1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Maple Nut Brown Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery

Not Rated.
Maple Nut Brown AleMaple Nut Brown Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
78
okay

824 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

(view ratings)
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-27-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Maple Nut Brown Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 824 | Reviews: 429 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ggaughan
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed a bottle of this at a great beer store in Boulder while heading back home from the GABF in September. The beer poured a deep brown, thick body with long streams of carbonation running quickly from the bottom to form a nice foamy head with thick bubbles. The aroma of this one was sweet, probably from the maple syrupness to this one, nutting. The taste was not overly complex and not as mapley or nutty as the name would suggest. There were notes of maple and some nutty tones but overall this was a fairly light beer although I am glad I gave it a try.

ggaughan, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of jslot38
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ah, so the fire is lit, the stockings hung, the tree is decorated. Time to relax and enjoy a few beers with freinds. First up, Tommy Knocker's Maple Nut Brown Ale. I've had their Imperial to celebrate their 11th anniversary, and it was quite nice and heavy stuff.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, ruby hints appear in the light, some transparency. Head quickly desolves to a body covering. Doesn't look like its gonna stick around. It was a tan colour. Well, go figure, the head did stay around for the majority of the drinking.

Smell: Very subtle, but what is there is a mixture of nuts, sugars, toffee and biscuit. This would be a great aromatic beer if it weren't so subtle.

Taste: Maple syrup is certainly the first thing and the dominate characteristic of the brew's taste. Backed with walnuts, and other deep roasted nuts (hazelnut), sugar plums, biscuit and toffee.

Mouthfeel: Note much carbonation. Like its name would indicate, has a syrupy slickness to it.

Drinkability: Not as drinkable as you would want in a brown ale, too sweet and sugary for that.

jslot38, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To preface, I bought a 12oz bottle of this ale without knowing it had been sitting on the shelves since mid-2005. Something was definately off in the taste...

It poured the same color as the bottle- an rich mahogany, oaken hue with a light cream head that was retained well and left good lacing. Dark yeast particles were lightly distributed throughout. The aroma was sweet, definately reminiscent of maple syrup, and had notes of wood and nut.

The taste (as noted above) was overly tarty and light (springy?) on the palate. Light carbonation as well. The chocolate and maple notes, as indicated on the bottle, have all but been lost due to time on the shelf. I'd give this beer another try, but I'll definately look to see how old the beer is.

wagenvolks, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky dark brown color with a small off white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. The aroma displays a nice toasted maltiness with some caramel and a sweet maple nutty smell. The taste is very smooth bodied with a nutty toasted maltiness and some caramel and a touch of chocolate. Overall, despite not being the most complex brew around it is a highly drinkable brown ale that is very solid.

cjgator3, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy maple brown color with a large yellowish head.

The aroma is pretty mute, but consists of toasted caramel.

When I first tasted the beer straight from the cold fridge, all I could think of was how it was carbonated too much. The flavors were quick and short before dissipating.

I let the glass warm for quite a while, and it transformed in taste. No longer was it over-carbonated. Now I could taste an apple cider type of beer with a slightly syrupy feel to it. There's quite a green apple tartness that kicks in the aftertaste, yet you taste it in the front of your tonuge. Without the label stating it, I wouldn't have guessed it was sweetened with maple.

Creamy and foamy when the beer is too cold. When warmed, it was almost watery, like apple juice. I prefer the latter.

I didn't find this extremely drinkable for a beer. It reminded me of a muted and watery Woodchuck cider. Nothing really negative, just not very quenching.

terrabyte, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours a dark iced-tea color, a thin lightly tanned head has a hard time forming and is an impartial cover within 30 to 45 seconds. Manages to lace rather well despite a lack of bubbles on the surface.

Aroma - nice caramel toastiness. Simple yet effective.

Taste - malty and quite sweet. The first impression of the flavors are raisiny, almost syrupy. A little too intense I think. Maple flavors appear on the swallow and mellow things out, improving the taste. A faint bit of hops on the aftertaste. A reprise of roasted malt is a good finish. A little less of that up-front syrupy sugary bit would do wonders for this.

Mouthfeel - slightly heavy feeling due to the above average sweetness. Does well for the style.

Drinkability - I enjoy sweet beers but this one pushes me too much past the limit.

brewdlyhooked13, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of CWiggins
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown into my Duvel glass. Bubbles erupted from the depths of the glass like soda, and the ensuing head lasted for just a few minutes. The smell is of maple syrup, caramel, malts, and a hint of nuttiness. I find the flavor to be a bit on the metallic side, with too much dominating sweetness. The maple syrup is nice, but it's just too sweet and not enough brown for my taste. Also, there's a little too much carbonation here as well.

