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 RushLimbmalt
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is very dark for a brown ale. It had a small white head that disappeared quick. It does smell good... Way better than the beer tastes. The maple aroma with the malts they use is quite pleasing. The taste is a bit watery and the maple syrup overpowers the beer in a bad way and when you mix in the fact that Tommyknocker brews have such a thin body the beer becomes almost undrinkable. I had high hopes for this brewer, but so far I am unimpressed.

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Photo of clvand0
3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was the first of the Tommyknocker beers that I actually enjoyed drinking. Pours a brown color with a small head that quickly dies off and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a maple smell along with a malty backing and a small bit of hops. The flavor is very clean with a bit of roasted and maple. It's not great, but it's one of the best I've had from this company.

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Photo of cokes
2.11/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Fuzzy dark tan. A yellowed head explodes and sticks around as a collar.
Nose of dead leaves and burnt maple, undermined by a forceful metallic astringency.
Begins mighty sweet. Candied cherries, brown sugar, and lightly toasted maple. Gains some backbone and dryness via grain and nutty hues. Sweetness lingers and the cherry hues turn slightly sour. Hopping is a nonfactor. Flavor on the whole is muted, and what's here is not very attractive.
Thin and weak bodied.
This is a chore to drink.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown with only hints of reddish light coming through to show that its not black. There is no head to speak of. The nose is somewhat weak but is roasted with chocolate. The flavor is a little weak for me. There is chocolate and some of the maple sweetness coming through with the slightest hint of hop at the finish. I'd prefer more flavor andof a hop finish that this brings. The beer is lighter in my mouth that I would expect as well, it's only moderately thick. It just seems a bit lacking. This would be an easy beer to put a few away, but I would go for other brown's with more flavor over this one. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of nortmand
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very average beer, though worth trying.
Appearance is deep brown, with a tan-white head.
Very subtle maple smell, dominated by roast and metallic smell.
Metal carries over to flavor, with roastiness and little actual roast flavor.
Mouthfeel is average, not too much on either side of the scale, fairly balanced.
Would drink again, but would not seek out after trying once.

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Photo of chaduvel
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark red/brown color with a rich off-white to tan head. Smell is of sweet malts and toasted nuts. Also touches of maple syrup. Taste is mellow, yet flavorful with some toasted malts and a hint of hops/bitterness. Quite sweet, with a medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Would be good poured over some ice cream.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
2.92/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a dark amber almost bordering on a cherry color. It poured with little or no head that quickly dissapated to the occasional bubble.

The smell was lightly sweet with just a hint of spice. I had to let this beer warm considerably and aggitate it just to get this amount of aroma.

It started very bland with just a touch of malt and a hint of maple. The middle was clean and watery just as the finish. Left a lingering taste of maple at the finish

This beer, even though bland, was very refreshing and would be great on a hot summer day. Still it left alot to be desired.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep amber hue, with a thin-ring head that will vanish, but maintain some patchy lacing throughout. Initial appearance is clumpy. A sweet and nutty, perhaps maple syrup detected on the nose. Up front, a defining maple syrup sweetness is thrashing on the palate, medium bodied. Perhaps some caramel notes, some malt backbone, an overwhelming sourness throughout. A smooth, residual free palate; yet the overpowering sweet-sour twanginess is too much to make this drinkable; not bad, but for the style, a bit out of line.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Maple Nut Brown poured a dark brown with red highlights. It had a smallish head with tiny bubbles that quickly dissipated to a thin film. It had a subtle malty, nutty nose with some maple thrown in. It has a nice full bodied malty, maple taste...maybe a tad too sweet though. This is a very drinkable beer that I like to order all the time.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Photo of Ellbert
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The apperance of this was okay. It was nice and brownish red with a little head. It smelled of caramel and sweet malt. It tasted a little off. Kind of like a stale malt sweetness. It was okay. I couldn't drink many of these in one setting. A little dissapointed.

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

Deep dark brown color. Off-white thin head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Moderate smells of maple syrup, and hazelnut. Toasted malts break through too. Overall very inviting smell. Taste was marked by a highly charged carbonation lots of bubbles to start, seemed to keep the flavors in check. Some maple syrup and chocolate, hints of hazelnut. The label made me think it would be more maple syrup and more nutty. Toasted malts finish up, An slightly better than average brown ale. Drinkable yes, I guess I was expecting a little more. Not as full bodied and flavorful as the Brooklyn Brown Ale I had recently. Not in the same class as the Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar.

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

Transparent brown on the pour with a modest frothy head that is a light tan color, the lace adequate to cover the glass. Nose is maple syrup sweet, fresh and inviting, nicely malted and a bit too sweet for my liking, top is rather thin. Finish mellow on the carbonation, hops adequate and the sweetness carries to the slightly dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, but not a big hit with me. Tommyknockers had a brewpub here, but closed down, and mores the pity as I found some of their beers quite enjoyable, especially on tap.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 1 May 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearnce: This is a clear reddish brown color.
Mouthfeel: This beer has a disappointingly thin body.
Flavor: It is slightly sweet.
Aroma: It has a slight Nutty aroma.
Maple flavors come thru as it rises to cellar temp. Close, but no cigars. This one has potential, if it had a bit more body

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Photo of TheDM
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a small head of light brown bubbles and a semi-transparent brown body. It has a very nice semi strong malt aroma and fizzy smoky harsh taste that is a little weak. Very nutty with only a fair lacing. Strange taste in this not really to my liking.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Standard 12 oz. brown bottle with freshness date (I’m about 5 months late, been saving this for a while)
Aroma: Dark malt nose with no hops noted. Bouquet is weak.
Appearance: Deep red that’s opaque unless backlit. Good clarity with a quickly dissipating thin tan head. Did manage to lightly lace the glass.
Flavor: No hops noted in the taste either, but enough to moderately balance the sweet malt. I got a hint of the maple in the aftertaste, but not as strong as I had hoped (I like maple syrup). Only the slightest of warming
Mouthfeel: Texture is smooth, light; very light considering the malt. Almost watery.
Overall Impression: If you aren’t a big dark beer fan, this is probably a good introduction to heavier beers. Might be a good beer to start to educate your Coors Light drinking friends.

