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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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789 Ratings

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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | 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 jeffmonarch


3.23/5  rDev -5.3%

On tap in a pint glass at 69 taps Akron OH

A - Medium brown with not much head. The bartenders poured the beer to the top of the glass not leaving much room for head. It's ashame they didn't know anything about beer, although they were cute.

S - Sweet caramel scent.

T - Sweet with a malty nutty flavor.

M - Good carbonation with a maple flavor finish.

D - Good beer that's easy to drink.

12-14-2007 05:52:46 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of oelergud


3.33/5  rDev -2.3%

12 oz brown bottle.
Almost opaque deep ruby and mahogany body. Creamy tan head of tiny to medium bubbles. Decent retention but not alot of lace.
Nutty earth brown scent with some mild but sharp hop notes.
Pleasant taste of malty nuts and maple. Mild shortlived aftertaste pretty much the same as the initial flavor.
Smooth and rounded medium to full body. Good coating and slick.
Very drinkable, malty and easy to enjoy.


12-01-2007 22:27:07 | More by oelergud
Photo of DackAchan


3.53/5  rDev +3.5%

A- A good apperance, pours dark with a mahogony brown two finger head

S- Smells of hops and a distince maple flavor.

T- Decent taste to it, maple dominance with a slight hint of nuts.

M- Okay mouthfeel, slight kick at the end.

D- Seemed a little too sweet, but that's prolly just my taste in beer, I wouldn't have it again.

12-01-2007 20:08:02 | More by DackAchan
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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
Photo of meechum


3.93/5  rDev +15.2%

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured with a dark brown, with red highlights. Nice two finger head that fell quickly leaving a small amount of lace

S - You could smell the maple syrup smell in there along with a hop flavor, maybe cascade

T - A nice flavor for a brown and very much in the style, the maple in there gives it a bit of a different flavor that was good, a nice hop finish

M - A bit oily and light, a little under carbonated I thought

D - Overall I probably wouldn't seek this out all the time, but it was good for a pint and I'd have some again

11-11-2007 16:22:33 | More by meechum
Photo of Mitchster


2.25/5  rDev -34%

Part of their mixed 6 pack. Pours out to a clear deep mahogany, forming a medium-sized light khaki head with poor retention and absent lacing. The nose is verynutty...macadamia and hazelnut at first with an odd rubbery yeasty burnt banana funk and a touch of soap and smoke. Mouthfeel is quite mild with a medium-light body. Taste is not all that good...starts with the nuts, followed by some odd amber malts, a very definite cola-like presence with a peculiar saccharin, artificial sweetness lingering on the taste-buds. Very mild bitterness and watery.

I didn't really care for TK's brews when I was in Idaho Springs, and as I work my way through this 6'er I'm already being reminded of why. Watery, soapy, wierd off-flavors. This one should be passed upon. Ugh.

10-16-2007 00:10:55 | More by Mitchster
Photo of NEhophead


3.08/5  rDev -9.7%

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
Bottled on 05.2007.

Deep maple with a hue of mahogany. Carbonated, off-white head that evaporates practically on impact leaving barely a whispy sheet. Thin and spotted lacing with surprising durability.

Mild, musty rich aromatics: milk chocolate, caramel. Dried hazlenut and almond. A touch of maple and vanilla. Rather airy and mild in fragrance.

Dried, toasted hazlenut with a light toffee flavor as well. Semi-sweet maple and honey over a bland floral hop character. Airy, malt biscuit in the middle followed by the lingering maple sweetness and orange peel.

Medium bodied; a bit watery, but smooth. A lingering dryness which is almost chalky.

A bland and mild English Brown, whose flavor seems to have no direction. Not worth sampling.

10-08-2007 00:20:01 | More by NEhophead
Photo of GRPunk


3.78/5  rDev +10.9%

On tap poured into a mug

A- Deep brown color with very little head (maybe due to the delivery system or pour so I won't hold it against the beer). There was some lacing and light carbonation.

S- Nice roasty nutty scents. A bit sweet.

T- Good nutty flavor with a hint of the maple tones. The sweetness isn't overpowering.

M- Good mouthfeel. Smooth, but present enough to know that you're drinking a solid beer.

D- Very easy drinker. I had a couple of mugs at the pub and probably could have put back a few more if I was out for a later night.

Overall- A good drinkable brown ale. It isn't as flavorful as some on the market, but it's a great beer on an early fall night when you're looking at drinking more than one. I'd drink it again.

