Maple Nut Brown Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Maple Nut Brown AleMaple Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A touch of Maple Syrup is added to each barrel of our award winning Maple Nut Brown Ale to impart a roasted sweetness. This addition balances the nut flavor produced by Munich, caramel and chocolate malts used in the brewhouse, producing a drinkable brown ale.

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Photo of tjd112
4.92/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith nonic

Appearance - Really dark brown with finger white head, well-laced

Smell - Maple syrup

Taste - Maple syrup, with some nuts, toffee, and chocolate

Mouthfeel - Dangerous smooth, but medium bodied

Drinkability - Very

Overall - A new favourite

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Photo of Portertime
4.92/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yum! If you love sweet maple syrup you'll love this beer. It had a smooth maple goodness that wasn't too rich. It's smell reminded me of when I used to sit under maple trees when I lived in Chicago. Even it's milk chocolate brown color made me want to have this beer with a warm short stack.

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Photo of badjohnwad
4.84/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, if you don't like the taste of maple syrup, then this beer is just not for you. If you do in fact like maple syrup, then drink up my friends. This beer is a very smooth drink, and I found that i finished a six pack before i even got comfortable in my bar stool. Wonderful maple syrup aroma and just the right amount of syrup added to still taste like a beer. One of my personal favorites. A must drink for Maple Syrup fans everywhere. I also find that you may need to swirl the bottle for the best taste as the syrup tends to settle at the bottom. A delight from the Tommyknocker collection.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
4.48/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type Sampled: 12 fl. oz. brown crown to bottle. Bottle features brewed on date.

Appearance: Pours a nutty brown in color. Thin head, diminishing quickly into a nice lace. Very clear for a darker beer.

Smell: Roasted caramel malt, coffee, ting of maple syrup.

Taste: slightly sweet from the start, mild maple and soy sauce. Very malty. Lots of nutty notes. The presences of hops are subtle.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. This is a very smooth beer; even the carbonation just lightly brushes the tongue.

Drinkability: Great. This is a perfect session beer. I could find my self enjoying a few of these in the pub.

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Photo of danadeny
4.42/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark brown body, in certain angles it looks like a dark amber. Pours a nice off white head. Smells like a malt lover's dream. Very rich and sweet smelling. Not much for hop aroma though. Wow, taste is very very ballanced. The front is sweet and malty, toasted malt, with a hint of maple sugar. I think I can taste more maple in the after taste as well. Little to no hops are detectable, making this beer extremely smooth and balances (dangerously good). Mouthfeel is watery and refreshing; this could actually get the job done on a hot day. And drinkability is very good due to a lack of bitterness on the finish, all that sugary flavor up front, and refreshing mouthfeel.

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Photo of billybob
4.38/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a medium to dark brown with a nice two finger tan head that holds well and a good lacing to the finish. faint smells of maple and nuts and toasted malt. really liked the added maple syrup but thought it was a little weak, but a very nice combination with the nut and toasted malt flaver. mouthfeel very smooth with good carbonation. drinkability? can't wait to get more.

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Photo of RobertColianni
4.36/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown on the edges, medium brown in the center. Khaki head. Thin head.

S: Dark chocolate; cocoa, dark malts smell somewhat similar to coffee, obviously.

T: Honestly, ever time I take a sip, I think of a snickers bar. You get that full, nutty, caramel, and cocoa taste. Excellent all around. Nothing is overwhelming. It's all light, but the cocoa is there and the smoothness and mouthfeel really make everything seem spot on to biting into a snickers bar.

M: Soft, smooth, and nicely carbonated. Slightly dry, but very refreshing.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a thin brown head that dissipates instantly. Leaves a nice, creamy lacing.

Smell - Maple syrup, very malty, and some chocolate.

Taste - Has a very nice maple sweetness to it.. with some toffee and roasted malts. Somewhat of a nutty character too.

Mouthfeel - Has a medium/heavy body with low carbonation. Has a nice, creamy texture to it..

Overall - I've never had another ale like this one.. It's great.

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Photo of Ritch
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Color is amazing dark brown-red color with a long lasting cream colored head with even longer lasting lacing. Taste is perfect for a cool Fall evening (or cooler than usual August we've been having in the mid-Atlantic). Not overbearing and little aftertaste but being a nut brown lover, the initial taste is magnificent. I find this refreshing and pairs well with steak or some nice hickory smoked pork chops.
This is the beer I would take camping and have several by an open fire.

