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Founders Cashew Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 73
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rifugium on 06-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 50
Reviews by barczar:
Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep opaque brown with a small tan head that dissipates almost completely, leaving only a ring around the glass.

Aroma is yummy! Bourbon, oak, cashews, and chocolate malt lead the way, with malted milk balls, vanilla, and maple revealing themselves later.

Boozy bourbon envelops the flavor. Oak and cashews hit mid palate, with dark plums and prunes rounding out the finish. Toasted malt supports the flavor profile with strong flavors of chocolate and toffee that are fairly balanced with the bourbon. Maple sweetness really comes out as it warms. It really becomes cloyingly sweet and boozy.

Body is fairly thick with minimal carbonation, finishing with a slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, a tasty beer. I was hoping for less sweetness and more complex malt flavor. I think it would be nice to age a bottle and calm down the alcohol a bit.

More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Founders

A 4.5. Pours slightly muddy brown with a small amount of head that persists as a collar and leaves a bit if lacing behind.

S 4.5 smell has a nice but not overwhelming amount of bourbon and a very noticeable cashew presence.

T 4.5 bourbon takes a backseat to cashew on the taste. The cashews make this very smooth. Some alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. A bit of wood presence and a slight drying finish.

M 4 Surprisingly creamy. Some numbing alcohol and a dry finish

O 4.5 Founders continues to show how to make barrel aged beers. Nothing dominates here. A great blending of the nuttiness, malt and nice subtle bourbon notes. Would love to see this in their 750 series.

Photo of jisom123
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank directly from the tap when no one was looking at IN summer Microbrewers Fest. Kidding. Sample glass. I was volunteering at the front gate so I got first dibs one this awesome beer.

This beer is a super rich and very smooth big brown ale. The alcohol is well hidden and the cashews are very pronounced in the nose as well as the flavor. Perfect balance. The cashews taste like they were slightly roasted, but that may have been the grain; who knows.

One of the brewers was there and he said that they grind up whole Cashews into a fine mush. Turned out perfectly.

Photo of Brenden
4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was a one-off, but wasn't sure. Now that I have the notes, I'll review in the hopes that Founders considers doing it again, or should it return for any reason.

The color's a medium brown, though edges a bit lighter; it's actually not as dark as I expected and even has just the slightest opacity to it. A scrappy-looking off-white head puts up a fight and eventually settles to a compact crown that lines the edges of the glass and manages surprisingly decent lacing given that it wasn't particularly dense.
All the nuttiness I'd hoped for is in the aroma along with some maple, not just the sweetness but a nice base flavor that foes with the nut very well. Alcohol comes out but not as hard as I feared, and not too fusel either. Dark fruit and vanilla lay down an extra sweet complexity, likely from the bourbon. The malt foundation seems strong enough to rest it all on.
Malty enough for sure, it needs the strong base to rest all of the flavor's boldness and complexity on. Nuts are not just the main element, mingling with the other flavors rather than overcoming them. It stands out as a flavor, but just. Quite sweet but not massively, all the maple, vanilla, dark fruits, and semi-sweet chocolate come out strong. They couple with more complexity from the barrels, and a balancing dryness to boot (without which an effort like this one fails). Oaky, with just a touch of smoky char to it, it really counters the sweetness well. Founders is Founders.
Fortunately not too heavy, I don't forget that this is a brown rather than a stout. It's rich and robust weithout being destructive or sinking heavily. Carbonation is low but enough to allow everything to work together, and enough to make for smooth sipping (key). A lingering finish is semi-sweet.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking this one as I type at the source. Poured into a snifter.

Served with a 1 finger frothy, creamy, light coffee head with moderate retention. Beer is a dark, near opaque brown. Lacing is patchy and spotty with decent stick. Slightly above average.

Nose is sweet booze, brown sugar, and caramel. Super robust and aromatic. Some vanilla notes present also. Definitely one of the best brown ales I've ever smelt.

Opens spicy sweet. Brown sugar, molasses, and honey. Cashews prominent towards the middle and peeters out gradually. More maple syrup towards the end with some heat and a bourbon-like characteristic. Grainy brown sugar and toffee aftertaste. Exceptional... Downright one of the best tasting beers I've ever had.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and oily in the mouth and subtle and silky going down. Finish is quiet with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Perfectly drinkable.