09-30-2007 02:17:34 | More by GRPunk
Photo of TexIndy


3.4/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle with bottling info on back label into a pint glass. It was a deep brownish amber color. It had a good head that settled to a thin coating with some lacing. The aroma was toasted malt with maple overtones. The taste was good - malty backbone with a sweet finish. Unlike the honey flavored beers, this maple one gets the right amount of sweetness with being too cloying. I've had this on tap at the brewery and it's a little better on tap but still good in the bottle. Overall it's a good but not great beer and I enjoy it as a good change-up session beer. Glad to see them back in Texas after leaving due to distributor issues. (3.5, OR, T, Y)

09-30-2007 00:14:52 | More by TexIndy
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.53/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a deep amber color with an off-white head. Aromas that consist of maple syrup and brown sugar. In the taste, sweet and a dry maple syrup flavor. A smooth dry mouthfeel with a sweet/ sticky maple syrup aftertaste. Sweet and dry in all the right places, easy to drink and better as it warms up.

09-22-2007 19:04:16 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

1.98/5  rDev -41.9%

Poured a dark and slightly hazy brown with a big head that faded fairly quickly leaving some descent lacing. The smell is roasted malt and chocolate with a touch of sweetness. Wow...not for me. Take this one with a grain of salt. Maybe it went bad; it is 4 months past 'due'. The mouth on this one isn't sweet at all. Instead its a biting, sharp, astringent sting. In other words, its a pour. I would have thought that would have shown in the nose.

09-18-2007 20:36:24 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of RoBotGod


2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

This beer started off better then it ended. Everything to the eye looked good. Dark brown color like the color of wood. The smell was not bad. It had a sweet honey smell and kind of a caramel burnt sugar smell. It tastes very malty and thick like molasses. Its not to bad up front but the sugar just becomes to much after a few drinks. I might have to check my self for diabetes after this. The maple and nut brown flavors are all there but they taste too sweet and artificial to me. Not a huge fan but it might be a good beginner beer.

09-18-2007 02:06:01 | More by RoBotGod
Photo of ndekke39


3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Tried this on-tap at Bodega in Columbus, Ohio. Poured reddish maple syrup color with a thin white head. Not a lot of retention. Smells and tastes were a little weak, but appropriate for a brown ale: nuts, maple syrup, bit of lightly toasted grained. Not much of a finish. A little watery on the mouthfeel. Overall, an easily drinkable session beer. Not a whole lot of astonishing character, but pleasant to drink nonetheless.

09-09-2007 23:25:21 | More by ndekke39
Photo of surlyseth


3.08/5  rDev -9.7%

A: Deep brown, medium tan head.

S: Caramel, chocolate, nuts and grain

T: Sweeter than anticipated with mostly brown sugar and maple.

M: Interesting! Fine, fizzy bubbles. And a syrupy finish.

D: Oh man, I can't do more than one. It was too far out of my wheelhouse to truly enjoy. I have a sweet-tooth, but not when it comes to beer.

This was a strange brew that (oddly enough) reminded me of grape soda.

09-03-2007 21:35:21 | More by surlyseth
Photo of hunteraw


3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: deep garnet, very clear, good-sized head with poor retention and little lacing. nice color.

Smell: sweet, molasses, just a hint of maple.

Taste: Pretty sweet, with mostly malt, molasses and slight coffee. Maple shows up more in the finish than anything else, along with a hint of pancake breadiness. Very little hops - the sweetness is balanced by carbonation more so than bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good.

08-29-2007 00:26:43 | More by hunteraw
Photo of catalysis


3.45/5  rDev +1.2%

A- This beer comes out a dark chocolate brown, clear with a light tan head. The head recedes to about a finger width and leaves a little bit of lace around the edges.

S- Not much there for smell. Fresh baked bread with a faint hint of chocolate.

T- Malty sweetness with little bitterness to speak of. Maple syrup, obviously. Finishes nicely with subtle coffee flavors. Overall, the flavor is a little weak.

M- Nice medium body with med-high carbonation suits the style well.

D- This is a solid beer for occasional drinking but nothing spectacular.

08-28-2007 23:58:16 | More by catalysis
Photo of smcolw


3.23/5  rDev -5.3%

Time for a little honesty on this beer, I've been avoiding it for nearly three months. The thought of maple syrup in a beer leads me to think of something sickly sweet.

The smell doesn't change my mind from this trepidatious approach. There is a surprising sourness to the aroma. The maple is subtle, which is a good thing.

This beer is a cross between the sourness of a lambic and the flavor of a light brown ale. This is better than the smell suggests. While complex, it isn't superior in taste. Good body and carbonation.

The look is the best part of this beer--nice long lasting head with good lace. The color is a slightly murky light brown

08-11-2007 02:23:26 | More by smcolw
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

2.58/5  rDev -24.3%

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Poured a very nice dark color. Like a dark grade maple syrup. Had a 2 inch thick foamy head made of medium bubbles that left lacings that clung to the whole side of the glass. Smell didn't do much. Picked up a hint of maple sugar sweetness. Taste was slighty bitter, very slightly sour almost. Couldn't pick up any maple flavor. Felt strange in the mouth. My toungue tingled, and the carbonation was evident. Went down easily, but not a pleasant beer to drink.

