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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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821 Ratings

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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 Golden2wenty1
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a Tommyknocker "Mother Lode" sampler 12-pack at Woodman's West. I had actually randomly eaten at the brewpub in Idaho Falls, CO two summers ago while on a road trip, but I was underage so I wasn't able to try any of their beers, so I when I saw the sampler I thought it would be a good opportunity to see what I had missed. Each Tommyknocker brew has a born on date notched into the back label and recommends consumption within 4 months of the date. These just barely slipped in, lucky me.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown with very little head. Looks a little thin, but I had heard that most Tommyknocker brew ran on the thin side. Still looks good though.

Smell: Maple. Big time. Makes me want pancakes. Yum. Subtle hints of caramel malts and nuttiness, but the maple is the dominant tone here. Not overpowering though.

Taste: Maple. Nice and sweet but not too much as to be off-putting. Sweetness transitions into a slightly roasted nut and hoppy finish. Very nice. Becomes more bitter as the beer warms, I actually like it better when it's cold and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thin, just like it looked. Could have used a little more body in my opinion as I like a little something to chew on. Even lighter than Newcastle, my first love in brown ales. Still good though. Fairly high carbonation but good for the style.

Drinkability: Thin body, good carbonation and sweet maple make this a refreshing brew for a hot, sticky Wisconsin summer evening. I think I might give it another try after I make my rounds through some other recommended brown ales, there was just something about that maple sweetness that I really enjoyed. A solid offering from Tommyknocker.

Golden2wenty1, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown color, clear, with alomst no head. Smell is nutty, sweet, with maple presence, which carriers over to the taste, which also has a nice hop finish, and slight chocolate presence. Mouthfeel is not very well carbonated. Pretty good brown ale, but there are betters out there (see Bell's Best Brown).

TastyTaste, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of battlekow
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dull brown, very small, weak head.

Smell: Doesn't really smell like much of anything except...well, baby food. I smells like cooked carrots. This can't be a good sign.

Taste: Not bad! No carrots, at least. Pretty thin, but slightly nutty. The maple aftertaste is pronounced and pleasant, and unique to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, but the beer feels watery.

Drinkability: The only BAD thing was the carrot smell. However, there's not a lot that sets this beer apart, only the maple flavor, which isn't nearly enough to overcome its almost complete lack of other flavors.

battlekow, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of Graebner
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Bergen Park, about 15 minutes from where it's brewed in Idaho Springs. Pours a medium-dark brown with very little head that dissapates quickly. Smell has notes of maple (no surprise here), slightly fruity. Medium-Low carbonation. Taste is quite good, definite maple here as well, plus a very faint charcoal taste on the finish, sweet overall with a finish that could be slightly dryer, but still very refreshing. Leaves a faint taste of pecan on the tongue after you've finished. Overall a very different, interesting beer.

Graebner, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of Bierman9
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle, picked up while in Green Bay last December...
Pours a clear, rich and vibrant mahogany hue, with glimmers of garnet.... Sporadic carbonation heading topside, forming a thin layer of tight bubbles in the head. Minimal lacing, though. Some sediment still present in the bottle, to be added later...

Pleasing aroma of caramel malt, nuttiness and, yes, maple, along with wisps of floral hops lingering alongside.
Almost medium in body, this brew also passes fairly smooth down he hatch.

Lightly sweet up front, with a pleasing meld of caramel and maple flavors. Light nutty hints are present, and things then transition smoothly into a soft and enveloping floral hoppiness (though with a slight sour lean to it), lingering nicely on the palate. A fairly good offering....and better as it warms slightly.


overall: 3.7
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


Bierman9, May 15, 2005
Photo of Puddleglum
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid Nut Brown Ale. I was a little leary because of the Maple aspect and figured it would taste the way flavored coffee does. To my surprise it didn't. The appearance was a nice translucent brown with a meager head. The aroma was malty with aa hint of Maple as was the flavor. It tasted like it had been burtonized possibly which I really think truly gives it the mouthfeel and flavor I appreciate in an English Brown Ale. All in all I enjoyed it even the Maple was quite pleasant at the level it was at.

Puddleglum, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of sweethome
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours true to form - nice brown color. Very little head - light tan. Dissipates very quickly.

The nose is nutty, smells like browned toast. A hint of brown sugar.

A little watery on the tongue - doesn't fill out real well. Has nice roast character which reminds me of the Goose Island Hex Nut Brown. Lacks depth. The taste is certainly without flaws - pleasant, but nothing special. The finish is a bit sweet and nutty.

Brown Ales are pretty low on my personal style preference. This beer is drinkable, clean and not lacking in flavor. It is not complex or robust.

sweethome, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

merlin48, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bierguy5, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

RockyTopHeel, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of RushLimbmalt
2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

RushLimbmalt, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of clvand0
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

clvand0, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of cokes
2.08/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

cokes, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

kmpitz2, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of nortmand
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

nortmand, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of chaduvel
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

chaduvel, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of coasterfreak75
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

coasterfreak75, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

GeoffRizzo, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beaver13, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

NeroFiddled, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of Ellbert
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Ellbert, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of StevieW
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

StevieW, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Gusler, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

jcalabre, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

TheDM, Jul 25, 2003
Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.