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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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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 25
Gots: 12 | 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.

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Photo of Duff27


3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours murky brown with a thin light tan head.

Not unlike an un-imperial brown. Malty.

Real malty. Has a kick to it. 9%abv seems about right.

Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel...unexpected for something with so much ballz. Decent carbonation.

Meh. Not bad, nothing special. After being spoiled by Cigar City's and Surly's browns...this just doesn't compare. Thanks to TATURBO for the Tommyknocker tick.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 01:23:32 | More by Duff27
Photo of nickthetick


3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear, dark brown with brick red highlights into an
American shaker with half a finger of khaki head that doesn't leave any lacing.

S: biscuits, roasted-salted nuts, and a good amount of pine.

T: surprisingly hoppy for a nut brown, but it compliments the nut and salt quality well. Caramel and biscuits with a grassy/pine finish.

MF: medium body with a well balanced carbonation, warm and a bit astringent.

O: Great nut, heat cuts back a minuet bit on the overall "drinkability", for lack of a better word, but it would be great on a cool fall day on the deck.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 20:41:22 | More by nickthetick
Photo of tone77


3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, alcohol, a touch of maple. Taste is the same, alcohol is definatly present, some malts and a touch of maple. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 14:33:33 | More by tone77
Photo of mjurney


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

Ruby brown color, clear. Good amount of carbonation. Head looks alright.

Very malty. Caramel, toasty, some little chocolate.

Very malty up front with slight dry bitterness at the end. Nice amount of malts, I’m getting tons of caramel malts, toasty, slight hint of nutty and bitter chocolate. There’s some hint of brown sugar and maple in the taste, it’s not overly sweet like their Maple Nut Brown Ale. Body is medium to heavy with a medium carbonation.

Dry finish that lingers. Very smooth. Drinks like a 6% beer.

Not bad. I was expected a little more sweetness from the malts.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 04:11:31 | More by mjurney
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear looking dark brown color that is a bit hard to see through and how clear it is for real. There was a very small head (~1/8") after a pretty aggressive pour, and the head faded back into the beer about as quick as I poured. Afterward, the beer is quite still looking.

Aroma: I initially got a healthy amount of toasty/nutty malts along with some maple syrup accents. The dark malts are coming out more as the beer warms and is giving it some dark fruit character. As the beer warms up the alcohol is coming out even more so much that this beer is reminding me of an Old Ale. Interesting.

Taste: The flavor is very malty and nutty as you would expect, but the beer is medium bodied with low carbonation so with the alcohol, it comes across the palate a bit thin. There is evident warming on the back of the throat after drinking. The malt is taking on a mild syrupy edge, and with the maple flavors, it is making me think a bit of breakfast. The toasty notes from the malt are contributing to this sensation. There are evident hops in this beer that are especially noticeable in the onset of the flavor, but the alcohol brings it to its knees quickly. The finish is sweet with little hops, and the balance is provided as much by the alcohol and darker malts as any hops. There is spice from the alcohol in the finish that lingers forever and seems to get stronger as the beer warms.

Opinion: This is an OK beer, but the alcohol is high for what all else it has backing it up. Having about 4x the carbonation would definitely help bring this beer to life. As it is, it is strong and sweet and hits the palate rather hard, yet there are no off flavors or palate sensations. It is just alcoholic with low carbonation. It would probably be a lot better to try this beer on tap where the carbonation would be more. Either way, this is a pretty decent beer, and I am glad that I tried it. I wish it was a little fizzier, but as it is...it is still worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 01:16:21 | More by SkeeterHawk
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
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3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crimson-tinted brown with a half finger of off white head. It's not a lot of foam but it does leave some webs of lacing that remind me of some fat wrapping.

S- The aroma is not this beer's strength. There's a bit of smoke and roasted grains and not much else- nothing bad just kind of weak.

T- The taste is a bit odd- the combination of sweetness, smoke, roast. I don't know- I'm just not feeling it. I do taste the maple syrup so that's a plus. Also some soy sauce saltiness

M- This one lingers in the mouth, really coating everything, but I almost want some water to rinse it off. Alcohol is well hidden- at almost 10% I'm hard pressed to notice it.

