Maple Nut Brown Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Maple Nut Brown AleMaple Nut Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States
tommyknocker.com

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.

Added by kbub6f on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
929
Reviews:
437
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
15.84%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
90
For Trade:
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Ratings: 929 |  Reviews: 437
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ya know what? i liked this one. a very unconventional nut brown. pours a somewhat couldy brown color with an average head. smells like maple, but is it real maple or aunt jemima's? smells almost too sweet to be real maple, but the label says it is. taste is a bit malty and caramel, with a maple sugar essence on the back end. cant complain, its drinkable and enticing with a medium body. the sweetness keeps it from being too sessionable, but its a nice fall beer.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Where's the maple? Just a standard brown ale here, nothing too spectacular about it. The label says there's a maple taste, as does the name, but I can't taste it one bit. At least that would have made this one unique. I would drink this again if handed to me but if I had a choice in a beer store for a six pack.. this one wouldn't be very high.

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Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a small beige head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of maple syrup in the nose; you really need put your nose into the glass to smell it.
T: The initial taste has flavors of nutty malts and notes of maple syrup become apparent towards the aftertaste. There is a slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The use of maple syrup as an ingredient is quite interesting because it was done in a subtle way and doesn’t prominently stand out in the smell or taste.

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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 kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle into (real) pint glass in high altitude Denver, CO.

A: Pours a dark brown non-transparent colour with a three finger head of decent retention and thickness. The head is a bit tan. Generally appealing.

Sm: Nutty but a bit dormant. The barley is masked. Unpronounced but not unpleasant.

T: Clean open to maple/nut body (shocker!) with a nicely nutty finish. Better than the smell and better than expected.

Mf: Too smooth, too wet.

Dr: Not bad at this price range, but better beers can be had in this style.

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3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear dark amber color with an unfortunate head that quickly disappears with only a few strands of lace clinging to the glass

Smell: Nutty and bready, with a hint of maple

Taste: Starts out rather sweet, with a maple sugar aspect to the malt flavors and the sweetness continues to build by mid-palate; just a hint of bitterness appears after the swallow, but the sweetness dominates from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although it is too sweet for my tastebuds and lacks any balancing complexity, it is not unpleasant to drink and should appeal to those who may like a sweet, malty and slightly off-kilter brew

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a dark brown color with no head and no lacing.

S - It smelled of maple. There was a sugary sweet aroma. A nutty smell, too.

T - It tasted of maple and nut. Also, a roasted malt flavor.

M - It was soft and creamy. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This was my first from Tommyknocker. It was good, but nothing too impressive. I'm looking forward to trying the ButtHead and Pick Axe.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of superspak
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 4/2/2012. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a good 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toasted malt, biscuit, light chocolate, roasted nut, and maple syrup. Some decent aromas that are on the weak side. Taste of toasted malt, caramel, maple, roasted nut, and a touch of herbal hops. A surprising lack of flavor here, but it isn’t offensive. Really dry finish; but some lingering notes of caramel and maple for a few seconds. Light-medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable as expected, with no alcohol noticed at all as expected for 4.5%. Some good flavor balance for what is present. Overall this is an ok beer. Not offensive by any means, but it really is lacking in the flavor department. I wanted it to be much more robust than what was offered.

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Photo of mothman
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Color is a clear mahogany amber. Thin head that leaves no lace.

The aroma is of heavy maple, but it is absolutely amazing. There are also some sugar and nut smells. Slight alcohol aroma as well. Taste is over powered on sugar and maple. Very malty. Some slight grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Leaves a very sticky aftertaste. Decently carbonated.

Overall, this is an easy to drink beer. A great session beer, but I would rather have something more complex or hoppy.

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep chestnut body rests beneath a thin veil of white foam that dissipates readily and leaves no more than a smattering of tiny spotted lace. But the aroma is more impressive than the appearance with a nutty, toasted graininess and sweetish maple syrup. The body is medium, and the carbonation is quite restrained, allowing the sweetness to come through. Maple syrup definitely contributes to the flavor - at least in its sweetness, but the main component is the very nice nutty, toasty, caramelish and slightly chocolatey malt base beneath. Hops are downplayed, and leave just a subliminal bitterness and no flavor whatsoever. It finishes as might be expected, with some residual malt and a clearer note of maple syrup than is evident prior. Surprisingly, however, it's not cloying. It's interesting, somewhat complex, and drinkable although I think it needs to be reserved as a specialty beer because beyond one serving the sugars do tend to start to build on the palate. Still, very nice indeed!

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3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated April 2011 served in a pint glass.

Pours a murky mahogany (aka Grade B maple syrup) with a small and irregular tan head. Leaves decent lacing on the glass. A very small amount of sediment on the bottom of the bottle (added).

Aroma is hard to de-construct, but features roasted grains, some spiciness (hops?) and something sweet and attractive (but not clearly identifiable as maple). ... Aroma (and taste) improve with some warming, and the maple syrup then appears in the nose as well as the flavor.

Taste - A good roasted (mostly chocolate) malt flavor; a bit of the maple actually comes through in the flavor: very nice if rather faint. Has a fine finish and aftertaste. Perhaps a bit too sweet, but I'm more than willing to have that to get the maple flavor component; still, the sweetness keeps my rating here from going higher.

M - near medium body: a tad too thin; carbonation is light-medium; near creamy, yet with a slightly dry finish.

O - I've had this before but this bottle seems MUCH better than I remember. This is certainly an above average beer from Tommyknocker. Easy recommendation for people like me who love both beer and maple syrup.

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, nuts, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with mild flavors of maple, caramel and nuts. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character follows along with a mild but complementary hops presence creating a decent balance. There's also a faint touch of smokiness in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, although there are several others in the style that are better this is still a decent beer to drink for a while.

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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -12%

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Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.41 out of 5 based on 929 ratings.
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