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Imperial Nut Brown Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Imperial Nut Brown AleImperial Nut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

582 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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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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5/5  rDev +34.4%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Jamstone714, May 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Pollock28, Dec 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

BMan33, Jan 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Sir_Goatman, Nov 24, 2013
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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
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4.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light black leather hue, thin, ringy/bubblish tan head. The nose is loaded with caramel, raisins, traces of alcohol and roasted malts. Loads of flavorings and a definite treat. The initial feelings are a chocolate candy loaded with cherries, brown sugar, figs and sticky molasses. Full bodied; warming reveals some mild carbonation and near-chewy qualities. Tender hop bitterness, alcohol is noted, sticky raisins and some woody notes. Very rich and fulfilling; an aftertaste of a freshly baked caramel roll and the smile of enjoying it. This is incredible stuff.

GeoffRizzo, Feb 05, 2006
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4.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a muddy coffee black. A hazy brown comes through in the light. The off-white head dissipates to a film with a thick ring around the edges. Sticky lacing. The beer smells of sweet maple, nuts, and slightly roasted malts. The beer tastes exceptional, just as it smells. Sweet maple and nuts hit the palate first, followed by a roasted malt body. And in there somewhere is a hop presence, near the finish. The mouthfeel is sticky and medium to full bodied.

Overall, this is excellent. It goes down too smooth for 9.8%. I mean seriously, be careful with this one. I have been caught in it's snares. Excellent beer. I recommend one for dessert.

JuicesFlowing, Feb 11, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a rather clear dark mahogany color with a fair amount of creamy light tan head that leaves some spotty lacing.

Right off the bat I can pick up on the deliciously sweet maple syrup aroma. It reminds me of french toast drenched in maple syrup, not boozy at all. Surprisingly smells more bready than nutty to me.

Flavor wise, it does not disappoint either. The maple syrup is there, but not overwhelming, just enough to give it some sweetness. The nuttiness comes in near the end. The aftertaste is quite pleasant given the high ABV, the nuttiness really lingers on your tongue. For a brown ale, its really lacking in the hop department though, not really a bad thing in my book though.

I really like the viscosity and carbonation level in this beer. Its got a substantial thickness to it but its not completely flat; just the right amount of carbonation.

bens0n, Sep 03, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this brew up on a whim. Glad I did. Appearance is typical for a Nut Brown. Clear brown liquid with a thin white cap. Smell has woodsy nuts and a maple syrup punch. Taste is exceptional. Nutty maple flavor. It's everything that Newcastle is trying for and more. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. I really can't taste the 9.0% beer claims. And I'm glad. This beer is simply one of the most balanced tastiest brews I've ever sampled. I plan to get another six pack and put a hurt on it.

crayphish, Mar 17, 2008
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4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from northertimber, so a big “thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a medium-sized foamy tan head that fades slowly and leaves a heavy lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is rich, malty and nutty with notes of maple syrup and caramel.

T: The taste is robust with caramelized malt, roasted coffee, maple syrup and chocolate. It’s sweet but not too sweet. There’s a little bit of hops character, but the maltiness over-powers it quite a bit. The sweetness lingers in the after-taste, which makes you crave another swig.

M: Very smooth, crisp, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, clean and dry finish especially for the style.

D: This style wasn’t one of my favorites a first, but it has started to grow on me and this is the best that I’ve had in this style. This beer is tasty, has a damn good kick to it and it’s very easy to drink for a beer with 9.80% ABV. It’s slightly filling, but I can still drink a heck of a lot of this beer and enjoy every sip of it. I know "Imperial" gets thrown around rather loosely and I've never seen it used for a Nut Brown before, but this beer certainly seems worthy of the term.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 26, 2006
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4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a medium sized light brown head. Nice dark syrupy malty aroma with touches of maple. Rich and robust malty syrupy flavors without being overly sweet. Full bodied, creamy and smooth with a light alcohol finish.

Per label: "1994-2004" & "Brewed with Pure Maple Syrup" & "Chocolate and Crystal malts"

Per TB website: 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 our wildly popular Maple Nut Brown.

Enjoy within 4 mos. of: Nov '04 (notched)
Tasted: 05/23/05

(22 oz. capped and wrapped with gold foil)

RBorsato, Jun 02, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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Imperial Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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