This beer is a revelation. Hands down the best brown ale I've ever had and in the running for one of the best beers period. Awesome balance and exceptional feel. Fantastic.

Photo of prototypic
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cashew Mountain Brown is a dark mahogany color. Definitely looks hazy. A little light reveals some nice highlights that are somewhere between burgundy and crimson. A light tan head caps it off and stands about a finger tall. It recedes quickly and leaves light lace behind.

The nose is excellent. The brown malt base smells a little sweet and features just a touch of cocoa-esque chocolate. Smells like there's a little roasted malt too. Bourbon is easily noted, but seems polite and restrained. It works well with the malt base and doesn't overpower it. It does have a praline scent that's secondary. They all work extremely well together to produce a really nice smelling beer. Alcohol is there, but that's not surprising. Doesn't offend me.

The flavor is really impressive. There's no doubt about the brown malt base. It's a little sweet and extremely flavorful. Light cocoa and roasted malts are secondary. The barrel aging imparted a really nice, moderate bourbon flavor that is a great complement to the brown malt flavor. Oak and vanilla flavors follow and really broaden the flavor profile. There is a secondary nutty, praline flavor that's nice. I wouldn't mind if it were a little more pronounced. Nonetheless, it fits nicely and does add a positive flavor to the mix. Alcohol is there, but isn't overbearing or hot. Hey, it's barrel-aged. What do you expect? Finishes with a mix of sweet brown malt, bourbon, and vanilla.

The body is medium. It features very light carbonation and feels extremely smooth and creamy. With just a little more heft, the feel would be perfect. Damn good as it is. This stuff goes down far too easily. I'm having a 12 ounce glass, but would not object to more.

Founders Brewing Company produces mostly top notch barrel-aged beers. Cashew Mountain Brown is a fine example and an excellent addition to their roster. I believe this is my first experience with a barrel-aged Brown Ale (that I recall). It's a grand idea! There aren't any material shortcomings to discuss here. This is a stellar beer! Founders, please bottle this!

Photo of 33nickadams
4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery during the wife and I's brewery tour of Michigan. I promised the wife that I wouldn't go on BA for the trip, but I have to review this one.
It is completely opaque with a dark brown hue. Almost no head. The smell is great! I get cashews and chocolate and maple syrup. The taste is the same as the nose. Is there any alcohol in this? (10.5%). Medium body and carbonated perfectly. Browns are probably my least favorite style, but these guys know what they are doing with this. Just talked to staff and no plans to bottle this. Too bad because it is a great beer!

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Capone’s (Norristown, PA) on 6/9/11. Served in a 5 oz snifter.

Pours a deep ruby in the glass, topped with a rich cap of milk chocolate colored head. This retains with a solid foaminess around the edges, leaving back a ton of spotty frothy lacing. The aroma smells of maple and bourbon char, with notes of caramel, vanilla, burnt sugars, and a touch of citric hops. Green tannic character hangs on the edges of the nose, while those cashews pull up strong in the back. Unfortunately, as this warms up, the alcohol heat starts to take this over, as spice and sweetness start to run over the other flavors a tad too much.

The maple dominates the taste, followed quickly by the bourbon, and strong burnt char, which hangs on the sides of the profile. The barrel flavors really cover up much of the more roasted aspects of this but a good bit of sweetness from caramel, vanilla, and cocoa, does manage to make itself known. Like the aroma, I’m picking up the cashews more towards the backend of the profile, with an earthy nuttiness that lingers. The bourbon mostly finishes this dry and tannic, while a lot of lingering sugars stick to the lips and tongue. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and mostly chewy up front but then gets progressively more sharp on the tongue the longer this hangs out in the mouth. There is a good bit of warmth to this but any stinging heat is mostly kept in the check, with much of the intensity from the ABV being felt in the overall aggressiveness of the flavors. Interesting enough, despite the high ABV, this is actually coming off as a touch too light me in spots. This could actually stand to maybe use a bit more chewiness to match up with the richness of the flavors.

While I certainly enjoyed by mini-snifter of this, it ultimately just fell a notch below many of the BA offerings that I’m used to from Founder’s (especially the ones using the maple liquor barrels). The bourbon and ABV just came off as too strong in the nose and was I surprised at the overall lightness of the body at times. I’m glad to have tried this but I think that it just came up short compared to what I’ve come to expect from these guys.

