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Imperial Nut Brown Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery

Imperial Nut Brown AleImperial Nut Brown Ale

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544 Ratings

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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 544 | Reviews: 341 | Show All Ratings:


3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a real caramel malt scent, but other traits lend themselves more to a doppelbock aroma than anything else I can identify.
This has a creamy sort of head that goes away but leaves it's trace throughout. Dark brown in color with amber hues.
Very heavy on the molasses flavor. Marmalade and raisin are present notes as well. The caramel noted on the smell is not as present in the flavor.
I'm not sure if this is infused with any extracts, but this becomes cloying at times. Pretty good and tasty on the whole, but on the other hand, not so nutty, and there aren't many undertones or complexities that I was expecting from a beer which celebrates 10 years.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2005 18:00:15 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out of the 22oz. bottle a deeply ruby hued colour with a cream to beige coloured head, about a quarter inch thick...thick and tight. lots of solvent choco and caramel aromas...somewhat subdued but rather inviting. this is a pretty flavourful beer, lots of thick chewy maltiness with a definite sweetness attributed to the use of maple syrup. chocolate, caramel, vanilla and nutty notes mingle quite nicely with an alcohol spice that warms the belly. there is a big full mouthfeel with every sip...i bet this would go well with some chocolate chip pancakes...or maybe serve as the syrup for those cakes. nevertheless, this is a big ole winter warmer type concoction that is a hearty enough brew to warm ones soul on the coldest of any winter night. not overly complex, just big and sweet and hearty. a nice easy sipping brew for being so big.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 02:48:50 | More by budgood1
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4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in an attractive Gold-Foil neck-lined 20 oz.bottle. 9.8% ABV and brewed with pure maple syrup. Pours out to a clear deep garnet, forming a sticky dark tan head with very good retention and decent lacing. The aroma is of darkening fruit like apples and plums, slightly soapy with notes of crystal malt husk. Swirling gives the impression of dates and raisins. I'm not really picking up on the maple syrup. The delicate aroma has probably all been blown off in fermentation and the sugars have been gobbled up. The mouthfeel is velvet soft and syrupy with a full, dense body. Mild to moderate carbonation. Taste begins with some delicate floral hops followed by raisins, prune juice, thick amber malts, perhaps a touch of maple woodiness towards the finish. Bitterness is mild to moderate and helps to accentuate the maltiness. Rotten raw applejuice and distant soap. Definite woodiness in the aftertaste. The alcohol is warming.

The best Tommyknocker brew I've had so far. A very nice "Imperial" Nut Brown. I would buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 21:07:27 | More by Mitchster
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, maple syrup brown with ruby highlights and a rather small (half a finger) of sandy brown head. Nose is made up of sweet, licorice malts, singed brown sugar, a vaguely spicy hop smell, and a little alcohol. Taste starts with sweetish malts. Notes of marshmallow, tobacco leaf, stewed fruit, and cola are detectable. Bitterness comes late, basically right at the finish. Unfortunately, the light roasted bitterness falls a little short, and the result leans toward a cloying finish. Not bad, but could use a little more balance. Medium-full body, with ample carbonation. I like this more than any other Tommyknocker beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 03:12:54 | More by alexgash
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3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Deep mohogany color, with some ruby around the edges. Thin beige head disappears quickly. Nutty aroma, some roasty notes and slightly smoky. Big malt character, toffee-like flavor. Maple flavor thrown in as well. Very sweet like syrup. Sticky, a bit cloying. Seemed like a little hop flavor that tasted citrusy to me. Big alcohol presence. Medium body, low carbonation. I enjoyed this brew, although it was a bit too sweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 03:24:15 | More by Bierguy5
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3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from a 22oz bottle sampled on 1/8/05 with a bottled on date of 11/09/04. Appears a dark brown with red highlights and a small tan head. Aroma is malt with sweetness and a chocolate. A big nuttiness is present as well as a touch of maple. Flavor is quite sweet, with notes of caramel and chocolate. There are nut flavors in there as well but this is a bit too sweet overall. A little less sweet would have gone a long way with this. Medium body with a creamy feel to it. Only the sweetness brings down the drinkability on this otherwise it would really be a much better beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 15:54:16 | More by meathookjones
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4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another brew from my Secret Santa Mentor. Thanks for the great beers man!
I am drinking a room temp sample in a snifter. Bottled on 10/04
The beer pours a rich dark brown color with off white frothy head of 1 cm foaming up and fading gradually to a robust edge layer that remains throughout the sampling. Aroma is caramel maple syrup and alomonds some lite grassy hops also make an appearance. First sip reveals gentle rolling carbonation and a smooth body with a bit of a syrupy texture. Flavor is malt and general sweetness with toffee maple syrup, brown sugar all mixing for an overall sweet experience. The finish is very maplely and also a bit of roasted malt. The is a nice brew but gets a little sweet towards the end of the bottle. Contrary to some other reviews I barely find any presence of the alcohol flavor wise or on the nose. Very drinkable for a bigger beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 03:39:53 | More by sulldaddy
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much better than the Maple Nut Brown they "Imperialized". Dark brown color with a thick oatmeal-colored head and nice lacing. Roasty, malty, nutty aroma. Full-bodied and sweet with toasted malt, maple and caramel flavors. Hops and well-masked alcohol present too. The finish is toasted malt with a touch of hops and spice. This is actually a very good session ale despite the ABV. A nice surprise from a normally below-average brewer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 17:56:48 | More by Dogbrick
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3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. This beer pours a medium brown color with a small head that dies off quickly but leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet from the maple syrup and has a lot of alcohol. The flavor has a lot of character from the maple syrup, but the alcohol really hurts the flavor here. Very thick mouthfeel. Drinkability is ok, but suffers from the unmasked alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 14:15:58 | More by clvand0
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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me. The beer pours a very deep brown color with a finger of head that falls to very lightly coat the beer. The nose is slightly brown sugar and maple sweet, with a blas of alcohol as well. The flavor is nice, with good toasted nutty tones alongside sweet maple and brown sugar, though there is an intial alcohol that detracts a little from the flavor. The beer is very thick and slightly syrupy. A very enjoyable drink. If it weren't for the fairly big alcohol hit in the flavor, this would be very good. Though, it is still not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 23:06:56 | More by kmpitz2
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4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While I’m generally not a huge fan of nut brown ales, I had to try this one based on that wildly popular buzz word “Imperial”. The label says that this brewed with “pure maple syrup, the highest quality chocolate and crystal malts…” Brewed on October 18th, 2004 and according to the label should be enjoyed within 4 months.

As I poured this into a large goblet I noticed a very effervescent light tan head that dissipated very quickly to sparse patches of head and an equally faint ring. The body is a deep garnet/brown color. The aroma is maple syrup and malts with a thin alcohol indication to the nose. The taste also has maple syrup tones up front and alcohol characters in the end, but in between the start and the finish there is a delicate chocolate aspect that I can’t really put my finger on. This is sweet with a slight hop character in the ending and a dry finish. Well carbonated body with a medium density, could be thicker, but Stone Russian Imperial Stout has me subconsciously comparing the body everything I drink to it. Relatively drinkable for the high alcohol content, the ABV is evident at times and well hidden at other times as well.

This imperial nut brown is both “bigger, bolder” as advertised, but in my opinion it could use some tweaking here and there. Do I think that a new style definition is required? I’m not sure I can answer that at this time, it depends on how many other brewers want to take this “imperial” craze to supplementary styles other than the stout or I.P.A. we’re generally accustomed to.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 07:20:38 | More by irishmoss
Imperial Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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