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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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838 Ratings

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 48 | 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 neenerzig
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my tumbler. This beer pours a deep amber copper color with a reddish glow. The head is a good inch thick when poured before settling to a decent film layer with ok lacing. malty aromas of caramel, brown sugar and maple are present. Sweet , malty flavors of caramel, maple, and brown sugar are also present. Tasty, but nothing special here. Has a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way a good beer should be. Nothing special, but worth a try. I guess I'd drink this again.


neenerzig, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of briman
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a very dark amber color, with a relatively thin light brown head. Not much retention, or lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty, with caramel, brown sugar, and maple syrup.

Flavor is sweet, with some toasted malt, caramel, nuts, and maple flavor coming out. Finishes with an evident sour note.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is ok. A little on the sweet side, but not too much, but I would prefer the sour component to be more subtle. Decent drinkability, as you could easily down a few of these in a sitting.

briman, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brought this one home about a year ago. Serving it room temperature now. Light tan head that quicly yields to a light broken cover with almost no lace. Brown color with some copper red highlights. Nose is of bread, maple, nuts, caramel, and malt. Taste is the same but less so. Body is a yawner. When I've had this before it was a lot better; so, maybe it's the age.

drpimento, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of Redrover
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck with freshness dating.

Poured into a standard pint, the beer is coco brown, with a large initial tan head. Decent lacing.

The nose is of lightly roasted malts, some caramel aroma and a hint of dried fruit. The maple syrup is mia.

The maple is evident in the taste and it works well to complement the almost nutty malts. As I work through the beer, it becomes a touch sour which was unexpected but not at all bad. The sourness is almost like a very mild sweet tart, but on second thought the taste is like a dried plum. The beer never becomes cloying .

The mouth could use a bit of bulking-up. Not a bad take on the style. I’m always surprised more brewers don’t experiment with maple syrup. This reminds me a bit of the Point Maple (from Stevens Point Brewery) that was out in the mid 1990s.

Redrover, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of littlebibs
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks dave dalton from one stop, haverhill great source of mico
brews in the southern NH area. I do love style of beer and having
a touch of maple isn't bad. This is a good session beer, its
on the light side, its a bit on the sweet side but just makes thats
ok with me, I'm sure some will find this sweet. I may just mix
this with another brown ale favorite and find a happy medium.
Anyway, its got a nice carbination and I love the caramel nutty taste with the honey like chocolate going. Like a stated is on
the light side, don't expect this to be a heavy beer but its one I could drink if someone brought it over to the house. No hops,
bitters but it has some good things going for it if you like this
style of beer.

littlebibs, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of DrainBamage
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founds this while in Chicago for the day. Pours a dark brown color and is opaque. Has a nice head that things out a little. Smells nutty and slightly sweet. Seems a little resiny too. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated. It's a little dry and tastes a little like bourbon, but a little watery. Malts are moderate, but the hops are light. This was a decent and I probably pick this up again if I find it.

DrainBamage, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is hard to tell what this beer looks like, what with I was drinking it out of a brown bottle. However, it does have an interesting smell, more like maple syrup than beer. Fortunately, the maple flavor does not overwhelm the ale taste; in fact, there is just a whisper of maple. The ale flavor is strong and without bitterness, and it feels very smooth. Not outstanding, but very drinkable.

Cyberkedi, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of mattd017
2.08/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Wow, Tommyknocker seems to believe in order to make beer, you have to add more sugar than hops. It tasted way too sweet from start to finish. Had no bitterness. Smelled very mapley. Had very fine carbonation. Thick creamy mouthfeel, which was good. Poured dark brown, almost opaque, which was good. But the important part, taste, fell way short.

mattd017, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of BadRockBeer
4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type Sampled: 12 fl. oz. brown crown to bottle. Bottle features brewed on date.

Appearance: Pours a nutty brown in color. Thin head, diminishing quickly into a nice lace. Very clear for a darker beer.

Smell: Roasted caramel malt, coffee, ting of maple syrup.

Taste: slightly sweet from the start, mild maple and soy sauce. Very malty. Lots of nutty notes. The presences of hops are subtle.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. This is a very smooth beer; even the carbonation just lightly brushes the tongue.

Drinkability: Great. This is a perfect session beer. I could find my self enjoying a few of these in the pub.

BadRockBeer, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of mjc410
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a forgettable head even after a hard pour at the end. It's less than a half finger, light tan, and falls exceedingly quickly. The body, though, is a beautiful transparent deep garnet. The nose has a discernible sweetness that might be maple, but it could be simply because of the label. There's a slight bit of nuttiness and breadiness, but the aroma is on the whole far too light. The first thing I notice in the taste is a definite light maple taste, with nuttiness and sweet toasted malt flavors. There's a great malt aftertaste, too. They definitely didn't use much maple, but this could be a very nice session beer, with enough comfortable flavor to be interesting, but not too much to hinder quaffing. The mouth is light, perhaps a bit much, but the carbonation is spot-on: present, but not too tingly. I'd buy this again, and would also love to have it by the pitcher at a pub.

mjc410, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of mcallister
2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A shade of birch wood with a foamy head that leaves good lace and had good retention. Nothing really sticks out and says "look at me" though.

Sweet honey, maple aromas. Little floral hop attractions, and obviously a certain nutty quality. Nothing overly complex.

Well upon first drink I thought "hell this ain't that bad" but on the second drink I wonder why I bought this brew on draught. Overly maple syrupy, thick, palate coating and very cloying sweetness. Slight nut flavors but everything is just overpowered by the maple.

mcallister, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass with almost no head that quickly dissolved into a collar. Aroma was very malty with undertones of maple and brown sugar. Initial was somewhat strong on the maple syrup, it was more under toned in the aftertaste. Not the best beer I've had by far, but brown ales are one of my least favorite styles. For a brown ale, this is drinkable.

atsprings, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy chestnut color with some golden hues and a very nice cream colored head with decent retention. Aroma is of toasted and nutty malt. While the bottle states maple syrup is added it is barely noticeable if at all. Taste is a of toasted malt and perhaps a faint maple finish. Taste is also slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than I would prefer but not bad. Drinkability is ok, I dont really care for another though.

hckyfn9999, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a medium to dark brown with a nice two finger tan head that holds well and a good lacing to the finish. faint smells of maple and nuts and toasted malt. really liked the added maple syrup but thought it was a little weak, but a very nice combination with the nut and toasted malt flaver. mouthfeel very smooth with good carbonation. drinkability? can't wait to get more.

billybob, Jan 26, 2007
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
Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.