Maple Mountain Brown
Founders Brewing Company

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American Strong Ale
4.1 | pDev: 9.51%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to markwise for bringing this one to a tasting.

A: pours a nice chestnut brown. The head was small and thin. No retention or lace.

S: Nice malty sweetness. Lots of brown sugar and caramel. Light oak and vanilla.

T: Sweet malt for sure. Brown sugar, toffee, and caramel are all there. There is a hint of nuttiness and light chocolate. The finish has a bit of oak, and sweet vanilla.

M: Medium in body, low in carbonation.

D: Not bad. It is a tasty beer. After having the BA red's rye I expected a bit more though. All in all Founder's knows how to barrel age.

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Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark chestnut brown color that is pretty much completely opaque, except for the faintest of mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Very minimal spots of lacing.

Bourbony chocolate malt aroma with a slight oaky presence as well as some vanilla bean, caramel, subtle dark fruit notes. More of a bourbon presence than I expected but I'm not picking up much maple. Subtle hints of butterscotch and toffee.

Silk chocolate malty mouthfeel with a very smooth maple molasses feel. The bourbon notes from the aroma are present but not too hot. Vanilla bean, toffee, caramel and butterscotch flavors are detected as well. Very smooth with only a slight alcohol warmth in the finish but at 11% is pretty well masked. Toffee and dark fruit notes are there but very faint. Highly recommended!

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Photo of thequeen711
2.88/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Super sweet maple could also detect vanilla...This offering from the geniuses at Founders is extremely too sweet. I can only enjoy 1 glass. This strong brown ale with a heavy mouthfeel poured without a head, almost syrupy. If the maple barrels they aged it in weren't so sweet, this could be a better brew without the overkill sweetness.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Founders in July 2009.

Pours a deep brown with some rusty hues. A nice tan head and plenty of lacing as it goes down. Lots of maple syrup in the nose alongside sweet malt and a little bit of caramel. Hints of vanilla as well. The taste is much the same, with the maple really shining through and combining perfectly with some woody notes. The mouthfeel was full, smooth, silky, and absolutely amazing. Quite drinkable all around, and was a nice substitute for CBS when I was there.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Founders 8/15/09.

Listed on the chalk board as 10.2%

A: Served an incredibly murky, dark caramel-brown without the slightest hint of head. Some random tiny flecks of lace were left behind.

S: Unbelievable aromas of maple sugar, bourbon, maple syrup, and homemade maple candy (like the kind they sell at an old timey place like Colonial Williamsburg).

T: See above with snatches of Grade B maple syrup infused bourbon, vanilla, and charred oak mixed in as well.

M: So very smooth with a bit of balancing dryness from the oak.

D: Holy crap this is dangerous! The only reason this didn't score higher in this category is because of the serving size. If maple isn't your thing (you commie) the full pour might wear on you by the end of the snifter. The short pour they offer is the perfect "dosage".

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Photo of mhatters
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Ron's in Exton

Pours a deep brown with amber highlights. A small white head sits on top.

A bit of maple in the nose - I expected more. A bit ow sweetness mixed with some malt.

The maple booms in the flavor - with a shot of alcohol in there as well. The malt is not there in the flavor.

Real maple sweet - not a lot of carbonation, but drinks well, Would be even better in the fall when it is a bit cooler out.

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Photo of AltBock
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This unique Founders beer was on tap at Capone's during their CBS event. I thought it would have been gone that day, but it was still on tap there a few days later. Capone's served it to me in a long stemmed Tulip.

Maple Mountain poured a deep dark mahogany brown with a dark cranberry red center. On top was a 3/4 of an inch cream colored head of foam. This head of foam had nice retention that left behind a thick string of rings around the edges and just a few tiny streaks of lace.

The aroma was sweet, but not as sweet as you think it is. This aroma was sweet with the rich scent of maple syrup, a hint of vanilla, a whiff of roasted malts, and a gentle touch of oak.

