Founders Cashew Mountain Brown
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 4.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsauce2 (2) - - FEB 13, 2012 does not count
Cashew, maple, bourbon, caramel jump right off the nose and create a symphony of smell. Appearance was perfect, nice medium golden brown, heavy lacing, nice head and retention. Taste phenominal; one of the best beers I have ever had. Great palate feel, viscous without being too heavy. Overall, the only thing that could pose as a down side is that it was too easy to drink. I got blasted off this beer and almost missed Bells Black Note the next night.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scoobyrice (2) - - FEB 12, 2014 does not count
Hands down the best beer I have ever tasted. Drove across the state on 3 separate occasions while founders had this on draft in the Grap ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PhillyCraft (5942) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ryanfolty (2411) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2013 Had at Founders - served a rich brown-red color with about a half inch head. Aroma - Mainly got the sweet distinct bourbon aroma. Taste - Starts off with a sweet maple flavor, then progresses to the bourbon and finishes with the nutty cashew. Granted I am not a beer expert, but have had my fair share over the years. This was the most complex tasting beer I have ever had and was amazing. It was because of this beer that I decided to open an account here just so I could throw my two cents out there. Much better than many of the other high 90 and 100s at Bells, Founders and New Holland which I stopped at recently on a road trip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adamsvega (17) - - DEC 29, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2012 Had this at the blue dog. Wow.Alot going on . The carmel maple and booze hit the nose. The tastes keep maturing one after another and match the nose . Some fruit notes late alcohol hit and sweet hop aftertaste . You can go way wrong on the pallet with this much in one beer but they aced it. Add to you list of must try. ..on par with a great bw or russian imp.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Poured in a snifter during my visit to Founder’s. Poured with a small creamy tan head with some lacing. Beer is very dark brown and very opqaue. Nose is amazing. Good booze smell with some molasses/brown sugar smell. Maybe a hint of maple. Up front a bit sweet with lots of brown sugar notes. In the middle some great nuttiness appears. The end is a wonderfully sweet maple mixed with the heat from the booze. One of most gloriously complex beers I’ve ever tasted. Medium body with low carbonation levels. A little viscous, but not overly thick and syrupy. I usually don’t like malty brown ales, but as with most stuff, Founder’s knocks this out of the park. If it were winter instead of summer, I probably would’ve stuck to this beer my whole visit. It’s that good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9999) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (3328) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Had this on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester MA. Last glass of the keg so lucky me. Pour is a rich brown with light head. Aroma is amazing and is full of bourbon, caramel, light chocolate, and heavy cashews. The first sip was a bit sweet and overly bourbony, but it really mellowed as it warmed and my pallet adjusted to it. The cashews really shined through a ton in this beer which was a surprise. Really a great beer and i hope they decide to make this one next in the bomber series.

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