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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)
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Photo of MichaelMeister


3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife bought this from Green's thinking it was the Maple Nut Brown Ale, since it specifically mentions maple syrup on the label. We've recently made a clonebrew of the Maple Nut and were anxious to compare it to the original since we've never tried it.

This Imperial smelled robust with a definite chocolaty nose. Poured very dark brown more like a robust porter or stout rather than a brown ale with not much of a head unless poured from a height. The head lasted several minutes and produced some good lacing on the glass. First taste revealed a heavier alcohol content, but not overpowering. Not much carbonation and tasted malty, somewhat chocolaty with a rather flat finish. As the beer warmed, the beer seemed to become even milder and smoother. Although I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase more, I would definitely not turn another one down if offered.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2005 22:23:22 | More by MichaelMeister
Photo of kboett77


2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours very attractively, a rich amber color with a pillowly head. It also smells very sweet and pleasant. The flavor of the beer continues in the same vein as the aroma, but proves a bit too sweet and surprisingly light bodied. It was at best, ok, a nice concept with the maple syrup, but....for me it didn't work out. Very pretty, and nice smelling though.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 03:04:55 | More by kboett77
Photo of AngusOg

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, rusty orange to light brown in appearance. Little head, but what little there was left a trace of lacing in the glass. I could definitely detect the maple syrup in the aroma, but also some notes of sweet malt, chocolate and caramel. Taste was quite similar to smell, although the maple wasn't too overpowering as i feared it might be. Just enough to make a tasty presence. It finished with a nice alcohol warmth, which i think also helped preventing this brew from seeming too overly sweet. Seemed to have nice carbonation, which combined with the flavor and alcohol made for a nice mouthfeel. Went down way too easy for a 9+ abv, definitely an enjoyable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 00:07:12 | More by AngusOg
Photo of Chessmaster


3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a translucent, ruby-brown with about a finger's width of creamy head.
Leaves some, but not a lot of, nice lacing on the glass. Head dissipated slowly to a thin cap.

Smell: Aroma is a sweet, bready malt, very inviting, mixed with a hint of hops

Taste: Rich, thick, caramel; some bready malt; sweet and syrupy; finishes with a bit of alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel: Smooth, rich, syrupy

Overall: A nice beer, but more of a sipping beer. Probably wouldn't want to drink more than one of these at a time.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 23:13:35 | More by Chessmaster
Photo of HerrBob


4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew has become a regular for me. For it's style ABV it is exceptionally mild & drinkable. High gravity beer is new to the AL market & still many yet to try. Most are too pricey and have to be enjoyed only on special occasions. This one is to be honest - cheap and I keep it around for all occasions.

Most similar brews are far too sweet for my taste but this one is well balanced. High ABV does not jump at you as with many.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 17:05:48 | More by HerrBob
Photo of HiLLWiLLiam


4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im drinking one as I write this entry and I must say Tommyknocker's never fail. A considerable improvement over the Maple Nut Brown Ale, which is also excellent. At 9.00% ABV it is well worth a college try. I've had several Tommyknocker's and the Imperial Nut Brown definitely tops the list.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 02:02:52 | More by HiLLWiLLiam
Photo of farfromstout


2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer didn't really deliver much for my pallet. Appearance was brown with a small head. My glass was clean, and when I poured it in there was some specks of stuff drifting around. I was sure to rinse my glass after the first one to check the second and it was there. Couldn't depict a texture of the specks, just noticed them.

Taste was odd. If you've ever had black walnuts or black walnut cake, it had that very pungent smell/taste of black walnuts soaked in rum. And I would say it definitely had some bite to it.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin. And I wouldn't particularly want a whole lot of these in a sitting since A) 9.8%, it'll catch up after 2; B)I couldn't pair it very well with a particular type of food.

Just didn't do it for me, and this is only an opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 13:46:35 | More by farfromstout
Photo of Gorgeous_JR


4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got some on the tap at Melton's App n Tap in ATL GA. Drank 1.5 servings. Man o man did this get me good. It packs a real real strong punch. Tommyknocker lives up to its the name.

But I probably could only drink 1.5 servings because its just too bitter. Def worth a try cause at least you'll be feeling good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2013 02:59:16 | More by Gorgeous_JR
Photo of Malina


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: An opaque dark brown, with very little head that dissipated rather quickly.

S: Oh, it smells like candy!

T: Hey, it TASTES like candy, too! Well, the first couple of sips, anyhoo. It nearly reached out and slapped me with toffee and chocolate, and the sweetness of the maple syrup. It desensitized my taste buds a bit, though, and the later taste is not quite as candy-like, but the maple came out a bit more. Ultimately tastes dark and a bit sweet, but not overly so.

M: Feels a bit viscous. Not particularly carbonated.

D: So far, so good. Might be a little too much to drink all night, but for just a couple/few, it's vastly more satisfying than the Maple Nut Brown.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 18:36:07 | More by Malina
Photo of Pimento


3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--3 cm of head that quickly dissipated. Cloudy medium roast coffee color.

S--Roasted maple maltiness. Dank, moist wood hops.

T/M/D--Cloying and buttery with malt overshadowing subtle hops. Extremely smooth and enjoyable. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 06:12:14 | More by Pimento
Photo of alnanderson


3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours in an almost thin medium brown color, with virtually no head

S: Nothing outstanding or of particular note.

T: Alcohol harms what might have been an otherwise flavorable drink.

M: Medium body, with low to medium carbonation and a bit of a bitter aftertaste

D: Drinkable, but not much aroma or other flavor justifying recommendation

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2009 14:00:09 | More by alnanderson
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