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 TCMike
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown - ruby red highlights - with frothy tan head.

Smells of yest, nuts, and maple.

Maple flavor comes through in the sweet malt. Has nutty earth brown ale middle, finishes dry with an herbal punch that leads towards phenol as it warms. A decent brown ale but nothing special.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a brown color with reddish fringes and a brief single finger head, no lacing. The nose is lightly toasted bread and nuts, but doesn't exhibit as strong an aroma of maple syrup as I had hoped for. However, the flavor does indeed start out with a light amount of the maple syrup sweetness that was not detected on the nose and progresses through stages of murky nutty and toasted malt, but overall the flavors are ill-defined and not quite as well amplified as the imperial version of this brew is. Body is on the thinner side of medium and carbonation is just a tad sluggish for my tastes. Overall you can really tell that this is better passed up for the much better imperial version of the same thing. It's the same idea, amplified up to levels that actually work well.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a dark brown colored, opaque, body; not much visible carbonation to this beer; head was small, less and a finger in size and didn't hold very well; little to no lacing

S - Nutty roasted malt flavor; brown sugar and a nice whiff of sweet maple syrup; aromatic scents of roasted peanuts

T - Taste starts off with a nice touch of sweet maple syrup, which quickly turns into nut-packed roasted malt flavor; brown sugar and some barely noticeable fruit, like pear, to finish it off

M - Thin to medium body; not much carbonation to this beer; bit creamy feel at first, then quickly fades away; semi-sweet aftertaste, sugar lingers for a while

D - Light and easy; nice maple syrup/nut brown all combination, would recommend to other who like really sweet stuff

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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 beagle75
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light brown color with a peripheral ring of off-white bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Earth and charcoal are in balance as the first combined sensory quality of note. Mild malt follows, offering a bit of toast but no significant roasted qualities.

T: Begins sweet, with refined starchy malt that starts out generic but never really develops. Acidity is moderate into the middle where diacetyl and and yeast esters join continued sweetness to suggest an odd combination of fruit and cheese. The finish is slightly drying and very earthy, yet the remaining sweetness still manages to stand out as the most defining feature.

M: Thin viscosity, slightly syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: The maple syrup appears to have been added after fermentation; such is the only explanation for this beer's monotone sweetness. This flavor quality surprises the palate upon first encounter and quickly becomes repetitive and uninteresting. It is a clumsy beer that would probably be better off without the sugar adjuct. There are hints of real brown ale scattered about, but unfortunately they are scattered widely.

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Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, purchased as a single from Decicco's in Ardsley, NY. "Best by" dating on the side of the label (Aug 13, 12).

Pours a nice warm shade of darker auburn, moderate medium tan head stays pretty well, leaves almost respectable spots and strands of lacing.

Mild maple, brown sugar nose.

Moderatly tasty brown, notes of sweet darker malts, def. some maple in the mix, vanilla and a hint of smoke in the finish.

Pretty good. Would work fine to wash down or help maranaide some BBQ.

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Photo of Arborescence
2.22/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Beautifully clear brown. Pours a smallish head that recedes fairly quickly.

Aroma: First reaction: malt liquor -- not promising. However, it may just be the sweetness of the maple syrup. There's a bit of a malty background, but there's something off here.

Taste: Pretty bland. Sweetness from the maple syrup, but it must be of inferior quality since there's no nutty characteristics that you might associate with good maple ales. The malt liquor aspect is present in the flavour as well; not much robustness here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied.

Overall: Disappointing. Compare this to Peak Organic's The Maple Collaboration and you'd think that it's probably what would come out if they bottled the water they use to wash the mash tuns! Well, it's maybe not as bad as all that, but certainly not very impressive. I won't drink this again.

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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 jtmartino
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle in to my Bruery snifter. Pours a deep red/brown with 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Smells of sweet malt, roasted maple and some light hops.