If you think this beer is going to be like chugging down a bottle a bottle of maple syrup, you'd be wrong. The maple syrup had a strong presence in the taste, but it really wasn't like that. After the maple syrup passes, in comes a touch of vanilla, a hint of roasted malts, a speck of dark chocolate, a pinch of oak, and then the taste finishes up with a slight burning alcohol taste. I knew that 11% ABV had to show up somewhere.

This was a full bodied beer with a thick maple syrup aftertaste that also contained a little bit of roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak, and a touch of vanilla. I could taste some of the alcohol in the taste, but I couldn't feel it. I have a feeling that if I drank another glass, I definitely feel it then.

A beer aged in maple syrup barrels? I thought this beer was going to be a bad joke, but it clearly didn't turn out like that. In the end, this was a very interesting and well done beer. If you see this on tap anywhere near you, get at least one glass of it.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's earlier this week - can't believe they still had it avail!

Poured a deep brown with burgundy edges, and just a short velvety tan head. Great sticky lacing.

Surprisingly, not much to the smell. Maybe just too cold. Hint of maple syrup and Baileys.

Flavor really comes thru well - picked up the obvious sweet maple, chewy vanilla candy, touch of oak, and even some creme brulee. As it warmed, the astringency of the alcohol comes thru - akin to a dark rum.

Mouthfeel was straight awesome - really creamy smooth, without any harsh biting qualities often found in many varieties of American Strong Ales. Certainly wouldn't classify this as a Brown Ale cause it's in a different stratosphere from most of that style.

With the great taste and MF, this one is incredibly drinkable. If I had the time and a designated driver, I would've stayed for 3 more.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to capra12 for bringing this all the way from PA... Poured out of a growler into a Blue Point snifter

A: deep, dark red with a very light tan head. Head dissipated quickly and slight, spotty lacing.

S: smells like maple syrup, faint caramel, and alcohol. Founders apparently names their beer very appropriately.

T: dark and creamy beginning that fades into a sharp, maple syrup taste in the middle and lasts throughout to the end. There is an alcoholic kick at the end of this brew that lasts after the finish and leaves a sweet maple aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied that isn't too silky and isn't too course. Definitely could taste the alcohol though.

D: Very very good. Another winner from Founders. Despite the high ABV, this is highly drinkable and I could cradle it all night.

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Photo of capra12
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/15/09 at Capone's CBS day,

Appearance: Maple brown and clear. lol

Smell: Sweet maple syrup and alcohol.

Taste: Like the nose, opens with a sweet malt and maple syrup, transitions from middle to the end with and earthy wood and alcohol, leaving a sweet yet dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, the sweetness lingers on the palate for a while.

Drinkability: Had the alcohol in this not been as high I would drink another but the alcohol does have a slight warming effect, I would have another on a cooler day.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Capones the day of the Canadian Breakfast Stout event, served chilled in a tulip.

A - A deep brown shade w/ ruby highlights. The head quickly settles and is an ecru shade. The bead is fine and creates a webbing of sticky lace. The revives slightly when swirled giving a creamy appearance.

S - A sweet malty maple candy aroma, w/ a lovely fruity and creamy vanilla aroma. There is light woodiness and mild floral notes round out the nose.

M - A sweetness that verges on cloying and is sticky with candy like sugar textures. The feel is full bodied, but moderate for the 11% abv, it finishes w/ a high sweetness level as mild carbonation w/ smooth malt lingering after the taste

T - A very maple flavored brew right off the bat it gives the impression of putting maple directly on your tongue. The flavor of a dessert-like maple candy coated brown ale. The flavor has light alcohol notes considering the octane of the strong ale

D - I don't consider this a highly drinkable beer, more of a malt/alcohol bomb, but for an 11% brown it is pretty decent in perspective. The overall drinkability is good, but probably not one I would order multiple pints of due to the abv and sweetness level.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A maple brown colored body... mostly brown but hints of rich reddish hues... minimal off white cap, little lacing.

S: Overpowering blasts of maple syrup and booze... little else but some yeast and some dark cherries and molasses

T: Wow, the flavors are intense here... but not in a particularly satisfying way... again this is straight up booze and syrup... a huge let down compared to what the maple syrup barrels were able to do with Canadian Breakfast Stout

M: Smooth, medium body.. a bit of an aftertaste that holds a little too long.. good carbonation levels.

