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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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844 Ratings

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Ratings: 844
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-27-2001)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.