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:
#1,031
Reviews:
431
Ratings:
1,722
pDev:
7.23%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
465
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,722 |  Reviews: 431
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 cindyjeffsmith
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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Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle 3/31/16 BO. Pours a Dark Brown color with thin tan head and fresh collar , smells of coffee and roasted malts., taste and smell is cold press coffee with sweet toffee and molasses, mouth feel is creamy on the front with a little bitterness at the end, coffee is very prominent in the brown , its good but i only want to drink one , on the sweet side, if you are a fan of coffee brews this one is for you.

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

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

Photo of luke12345
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at a local Market District for $12.99 a four pack. Into a perfect pint glass.
A - Hazy deep dark brown just a slight sight of light at the base of the glass looks like dark roast coffee! Head is exceptional a full inch of frothy mocha head that slowly pulls back to some lace.
S - Man the coffee really shines on this! Deep roasty toasted coffee goodness with some balancing coca powder and vanilla marshmallow like sweetness.
T - Slightly green at times giving way to bitter roast coffee yet mostly sweet almost like a deep roast cold coffee. Brown malts are there muddled throughout and it is sweet but it never really seems like a candy beer. I love it!
M - I can't believe this beer is 9% so smooth and creamy bold and bitter so much coffee flavor.

Ow man am I glad I got a four pack of this Founders always impresses me with their high octane dark brews!

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

Photo of MaxPowers
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a beer this is.....is pretty much exactly what it says it is. The Sumatran coffee is extremely prevalent in both smell and taste, a little sweetness added to the possible bitterness and this is an extremely well balanced and well brewed beer. Looks great, mouthfeel is excellent, this is a real stunner.for fans of coffee beers, this is a must try.

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

Enjoyed on tap and now reviewed from a 1/2 growler.

Pours near black under a lasting mocha cap, leaving decent looking low sheeting a nd some ringed lacing.

Loaded nose of coffee grounds, dark chocolate and dark malty goodness

More of the same on the palate, coffee, dark chocolate, dark malts, caramel, vanilla. Densly flavorful, complex and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of mecmd
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Sumatra Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,722 ratings