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 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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Photo of phishsihq
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brew pours clear, and is almost the color of maple syrup (go figure!). A short-lived off white head leaves very spotty lace. Aromas of caramel, nuts, and maple syrup dominate, with just a hint of hops noticeable. The flavors follow the nose almost precisely, with caramel malt flavors providing a sweetness that lingers into maple flavors and a light hop bitterness in the finish. Medium in both body and carbonation, Maple Nut is a delectable brown ale enhanced by the syrupy sweetness.


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Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at a hotel in Aurora, Colorado. The pour is a handsome looking dark amber with reddish hues and a moderate light tan head that lingers and becomes a ring.

The aroma is of smoked, roasted dark malts, caramel sweetness, maple, and coffee, It reminded me more of a Porter.

The body was smooth and medium

The taste was highlighted by light maple sweetness and caramel malts with a slightly moderate bitterness. But I would call it sweeter on the whole.

This was an easy drinking beer and the maple was not overpowering which helped me enjoy it more.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (best by Dec 3, 2012) poured into a Shaker Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear dark copper on the table, ruby red when held up to the light. Light tan thin head upon pouring died back to just a ring and the occasional island of lacing.

Smell: Almost no smell at all. Barest hint of something sweet with a really deep inhale.

Taste: What this beer lacks in aroma it makes up for in taste. Admittedly I have a sweet tooth, but I found the mix of toffee, maple syrup, caramel malt, and tiny chocolate notes very nice. The beer finishes with a mild bitter finish - bitterness from a mix of roasted malt and light hop bitterness. A sweet beer, but not cloying. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, juice like thickness. Works well here.

Overall / Drinkability: A very tasty beer and very sessionable to boot. I could easily have another by itself but I find with food the beer really works. I've had it with Burgers and it was fantastic, and with pulled pork BBQ it works well again. Not a perfect combination with the BBQ, but still good. Definitely glad I got the 6 pack of this when I saw it. A bit disappointing in the aroma dept, but still quite good overall.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.35/5  rDev +27.9%
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 Nerudamann
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - medium brown in color, with about two fingers' worth of light tan-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - malty, with a strong essence of caramel or chocolate...probably just from the general "nut" aroma.

Taste - Also a very malty/nutty type of taste, which makes sense given the type. There's almost a worty type of quality to it. But in general the essential qualities of a nut brown are good and well-met.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but slightly on the creamier side.

Overall - not extremely intriguing, but not dull either, and still very good-tasting.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass. It has a nice dark, rich brown body with a small beige head that doesn't stay up to long. The smell is rich of maple notes and brown sugar and roaste malt. The taste is rich of toasty malt with a nice flavor of maple syrup not a lot of spice though. The mouth feel is really smooth and doesn't leave a after taste. Overall this is a really good bronw ale

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. Best by date 8.6.12... guess it's a good thing I pulled it out of the fridge today.

Look- Deep brown with ruby highlights. Vigorous pour leaves only a half finger of beige foam that falls to nothing after a few seconds. Leaves a few streaks of lace.

Smell- Light sweet breadiness, sharp boozy edge, Maybe some raisin.

Taste- Nutty with a slightly sweet toffee-maple aftertaste. Faintest kick of spice just after the sip, but on the whole a mildly toasty sweet flavor. Gets a bit richer as it warms, but sweetness also builds and becomes a bit much after a while.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, medium body, light prickle from the moderate carbonation. Somewhat syrupy. One is enough for me.

Overall- No more or less than you'd expect from the name. Maple is evident and adds a bit of complexity to an otherwise pretty standard brown ale.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Served chilled.

A) Looks like a cola. Not much head at all, just a little collar. No lacing to report either.

S) Initially, not much on the aroma front. I let it warm up a bit, and things got more interesting. Certainly nutty, I was thinking salted pecans. You could also pick up that maple syrup. Pretty nice...

T) Followed the nose pretty well... Nutty, and definitely some nice maple syrup sweetness. The sweetness was not over done. The right amount of hops, keeps this nice and earthy at the finish.

M) A medium body and light carbonation work quite well here. Really a nice smooth brew, very easy to drink. Good mouthfeel...

O) Really pretty tasty... I would not turn this one down. In fact, I think it's my favorite Tommyknocker brew to date. Glad to recommend this beer.

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Photo of sommersb
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 07-30-2012
Freshness: Best by 08-27-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Schooner
Purchased: Single from Publix, Huntsville

A: Dark reddish-brown color, topped by a minimal tan head. Lacing is OK, with very little head retention.

S: Very nutty, plus toasted malts make for a sweet aroma.

T: Caramel and chocolate malts, plus nutty flavors. The maple syrup adds to the malt sweetness. Bitterness is low.

M: Body is light to medium and features moderate amounts of carbonation. The finish is lightly sweet and nutty.

O: A good rendition on a nut brown ale.

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Photo of u2carew
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head that quickly settles to nearly no lacing at all. Clear ruby brown colored body.
S) Malty sweet - toasty, hints of chocolate, caramel and port.
T) Malt forward. Toasty grains. Buttery. Some caramel notes, subtle hints of milk chocolate.
M) Fizzy. Medium light body. Metallic / slick tongue feel in the finish.
O) An alright brown ale. The "maple" is not very pronounced, if at all. I'd drink another one but not a brew I'd keep coming back to.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.32/5  rDev +27.1%
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 Phelps
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at Mellow Mushroom, poured into a shaker pint.

Shiny copper, like a new penny. Perfect clarity. The thin, half-inch head of fuzzy white, deposits thin strands of lace.

In the nose, there’s a good amount of caramel and burnt sugar, bright apple juice and some nuttiness. Sweet.

More earthiness in the flavor, with the same apple notes and more hops to balance. Soft nuts and biscuits are here as well, while bitterness lingers on the sides of the tongue. Toasted bread finish.

Nice. Mostly sweet, but very drinkable. Not exciting, but it does the trick.

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Photo of Crundy
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear cherry red color with a foamy off-white head, no lacing

S: very subtle smell, sweet maple smell, light malt aroma, slight nut smell, slight earthy aroma

T: nice sweetness that must come from the maple but it is reminiscent of molasses or toffee, very feint malt flavor, slight earthy flavor

M: very smooth and creamy, light bodied and mellow, not very carbonated but not flat either.

O: Its a surprising beer. Its a brown ale but it has very light flavors, it has a nice sweetness that is subtle but you know its there. not a lot of backbone to this beer. Very drinkable at 4.5% abv. Not one of my favorites but its pretty good.

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Photo of TCMike
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced a 1 1/2 finger tan head. Had a little lacing. Beer color is a translucent mahogany.
The aroma is of bread, nuts, and a hint of maple.
The taste is the same. Low hops, as with most browns. Medium mouth-feel, and a low-medium carbonation.
Easy drinking, and at 4.5% abv have another. Decent brown, but not in my top 5.

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Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.4 out of 5 based on 921 ratings.
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