I had this brewer's Imperial Maple Nut Brown Ale some time back; I absolutely loved it. My hunch was that this would be similar, but with lower alcohol and less intense flavor. This proved to be the case, but the heavy sweetness was something I hadn't counted on. Probably won't try again.

CWiggins, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of mynie
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a small head. Respectable, but unexceptional.

Smells very sweet. At first I was thinking cidery spoildness, but a large node of caramel put that fear to rest. Strange, but nice. The caramel is chocolately and the sweetness isn't too tart, nicely offset by the malt finish.

Tastes very much like smells. Big kick of very sweet syrup at the start, followed up quickly by a lingering caramel and chocolate malt. Pretty good, even if it's nothing special.

mynie, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of beeroclock
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A = This is a very dark beer, I am holding it behind a light right now and cannot see much through it.

S = This smells kinda sweet w/ a lot of maple syrup scent coming from it.

T = I don't taste the maple syrup, which is kinda disappointing w/ all that smell. I'm surprised everyone rated the taste so well, I can taste some nutty tones in it and a soft mild chocolate feel in there too. The after taste is decent w/ the nutty taste lingering, but the immediate taste is almost like something you should drink to make you feel better when you are sick.

M = This is the best part, it has a creamy mouthfeel w/ lots of carbonation.

D = I am not a fan of the taste so much, so not extremely drinkable.

beeroclock, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a ping glass. The liquid is a dark brown, with good carbonation. The head is good a little over one fat finger, tan and some lace.

The Smell is good nuttle bready and a hint of maple.

The taste is quite sweet, maple notes on fresh nut bread. Not bad, but the finish may be too sweet. Some hops would be nice.

The mouthfeel is a drop off. Meduim body but the carbonation had gone South.

The drinkability suffers from the excess sweetness. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, notched June 06, poured into a pint glass

A—pours cola brown with a thin tan sheet for a head, fizzes away to nothing almost instantly, splotchy lacing is produced

S—chocolate and maple syrup are strongest, very sweet, some earthy nut aroma is faint, just a touch of butter as well

T—not a strong as the smell, chocolate and nut flavors are here, but the maple syrup that I smelled is gone, still, it’s sugary sweet from start to finish

M—slick, medium bodied, a little flat in the carbonation

D—not bad, but a little bit sweet for my taste

hanco005, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium brown with a thin head that soon disappears to a thin patch and ring to just a ring.

The smell is of nuts, toasted grain and a hint of maple.

Nuts and roasted grains covered in maple syrup. The maple is not as obvious, at first, as I expected, but is obviously there and becomes more apparent as the drink progresses. It has a sweetness to it, but it is restrained enough so as not to be overwhelming nor cloying.

Watery thinness enters just a little too much, but the flavors hold up and it's fairly smooth.

It's an interesting brew. At times, the maple seems to fade in and out, but lingers into the aftertaste. I can easily see this as an accompanyment to a brunch of pancakes or French toast with maple syrup and a side of breakfast sausages.
Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this one!

jwc215, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of Portertime
4.93/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yum! If you love sweet maple syrup you'll love this beer. It had a smooth maple goodness that wasn't too rich. It's smell reminded me of when I used to sit under maple trees when I lived in Chicago. Even it's milk chocolate brown color made me want to have this beer with a warm short stack.

Portertime, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from aracauna via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Hmm, notches show best by Aug05, guess it was old when I got it.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" beige head above the slightly cloudy red brew. Head is quickly down to a swirly layer of teensy bubbles, with average lacing. Aroma is deeply of grains, which I like. Taste continues the maltiness from the nose, with a touch of light fruitiness buried in there, and a slight chalky close. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost cask-like, and drinkability is good as well. A pleasant surprise here, yum.

ppoitras, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of zjungleist
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cola colored wtih a medium off white head. The smell is malty and nutty, with a hint of vegetables (corn, carrots, not good). The vegetable smell blew off, and returned... a few times in the couple bottles I had. Fortunately, it was virtually undetectable in the taste. It had a decent malty backbone with some sugary tastes too, and a nice nutty brown ale flavor, with a small amount of detectable maple. Mouthfeel was different. It had body, but also a thin or watery charecter to it as well. It had syrupy aspects to it, but also chewy and ligher aspects as well. I assume this is the reuslt of brewing with sypup. Overall I found it to be a bit on the sweet side, and we cant forget the funky smell, but mostly it was drinkable and enjoyable.

