Cashew Mountain Brown
Founders Brewing Company

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Brown Ale - American
4.62 | pDev: 9.31%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Imperial Brown Ale aged on cashews in maple bourbon barrels for 287 days, then aged one even more cashews for an additional 3 weeks
Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 133 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Brenden from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Jun 01, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.42/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

Mar 01, 2012
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barczar from Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Feb 28, 2012
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tsauce2 from Indiana

5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes taken 01-31-12.

P: On-tap into a Founders snifter.

A: SRM is cashew brown/golden caramel brown. Translucent. Head is off-white, semi puffy/foamy, 1 in., dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Cashew, butter, maple, bourbon, medium roast caramel malt.

T: Cashews came out swinging, but were quickly followed up by the 1-2 of the maple and bourbon. All flavors blended flawlessly; the cashews were buttery and tasted like fresh cashews, the maple came through with a nice sweetness that was not too strong, and the bourbon gave a nice assertive back. The beer was nicely balanced, alcohol was noticable but not overpowering, and at its base it is a good Brown Ale. Aftertaste was a balance of all initial flavors.

M: Medium body. The robust nature of the ingredients in this beer give a fuller feel than the body style indiciates. The maple adds a lot of body to the overall feel, and the complexity of the bourbon is definitely noticable on the palate. Wet finish.

O: This beer is entirely too easy to drink. It is completely preposterous. Yet I had four snifters of it... This is definitely one of the beers that does live up to the hype around it. Actually, this beer surpassed my expectations of what I thought it would or could be. It is so cool to think that these guys started out as homebrewers and had the balls to take a chance and start a brewery, and then end up making some of the most awesome beers out there. I have tried a fair amount of signature beers from quite a few different domestic craft/micro breweries so far, I still have some to go, but up to this point I have yet to find a brewery with a limited release lineup that trumps Founders'. KBS, CBS, CMB, Blushing Monk, Kaiser Crumudgeon, Backwoods Bastard, Harvest Ale, Imp Stout, Devil Dancer, Black Biscuit. C'mon man.

Feb 19, 2012
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kzoobrew from Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an over-sized snifter, the body is a deep chestnut color. A scant malted milk head is perched atop momentarily before fading back to a slim ring. Spotty lacing left clinging to the glass.

The aroma leaves doubt that an absurd amount of cashews were used to brew this beer. The buttery and nutty characteristics of the cashew meld seemlessly with the Bourbon and dark bready malts. The maple aroma is very complimentary and consistent through out. Soft, underlying vanilla brings a sense of cohesion to the overall bouquet.

Buttery cashew flavor lays heavy on the tongue up front. Bourbon flavor develops just behind as a very complimentary secondary flavor. Warm bready malts provide a fantastic base for the other flavors to build from. Rich caramel, smooth vanilla and maple are consistant through out. Sweetness very present but mot cloying.

Full bodied Imperial Brown with adequate carbonation. Texture is very smooth and chewy without being too thick or viscous. Long finish, bready brown malt and caramel digs in to the tongue.

Phenomenal beer, flat out delicious. The flavor are masterfully layered and display tremendous balance. If there is a problem with Cashew Mountain it may be that it is just too drinkable, I have sat at Founders and had multiple glasses on a few occasions. With apologies to Black Biscuit, Cashew Mountain utilizes the Maple Bourbon Barrels better than any other beer.

Nov 05, 2011
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delmarnate from Wisconsin

4.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at the great taste of the Midwest in Madison. Absolutely incredible. One of the best browns I have ever had. Perfectly subtle cashew sweetness and saltiness without overwhelming the hop character. Perfectly balanced, a masterpiece. Only thing left for Founders to do is start mass distributing it.

Oct 30, 2011
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kbutler1 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Oct 24, 2011
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ATLbeerDog from Georgia

4.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Porter’s 3rd Anniversary Party

Pours a pure brown with a touch of red. Very light in the pour. The mostly white head dissipates quickly. Smells like most brown ales but with a slight and I mean slight nutty flavor. First sip is considerably more nutty than the aroma with caramel malts equally dominating. There are some maple and vanilla notes present too. Mouthfeel is quite good even with the light body – well carbonated too. ABV is super well hidden. A very nice treat indeed!

Oct 05, 2011
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rhong187 from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -3.2%
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...

Oct 03, 2011
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TheDudeRules from Minnesota

4.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review No. 150

Served into a 10oz snifter.

I was lucky enough to drink this right next to Dave Engbers.

Pours a muddy brown. Along the lines of a cola. Head was nill. Smell was f'n amazing. Loaded with bourbon. Sweetness from maple syrup. This beer in my mouth was so silky smooth. The taste started sweet then quickly went to a salty cashew. Unbelievably good. For a 10% beer it went down the hatch with ease. In fact I had three pours in a 45 minute span.

Easily in the top ten of the best beers I've ever had. Search it, seek it, destroy it. Your life will forever be changed.

Sep 20, 2011
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Retail1LO from Pennsylvania

4.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap, 4 oz pour into sampler glass. Pours a brilliant shade of brown with a thin head. The smell is the best ever. Loaded with caramel, coffee, vanilla, toffee, and maple syrup. The taste follows suit to the T. I don't detect the cashews, but this beer is so amazing, I fault my palate and not the beer. One of the best I've ever had, I've now been lucky enough to have this twice.

Sep 17, 2011
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jisom123 from Indiana

4.59/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Sep 14, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Aug 27, 2011
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KickInTheChalice from Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a cervoise at the Great Taste of the Midwest.

Appearance: This pours a full walnut brown color with a light red tint. A small tan cap disappears almost instantly.

