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:
#634
Reviews:
425
Ratings:
1,698
pDev:
7.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,698 |  Reviews: 425
Photo of Brendanjames
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trdtercel92
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is cola dark brown. Body is about medium with just above average carbonation. Aroma is malt, sweet dessert bread, black coffee, and a small amount of licorice. Taste is identical, a bit sweet,not bitter at all and the coffee also doesn't produce any bitterness. Another great beer from a brewery that produces some excellent beer

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Photo of kbuzz
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffgosia6
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very nice...a fantastic coffee flavor/nose. I want another but my wife would get on my case. Thanks Founders!

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

Photo of MonkeyLord
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Founders knows how to make good beer.

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Photo of mkh012
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3 months ago.

Pours near-black with a thin ring of head.

The nose and taste are coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, licorice, and raisin. Medium mouthfeel with above average carbonation. Some bitter pine in the background.

Overall, reminiscent of Breakfast Stout. Big roasty coffee with some hoppy herb and chocolate malt. Like Breakfast Stout, it also veers slightly more toward the roasty/charred end of the spectrum than I'd like it to, but it's very good. Nice cold brew coffee on the frontend. 4.25/5

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

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

Photo of Taterturnt
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal balance of coffee and brown ale flavors. The maltyness of the ale gives a perfect sweetness to the coffee. Reminiscent of a great coffee stout without the heavyness of a stout. The drinkability of it might be dangerous at 9% though. Minimal head and just enough carbonation, and a beautiful dark amber color

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Photo of GarbageMan10
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a tan head.

Smells of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark berries.

Rich coffee, and chocolate notes followed by creamy caramel malt mouthfeel. Finishes dry with toasted nut and dark berry notes.

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

A-a very dark brown with ruby highlights fingers worth of cream colored head

S-lots of coffee and some chocolate

T-roasted coffee, dark chocolate, caramel malt

M-medium body, very smooth, good carbonation

Overall very nice imperial brown ale, really smooth

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Photo of BFCarr
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very nice coffee froward brown ale. Feel is outstanding.

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

Photo of Ego
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

eyes...
2 fingers of righteous foam, and it stands around, damn snappy - perfect looking head, dark brown hue with ruby highlights, upon a discerning eye lots of bubbles are moshing in the beer pit of the glass, looks wise this is perfection.

nose...
toasty coffee, sweet caramel malts, a nice musty old cinnamon note, and the oscar goes to... coffee ! for most dominant character

taste...
smooth and easy drinking, take a moment and let this rest in your mouth, you shall be rewarded my brother with loads of coffee flavor like your tongue being wrapped in a snuggie made of roasted beans, did I mention this is smooth ? some chocolate notes balance this out... the carbonation is right where it should be.

verdict?
delicious. a coffee lovers dream, this is like velvet, definitely another winner from Founders

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Photo of MeIquiades
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - great brown color with a slight reddish color and a slight head and sticky lacing
Smell - caramel malts and coffee, yummy
Taste - coffee coffee coffee with some caramel malts as noted and not boozy
Feel - medium body and light carbonation
Overal - incredible!

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Photo of Milktoast75
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer has it all going. Rich. Smooth. Complex.
Don't let the description kid you. Malt but smooth and not too sweet.
Top of the line Imperial Brown.
How about that 9% abv? Hard to spot.
Well done Founders.

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Photo of muchos
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L. Super dark brown with an enormous slightly off-white head which recedes down to bubbly patch and a ring in a few minutes.
S. Rich sweetened coffee, graham cracker, semi-sweet chocolate, some coffee bitterness, a bit of alcohol.
T. Chocolaty and toffee followed by rich but bitter coffee, bready with graham crackery sweetness, bitter dark chocolate in the end with coffee and a nice grassy hoppy bitterness.
F. Medium to full bodied, smooth and pretty dry in the end.
O. Very good beer for a coffee lover with a nice bitter hop happening as well, and i love me a nice bitter hoppy brown ale. I really enjoyed it. Cheers ! ! !

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Photo of Zopiac
3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

More coffee than Founder's Breakfast Stout, smells and tastes much more fresh but with a nice, mellow ale quality. Perfect drink for the coffee loving beer newbie, and not something to pass up if you like a nice coffee heavy stout.

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Photo of claire363
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Sumatra Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,698 ratings