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Imperial Nut Brown Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
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582 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 25
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Commemorating the 10th anniversary of Tommyknocker Brewery, this special brew is meticulously crafted with pure maple syrup, the highest quality chocolate and crystal malts and is accented with the finest blend of European and American hops. Imperial Nut Brown Ale, at 9.8% alcohol by volume, is a bigger, bolder version of their Maple Nut Brown.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-17-2004)
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Reviews by fdrich29:
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4.72/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found myself craving a malty brew while at Sunset Grill a few days before the American Craft Beer Fest. I asked Jason what he recommended and he pointed me in the direction of this sweet nectar. Thanks Jason!

At some point my tastes changed and I fell from the ranks of the hop heads and found myself loving all beers of a malty persuasion. If you find yourself in that category find this tasty treat and enjoy.

My glass was full of deep, dark brown goodness. Smells of malt, syrup, toffee maybe? Very sweet and smooth, and if I wasn't driving I would have ordered several more. Very easy to drink despite the 9.8% abv.

I'd be hard pressed to find a malty brew I enjoyed more than this offering from Tommyknocker. I've since been back to Sunset and had another glass, and also tried it at the American Craft Beer Fest.

fdrich29, Jul 13, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tyler's Taproom in Durham.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep ruddy brown with a thinner off white head,aromas are a mix of brown sugar/molasses and and as others have noted some maple syrup.Flavors are quite sweet upfront that molasses and brown sugar is big along with maple syrup not really any hop drying here.Its ok but a little to sweet for my taste,would likey be a good beer paired with a chocolate dessert.

oberon, Jul 03, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, with a half inch head that all but disappears in seconds. Very dark, mostly opaque body, a shade browner than black, with a touch of red at the edges when held to light.

Aroma is of dark crystal malts, maple syrup and brown sugar, slightly buttery, and very sweet and full. Some earthy hops in there as well.

This beer is full flavored as well, reminiscent of a Russian Imperial Stout in body, but with a lighter estery flavor. Very oily mouthfeel, yet acidic, with a sharp alcoholic bite on the throat and up the nose. Maple syrup adds a nice subtle sweetness.

This is a huge beer and very little like a typical Nut Brown Ale, at least the ones I've tasted; much fuller and stronger. I'd recommend it especially as a winter warmer.

boston2bburg, Mar 27, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Shakerman, Jan 15, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

To commemorate 10 years of brewing, Tommyknocker took their Maple Nut Brown Ale and amped it up. It's brewed with pure maple syrup, chocolate and crystal malts, and spiced with a blend of American and Euro hops. The final result weighs in at 9.8-percent alcohol by volume (abv).

Quick to foam, the tiny bubbled head stays together for a good while. Color is a few shades from black, sporting ruby edges in the light. Big aroma of buttery toffee, hint of cake batter, maple, toasted bread and raisins as well. Full creamy mouthfeel, with some smoothness from the mild carbonation. Supersized malt character here with flavors of buttery toffee, milk chocolate, maple syrup, brown sugar, mild espresso and brownies. Hops are on the back burner but come to life quickly with some balancing bitterness; the alcohol is warming and helps to balance with a spicy warmth, yet compliments the malt with dried plum and raisin flavors. Sweet finish of sugary dark malts, but it's never cloying.

Though the "nut" gets lost in the massive complexities of this beer ... wow, what a killer malt bomb this is! Very drinkable, but it's a sipper, and a great pick for pairing with chocolates or a bowl of warm, spiced / spicy mixed nuts. This would no doubt be a fine match to a robust cigar, too.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 13, 2010
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2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, brooding opaque brown with a thick khaki head that fades instantly. Aromas of roasted malt sweetness, nutty accents and a maple syrup twang. Dark fruits underneath.

First sip is sweet dark malts with a bit of an odd dark fruit twang. Somewhat nutty and roasty with a slickness. Maple syrup accents are there along with a bit of heat. Too sweet for me overall. I'd pass on this one again.