O- This struck me as an average acrid tasting porter with all the smoke and saltiness. I would have this again, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 04:29:40 | More by zdk9
Photo of ranger60

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ.

Appearance: Darkbrown in color; darker than most brown ales. Fairly transparent
Aroma: Sweet malty aroma.
Flavor: Good sweet flavor, with some chocolate undertones, and reminiscent of some Belgian malts. Not picking up any of the maple flavor - brewer says it is brewed with maple syrup.
Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel with substantial carbonation.
Drinkability: very drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 17:32:51 | More by ranger60
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep blood red in body with almost nothing to show for a head except for white bubbly around the edges. Maple syrup, cocoa, cinnamon, and slight licorice in the nose. Tastes of cocoa nibs, light dark fruit, cinnamon, slight licorice, maple syrup, booze makes an appearance with some black pepper and then the drink finishes dry but with a tangy dark fruit note. Heavy body with medium carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. A belly warmer for sure. Good thing I'm in Syracuse for this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 19:12:11 | More by JRed
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a pretty looking brown color with a nice tan head on it. The smell of roasted nuts and an ample amount of maple syrup. The taste is a nice combo of sweet and nutty that fades into a dry toasted aftertaste. Not too bad tasting but pretty sweet up front. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than some brown ales but I like how it adds some depth to the brew. This was pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 23:43:33 | More by Knapp85
Photo of bastardface


3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had an Imperial Tommyknocker ale last night. I've had the Maple Nut Brown from Tommy and it was a little too sweet for me. The Imperial is very similar. It's a sweet beer but not as overbearing as Maple Nut. It has a high alcohol content which you would not tell by drinking it. It is dark in color and the smell is attractive. I like this beer to an extent. It is not my favorite by Tommy but it is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 01:22:56 | More by bastardface
Photo of zeledonia


3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, Dec 2010.

Pours a deep caramel brown with minimal head that quickly yields. Smell is sweet, mostly medium roasted caramel malts with strong alcohol. Taste is rounded, decent complexity, nice light hop finish, and a powerful alcohol kick at the end. Tastes like a good solid brown ale with stronger alcohol, but slightly sugary. Mouthfeel is syrupy, heavy, with very little carbonation. Generally quite tasty, a nice balance of sweetness, hops, and potency.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 05:23:08 | More by zeledonia
Photo of Retsinis


4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While I was on vacation visiting family in Woodbridge Virginia, I got a chance to go to a Total Wine in Springfield to pick up some local beers, or any that are distributed there that are not sent to California. Picked up one bottle of this as part of a make your own six pack.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip glass.

The beer pours a murky dark chestnut brown color with about a inch of short lived tan colored head, with just a bit of lacing.

The Aroma's are of maple as you would expect, earthy hops, a bit of toffee and caramel, and a nice malty backbone. Smells sweet.

The flavors in the taste are not as sweet as the nose indicated, which was good. Notes of roasted malts, hints of caramel, light chocolate, but the maple sweetness is the most prominent flavor. It does not taste hot, as far as heat from the 9+% alcohol, which is masked by the sweetness.

The mouth feel was medium to high, fairly well carbonated, thick, with a slick viscosity to it.

This was a nice beer to try, easy to drink, smooth. I like brown ales, so this sweeter imperial version with the maple notes was nice. Last beer that I had with this much maple flavor was Life and Limb fresh ( though the maple in that one seemed to evaporated after a few months)

Recomended if your a fan of the style, and like maple syrup on your waffles and pancakes!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 00:58:35 | More by Retsinis
Photo of bucklemyshoe


2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a very dark mahogany color with a finger and a half of light tan head that has great retention and laces very well.

S: Maple, sour dark fruits, nuttiness, and booze.

T: Nothing sticks out too much despite its strength; maple syrup, toasted bread, hazelnut, and some booze.

M: It has a thick mouthfeel that coats the palate with a bubbly/foamy stickage. This makes it very chewy.

