Sumatra Mountain Brown | Founders Brewing Company

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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:
#655
Reviews:
427
Ratings:
1,711
pDev:
7.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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

Photo of woemad
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at the Kendall Yards Nectar in Spokane, WA, for $2.99. Bottled December 4, 2017, per the rear label.

Poured a dark brown color, with an extremely thin and short-lived tan head. No lace.

Big coffee nose up front. As it warmed, some brown sugary dark malt aromas came out to play.

Coffee dominates the taste as well. The molasses-like sweetness that often comes with brown ales comes in about midway through the taste and equals the coffee by the finish. The high alcohol content is not apparent when tasting.

Medium bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

A pretty good coffee beer that nevertheless isn't what I would call spectacular, but is fairly easy to drink, considering the high abv. I'd drink this again, but perhaps not pay $3 for a bottle.

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Photo of Jbalintjr
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbb77
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Vinylboy20
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drstalker
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryan4120
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L - Deep opaque brown with lighter brown highlights around the edges with a medium thick, creamy, tan head that sticks around and leaves lacing behind.
S - Coffee and rich, roasted malt and barely along with notes of nuts and chocolate
T - Follows the nose with rich coffee/espresso and roasted malt and barely up front followed by notes of bitter chocolate, nuts, and caramel.
F - Medium to full bodied with a mild to moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth.
O - A really great brown ale with a fantastic flavor profile. Founder's hit this one out of the park.

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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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Sumatra Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,711 ratings