Medium body and a bit slick....not much else to say. Overall, not a huge fan of this. Too sweet and a bit boozy. Just seems off kilter to me.

orbitalr0x, Jan 02, 2010
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3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear brown with a small off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is subdued - chocolate malts, grains and a touch of maple and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet chocolate and maple/molasses with a slightly bitter charred alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK beer. It's not very well balanced between the the cloying sweetness and the charred alcohol.

Beaver13, Aug 06, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 27, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ruby brown in color with good light tan head, good lacing, and a thick collar. Aroma is dark molasses, nutty and earthy. Taste follows pretty much identically. Mild hop bitterness in this one. Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Definitely my favorite of the three beers I had at the brewery.

mverity, May 25, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Decent head and retention. Smells of sweet malts, maple syrup, candy, and slight alcohol vapors. Taste is very sweet maple syrupy, extremely nutty, caramel, slight chocolate, molasses, and a definite alcohol warming. Very pleasant and delicious. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy and smooth, decent carbonation, slick. As far as drinkability, it;s got a high ABV%, but I can easily take down a bomber of this with no problem, despite it being so sweet. A definite pleasure from Tommyknocker.

Doomcifer, Aug 28, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a clear, dark, mahogany body with a one finger tall, light brown head. Good retention and some chains of lacing are left on the imperial pint glass.

Aroma has some dark roasty chocolate, maple syrup, almond nuttiness, and a hint of spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is solid medium, a bit chewy, with understated carbonation.

The dark roasty chocolate maltiness imparts a mild bitterness. Some Coca Cola notes are interesting. Just a hint of maple syrup sweetness. Toasty almonds provide a pleasant nuttiness. Hops are muted, but add a pleasant balancing bitterness. Alcohol stays in the background. Very tasty.

A pleasant surprise here, for certain. Very pleasant to taste and dangerously drinkable.

merlin48, Jul 01, 2006
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like strong beer and this is strong stuff, Bomber bottle, w/o freshness indication, gold foil covers the cap, pours dark brown with a tan frothy head. Nose is of sweetness, this is a fairly sweet brew, maple notes obvious, also some vanilla, honey and minimal hopping noted. Not my favorite type of brew, but this would be nice for after dinner sipping or with a nutty desert.

Billolick, Feb 24, 2006
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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is a 650ml bomber.

Appearance: Poured very dark , almost opaque brown , with some slight reddish hues. Head was small and tan.

Smell: caramel malt sweetness , maple , hint of chocolate , and just a tinge of alcohol.

Taste: Mmm! Rich maple and brown sugar sweetness , full bodied malt , some slight bittersweet chocolate , very well hidden alcohol , and some nuttyness.

Mouthfeel: slick , slightly viscous , and a bit dry in the finish. ( like eating nuts)

Drinkability: I am impressed by this brew. A very interesting , new style they created. If one is worried by the name that is may be too sweet , dont. It's not at all. Sweet yes , but balanced very well. And the alcohol is virtually completly masked. If you like Impy stouts , give this neat brown brew a try.

Byeast, Oct 13, 2006
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

mkrass, Jul 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of whoneeds8
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown with a large off white head. Very little lacing. Smell is very much of roasted malts and maple syrup. The taste is a Malt Wallop. Roasted malts up front with a strange/good flavor in the middle. Hop twinge at the end. I really can't find the maple syrup in the flavor like I can in the smell. But the mouthfeel is kinda thick for a brown. Alchol is very evident throughout. This might be better after mellowing a little.

whoneeds8, Dec 10, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

williamjbauer, Dec 08, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clocks in at 9.8% abv, appears a deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light big tan head after a vigorous pour, leaves behind even streaks of lacing down my pint glass. Aroma has some vinous layers in addition to sweet maple syrup I'm also getting some sweet ginger bread presence and some tart dark fruits soaked in some alcohol. Also some milk chocolate creamy malt layers are present with minimal pine notes with some oak aging like tones. Flavor has some overtly sweet cloying moments, like the whole maple syrup addition to a brown ale in the first place. After sweetness dissipates a tobacco leaf pine layer of hops moves in with dark chocolate bitterness and some alcohol presence. I'm also getting some of that soy sauce salty quality in there as well Mouthfeel is a bit thin compared to what I was expecting the syrup additions doesn't add any cloying properties and the beer is actually medium bodied with some soft carbonation. Easy to drink but as whole I'm no sold, this brew just doesn't do it for me too many competing flavors without cohesion. A bit of a mess and you'll realize that fact in a couple sips something I will never really crave again, although they managed to get some hop presence into an imperial Brown Ale with maple syrup seems impressive enough to me.

