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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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Ratings: 779
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 13
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had an awesome head, with great retention. Some of the best retention I've seen in a while, actually. Other than that, it was a little bit of a let down. I was expecting something a little more "mapley" and would have a stronger taste associated with Nut Brown Ales, but this was kind of wimpy. The maple was a very small footnote in the taste, something you had to concentrate to taste. Oh well, I've said it before, so I'll say it again, "nothing ventured, nothing gained".

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 04:14:56 | More by JISurfer
Photo of mmmbeer


2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. with an overdue freshness date. Pours a very dark chestnut with blood red/crimson highlights and a 1 finger off-white head that doesn't leave any lace. Smells sweet with vinous malts and maybe some chocolate and nuts. Taste follows with the addition of molasses, caramel, some woodiness (maple), and a medium body with average carbonation. Average at best.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 00:30:01 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of robertp1024


3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brown ale pours a dark brown to dark copper color. There is little to no head. I was kinda excited about this beer and so far, so good. The aroma is sweet. Scent of roaster nuts as well as chocolate. Very sweet and very malty as expected. The flavor didn't give me what I was looking for. Maybe thats my fault. Too little of everything. I expected powerful malts, roasted nuts and nice chocolate taste. I got a little roasted malts and a little hint of others. The finish is plain and boring. 2 seconds after my first sip, my mouth forgot what it had tasted. All in all a decent but somewhat plain brown ale. I think these Tommyknocker elves would be somewhat disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 01:08:44 | More by robertp1024
Photo of russpowell


3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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?

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 04:06:12 | More by russpowell
Photo of weeare138


3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep brown with a light red hue and a one finger beige head. Decent rings of lacing.
Smell is of roasted caramel, sugary with a nice maple balance that isn't too sweet.
Taste is of the same aromas listed above.
Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy on the front of the tongue with a distinct smooth sugar feel in this medium bodied brew.
Drinkability is decent, different, and sweet. Seems pretty balanced to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 16:52:39 | More by weeare138
Photo of mentor


3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased by my wife at a local store and consumed a couple evenings later. Drink within 4 months of 01/June/05. Pours a half-finger light tan head over a cloudy brown liquid. Perhaps some red in there, too. Smells potently maple with some caramel/toffee. Tastes woody maple with biscuity malt undertones and a buttery sweet finish. Hints of chocolate rise late and the aftertaste is a refresher of the woody maple. Pretty simple flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium and slick. Moderate carbonation. Nice to try, but not one I'll likely return to as a regular beer. Could be useful in cooking or served with/after a chocolatey desert.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 05:51:10 | More by mentor
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear brownish amber with a medium sized off white head.

Aromas are medium roast malt, cocoa, maple syrup, molasses, and light floral notes. Very mild nose.

Flavor is typical for a light brown ale. Roasty malts, a touch of maple sweetness, and floral hops finish.

Body is light medium with kind of a watery, thin mouthfeel. Drinkable, but not desirable. Yawn.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2005 18:04:52 | More by AlexJ
Photo of palliko


3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is pretty standard: copper color, ivory foam and lace. Aroma has some roasted grains and cashews. Initial taste contains toasty malt and something akin to caramel and toffee. Not a great example of a nut brown – there are better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 16:42:22 | More by palliko
Photo of Golden2wenty1


3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a Tommyknocker "Mother Lode" sampler 12-pack at Woodman's West. I had actually randomly eaten at the brewpub in Idaho Falls, CO two summers ago while on a road trip, but I was underage so I wasn't able to try any of their beers, so I when I saw the sampler I thought it would be a good opportunity to see what I had missed. Each Tommyknocker brew has a born on date notched into the back label and recommends consumption within 4 months of the date. These just barely slipped in, lucky me.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown with very little head. Looks a little thin, but I had heard that most Tommyknocker brew ran on the thin side. Still looks good though.

Smell: Maple. Big time. Makes me want pancakes. Yum. Subtle hints of caramel malts and nuttiness, but the maple is the dominant tone here. Not overpowering though.

Taste: Maple. Nice and sweet but not too much as to be off-putting. Sweetness transitions into a slightly roasted nut and hoppy finish. Very nice. Becomes more bitter as the beer warms, I actually like it better when it's cold and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thin, just like it looked. Could have used a little more body in my opinion as I like a little something to chew on. Even lighter than Newcastle, my first love in brown ales. Still good though. Fairly high carbonation but good for the style.

