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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: 608
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 30
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-17-2004

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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Ratings: 608 | Reviews: 347
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect from an "imperial" nut brown ale, and with the brewery's prominent notice that maple syrup was used in the brew, I was braced for something over the top with sweetness. I was pleasantly surprised by the judicious use of the maple flavor in the beer - just enought to provide an interesting dimension, but not enough to overpower, or even steal the spotlight. Nicely moderated roasted malt flavor and the alcohol flavor was subdued. Unusually drinkable.

Photo of allengarvin
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22-oz bomber, poured into a tall weizen glass. Pours out a dark ruby-tinted brown, with almost no head despite a vigorous pour. Very sweet nose with rich toffee notes. Good malt flavor, but not too sweet, continuing the toffee/caramel note, with modest nutty flavor, moderate bitterness, and a touch of alcohol. At the end, a faint green-apple fruitiness mixed with pleasant maple syrup flavor become apparent. Surprisingly light and drinkable for a 9.8% beer. I was expecting this to be an overdone version of their Maple Brown, but it's very well-balanced and quite drinkable. And by the bottom of the glass, rather warming as well.

Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass. Maybe I should've done the snifter, but alas.

Appearance: Not much light coming through this sucker at all, leaving an extremely dark brown body. The mocha colored head stays pretty uniform at about 1/2" above the glass, and there are pearls and dots of lacing all around the top.

Smell: Dark sweet malts, chocolate, toffee, raisins, dates, mocha, honey, maple, vanilla, lots of bread, nuttiness, and some dark berries. Some alcohol comes through as it warms, but nothing that wasn't expected.

Taste: A full and thick meld of all to want in a style I was so curious about. The sweetness is there but is curbed by the hops at the finish and throughout. There's a nice meld of roasted chocolate malt, maple, raisins, brown sugar, and dark berries. Lots of stuff going on here. And yes, I probably should've gone for the snifter instead of the pint glass. Finishes slightly sweet before some nice hops quell it down for the fairly long finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick to the edge of where it needs to be without going over, which I suppose is the mouthfeel threshold. The carbonation's evident in the mode of silkiness, as the bubbles are fleshed out instead of bursting like big ass grapes, which they shouldn't be.

Drinkability: All in all this is a pretty impressive brew, and a style that I'm glad they took a chance on. Without the thickness and insane complexity of an Imperial Stout, this is much more drinkable (in the sense that though I want to savor it I end up drinking it a bit too fast) and can be a bit deadlier since the alcohol is still present as much as an Imperial Stout also. I'm really glad I tried this and will hopefully be having some more by Tommyknocker when I can get my hands on some.

Photo of shbobdb
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks ColoradoBobs!

What an interesting idea for a beer! Take a subtle british style and IMPERIALIZE IT!

The result is actually quite good. The earthy presence that I expect from a nutbrown is definately there. These mingle with the maple-dryness from the syrup. It is really very unique.

I've never really had a beer like this before. Amazing. There is a strong malt body that is dried just enough by the maple syrup to really create the most balanced, uhhhh, Imperial beer I've ever had. I don't know what to say.

If memory serves (and it has been several years) it is very much like their maple brown, just bigger in every way. If I were to try and imperialize a beer, I'd use this beer's philosophy.

A wonderful experimental beer. Exatically what a ten anny beer ought be. It pushes boundaries, while remaining familiar. While I don't see Imperial Nut Brown catching on as a style, I really dig this beer. It reminds me of a dear friend of mine who is both normal and exceptional at the same time. Yeah.

Wonderful brew.

Photo of rodrot
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark red color, almost brown, with a half inch head that dissipated slowly. Aroma was very malty and caramelly with a few hints of chocolate in the nose. Taste was of sweet malt, caramel, maple syrup and chocolate covered cherries. As the beer warmed, I could taste some alcohol and winey flavors. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth and the beer was medium bodied. Drinkability was pretty high. I would have never known this beer was over 9% abv if I hadn't seen it on this site. The ABV is not listed on the bottle and the brewery's website is no longer available. Not a bad beer for the money. I paid $3.49 for a 22oz bomber.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22-ounce bottle.

Pours a hazy dark red-mahogany over a big tan head that fades very quickly to a solid cap. Minimal lacing.

Smell is mildly malty and nutty.

Taste is buttery malty, with a bit of caramel malt, and decent hop bitterness. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is nice and round. Soft carbonation.

Very drinkable -- the alcohol is completely masked.

This is just a nut-brown on steroids. Really quite nice, but not all that.

Photo of Drew966
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tommyknocker Nut Brown Ale pours a deep brown color with a small head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. Smell is dominated by malt. Tastes okay for a nut brown, alcohol is well hidden in this brew. I would have to say this is worth a try, its not terribly complex, but it is definitely more drinkable than it probably should be given the alcohol.

