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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
okay

802 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 16
Gots: 30 | 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 aaronh
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

aaronh, May 17, 2003
Photo of Silverback77
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Silverback77, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Ice tea color on the exit, deep ruby in the glass. A thin spongy khaki head is quick to dissipate while within a feverish show of macro-bubbles rages on. The lacing was sparse, weak and spotty. Average regards, the carbonation is a bit out of control while the head was a bit soapy and weak on the hold.

S: On the nose was dried maple syrup, sweet, with a soft nutty caramel toastiness of light intentions that does little to entice. Expected a bit more show of aroma here considering the name and label depiction of a cartoon man dupmping a bucket of maple syrup into the vat.

T: The flavor came off a bit watery at first but sweetens up with a quick follow up with take a guess, maple syrup. Fresh warm caramel, toffee, honey and all that is sweet seems to be thrown in as well for that sweet tooth drinker. The beer finishes with sweet chocolate and honey combination that was a bit overkill in the sweetness department becoming almost as comical as the label.

M: watered down syrupy mess as well. Bubbly from the strong carbonation turning creamy just seem disorganized as what it wanted to be.

O: Overall a bit sweet for my liking, less like a beer and more like a dessert made with holiday liquor. Honey, chocolate sweetness is a bit overkill, probably best in moderation, 6-8oz servings as dessert and not so well as a stand alone drink much less a brown ale.

beerthulhu, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of mwilbur
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear and moderately dark brown color with a faint light tan head that quickly recedes.
S: Caramel malt and hint of maple syrup...fairly weak.
T: Caramel malt and mild maple syrup. A bit overly sweet and not the best balance.
M: Thin, oily, and a tad watery.
D: An interesting concept, but a disappointment. Very much a one-note brew and even that was not well done.

mwilbur, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of ericlawton007
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rather lack luster brown ale. Poured quickly from the bottle and I had to wonder for a second if this beer was completely flat. Smell vaguely like maple syrup, which I was expecting from the name of the beer. If not on the label I dont know if I would have been able to pick it out. Tastes like a really watered down brown ale with not much aftertaste. Over all a very dissappointing ale, as I have been looking for a new brown ale to have with cooler weather coming.

ericlawton007, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of mountdew1
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Poured a very nice dark color. Like a dark grade maple syrup. Had a 2 inch thick foamy head made of medium bubbles that left lacings that clung to the whole side of the glass. Smell didn't do much. Picked up a hint of maple sugar sweetness. Taste was slighty bitter, very slightly sour almost. Couldn't pick up any maple flavor. Felt strange in the mouth. My toungue tingled, and the carbonation was evident. Went down easily, but not a pleasant beer to drink.

Notched April 19th 2007, best by 4 months after.

mountdew1, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle tells me to enjoy by December of 2002.

Beer is a ruby brown in color. Just a rimming of a head. Aroma reminds me of autumn leaves. Not bad, not good. The taste of this beer is really weak. Watered down. This is what a good brown ale would taste like if it were diluted by a factor of 2. I don't taste any maple notes either. Below average beer. No bad off flavors, but just watered down.

Bighuge, Nov 05, 2002
Photo of TheCondor
2.6/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Poured a nice dark amber color from the bottle into a pint glass. A respectable head formed, nice and thick, and then dissipated fairly quickly. Very little lacing.

Smell - A touch of caramel, malts, and a little spices, but the dominant smell was the maple. The nose ewas a little rich on the sweetness for my taste.

Taste - A nice caramel/malt with some toasted flavors up front, which is quickly and rudely pushed out of the way by the intense maple flavor. While some may appreciate this, it was too much for me. Almost offensively maple.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, leaves a sickly sweet aftertaste, probably because of the maple.

Overall - I am sure there are those out there who appreciate this kind of taste. And it isn't a "bad" beer necessarily, but the maple was just too over the top for me. Way too sweet, I had to drainpour about the last third. I just couldn't stomach it anymore. I really like Tommyknocker beers, but this one was just a little much.

TheCondor, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of rye726
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A clear brown color with a poor tan head. The nose has some mild malts and is quite light. The taste is marginally improved with a faint nuttiness and bitter hop presence. Really not too much going on here. Light body and heavy carbonation. Very mild, even for a brown.

rye726, May 19, 2008
Photo of Chinon01
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Decent head with no lacing. Dark tea color.

Smell - Nose is roasted malt and a peculiar twang.

Taste - Similar to nose with roasted malt covered by a twanginess.

Mouthfeel - Light character which is not appealing.

Drinkability - Low due to twanginess.

Note: Pronounced twanginess in a brown ale isn't standard. This may have been a defective keg. Will taste and score if seen again elsewhere.

Chinon01, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of mcgwire756
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

It pours a light brown color with a slight red. No big smells in the nose of this beer. A little brown sugar and maple syrup. Now maybe I am biased from everything else I drank on this day, but I was very disappointed with the taste. It tasted of a thin nut brown ale and a little bit of maple. It honestly was not drinkable for me at this point in the night. It ended up being a drain pour. I had higher hopes for this beer. It was just to thin and unbalanced. I think I would of enjoyed it a little more if it was all I drank on that day.

mcgwire756, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of beermanbrian
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown with some red/orange tinges around the side. Thin tan head with a few spots of lacing left behind. Smell is sweet malt with some maple sweetness thrown in there. No hops shows up in this one. Taste matches the smell with just some faint nutty flavors. Overall very bland. Mouth is thin and gives a powdered malt homebrew impression. This one starts out looking OK but goes downhill from there. Nothing to make me come back and try this one again.

beermanbrian, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a plain pint glass.

