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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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BA SCORE
78
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821 Ratings
THE BROS
78
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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 16
Gots: 37 | 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 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.

Brent, May 31, 2006
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.

jongillin, May 07, 2006
Photo of Crosling
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark Red. Fairly pleasant aroma with notes of butter toffee, caramel, coffee beans, dark fruits and maple. This is pretty tasty and well balanced. My only gripe is that it is a little too sweet. Notes of dark berries, toasted, munich, and caramel malts along with slight chocolate and coffee.

Crosling, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer was purchased at Jungle Jims as part of a brewery mixed six pack. The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a light chestnut brown. The head was thick and light tan colored. The head was one finger high and quickly resolved itself. Cob webs of lace remained on the glass.

Smell: This beer prodominately smells like maple syrup. Not much else managed to rise above the maple.

Taste: The maple nut taste of the beer is dominate. There is a brief twang of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is just slightly less than medium bodied. This is a fairly one dimensional beer. You could certainly do alot worse than this beer. I wouldnt be upset if I could not buy this beer again.

nlmartin, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness notch: Feb 02, '06.

Pours a vitreous yet dark cherry wood auburn with a settled khaki thin cap leaving drippy lattice lace down the glass.

Sweet sure as the label says, Maple and sugary with and Earthy herbal nose.

First swigs: Raw grain grape nuts or Special K breakfast cereal with a turbinado sugar essence. Sorta like pancakes and Maple syrup a little. Gets a little cloying in the end. The sugar aspect imparts a tacky dryness.

Last swigs: I had a few TommyKnockers in the past few weeks and I dig 'em. Interesting, quality brews that are drinkable and tasty.

blitheringidiot, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated Dec. 16 2005
Pours an amber brown with some orange hues when held up to the light. Absolutely no head to speak of.
Smell: Nuts, caramel, pancake syrup, and smoke.
Taste: With the mild appearance and smell, the taste was a pleasent suprise. Very nutty. Caramel. Roasted chocolate, and maple syrup with a nice smokey finish.
Mouthfeel: Feels alright. Too thin and mildly carbonated.
Drinkability: Too drinkable. This goes down too easy.
Overall: A nice easy drinking brown ale. They are better browns out there, but this one isn't bad.

wcudwight, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of Enola
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, the maple is hard to pick up in this brew. It is a deep brown color. The smell is somewhat like brown sugar. The taste is semi-sweet. The taste is more like caramel to me than maple syrup. The mouthfeel is smooth. There is just a touch of bitterness in the end. Overall, a drinkable brew that I could try again.

Enola, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never knowing what you get from Tommyknocker (sometimes wonderful, but sometimes lackluster), this Brown Ale shows a lot of promise. Starts with a creamy, nutty, chocolate-ey, malty flavor and develops into a lightly tart, sweet, thinning body in the finish. The maple syrup adds a lot of sweetness, tartness, nuttiness, and accentuates the chocolate malts. Never thick, but remains creamy and finishes a little lighter than expected. Leaves a little residual sugar on the toung and a hint of twangy fermentedness. Not overly complex, yet pleasant and nice. I look forward to having another.

BEERchitect, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice brown color with thick offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet caramel malt scent along with some maple notes. The taste is good as well. It has a sweet burnt toffee flavor that goes down easy with some nutty notes and finishes dry and a bit fruity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking brown ale. It has a wonderful malt flavor and aroma; a fine sessions brew.

WesWes, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of ADR
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a six beer sample pack...

Darker brown color, transparent with a flat 1/4 inch head. Simple drips and marks for lace. You can get a bit of maple syrup from the aroma, a bit of strange sharp grape. Mouthfeel is shy of medium, carbonation is fairly restrained. Starts out with the maple flavors, a sense of cashews, practically all sweet malt in the impression. Slightly tangy and distracting in the middle with a finish that's kind of chalky and a little on the thin side. Not overly sweet or really cloying, but not that exciting or satisfying either. Syrup shows up again in the aftertaste.

ADR, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of wingman14
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark, looks like maple syrup, very little carbonation and almost no head. Seems a bit boring at first.
S: This suprised me, not characteristic of a nut brown ale, more malty and a hit of smoke, plenty of sweet notes encouraging the pure maple syrup.
T: The sweet is dominant, but the lack of head and carbonation are what hold this beer back from being great. The flavor is there, but should have a different name, like light maple porter.
M: A little flat for my tastes, a light and smooth body that allows for quick consumption.
D: A beer I will eventually try again, especially if I could find it on tap. A good beer to cap off your night. I would recommend it if you are looking for something different and you like sweet beers. A notable brew.

wingman14, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of sinistrsam
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I decided to check this out at Tyler's in Durham. Was a pretty dark brown, as a brown should be, but had almost no head. Appeared kind of watery. Aroma was very meak, with some roasted malts, maybe. The taste is what stuck out the most, with the same general first impression as a watery porter. Rather smoky, chocolaty, sweet and roasted but had that little kick of maple syrup and/or brown sugar that lingered. I did find it pretty pleasant but don't think I could have more than one or two in a night. No carbonation and the sweetness was pretty powerful. Overall a good try and a unique beer, no matter what anyone says.

sinistrsam, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.
Darker than caramel in color with hints of red. Very small head, but it did look thick and laced a bit.
Not sure where the maple is in this. More caramel than anything else in the smell and taste. Some roasted malt and yeast in the finish. Not much in hops department, smooth and drinks easy

Mebuzzard, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of Jredner
2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is sharp and almost cheese like. Red/brown with a small fading head. Basic brown ale with a bit of woody maple sweetness. Not bad not good. Actually it leans a little toward bad just in that it kinda sits there not doing anything flavor wise except being mildly sweet and if you only have one trick...sweet isn't the one to have.