Taste matches the smell - toasted grain malt, brown sugar, and the typical almost-tart maple syrup flavor. Sweet blending into tart and toasted.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, with mild bubbles.

Overall this is a great nut brown ale. Easily drinkable, and some good maple flavors. The only glaring flaw is the tart bitterness that comes at the end of the taste, either from the hops or from the fermented syrup itself (which I've seen with other beers including my homebrew.)

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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 JayS2629
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a one finger creamy head that sticks around and leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is nutty with notes of cocoa and maple. Buttery edges with some grassy notes in the background.

The flavor follows with a nutty domination, maple, and hints of cocoa. Buttery and sweet.

A little thin.

Overall, an enjoyable and easy drinking beer.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

It's brown with a hint of ruby. offf white head that leave a fing of foam. Good lacing.

Malt, maple syrup, nutty. No hops really.

This beer is definitely nutty. Almost buttery. The maple comes out in the finish.

Light bodied, lots of carbonation. Dry on the finish.

This beer's ok. Quaffable and sessionable.

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Photo of Clowerweb
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Best by: Apr 23 2012.

A: Dark brown/red with crimson and dark orange around the bottom. Finger of off-white head, dissipates rather quickly, very little lacing. Looks clean and nicely filtered.

S: This is a fairly aromatic brew, and the malts come through the most, smells lightly roasted, earthy grains and notes of hops come through.

T: The taste is a little different from the nose, the malts taste very sweet, almost a little too sweet on the front with a strange bitterness at the same time, but that quickly fades into a cereal grain flavor on the mid palate, with an almost sweet-bitter-nutty finish. Tastes pretty decent, but it doesn't seem that well balanced and it kind of seems to not know what it's trying to do. It almost reminds me of sweet tea.

M: Feels kind of sweet-sticky, moderate carbonation, medium body but yet almost watery at the same time.

O: Eh. It's an ok beer. I've certainly had better beers in this style. It's almost good, but it's overly sweet and the palate is all over the place with bitter-sweet malts. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone except maybe those who are just starting to explore craft beers. If you get a chance to try one for free, go for it, but don't pay a premium for it if you see it somewhere.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this in a glass stein.

Appearance- An off-white, tan head is about a finger in width with a nice smooth and puffy look. The body is an auburn and maple transparency with fast carbonation columns.

Smell- I am getting more of a cocoa powder than maple scent from the nose. A bready malt is also appreciated with Tommyknocker's signature earthy hop also coming in.

Taste- I am not sure I taste much maple or dark malts of any kind in this glass. I get a hint of soda water and a generic malty sweetness, but it does not taste like anything.

The flavors are so watered down this reminds me of unsweetened tea by the time it has hit mid-drink on the palate. The finish is more generic malt sweetness, maybe a little nutty.

Mouth feel- The feel is not a bad part of the beer. It is smooth and medium bodied. And it actually sticks around a while. I just wish there were some good flavors that stuck around.

Overall- I feel like this beer could have been good had Tommyknocker been able to get the flavors in the nose onto the palate. Generic malt sweetness and soda water do not cut it.

The beer feels fine, and does not really have "off" flavors. It just needs flavors. Anything! I would certainly drink it again if they could manage that.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frothy head and rich brown color. Nose is as expected, maple and roasted nuts. The maple comes through as the dominant flavor, but it's not too sweet or overpowering. Tastes a lot like a peanut brittle. It's creamy and smooth. Very easy to drink. The hops are basically non-existent.

It really is like drinking a peanut brittle with a maple glaze. Take that as you will

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Photo of output01x
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Best By FEB 13 12) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2-finger tan-colored head that fades quickly to a miniscule dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a clear reddish brown with some small, lazy carbonation bubbles. Some decent lacing can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass throughout consumption but never sticks around for too long.

The nose is a bit weak but gives just what one would expect. Roasted nuts, dark malt, caramel, and just a touch of maple for sweetness.