A: Poured an opaque, root beer brown color with slight ruby highlights around the edges underneath a one-finger head of off-white foam.

S: Smells a little sweet and nutty, but it's not aromatic enough for me. I was expecting lots of maple syrup and brown sugar smells, but really got none.

T: Holy bland! I'm not sure if it's the lack of carbonation, or because this beer was on the brink of the 4 month freshness date, but there was minimal taste out of the gate. As the beer warmed a bit, some of the sweeter, maple notes came out and the finish was of toasted malt and hazelnut, but it was oh so light. Kinda disappointed.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium, but strangely watery.

D: If it were another one like this, I'd probably pass up on that. Even if it were 100%, I don't think it'd hold my interest enough with a glut of other tasty brown ales out there.

I was a tad disappointed here. The bland mouthfeel and flavor were what killed me, combined with the decided maple punch I was thirsting for. Again, there may have been factors at play here which turned the beer, but, nevertheless one I probably wouldn;t go out of my way to get.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of jazzer
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%

jazzer, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of bennyfrank
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep dark brown color. One finger head with minimal lacing. Not a whole lot of action in the way of carbonation resulting in a flat mouth feel. Taste is okay with hints of chocolate and maple but overall unimpressive. So far the Pick Axe Ale is my favorite for TommyKnocker

bennyfrank, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of SolipsismalCat
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear brown with medium carbonation. Fizzy, off-white head that fell quickly.

Smell: A little bit of toasted and nutty aromas, but mostly overpowered by maple syrup. Still, not bad. It peaked my curiosity.

Taste: Very sweet maple syrup taste up front that gives way to an overly sweet aftertaste. Didn't get much of the toasted malt and nutty flavor you would expect from a brown ale. Too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light, decent carbonation, generally refreshing. Not bad.

Overall: If you like sweet, then this might be for you. It's not that it was a bad beer, just too sweet for my tastes.

SolipsismalCat, Aug 07, 2011
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 FightingEntropy
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

While I don't doubt the "pure maple syrup" on the label, the taste is more of molasses, thick and sugary with the malty backbone of the nut brown. For me, very cloying and overlysweet that builds. The maple doesn't blend well with the base beer either with a light, watery mouthfeel. Sounds good on the surface, but not much to dig down into.

FightingEntropy, Jul 23, 2008
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 DenverHopHead
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - to use an analogy... looks like the last chick at the bar. At the beginning of the night, there is no way in hell. At closing time, you might as well!
Smell - I'm afraid to use the same analogy from above!
Taste - a little embarrassing, but I'll have another if there are no other options!
Feel - been there done that. Nothing knocks your socks off!
Overall - this is actually probably decent for the style, but I'm not a fan of the style, so I'm a bad judge.

DenverHopHead, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle into (real) pint glass in high altitude Denver, CO.

A: Pours a dark brown non-transparent colour with a three finger head of decent retention and thickness. The head is a bit tan. Generally appealing.

Sm: Nutty but a bit dormant. The barley is masked. Unpronounced but not unpleasant.

T: Clean open to maple/nut body (shocker!) with a nicely nutty finish. Better than the smell and better than expected.

Mf: Too smooth, too wet.

Dr: Not bad at this price range, but better beers can be had in this style.

kojevergas, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A – Poured a nice medium brown, somewhat hazelnut in color with a nice two finger head of tan lace on the top. Decent retention kept the head around for a while until it finally settled down on a thin film across the top. Fairly clear as I really detected no hazy or cloudiness apparent. Some carbonation was visible streaming up from the bottom.

S – The aroma was very sweet. Lots of sugar and caramel were present and these were mixed in among a nice solid roasted malt back. Apparent nuttiness started to present itself as it warmed a little bit and the sweetness started to become more pronounced.

T – The flavor was a bit tricky. To be honest it was not that pleasant. Far too sweet for me and I normally like the flavors. The maple sugar was just overpowering and quite harsh. There was a delicate roasted nut flavor in the back that was trying to come out, however it was pushed to the side by this harsh biting flavor of sharp maple. There really is no good way to describe it, other then just a harsh biting, sugary mess. There were traces of metallic tones as well, and these just added to the harshness.

M – The feel on this one came off somewhat thin and lifeless. I though the carbonation seemed adequate, but it really started to fall pretty flat in a hurry. The thinness and slickness of it as well just really seemed to put you off after a while. Even the finish was somewhat slick.

D – Not very good, at least not for me. It was just soo sweet; I literally just gulped it down to avoid the drain pour. I would not be getting this one again.

Overall I thought this would be nice as I am a fan of the brown ale and sweetness has never seemed to bother me; however they were just used in the wrong proportions here. Way overboard on the sweetness it just really became kind of messy. I will not be pursuing this one again.

mikesgroove, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of BrewCrew2010
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a very clear brown body with a minimal sticky, off-white head.

S: A very close nose with an aroma of maple syrup and toffee-like malts.

T: A very weak flavor of caramel malts, slight maple syrup notes, and finishes short and dry. A very boring flavor.

M: Extremely thin body, light carbonation, watery texture.

D: I don't think I would ever get this again. Very boring flavor and kind of bland. If it weren't for the fact I don't care what I'm drinking right now, I would pour it down the drain.

BrewCrew2010, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Doomcifer, Aug 15, 2014
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.

Backer2004, Jul 11, 2006
Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.