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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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789 Ratings

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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | 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 merlin48


3.3/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

12-31-2004 05:23:44 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

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


2.3/5  rDev -32.6%

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.

11-16-2004 07:36:18 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of clvand0


3.15/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

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


2.08/5  rDev -39%

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.

09-14-2004 06:59:04 | More by cokes
Photo of kmpitz2


3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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


3.05/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

06-07-2004 02:06:26 | More by nortmand
Photo of chaduvel


3.68/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

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


3.08/5  rDev -9.7%

Deep amber hue, with a thin-ring head that will vanish, but maintain some patchy lacing throughout. Initial appearance is clumpy. A sweet and nutty, perhaps maple syrup detected on the nose. Up front, a defining maple syrup sweetness is thrashing on the palate, medium bodied. Perhaps some caramel notes, some malt backbone, an overwhelming sourness throughout. A smooth, residual free palate; yet the overpowering sweet-sour twanginess is too much to make this drinkable; not bad, but for the style, a bit out of line.

12-24-2003 03:43:59 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of Beaver13


3.68/5  rDev +7.9%

The Maple Nut Brown poured a dark brown with red highlights. It had a smallish head with tiny bubbles that quickly dissipated to a thin film. It had a subtle malty, nutty nose with some maple thrown in. It has a nice full bodied malty, maple taste...maybe a tad too sweet though. This is a very drinkable beer that I like to order all the time.

12-04-2003 06:17:09 | More by Beaver13
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

A deep chestnut body rests beneath a thin veil of white foam that dissipates readily and leaves no more than a smattering of tiny spotted lace. But the aroma is more impressive than the appearance with a nutty, toasted graininess and sweetish maple syrup. The body is medium, and the carbonation is quite restrained, allowing the sweetness to come through. Maple syrup definitely contributes to the flavor - at least in its sweetness, but the main component is the very nice nutty, toasty, caramelish and slightly chocolatey malt base beneath. Hops are downplayed, and leave just a subliminal bitterness and no flavor whatsoever. It finishes as might be expected, with some residual malt and a clearer note of maple syrup than is evident prior. Surprisingly, however, it's not cloying. It's interesting, somewhat complex, and drinkable although I think it needs to be reserved as a specialty beer because beyond one serving the sugars do tend to start to build on the palate. Still, very nice indeed!

11-20-2003 22:20:14 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Ellbert


3.08/5  rDev -9.7%

The apperance of this was okay. It was nice and brownish red with a little head. It smelled of caramel and sweet malt. It tasted a little off. Kind of like a stale malt sweetness. It was okay. I couldn't drink many of these in one setting. A little dissapointed.

11-02-2003 05:41:52 | More by Ellbert
Photo of StevieW


3.28/5  rDev -3.8%

Deep dark brown color. Off-white thin head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Moderate smells of maple syrup, and hazelnut. Toasted malts break through too. Overall very inviting smell. Taste was marked by a highly charged carbonation lots of bubbles to start, seemed to keep the flavors in check. Some maple syrup and chocolate, hints of hazelnut. The label made me think it would be more maple syrup and more nutty. Toasted malts finish up, An slightly better than average brown ale. Drinkable yes, I guess I was expecting a little more. Not as full bodied and flavorful as the Brooklyn Brown Ale I had recently. Not in the same class as the Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar.

10-17-2003 00:50:18 | More by StevieW
Photo of Gusler


3.1/5  rDev -9.1%

Transparent brown on the pour with a modest frothy head that is a light tan color, the lace adequate to cover the glass. Nose is maple syrup sweet, fresh and inviting, nicely malted and a bit too sweet for my liking, top is rather thin. Finish mellow on the carbonation, hops adequate and the sweetness carries to the slightly dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, but not a big hit with me. Tommyknockers had a brewpub here, but closed down, and mores the pity as I found some of their beers quite enjoyable, especially on tap.

10-13-2003 15:28:19 | More by Gusler
Photo of jcalabre


2.95/5  rDev -13.5%

I originally sampled this beer on 1 May 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearnce: This is a clear reddish brown color.
Mouthfeel: This beer has a disappointingly thin body.
Flavor: It is slightly sweet.
Aroma: It has a slight Nutty aroma.
Maple flavors come thru as it rises to cellar temp. Close, but no cigars. This one has potential, if it had a bit more body

09-01-2003 02:54:24 | More by jcalabre
Photo of TheDM


3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

This brew pours a small head of light brown bubbles and a semi-transparent brown body. It has a very nice semi strong malt aroma and fizzy smoky harsh taste that is a little weak. Very nutty with only a fair lacing. Strange taste in this not really to my liking.

