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 Tdnarba
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Has a very dark, rich, chocolate look to it. Malty smell to it that stays through the taste, keeping it's brown ale identity. Goes down insanely well for a 9.0% imperial. Impressive beer

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Photo of jjboesen
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Scottsbeer
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Found this on a nitro tap and since I enjoy this beer in bottles I had to try the nitro. This review is for the nitro version.

L Dark brown with a typical nitro pour that had tiny nitro bubbles that took a couple of minutes to cascade to the top leaving a two finger, light tan, dense head with a creamy texture.

S The smell is the only attribute that was lessened by the nitro tap. Due to the density of the head there was little aroma escaping until well into the beer. What little smell I could discern was coffee, milk chocolate, caramel and nuts.

T As with the standard bottled version the taste opens with strong black coffee and chocolate, in the middle caramel cream joins the party with a light touch of vanilla and the coffee continues, a slight pecan essence and a slightly more bitter coffee tempered by dark chocolate and slightly sweet malts round out the finish. The nitro pour brings out a caramel cream and intensifies the sweet malty nuttiness of the brown ale base.

F The nitro makes the feel shine. A medium to full bodied brown ale with a silky creaminess and delicate carbonation that is awesome.

O I like the bottled beer a lot and have a few bottles aging but the nitro definitely kicks it up a notch or two. The nitro brings out more subtle and delicate flavors that blend with the beer in a perfect way and the creamy nitro mouthfeel is excellent. If you see this on a nitro tap you need to try it, it is world class. Hey Founders, if you see this please increase distribution of nitro kegs!

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Photo of Vylo
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to pils glass. Deep mahogany in color, with a finger of off white head. Nice aromas of roasty - but not burnt - coffee, toffee, and caramel. Beautifully balanced flavors of a better than average brown with roast-but-not-bitter coffee. No cream or sugar necessary for this coffee ale, it's crazy balanced out of the bottle.

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Photo of 11rufus11
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very similar to their Breakfast Stout but a bit milder tasting. The chocolate malt/coffee takes center stage and the nutty flavor of the brown ale hits at the back end. The flavors blend well together without being to overbearing. This is my new Founder's best friend.

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Photo of Reemer686
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders makes the best coffee beers out there, hands down. This one happens to be my favorite!

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Photo of Jmar25
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of doktorhops
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is it: Founders Breakfast Stout’s (Colorado?) cousin, an instabuy as soon as I laid eyes on it and a beer that I know will be excellent before I’ve even cracked the crown seal: Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown! What do we know about Sumatra Mountain Brown? Well what’s in a name? It’s an American Brown Ale (which tend to be sweeter, stronger and fuller than the original English Brown Ale style), it’s got coffee from Sumatra (Indonesia) which IIRC FBS has Java coffee, and it’s 9% ABV which makes it 0.7% heavier than FBS and one can assume richer in mouthfeel and sweetness. All in all, to quote the title of a Velvet Underground song “We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together” [Indeed!].

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep rich molasses almost-opaque brown body with a boisterous tan cappuccino foam head on top that sticks to about 2 centimetres and stays there for a rather long time before slowly dropping back to nice half cm. 8/10.

S: That Sumatra coffee, like in FBS, comes across with a cold drip aroma, mingled with brown sugar, a nice woody/earthy tone and a hint of cinnamon. This is indeed one brown temptress of a brew, smouldering like a classic noir femme fatale: “Ah, now you are dangerous.” - Sam Spade. 8/10.

T: Balance - Founders never seem to have a problem with balance, this is another example - it’s sweet, but right on the border of going too far a nice earthy tobacco leaf character steps in and provides a suitable bitter foil. Flavours are so on the money that it ain’t funny, with notes of: Sumatra cold drip coffee, brown sugar, molasses, the aforementioned earthy tobacco leaf and a woody tone in the aftertaste. The coffee could have easily gotten carried away in this brew but Founders know just how to balance it out with brown sugar, it’s like they’ve got some magic going on inside their brewery! 10/10.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit less “Founders-like” than the other Founders beers I’ve reviewed with a nice enough mid to heavy bodied and a fairly dense carbonation, but it’s not as Marvin Gaye smooth as FBS, more like a Reggie Watts, still pretty damn good though... 8/10.

D: Wow, it’s hard to decide which beer I love more, I mean FBS will always be etched into my heart (I love you man!) but Sumatra Mountain Brown has everything one could ever want in a Brown Ale, it depends on your mood then. 9/10.

Food match: Bit of a dessert Brown that would match well with salted caramel tart.

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

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

Photo of chill-i-am
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of twosheds
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Brown with slight red tint and a tan head.

Smell is very nutty and chocolatey with some coffee. A little caramel too

Coffee is definitely more forward on the taste, but the nutty chocolate flavor is still present. At 9%, the alcohol bite is immediately noticeable.

Has a lighter mouthfeel than I expected for an imperial, but it makes it a little easier to drink.

I probably wouldn't get this again, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chocolate color with some coffee-ruby edging. The head is one of the tallest, at 3 fingers, lots and lots of lace, like a spider web woven all the way down, and a beige-almond color.

Aroma is of medium-roast coffee, with high acidity and slight fruitiness. Slight chocolate/cocoa puff, and faint toasty malt.

Flavor is surprisingly fruity, I believe it may be the berry notes of the Sumatran coffee. Some dark bread crust follows, with musty coffee grounds, dark toast, bright acidity, and oats.

Feel is creamy and smooth, with a nice carbonation, having a slight alcohol heat behind it.

Overall, a very nice coffee ale that I think I'd like to try again on a cleaner palate. The fruitiness is kind of throwing me, but it's still pretty good. It's a lot like throwing fresh coffee grounds in a brown ale, as the coffee is very forward. At its steep price point it's easy to find better brown ales, and i'd much sooner pick up a 4 pack of FBS instead for my coffee fix. Still worth checking out.

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

Photo of Devonking
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Heftklammer
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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