Photo of rhong187
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my go to bar had the pleasure of having this on tap... poured in a 4oz flight glass

A - dark brown with about a half finger head. just looks amazing...

S - the smell if what really captures every bit of awesomeness this beer possesses. Right away, you get hit with a short whiff of bourbon, and hten the cashews really take over.

T - wow... the cashews completely take over your taste buds. a slight sweetness remsembling vanilla hits you as well.

M - medium bodied, but I don't really know if I'd be able to finish a pint of this stuff. It's very sweet and very rich..

I had the pleasure of enjoying this beer while speaking with Dave Engbers from Founders. It was great listening to the way this idea was developed yet disappointing why we won't see it in bottles any time soon. The 4oz pout was just perfect, and wow this was a flavor bomb...

Photo of mfunk9786
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Philly Beer Week brought this beer to the Philadelphia area, and it didn't disappoint. It's described as an imperial brown ale brewed with a lot of cashews, and then aged in KBS barrels that've had maple syrup added in for 3-4 months. Not sure if these are the same barrels CBS is aged in, but it sounds as if it's a similar process.

Pours a dark, clean-looking brown, comparable to a very malty scotch ale. Smells strongly of sweet, earthy cashews and maple syrup. Tastes divine, will smooth out with a bit more age but has no alcohol burn to speak of and is not too sweet like some Founders beers sometimes are (looking at you, Old Curmudgeon). Certainly unique to have a strong cashew flavor in a beer, and I can see this one being a hit on draft. Certainly the best nut brown ale I can conceive of.

Photo of dfclav
4.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the blue dog 6/10

A - fairly brown with reddish gold hue. Not much head to speak of or lacing for that matter, just a small ring with very thin, patchy lacing.

S - very strong notes of bourbon and cashews. The beer itself smells very rich.

T - huge assault of sweet cashews and bourbon. Very complex combination of flavors and oak. The maple syrup makes itself very noticed in the sweetness of the cashews and the finish provides a very refreshing orange/tangerine citrus note.

M - medium bodied, not very active on the palate carbonation wise and very chalky finish. A bit hot, but that's understandable.

O - this is without a doubt a dessert beer. It would pair extremely well with anything vanilla (especially ice cream) above anything else. This is an enjoyable sipper that falls well short of being too cloying, and I'd recommend you seek it out.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark brown, with a smallish head was lifted up onto the top, but this was quickly replaced by a thin layer of film across the top. Carbonation was visible in the very clear brew.

The smell was rich and sweet. Predominant aroma was a caramel with a touch of an earthy malt. A light feeling was released by this, so you really did not think you were going into anything too terribly heavy. As it warmed you could pick up a roasted or burnt smell coming though as well as a touch of a hop note rounding out the back. caramel that you caught right up front along with a burnt or roasted wood flavor. Almost had a touch of oaked flavor in it.

Photo of Blanco
4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark mahogany color with almost no head, but as a previous reviewer noted, probably as a result of the pour. Smell is heavy on the bourbon with maple notes. Taste is similar with the maple and cashew becoming more prominent though not overpowering. Bourbon is prominent and the dominant flavor though not unpleasantly. Overall, fantastic beer and glad I got to try this unique one. Would love to have this again, with a much bigger pour, but such is life.

Photo of JoshVandy
4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Cashew Mountain Brown
Style: American Brown Ale
ABV: 10.00%

NOTE: I thought I'd fix the name on this, as people have reviewed a "Kaiser Cashew Mountain Brown", which doesn't exist.

From Founders: Perhaps the most complex of our Mountain Brown series, it's an Imperial Brown Ale aged on cashews in maple bourbon barrels for 287 days, then aged on even MORE cashews for another 3 weeks for that extra, EXTRA nuttiness...10% ABV. Over 420+ pounds of cashews used.

Had multiple pours of this at Founders on June 12, 2011.

8oz. into a snifter

A- Pours a dark, murky brown color, almost bordering on a deep mahogany with about a 1 finger light tan head. Impressed with the lacing on the glass for being 10%.

S- Sweet maple and bourbon come to me up front, followed my nicely roasted malts and molasses, with some vanilla. Very subtle nuttiness towards the back end that is obviously the cashews. Very reminiscent of CBS plus cashews, although more subdued.

