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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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824 Ratings

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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 16
Gots: 39 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-27-2001)
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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
Photo of pmcadamis
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This one pours a dark walnut brown that is the color of a deep brown wood stain when held to the light, and some almost crimson hues add depth to the color. The head is small at about half an inch, but it looks solid and tan. Some wet lace is left on the glass, and the head remains at a thin cap for the duration of my pint. As unimpressive as the head is, the color is really beautiful and calming.

S - Maple syrup and peanut butter on Belgian waffles. Some really nice (albeit subdued) hops add a woodsy note to this nutty brown ale. This smells like those roasted Bavarian nuts that you can buy around Christmastime, and those nutty roasted and almost smoky notes come out even more with warmth.

T - Peanut butter...but maybe made with almonds and walnuts instead of peanuts. (Do they make such a thing?) Sweet maple syrup underlies the nutty flavors, but never overpowers the brown ale flavors. The balance that they have achieved with this one is outstanding! The roasted nuts, maple syrup, smoky woody notes, and autumn leaf hops are all working together in this brew.

M - Light bodied with a very low level of carbonation, this one finishes pretty much neutral, with maybe a touch of dryness about thirty seconds after swallowing.

D - This is a really nice brown ale with a unique twist It's slightly sweeter and less dry than most browns, but it's a nice mellow sipper that could be a great autumn session brew.

pmcadamis, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy medium brown with a little tan head. It smelled almost exactly like hard apple cider with a bit of hops. It tasted mostly like apple cider, with some citrus hops added in, but there was no noticeable maple or nut. It was watery with some carbonation and had a mildly bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a good clean drink, but not at all what I expected.

Pencible, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of bennyfrank
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep dark brown color. One finger head with minimal lacing. Not a whole lot of action in the way of carbonation resulting in a flat mouth feel. Taste is okay with hints of chocolate and maple but overall unimpressive. So far the Pick Axe Ale is my favorite for TommyKnocker

bennyfrank, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of dedrinker
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nutty brownish amber type thing with a thin slightly darker than off-white head. Aromas of slightly roasty malt, macadamia nuts and maple. The flavor was pretty bland - a little nutty, roasty malt with a very elusive maple character. Kinda slippery on the tongue. Medium bodied with a slightly sweet finish. Not sure what to make of it. I would re-name this one "College Town Brown."

dedrinker, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of supercolter
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a wierd beer. Often times the scent is a large indicator of taste. This was not one of those times. The appearance was pretty bland, same color as maple syrup but not quite as thick. Smell is sweet like candy, taste is rather dry. I don't get it. Drinkable beer, but not my favorite brown ale.

supercolter, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of chiefydawg
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came out the exact same color as pure maple syrup (yes, I compared). Poured with little fizz and less head. Thank goodness, since I committed a foul and spilled some. No real lace to speak of.

Smells sweet and 'maply'. Some nutty caramel scent.

The first sips really taste quite a bit like maple, which soon settles down to a decent beer-like balance. Hops are barely existent, and the sliver it has was needed. It was sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Some lightly roasted cashew and toffee in the finish.

Medium body with some airiness for being such a flat-seeming beer. Really about what anybody, I think, should expect from a maple nut brown ale.

chiefydawg, Mar 01, 2008
Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.