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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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808 Ratings

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 16
Gots: 34 | 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 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
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium amber brown, clean and filtered. Off white head full of large bubbles. Decent rim around the glass.

S: Syrup, roasted hazelnuts, burnt caramel

T: Begins much like a traditional brown then the maple syrup flavor hits. Reminds me of a maple bar you get at the bakery...doughy and sweet. Strong corn syrup aftertaste with no real hops to speak of.

M: Medium bodied but the carbonation makes it feel thin on the tongue.

D: Very sweet, couldn't drink a lot of it. OK for what it is. Maple is a bit artificial flavored, not full and rich like good maple syrup.

Westsidethreat, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Equal parts orange, red and dark bronze, with bright tangerine trim. The fine-bubbled cap is sawdust ecru in color, persists for a bit and coats the pint glass with a lovely display of finely dotted lace. A good way to start.

The nose is a little underpowered, but is still enjoyable. It's brown malty and somewhat nutty. Although it's a little different than a standard brown ale, I probably wouldn't have been able to identify the maple syrup if blinded.

The maple flavor isn't gangbusters on the palate, but it is noticeable and becomes more so as the finish of each mouthful approaches. Maple Nut Brown Ale is slightly sweeter than usual and hits the rest of its brown ale marks with ease.

My philosophy when it comes to the brewing of flavor-added beer (such as fruit beer or maple syrup beer) is that there should be enough of the flavor in question to make it worthwhile. It's difficult to please everyone, but it would be great if Tommyknocker would double the amount of maple syrup. Since they'd probably have to add more hops for balance, it's a win-win situation.

The mouthfeel is medium for the style, perhaps a bit lighter. The lack of any real viscosity is a tipoff that very little maple syrup was used. There's no question in my mind that a sweet, full-bodied, maple syrupy beer would be amazing. Something along the lines of Lagunitas Brown Shugga' for instance.

I like the way that Tommyknocker Brewery colors outside the lines. They add lemongrass to Jack Whacker (an American pale wheat) and they add maple syrup to this American brown. Bottom line: Maple Nut Brown Ale is good beer that could be great beer by adding more of what makes it good beer in the first place.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown Ale pours a medium brown with ruby around the edges. The aroma is malty/nutty. Taste is pretty good, malt dominates and there is a nice nut taste. You can taste the maple in the finish, which is on the sweet side. I like this, it's quite drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

Drew966, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of Brent
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have to admit I approached this beer with some hestitation. I've had a couple of maple-flavored beers that were more like Hungry Jack pancake syrup than beer. The maple in this beer, however, was very well integrated in the flavor profile. A mid-weight brown ale with pleasant roasted malt flavor. The maple notes melded with chocolate malt and a nutty flavor. Quite nice for a specialty beer.

Brent, May 31, 2006
Photo of jongillin
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer a the brewery in Idaho Springs, CO straight from the tap.
A:Deep walnut color with a distinctly white head that laces well.
S:as mentioned Maple dominates the smell. I also pick up some walnut and perhaps a wee bit of caramel.
T: The taste is rather rich and sweet but fortunately it does not taste like maple syrup alone. I find though it is sweet it is balanced a bit by the walnut and roasted malts. But, tends more on the sweet side and there is virtually no trace of hops.
M:The mouthfeel is light and not syrupy as many really sweet ales can be. The light carbo helps with this. It goes down smooth without coating your throat.
All in all I would say that it is a nicely drinkable beer but may be a better dessert beer than a session beer.

jongillin, May 07, 2006
Photo of Crosling
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark Red. Fairly pleasant aroma with notes of butter toffee, caramel, coffee beans, dark fruits and maple. This is pretty tasty and well balanced. My only gripe is that it is a little too sweet. Notes of dark berries, toasted, munich, and caramel malts along with slight chocolate and coffee.

Crosling, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer was purchased at Jungle Jims as part of a brewery mixed six pack. The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a light chestnut brown. The head was thick and light tan colored. The head was one finger high and quickly resolved itself. Cob webs of lace remained on the glass.

Smell: This beer prodominately smells like maple syrup. Not much else managed to rise above the maple.

Taste: The maple nut taste of the beer is dominate. There is a brief twang of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is just slightly less than medium bodied. This is a fairly one dimensional beer. You could certainly do alot worse than this beer. I wouldnt be upset if I could not buy this beer again.

nlmartin, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness notch: Feb 02, '06.

