Maple Nut Brown Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery
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3.35/5 rDev -1.8%
A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a small beige head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of maple syrup in the nose; you really need put your nose into the glass to smell it.
T: The initial taste has flavors of nutty malts and notes of maple syrup become apparent towards the aftertaste. There is a slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The use of maple syrup as an ingredient is quite interesting because it was done in a subtle way and doesn’t prominently stand out in the smell or taste.
04-03-2012 00:04:08 | More by metter98
3.63/5 rDev +6.5%
Equal parts orange, red and dark bronze, with bright tangerine trim. The fine-bubbled cap is sawdust ecru in color, persists for a bit and coats the pint glass with a lovely display of finely dotted lace. A good way to start.
The nose is a little underpowered, but is still enjoyable. It's brown malty and somewhat nutty. Although it's a little different than a standard brown ale, I probably wouldn't have been able to identify the maple syrup if blinded.
The maple flavor isn't gangbusters on the palate, but it is noticeable and becomes more so as the finish of each mouthful approaches. Maple Nut Brown Ale is slightly sweeter than usual and hits the rest of its brown ale marks with ease.
My philosophy when it comes to the brewing of flavor-added beer (such as fruit beer or maple syrup beer) is that there should be enough of the flavor in question to make it worthwhile. It's difficult to please everyone, but it would be great if Tommyknocker would double the amount of maple syrup. Since they'd probably have to add more hops for balance, it's a win-win situation.
The mouthfeel is medium for the style, perhaps a bit lighter. The lack of any real viscosity is a tipoff that very little maple syrup was used. There's no question in my mind that a sweet, full-bodied, maple syrupy beer would be amazing. Something along the lines of Lagunitas Brown Shugga' for instance.
I like the way that Tommyknocker Brewery colors outside the lines. They add lemongrass to Jack Whacker (an American pale wheat) and they add maple syrup to this American brown. Bottom line: Maple Nut Brown Ale is good beer that could be great beer by adding more of what makes it good beer in the first place.
06-05-2006 13:46:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.7/5 rDev +8.5%
Appearance: Pours a fairly clear dark amber color with an unfortunate head that quickly disappears with only a few strands of lace clinging to the glass
Smell: Nutty and bready, with a hint of maple
Taste: Starts out rather sweet, with a maple sugar aspect to the malt flavors and the sweetness continues to build by mid-palate; just a hint of bitterness appears after the swallow, but the sweetness dominates from start to finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Although it is too sweet for my tastebuds and lacks any balancing complexity, it is not unpleasant to drink and should appeal to those who may like a sweet, malty and slightly off-kilter brew
11-18-2008 23:38:26 | More by brentk56
2.73/5 rDev -19.9%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A Poured a nice medium brown, somewhat hazelnut in color with a nice two finger head of tan lace on the top. Decent retention kept the head around for a while until it finally settled down on a thin film across the top. Fairly clear as I really detected no hazy or cloudiness apparent. Some carbonation was visible streaming up from the bottom.
S The aroma was very sweet. Lots of sugar and caramel were present and these were mixed in among a nice solid roasted malt back. Apparent nuttiness started to present itself as it warmed a little bit and the sweetness started to become more pronounced.
T The flavor was a bit tricky. To be honest it was not that pleasant. Far too sweet for me and I normally like the flavors. The maple sugar was just overpowering and quite harsh. There was a delicate roasted nut flavor in the back that was trying to come out, however it was pushed to the side by this harsh biting flavor of sharp maple. There really is no good way to describe it, other then just a harsh biting, sugary mess. There were traces of metallic tones as well, and these just added to the harshness.
M The feel on this one came off somewhat thin and lifeless. I though the carbonation seemed adequate, but it really started to fall pretty flat in a hurry. The thinness and slickness of it as well just really seemed to put you off after a while. Even the finish was somewhat slick.
D Not very good, at least not for me. It was just soo sweet; I literally just gulped it down to avoid the drain pour. I would not be getting this one again.
Overall I thought this would be nice as I am a fan of the brown ale and sweetness has never seemed to bother me; however they were just used in the wrong proportions here. Way overboard on the sweetness it just really became kind of messy. I will not be pursuing this one again.
11-28-2007 00:44:44 | More by mikesgroove
4.18/5 rDev +22.6%
Never knowing what you get from Tommyknocker (sometimes wonderful, but sometimes lackluster), this Brown Ale shows a lot of promise. Starts with a creamy, nutty, chocolate-ey, malty flavor and develops into a lightly tart, sweet, thinning body in the finish. The maple syrup adds a lot of sweetness, tartness, nuttiness, and accentuates the chocolate malts. Never thick, but remains creamy and finishes a little lighter than expected. Leaves a little residual sugar on the toung and a hint of twangy fermentedness. Not overly complex, yet pleasant and nice. I look forward to having another.
03-25-2006 16:51:35 | More by BEERchitect
3.45/5 rDev +1.2%
$1.49 12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, maple syrup-colored brown body with a small, white head.
Smell: Toasty, nutty maltiness with a sweetened cocoa note and a distant maple character like driving past an IHOP.
Taste: Sweetish mixture of cocoa, caramel, nuts and toast make up the maltiness. Light maple syrup character that grows and develops with each sip. Slight spicy hop component shows up but quickly drops out, leaving the beer to finish almost as sweet as it starts. Starts reminding me of a soda before long.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Decent malt profile and the addition of maple syrup does it's best to try and spruce up the standard brown ale, a beer many find outright boring.
