Sumatra Mountain Brown
Founders Brewing Company

Sumatra Mountain BrownSumatra Mountain Brown
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From:
Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #4
ABV:
9%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,524
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 7.24%
Reviews:
440
Ratings:
1,336
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 31, 2022
Added:
Dec 19, 2010
Wants:
  126
Gots:
  470
SCORE
95
World-Class
Sumatra Mountain BrownSumatra Mountain Brown
Notes: 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.
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Rated: 4.23 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Oct 31, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
bottled 12/4/2017 - enjoyed 4/7/2022
Had this in the cellar and was going to send it out but thought I'd better make sure it was still okay. Why I didn't rate it 5 years ago, don't know. I did not need to worry. It was still very, very good.
Poured cola dark, definitely more brown than red or black and had a light brown head, albeit briefly. (Hey, after 5 years, that's pretty good for a brown!)
The aroma was malty and maybe had coffee. My nose is damaged so specifics are difficult.
The taste though. Yum. Malts forcefully drive this train, coffee plays along almost seamlessly. Any hop bite that may have been present years ago is gone. Just deep malts swirled and steeped in coffee.
The feel, well, for a brown a little viscous, but for a BA brown, spot on, not sure if it's better or worse than 5 years ago.
OA, Whenever I drink one of Founders BA browns, I wonder why it's not done more often by other brewers. Dang these are good.
Apr 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.31 by Taenim from New Jersey

Mar 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.31 by bismarksays from Iowa

Jan 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by meltroha from Ohio

Jun 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
355 ml bottle, from Systembolaget, shared by my son Steinar. Dark brown colour, small beige head. Aroma of cold coffee and brown malts. Distinct flavour of sharpish coffee and slightly dry malts. Not really a favourite of mine.
Apr 17, 2021
 
Rated: 3.9 by goleeoh from Michigan

Mar 08, 2021
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled 4/16

Tan head with some lace. Dark caramel brown color.

Reminds me of kbs without the barrels. The chocolate and coffee are almost identical. A bit lighter bodied. The coffee is great even after so many years. Solid brown ale.
Feb 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.33 by Sinister from New York

Feb 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.29 by Keananmichael5 from California

Dec 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.55 by AshBlackstone from Florida

Dec 18, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by Chemteach63 from Indiana

Nov 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.42 by Cubatobaco from Virginia

Jul 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Argail from Louisiana

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From frige 12 oz. bottle (bottled on 4/27/17 date on the bottle, 9% ABV and 40 IBUs also on the bottle ) to the tulip. Look - dark brown strong pour. Big tan head (had to slow down). Smell - sweet coffee boozy. Taste - coffee cookies chocolate rye bread. Feel - smooth weak bourbon! Good beer try to find it now, I know some small remote liquor stores still have this (all depends on where they kept this beer - shelves or fridge).
Apr 28, 2020
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark brown pour.. nearly black with 1.5 fingers of fluffy white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Coffee and roasted grains. Earthy hops.

T.F: Semi-sweet to tart. Roasty toasty malts... a bit of brown sugar. Strong espresso/coffee gives some bittering. Earthy/nutty without much hop bite. A bit of cocoa. Medium bodied and creamy carbonation.

O: A well made coffee brown ale. Not a favorite but well executed. A 4pack was probably 2 too many.
Apr 12, 2020
 
Rated: 3.93 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Mar 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.78 by Yendor61 from Michigan

Mar 14, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Feb 24, 2020
 
Rated: 3.49 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Jan 11, 2020
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Reviewed by PathofChaos from Maryland

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Aged in refrigeration for 3 years, bottling date 05/06/2016. Poured at 45 degrees Fahrenheit into snifter.

Appearance:
Deep chestnut brown, like a forest mountain trail, damp from the rain. Minimal head but surprisingly dense lacing with strong retention.

Bouquet:
Bold, cold-brew coffee, chocolate and caramel malts, nuts, vanilla beans, German chocolate cake, and after-notes of dark berries. I have never before experienced an aroma of malts as creamy as this.

Taste:
Authentic Sumatran dark roast coffee, chased by bittersweet baker's chocolate, confectionery caramel, toasted chestnuts, and malts so rich they emulate real cream.

Feel:
A velvety, medium bodied, imperial brown. Light carbonation----possibly due to the aforementioned aging. Its like drinking a gourmet cup of silky coffee.

Overall:
So deep and rich, you'll swear you've been transported to its namesake country when you have a sip. I have yet to drink *actual coffee* that even remotely parallels the pure excellence of this beer.
Dec 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.3 by drrone from Utah

Dec 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by fthegiants from California

Dec 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.31 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Sep 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by wvsabbath from West Virginia

Sep 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

Sep 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.36 by AreSoms from Sweden

Jul 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.7 by Yendorwarrior from Michigan

May 31, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.14 by Valkyrie23 from Texas

Apr 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.89 by Yendorwar from Michigan

Mar 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.95 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Mar 20, 2019
 
Rated: 3.89 by lsudduth from Ohio

Feb 23, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon

Feb 10, 2019
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Reviewed by farrago from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The head slowly crests at about two fingers, bright tan color, really dense and creamy with very good retention, leaves a solid ring around the glass more than streaks of lacing. Mahogany brown liquid with a serious amount of particulate chunks floating throughout, all but fully masks any carbonation bubbles. The nose is pure café au lait, milk chocolate with minor chicory notes, while heavy on the roast still seems “sweet” and nutty, the plum fruit scents muted by the rest. Medium-bodied and avoids heaviness, here the carbonation adds prickle to contrast with the general creaminess. Toasted coconut, marzipan and caramel play nice with the coffee roast, feels dry from start to finish. The mixed black fruits more prominent but not distinguishable. You get more oats and cereal grains as an aftertaste alongside more chocolate. More focused than flamboyant, it doesn’t overpower you with the coffee and manages the high ABV well. Would happily revisit.
Feb 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.18 by click2exit from California

Feb 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.28 by desint from Belgium

Jan 31, 2019
 
Rated: 4.26 by NightINgale from Russian Federation

Jan 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.2 by soupieman from Pennsylvania

Jan 23, 2019
Sumatra Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 1776 ratings