D: It began promising but there is a lot wrong with this.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 01:47:16 | More by bucklemyshoe
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3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've reviewed the Maple Nut Brown, & although I've had the Imperial Nut Brown before, don't think I've reviewed it yet. So why not today? Bottle into an oversized snifter.

A - very dark brown, opaque. Almost no head. Spotty lacing.

S - maple syrup, brown sugar, nutty, some caramel, sweet malts, raisins. Faint alcohol smell. Gets a little fruitier as it warms.

T - follows the smell, but a bit more complex. A bit more bitterness, though it's not unwelcome - keeps it from being overly sweet. Very malty. The alcohol is present, but well-hidden considering the ABV. There's a little difference in taste...some coffee, some spice that I didn't catch in the smell. Alcohol comes out a bit more as it warms. Complex (more complex than the average brown, I'd say), but not overwhelming.

M - full MF, low carbonation, but it kinda fits w/ the imperial-ness of it (if that makes sense). Again, alcohol well-hidden, though I am feeling the warming just a little.

D - definitely a sipper, but not the first sixer I've bought, so obviously it was good enough that I went back to it. It's really drinkable for an imperial beer of its ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 05:38:38 | More by fragilehearted
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2.48/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: a rather thin looking raisin brown, almost non existent head. there are a few tannish bubbles floating on top after about 30 seconds.
S: sweet maple dominates, but i dontget much of anything else in there to break it up a little. im left wanting something else because its quite sugary smelling. its relatively pleasant smelling, but theres no complexity.
T: not feeling it. i know its a maple syrup brown ale, and i basically knew what to expect, but this is just too much. its so mapley ( if thats a word) and my palate hates me right now. it tastes like chewing on carmelized brown sugar.
M: my teeth are tingling. syrupy and just too much to handle.
D: none really to speak of. going down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 00:49:17 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
Photo of brewmudgeon


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

tommyknockers imp nut brown

update: cracked another cellared bottle 2/2012, and the beer seems to have improved with another year under its belt (guess it's about 1.5 years old at this point). still faint aroma, but the taste is about at 3.5-3.75 territory. body still a bit too thin of course, but did not encounter as much of "latex coating" issue.

a 4-4.5 somewhat aggressive pour yields a one-finger tan head above a cocoa body with orange highlights. the ring holds well and leaves spotty lace.

s 3 smells more like a faint brown ale than an imperial one. then again there may be an enhanced presence of alcohol.

t 3 faint roast, generic malty sweetness, faint nuts, some astringency in the finish.

m 2 medium bodied with low carbonation--kinda watery especially for the size of this beer abv-wise, yet it does apply a latexlike coat to everything it touches. the main issue is it needs more creamy carbonation. the coating issue is actually starting to give that issue a run for its money. ewww.

d 2.5 just too boring, especially for the abv. doesn't justify itself in my book.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 23:27:56 | More by brewmudgeon
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass an almost opaque black with a thin khaki head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of dark malts with a hint of maple. The taste is a nice blend of dark malts, cocoa and maple syrup that leaves a nice lingering maple finish. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with a nice smooth dryness. This is a very enjoyable beer, one I would love to have on-tap again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 00:12:05 | More by atsprings
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4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium to moderately dark brown body that has a slight transparency.Head is medium tan at a half inch or so and has decent stamina but only following an aggressive pour.

S - Nutty, molasses, sweet brown sugar and a hint of coffee.

T - It has a slightly tart nut flavor, which is almost an oxymoron. However, if you sample this brew you'll taste what I mean. There's a bit of plum, fig and of course a solid nutty flavor.

M - There's a small grained coarseness in this brew that assists in bringing out the unique flavor. It has a medium thickness to the body but it remarkably light.

~ In my opinion this is a solid brew. It's not one I would seek out again but I will say this, if II found on draft someplace, I'd certainly take a sampling.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 02:08:51 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of Radome


3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Color is dark brown. Beer is murky and opaque. Head is thick, tan and long-lasting. Very thick lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is thick with malt, like a British barley wine. Some nuttiness and alcohol. Inviting.