WVbeergeek, Jun 23, 2008
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3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

A: Dark brown and hazy. Some sediment at the bottom of the bottle was included (intentionally) in the pour. Only enough head to cover the top despite a rather vigorous pour. The tiny head does have decent retention and leaves some lacing.

S: Sweet and rich with a hint of maple. Roasted malt with a bit of spiciness, dates and other dark fruits.

T: Fruitier than the aroma suggests, and with a stronger flavor. Hints of raisins, dates and toffee. Excellent sweet/bitter balance for this flavor profile.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Somewhat lively. Higher ABV evident on the tongue.

O: Very nice, and rather fruity, maple brown. High ABV is well hidden, although it did produce warming on the way down. I was too impatient and didn't let this warm up properly before starting to imbibe -- don't make the same mistake: this beer really opens up above ~ 45F.
{revised July 2013}

chinchill, Mar 19, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark mohogany color, with a tiny tan head. The tiny head fades almost instantly leaving no lace.

This beer has a sweet, caramel like aroma. It also smells of alcohol. It has a slight maple aroma as well. Some nutty aroma is also present.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Lots of sweet caramel malt. Some maple also. It tastes nutty also. I can taste the alcohol.

This beer is very full bodied. Carbonation is almost nonegsistant. The alcohol warms the throat on the way down.

This beer might not make the best session beer. It is quite aggressive, and the alcohol content is pretty high.

Overall: Thank you Mentor for generously giving me another beer. This beer was pretty good. Not the best, but good.

OStrungT, Mar 07, 2009
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3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)
the numbers 2 and 9 are punched on the side of the bottle
A- This beer has a black body that is dense and a thick creamy head that last and last. There are strands of tiny bubbles that support the head.

S- This beer has a soft toasted brown malt flavor with a dark toffee note to it.

T- The soft caramel sweetness is followed by a light brown sugar note a and a coffee malt hint at the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a no alcohol heat at all.

D-This beer is pretty light in flavor and aroma and is hard to believe that this is imperial. The whole beer is a bit bland and uneventful.

rhoadsrage, Dec 30, 2007
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4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark tea/cola brown with a ivory head that disappears almost immediately.
Aroma of maple syrup, molasses and fresh bread.
Tastes of dark fruit(maybe raisin and plum)with a slight licorice/anise taste.
Has a soft almost slicky mouth feel with light, tight carbonation. Although this is a strong ale with 9.80%, the alcohol is not prominate.
A very tasty brew, But, be careful, it will sneak up on you.

Nibbley, Sep 19, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

LXIXME, Feb 24, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shows the color of maple syrup, a rich brown with amber highlights. A nice, dense head of sandy colored foam that lingers for a good while. Some notes of sweet malt on the nose with caramel and a brown sugar quality, but generally speaking it's not as strong as I'd hoped. The flavor shows a good amount of malty sweetness with caramel, brown sugar, hints of chocolate, honey, and a nice dry nuttiness. There's a bit of hop bitterness on the finish, just enough to provide some balance without stepping on the toes of the sweetness. The alcohol is present but not overpowering and shows through as a nice warming sensation. There's a lively carbonation that lifts the sugars off the palate and doesn't allow the beer to be too cloying. I was surprised by this one and I would highly recommend it for malt lovers or people just looking for a unique take on the brown ale.

apbarwood, Oct 23, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

JamesStreet, Mar 14, 2014
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Imperial Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.