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Maple Nut Brown Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A touch of Maple Syrup is added to each barrel of our award winning Maple Nut Brown Ale to impart a roasted sweetness. This addition balances the nut flavor produced by Munich, caramel and chocolate malts used in the brewhouse, producing a drinkable brown ale.

Added by kbub6f on 07-27-2001

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 4.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a reddish brown with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Quite clear.

Smell- Caramel, molasses, roasted malt.

Taste- Caramel up front, with semi roasted earthy grains also. Tones of maple syrup with a nutty sweetness. Finishes roasty and dry.

Mouthfeel- Thin to medium in body with semi low carbonation.

Overall- Not bad, but essentially a typical brown ale with some slight maple flavoring. I thought the maple could of been more prominent but this was drinkable and still smooth.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brought back from a trip out west as a gifted mixed sixer.

Look: Thin brown with very little tan lacing.

Smell: Definitely could smell the maple and nuts. The maple was more prominent.

Taste/Feel: Thin, like most brown ales I have had. Went down very easily. No hop or malt presence noted.

Overall: Enjoyable, but ultimately forgettable. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of A-Sox
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not a good beer. Drank from
the bottle, so take this for what it's worth, but a flat, watery-syrupy taste that's hard to pin down. Not terrible, but not worth buying.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a little while ago on 3/2/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Pours a very deep mahogany in color with a thin beige head. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of malts and burnt brown sugar. Bit more going on with the taste as there is a hint of maple and cocoa also. Very smooth and goes down easy. No bitter or harsh aftertaste. Medium-bodied though a bit thin. Lower carbonation. Overall a tasty brown ale.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, deep, dark mahogany color with practically no head what-so-ever. What little head there was, almost immediately dissolved away into an extremely thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department at all. I get some faint notes of malt and freshly baked bread, but not a lot, and nothing else. Certainly no maple syrup aromas.

Taste: However, the maple syrup is certainly present in the beer’s flavor!! I get strong notes of toasted malt, followed by some strong notes of maple syrup-like sweetness, finished with just the slightest touch of hops. Pretty damn good!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly thin. No carbonation what-so-ever, so it’s pretty damn smooth. With an ABV of only 4.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty damn good nut brown. Nice flavors of malt, mixed well with the maple syrup flavors. Toasty.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%

This is Tommyknocker's most popular beer, and it's pretty good. I'm not a huge fan of browns, but the maple flavor gives it a nice balance. Great to have in their sampler pack so you can try a bunch of different styles.

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Photo of beergoot
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

Reddish brown body, very clear, thin white head (3.5). Rather faint brown sugar and nutty aroma; toffee (3.25). Warm malt flavors; warm dark bread; tree nuts; slightly bitter (3.75). Medium-light body; fairly dry finish (3.5).

A decent enough ale. The maple sugar makes its appearance after a few lingering sips and makes for a nice touch, flavor-wise. The body seems a bit weak at times and the aroma very low-key, yet the malty flavors ultimately prevail.

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Photo of mverity
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice amber color. and poured a nice tan head. I was afraid of this one after tasting their imperial nut Brown which I did not like. This I must say is much better in my opinion and actually you can taste the beer and not the high ABV of the imperial. The beer had a nice maple taste and was really good. I will buy this one again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Happy hour at my house! However it comes with one caveat; you can't come! Only I, DoubleJ, can drink this Colorado mountain town brown ale, and there's 12 ounces. On to the beer:

I'm not sure if this is a brown ale or an orange amber ale. Okay, brown enough. On top is a short creamy head which yields spots of lace around the glass. The beer has a nutty aroma, a kiss of dry toffee, and more nuttiness.

The overall flavor is respectable while being easy to drink. Still a nutty forward brown ale, but with a little extra overall sweetness. Hazelnut, toffee, a very light hop bitterness, all along the flavored tasted. The beer is light bodied with soft carbonation, and a lingering nuttiness in the aftertaste.

Respect to Idaho Springs for this mountain town brown. It does the job of being flavorful and drinkable. Give this to a Newcastle Brown Ale lover.

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Photo of Suds
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a clear, chestnut brown beer. The head is fizzy and a bit thin. Nice malty, nutty scent. I didn't get much maple in the aroma, but there is a pleasant toast smell. A bit more maple comes out in the flavor. Semi sweet and malty. Medium in body. This is a better than average, enjoyable brew.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a thin buff head that makes an honest attempt to lace the glass. Clear brown color. Aroma is...maple with a hint of nuts and malt. Flavor is nutty, malty and slightly sweet with a crisp finish. light mouthfeel, not syrupy at all. Overall good quaff.

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Photo of benloho
4.16/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful session beer that you could gulp over and over again. The maple sweetness blends beautifully with the nutty flavor and is wonderfully drinkable. Pairs great with breakfast food or after a day of skiing or snowshoeing or around a campfire.

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Photo of Cervezaconcalor
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 20oz pint glass

A - Dark gold in color with a quickly dissipating head

S - Maple syrup but a little off.

T - This beer really does give you what it advertises...Maple Syrup. I don't get a lot more out of it.

M - A nice medium creamy syrup feel.