Drinkability: Thin body, good carbonation and sweet maple make this a refreshing brew for a hot, sticky Wisconsin summer evening. I think I might give it another try after I make my rounds through some other recommended brown ales, there was just something about that maple sweetness that I really enjoyed. A solid offering from Tommyknocker.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 17:41:46 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of TastyTaste


3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown color, clear, with alomst no head. Smell is nutty, sweet, with maple presence, which carriers over to the taste, which also has a nice hop finish, and slight chocolate presence. Mouthfeel is not very well carbonated. Pretty good brown ale, but there are betters out there (see Bell's Best Brown).

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 04:08:30 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of battlekow


3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dull brown, very small, weak head.

Smell: Doesn't really smell like much of anything except...well, baby food. I smells like cooked carrots. This can't be a good sign.

Taste: Not bad! No carrots, at least. Pretty thin, but slightly nutty. The maple aftertaste is pronounced and pleasant, and unique to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, but the beer feels watery.

Drinkability: The only BAD thing was the carrot smell. However, there's not a lot that sets this beer apart, only the maple flavor, which isn't nearly enough to overcome its almost complete lack of other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 04:59:49 | More by battlekow
Photo of Graebner


3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Bergen Park, about 15 minutes from where it's brewed in Idaho Springs. Pours a medium-dark brown with very little head that dissapates quickly. Smell has notes of maple (no surprise here), slightly fruity. Medium-Low carbonation. Taste is quite good, definite maple here as well, plus a very faint charcoal taste on the finish, sweet overall with a finish that could be slightly dryer, but still very refreshing. Leaves a faint taste of pecan on the tongue after you've finished. Overall a very different, interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 20:39:15 | More by Graebner
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle, picked up while in Green Bay last December...
Pours a clear, rich and vibrant mahogany hue, with glimmers of garnet.... Sporadic carbonation heading topside, forming a thin layer of tight bubbles in the head. Minimal lacing, though. Some sediment still present in the bottle, to be added later...

Pleasing aroma of caramel malt, nuttiness and, yes, maple, along with wisps of floral hops lingering alongside.
Almost medium in body, this brew also passes fairly smooth down he hatch.

Lightly sweet up front, with a pleasing meld of caramel and maple flavors. Light nutty hints are present, and things then transition smoothly into a soft and enveloping floral hoppiness (though with a slight sour lean to it), lingering nicely on the palate. A fairly good offering....and better as it warms slightly.


overall: 3.7
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 20:46:51 | More by Bierman9
Photo of Puddleglum


4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid Nut Brown Ale. I was a little leary because of the Maple aspect and figured it would taste the way flavored coffee does. To my surprise it didn't. The appearance was a nice translucent brown with a meager head. The aroma was malty with aa hint of Maple as was the flavor. It tasted like it had been burtonized possibly which I really think truly gives it the mouthfeel and flavor I appreciate in an English Brown Ale. All in all I enjoyed it even the Maple was quite pleasant at the level it was at.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2005 20:31:30 | More by Puddleglum
Photo of sweethome


3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours true to form - nice brown color. Very little head - light tan. Dissipates very quickly.

The nose is nutty, smells like browned toast. A hint of brown sugar.

A little watery on the tongue - doesn't fill out real well. Has nice roast character which reminds me of the Goose Island Hex Nut Brown. Lacks depth. The taste is certainly without flaws - pleasant, but nothing special. The finish is a bit sweet and nutty.

Brown Ales are pretty low on my personal style preference. This beer is drinkable, clean and not lacking in flavor. It is not complex or robust.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 02:53:03 | More by sweethome
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3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First bottle from a brewery sampler box I found at Jungle Jim's, just north of Cincinnati, last week. This pours a gorgeous, clear garnet mahogany body with a small offwhite head that disappears immediately. No lacing.
Aroma has molasses, maple syrup, and a hint of walnut nuttiness.
Moutfeel is thin and lacking substance. Low carbonation, in spite of being well within the freshness date.
Taste is one dimensional, sweet maltiness and maple syrup. Some mild, roasted caramel maltiness, but hops are so remote that they are not really apparent.
I could count the number of mild brown ales I've been impressed with on on the fingers of one hand. This one is thin bodied and lacking substance and character. Nothing bad about this one, but it could be improved considerably with more roasted malt and a hops presence.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2005 12:09:25 | More by merlin48
Photo of Bierguy5