D: If I wanted this much syrup in my beer, I would of just taken a regular brown ale and dumped a pitcher of syrup in it myself

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Founder's Maple mtn brown is a dark brown color with a nice dark tan head above for a bit before settling into a sparse cap. Smells consist of a big dose of dark malts with maple syrup and some sweet sugars. Taste is big on the maple with a strong brown ale base with alcohol, this is 11% BTW. Getting some burnt sugars(Brown Sugar) with some wood in thr bsck. Feel is well above medium with a a good carb to go with the big abv, Not a repeat go to but a very well executioned imperial brown.

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Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's (thanks RLB for buying me this glass of beer!).

Poured a deeper brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas o maple syrup, vanilla, molasses, woodiness, and brown sugar. Tastes of maple syrup, chocolate, vanilla, some woody/earthiness, and brown sugar. Definitely on the sweeter side and a sipper. Alcohol content well hidden.

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Photo of Bung
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Founders. Board at Founders said 10.2% abv.
Poured a brown/amber into a snifter. Bright white head. Aroma has sweet brown sugar, roasted nut, sweet malt. Flavor is equally sweet, carmelized sugars, brown sugar, molasses. Roasted nut tones pop through. Quite carbonated yet smooth going down. Alcohol not apparent. Not my thing, a bit too sweet, but interesting and worth trying at least an 8 ouncer of.

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Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ron's original today. Was hoping they'd have some CBS as advertised, but no such luck. However, this wasn't a bad consolation price.

The beer pours a mahogany brown color with OK head retention and lacing. On the nose, one gets a considerable amount of brown sugar, vanilla and chocolate. The beer smells pretty nice, but tastes even better frankly. The beer has a lot of flavor, with brown sugar, vanilla, cherry and chocolate. The intensity of flavor is impressive in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, smooth finish. You can tell the alcohol is up there in this beer, but still, the beer carriies its alcohol quite well. Couldn't drink a lot of this, but one or two would be no problem at all. This is a nice beer, that I wish was a bit more available (especially in the winter, when this beer would make a great fireside sipper).

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Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Founder's taproom. Yes, we had just about one of everything!

We were told by the bartender that this was a double brown ale aged in bourbon barrels with maple syrup. Well quick talking about it dammit & give me one then, because that sounds great!

Dark brown or black, can't tell because the mood lighting was in full effect by the time we sampled this one. Smelled of sweet, sweet bourbon, baby.

Another great interplay of flavors. The bourbon & maple syrup are on top but playing nicely together, with the bourbon subduing somewhat the sweetness of the maple syrup. The porter or strong ale or whatever base this was laid on top of is just there, like the frame of a house, but is overwhelmed by the headliners. Would have liked to taste the beer in here somewhere, but that's a quibble, because this was excellent.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub.Its a strong not a brown, sugary, bourbon, smooth mouthfeel. Some maple aroma, which is from the barrel. Expected fuller mouthfeel from the maple. Not necessarily for me, but good for what it is, different signature Founder characteristics.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Founders.

A clear light brownish color in a small 12 oz tapered glass. A very interesting beer with maple prevalent throughout. This was pretty far on the sweet end with a very bold intoxicating alcohol presence. Some smokiness, vanilla, and sugar were also noticeable.. along with bourbon and aged "woodiness".

Very complex and strong, a slow sipping beer I that I enjoyed.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ South Philly Taproom 7/24.
Presented in a white wine glass, the beer is a deep but translucent rubyish brown capped with a sliver of khaki head. Served too cold, the nose starts weak, a disappointing whiff of stale crackers and ash. But as it warms the aroma explodes(!) into heavy notes of chocolate cake, vanilla, almond extract, fudge brownies, maple syrup. A million sweet descriptors could be used and not one would be off. This actually is now one of the bigger noses I've laid nostril to, and for its sheer robustness I give it high marks, if even I can't deny that its a bit of a boozy sweet mess. The taste just as aggressive and molten - it is relentlessly bourboney from front to back, harmonized with plenty of milk chocolate up front which grows into a boozy, rum soaked raisin affair. Cherry Jolly Ranchers are there as well - no joke people - peaking right in the middle. It works its way to a raisin bread & full finish that my wife described as brownbread. The boozey heat buries some of the potential subtler flavors, but I pick up just enough warm, leafy hoppiness to put a ribbon on the package *so to speak*. Sweet as sin in the back of my throat (but not a coating or cloying sweetness), this is a thick, viscous (Bravo!), beastly sipper.

