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Founders Cashew Mountain Brown
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: September 10, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: The Porter, Atlanta
Appearance: cloudy dark brown with ruby highlights, creamy beige head
Aroma: sweet nutty spicy aroma
Flavor: sweet bourbon and chocolate flavor, lots of vanilla, light nutty character
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (10459) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2011
MBGSF 2011. Poured dark brown with a moderate frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, maple wood with a small alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy maple sweet flavor with a heavy complex sweet finish of long duration. This is a another standout beer in this barrel series.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2012
From notes at Capone’s during PBW 2011. Poured hazy brown with off-white head. Nose was earthy oak, brown sugar, maple, cashew. Tasted rich, very complex, with earthy brown sugary malt up front, and a delicious late hit of cashews, maple, and oaky vanilla. This one was delicious.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2011 Draft on tap at Great Taste of the Midwest 2011 (Madison, WI). Pours a nice deep reddish brown hue, a light haze as a healthy glow gets through. A frothy small tannish head dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are nutty, some toffee, brown malts, bread, and toast. Some wet oak, vanilla, not spirity with a nice deeper dark sweet malt. Initial is earthy nuts, tobbacco, touches of dry barrel tannins, wet oak, toffee, maple and vanilla. Some toast, dry and nutty, caramel, a lot of toasted caramel, a bit hot abv wise but not from the barrel. Kinda a mess, with some dry boozy finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5274) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
On tap at Jose Pistola’s. Served in a tulip. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a very thin off-white head. A thin collar for part of its unfortunately short-lived time in my glass. The nose has a lot of maple and a moderate amount of bourbon plus some light cashew character. The flavor brings a moderate amount of bourbon that is overlayed with a heavy maple character and a bit of sweetness. Moderate cashew and overall nutty character throughout. Creamy with some sweetness. Lots of nuttiness in the feel. Light booze. Uber solid. Overall, this basically tastes like candied nuts that have been dipped in maple syrup and have a dot of bourbon on top. Reminds me of the Bavarian Nuts at Plymouth, Indiana’s own Blueberry Festival. That’s a high complement. As it warms, some more toffee comes out, along with a touch of oak and a mild vanilla presence. Given that it’s a beer from Founders, I’ll say I’m not even remotely surprised that this is so delicious. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 06-12-2011

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (3919) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Draft at the Blue Dog during Wealth of Riches. Poured a hazy brown body with a smalloff white head. Aroma is phenomenal with notes of brown bread, cashews, maple syrup. The body has a touch of alcohol heat over a medium body and strong carbonation for a barrel aged beer. Lingering aftertaste and a syrupy feel overall. Flavor of dark bread, maple syrup, alcohol and a hint of nutts on the end. Awesome stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2011
On tap at Founders brewery. Murky brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon, nuts, malt, cashews and light wood. Taste is excellent with cashew, light oak, brown sugar, nuts, sweet malt and mild alcohol. A touch of artificial sweetness detracts a bit, but this beer is good shit!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (3572) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 8, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2011 On tap at Armsby Abbey, Aroma is amazing. Very sweet bourbon notes with wood. Palete is very sweet, tons f bourbon and roasted malts. Tons of cashews in flavor. And I motherfucking love cashews.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Draft at Great Taste. Pours a translucent brown with red at the edges and a fizzy head. Nose is pretty neutral, some cocoa and some faint mapley notes. A bit nutty as well. On taste, it fails because it is underbodied. With more mouthfeel, this would be a much better beer. As it stands, there is a faint cashew note and cocoa, but the abv is too high and the barrel seems to wash out the base beer. Needs work.


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