Maple Nut Brown Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 794 | Reviews: 427 | Display Reviews Only:
3.53/5 rDev +3.5%
Appearance: A dark brown with reddish hues, absent of a head. The smell is malty, nutty, a hint of yeast. absent of hops but a note of maple. The taste is thin watery no body. The maple flavor come out in the finish. Would be a great beer if it had more of a malt backbone.
12-12-2008 00:53:23 | More by colts9016
4.1/5 rDev +20.2%
A: Clear, medium-brown color, no head or lacing
S: Nothing stands out on the nose
T: Maple yumminess, not overly sweet, toffee, yeast, straw. None of the flavors pop, they are just there but are there nicely in a creamy way.
M: Medium carbonation, the light flavors make this very easy on the mouth.
D: Very drinkable. If I had to, I could drink alot of this, however, prefer more flavorable beers.
12-05-2008 22:34:26 | More by cindiwindi1025
3.13/5 rDev -8.2%
Picked up as part of the brewery's sampler six-pack.
A: Deep nut brown color with average clarity and minimal carbonation. A very strong pour netted only a tiny head that quickly vanished. Left no lace.
S: Maple is the theme here, as a heavy whiff of dark maple syrup greats the nose. As the nose lingers, aromas of toasted malt and biscuits start to emerge.
T: There's no denying the presence of the maple syrup in this brew. In fact, it makes up the majority of the beer's flavor profile. A mild level of bitterness does its level best to keep the beer from being over the top sweet, but it adds no flavor. Finishes with a coffee-like acidity.
M: Medium body feels watery from low carbonation. Underneath it is a syrupy feeling that seems separate from the rest of the body.
D: This beer struck me as sort of a one-trick pony. The maple theme is pushed to the extent that it overwhelms anything else that night be going on. Certainly not a bad beer, but not one I'm anxious to revisit.
11-26-2008 16:17:44 | More by Rayek
2.83/5 rDev -17%
Appearance - Light brown with very small head. Little retention with not much lacing.
Smell - Decent aroma of almonds, maple and pine
Taste - Taste is a bit weak. You get a hint of the flavor but not as much as I was expecting.
Mouthfeel - Very thin and goes down a little too easy.
Drinkability - Pretty high. This is due to the lack of flavor and thinness of the beer.
Overall, an ok beer that I would drink again if had limited options, but wouldnt go out of my way to buy more.
11-23-2008 19:03:43 | More by CircusBoy
3.38/5 rDev -0.9%
Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date notched on back label.
A: Pretty soft chestnut with ruby highlights. Ample light tan head with a surprisingly layered amount of intricate lacing down the glass.
S: Pretty light nose with a bit of toasted caramel and butter with minimal hops. Maple aroma is not readily detected and there is even a touch of raw grain there that I don't think belongs in this style.
T: The taste is good but not outstanding because of the lack of any specific standout flavor. The lightly toasted caramel malts are most evident with the maple flavors now evident which leaves a cardboard-like finish. A bit of bitterness and acrid burned flavor are present in the finish as well.
M: Not good for a brown ale with a thin, watery feel that hints at a too-small maltload. Aftertaste is pleasant with a bit more chocolate and nuttiness.
D: A decent brew, but there are better Tommyknocker beers and much better, more interesting brown ales out there.
11-19-2008 05:29:27 | More by argock
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
2.13/5 rDev -37.5%
Oy, this is a sorry excuse for a brown ale. Actually this is a sorry beer period. I look at my numbers and I feel I'm being a tad generous to the rating, but I'll leave them be. Redeeming qualities are in very short supply. Real quick: slight maple aroma nothing else, good initial pour soon becomes flat and thin, mouthfeel is awkward and light, flavor is so freaking weak and bland, overall a major bummer. Back in '97 I took my first road trip out west, we drove through Idaho Springs and boy am I glad we didn't stop if this is what passes for beer in that little mountain town. Later gnomes!
11-11-2008 03:11:55 | More by kinger
District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev +16.7%
Appearance: Reddish brown with a nice little off-brown head.
Smell: Malt and a nutty aroma
Taste: Toasted malt and a little maple syrup. Delicious! Very light hops. Nice sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Very nice medium body, not heavy, but not too light.
Drinkability: Very drinkable, would enjoy it again. Leaves you wanting another sip. Not a big beer, but good when out or with a meal.
11-10-2008 15:51:14 | More by craytonic
2.78/5 rDev -18.5%
A: The label makes a great first impression with a dwarf miner pouring buckets of maple syrup in a keg. The actual liquid is not quite as interesting. Dark amber that lightens at the bottom to a very light brown. A thicker head would have improved it.
