longans. Local aroma note: Cheng Tng. Coconut candy, coconut sugar and toasted coconut. Honeycomb candy, crumble.
Mouthfeel is watered honey. Palate has coconut, toasted almonds, hint of Marzipan. Medicinal flavors are band aids, tincture.
Finish is dry and bitter and long. Nice woody flavors start to develop near the end. Boozy and warming.
Overall, this was a very jagged taste ride, a little unusual for Founders. I’ll chalk it up to the bourbon barrel aging that’s accentuated some of the flavors and creating more conflict and less harmony. williamstome (1876) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 20, 2017
Ruddy orange pour. sweet vanilla aroma. Sweet caramel and vanilla flavor, notes of wood and bourbon.