09-26-2008 03:06:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.1/5 rDev -9.1%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
Revisiting some Tommyknocker brown-ness now that they've apparently infiltrated the Chicagoland market. This one pours a clear sunrise garnet topped by a finger of relatively short-lived glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, light cashew (a hallmark of Tommyknocker, it seems), and a pinch of chocolate powder. Things are restrained, as though they don't really wanna be here, but their parents made them. It's character-building, of course. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some maple syrup, some vague and mild fruit tones pervading the background, and an even vaguer sense of mixed greens throughout. This would usually be a decent enough combination, but here the flavors don't meld well, they bicker and argue over who's gonna kill who, with nothing ever getting done in the end, much less anything truly tasty. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wetly fluid feel. Overall, an okay brown, but the flavors just don't work together, and things run a bit too thinly for their own good.
02-20-2013 19:59:25 | More by TMoney2591
3.23/5 rDev -5.3%
A - Poured out a dark brown color with no head and no lacing.
S - It smelled of maple. There was a sugary sweet aroma. A nutty smell, too.
T - It tasted of maple and nut. Also, a roasted malt flavor.
M - It was soft and creamy. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - This was my first from Tommyknocker. It was good, but nothing too impressive. I'm looking forward to trying the ButtHead and Pick Axe.
02-18-2008 02:08:06 | More by zeff80
3.8/5 rDev +11.4%
A deep chestnut body rests beneath a thin veil of white foam that dissipates readily and leaves no more than a smattering of tiny spotted lace. But the aroma is more impressive than the appearance with a nutty, toasted graininess and sweetish maple syrup. The body is medium, and the carbonation is quite restrained, allowing the sweetness to come through. Maple syrup definitely contributes to the flavor - at least in its sweetness, but the main component is the very nice nutty, toasty, caramelish and slightly chocolatey malt base beneath. Hops are downplayed, and leave just a subliminal bitterness and no flavor whatsoever. It finishes as might be expected, with some residual malt and a clearer note of maple syrup than is evident prior. Surprisingly, however, it's not cloying. It's interesting, somewhat complex, and drinkable although I think it needs to be reserved as a specialty beer because beyond one serving the sugars do tend to start to build on the palate. Still, very nice indeed!
11-20-2003 22:20:14 | More by NeroFiddled
3.45/5 rDev +1.2%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains maple, nuts, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out sweet with mild flavors of maple, caramel and nuts. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character follows along with a mild but complementary hops presence creating a decent balance. There's also a faint touch of smokiness in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, although there are several others in the style that are better this is still a decent beer to drink for a while.
03-03-2011 02:52:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
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
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
3/5 rDev -12%
Poured with a thick tan head with nice sized bubbles on top. Head retention was about averagw with minimal lace, Body was brownish to ruby red with excellent clarity.
Smell: Malt, alittle bit of hoppiness and then a faint wiff of maple.
Taste: Maltiness on the tounge gives way to too much maple sysrup taste and finally some hop bitterness (almost tea-like) on the back of the tounge.
Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy with a good carbination
Drinkability: This was not very balanced effort, I've had this beer before and it tasted better, so maybe just a bad bottle?
10-03-2005 04:06:12 | More by russpowell
3.63/5 rDev +6.5%
I picked this up at Al's of Hampden - review from notes I must have misplaced. 12oz brown bottle poured chilled into a 1/2 pint.
A deep bronze color w/ rust highlights and translucent clarity w/ thick 2finger light tan head from vigorous pour. The rocky atoll-like formation develops, yet retention is good with an airy lace pattern on the glass and average sized bead. The smell is better than expected with a smell of sweet maple and subtle nutty accent. The american brown style is usually more aromatic and there is slight diacetyl buttery notes with a mild creamy malt odor. I find the mild sweetness and smooth malt w/ nutty and creamy textures to be pleasant and the feel has light carbonation which could be ok for the style if they were going for a more English style brown w/ semi-dry finish.
I enjoy the flavors with some mild nutty/toasted malt flavor and maple taste is there peripherally giving a nice accent with slight sweet but not cloying presence. I light the light dry character here since you expect maple brown as a beer to come off sweeter, the taste is good until it finishes w/ the sweet maple earthy goodness in the end. I find the overall drinkability of this to be good, but tried to be fair according to the style which may not be accurate according to what I got out of this -a nice gentle brown more in the English style with complimentary maple that doesn't go too far too sweet, just a simple brown that hits the spot.
04-19-2011 14:20:53 | More by Slatetank
3.55/5 rDev +4.1%
ya know what? i liked this one. a very unconventional nut brown. pours a somewhat couldy brown color with an average head. smells like maple, but is it real maple or aunt jemima's? smells almost too sweet to be real maple, but the label says it is. taste is a bit malty and caramel, with a maple sugar essence on the back end. cant complain, its drinkable and enticing with a medium body. the sweetness keeps it from being too sessionable, but its a nice fall beer.
11-09-2011 07:16:11 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +17.3%
The beer pours a nice brown color with thick offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet caramel malt scent along with some maple notes. The taste is good as well. It has a sweet burnt toffee flavor that goes down easy with some nutty notes and finishes dry and a bit fruity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking brown ale. It has a wonderful malt flavor and aroma; a fine sessions brew.
03-25-2006 14:07:13 | More by WesWes
Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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