S: Probably my favorite part of this beer. A subtle aroma with hints of maple and burnt brown sugar.
T: As the Hostess raccoon might say: Where's the maple syrup? The beer hits with a lot of sweetness that quickly changes to a decently thick malty goodness. Unfortunately, the finish is unpleasantly bitter and stacks up with each sip until your throat feels coated in cough syrup, not maple. I want beer, not Coke Classic with alcohol.
M: Has a decent body, but again, the undesirably stickiness of syrup sticks out without the earthy sanguine.
D: This beer lays in my stomach like a bad stout. Don't drink this without food, you'll regret it. And personally, I found it far too sweet for more than one at a time.
OVERALL: I bought this beer thinking it might be a more enjoyable version of Newcastle. I was wrong. Unsurprisingly, my girlfriend likes this beer a lot more than I do.
If you're looking for a great brown ale, try the Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar. It'll knock your socks off.
10-13-2008 19:38:02 | More by AndrewMcLemore
3.18/5 rDev -6.7%
Where's the maple? Just a standard brown ale here, nothing too spectacular about it. The label says there's a maple taste, as does the name, but I can't taste it one bit. At least that would have made this one unique. I would drink this again if handed to me but if I had a choice in a beer store for a six pack.. this one wouldn't be very high.
10-06-2008 23:40:34 | More by oriolesfan4
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
2.93/5 rDev -14.1%
A decent brownish color with reddish tints and a one-finger head that died quickly but left some lace. Has a faint malt smell, with some roasted malts and maybe a hint of coffee/nut. Light to medium bodied and a tad syrupy, has a semi-slick malt feel to it. There are some noticeable sweet malts in here and faint hop presence, but this is pretty much a generic brown ale that isn't worth pursuing.
09-18-2008 20:12:31 | More by clayrock81
3.63/5 rDev +6.5%
A- Light brown color, semi-transparent, one finger thick head that faded to a thin layer across the top
S- Maple syrup, brown sugar, toasted grains, caramel malts
T- Toasted malts, nutty, maple syrup, caramel malts, molasses, slightly woody flavor
M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, very sweet
D- Worth trying
This was a decent American Brown Ale but I probably wont buy it again. Although it has an interesting flavor and is definitely worth trying if you get a chance.
09-17-2008 01:23:02 | More by iceball585
2.08/5 rDev -39%
Tommyknocker- Maple Nut Brown
A- Deep hazy chestnut with a nice foamy tan head.
S- Faint, barely there notes of caramel, maple, and sugary corn syrup.
T- Sweet corn syrup with hints of caramel malt and a bit of pecan?! So watery!
M- Again watery with a sugary sweet corn syrup touch. Mild dry finish.
Overall- Another Tommyknocker that fails to impress. Looks good but quickly takes a nose dive. cheap sweet corn syrupy maple syrup flavor just doesn't win me over sorry.
09-15-2008 21:22:44 | More by NJpadreFan
3.28/5 rDev -3.8%
Looks good, deep reddish-brown body, wispy beige head, visible carbonation.
Smells of caramel, maple,a hint of cooked cabbage and a spicy alcohol note.
Sweet, fairly clean, flavor follows aroma with light hop bite.
Medium to light body with fair carbonation.
Easy to drink, but not a session beer.
09-05-2008 15:59:42 | More by cbn
2.53/5 rDev -25.8%
Rather lack luster brown ale. Poured quickly from the bottle and I had to wonder for a second if this beer was completely flat. Smell vaguely like maple syrup, which I was expecting from the name of the beer. If not on the label I dont know if I would have been able to pick it out. Tastes like a really watered down brown ale with not much aftertaste. Over all a very dissappointing ale, as I have been looking for a new brown ale to have with cooler weather coming.
08-20-2008 13:55:51 | More by ericlawton007
3.78/5 rDev +10.9%
12-ounce bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields a reddish-brown body with a glow of amber at the edges, topped with a thin cap of soft ivory foam. A bit of webby lacing decorates the glass.
The smell of the drink is sweetly malty with a spicy molasses twang with plenty of sweet maple and brown sugary notes.
The taste of the drink is sweetly mellow, with notes of maple syrup coming through in more of a 'woodiness' than an actual 'syrupiness', but no worries, there's plenty of syrup in the flavor, too, plus a dash of cocoa in the finish.
No syrup in the feel, though, which is on the watery side of medium-bodied and somewhat juicy otherwise. Nicely carbonated and very drinkable.
08-18-2008 17:27:22 | More by cvstrickland
2.65/5 rDev -22.3%
Appearance - Decent head with no lacing. Dark tea color.
Smell - Nose is roasted malt and a peculiar twang.
