Maple Nut Brown Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery
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Reviews by gleemonger:
3.93/5 rDev +15.2%
Clear, deep, reddish brown - almost like a cheap cola, with a very small offwhite head that disappears pretty quickly. Leaves pretty good lacing down the glass.
Slightly nutty, grainy, sweet malt aroma, with a little bit of fruit in the background - like a cross between a brown ale and a scotch ale. Not bad.
Very mellow version of the aroma. A balanced taste of nutty, slightly sweet malts with just the tiniest hint of maple at the back end. Nothing really jumps to the forefront, but pretty tasty.
Moderately heavy with very light carbonation - kind of feels like a scotch ale too. Not a bad feel, but not terribly refreshing or reminiscent of the style.
Not bad, I was hoping for something with a little more punch and creativity from the sound of it, and this was very subdued. But it's pretty good overall, and definitely better than the low average score I'm seeing on here I think, personally.
06-13-2013 19:44:23 | More by gleemonger
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3.23/5 rDev -5.3%
Smelled sweet not too hoppy, very smooth, almost thought it was a lager, reddish brown, looked like a amber lager, had a hint taste of maple, very easy to drink, but wasnt overall impressed, not something id look for but would drink if I went somewhere and they had it.
03-15-2011 21:35:57 | More by Outchillen
3.93/5 rDev +15.2%
A_Dark brown with a thin khaki colored head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring.Not much lacing.
S_Maple syrup,almonds,toasted malt,brown sugar.
T_Reading the shitty reviews I was expecting a artificial maple taste. This taste like pure maple syrup.Not too overwhelming but definite maple upfront. Nuts,caramel and bread like malt round it out.
M_Thin and sticky.
D_Really drinkable if you're in the mood for maple. Nicely done.
The maple flavor in this is excellent. Nicely done. Must try if you like maple syrup. This taste exactly like pure, organic maple syrup.
10-03-2010 05:03:49 | More by nickadams2
3.68/5 rDev +7.9%
The Maple Nut Brown poured a dark brown with red highlights. It had a smallish head with tiny bubbles that quickly dissipated to a thin film. It had a subtle malty, nutty nose with some maple thrown in. It has a nice full bodied malty, maple taste...maybe a tad too sweet though. This is a very drinkable beer that I like to order all the time.
12-04-2003 06:17:09 | More by Beaver13
3.26/5 rDev -4.4%
Good nut brown color with thin light tan collar, decent lacing. Aroma is maple sweetness, and a nutty-caramel aroma as well. Taste is also nutty, caramel with the maple taking a big presence. Thin body for a brown and low carbonation. Needs a better malt backbone and maybe some more hops both up front and at the end.
05-25-2014 02:52:55 | More by mverity
3.4/5 rDev -0.3%
Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a blurb about the beer on the back label ... the "enjoy with the first four months of date" is cleary notched.
Appearance: Reddish brown in colour with a thin off-white lace.
Smell: Mellow toasted/roasted malt giving off a nut like nose.
Taste: Light on the carbonation with a medium build, mouthful of toasted malt with hints of carob and chichory. Hops are subdued and only show minimal bitterness. Finish is mostly toasted malt to give a nutty aftertaste with a hint of maple syrup also.
Notes: No surprises, easy to drink though lackluster compared to other brown ales.
04-10-2002 19:35:13 | More by Jason
3.3/5 rDev -3.2%
First bottle from a brewery sampler box I found at Jungle Jim's, just north of Cincinnati, last week. This pours a gorgeous, clear garnet mahogany body with a small offwhite head that disappears immediately. No lacing.
Aroma has molasses, maple syrup, and a hint of walnut nuttiness.
Moutfeel is thin and lacking substance. Low carbonation, in spite of being well within the freshness date.
Taste is one dimensional, sweet maltiness and maple syrup. Some mild, roasted caramel maltiness, but hops are so remote that they are not really apparent.
I could count the number of mild brown ales I've been impressed with on on the fingers of one hand. This one is thin bodied and lacking substance and character. Nothing bad about this one, but it could be improved considerably with more roasted malt and a hops presence.
01-08-2005 12:09:25 | More by merlin48
3.68/5 rDev +7.9%
12 ouncer, purchased as a single from Decicco's in Ardsley, NY. "Best by" dating on the side of the label (Aug 13, 12).
Pours a nice warm shade of darker auburn, moderate medium tan head stays pretty well, leaves almost respectable spots and strands of lacing.
Mild maple, brown sugar nose.
Moderatly tasty brown, notes of sweet darker malts, def. some maple in the mix, vanilla and a hint of smoke in the finish.
Pretty good. Would work fine to wash down or help maranaide some BBQ.
04-21-2012 19:54:05 | More by Billolick
4.05/5 rDev +18.8%
Appearance: brown in color, small head, clear, small carbonation
Smell: maple dominates with some nut
Taste: sweet malt to start. The maple taste comes about in the middle and finishes strong. The nut is present in the finish.
Mouthfeel: smooth, light bodied, minimal carbonation, sweet
Drinkability: This one is a favorite of mine and a guilty pleasure beer. I love how the maple just pops. It is sweet but still has the nut brown taste. I could session this one.
