Sumatra Mountain Brown | Founders Brewing Company

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Sumatra Mountain BrownSumatra Mountain Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,069
Reviews:
432
Ratings:
1,733
pDev:
7.23%
 
 
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106
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Ratings: 1,733 |  Reviews: 432
Photo of Locytf
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DerAudi
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very unique beer - has the same excellent heaviness and feel of a robust dark ale, porter or stout, yet does not have the same roasted malt characteristic, which makes for incongruity on the palette. Overall, though, a quality beer!

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Photo of KMcGrath
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Houborg1
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of roarkty
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 123321123321
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ju53o8nyg9
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AllOfTheCats
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of soundaurora
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bottmfeedr
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jt_thomas18
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grm1007
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nass
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It looks dark brown & almost black in my snifter. It's medium bodied. I am getting big sumatra coffee aroma & taste, some maltiness, some brown bread crust. I agree with the booze being well hidden. The beer does pour a beautiful creamy foam which is from the flaked barley. On a bad note, I have found that Founders has some problems at time with consistency, but a lot of other big name breweries do too so I am always cautious when trying out their beers. In addition to, I like how Founders puts a bottle & canned on date on all of their beers. More & more I am starting to become a fan of Brown Ales & dark beers in general. Coffee & beer are a match made in heaven. Founders has a wide distribution, therefore this beer should not be too difficult for you to get your hands on. Cheers! A-

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Photo of jgiordano88
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damasen
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell is caramel cofffee with some chocolate. taste starts with the caramel sweetness then goes into chocolate coffee with some caramel covered dark fruit. after it finishes with cocoa powder with some vanilla sweetness. i had kbs right before this and they are similar without the bourbon aspect and more coffee. overall it's a very good chocolate coffee brew.

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Photo of npolachek
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very good alternative to KBS at an attractive price point! Highly recommend this beer to those that like imperials and stouts. Tatses of caramel and chocolate with great balance.

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Photo of dafla67
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gbiello
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikeycibelli
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joeseppy
4.98/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Every once in a while some brew just blows me away. Here is yet another I found on tap. Very aromatic with roast coffee, split vanilla bean, hints of caramel and chocolate cake just to name a few. Flavor matches nose to a tee. Very reminiscent of bourbon county coffee without the 'syrupy' feel. Very palatable and the coffee, cake and vanilla lingers on. This was basically desert for my dinner cap off. Overall everything was spot on near perfection. Truly a mastercraft.

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Photo of Metalsnota
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matuhg
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JamFuel
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark, dark brown with fine light brown head.

Smell is all about the coffee. Some hints of salt, malt and fudge, but mainly it's coffee.

Taste also goes all out with the coffee and coffee grounds. A little bit of malt and salty ham makes it through along with some toffee.

Mouthfeel is medium, rich and well carbonated.

Overall, a nice brown that ges a little bit too strong on the coffee for my liking.

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Sumatra Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,733 ratings