Taste - Similar to nose with roasted malt covered by a twanginess.
Mouthfeel - Light character which is not appealing.
Drinkability - Low due to twanginess.
Note: Pronounced twanginess in a brown ale isn't standard. This may have been a defective keg. Will taste and score if seen again elsewhere.
08-13-2008 01:56:15 | More by Chinon01
2.65/5 rDev -22.3%
Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a plain pint glass.
A: Poured an opaque, root beer brown color with slight ruby highlights around the edges underneath a one-finger head of off-white foam.
S: Smells a little sweet and nutty, but it's not aromatic enough for me. I was expecting lots of maple syrup and brown sugar smells, but really got none.
T: Holy bland! I'm not sure if it's the lack of carbonation, or because this beer was on the brink of the 4 month freshness date, but there was minimal taste out of the gate. As the beer warmed a bit, some of the sweeter, maple notes came out and the finish was of toasted malt and hazelnut, but it was oh so light. Kinda disappointed.
M: Mouthfeel is light-medium, but strangely watery.
D: If it were another one like this, I'd probably pass up on that. Even if it were 100%, I don't think it'd hold my interest enough with a glut of other tasty brown ales out there.
I was a tad disappointed here. The bland mouthfeel and flavor were what killed me, combined with the decided maple punch I was thirsting for. Again, there may have been factors at play here which turned the beer, but, nevertheless one I probably wouldn;t go out of my way to get.
08-08-2008 15:30:22 | More by Gambrinus1184
3.2/5 rDev -6.2%
This beer has 1/4 finger head to start with a tiny bit of lacing about 60% through the glass (very tiny mind you) and a nice dark brown color that I can somewhat see through.
Smell is of maple syrup and caramel malts. I love sweet things, so I am interested to see how the maple will benefit this beer.
The malts fall short. The caramel malts upfront are lacking power. The maple syrup dominates which is followed by a sort of chocolate maltiness mixed wit a citrusyness from a low hop bitterness. The malts would be ok if the maple syrup wasn't totally masking them.
Maple dominates a lot in this beer and makes it sort of maple syrup mixed with water on the mouth. The malts thicken it up and there is a slight creaminess.
For someone like me this beer isn't bad at all. However, from an objective standpoint, there is way too much maple syrup in this beer and not enough malts to balance. It's pedestrian at best. I could have a couple because I like maple syrup, but I'm sure it would get old after a little while.
08-02-2008 01:16:39 | More by jasonjlewis
2.68/5 rDev -21.4%
While I don't doubt the "pure maple syrup" on the label, the taste is more of molasses, thick and sugary with the malty backbone of the nut brown. For me, very cloying and overlysweet that builds. The maple doesn't blend well with the base beer either with a light, watery mouthfeel. Sounds good on the surface, but not much to dig down into.
07-23-2008 01:46:22 | More by FightingEntropy
3.05/5 rDev -10.6%
Appearance - Reddish-brown with a cream colored head. The head didn't last, and left very little lacing.
Smell - Lightly nutty with maple and malty caramel. Kind of what you would expect.
Taste - Also not very complex with the same flavors as smells, with the maple taking a little more center stage this time. Tastes a bit artificial however.
Mouthfeel - Solid, but not overly pleasing.
Drinkability - I remembered this one being better in the past... Perhaps this Trail Mix 6-pack had been sitting for a while, but nothing has been stellar for sure.
07-21-2008 04:48:53 | More by sevopie
3.03/5 rDev -11.1%
Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Small head on a dark amber body. Head is gone quickly. Very light nutty scent, matched with maple. Taste is about the same, features a coffee/caramel finish. Low fizz. Not bad, but not great
07-12-2008 04:56:36 | More by ibashmuck
3.68/5 rDev +7.9%
Pours a dark brown color with a fluffly off white head that dissapates quickly.
Aroma of maple comes through loud and clear with a malty caramel note at the end.
Maple flavor is right up front along with a milky lactose flavor. That is followed up with a bready malty finish.
Pretty good brew, nothing earth shattering though.
07-09-2008 00:28:10 | More by rebel1771
3.4/5 rDev -0.3%
P- Beer zoo variety pack
A- pours a dense frothy and slightly tanned head. dark amber brown in color.
S- nuts, malts and alcohol. a maple syrup aroma also hits the nose. Faint-hops, caramel.
T- maple syrup and caramel malts. Nuts and alcohol also are there.
M- Slightly fizzy and cabronated in the mouth. Kind of an average feel and not much to elaborate on.
D- easy to put these down but it could get quite dull after 3 or 4. This is for coors light drinkers looking to try another form watered down alcohol.
07-01-2008 20:52:05 | More by Dodo2step
Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 794 ratings.