“Hi, My Name Is Dr. Doom, And I Approve This Beverage”
Verdict: Interesting / 92
Name: Doom, Bourbon Barrel DIPA, 10% ABV
Brewery: Founders, Michigan
Aright, this is a beer I have been sitting on since I bought it, all the while trying to find a time when I had the opportunity to sit down with a huge bourbon barrel beer in a bomber. Gonna get drunk on this one REAL damn fast.
Aroma is hard to put my finger on. Bourbon is DEFINITELY there, but is mixed in with candied orange, grapefruit and lemon. It’s not as zesty and fresh as in a regular Imperial IPA. Hints of vanilla and oak come through from the time spent in the barrel, with a little iodine numbing my nose. After it sits for a minute, if you swirl it and smell it you can get notes of citrus from the hops, ESPECIALLY pineapple (which is my favorite aroma in an IPA.
Once I took my first sip, there was no doubt in my mind that this had been aged in bourbon. After initially tasting it the bourbon was aggressive and very pronounced, but after I let it chill for about 10 minutes, it became a little more subdued and melded nicely with the hops resin and citrusy fruit. Carbonation took me by surprise considering the bourbon and high ABV and awoke my tastebuds, telling them it was time to go to work. Finish is dry and bitter, with a little grapefruit and mango mixed in with vanilla and the bourbon. The hops help in imparting a bitterness that is reminiscent of an IPA, but a little harsher.
5 minutes ago I actually gave this a bad rating, but since I have been drinking it over the last half hour, it has gotten a lot better and I decided to edit my initial review and give it one that it deserves. While the price was a little daunting, I knew I would not have another opportunity to get this and decided to pull the trigger. It definitely took a good 20-30 minutes for me to warm up to it, but once the bourbon evaporated a little bit off the flavor profile, it actually tasted liked a bourbon aged IPA instead of watery bourbon. Very interesting and another great offering from Founders.Cheers!
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