3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Boston's. Pours a deep brown slightly cloudy liquid with a thin white head. Head retention and lace were not very good. Grainy and sweet smelling, with syrup. SLight flavor of roasted malt combined with a sweet hint of maple. Slightly cloying, but not unbearable. Not much hop bitterness or flavor. Lower carbonation. Overall, not a bad brown ale, not outstanding, but a good version. The slight maple flavor is pretty nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2004 05:23:44 | More by Bierguy5
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite dark brown brew with a thin, light brown head and a soft, sweet aroma. This is one smooth beer--the maple sweetness rounds it into one of the most easy drinking brews I've ever had. Balancing the maple and keeping the beer within the bounds of "not too sweet" is the nuttiness and slight bitterness of hops.

Smooth, creamy, and delicious, if a tad uncomplex for my taste buds. A great dessert beer that's a step ahead of Newcastle.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2004 20:52:15 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of RushLimbmalt


2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is very dark for a brown ale. It had a small white head that disappeared quick. It does smell good... Way better than the beer tastes. The maple aroma with the malts they use is quite pleasing. The taste is a bit watery and the maple syrup overpowers the beer in a bad way and when you mix in the fact that Tommyknocker brews have such a thin body the beer becomes almost undrinkable. I had high hopes for this brewer, but so far I am unimpressed.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2004 07:36:18 | More by RushLimbmalt
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3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was the first of the Tommyknocker beers that I actually enjoyed drinking. Pours a brown color with a small head that quickly dies off and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a maple smell along with a malty backing and a small bit of hops. The flavor is very clean with a bit of roasted and maple. It's not great, but it's one of the best I've had from this company.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 19:08:09 | More by clvand0
Photo of cokes


2.08/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Fuzzy dark tan. A yellowed head explodes and sticks around as a collar.
Nose of dead leaves and burnt maple, undermined by a forceful metallic astringency.
Begins mighty sweet. Candied cherries, brown sugar, and lightly toasted maple. Gains some backbone and dryness via grain and nutty hues. Sweetness lingers and the cherry hues turn slightly sour. Hopping is a nonfactor. Flavor on the whole is muted, and what's here is not very attractive.
Thin and weak bodied.
This is a chore to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2004 06:59:04 | More by cokes
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown with only hints of reddish light coming through to show that its not black. There is no head to speak of. The nose is somewhat weak but is roasted with chocolate. The flavor is a little weak for me. There is chocolate and some of the maple sweetness coming through with the slightest hint of hop at the finish. I'd prefer more flavor andof a hop finish that this brings. The beer is lighter in my mouth that I would expect as well, it's only moderately thick. It just seems a bit lacking. This would be an easy beer to put a few away, but I would go for other brown's with more flavor over this one. Not bad, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 01:39:33 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of nortmand


3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very average beer, though worth trying.
Appearance is deep brown, with a tan-white head.
Very subtle maple smell, dominated by roast and metallic smell.
Metal carries over to flavor, with roastiness and little actual roast flavor.
Mouthfeel is average, not too much on either side of the scale, fairly balanced.
Would drink again, but would not seek out after trying once.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2004 02:06:26 | More by nortmand
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3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark red/brown color with a rich off-white to tan head. Smell is of sweet malts and toasted nuts. Also touches of maple syrup. Taste is mellow, yet flavorful with some toasted malts and a hint of hops/bitterness. Quite sweet, with a medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Would be good poured over some ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 14:19:06 | More by chaduvel
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a dark amber almost bordering on a cherry color. It poured with little or no head that quickly dissapated to the occasional bubble.

The smell was lightly sweet with just a hint of spice. I had to let this beer warm considerably and aggitate it just to get this amount of aroma.

It started very bland with just a touch of malt and a hint of maple. The middle was clean and watery just as the finish. Left a lingering taste of maple at the finish

This beer, even though bland, was very refreshing and would be great on a hot summer day. Still it left alot to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2004 03:29:47 | More by coasterfreak75
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