Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
1,378
Reviews:
338
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.23%
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
353
For Trade:
14
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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Dark brown, mahogny-colored beer with a creamy, beige head that sinks down to a thin layer and leaves small lacing on the glass.

Nose: Roasted malt, coffee/espresso, toffee, caramel, fudge, marzipan, chocolate, nuts and bitter hops.
Taste: Coffee, coffee beans, dry roasted malt, red berries, dark chocolate, cocoa and sweet caramel. Warming alcohol at the end together with a nice bitterness at the tongue.

Full body with high carbonation.
A true masterpiece!

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nhirsch04
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CJNAPS
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of King8767
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of durwood64
3.67/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pstam87
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of addiwilliams
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of pro45
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Twelve ounce bottle pours a dark brown with a small tannish head. Smell is super complex but devoid of almost any coffee. Strange. Roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, toffee, figs, raisins, faint hops. Wow, taste is where the coffee comes through. Also burnt brown sugar, dark fruits, roasted malts, hoppy but not as profound as other browns. Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. Goes down too easy. Just the right amount of bitterness at the back end. A very good American Brown Ale. The flavors became more pronounced over time. Best to enjoy this over the course of 30-45 minutes. Will buy again.

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Photo of jaketaz
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of casapy
3.27/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jmaskell33
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving: 12 oz bottle ("bottled on: 03/31/17") poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Clear, dark chestnut brown with a nice but short lived head of tan bubbles; spotty lace.

Smell: Just brewed coffee with roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and slight char notes.

Taste: Sweet, black coffee on first sip gives way to the malty depth of a rich, strong brown ale. Roasted malts, cocoa, cream, toffee, and lightly fruity pour over coffee. Finishes with a nice, sharp bitterness and alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, oily feel and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Deep and complex, a terrific pairing of solid brown ale with very complementary coffee flavors and aroma.

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

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Beer is black, not brown. Coffee taste is there but not strong enough. After consuming my share of Sierra Nevada Coffee Stout and Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break this beer just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of Timfromthemainland
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jewellrunner
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chuckdb
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaximalC
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent chestnut color with garnet highlights and a finger of fine, khaki froth that soon recedes. Enticing aroma smells of rich coffee, dark chocolate, peanut brittle, and brown sugar.

The taste features nuts, coffee, and zesty German hops that belie the 40 IBU printed on the bottle. Caramel and the aforementioned herbal hops linger into the finish. Alcohol is certainly palpable after some warming, but not obtrusive. Dates and brown sugar emerge in the very late stages. Fine carbonation and medium body make for a smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a flavorful brown ale that delivers on its coffee promise, even if it doesn't necessarily distinguish itself from the competition.

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Photo of Nrod
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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