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Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Sumatra Mountain BrownFounders Sumatra Mountain Brown

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This bold, imperial brown ale gets its body from a team of malts including Caramel malt for sweetness, flaked barley for dense foam, a bit of Chocolate malt for its deep color and Aromatic and Munich malts to add even more depth. German and Perle hops add a touch of bitterness to balance the malty sweetness. The addition of rich Sumatra coffee takes this perfectly balanced imperial brown ale to a decadent level.

Added by drxandy on 12-19-2010

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Reviews: 165 | Ratings: 679
Reviews by drxandy:
Photo of drxandy
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas growler from my good friend Richard!!!! YESSS
poured to tulip glass, footed ale glass// pours a beautiful cascading head deep brown, hints of red in light, tan head fades

smells of delicious coffee, heavy malt, sweetness

taste is of fresh oily coffee, heavy body, slick, sweet and creamy vanilla notes, light complementing hop presence, a founders style traditional brown ale doubled and delicious coffee added to it.

mouthfeel is syrupy, slight hop bitterness matching the coffee quite well, alcohol hidden well, coffee addition is very nice, great heavy body, carbonation is lower but maintains well over 2 days - great balance and very easy to drink

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark brown (approaching jet black) in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduce to a medium to large sized cap of very thick film surrounded by a large patch of medium thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of rich freshly brewed coffee over the top of moderate aromas of caramel, nutty, and chocolate malts. Light notes of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of caramel, nutty, roasted, and chocolate malts with a moderate amount of chocolate sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of freshly brewed, slightly sweet, rich coffee. Finally there is a very light flavor of earthy hops which contribute a light amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light to moderate amount of slickness in the finish.

O: A nice complexity and depth of malt flavors from the grain bill in this brew and a wonderful, rich coffee flavor and aroma. Easy to drink and hides the alcohol really well. If you enjoy coffee, definitely consider grabbing this one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For every mood, there's a beer. And in some cases there's a beer for several moods. Looking to wind down? Or gear up? Or for a dark and balanced taste? Or for something strong in stature. Something bitter? Something sweet? Founders covers all these bases with Sumatra Mountain Brown.

The imperial brown ale pours devilishly dark and springs to life with a dense blanket of mocha whipped foam. The high earthen perfume of nutty, butter and soilish coffee rise up but not without a firm followup of chocolate, toffee, walnut and wood. Its taste is sultry with the toasted sweetness of toffee, caramel and candied pecan- all laying on a bed of toast and coffee.

With the Sumatra coffee riding high, its overtones of shaven woods, dried chicory and butter pecan is both delicate but bold. Supporting the coffee well is the chocolaty malt center that registers on the middle palate like candy nougat and malted milk balls. Alas, the dark ale trends beer-like and chases a woodsy hop bitterness, that easily disguises of coffee-derived bitterness, into a deep bittersweet finish.

Full in body, yet there's a lightness that the coffee brings. The beer's gently rolling carbonation is off-cask but light and creamy nevertheless. The light simmering warmth of alcohol allow a kaluha-like flavor to reward the finish like fine coffee liquor.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
2.95/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

L: Dark brown and watery looking. Not much head, but whatever comes through goes away rather rapidly.

S: Fucktons of coffee. I mean, this is alot of coffee beans just being shoved into your nose.

T: Not too impressed. Alot of flavorful cold brew coffee, but other than the general brown ale flavor, this is lacking.

F: Over-carbonated and very thin. Lacking density.

O: If you climb the mountain, you might burn the calories that this throwaway gave you.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what an awesome beer. Had the first one out of the bottle today. Sticky, sweet, a little chocolate, a nice coffee. What a wonderful beer. Definitely get this if you can.

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Photo of don1481
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown with a light off white, faintly tan head that lingers on top.

Smell: malty and hoppy and bitter on the nose. No real coffee notes to be found.

Taste: Nothing like the nose. Definitely like a cold press coffee, minus really any bitterness. Not too sweet at all, either. Very well balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: coffee taste lingers on the tongue. Pretty crisp Mouthfeel overall.

Overall: glad I got a 4 pack of this.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of McGiblets87
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best regular coffee stout out there

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Photo of tbryan5
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with a light tan head.
S- Sweet chocolate and coffee. Splenda?
T- Great balance between hop bitterness and malt. Sweet but not cloying. Coffee adds a nice flavor.
M- Coating with low carbonation and a slight tingle.
D- A great full bodied dessert beer that won't fill you up.

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Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 12/7/10

Pours a somewhat cloudy medium brown with minimal head. Aromas are rather subtle coffee, some noticeable alcohol, and a faint amount of sweet malt. Taste is primarily coffee with some apparent alcohol. Has a nice hop presence for a brown. Malts are mostly caramel, and rather subtle. Medium mouthfeel, very slightly syrupy. Overall, this was good but not amazing. The alcohol is very apparent.

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Photo of Dbrulet
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petewheeler
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap and now reviewed from a 1/2 growler.

Pours near black under a lasting mocha cap, leaving decent looking low sheeting a nd some ringed lacing.

Loaded nose of coffee grounds, dark chocolate and dark malty goodness

More of the same on the palate, coffee, dark chocolate, dark malts, caramel, vanilla. Densly flavorful, complex and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on draft in pint glass. color darker than i expected. surprised that couldnt smell the coffee (in bar so could have been overwhelmed). First sip crazy good. Coffee very forward and bitter so beware (note that i drink coffee every day and this tastes like bust ass stuff). Love this beer and hope to find again

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Photo of ledouge
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jackalope1977
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WeymouthMike
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rsquared59
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Founders KBS glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A roasty and toasty malt driven aroma with a scent of coffee beans, caramel, and chocolate. Big upfront aroma of coffee beans along with a toasted malt scent of caramel, toffee, chocolate, grains, and nuts with yeast. Some hints of brown sugar and vanilla. Subtle earthy hop hints. A really nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and toasty malt forward taste with good notes of coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Good upfront presence of coffee beans. Toasted malt with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, grains, toast, and nuts with some yeast. Some sweet notes of vanilla and brown sugar. Some hop bitterness towards the finish. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and pretty smooth. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A really good Imperial Coffee Brown Ale. Great coffee and caramel malt flavor. Nice to see this finally bottled for distribution.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared (thanks Mike) 12 oz bottle at the 2016 Aiken Bluegrass Festival.
Flavor: not as strong as expected, although the lasting aftertaste is. Dark chocolate, dark roasted grains and, of course, coffee dominate.
Partially hidden alcohol.

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Photo of Beer21
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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