O - This beer will go Great with breakfast. Buy a couple for next weekend's bacon and eggs.

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Photo of bmwats
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium brown. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Slight lacing.

S: Malt, a little oak, a little milk chocolate, butterscotch, and maple.

T: Maple sweetened malt grains. Fresh tea leaf.

M: Syrupy feel. Sweetness is kind of synthetic feeling and just off-base with the other components. Maybe a little too much... A little shallow and over carbonated feel.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Light bubbly head, slight lacing. Nose is malty and sweet. Malt grains, sweetened with what seems like a little too much maple. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick Notes

A - Deep Maroon, khaki head, solid lacing

S - Acorns and toasted malts, with some english yeast character.

T - Toasted bread, hints of maple, some subtle hard water/ english yeast character.

M - Medium bodied, dissipating finish with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

O - Solid brown ale, I was expecting a bit more maple.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - to use an analogy... looks like the last chick at the bar. At the beginning of the night, there is no way in hell. At closing time, you might as well!
Smell - I'm afraid to use the same analogy from above!
Taste - a little embarrassing, but I'll have another if there are no other options!
Feel - been there done that. Nothing knocks your socks off!
Overall - this is actually probably decent for the style, but I'm not a fan of the style, so I'm a bad judge.

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Photo of stanimal
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

True to style. Good head that dissipates quickly. Bubbles look uniform but lay a nice Brussels lace. The maple is subdued; not artificial tasting; subtle. Has kind of an earthy / meaty aroma and mouthful I wasn't expecting but like. A bit sweet as expected, but not heavy. Tastes more complex as it warms. Very easy drinking - I think I'll have another.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is plain, very little head (less than a 1/4 inch) and very little lacing. Color is deep brown with amber hues. The smell offers very little... there are faint hints of sweet malt and caramel and little else. The flavor actually improves on this a bit, with some burnt toast hints to begin, then some licorice, caramel and an aftermath of faint maple.
The body lacks a bit, with perhaps a tad too much carbonation, and ends a bit dryer than one would expect.

Overall, decent, but there are other browns that I'd prefer over this.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Best by date of October 2013

Poured a deep brown with amber tones. About 1 finger creamy head, which kept quite well, eventually reducing to a thin covering. Lacing was initially good, but about halfway through, ceased.

Smell was a whiff of the maple syrup, some nutty aromas, and sweet malt.

Taste, have to admit, I really like this as a session beer. (4.50abv) The sweetness is quite endearing, but still has that slightly sour bite of a brown ale.

Mouth is about medium, finish is where the maple really hits, a nice contrast to the roasted malt bite.

Overall, a good session beer for those who like their brown ales a tad on the sweet side.

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Photo of Ritch
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Color is amazing dark brown-red color with a long lasting cream colored head with even longer lasting lacing. Taste is perfect for a cool Fall evening (or cooler than usual August we've been having in the mid-Atlantic). Not overbearing and little aftertaste but being a nut brown lover, the initial taste is magnificent. I find this refreshing and pairs well with steak or some nice hickory smoked pork chops.
This is the beer I would take camping and have several by an open fire.

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Photo of ahommell
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Poured in a pint as a deep brown color. Little to no head. What there was left small amount of lacing.
S: Grainy. Coffee. Hazelnut. I dont have any maple here.

T: Found the maple. Thick. Woody.

M: Feels thick. Leaves a lot of flavor and has a heavy component when it comes to aftertaste... I think I can still taste the coffee and maple.

O: I cannot say that this is a special beer, but is enjoyable. Brown beers have never been a favorite, but this one stands out in that respect.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A clear, medium brown, with a tan head that, while substantial at first, soon fizzled into a thin layer of film.

Smell: Maple sugar was present, but stronger were the smells of chocolate and roasted malt. While a low clean hop aroma helped to keep things a little less saccharine, I still had a feeling that I was in for too sweet a "treat." Nothing unique or tantalizing here--for me, the aroma was reminiscent of a typical chocolate malt porter.

Taste: At first the flavor was strangely bland, but then, like a curtain to a sideshow, it opened up to reveal a reckless helping of maple syrup backed by a chorus of chocolate flavors, as if more sweetness was called for. A faint spicy hops flavor couldn't quite save the show, but made a decent effort.

Mouthfeel: A light, silky smooth texture was both inconsistent with the style, and contributed to the initial lack of taste. Fortunately, high carbonation brought some more life and balance to the beer.

Overall: Methinks Tommyknocker took things a bit too far with this one. A smaller dose of maple could have made this interesting enough, and more hops and less chocolate may have helped to highlight the star flavor by adding more juxtaposition. A fuller mouthfeel was definitely called for in my opinion, especially considering the style guidelines surrounding this beer.

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Photo of Entropy501
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Good aroma, with a decent head. Sweet maple notes on the nose with a slight malt scent. The flavor was sweet but not too much, but the malt and hops were almost hidden. A little bit of a nutty flavor from the malt along with the maple flavor. A good nut ale. The mouth feel was light and the beer itself didn't weigh me down like some nut ales do, is a good summer nut ale.

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Photo of gleemonger
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.