T- Big maple and cashew flavors up front, with well integrated bourbon and subtle molasses notes backing it up. More sweet maple, vanilla and cashew nuttiness in the finish. This is by far my favorite part of this beer. Tastes a lot like candied maple syrup covered cashews, if that makes any sense.

M- Fairly light overall, but slightly chewy and viscous with medium carbonation. Pretty spot on for the style.

O- Really impressed with this beer, as it displays a very prominent cashew flavor without being overpowering. Aging this in maple bourbon barrels for the better part of a year made everything integrate well and also made the beer stand out from other nutty brown ales. Reminded me a lot of CBS, although obviously with loads of cashews, and light in the mouthfeel. I could have easily drank more these, but the alcohol catches up after a while. A very well made beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The murky brown liquid doesn't shout amazing but the off white thick head, sticky dense lacing up the ante.

Load of brown sugar in this with salty nuts and a hint of nutmeg. Smells like a cookie.

The taste starts out with heavy brown sugar notes followed by slight bourbon notes. In comes the maple, this brew must have been aged in Founder's famous maple barrels. The nutmeg spice creates a cookie like taste, especially considering the cashew nutiness. The end is rather sweet.

Super rich and creamy on the tongue. The resulting feel is soft and very nice.

The name could be changed to Cashew Cookie Brown. This is a very rich brew and I cannot believe that it is 11%! Wow, it drinks like 5% tops. Another great offering from Founders.

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Big fluffy 2 finger head fades slowly over super dark brown mahogany molasses color, sticky lacing.

Nose plenty of maple and brown sugar, toasty oak barrel and hint of bourbon, toasty darker malts, hint of booze, slight nutty malts and hint of caramel.

Taste wow cashews, very nutty, creamy malts, some dark crystal malts, bit of caramel, brown sugar, maple, hint of bourbon, bit of sweetness, light toasted almond, little creamy porter roast, hint of booze but drinks well. Finish is still a bit sweet and sticky, lingering nutty malts, light chocolate frosting taste.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied and creamy, decent carb.

Overall interesting, very nutty, nose had more maple and oak, booze was light, creamy and tasty but hard to have more than 1.

Photo of Rifugium
4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Labeled as an imperial brown ale.

"...aged in bourbon barrels that once aged maple syrup, with copious amounts of freshly toasted cashews added..." Also, I overheard that the barrels also contained Canadian Breakfast Stout, but I'm not sure how accurate that is. I'd imagine, rather, that it is the same barrels used for CBS, not that contained CBS.

Poured a deep, opaque mahogany, with a small eggshell head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving a small ring behind. Aroma of dark sugar, molasses, with a roasty malt background. Big, complex array of flavors going on...sweet up front with molasses, caramel malts, and honey-roasted nuts. I was pleased that the cashew flavor was actually obviously noticeable, as opposed to just being a subtle undertone. The booze kicks in later, and...well, it's quite a kick, and almost finishes like a Jack & Coke. Full-bodied, complex, and strong, this was a very good beer, and highly drinkable. I'm fairly certain I'll never see it again, but thanks to Capone's for tapping it during PBW.

Photo of NorthsideFred
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thoroughly enjoyed this on-tap, at Founders.

A: Looks great, a deep rich brown, with a nice thick white head.

S: I smell the bourbon with a slightly roasted-malty undertone; and a subtle yet definite nuttiness.

T: mmm, this is really tasty. Nutty, sweet, and bourbony (is bourbony a word?). Very well balanced and incredibly smooth. I really like this.

M: Medium to full body. Creamy-good carbonation.

O: Excellent. You would never guess this is 10%, but I see it with my own eyes listed on the board. I wish they would sell me a growler.

Photo of JDizzle
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Founders.

A:Deep brown with a thin off-white head.

S:Smells like bourbon, maple, booze,and cashews-very nice!

T:At first it taste like a rich brown with a wallop of bourbon. The finish has some cashew along with booze, maple barrel, and vanilla.

M:Nice carbonation, a little hot, sublime

Keep up the good work Founders!!

Photo of sweatervest27
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cashed mountain brown - an imperial brown poured on tap at founders. Poured a dark, hazy mahogany, matching quite well with their bar counter actually. A nice tan head lingered throughout most of the drink leaving some mighty fine lacing.

The nose is filled with cashew oil and roasted malts. It's a pleasant nutty aroma backed by slightly burnt caramel and brown sugar. It reminds me of bananas foster without the banana.

