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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 Minkybut
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice amber color. and poured a nice tan head. I was afraid of this one after tasting their imperial nut Brown which I did not like. This I must say is much better in my opinion and actually you can taste the beer and not the high ABV of the imperial. The beer had a nice maple taste and was really good. I will buy this one again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Happy hour at my house! However it comes with one caveat; you can't come! Only I, DoubleJ, can drink this Colorado mountain town brown ale, and there's 12 ounces. On to the beer:

I'm not sure if this is a brown ale or an orange amber ale. Okay, brown enough. On top is a short creamy head which yields spots of lace around the glass. The beer has a nutty aroma, a kiss of dry toffee, and more nuttiness.

The overall flavor is respectable while being easy to drink. Still a nutty forward brown ale, but with a little extra overall sweetness. Hazelnut, toffee, a very light hop bitterness, all along the flavored tasted. The beer is light bodied with soft carbonation, and a lingering nuttiness in the aftertaste.

Respect to Idaho Springs for this mountain town brown. It does the job of being flavorful and drinkable. Give this to a Newcastle Brown Ale lover.

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Photo of Suds
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a clear, chestnut brown beer. The head is fizzy and a bit thin. Nice malty, nutty scent. I didn't get much maple in the aroma, but there is a pleasant toast smell. A bit more maple comes out in the flavor. Semi sweet and malty. Medium in body. This is a better than average, enjoyable brew.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a thin buff head that makes an honest attempt to lace the glass. Clear brown color. Aroma is...maple with a hint of nuts and malt. Flavor is nutty, malty and slightly sweet with a crisp finish. light mouthfeel, not syrupy at all. Overall good quaff.

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Photo of benloho
4.16/5  rDev +22.4%
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 Cervezaconcalor
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 20oz pint glass

A - Dark gold in color with a quickly dissipating head

S - Maple syrup but a little off.

T - This beer really does give you what it advertises...Maple Syrup. I don't get a lot more out of it.

M - A nice medium creamy syrup feel.

O - This beer will go Great with breakfast. Buy a couple for next weekend's bacon and eggs.

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Photo of bmwats
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium brown. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Slight lacing.

S: Malt, a little oak, a little milk chocolate, butterscotch, and maple.

T: Maple sweetened malt grains. Fresh tea leaf.

M: Syrupy feel. Sweetness is kind of synthetic feeling and just off-base with the other components. Maybe a little too much... A little shallow and over carbonated feel.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Light bubbly head, slight lacing. Nose is malty and sweet. Malt grains, sweetened with what seems like a little too much maple. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick Notes

A - Deep Maroon, khaki head, solid lacing

S - Acorns and toasted malts, with some english yeast character.

T - Toasted bread, hints of maple, some subtle hard water/ english yeast character.

M - Medium bodied, dissipating finish with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

O - Solid brown ale, I was expecting a bit more maple.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - to use an analogy... looks like the last chick at the bar. At the beginning of the night, there is no way in hell. At closing time, you might as well!
Smell - I'm afraid to use the same analogy from above!
Taste - a little embarrassing, but I'll have another if there are no other options!
Feel - been there done that. Nothing knocks your socks off!
Overall - this is actually probably decent for the style, but I'm not a fan of the style, so I'm a bad judge.

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Photo of stanimal
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

True to style. Good head that dissipates quickly. Bubbles look uniform but lay a nice Brussels lace. The maple is subdued; not artificial tasting; subtle. Has kind of an earthy / meaty aroma and mouthful I wasn't expecting but like. A bit sweet as expected, but not heavy. Tastes more complex as it warms. Very easy drinking - I think I'll have another.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is plain, very little head (less than a 1/4 inch) and very little lacing. Color is deep brown with amber hues. The smell offers very little... there are faint hints of sweet malt and caramel and little else. The flavor actually improves on this a bit, with some burnt toast hints to begin, then some licorice, caramel and an aftermath of faint maple.
The body lacks a bit, with perhaps a tad too much carbonation, and ends a bit dryer than one would expect.

Overall, decent, but there are other browns that I'd prefer over this.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Best by date of October 2013

Poured a deep brown with amber tones. About 1 finger creamy head, which kept quite well, eventually reducing to a thin covering. Lacing was initially good, but about halfway through, ceased.

