Sumatra Mountain Brown | Founders Brewing Company

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Sumatra Mountain BrownSumatra Mountain Brown
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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:
#653
Reviews:
427
Ratings:
1,711
pDev:
7.23%
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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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Photo of ben_tries_brews
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Spaten454
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kilconey
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdagnew
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of robebo44
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of beersampler6
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer, even when bottled still holds up to the barrel-aged version on tap at Founders. Nice dark brown color with mild head and lingering lacing. Smells of dark roast coffee, vanilla and caramel. Tastes of dark coffee, vanilla, a little wood, caramel and dark chocolate. Alcohol taste was well-hidden and deceptively mild despite the higher ABV. Smooth, slightly creamy mild mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Less bourbon boozy than the barrel-aged version but just as delicious and enjoyable to drink.

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

Photo of sulldaddy
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown color with a beige fizzy head of 1 cm foaming up on the pour. the foam fades to a wispy surface layer and sticky edge lacing.
The aroma is heavy with coffee grounds and and roasted malt, I also get some brown sugar and a little dark chocolate. No hops anywhere on the nose and the booze is well hidden in the aroma.
The first sip reveals a smooth textured beer with spacious and gentle carbonation. The flavor is what the nose advertises with all malt, lots of roasted notes and coffee grounds. I get a little dark chocolate mixed in here too, but again, no hops in the flavor profile. This is a very drinkable beer and the booze is well hidden and heavy with coffee dose.
Glad to have tried this one.

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Photo of Negrelly
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JM5671
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jhrozek
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Founders Brewing Company "Sumatra Mountain Brown"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON: 12.15.17 00132"
$3.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow, that's a dark beer for being a brown ale. Held to the light it's a ruby accented deep mahogany brown beneath a two-finer thick head of khaki foam. The aroma expresses clear oily coffee beans that are nutty and toasty over a sweetish and caramelish malt base. It reminds me of opening a bin full of medium roast coffee beans at my local shop. The flavor follows, delivering lots of nutty, mildly roasty coffee with plenty of rich, sweetish caramel malt behind it. How strong is this? 9.0%, well that makes sense as there's a lot of malt here. I'm getting some toffee and chocolate as well. It's all blended very nicely though, and each note comes through on its own but still supports the larger overall flavor. Very nicely done! This might be my favorite coffee beer ever, and to be honest I'm not that big of a fan or brown ales, although this is a big one, but that combination really lets the coffee come through nicely. It's firmly bitter, and it finishes with some sweetish malt fading but eventually eroding to leave it dry and nutty. Some leafy hops appear across the middle and into the swallow but they really come out mainly in the finish. The coffee lingers more than anything else. The alcohol never shows. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a bit of a dextrinous feel, and crisp. I think that crisp carbonation is needed to keep it alive, if it was softer it might appear too syrupy. This is one of the most balanced and decadent coffee beers I've ever tasted - well worth seeking out!
Review# 6,058

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

Photo of BenTN
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Noelito76
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sumatra Mountain Brown has a thick, creamy, ivory head, a hazy, red-brown appearance, and moderate glass lacing. Aroma is of rich, creamy, dark-roast coffee, chocolate, and sweet brown bread crust. The flavor is the same, with no bitterness, aside from the char bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium high, and Sumatra Mountain Brown finishes medium dry.

RJT

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Photo of M4CDO
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HardTarget
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep brown glass holds a half finger of bright tan head that laces and lasts.

Aroma: Coffee, with an earthy nutty aroma. Little hints of malt sweetness poke through, but that's a lot of coffee.

Taste: Roasted barley, a bit burnt, coffee of course, very earthy, a little sweetness in the finish keeps it from being harsh.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, bit oily, finishes dry, on the edge of burning.

Overall: Big flavor, very earthy, very roasted. It makes for a great sipper, but isn't going to win everyone over. I could see getting more.

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Photo of cbenson
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Cloudy black with minimal carbonation and a tight frothy head of milky tan. Slightly less viscous than a thicker stout without much carbonation.
Smell: Wow! Notes of buttermilk and sweet toffee with a definite scent of coffee. Fairly nutty as well.
Taste: Sweet and smooth. Very coffee forward. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. The malts are not super noticeable but have a full warm texture.
Mouthfeel: Smooth buttery entry with immediate mouth coating and a happy warm finish. Very full-bodied and creamy for a brown ale with just a hint of carbonation.
Overall: A delicious coffee forward ale with a warm smooth full-bodied texture and an amazing scent. I love it!

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Sumatra Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,711 ratings