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:
#1,092
Reviews:
433
Ratings:
1,739
pDev:
7.23%
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
470
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Ratings: 1,739 |  Reviews: 433
Photo of tripledbrew
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jrandlett8
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kynap55
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this bottle.

A - Dark chestnut brown color, clear, soapy tan colored lacing.

S - Coffee, coffee beans, some light char and smoke.

T - Nice coffee roast, some roasted smoked toffee malt sweetness, and ends with a mellow coffee roasted sweetness with just enough coffee/pine bitterness on the back end.

M - Big medium body, gentle carbonation, smooth body.

O - This is a fantastic coffee beer, definitely in the top tier.

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

Photo of Knapp85
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a deep brown color with a cream colored head on top. The smell of the beer has definite coffee on the nose, some type of subtle spice is coming through as well but not sure what it is. The taste of the beer is very nice, some very nice coffee flavors in there with some toasted malts. The feel of the beer is smooth, medium bodied. Overall it's a solid brown ale. Definitely worth checking out, one of Founders best in recent memory.

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

Photo of RoguePT
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - dark caramel brown and clear
Smell- moderate coffee and mild caramel.
Taste - great balance of coffee and sweetness w subtle caramel and vanilla notes.
Feel - very good mouthfeel for a brown ale.
Overall - excellent robust coffee flavored brown ale. By far one of the best browns I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying!

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Photo of Dactrius
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Decent amount of nice looking head. Smell is solid but nothing amazing. The taste is really nice; simply an awesome brown ale although not as much coffee as I would've liked. This feels amazing, it's so smooth and full. I pour this out of a bottle but it feels like it's on nitro. Easily one of the best brown ales I've had, although far from the best coffee beer I've had.

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Photo of radius129
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: looks pretty good in the glass. Has an almost "Coke" look in the glass

Smell: powerful coffee. Smell just like a used coffee filter. Hints of sweetness.

Taste: coffee, coffee, and coffee. Follows the nose quite nicely.

Feel: decent mouth feel for a brown ale.

Overall: if you like coffee beers, then you should pick this one up. Very nice spin to the brown ale genre

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Photo of BrewNoob1
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RhinoBrew
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hendrick24
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shanty76
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fearfactory
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jackalope1977
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery snifter. The pour is seriously attractive. It's a dark mahogany-colored concoction which, when held to the light, allows some ruby red highlights to sneak through. It sports an impressive 2.5 fingers of fine tan head with some really good retention. I'm really getting the coffee on the nose and it smells great. Nice rich coffee with little bitterness, some chocolate notes, a bit of toffee, and toasted malt. For a boring brown ale, this stuff is looking and smelling good.

Medium-full body with a glorious coffee flavor. Rich bittersweet chocolate and premium coffee goodness hit you from the get-go. Very well-balanced with hops and coffee playing against the malt. A little light in the mouthfeel for all that flavor, but that's my only quibble. The coffee and chocolate sustain right to the finish, then swirly away and leave some malt and a hint of toasted almond behind.

I am a big fan of coffee beers and quite frankly, this is one of the best new ones I've had in quite a while. For an off-the-shelf beer that you don't have to fight crowds or stand in line for, the coffee flavor here is superb. I don't know how brewers make a beer with a rich coffee flavor and none of the bitterness or acidity, but whenever they do it's like art. I already bought another 4-pack of this.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MusicBeer_1961
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to snatch up four 4 packs of this for $11.99 a pack..

The beer looks excellent in a glass with a nice light mocha head of foam. The smell is fantastic fresh roasted coffee with a light malt sweetness in the background. The taste and mouthfeel are equally phenomenal- the beer tasted like a fresh roast cup of Sumatra Coffeee with a toffee/caramel sweetness from the malt. There is also a nice, roasty/sweet lingering aftertaste..

There is a reason why Founders is one of the best breweries around.. Sumatra Mountain Imperial Brown Ale is world class..

Peace...

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Photo of Grodd87
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of the_aluminum_monster
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

look: Dark Ruby that lets enough light into to let ya know this ain't a stout. Surprisingly light head. Messy lacing. Kind of like foam on a mocha I guess.
smell: Really deep, rich coffee. Best pure coffee nose I've ever sniffed.
taste: Coffee to be sure but some semi-sweet chocolate, maybe a hint of vanilla, a hint of spice and something woody.
Another wonderful Founders creation.

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Sumatra Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,739 ratings