Smell was a whiff of the maple syrup, some nutty aromas, and sweet malt.

Taste, have to admit, I really like this as a session beer. (4.50abv) The sweetness is quite endearing, but still has that slightly sour bite of a brown ale.

Mouth is about medium, finish is where the maple really hits, a nice contrast to the roasted malt bite.

Overall, a good session beer for those who like their brown ales a tad on the sweet side.

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Photo of Ritch
4.33/5  rDev +27.4%
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 ahommell
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Poured in a pint as a deep brown color. Little to no head. What there was left small amount of lacing.
S: Grainy. Coffee. Hazelnut. I dont have any maple here.

T: Found the maple. Thick. Woody.

M: Feels thick. Leaves a lot of flavor and has a heavy component when it comes to aftertaste... I think I can still taste the coffee and maple.

O: I cannot say that this is a special beer, but is enjoyable. Brown beers have never been a favorite, but this one stands out in that respect.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A clear, medium brown, with a tan head that, while substantial at first, soon fizzled into a thin layer of film.

Smell: Maple sugar was present, but stronger were the smells of chocolate and roasted malt. While a low clean hop aroma helped to keep things a little less saccharine, I still had a feeling that I was in for too sweet a "treat." Nothing unique or tantalizing here--for me, the aroma was reminiscent of a typical chocolate malt porter.

Taste: At first the flavor was strangely bland, but then, like a curtain to a sideshow, it opened up to reveal a reckless helping of maple syrup backed by a chorus of chocolate flavors, as if more sweetness was called for. A faint spicy hops flavor couldn't quite save the show, but made a decent effort.

Mouthfeel: A light, silky smooth texture was both inconsistent with the style, and contributed to the initial lack of taste. Fortunately, high carbonation brought some more life and balance to the beer.

Overall: Methinks Tommyknocker took things a bit too far with this one. A smaller dose of maple could have made this interesting enough, and more hops and less chocolate may have helped to highlight the star flavor by adding more juxtaposition. A fuller mouthfeel was definitely called for in my opinion, especially considering the style guidelines surrounding this beer.

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Photo of Entropy501
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Good aroma, with a decent head. Sweet maple notes on the nose with a slight malt scent. The flavor was sweet but not too much, but the malt and hops were almost hidden. A little bit of a nutty flavor from the malt along with the maple flavor. A good nut ale. The mouth feel was light and the beer itself didn't weigh me down like some nut ales do, is a good summer nut ale.

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Photo of gleemonger
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep, reddish brown - almost like a cheap cola, with a very small offwhite head that disappears pretty quickly. Leaves pretty good lacing down the glass.

Slightly nutty, grainy, sweet malt aroma, with a little bit of fruit in the background - like a cross between a brown ale and a scotch ale. Not bad.

Very mellow version of the aroma. A balanced taste of nutty, slightly sweet malts with just the tiniest hint of maple at the back end. Nothing really jumps to the forefront, but pretty tasty.

Moderately heavy with very light carbonation - kind of feels like a scotch ale too. Not a bad feel, but not terribly refreshing or reminiscent of the style.

Not bad, I was hoping for something with a little more punch and creativity from the sound of it, and this was very subdued. But it's pretty good overall, and definitely better than the low average score I'm seeing on here I think, personally.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by March 25th, 2013 (A bit over a month old). Poured into Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: A nice, ruby brown color with a few particles floating around in there. A finger worth of head that doesn't last long, leaving minimal lacing.

Smell: Smells just like the name describes -- maple nut brown. Maple syrup is definitely in the nose, with nutty aromas, and the dark malts blend with it all nicely. The smell on this beer is solid.

Taste/feel: On the front, the maple sweetness comes through. Near the end it fades away, and the aftertaste is a somewhat nutty, sweet, malt flavor. It's not an exceptional beer, but it's still better than some seem to be giving it credit for. The first few sips gave me an iron-like aftertaste, but it has since gone away. The feel is pretty smooth with light-ish carbonation, making this an easy beer to drink quite a bit of.