10-30-2009 16:45:57 | More by tigg924
2.05/5 rDev -39.9%
Presentation: "Cartoonish" label on a 12oz. amber bottle. According to the stamping, I was supposedly enjoying this beer within the 4 month date stamped on the bottle.
Appearance: Medium-dark brown in color with a sickly head.
Smell: I suspected something was up when I smelled this. It had a sour aroma. No nut-like smells whatsoever.
Taste: The first (of only a few) sips confirmed my suspicions. I think I had a bad bottle. It just tasted sour. I had expected at least some of the nutty/maple flavor to make an appearance, but nothing happened. It is interesting to note how many other reviewers have said the same thing...
Mouthfeel: How good can sour beer feel?
Drinkability: Only a few sips for this one. I will have to get another bottle and see if the results are better.
02-10-2003 13:25:28 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5 rDev +15.8%
12oz bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a bulb style glass.
pours out a pretty clear kind of deep reddish brown color with a small light tan colored head. decent retention however, with bits of lace on the glass.
in the aroma mostly light nutty chocolate notes with some lightly roasted malt. a little sweet maple syrup is noticable, as well as some caramel and toffee.
at first, a sweet nuttiness, them some light cocoa and maple takeover giving way to some light roasted malt and a light herbal bitterness. finishes with some lingering cocoa and a bit of nuttiness.
a lighter, weaker body than ive come to like in my brown ales.
overall: not a bad beer at all, just some light maple that mingles nicely with the rest of the beer. a touch sweet, but it doesnt detract anything from the beer.
06-28-2011 23:26:54 | More by dogfishandi
3.73/5 rDev +9.4%
Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours on the darker end of a brown ale. The head is thin and fizzy...it didn't hold out for long.
The nose is lack luster. Notes of milk chocolate are present. The maple mixed with a very earthy malt gives off an aroma that reminds me of a waffle covered in syrup.
The flavor is great. Notes of chocolate and maple. The nut profile is similar to walnut and cashew. Very little, if any, hop presence.
The mouth feel is medium, with light carbonation.
Overall, this is a present beer to drink. Complex, yet subtle, I would love to revisit this one as my pallet matures. Still, I haven't met a brown ale that can surpass Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, but none the less this is a worthy brew.
06-04-2010 21:34:17 | More by TKEbeerman
3.31/5 rDev -2.9%
A good brown lookin' beer, lesser carbonation. Aroma was sweet.
Taste imported more sweetness, but not to a large or disagreeable level. Smoothness contributed to by the maple I'm sure. Quite enjoyable even to a hophead. Exceeded expectations for sure. Mouthfeel became smoother as it went on.
06-11-2010 17:22:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.1/5 rDev -9.1%
Part of a six beer sample pack...
Darker brown color, transparent with a flat 1/4 inch head. Simple drips and marks for lace. You can get a bit of maple syrup from the aroma, a bit of strange sharp grape. Mouthfeel is shy of medium, carbonation is fairly restrained. Starts out with the maple flavors, a sense of cashews, practically all sweet malt in the impression. Slightly tangy and distracting in the middle with a finish that's kind of chalky and a little on the thin side. Not overly sweet or really cloying, but not that exciting or satisfying either. Syrup shows up again in the aftertaste.
03-20-2006 01:18:09 | More by ADR
1/5 rDev -70.7%
Appears a dark amber brown hue with a thin khaki tan head forming with minimal speckled lacing. Aroma, deep sweet fruit and maple syrup notes there's not much brown ale characteristic in the smell of this brew. Fuckin' disgusting maple syrup cloyingly sweet flavor with nothing else going on this is by far one of the worst beers I've come across on the planet, it makes my gag reflux kick with instant acid reflux. This beer is terrible thn bodied artificial carbonation these people should throwin the towel and be forced to chug Canadian Breakfast Stout bombers rom Founders, as far as being drinkable that's an absolute no. Drain pour, is the only justable end to this beer as far as drinkability goes are you fuckin' kidding me.
09-17-2010 15:08:15 | More by WVbeergeek
3.85/5 rDev +12.9%
12 oz bottle dated April 2011 served in a pint glass.
Pours a murky mahogany (aka Grade B maple syrup) with a small and irregular tan head. Leaves decent lacing on the glass. A very small amount of sediment on the bottom of the bottle (added).
Aroma is hard to de-construct, but features roasted grains, some spiciness (hops?) and something sweet and attractive (but not clearly identifiable as maple). ... Aroma (and taste) improve with some warming, and the maple syrup then appears in the nose as well as the flavor.
Taste - A good roasted (mostly chocolate) malt flavor; a bit of the maple actually comes through in the flavor: very nice if rather faint. Has a fine finish and aftertaste. Perhaps a bit too sweet, but I'm more than willing to have that to get the maple flavor component; still, the sweetness keeps my rating here from going higher.
M - near medium body: a tad too thin; carbonation is light-medium; near creamy, yet with a slightly dry finish.
O - I've had this before but this bottle seems MUCH better than I remember. This is certainly an above average beer from Tommyknocker. Easy recommendation for people like me who love both beer and maple syrup.
09-16-2011 23:48:19 | More by chinchill
Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.