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

Pours reddish-brown in color with an off-white head. Aroma consists of caramel malt, maple and grain. Mouthfeel is thinnish and somewhat watered down. Maple flavor is quite noticable in taste and adds a definite sweetness to the beer. Toasted malt and hints of nut add more dimension. Finish is somewhat husky and a bit dry at times. Not bad overall, but after a couple the sweetness becomes too much. Not a great session beer.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale poured a creamy medium tan head with small-medium bubbles. There was some carbonation observed with this ale. There was very little lacing on the sides of my glass. The body was brown in color. I thought the taste was a little tart and bitey which I did not care for at all. I could not acquire a good taste for this brew.

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Photo of aaronh
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a medium brown color with a decent off white head that shows very good retention and leaves a thick sheeting on the glass. From a distance, the maple syrup aroma is evident. Upon taking a deep whiff, the maple syrup note is more of a light brown sugar note atop a hint of malt. Not much of a hop prescence in the aroma. The taste is a bit funky and seems like two beers/beverages in one, sort of a Jekyll and Hyde of beers. There's a nice brown ale wanting to come out, but a friggin wine cooler keeps pushing him back in. The maple notes seem artificial and overlayed atop a nice nut brown ale. There's almost a tartness on the finish, with a bit of hop bittering. The mouthfeel is smooth, but nothing special. The drinakbility is a little poor, becuase I know there's a good beer under here, but it seems like they tried to do too much with the flavor. Good idea, bad result. Newcastle meets Bartles & James. Huh. And the labels look so nice. I need to learn to fight these impulse buys.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin head that stayed around for a while. Color is dark brown, root beer like. Good lace. This bottle was labled "enjoy with in 4 months of 12/02", it is now 5/03. Aroma is malt maple. Taste of chocolate, nut, maple, and malt with just a bit of hop. It could use a tiny bit more hoppiness. Fairly well balanced. Nice mellow aftertaste - it left me wanting another. Extreamly drinkable. I found it to be quite tasty and very enjoyable. I will purchase this one again.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Notes from a trip to Colorado and Wyoming - May 2002 Purchased in Loveland, CO

Color is a deep brownish gold, very little head produced. Smell was light, slight tones of roasted nut and caramel malts, molasses and maple notes, but is faint. Taste is good, smooth roasted sweetness and caramel malty, medium to light body, slight hint of maple or molasses, maybe some vanilla, chocolate malt as well. Good nut dryness and flavor. Not bad at all, I liked it quite a bit. Its a little light as far as feel, but drinkable.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

As seems to be usual with this brewery, a violent pour produces a small head. This one is off-white and collapses immediately with some clean lacing. The beer is dark brown.

The smell is very roasty and nutty with a tiny bit of caramel and a tiny bit of coffee. I can't find any maple.

The beer starts with roasty toffee giving way to more rounded roasty malty. The finish has hints of chocolate and minimal hops. The aftertaste is nutty and fresh. I kind of like this beer. I didn't taste any maple, though.

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Photo of Morris729
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown amber color with a thick and bubbly tan colored head that fades into a wispy lace with a heavy ring of bubbles around the walls of the glass. Nose is roasted malts and milk chocolate. Thin in body and a bit watery. Taste is sweet roasted chocolaty malts, light caramel, and maple syrup up front followed by a nutty pecan-like flavor. A touch of mild hops are present in the end, but the finish is dominated by malts. A decent brown ale but nothing special. A thicker mouthfeel would help this brew quite a bit.

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Photo of kwill
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown that looks like it could be a good nut ale. Head started off about at about a half inch but quickly disappeared into a little white lace around the edge.

Smell is definitely an amber beer with a little hint of nut flavors. Taste is just like the smell implies - an amber beer with just a little bit of nut flavor. Beer seems a little watery as it disappears quickly from the mouth with very little aftertaste.

Not a bad beer overall, but I probably won't buy this one again as there are other nut ales that are much better (Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale or Rogue Hazelnut for instance).

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.06/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: "Cartoonish" label on a 12oz. amber bottle. According to the stamping, I was supposedly enjoying this beer within the 4 month date stamped on the bottle.

Appearance: Medium-dark brown in color with a sickly head.

Smell: I suspected something was up when I smelled this. It had a sour aroma. No nut-like smells whatsoever.

Taste: The first (of only a few) sips confirmed my suspicions. I think I had a bad bottle. It just tasted sour. I had expected at least some of the nutty/maple flavor to make an appearance, but nothing happened. It is interesting to note how many other reviewers have said the same thing...

Mouthfeel: How good can sour beer feel?

Drinkability: Only a few sips for this one. I will have to get another bottle and see if the results are better.

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