Tasting: June 3, 2017 Style: American Triple / Imperial IPA Beer #: 1,066 ABV: 12.4%
Founders Doom, Barrel-Aged Imperial IPA
There have been 14 different releases in Founders Backstage Series. The series features pub favorites reproduced for the masses. And by masses, I mean the select few that get their names on lists; get to a beer store minutes after the truck leaves or find a dusty one in a store that should never have had it in the first place.
This particular beer was originally released in 2013 and was the sixth original beer in the series. A vacation kept me from acquiring a bottle the first time around. Tough call there, vacation? or beer run? I heard awesome things about Doom and I’m happy that they obliged with an encore.
In case you were wondering, here is the current log of Backstage Series releases:
Tasting: May 28, 2016 Style:Fruit Ale Beer # 963 ABV: 10%
Mango Magnifico Con Calor (2016 release)
There are certain words that are polite “code” for something less appealing. For example, in real estate terminology, “cozy” doesn’t mean well-insulated and filled with fireplaces, it simply means a small house. In baseball, when someone is described as “battling”, it doesn’t mean they were a dominating warrior, it means they were underwhelming and barely eked out some success. The word “interesting” applies as a eyebrow raising description and is used in a lot of situations – there are “interesting” hair cuts, “interesting” outfits and “interesting” food. The translation, I don’t want to hurt your feelings but I hate it.
I can’t jump to that translation of interesting but I’ll admit that the ingredients here are the regular interesting. As described on the label of Mango Magnifico – a mango ale with a touch of habanero and an alcohol by volume of 10%. Sounds more like a salsa than a beer.
This is a repeat release in the Backstage Series by Founders Brewing Company. Mango Magnifico’s first release was in 2014 and at that time, it was the seventh different beer released in the series. The Backstage Series of beers are popular tasting room creations taken to a larger audience. The series included the legendary Canadian Breakfast Stout – 98 Points. If only they would re-release that in bottles (sigh).
Aroma is pure juicy mango and not much else. Flavor delivers the same and a wave of mellow heat comes underneath. One doesn’t overpower the other but the combination is…well…interesting. 82 points.
Tasting: December 15, 2015 Style: Black IPA ABV: 10.5% Beer #: 871
Project Pam is the fourteenth and latest installment in Founders Brewing’s Backstage Series. This is the same series that brought us the likes of the legendary Canadian Breakfast Stout and Curmudgeon’s Better Half. Project Pam has an interesting label. The brewery offers this explanation for the label and the name of this beer:
From Founders Brewing:As for the origins of Project PAM’s name, it will forever remain a bit of a mystery – but, we will share that it’s a nod to the cellar coding system used by Jason Heystek, the head of our barrel-aging program and star of the dark and brooding label that adorns its bottle.
Even though my Star Wars prediction of Luke Skywalker really being Kylo Ren wasn’t correct, I’ll keep tossing my theories out there until I get one or two right. This time, my theory is that since it the name Project Pam deals with barrels and aging, PAM may stand for three stages of the aging process, premature, aging, mature. We may never know.
On to Project Pam the Black IPA. My first impression after a few sips is, in one word “odd”. Odd in that the maple bourbon barrel influences dominate the subtle flavored of this dark colored ale. The classification of Project Pam as a Black IPA seems off, seems more like an old style or Scottish ale. I really don’t get much in the way of hop influence. This black ale reminds an awful lot of Backwoods Bastard, maybe just a slightly sweeter version. As I work my way through this bomber-sized bottle, I’ll note that on the plus side the 10.8% alcohol by volume is beautifully concealed. 89 points.
Tasting: December 9, 2014 Style: Stout (with chocolate and raspberries) Beer #: 665
How could I not be drawn to this beer? The name alone, “Big Lushious”, basically summarizes everything I look for in a beer. Lushious (or luscious) as in rich and velvety, then add the adjective “big” and wow, I’m in. Of course, that only boosts my expectations.
Big Lushious really is a wow on the first few sips. Creamy chocolate, thick body and a piercing bright raspberry flavor. Some have speculated that this is a blend of Founders’ summer release Rubaeus (raspberry ale) and Founders’ chocolate-like Breakfast Stout. To me, the flavors have melded so nicely and I can’t put myself behind this claim. Mouthfeel builds a nice stickiness and ABV at 7.5% is surprisingly light for what comes across as a full-bodied stout. I can’t say that my last sip was as enjoyable as my first as a bomber may prove to have worn my tastebuds into surrender. I’m glad I gave Big Lushious a whirl. 89 points.
Big Lushious marks the eleventh release in Founders’ Backstage Series. The series features pub favorites reproduced for the masses – and by masses, I mean the select few that either get their names on lists; get to a beer store minutes after the truck leaves or find a dusty one in a store that should never have had it in the first place.