T - Much drier and more bitter than I expected from the smell. There is a strong hop taste, but it gives an impression of being stale and a little vegetal. The strong malt taste follows along with alcohol burn. The finish has a slight note of vinegar and metal that makes me think this may be an old bottle that hasn't aged well.

M - Body is thick. The vinegar-like finish is accompanied by a slight astringency that dries the mouth.

D - This is pretty drinkable for such a big beer. It is slightly spoiled for me by the vinegar and astringency, but I suspect this is a mistreated, oxidyzed bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 04:58:46 | More by Radome
Photo of Nutleybeer

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never heard of an Imperial Nut Brown before, but it is just a kicked up version of the style. Billed as made with pure maple syrup. I wasn't sure if it would be too sweet.
Poured from the bottle with a tiny head. Not too strong of a smell. Deep cherry brown in color.
I was impressed with the first sip. Stronger than I thought, less sweet. The 9% ABV is clearly there. I get very mild maple flavor, maybe more of a dried fruitiness.
Minimal lacing.
Reminds me of a barley wine, or in that class. Limited hoppiness. A little bit perhaps in the aftertaste.
Overall, I enjoyed it. Like any imperial type, a sipping beer. Probably good with some cheese and fruit as opposed to dinner.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 18:26:15 | More by Nutleybeer
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a tulip glass a dark chestnut brown color with a thin off-white condensed head forming on top that quickly dissipates leaving very little evidence of it's previous existence.

Lots of brown sugar and maple syrup on the nose, along with some alcohol phenols. Maybe a bit of spice in there as well. Nothing too crazy here...just sweet on the nose.

Sipping reveals a very sweet but somewhat tart plum flavoring along with some brown sugar and maybe some slight nuttiness. The finish is fairly smooth with the hotness from the alcohol being pretty well hidden. Nothing real flash. Just sweet and bit warming.

A bit thin on the finish for an "Imperial" ale. Carbonation is well balanced.

An easy drinker really. A good session brew, but I'd be afraid the alcohol would sneak up on you!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 03:08:49 | More by Fish113d
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2.53/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. 9% ABV, 2/4 Notched on the label with no apparent significance.

A - Hazy dark brown pond-water color with almost no head on the pour. Very little retention to what's there with a ring of bubbles left around the outside. A tiny finger of lace reaches up.

S - Maple syrup definitely comes through which adds a nice sugary sweetness but the backing caramel and amber malt isn't doing much at all. The brew has a lack-luster brown ale nose with a bland nuttiness. No booziness in the nose but there is certainly a presence of heat.

T - Yeasty brown-amber malts seem off some how and I'm having a hard time putting my finger on what's causing it. Maple syrup tastes nice and is just about the only redeeming quality. The dry nutty kick to the finish and odd sweetness is cloying. A touch of earthy dirty wood too.

M - Medium-full bodied and rich with an attacking, cloying dry sweetness to the finish. No alcohol heat at all. The flavor comes across incredibly thin mid-palate.

D - I'm pouring this out. Each sip feels like a mistake I wish I hadn't made. The flavor and feel are both off and don't have many redeeming qualities to them at all. I like the maple syrup addition to it but that's really about it. This beer needs a lot of work. Note - If only the notched date made sense.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 01:25:24 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a US tumbler from a bottle.

Appearance: Pours one finger of creamy, tan head that holds strong for a couple of minutes. Dark, dark brown with reddish hues when held up to the light. Good looking carbonation and some sediment lingering.

Smell: Sweet notes of maple syrup and caramel. Stong alcohol smell.

Taste: Sweet maple and dark caramel malts, with undertones of chocolate as well. Earthy hop flavors and mild bitterness on the back of the tounge do well to balance the sweetness. Definite alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: A little watery, expecting this beer to be a little heavier bodied than it was. Carbonation is just right for the style though. The high ABV gives a great, wholesome warming sensation.

Drinkability: For the high ABV, this is very drinkable. Definitely one to sip, which works well because the flavors become even bolder as the beer warms. Great for warming up with after coming out of the cold.

Note: This beer goes great with marble rye bread and mild cheddar cheese.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 20:54:25 | More by logmacschlog15
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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
Imperial Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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