Jredner, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of Hhawk06
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering poured with a finely beaded head and released an intriguing smell; nut, maple, and malted sweetness. The body is brownish amber, full preparing me for what I expect is an onslaught of maple syrup. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and full bodied. Wow, to my surprise its more of a nutty flavor than anything, and is certainly at the forefront. The maple appropriately dangles in the background and actually acts as a nice compliment. A little bit of a toasted bread feel. It finishes with a little nutty grittiness and some paler maple notes. While not the greatest in the world, it surpassed my low expectations.

Hhawk06, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of jyeast101
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark brown ale with with a nice carmel head. Decent lacing as I tore through the beer which alludes to the drinkability. The obvious Maple smell and hints of carmel (sweet) and a smokey, wood ester. The taste was smooth but a flat in carbonation. (This was confirmed by the last of the growler we consumed later that night.) Overall an above average brew with potential. I remember it being much better which affects my personal scoring. That damn Russian judge in my head...

jyeast101, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of DarrellK
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a "Special Edition" 650 ml for $3.99 and expected a great deal but was let down.

Poured with little head and very dark color for the style (other reviews said huge head). The aroma was very subdued and did not add to the experience.

Body was thin and finish was slighly smokey and bitter. Where was the maple? The only real taste came from the 9.8% abv.

This brew is much more of a thin porter than Nut Brown Ale

DarrellK, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of JISurfer
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had an awesome head, with great retention. Some of the best retention I've seen in a while, actually. Other than that, it was a little bit of a let down. I was expecting something a little more "mapley" and would have a stronger taste associated with Nut Brown Ales, but this was kind of wimpy. The maple was a very small footnote in the taste, something you had to concentrate to taste. Oh well, I've said it before, so I'll say it again, "nothing ventured, nothing gained".

JISurfer, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. with an overdue freshness date. Pours a very dark chestnut with blood red/crimson highlights and a 1 finger off-white head that doesn't leave any lace. Smells sweet with vinous malts and maybe some chocolate and nuts. Taste follows with the addition of molasses, caramel, some woodiness (maple), and a medium body with average carbonation. Average at best.

mmmbeer, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of robertp1024
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brown ale pours a dark brown to dark copper color. There is little to no head. I was kinda excited about this beer and so far, so good. The aroma is sweet. Scent of roaster nuts as well as chocolate. Very sweet and very malty as expected. The flavor didn't give me what I was looking for. Maybe thats my fault. Too little of everything. I expected powerful malts, roasted nuts and nice chocolate taste. I got a little roasted malts and a little hint of others. The finish is plain and boring. 2 seconds after my first sip, my mouth forgot what it had tasted. All in all a decent but somewhat plain brown ale. I think these Tommyknocker elves would be somewhat disappointed.

robertp1024, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of russpowell
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a thick tan head with nice sized bubbles on top. Head retention was about averagw with minimal lace, Body was brownish to ruby red with excellent clarity.

Smell: Malt, alittle bit of hoppiness and then a faint wiff of maple.

Taste: Maltiness on the tounge gives way to too much maple sysrup taste and finally some hop bitterness (almost tea-like) on the back of the tounge.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy with a good carbination

Drinkability: This was not very balanced effort, I've had this beer before and it tasted better, so maybe just a bad bottle?

russpowell, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep brown with a light red hue and a one finger beige head. Decent rings of lacing.
Smell is of roasted caramel, sugary with a nice maple balance that isn't too sweet.
Taste is of the same aromas listed above.
Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy on the front of the tongue with a distinct smooth sugar feel in this medium bodied brew.
Drinkability is decent, different, and sweet. Seems pretty balanced to me.

weeare138, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased by my wife at a local store and consumed a couple evenings later. Drink within 4 months of 01/June/05. Pours a half-finger light tan head over a cloudy brown liquid. Perhaps some red in there, too. Smells potently maple with some caramel/toffee. Tastes woody maple with biscuity malt undertones and a buttery sweet finish. Hints of chocolate rise late and the aftertaste is a refresher of the woody maple. Pretty simple flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium and slick. Moderate carbonation. Nice to try, but not one I'll likely return to as a regular beer. Could be useful in cooking or served with/after a chocolatey desert.

mentor, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear brownish amber with a medium sized off white head.

Aromas are medium roast malt, cocoa, maple syrup, molasses, and light floral notes. Very mild nose.

Flavor is typical for a light brown ale. Roasty malts, a touch of maple sweetness, and floral hops finish.

Body is light medium with kind of a watery, thin mouthfeel. Drinkable, but not desirable. Yawn.

AlexJ, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of palliko
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is pretty standard: copper color, ivory foam and lace. Aroma has some roasted grains and cashews. Initial taste contains toasty malt and something akin to caramel and toffee. Not a great example of a nut brown – there are better ones out there.

palliko, Jul 14, 2005
Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.