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Maple Nut Brown Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery

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857 Ratings
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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 19
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-27-2001

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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
2.1/5  rDev -38.4%
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
4.48/5  rDev +31.4%
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
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
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
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
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
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
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
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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
4.38/5  rDev +28.4%
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
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
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
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
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
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
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
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
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
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
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
4.92/5  rDev +44.3%
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
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
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
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
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
2.13/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.