07-24-2003 23:05:47 | More by TheDM
Photo of HardTarget


3.15/5  rDev -7.6%

Standard 12 oz. brown bottle with freshness date (I’m about 5 months late, been saving this for a while)
Aroma: Dark malt nose with no hops noted. Bouquet is weak.
Appearance: Deep red that’s opaque unless backlit. Good clarity with a quickly dissipating thin tan head. Did manage to lightly lace the glass.
Flavor: No hops noted in the taste either, but enough to moderately balance the sweet malt. I got a hint of the maple in the aftertaste, but not as strong as I had hoped (I like maple syrup). Only the slightest of warming
Mouthfeel: Texture is smooth, light; very light considering the malt. Almost watery.
Overall Impression: If you aren’t a big dark beer fan, this is probably a good introduction to heavier beers. Might be a good beer to start to educate your Coors Light drinking friends.

07-12-2003 17:29:03 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Winter


3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours reddish-brown in color with an off-white head. Aroma consists of caramel malt, maple and grain. Mouthfeel is thinnish and somewhat watered down. Maple flavor is quite noticable in taste and adds a definite sweetness to the beer. Toasted malt and hints of nut add more dimension. Finish is somewhat husky and a bit dry at times. Not bad overall, but after a couple the sweetness becomes too much. Not a great session beer.

07-06-2003 12:12:16 | More by Winter
Photo of hotstuff


2.9/5  rDev -15%

This brown ale poured a creamy medium tan head with small-medium bubbles. There was some carbonation observed with this ale. There was very little lacing on the sides of my glass. The body was brown in color. I thought the taste was a little tart and bitey which I did not care for at all. I could not acquire a good taste for this brew.

06-09-2003 08:21:24 | More by hotstuff
Photo of aaronh


2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Pours a medium brown color with a decent off white head that shows very good retention and leaves a thick sheeting on the glass. From a distance, the maple syrup aroma is evident. Upon taking a deep whiff, the maple syrup note is more of a light brown sugar note atop a hint of malt. Not much of a hop prescence in the aroma. The taste is a bit funky and seems like two beers/beverages in one, sort of a Jekyll and Hyde of beers. There's a nice brown ale wanting to come out, but a friggin wine cooler keeps pushing him back in. The maple notes seem artificial and overlayed atop a nice nut brown ale. There's almost a tartness on the finish, with a bit of hop bittering. The mouthfeel is smooth, but nothing special. The drinakbility is a little poor, becuase I know there's a good beer under here, but it seems like they tried to do too much with the flavor. Good idea, bad result. Newcastle meets Bartles & James. Huh. And the labels look so nice. I need to learn to fight these impulse buys.

05-17-2003 20:11:42 | More by aaronh
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%

Thin head that stayed around for a while. Color is dark brown, root beer like. Good lace. This bottle was labled "enjoy with in 4 months of 12/02", it is now 5/03. Aroma is malt maple. Taste of chocolate, nut, maple, and malt with just a bit of hop. It could use a tiny bit more hoppiness. Fairly well balanced. Nice mellow aftertaste - it left me wanting another. Extreamly drinkable. I found it to be quite tasty and very enjoyable. I will purchase this one again.

05-16-2003 19:25:20 | More by sabrills70
Photo of tavernjef


3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

Notes from a trip to Colorado and Wyoming - May 2002 Purchased in Loveland, CO

Color is a deep brownish gold, very little head produced. Smell was light, slight tones of roasted nut and caramel malts, molasses and maple notes, but is faint. Taste is good, smooth roasted sweetness and caramel malty, medium to light body, slight hint of maple or molasses, maybe some vanilla, chocolate malt as well. Good nut dryness and flavor. Not bad at all, I liked it quite a bit. Its a little light as far as feel, but drinkable.

03-25-2003 06:11:57 | More by tavernjef
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

As seems to be usual with this brewery, a violent pour produces a small head. This one is off-white and collapses immediately with some clean lacing. The beer is dark brown.

The smell is very roasty and nutty with a tiny bit of caramel and a tiny bit of coffee. I can't find any maple.

The beer starts with roasty toffee giving way to more rounded roasty malty. The finish has hints of chocolate and minimal hops. The aftertaste is nutty and fresh. I kind of like this beer. I didn't taste any maple, though.

03-06-2003 07:57:43 | More by kbub6f
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