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Photo of wac9
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

what awonderful tasting beer looks great in the glass a slight taste of maple but whAT a great tasteing beer a great brown ale find it drink not hoppy so happy about that wonderful enjoy a smooth taste goes down easy this is a sexy looking beer a beer that puts a smile on your face

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For some reason I was in the mood for pancakes with dinner, this had the flavor to appease my need.
It's a pretty medium brown beer with a small amount of tan head. Low carbonation. The aroma is slightly nutty with sweet malts. The taste is a bit nutty at first then the maple kicks in after a few seconds. The maple is not overpowering, it's very nice. The finish is very smooth. The body was about perfect for a brown. This is definitely a repeat buy.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.32/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a deep reddish brown, no head.. just a small amount of bubbles around rim of glass. smells of roasted coffee beans and hazelnut, tobacco. slightly buttery scents.. this really smells like a meal, and it's making me hungry. FEED ME SEYMOUR!
ooh! definitely getting the nutty buttery taste! definitely tasting maple syrup. holy shit this is GOOD. it tastes like pecan waffles with a shit ton of syrup poured all over them. why does this have such a low rating??
light body light carbonation.. not much going on in this aspect honestly..
overall as a brown ale, it's kind of a bland looking ale with a watered down mouthfeel.. but honestly this is the best tasting brown ale i've ever had. nutty, syrupy.. it is perfect in that aspect (definitely 100% what the name of the beer suggested). when it comes down to it, i feel that the biggest aspect is taste and smell, and it does win you over in that sense.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is an amber brown with a ruby hue. The light cream colored head dissipates to a film with light sticky lacing. Smells of sweet maple and malts. The taste is perfectly balanced, with a slight sweet maple overtone that covers the biscuity, nutty amber core. The mothfeel is medium to light bodied, a tad watery and very drinkable.

Overall, I love this brown ale. The low AVB is awesome, and this beer doesn't over-do it like some other brewers ... the maple is just enough to get the point across. A good representation for the style.

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Photo of prodgerm
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is one of those finds that a devoted beer drinker stumbles on to from time to time (especially in a state such as Pennsylvania, where we have to really look for good beer.) A bit sweet at first taste but with just enough hops to balance the rich malt. I had a bottle at a local Pub and ran to the only beer distributor who carried Tommyknocker and bought a case.
Try this beer if you like a full bodied; somewhat sweet, but very drinkable beer.

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Photo of bastardface
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was told about Tommyknocker from an individual tha wanted to have it kept in my bar. Needless to say I had to try it out first. I got it in a bottle and it was made in July of this year. It does taste a little flat but it is still pretty tasty. The coor when you pour is medium brown in color, almost sandy. The smell is sweet and desirable. The taste is more a fruity taste than maple. The nutty flavor really stands out to me. This beer is pretty damn goodand easy to drink, almost too easy.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.17/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Three Philosophers mini-snifter. Back bottle label notched 07 June 11.

Appearance - Brown body. Clear but dark. Small tan head.

Smell - Roasted nutty malt. Coffee.

Taste - Roasted nutty malt. Slight coffee. Well balanced. Slightly bitter and astringent.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Somewhat spritey, but smooth.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty decent. No off characters. Very drinkable.

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Photo of benloho
4.16/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful session beer that you could gulp over and over again. The maple sweetness blends beautifully with the nutty flavor and is wonderfully drinkable. Pairs great with breakfast food or after a day of skiing or snowshoeing or around a campfire.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never knowing what you get from Tommyknocker (sometimes wonderful, but sometimes lackluster), this Brown Ale shows a lot of promise. Starts with a creamy, nutty, chocolate-ey, malty flavor and develops into a lightly tart, sweet, thinning body in the finish. The maple syrup adds a lot of sweetness, tartness, nuttiness, and accentuates the chocolate malts. Never thick, but remains creamy and finishes a little lighter than expected. Leaves a little residual sugar on the toung and a hint of twangy fermentedness. Not overly complex, yet pleasant and nice. I look forward to having another.