zjungleist, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear deep reddish-brown color with modest creamy slightly off-white head. Modest lacing. Smell is a pleasant mixture of roasted malt with a distinct maple syup background. The maple syrup really comes through in the taste and is suprisingly enjoyable. Reminds me a scottish ale. Nice full creamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability, but would never try to session.

tgbljb, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of tempest
2.05/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Yikes, this beer kind of tastes like a mess. Reminds me of the often dreaded Caramel Porter Saranac makes seasonally. Its just to damn sweet - the bottom line. It looks nice enough and doesnt smell too bad, but I just can't drink this one. And I can usually at least finish a bottle of anything decent. Call it a maple ale maybe, I couldn't find any brown.

tempest, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearence--Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a pretty cool label--little elf guy pouring some maple syrup from a recently tapped tree into a keg marked "ale." Nice dark brown color with a good amount of head.

Smell--Malty and sweet, but not overpowering.

Taste--At first it tastes like a typical brown ale, but there is an aftertaste that is a bit too sweet for my liking. I guess the elf went a little nuts with the maple syrup.

Mouthfeel--Nice and smooth.

Drinkability--A little too sweet, I couldn't imagine having more than a couple of these at one sitting.

Overall I think it's a decent brown ale, the sweetness makes it a little different from the crowd.

arnulfooxblood, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of sacfly
2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz, part of the Mother Load sampler pack. For brewery fresh taste, enjoy within 4 months of date notched. Notched 05 July 06. Drank on 8/15/06.
Pours a hazy red color with a thick head of large bubbles. Aroma is woody, lots of toasted grain. Possibly a lot of biscuit malt. Taste is odd… almost a tart flavor. Nothing like expected. The only other time I have had this flavor is in a homebrew batch with over stressed wheat yeast and caramunich malt. I would think anyone expecting any maple flavor would be very disappointed with this one. Not even close to a nut brown IMO. Not a drain pour, but style wise this bottle was way off. Second bottle was more of the same. Nothing even remotely like maple syrup or a nut brown ale. Infection?

sacfly, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of bashiba
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with some mahogony highlights, just a small ring of head.

Smell was light caramel malts with a touch of nuttiness.

Taste had a light semisweet malt taste, a hint of smoke, wood, and a bit of maple with a slightly musty light hop finish. The flavors aren't bad, but a little subdued.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Not a bad beer, I would drink again, just wish it had a touch more flavor and mouthfeel.

bashiba, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of brewcrew76
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a mahogany/brown with a thin tan head. Looks pretty thin and watery.

S - Maple syrup, caramel, slight nuttiness. Maple syrup is the dominating aroma but not overpowering.

T - Very similar to aroma. Sweet maple syrup, caramel and some nuttiness. This one is sweet but not too sweet.

M - Thin and watery. I would have liked just a little more body in this one.

D - This one is enjoyable. A nice sweet refresher.

brewcrew76, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours medium brown with bronze highlights. Slight head that fades quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smell is dominated by caramel malt and maple aroma. There is also a touch of earthy nuttiness.

Taste is similiar to the nose, along with some chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Slight hop presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

The maple syrup sweetness can become a little cloying, but still a decent beer. unusual, but not overly complex. Worth a try.

Blakaeris, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Dithyramb
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled last evening at Max's. Pours an orange hued brown with limited head and lacing. Nutty and sugary aroma.
Taste is pretty one sided with the main flavors being some malty nuttiness and faint maple sugar flavor. Very smooth and easy on the mouthfeel making this one a great session brew. Would have liked a bit more body/complexity to it before being labeled "great."

Dithyramb, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of ByTor2112
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma: syrupy with butter, a dark roasted smell, almost a burnt toast smell.

Mouthfeel was more of a weak Porter than a brown ale. The dark roasted malt flavor was present, very mild almost earthy hops. Not much sweetness which was a good thing in my book. A good froth elicited some sweeter malt flavors. Nothing spectacular but very drinkable. I could easily do 2+ on draft anytime.

ByTor2112, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This one is officially my least favorite brown ale of all time, at least that was my opinion at first sip. Maybe somthing was up with it, but it tasted like sour skittles were added to the flavor. Nothing else worth noting, could barely finish it. Tried it out at Flying Saucer Charlotte.

Backer2004, Jul 11, 2006
Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.