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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: 843
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 50 | 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 SaCkErZ9
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of allengarvin
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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?

Photo of gunnerman
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a bottle given to me by mr brother Curt. Pouring at room temp into a pint glass. the beer pours a clear ruby and mahogany color. A fizzy colaesque beige head foams up 1 cm and fades quickly to a surface layer. Aroma is sweet malt with caramel, brown sugar and hefty doses of maple syrup. Overall very sweet smelling. First sip reveals an average body and gentle fine carbonation. Slightly syrupy texture as well.
Flavor is all sweet malt. I get brown sugar, maple syrup, caramel, and some almond flavors. No hint of hops anywhere, I also dont detect any alcohol while drinking. This is a malt lovers beer. While not as sweet as a malternative, it could become a little too sugary after a few beers.
Worth a shot.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.