Surprised by this beer, to be honest. It's not FANTASTIC, but it's a solid beer from a brewery I hadn't heard of before buying the bottle. It's a slightly above average nut brown ale with some characteristics of maple syrup. If that's your bag, definitely try it out. And considering I'm having this beer a month past its drink-by date, it could only (at least) be slightly better fresh. At a measly 20 IBUs, this could be a great beer for somebody that doesn't like to drink anything other than Bud Light because they think it all just tastes "bitter."

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Photo of wac9
4.33/5  rDev +27.4%
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 Chaney
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Magic Hat/Fox & Parrot pint glass that the owner gave me while my wife and I were on vacation in Gatlinburg, TN.

A: Poured deep, dark reddish-brown color, fairly clear in translucence, and with a slight sticky head.

S: Virtually nothing on the nose. WTF? Maybe some wet, soggy grain.

T: Okay, now there's more to write about. Lots of maple on this, but I'm missing some sort of hazelnut (or other nut) component to make this interesting.

M: The carbonation level was fairly low, but actually like that here. Lots of lacing left on the glass. Good.

O: Really, this isn't bad, but it's infinitely forgettable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Revisiting some Tommyknocker brown-ness now that they've apparently infiltrated the Chicagoland market. This one pours a clear sunrise garnet topped by a finger of relatively short-lived glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, light cashew (a hallmark of Tommyknocker, it seems), and a pinch of chocolate powder. Things are restrained, as though they don't really wanna be here, but their parents made them. It's character-building, of course. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some maple syrup, some vague and mild fruit tones pervading the background, and an even vaguer sense of mixed greens throughout. This would usually be a decent enough combination, but here the flavors don't meld well, they bicker and argue over who's gonna kill who, with nothing ever getting done in the end, much less anything truly tasty. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wetly fluid feel. Overall, an okay brown, but the flavors just don't work together, and things run a bit too thinly for their own good.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The TK maple nut brown ale is a decent brown ale and I would recommend it. The beer pours a deep brown with a slightly off white head that did not leave much lacing. The scent carried sweet caramel malt and hints of maple. The taste was a very nicely balance ale that was not overly sweet. The mouthfeel was medium to light body with smooth carbonation. Overall I thought it was a decent brown ale.

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Photo of KajII
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Suggesteed Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear dark amber brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown rocky head that steadily diminished down to a thin film and large collar, which produced good sticky lacing.

The aroma was kind of faint of a toasted chocolate malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel and maple syrup.

The taste was lightly sweet and a little malty with a mild caramel sweetness and a hint of chocolate early on, finishing mildly roasty with a slightly pronounced maple syrup presence towards the end. The flavor was short lived with the sweet roastiness fading quickly from the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a few steps above light in body and watery in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall I found this brew to be a bit light for a Brown Ale, although it did posses a good roasty taste and smooth drinkability, which makes it a perfect candidate for a session beer…


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Photo of DannyHartman
3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, an amber red/brownish brew appears with practically NO head, NO retention, and leaves hardly NO lacing.

I take a whiff, and the aroma isn't quite what I was expecting.... It does have a slight sweetness to it.... There is maple with some toffee, caramel, molasses, and nuttiness.

The best part of this beer is the taste.... You certainly get maple with toffee, caramel, nuts, and even a bit of coffee.

I'd say this is medium-bodied brew (at best) with little carbonation.... Pretty smooth and creamy.... Easy drink.

Overall, I'm not a big fan.... Not what I was expecting.

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Photo of circus_cat
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Very average looking. I guess it's nicely the color of maple syrup, reflecting its name and flavor profile, but it's not extremely inviting-looking. Not much head and what little there was disappeared quickly, leaving minimal lacing, and was creamy off-white. Reddish amber in color.

S: Not much--a little maple, a little toffee, some malt.

T: Taste is where it's at with this beer--which is what matters most in the end, right? Overwhelming toffee, a hint of hazlenut coffee au lait, butteriness, carmel maltiness, absolutely no bitterness. Some pecan. Its name describes it perfectly--they put nut in there for good measure :) Pleased with the taste.

M: Pretty thin, watery.

O: The taste redeems it to a certain degree but a good beer has more than one element. The mouthfeel almost messes up the taste because if how thin it is. If they could just beer this thing up from 4.5% and add a little oomph to the body, do something for the aroma, this thing would be awesome.

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Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.4 out of 5 based on 916 ratings.
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