Photo of Crosling
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown. The deep aroma showcases hints of maple, honey, fruits, deep malts, caramel and roasted malts. I’ll have to be honest and say that I do enjoy the flavor. It’s fairly thin but it does have a nice creamy mouthfeel. Notes of honey and caramel, dark fruits, butter toffee, maple and toasted malts. Tasty.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dispensed from 22oz bottle into a pint glass. No head forms but some lacing is left. Beer is brownish purple in color and pretty clear from debris or any chill haze. Im not sure if a lack of head indicates an inferior beer in the Brown ale category so I rate this beer average.

Aroma is almondish and caramelly. Big on the malts, low on the hops. Smells like a brown to me.

Taste is pretty much the modus operandi for browns. Almonds and pecans in the flavor. I taste no hops. Alcohol is a little heavy here. Would like to see that a little mellowed.

Meduim to full bodied. Alcohol is warming and leaves that familiar burning in the throat. No carbonation. Sticky and sweet. A good beer overall.

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a thin, wispy, light-brown head. The color was a slightly cloudy, deep brown. The nose was very malty and sweet, especially from the maple syrup. The mouthfeel was medium, bordering on creamy. It had a great sweetness on the tongue and the finish really lingered with the maple syrup aftertaste. My only concern is that this beer would be more suited for dessert or a cold evening by the fireplace.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz., best within 4 months of 11/21/05 notched on the label. It pours a deep, almost blood red that is hard to see through and it's topped with a small khaki head. It has a big aroma of chocolate and vinous malts, with additions of toasted malt and grassy/perfumy hops. The flavor is pretty much the same with a good dose of hops that contribute a mild to medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thick, and tingly at the beginning, but soon becomes full and coating. Probably the best I've tried by the brewery, and it seems like how an imperial brown ale might taste. I actually just today found another imperial brown ale (by Legend), so I'll have something to compare it against.

Photo of mntlover
2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep brwon with red hints showing thru, small tan head no real lace just splotches is all.

Aroma is big malt some maple sugars and alcohol, where are the nuts oh well not too bad smell.

Taste is malty some maple sugar flavors with a big alcohol kick and lingering burning felt. Finish is sugary maple syrup and alcohol burn. Needless to say not impressed with this one some decent malts but no real nut flavors for an Imperial Nut Brown oh well.

Mouthfeel is lighter then I was expecting, maybe the alcohol played a part in lighting it up a bit.

Drinkability is not good, wouldn't have again. Too much alcohol noticed, why? Lots of brews can hide or blend 9.8% or more well enough.

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

Just $3.69 for a bomber? Ya gotta be kiddin' me? Label indicates that this brew celebrates a 10th Anniversary.

Reveal is a hazy mahogany with a few scant bubbles rising to the surface covered by a fuzzy beige settled cap, which leaves drippy lace down the glass.

Sweet slightly boozy scents of soft almond extract and a carmel light nutty note. Not a huge aroma blaster, but a pleasant subtle nose of brown ale character.

First swigs: Bold nutty and tasted malt. Lots unfolding here. There is a suggestion of carmel and porter which, really is the idea. The claim of using real maple syrup really translates well here, as does the the slight cocoa from the chocolate added.

Feel is medium to full bodied. There is a big sugary aspect that can not be understated.

Last swigs: Liquid sugar daddy candy, basically. Quite bright and sweet for an English Brown. Worthy trying! My BA friends and I have a joke that you never say "Great Brown!" This defies that statement.

Beer is good. Happy um Brown beering.

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a nice warm maple scent that boasts of crystal and Victory malts. It's sweet and a bit dry. The taste is good. It has a warm, malty flavor that goes down slow, yet smooth. It's sweet with maple syrup notes and crystal malts. It has a nutty feel and seems a bit dry in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's rich and full flavored with loads of malts and a warming finish; HOORAY!

Photo of kkipple
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a huge fan of English Brown ale, but this was a pleasant surprise. In the glass it's a clear hazelnut brown with a minor head. Smells of maple (yum!) sweet malts and alcohol.

Tastes just like you'd infer from the smell. It's a sweet, malty brew with more than a hint of maple. I also detected mild coffee and cocoa notes. Didn't really taste any nuts, however.