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Photo of Tone
4.12/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color with some lighter amber hues along the edges of the glass. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells strongly of roasted malt up front, even strong hints of coffee, and some slight cream sweetness. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is really smooth and slightly chewy with an average carbonation level. Tastes very sweet first, then the roasted malts come through, then some coffee notes and some sweet malt, decent hop background, and it finishes with a blend of flavors that is really pleasing. Overall, this is a great beer full of flavors and really easy to drink, can't understand why it's rated so low!

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Photo of roddwolff
4.11/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once served in my goblet "Gouden Carolus":

A: Dark brown color, chocolate type, ephemeral foamy head, acceptable lacing;

S: Sweet, Malt with nutty and maple syrup essences, feels like walnut-like gruel;

T: Malt dominates with nuts, nuts and lot of nuts, and some biscuits, i dont notice the maple syrup;

M: Sharp, bitter sweet, medium body, high carbonation and thick consistency;

D: Amazing if you like nuts.

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Photo of fragilehearted
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. I like sweet malty beers, and a brown w/ maple syrup sounds delicious. It's Thanksgiving, and I've already indulged in food, so why not beer? Let's do this.

A - 1 inch head, clear brown...head goes down to ring/cover, already clinging to the glass as it goes down. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - yep, maple. Sweet, nutty, dark & malty...pretty much what I was expecting. No hops, no bitterness.

T - sweet, follows the nose. Maple, caramel, malty, coffee...also as expected. No complaints; I read the label when I bought it.

M - Like their Imperial Brown, I feel this is a tad under-carbonated. A little thin, too. But otherwise, really smooth, can't feel any booze at all.

D - I liked it, but I'd prefer it to be a little more carbonated. I don't mind finishing out this sixer, but I sure won't do it in this evening. It's great, but it's really sweet, and I just don't want a ton of that all at once.

If you like maple syrup, you'll probably like this. If you don't like maple syrup, don't bother. I love a good brown w/ a twist, so I wasn't disappointed. But if you read the label on this beer and end up hating this beer, maybe you should check your reading skills. =)

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, medium-brown color, no head or lacing

S: Nothing stands out on the nose

T: Maple yumminess, not overly sweet, toffee, yeast, straw. None of the flavors pop, they are just there but are there nicely in a creamy way.

M: Medium carbonation, the light flavors make this very easy on the mouth.

D: Very drinkable. If I had to, I could drink alot of this, however, prefer more flavorable beers.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

"Best By" date of 8-13-12, enjoyed in a pint glass on 4-24-12.

Brew pours a clear mahogany under a fairly persistent head. A sweet and crisp aroma of toasted biscuity malt yields notes of milk sweetness, light cocoa, maple and roasted nut. Letting this warm to a cool temperature from the fridge before drinking truly accentuates the flavors and mouth feel that I'd hoped for in what the bottle proclaims. I think I'll give this another go...with a loaded bacon cheese burger.

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Photo of Puddleglum
4.09/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid Nut Brown Ale. I was a little leary because of the Maple aspect and figured it would taste the way flavored coffee does. To my surprise it didn't. The appearance was a nice translucent brown with a meager head. The aroma was malty with aa hint of Maple as was the flavor. It tasted like it had been burtonized possibly which I really think truly gives it the mouthfeel and flavor I appreciate in an English Brown Ale. All in all I enjoyed it even the Maple was quite pleasant at the level it was at.

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Photo of xare
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance was dark brown with tinges of honey at the edges with a thin white head that dissipated rather quickly. Didn't look like much at first look.

Smell was somewhat like a light aroma emanating from a bottle of maple syrup and a bit of nuttiness. Apart from making me crave pancakes - it was very nice.

Taste is of a light maple sweetness mixed with a bit of roasted nuttiness. Can definitely taste some toasted malt. The more I drank it, the more the maple syrupiness moved to the background and the light nuttiness came out. It was a very nice blend of flavors although it was all on the light end. Not really a robust flavor profile but that's a good thing sometimes. I was hoping for something big here, judging by the label.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Nothing else jumps out to mind either good or bad. So it gets an average score.

Drinkability was excellent. I kept thinking to myself, "This beer isn't even that good". And in a few minutes, I had polished off the bottle without knowing it. That light flavor contributes to the huge drinkability. I'll definitely pick up some more bottles of this when I'm in the mood for something maple-flavored.

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