Pours a vitreous yet dark cherry wood auburn with a settled khaki thin cap leaving drippy lattice lace down the glass.

Sweet sure as the label says, Maple and sugary with and Earthy herbal nose.

First swigs: Raw grain grape nuts or Special K breakfast cereal with a turbinado sugar essence. Sorta like pancakes and Maple syrup a little. Gets a little cloying in the end. The sugar aspect imparts a tacky dryness.

Last swigs: I had a few TommyKnockers in the past few weeks and I dig 'em. Interesting, quality brews that are drinkable and tasty.

blitheringidiot, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated Dec. 16 2005
Pours an amber brown with some orange hues when held up to the light. Absolutely no head to speak of.
Smell: Nuts, caramel, pancake syrup, and smoke.
Taste: With the mild appearance and smell, the taste was a pleasent suprise. Very nutty. Caramel. Roasted chocolate, and maple syrup with a nice smokey finish.
Mouthfeel: Feels alright. Too thin and mildly carbonated.
Drinkability: Too drinkable. This goes down too easy.
Overall: A nice easy drinking brown ale. They are better browns out there, but this one isn't bad.

wcudwight, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of Enola
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, the maple is hard to pick up in this brew. It is a deep brown color. The smell is somewhat like brown sugar. The taste is semi-sweet. The taste is more like caramel to me than maple syrup. The mouthfeel is smooth. There is just a touch of bitterness in the end. Overall, a drinkable brew that I could try again.

Enola, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never knowing what you get from Tommyknocker (sometimes wonderful, but sometimes lackluster), this Brown Ale shows a lot of promise. Starts with a creamy, nutty, chocolate-ey, malty flavor and develops into a lightly tart, sweet, thinning body in the finish. The maple syrup adds a lot of sweetness, tartness, nuttiness, and accentuates the chocolate malts. Never thick, but remains creamy and finishes a little lighter than expected. Leaves a little residual sugar on the toung and a hint of twangy fermentedness. Not overly complex, yet pleasant and nice. I look forward to having another.

BEERchitect, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice brown color with thick offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet caramel malt scent along with some maple notes. The taste is good as well. It has a sweet burnt toffee flavor that goes down easy with some nutty notes and finishes dry and a bit fruity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking brown ale. It has a wonderful malt flavor and aroma; a fine sessions brew.

WesWes, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of ADR
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a six beer sample pack...

Darker brown color, transparent with a flat 1/4 inch head. Simple drips and marks for lace. You can get a bit of maple syrup from the aroma, a bit of strange sharp grape. Mouthfeel is shy of medium, carbonation is fairly restrained. Starts out with the maple flavors, a sense of cashews, practically all sweet malt in the impression. Slightly tangy and distracting in the middle with a finish that's kind of chalky and a little on the thin side. Not overly sweet or really cloying, but not that exciting or satisfying either. Syrup shows up again in the aftertaste.

ADR, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of wingman14
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark, looks like maple syrup, very little carbonation and almost no head. Seems a bit boring at first.
S: This suprised me, not characteristic of a nut brown ale, more malty and a hit of smoke, plenty of sweet notes encouraging the pure maple syrup.
T: The sweet is dominant, but the lack of head and carbonation are what hold this beer back from being great. The flavor is there, but should have a different name, like light maple porter.
M: A little flat for my tastes, a light and smooth body that allows for quick consumption.
D: A beer I will eventually try again, especially if I could find it on tap. A good beer to cap off your night. I would recommend it if you are looking for something different and you like sweet beers. A notable brew.

wingman14, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of sinistrsam
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I decided to check this out at Tyler's in Durham. Was a pretty dark brown, as a brown should be, but had almost no head. Appeared kind of watery. Aroma was very meak, with some roasted malts, maybe. The taste is what stuck out the most, with the same general first impression as a watery porter. Rather smoky, chocolaty, sweet and roasted but had that little kick of maple syrup and/or brown sugar that lingered. I did find it pretty pleasant but don't think I could have more than one or two in a night. No carbonation and the sweetness was pretty powerful. Overall a good try and a unique beer, no matter what anyone says.

sinistrsam, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.
Darker than caramel in color with hints of red. Very small head, but it did look thick and laced a bit.
Not sure where the maple is in this. More caramel than anything else in the smell and taste. Some roasted malt and yeast in the finish. Not much in hops department, smooth and drinks easy

Mebuzzard, Feb 18, 2006
Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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