mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Sampled at the MiBG Summer Beer Fest ’11. Color is clear brown with thin tan ring. Aroma is a beautiful mix of nutty cashew, maple, bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel malt. Taste is quite sweet with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and goes down very easily. Pretty sweet, but a very tasty brew! Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2011 On tap at Founders; pour is murky brown with a hint of gold. A beige head is present; though poured modestly from the barkeep; it does retain well in this glass. Sticky lacing is present as well. The nose is bourbon, caramel, toffee; another fantastic founders malt bomb. The flavor profile reveals the nuttiness; caramel, mocha, toffee, bourbon, and oak; its sweet and only lightly bitter. excellent! hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Had this at the Broadripple microbrew Fest. First sip was an experience, cashew flavor comes shining through and is followed by a sweet syrupy molasses follow up. It was interesting for the first 3-4 taste then became cloying but overall an interesting beer that i was extremely glad I was able to get the chance to try. Maybe some of these brews will come out in their backstage series.. Keep up the great work.. I’m soo glad I live in the Midwest! AirForceHops (7336) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Draft @ Sunset Grill and Tap. Alston, MA. Nice deep brown color. The cashew nut is intense and I pick up a bit of alcohol in the nose. Great taste of maple, cashew with subtle vanilla from the bourbon barrels. It finishes with an over load to your palate. I get sweet candied cashews, maple, nuts , malt and the warming alcohol helps break up the sweetness for me. Medium – Full body. VERY enjoyable! One of the best beers I had in the past year. Another solid brew from Founders. I hope I can one day find this in a bottle or have a chance to get again on draft. Don’t hesitate to try this. Reynolds314 (3462) - 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.
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, 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. kbutler1 (1381) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2011
Draft. Poured into a Snifter glass. 8oz for $5. Pours a dark mahagony brown color with a light tan wispy head hat collars around the glass. The aroma is rich but light with notes of molasses, brown sugar, nut, vanilla, and slight booze. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. The cashews come out pretty strong in this one and I am a little surprised as I had no idea they would be that strong. After the but flavor comes some dark fruit and molasses notes. Rich flavors. Alcohol warms the throat. Some nice spotty lace. ryanfolty (2579) - 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. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Draft at Jose Pistolas.
Pours a murky dark amber/chestnut brown color thats completely opaque with a thin light beige head that quickly fades. Minimal lacing left behind.
Roasted nut aroma that’s bursting with cashews. I can’t believ how well the cashews are incorporated in the nose. Subtle earthy oak, vanilla and sweet maple. A touch boozy.
Medium bodied but on the chewy side with a decent amount of sweet booze. The barrel character is strong but doesn’t dominate the flavor. A decent amount of earthy oak, vanilla and bourbon but the cashew nuttiness is perfectly integrated. Slightly hot but abv well masked. Complex and dangerously drinkable with lots of cashew sweetness, bourbon and vanilla. Lingering sweet heat and warmth in the finish without burning. Excellent.
Thorpe429 (5035) - , 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