For 19 years, Founders Brewing Co. has been producing a wide variety of talked about beers, most notably Kentucky Breakfast Stout, a cave-aged beer that gets craft beer lovers adrenaline pumping as much as a perfect New England, hazy, juicy IPA.
I am hoping that today’s review, Sumatra Mountain Brown Ale will get me as excited as KBS did the first time I tried it. Sumatra Mountain is brewed with a plethora of malts including caramel malt for sweetness, flaked barley to thicken up the foam, a bit of chocolate malt for color and aromatic and Munich malts to add more depth. Hop bitterness comes from German and Perle hops and is balanced out with Sumatra coffee from the Southeast Asia island nation.
When the top is popped, aromas of fresh coffee abound and once the beer is in a glass, a bold, deep dark brown color is present with a solid finger of tan head and widespread lacing that slowly flows back to the bottom of the brew like an oil slick.
Some grass and dirty hay flavor comes through, but fresh brewed coffee dominates: a coffee bomb. The taste is as exciting as I was hoping for: heavily roasted coffee, malt and caramel on top and a backdrop of raw, unrefined earthiness.
The carbonation is sutle and alcohol is a second string player, only showing a bot of boldness as the beer warms.