Founders Brewing Company
Sumatra Mountain Brown (Imperial Brown Ale Brewed With Sumatra Coffee)
American Brown Ale
4-Pack, $10.99
The head slowly crests at about two fingers, bright tan color, really dense and creamy with very good retention, leaves a solid ring around the glass more than streaks of lacing. Mahogany brown liquid with a serious amount of particulate chunks floating throughout, all but fully masks any carbonation bubbles. The nose is pure cafe au lait, milk chocolate with minor chicory notes, while heavy on the roast still seems "sweet" and nutty, the plum fruit scents muted by the rest. Medium-bodied and avoids heaviness, here the carbonation adds prickle to contrast with the general creaminess. Toasted coconut, marzipan and caramel play nice with the coffee roast, feels dry from start to finish. The mixed black fruits more prominent but not distinguishable. You get more oats and cereal grains as an aftertaste alongside more chocolate. More focused than flamboyant, it doesn't overpower you with the coffee and manages the high ABV well. Would happily revisit.
5 out of 5