Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Sumatra Mountain BrownFounders Sumatra Mountain Brown
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96.6%
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4.29 w/ 1,480 ratings
Founders Sumatra Mountain BrownFounders Sumatra 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:
#599
Reviews:
361
Ratings:
1,480
Liked:
1,429
Avg:
4.29/5
pDev:
7.23%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
376
Trade:
13
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Photo of linnymtu
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

-Bot. 03.31.17. BB 10.12.17. Consumed 08.13.17.

A: Dark brown in the vessel is actually a dark ruby red upon back-lighting. Creamy froth light beige head is one inch show a good retention rate. Lacing is moderate.

S: Aroma of dried milk chocolate, fresh wet coffee grounds mixes with some sweet caramelized malts. Mid-range strength some rich chocolate powder bitterness is there along with a slight hint of dried apple peel perhaps from the yeast.

T: The flavor was sweet, caramelized malts, with rich chocolate and caramel chew candy/cream. Having that rich sumatra coffee like influence adds bitterness and a fresh roastiness to the drink along with some dried milk and dark crystal malt sweetness that has a bit of raisiny character. Some dark fruit is juicy and sweet, plums, caramel nut toast and munich with some final thoughts of cocoa-almond hazelnut and some spicy licorice.

M: Mouthful was milky, heavy medium body, with an almost dry stout-esque like bittering and feel.

O: A very good deal of complexity and sweetness brings to life a style that is mostly overlooked. Rich sweet caramelized malts and dark fruits add to the flavor spectrum along with the usage of the sumatra coffee. The malt base here is the strongest asset, with the coffee being second. With the world being dominated by hop based beers, its refreshing to see the malty side of beer emerge and a style highlighted that is sometimes overlooked. A solid statement and contributor by style with a very good recommendation for a surprise and break for those who do not get to experience malty beers to often. The malty flavor and range sells this. Outstanding.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is outstanding all around. The coffee smells amazing. It doesn't over take the whole pallete so you get the brown ale complimented with the coffee. It's full flavored and feels like your drinking a stout. If you see this buy it.

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Very dark with a nice head

S - caramel, coffee, rum soaked cakefruit. It gets better as it warms up

T - big coffee presence, very overwhelming, some caramel in the background, a bit tart

M - Alright mouthfeel with a fine carbonation

O - A good coffee American brown ale but it's far to be as good as Coffee okie from Prairie Ales in my opinion

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Photo of mdfb79
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a few brown color.

Tons of coffee, roasted malts, espresso,
vanilla, cream, toasted malts, and a mix of milk and dark chocolate.

Overall I love this beer; one of my favorite brown Alex ever.

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Photo of Lorianneb
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rangerred
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of _nickg_
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kips
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good Brown Ale. The most coffee presence I have ever experienced in a beer. Pours a dense mahogany brown color into a water glass. Huge tan head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma and taste feature a blast of strong coffee with lesser amount of roasted malt, caramel malt and a little chocolate. The taste is very impressive. The coffee emphasis is just right. Miouthfeel is rich and smooth. No hint of 9 percent abv. An excellent brown ale.

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Photo of JohnTurano
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Watkinsmike83
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JakeScully
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"This bold 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 for added depth. German and Perle hops add a touch of bitterness to balance the sweetness. The addition of rich Sumatra coffee takes this perfectly balanced brown ale to a decadent level." Brewed in the style of an American Brown ale brewed with Sumatra coffee, available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on seasonal draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Teku glass.

(Appearance) Pours a dense foam head of a creamy pale tan color over a deep caramel brown body with high clarity. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Strong malt aromas of American and German toasted bread malts, caramel grains, roast and chocolate malt coming together for a rich, complex body. Aromas of fruity and moderately bitter hops are met with the earthy roasted character of Sumatra coffee, teaming with its moderate bitterness and fruity acidity for a nicely balancing bitterness. Potency is high. 4.25

(Taste) The flavor of this ale is similar to the aroma, albeit richer and smoother than perceived. Toasted bread crusts, caramel and chocolate syrups and cocoa nib sweetness is challenged with the smooth, earthy roastiness of Sumatra coffee beans, contributing a rich, complex flavor. Hops are less prevalent in the flavor of this beer, but are lesser needed as the coffee comes through nicely and does a good job at balancing the flavors. Finishes clean and smooth. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, lightly creamy, smooth, mildly dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to earthy and roasted coffee bitter. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4.5

(Overall) Founders packs a lot of flavor in this brown ale, with the perfect malt build and a lot of complexity, a rich but delicate coffee bean addition, and a very smooth, silky texture. One of the most interesting and satisfying American browns out there. I'm certainly going to revisit this beer should it come around again! 4.43

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Photo of Premo88
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter
(bottled on 4/27/17)

L: clear brown-dark brown out of the bottle, piles into the glass and takes on a black-and-beige look, very classic ... foam is sticky, up top especially; some lacing off a thin but consistent collar

S: milk chocolate, s'mores, vanilla, very sweet; dig into it and pow! the coffee explodes, like smelling both an iced coffee and a bag of fresh-roasted beans from your favorite local roastery

T: a first sip champion — chocolate, dark chocolate, finishes sweet milk chocolate, toasted dark malt, slight coffee, mocha latte ... it's so good it can only go downhill (hah!); as you get into the glass, darker notes emerge, coffee and not sweet coffee or doctored but the real thing, iced coffee, slight espresso, oak wood, toasted oak wood; anything bigger than a sip punches you in the puss with the ABV ... tastes like vodka or rubbing alcohol for half a half-second, then all the dark-malt flavors rush in to the rescue; licorice, burnt licorice; a true range from sweet milk chocolate to some heavy roasted dark-malt coffee and char-wood

F: big and bold without being thick; very full, at least a midweight and very ale slick, loads of carbonation to help lighten it a tad; tempted to call this perfect, for into my third bottle of it, it seems truly like the ultimate sipper ... I want to just drink it and drink it and drink one little fluffy full sip at a time

O: the beautiful pour, the sweet nose, the range of flavors, the perfect mouthfeel ... Sumatra Mountain is why I got back into beer in 2012; I'll be buying more of this; the fact that it comes in 12 oz. four packs is beyond perfect

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased while visiting the States.

Appearance - Dark honey brown / amber in color.Capped with a finger of light tan colored and moderate retention. Some carbonation and clarity, the shade is just dark enough to prohibit a good clarity test.

Smell - Loads of coffee, wet coffee grounds. Subtle caramel and vanilla notes. Mostly coffee with a subtle smokiness and peat characteristic to the nose.

Taste - Coffee is certainly there but a subtle juiciness as well. Banana, dark chocolate as well as a tiny amount of orchard fruit makes for an interesting combo. Roasty coffee and some dark chocolate on the back end. Kind of a grainy, stale and slightly burnt banana bread thing going on. Booze hidden very well.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and medium bodied with good carbonation. Body is pretty light for a 9% ABV, but fits the flalvors well.

Overall - A very good if not great brown ale. The coffee doesn't quite work as well as I had hoped, but nonetheless a flavorful and well made ale that masks the 18 proof qualities of this beer very well.

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Photo of MJ64
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Beer rating: 96.6% out of 100 with 1,480 ratings
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