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Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Founders.

A: The ale is an amber brown color capped off with a white head. Nothing too exciting to look at, other than the snifter glass.

S: The aroma is mild maple syrup, fairly restrained with little oomph.

T: Wow, the maple syrup really comes through in the taste with a boozy intensity. Maple sweetness is tempered by alcohol but never overcome. The result is a very sweet ale that can't hide its stength. The nutty brown malt body is practically nonexistent.

M: If you like maple syrup, belly up to this beast. If you don't like maple syrup, belly up nonetheless.

D: A beast at over 10% alcohol. Nonetheless, a worthy addition to Founders barrel-aged line-up.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 oz snifter at Founder's.

Pours a clear ruby red, some tan highlighting, thin white head forms, slowly settles to a thin collar that sticks, some big lacing all over the glass, looks good. Smell is neat, very sweet and caramelized, maple, vanilla, alcohol, some floral, buttery oak, biscuits, bourbon, brown sugar, quite sweet but nice. Taste is nice, very sugary, caramel and maple, vanilla butterscotch, oak, more maple, alcohol, very malty and sweet, touch of bourbon and raisin in the finish with coconut. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some warmth going down but very smooth for the ABV. This is a nice beer if a little on the sweet side, could have used a bit more maple character but the oaking is great.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at the Founders brewpub. After first having a Canadian Breakfast Stout, I expected this "maple beer" to be equally delicious. Unfortunately this is a very difference beast, massive and hairy and overbearing. The beer is reddish brown color with almost no head, maybe some wisps were there but that's it. The aroma is STRONG with alcohol and what I take to be Belgian yeast products, esters and dark fruits. The beer tastes a bit like Gouden Carolus with cough syrup taking a leading role. It could be that the maple syrup gives this flavor, at least that's my guess. Sweet and maybe a little cloying. Very very rich beer, way too much for my meager palate. This is a sipper.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at brewpub.

Poured dark brown color with medium frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted nutty malt and maple syrup aroma. Medium to full body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor and a medium sweet nutty finish of moderate duration.

Very good brew and went well with my reuben sandwich.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Founders Brewing Company on 4/23/09. 8 oz pour served in a snifter.

Pours a deep ruddy amber/almost syrup brown, with a thin wispy off-white head. Swirling produces a huge 1/4 finger flareup of creamy head, leaving back a rich cascade of spotty lace. There is definitely a strong sweet maple syrup presence in the nose but it's got a thickish roasted nature to to it as well. Almost like brown sugar. I'm also picking up a touch of what appears to be citrus and floral hops in the back as well. The maple notes also seem to carry some light vanilla and an earthy oak mustiness along with it.

Much like the aroma was, the taste is overall pretty sweet with notes of maple syrup, vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Burnt malts and brown sugars give the profile a roasty and bitter edge at times. Underlying fruity citrus, oak, and maybe just the teeniest bit of bourbon ride under the profile as well. Finishes on a tangy and warm note. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a definite creaminess to it but there is also definitely a slickness to it as well that thins this out maybe a bit too much for me. Also, while there is some warmth in the body, this no way feels like a 11% beer. That probably counteracts any other issues that I had with the body.

Really interesting barrel offering here that seemed to have a lot going on with it but in the end, just didn't come off as super deep for me. The fact that this followed glasses of Canadian Breakfast Stout and Bourbon Imperial Stout probably didn't help it's case. Still, this drank great for it's size and I'm glad to have given it a whirl.

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Maple Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 30 ratings