Sumatra Mountain Brown | Founders Brewing Company

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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

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#1,033
Reviews:
431
Ratings:
1,723
pDev:
7.23%
 
 
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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

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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Sumatra Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,723 ratings