Founders Cashew Mountain Brown | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Rifugium on 06-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
133
Reviews:
50
Avg:
4.45
pDev:
10.11%
 
 
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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.

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Founders Cashew Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
4.45 out of 5 based on 133 ratings.
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