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Maple Nut Brown Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Maple Nut Brown AleMaple Nut Brown Ale

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805 Ratings

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Ratings: 805
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 16
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of cbn
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

cbn, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of ericlawton007
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

ericlawton007, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

cvstrickland, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of Chinon01
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Chinon01, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

jasonjlewis, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of FightingEntropy
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

FightingEntropy, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of sevopie
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

sevopie, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of ibashmuck
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

ibashmuck, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of rebel1771
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

rebel1771, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Dodo2step, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of JMD
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich, mahogany color. Very small head which dissipates quickly. Very flat looking beer.

S: Carmel, molasses, hint of honey. Not much aroma at all.

T: Carmel malt, maple syrup, some hops working in the background.

M & D: Carbonation was very mild. Smooth and easy drinking ale, but I found this to be very average. Nothing special about this to distinguish it from other browns. This is the fourth or fifth beer I've sampled from this brewer, and I 've been mostly unimpressed.

JMD, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear mahogany color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Malty maple nose. Flavor is sweet maple smooth, hops balance but are in background. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

jdhilt, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of beermanbrian
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown with some red/orange tinges around the side. Thin tan head with a few spots of lacing left behind. Smell is sweet malt with some maple sweetness thrown in there. No hops shows up in this one. Taste matches the smell with just some faint nutty flavors. Overall very bland. Mouth is thin and gives a powdered malt homebrew impression. This one starts out looking OK but goes downhill from there. Nothing to make me come back and try this one again.

beermanbrian, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of MmmIPA
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown body with some red tinges to it.Nice offwhite head that falls pretty fast and leaves a nice ring.

The first taste is caramel malts,real sweet then the maple.They need to add a bit more hop to this beer for some balancing.

Theres a funky smell to it,not so pleasent.I think its the maple.

Prickly feeling on the tongue.

To sweet for me,needs more balancing to it.I wont be buying this beer again.

MmmIPA, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of happygnome
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a light brown transparent color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a very small amount of lacing around the edge of the glass
s: maple aroma is evident, a very sweet aroma with little hop bitterness present
t: similar to the nose this is a very sweet brew
m: light to medium bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this isnt a beer that i can see myself buying again

happygnome, May 27, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Served in a pint glass. Appeared hazy brown with a small head and some retention.

S. Some roasted coffee notes.

T. A sweet smokey taste with some maple syrup around the edges. Not half bad.

M. Full bodied for sure but a bit slick.

D. A very filling and enjoyable beer. Nothing special but definately worth trying.

Stinkypuss, May 24, 2008
Photo of apratsunrthd
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with a pale, creamy head. Weak but fresh smell. Taste is unique to be sure. Lots of nuttiness, a hint of maple, and I think I tasted barbecue sauce ;-). Mouthfeel is decent if not a bit too carbonated. Drinkability also a little better than average.

apratsunrthd, May 22, 2008
Photo of rye726
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A clear brown color with a poor tan head. The nose has some mild malts and is quite light. The taste is marginally improved with a faint nuttiness and bitter hop presence. Really not too much going on here. Light body and heavy carbonation. Very mild, even for a brown.

rye726, May 19, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a deep brown/amber color with a small off white head that was pretty thick. It settles fairly slow to a slight film above the veer. It laces very nicely down the glass.
A: It has a nice aroma of sweet roasted malts, maple syrup, and a hint of nuttiness at the end of the nose.
T: It tastes of sweet roasted malts, then alot of maple flavor and some sweet nuttiness at the end of the taste.
M: Very sweet and refreshing
D: Pretty drinkable for an english brown ale.

erosier, May 11, 2008
Photo of Onslow
1.83/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

wow, very watery!... the dullest most boring beer in the history of ales ... at least there's no aftertaste ... hell, at least theres no aftertaste, but u need taste to get an aftertaste..one of the shadiest brown ales around .... more disappointing than constipation...

Onslow, May 07, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an attractive deep brown, but the head dissipates too quickly. No lacing.

S - The only other beer I've had with maple is DFH Immort Ale, and I smell that maple component here, though obviously not anywhere near as boozy. Not much beside the maple, but I don't care, maple smells great on its own.

T - Pleasing maple taste with sweetness in the finish and aftertaste. Until then, a ever so slightly bitter almond malt.

F - There's an odd detachment in the feel, as if one part of the beer wants to go one way and another wants to go in the opposite direction. Sometimes seems watery, sometimes seems crisp; not really too coherent.

D - My complaints don't really detract from the drinkability here. You could put away 2-3, and it would probably go great with a glazed chicken or pork dish, among other foods.

Patrick999, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of Lupe
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stunning appearance. Pours a clear reddish brown with a big and tight tan head. Great retention as it slowly recedes to a one finger cap and leaves sheets of lace behind. Looks similar to fresh poured iced tea.

Mellow and muted aroma with hints of toasted & roasted malt, some nuttiness, and amber malt extract.

Flavor is very mellow with some toasted malt, nuttiness, and chicory. A little toasted grain hits the back of the tongue. Hops are barely present, adding just enough bitterness to balance. Finishes clean and dry. Overall the flavor is very mild.

Light in body, low carbonation, and incredibly smooth. Goes down very easily. A real session beer that has just enough to keep you interested. Not a bad choice for gameday.

Lupe, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of dogger6253
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A dark, ruby red with a thin film on top, some carbonation bubbles linger at the bottom of the glass. The aroma is very strong, hits your nose as soon as you pop off the cap. There is a very warm, nutty smell. Heavy on the malt and brown sugar.

The taste is slightly nutty, very sweet and caramel-like. On top of this, there are bits of maple, brown sugar and vanilla with a little touch of hops in the finish. There's moderate carbonation, a plain body - kind of watery. There are no major turn offs here, good taste. This a good session beer if nothing else.

dogger6253, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear oak brown, almost no head, tan lacing on surface, lots of small carbonation bubbles.

S = Maple syrup smells come through strongly, also light hints of chocolate, very light floral hops.

T = Sweet maple syrup and chocolate malt on front of the tongue, little bit of bitterness shows up mid-palate then both flavors continue into a relatively long finish.

M = Medium-light body, too much carbonation fizz, decent mouthcoating.

D = This is an easy drinking beer from its light, sweet flavor, but I didn't really care too much for its visual aspects and the fizziness really was a drawback, making it just average when all considered..

Traquairlover, Apr 19, 2008
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