Notched April 19th 2007, best by 4 months after.

08-01-2007 00:07:53 | More by mountdew1
Photo of kenito799

New York

3.83/5  rDev +12.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, at Red Lion, Vail.

Dark brown with red highlights when held to light. Foamy tan head rises and recedes to a ring, leaves little lacing.

Aroma is sweet/malty, with interesting smoky notes. Fairly sweet malt up front with a mild hint of maple carrying through to a restrained hoppy finish. The somewhat syrupy mouthfeel actually goes well with the flavor and style. Not a bad brown ale, the smokiness and maple make it pretty interesting. However, a bit too sweet to want to drink too many.

07-18-2007 22:46:29 | More by kenito799
Photo of shadow1961


2.05/5  rDev -39.9%

Tommyknocker Maple Nutbrown Ale pours a finger of tan foam
over an almost opaque brown brew- though it does pass a rosy
hue held up to a light. The nose is a sour toastyness and ale yeast.
The flavor is tart acidic malt up front with no apparent hop finish. It's
only in the aftertaste that a little residual maple flavor shows up. The
mouthfeel is thin and sour. Disappointing.

07-17-2007 07:42:57 | More by shadow1961
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.28/5  rDev -3.8%

Medium-high sweetness – quite reminiscent of maple. Medium-light malt flavor. Light hops – herbal mainly.

Amber gold with deep brown hues. Hazy. Medium-light head.

Surprising level of hop flavor jumps out – floral citric and herbal with a nice tight tartness. Medium-light malt flavor is a little toasty warm and nutty. Medium-light malt sweetness with roasted honey notes. The sweetness blends well with a medium-light fruitiness and the tart hops. Light bitterness. Finishes with a touch of dryness and a smoky woody sticky sweetness probably inspired by the word “maple.”

Thin to medium-thin body and medium-light fizzy carbonation.

Okay beer. I can’t decide whether I really taste the maple or am just imagining it. The nutty malt and caramel/honey sweetness could resemble maple. Either way, to my taste, it’s an okay beer at best.

07-17-2007 04:26:45 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a deep mahogony from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Creamy head with a nice light caramel color.

Aroma is full of caramel malts and chocolate and maple syrup. Minimal hop aroma. Overall, smells a lot like a doppelbock.

Flavor is slightly less attractive than the aroma. Some cabbage flavors kind of take hold but there are some more chocolate and caramel flavors. Even some toffee. Maple syprup in the finish.

Not bad overall. The best of the mixed sixer I have had (this is the fourth) so this one is worthy of consumption. Give it a shot.

06-28-2007 21:01:54 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.4/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Deep, dark brownish cherry wood color with a small head of tan foam. Medium low carbonation, and streams of bubbles race toward the top. No lacing.

S: Mild hints of roasted malt, cocoa, and maple. A touch of roasted nuts and grains. Slightly sweet like pancake syrup.

T: Maplewood and malt flavors with a touch of fresh hoppiness. Sweet nuttiness and earth follow through toward the finish. Flavors balance themselves out quite nicely.

M: A noticeable amount of carbonation is present on the tongue, while the brew remains rather light and slightly dull on the palate. Similar to most English Browns, but with more carbonation than usual.

D: Fair. This would be a good sessioner for the late fall months. Maybe i'll come back then and give it another try.

06-24-2007 00:47:10 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of allengarvin


3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

Served into a 1/3rd liter chalice, this is a dark brown beer with a good half-inch of frothy, creamy foam. Nose is mostly caramel malt, not mapleness detectable. Nor can I find any noticible maple taste in the flavor, but it is a pleasant, lightly cocoa, sweet malt. Bitterness is restrained and there's no hop flavor to speak of, making this pretty much dead-on for an English dark-mild or brown ale. Carbonation is a bit low giving it a watery body, but again, right-on for the style.

Not my favorite style, but generally well-crafted. Where's the maple, though?

06-04-2007 01:22:13 | More by allengarvin
Photo of gunnerman


3.23/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured into a pint glass, pours a brownish color with fluffy head that does leave a ring while drinking. Smell is of fig and some bitterness as well also some sweet honey nectar in there. Taste is pretty sour for my liking not much carbonation just sourness, it taste like some lemon squeezed into a beer, its actually tangy and tarty, not what I was expecting. This was my first beer from Tommyknocker, it was a bit unusual.

05-26-2007 22:05:55 | More by gunnerman
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