Mouthfeel was very smooth but a bit watery. The 9.8% warms the throat and back of the tongue. Quite pleasing. A fine after-dinner beer for a cold day. I'd pick this one up again.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Not really sure what to expect from a lackluster brewery with an "imperial nut brown": pours an opaque dark brown with a descent tan head that retains well for a nearly 10% brew. The aroma comes out swinging with a big maple syrup sweetness, with some almond and hazelnut notes in the background, along with some fruits (cherry, raspberry and strawberry), slight floral hops, some toasted bread and alcohol. The flavor starts out with some brown sugar and molasses sweetness, along with some nuttiness (hazelnut and walnut), some light fruits (cherry and strawberry), tobacco, chocolate, toasted bread, floral hops and alcohol. The mouthfeel is a bit light (even for just a plain brown ale), with light carbonation and drinkability is good for the abv. An interesting beer, but the finish was a bit watery and the flavor didnt really deliver like i hoped...but drinkable and tasty nonetheless.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Photo of aleyeast
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured in standard pint glass

color is fairly brown, little bit of light passing, probably some red hue if in a narrower serving glass

aroma is caramel, but not too overpowering or distinct

taste is not as cloying as I feared, carmael and light chocolate flavors, probably maple in there as well, definitely sweet, but not too hard to get through

Probably wouldn't search this one out again, I was drawn to the Imperial on the label, but a decent quaff. Also, one is probably enough in a session.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - brownish amber pour, it doesn't look like it wants to build up a head, so I lift the bottle up to make some noise. I get maybe a finger, no more, of light creamy head, quick-lived and light in the lacing. About right for the style but lots of room for improvement.

Aroma - brown sugar aroma, caramel malt, and a bit of metal. Nothing's really jumping out at me, but I am having a Froot Loops flashback moment from the sweetness, sugary and slight fruity background scents. Not a bad way to go but it has me wondering...

Taste - big and chocolatey, turning into a mix of crystal malt and maple syrup. A slight buzz of bitterness shows up about the same time as a warm wave of alcohol. The alcohol wins, leaving the balance well to the sweet side, but I'm not complaining. Bottled 10/18/04, best by date would be 2/18/05, so I'm 5 months late, that may explain a bit of metal in the taste as well. (So enjoy promptly I suppose...) The aftertaste is warm, roasty and pleasant, like Kahlua.

Mouthfeel - if my tardiness to drink this cost the taste some points, they make it up here. The smoothness is nice, medium body and carbonation are on target, and the alcohol is tempered well, blending in instead of coming across hot and raw.

Drinkability - if I see this again, I'll try it within 4 months. I enjoyed this beer, if you prefer the maltier, sweeter side of beer, this one'll do you proper.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was an alright brew. I wasn't really expecting much from a beer that calls itself an Imperial Nut Brown Ale, but nonetheless I had to try it. I suppose it lived up to its low expectations at the least.

Pours to a dark brown with a slight ruby hue. Very opaque, but not completely impenetrable to light. The head is off-white and rises to a good inch and a half but recedes to a centimeter in minutes leaving a spotty lacing in its wake. Looks good enough.

The smell is a bit sweet with caramel and toffee. Even a light hop. Not too particularly aromatic, as you have to really try to coax any smell out of it.

The taste is a bit roasty and dry with some chocolate and caramel malty notes. Nutty and earthy. Only lightly sweet up front, then dries out quickly.

Fairly light bodied. A decent beer, but not something I'll buy again.

Photo of wcudwight
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin head that doesn't last. It did have some beautiful spiderweb lacing though. Smell was sweet with some nuttiness. The maple syrup that was mentioned on the bottle did make it in the smell, but only faintly. This is a very tasty brown ale. The taste is dominated by sweet malts. There is some nice nutty, and syrupy taste to balance it out. My favorite part is the warm alcohol finish. The alcohol is not overpowering as Tommyknocker hides it well, but there is just enough to give it a very nice finish. The mouthfeel is good as well as the drinkability. This certainly isn't a session brew because of the sweetness and 9.8%, but it is very drinkable. One of the most drinkable high abv beers I'v had.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had the bottled version of this beer in a beer tasting event. It pours a nutty brown murky color with a fair amount of carbonation but little head that quickly disappears. It a neat beer with an unusual flavor and feel. It has a smooth maple flavor that has a zestyness to it due to the carbonation. It’s unusual and drinkable but a little sweet to drink all the time. I would try other beers from this brewery to see if they are as intriguing.

Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown/mahogony with alight an head that dropped of quickly. Bubbles continously rose from the bottom as if coming from natural spring. Head retention and lacing were poor

Smell: Malt seetness and maple syrup, no pancakes or bacon though

Taste: Maple sweetness, dryness, maltiness, alcohol the bourbon-like notes with more dryness in the finish

MF: Actually felt a little thin and prickly

Drinkable enough, I had previous bottles that tasted better, but maybe buds were altered from drinking other beers prior on those occasions. Somewhere between this imperial nut brown and their regular brown is a very good beer (Say something between 6.5-7.5 ABV?)

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Imperial Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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