Smell: This aroma is supposed to be full of cashew, cocoa, and bourbon. Instead I get a very light tofffee and caramel malt aroma with a lot of ethyl alcohol. There is a little bit of cashew in the background, but I have to dig to find it.

Taste: A little bit of maple syrup, some toffee and bready malt up front, then a touch of cashew, a little bourbon, and some fusel alcohol flavors. It is being generous to say this tastes like a boozy brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with carbonation near the creamy end of the spectrum. The boozy nature of the beer warms the throat and stomach. A little bit oily, a little bit sticky.

Overall: This was the most disappointing beer I had at the Great Taste. I was really looking forward to this, and as the first beer of the day, it was a huge dud. It is probably worth trying again to see if this was a bad batch; I would never expected this from Founders.

Aug 21, 2011
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Chriscrundwell12 from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at The Great Taste of the Midwest 2011. 5 oz pour into a tasting glass.

A- Pours a dark brown opaque chocolate color, ½ finger to one finger light tan brown head, splotchy lacing, decent retention.
S- The aroma is really nice, big nutty roasty notes upfront, slight chocolaty aroma, cashews are noticeable, slight vanilla, sweet malt, caramel, oak, slight bourbon.
T- This is a very tasty beer, I could of drank this all day if it wasn’t for all the amazing options at the festival. Cashew nuttiness right away, brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup, oak, slight chocolate taste, slight roastiness, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol is hidden for how high the abv is, so many flavors coming out, complex, really impressed.
M- Medium/Big mouth feel, decent carbonation, coats the palate, smooth and creamy.
O- Simply delicious, another impressive beer from Founders, really easy drinkability, perfect dessert beer, so many flavors going on pretty complex. I look forward to my next taste of this beer, whenever that day may come.

Aug 21, 2011
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OrionsHunt from Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 far share over the years. This was the most complex 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.

Aug 13, 2011
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TheBear11D from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at founders on 8/1/11

Pours a cloudy deep red to brown with a thin frothy dark brown head that leaves decent lacing.

I know this may seem odd, but the aroma smelled like spiced rum and bourbon. I can pick up some nutty aroma but cannot specifically distinguish the cashew.

Although the dominant aroma was spiced rum, it is nowhere to be found in the flavor. The taste is sweet almost syrup-like with nuts and bourbon.

Pretty full body with mild carbonation and very smooth.

Overall this is a solid brew. I was a littler thrown off by the aroma, but still quite an enjoyable beer. I would say this is certainly worth having.

Aug 03, 2011
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brew3crew from Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the brewpub during my beercation. I asked for this to be on tap and it was!

a-Dark brown almost black with brown head

s-Brown sugar and maple with a little bit of nuts

t-Alot like the nose. Redonkulous. So much going on here and it works, it just does.

m-medium body and oh so delicious

0-Great, Great beer. Wish I could have this all the time. I had 3 glasses of this at the bar, and 3 more times at MI brewer's guild fest. Ridiculous

Aug 03, 2011
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jmarsh123 from Indiana

4.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Aug 02, 2011
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Brew33 from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Founders tap room.

I was really hoping this beer would be on tap when we arrived.

The appearance was nothing special. A muddy brown color. The aroma was heavenly. Malty, sweet, bourbon, maple, vanilla. Just a giant nose on this beer. The flavor is fantastic. A big malt bill shows it's teeth right of the bat. Typical flavors of a nut brown ale, dark bread, molasses. Then a perfect amount of bourbon and maple with a long, sweet, oaky, finish. Good stuff. The mouthfeel was okay, I would have liked it to be a little fuller.

Overall another great beer from Founders. Anything they put in Maple Bourbon barrels is magic.

Aug 01, 2011
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33nickadams from Michigan

4.74/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Jul 30, 2011
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.79/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Jul 29, 2011
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MbpBugeye from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The only Founders beer that I bothered to try at the Michigan Summer Brewers Guild Fest 2011 *gasp!*

Its a deep, nutty and woody looking brown beer. Not too dark and deep to allow some redder hues shine through as highlights. A creamy, sand colored head caps it.

Really unusual, but delicious. Cashews are in abundance, so much so that you could actually pinpoint the aroma as being cashew. I was also picking out lots of cocoa and some sort of toffee/butterscotch/butternut smell. The nuttiness combined with the cocoa made me immediately think of Nutella spread, which is a hazelnut spread that my girlfriend loves. There was bourbon and graham cracker notes, but I think much of the maple got lost in the fray or tangled up in the extreme nuttiness of this beer. Its a very pleasant, albeit intensely rich, aroma

This stuff tastes very good. I mean really good, BUT—and this is a big but—it's far, far too rich and oily to actually drink. I had a hard time wanting to finish my ~2-3oz pour. The cashews (which are my favorite nut [that is actually a legume]) are so damn strong that this beer literally tastes like peanut butter made from cashews. A little bit of that cocoa comes out and gives me that Nutella flavor again. As you might know, cashews are very, very oil; and unfortunately this comes across in this beer, big time. It just tastes, smells and feels like nut oils. Some bourbon brings in drowned out vanilla and charred wood.

Full bodied with a sturdy bourbon warmth. This beer is oily as all hell.

Again, I enjoyed this beer for the first few sips, and I could continue to enjoy it beyond that. However, it is impossible for me to sip this beer in any timely fashion. If I were served a whole pint I would have to be in the comfort of my own home as it would talk all night. Otherwise this beer would be liable to make me sick. The richness and oiliness is just too much. This beer is really hard for me to grade. I'd really like to give this another shot though. It has so much more going on than I was able to capture.

Jul 29, 2011
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prototypic from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

Jul 28, 2011
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warnerry from Michigan

4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Jul 23, 2011
Cashew Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 133 ratings