Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ölbeat 117: Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown

Brewery: Founders Brewing Company
Country: United States
Style: American Strong Ale
Abv: 9 %
What about the beer?
Colour is coffee brown with a finger-thick beige head. Aroma has bready malts, coffee beans and a mild scent of chocolate. Taste begins with gently bitter hops and malty coffee. Semi-sweet chocolate malts and roasted espresso take over, coffee taking the upper hand with cocoa flavour. Towards the end some hoppy bitterness shows up. Aftertaste has bitter malty dark chocolate and alcohol warmth.

Delicious mix of American strong ale and Indonesian coffee with distinctive chocolate flavour. Coffee seems to be an excellent companion to brown ale as well as stout and porter. Founders has already received a fine quality stamp from me before - this is another success in the line.


Don't know if there's a lot of mist in the mountains of Sumatra. The highest peak of the Barisan range in Sumatra is 3.800 metres high, so probably there is during the warm and humid season. Enough with the babbling - let's match the unique brew with a unique song.

Led Zeppelin: Misty Mountain Hop (YouTube)

From the 1971 album Led Zeppelin IV, the song was written by John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

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