Sumatra Mountain Brown | Founders Brewing Company

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Sumatra Mountain BrownSumatra Mountain Brown

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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Ratings: 1,706 |  Reviews: 426
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 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

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

Big. Brown. Coffee. Beer. Warming brown malts and molasses-like sweetness serve as the base for a real boatload of rich coffee flavors. Full and smooth, with a solid body and abv punch.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle of the 2016 bottling. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark brown body, nearly black, two finger thick mocha head, great retention, bits of lacing. Smells of straight up acidic black cold brew coffee, roast, touch of brown sugar, slightly metallic. Flavour follows the nose- tons of coffee, which I enjoy quite a bit. Mild roast malt, touch of brown sugar sweetness. More bitter coffee follows through, eventually receding to a brown sugary sweetness on the finish. It's interesting for sure. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, a bit hefty, no booziness, good carbonation and a bit of brown sugar on the finish. This was a pretty interesting coffee beer and while it isn't the best, I thought it was different enough from the rest of the coffee stouts out there to make it a worthwhile pick up, although I think it was $3.49 a bottle.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally founders has done something great. After the dibocial of the the recent back stage re releases they decided to but this out in stores not just at the brewery. This may be the best coffee beer out there. Great coffee aroma and taste like an Arby's jamocha shake. Once the craft beer enthusiasts of the world try this it won't be on store shelves for long. Well done founders.

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Photo of dtm426
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npachl
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

This is what I imagine un-aged KBS would taste like. Velvety smooth, flavors of toffee, vanilla, chocolate and tons of coffee! One of the best coffee beers I've tried, don't hesitate to buy this one!

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

For every mood, there's a beer. And in some cases there's a beer for several moods. Looking to wind down? Or gear up? Or for a dark and balanced taste? Or for something strong in stature. Something bitter? Something sweet? Founders covers all these bases with Sumatra Mountain Brown.

The imperial brown ale pours devilishly dark and springs to life with a dense blanket of mocha whipped foam. The high earthen perfume of nutty, butter and soilish coffee rise up but not without a firm followup of chocolate, toffee, walnut and wood. Its taste is sultry with the toasted sweetness of toffee, caramel and candied pecan- all laying on a bed of toast and coffee.

With the Sumatra coffee riding high, its overtones of shaven woods, dried chicory and butter pecan is both delicate but bold. Supporting the coffee well is the chocolaty malt center that registers on the middle palate like candy nougat and malted milk balls. Alas, the dark ale trends beer-like and chases a woodsy hop bitterness, that easily disguises of coffee-derived bitterness, into a deep bittersweet finish.

Full in body, yet there's a lightness that the coffee brings. The beer's gently rolling carbonation is off-cask but light and creamy nevertheless. The light simmering warmth of alcohol allow a kaluha-like flavor to reward the finish like fine coffee liquor.

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Photo of jera1350
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SawDog505
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass bottled on 3 / 31 / 16. Pours a very attractive mahogany with a 2 plus inch sticky tan head that leaves gobs, webs, and chunks of wonderful lace.

Smell is cocoa nibs, roasted coffee grounds, vanilla, and toffee.

Taste follows coffee grounds, cocoa nibs, vanilla, and toffee and very one dimensional, but it is a dimension I am loving.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, moderate carbonation, almost creamy, maybe a touch dry, and drinkability is way too easy!

Overall I like this very much. An excellent breakfast or dessert beer. Will be stocking up on this tasty treat.

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Photo of don1481
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown with a light off white, faintly tan head that lingers on top.

Smell: malty and hoppy and bitter on the nose. No real coffee notes to be found.

Taste: Nothing like the nose. Definitely like a cold press coffee, minus really any bitterness. Not too sweet at all, either. Very well balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: coffee taste lingers on the tongue. Pretty crisp Mouthfeel overall.

Overall: glad I got a 4 pack of this.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 03/31/16 (9.0% ABV listed): Pours dark chestnut brown color with a huge 3 finger foamy khaki colored head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving excellent thick foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down. A great looking brown ale.

Smells of wonderful roasted Sumatra coffee, full of bold coffee notes that release bitterness that resembles a Starbuck's Sumatra bold - black with no cream. The next wave is toasted grains, brown sugar, burnt coffee grinds, toffee, caramel, light herbal hops, chocolate malts, barley or oats, and some more rich, roasted coffee. Smells just like the bottle states: an imperial brown ale brewed with Sumatra coffee.

Tastes just like it smells but with more sweetness and malt, which seems like half and half was added to the delicious roasted Sumatra coffee. The bitterness is aggressive, but if you've drank Sumatra coffee then it's to be expected. Nice mix of burnt coffee grinds, toasted grains, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, piney hops, tea leaf, cocoa powder, charred wood, smoked chocolate malts, oats, and burnt coffee beans. A coffee lovers dream.

Mouthfeel is thin and close to watery, with a medium feel and body, a high level of bitterness, mild sweetness and a nice malty base that attempts to tame the massive robust coffee flavors. Overall really damn tasty and much easier to drink than a 9% ABV brew should be. I love coffee beers and this is something I will seek out again, especially since it's a great twist on a brown ale.

7/23/2026: had the last bottle from my bere fridge and it tasted just as good, and maybe even better, with some aging. The coffee is potent and robust, really damn enjoyable again.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sumatra Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,706 ratings