Wow this is some good tasting stuff! It's obvious this ale was aged on cashews forever. I'm getting all kinds of wonderful flavors: toasted marshmallow, carmalized cashew, and butter. It's thick and oily even though you can see through it. I'm kind of caught off guard with how long a swig lingers on my palate. It finishes with some booze warmth and more nuttiness.

I'm very grateful that I got to try this (multiple times haha) and certainly won't soon forget it. It's a bold and viscous brown ale exploding with cashews and alcohol-period. Very rarely is this style presented with such complexity and craft. I imagine chuck Norris' tears to taste like this - if he cried...

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's amazing what maple syrup, Bourbon, and oak barrels can do to a beer! Very much a desert beer but with much more finesse than expected, this in one dangerously smooth beer!

Cashew Mountain pours with a dense and weighted appearance. Medium brown in color, and maybe a tinge lighter than expected. The beer's supple carbonation builds a thin off white head that reduces to a lace around the glass and eventually fading completely. The beer takes on a much more brandy-like appearance than do most beers.

Amplified aromas of nuts, chocolate, maple syrup, and rich malt all fill the nose with intensities that are somehow both bold and delicate. Background notes of bourbon, oak, cherries, vanilla, and coconut are a constant reminder of the time that the beer spends in the barrel.

Delicious sweetness of maple syrup, chocolate, nuts, and bourbon give a rich taste that's also powerful with a thin and sweet alcohol taste. Chocolate chip pancakes enter the mind with each and every sip of the glass. Where the beer's focus is squarely on the sweet malts and cashew flavor, there's the complex and supportive flavors of the barrel: oak, vanilla, caramel, coconut, cherries, and mild char. Absolutely delicious with the balance tilting heavy toward malt sweetness and rich barrel contributions and hardly a rebuttal from hops.

Sweet, rich, and silky-smooth but not as heavy as you'd think- the low-lying carbonation allows the beer's weight to sit on the tongue with a full weight, and achieves only a medium-full texture with alcohol thinning. A long and developing sweetness provides an extended finish of malt sweetness deep into finish and aftertaste with only a mild alcohol warmth.

As a cousin to their Curmudgeon's Better Half, Founders Cashew Mountain Brown share a lot of flavor attributes in common with their barrel aged old ale. Although there's the nutty counterpart to this imperial brown ale, I don't think I would have noticed the 'cashew' flavor in not for the suggestive namesake on the branding. On a night when this beer opens up for the CBS, I'm not sure if it didn't steal the show!

Photo of KAP1356
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. One of the mystery kegs at the Founders event at Capone's for PBW. Poured into a 5 oz. mini snifter...

A - Pours a murky dark brown color/dark amber color with a very small, thin khaki color head that recedes to a collar. Some lacing left behind.

S - Nuts! I am amazed how well the cahshews come right out of this beer. Roasted cashews right up front with vanilla, some maple and roasted malts coming next. Burnt sugars and some bourbon come through as well. Seems the barrel was very well integrated here.

T - This is why I love Founders. The barrel has done wonders to what already appeared to be an awesome beer. Roasted cashews out front mixed with maple syrup and bourbon sweetness. The cashews dont make the beer oily at all which was surprising. A little hot on the backend.

M - Medium to heavy bodied and nice and creamy. Slight carbonation

O - The hit of the night for me. Inventive and extremely well done. Tastes were all very well integrated and made for an extremely enjoyable and VERY drinkable beer. Hope to see this one again sometime!

Photo of BBP
4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

A- Cashew brown (convenient enough). Slight head. Little carbonation. Nice lacing.

S- Butter pecan. Very sweet aroma. Slightly sharp from the aroma.

T- Definite cashews. Most distinct nut flavor I've had yet in a brown ale. Very rich. While there is a ton of sweetness, it's in a rich way, and isn't overwhelming. Booziness blends seamlessly with the flavor.

M- Full body. Dry and sticky.

O- Great drink. Captures cashews perfectly. Hides the 10% pretty well too. I wouldn't call this the regular beer by any means. I would put this into the dessert beer category for sure. This was a real treat as I wouldn't have seen it aside from at the brewpub.

A bit sweet for my likings, but I'm sure it's right up many other's paths.

Not sure if the brew's changed, but 10% was the ABV on the chalkboard when I went. -

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Founders Cashew Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.