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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 4.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Imperial Brown Ale. Aged in maple syrup–bourbon barrels for 287 days in the caves beneath Grand Rapids. Crushed cashews are added into the fermenters and the barrels—and you won’t doubt it when you try it. Taproom specialty.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2011 I’ll provide my rating tomorrow, as I’m too fucking lazy and tired to transfer it from my notes right now, but, suffice it to say, the dude at the bottom who rated this a 3.3 is out of his skull, ladies and gents. This beer is easily the most singularly unique, excellently executed brews I have ever had the heavenly privelage to sip. This is ambrosia, folks; nectar of the motherfucking gods. It tastes like a very mild, milk chocolate flavored cashew with hints of caramel and roast and toffee. It is medium bodied, playful, silky, smooth, and yet sturdy enough to suppopt the malt bill and the sugars. It finishes like a stunning brown ale; all malts and nuttiness. This nuttiness happens to be directed, quite purposefully, toward the cashew nut, and it succeeds with flying colors in every category. That was just from memory. I’ll provide my notes tomorrow. Rest well knowing that you may one day taste this magnificent concotion. Surely, a sign of man’s diviinity.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
A - Served a rich brown-red color with a finger of tannish frothy head. The head fades down to a think ring leaving behind lost of lacing. S - The aroma is full of lots of toasted nutty and cashew aroma. There is also a lot of rich sweet caramel malt aroma and some maple and brown sugar mixed in as well. T - Starts off with lots of sweet caramel malts and even more toasted cashew flavor. Though the middle, even more oily cashew flavor and rich caramel malt flavor comes through alongside some maple and brown sugar. The finish is a mix of toasted caramel malts and cashew flavors with some booze that lingers. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels very sweet on the tongue and a bit think and syrupy. The finish is very sweet with some warming from the alcohol. D - Very drinkable. The toasted cashew flavor is very different and I really enjoyed it. The beer overall is a very much overly sweet, but the pure burst of flavor and richness is what I enjoyed most about it.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PhillyCraft (3441) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Jesusssss, This was the rare mystery keg besides Kaiser Curmudgeon that Matt of Capones in Norristown busted out for founders night. Huge thanks Matt... He said that this was the first time this beer was ever put on and is the owner of founders favorite beer they make. Cashew Mountain was aged in barrels that previously held a little brew called Canadian Breakfast Stout and clocks in at a whopping 11%. Let me start off by sayin this beer a pure cashew in liquid form. One of the most unique and tasty treats I have encountered. Poured a hazy brown medium body with sticky lacing and small to medium light brown head. Aromas and taste of fresh cashews, mollases, chocolate, maple syrup, bourbon, roasted cashews. Finishes insanely smooth with a caramel coated cashew aftertaste. I can see why this is the favorite beer of the owner. And 11% is totally absurd for the way this goes down. Absolutely incredible and unique treat from an unreal brewer. Cheers!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Poured a murky brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, nuts, caramel malts, wood, light smoke, and some alcohol. Taste of caramel malts, burnt wood, nuts, vanilla, and alcohol in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Tap at founders. Ruddy, swampy brown with medium beige head. Massive sweet butter and cashew in the nose, with huge maple syrup and sweet breads. Big and malty. The flavor captures the sweetness of the bourbon and maple, as well as the same huge cashew. Some vanilla frosting in there as well. A malt mans dream. That being said, this IS NOT cloying.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Pours a dark reddish amber with a small white head that dies down to a ring that sticks around the outside of the glass. Leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is big maple syrup with some bourbon notes as well. The toasted cashew is certainly present as well. A little bit of alcohol noticeable. The taste follows the nose. Initial taste is really sweet with maple syrup. Very, very sweet. The toasted cashews then come through with some bourbon. A light bitterness on the finish. Medium body. Low carbonation. Overall, this beer was just too cloyingly sweet to be that enjoyable. I had trouble finishing the 5.5 oz snifter of it.


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