This beer is definitely sweet up front. Notes of burnt caramel, vanilla, roasted nuts, and natural maple. Upon swallowing, the roasted malts really come out which plays perfectly with the nuttiness and sweet maple.

Medium bodied with excessive carbonation, this beer may seem a bit light for some. The body is quite refreshing and never becomes sticky. This may be seen as a hindrance to some as the flavors don't really have a chance to cling to the palate. The carbonation is almost explosive as this beer is held in the mouth, which certainly helps the drinkability but definitely gets in the way of the flavors.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I stored this in the fridge and let it sit for a bit at room temperature before pouring into a Newcastle Brown Ale glass. It was a clear, reddish-mahogany with a nice fluffy head. Nose was faint, but offered up nuts and candy corn.

Taste is light, soft, sweet toasted malt. The flavor is very mild (like a brown ale SHOULD be). There is not much of a hop presence and I don't get any maple flavor. The mouthfeel is thin-to-firm. Overall, this is a good brown ale. If you don't like this mild style, steer clear. If you do, you might want to pick up a single of this and try it.

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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 TheCondor
2.61/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Poured a nice dark amber color from the bottle into a pint glass. A respectable head formed, nice and thick, and then dissipated fairly quickly. Very little lacing.

Smell - A touch of caramel, malts, and a little spices, but the dominant smell was the maple. The nose ewas a little rich on the sweetness for my taste.

Taste - A nice caramel/malt with some toasted flavors up front, which is quickly and rudely pushed out of the way by the intense maple flavor. While some may appreciate this, it was too much for me. Almost offensively maple.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, leaves a sickly sweet aftertaste, probably because of the maple.

Overall - I am sure there are those out there who appreciate this kind of taste. And it isn't a "bad" beer necessarily, but the maple was just too over the top for me. Way too sweet, I had to drainpour about the last third. I just couldn't stomach it anymore. I really like Tommyknocker beers, but this one was just a little much.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured unto a pint.

Appearance: Transparent dark brown, light carbonation white head comes off maybe a finger off the body.

Smell: Smell reminds me of a "bock" beer, like a light (syrup) smell.

Taste: Listen doesn't taste bad but definitely not in the category of greatness, like it's described comes off like a bit of maple syrup. Slightly slightly bitter which makes this easy to drink (especially for those not a fan of "dark" beers).

Mouth: Light-medium carbonation at first started feeling flat before halfway into the glass.

Overall: Not a bad buy for a giveaway or for those days you don't feel like drinking "a lot". More of like a light "bock" beer to me, little sweet slightly bitter but yet easy to drink.

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Photo of Ego
3.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

picked this up a while ago... forgot I had it, time for some winter cleaning of the ole brew cellar...

1 full finger of foam rises up and quickly retreats back into a good coating, lacing is OK with decent bubble character, light brown hue with touches of amber, some carbonation migrating through the brew, pretty much what you would expect.

a toasty malt aroma with definite hints of something sweet underneath, toasted pecans/almonds are a nod here, pretty straightforward but nice.

taste etc...
this is pretty light stuff weight wise, almost too easy to ti[ back, the carbonation seems a touch off, kind of not knowing where it wants to be, the after taste is a bit of a cloying sweetness. The bitterness tries to mask this but does not work 100% in balancing this out. This beer is pretty non offensive, you definitely get the maple throughout, so if that is your thing call up aunt jemima and have a party.

Easy to drink, and easy to forget, not bad by any stretch just nothing that will knock your Tommy off.

music: Opeth - Blackwater Park

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Photo of tdm168
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a thin lacing of fizzy head that quickly disappears. The nose is caramel and maple. The flavor is heavy maple with a light smokiness and some faint caramel. The mouthfeel is a little syrupy but medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

This is an alright brown ale. The maple syrup is in every aspect of this beer. The flavor and mouthfeel are dominated by the syrupy qualities. When it's all said and done, I probably won't have this one again.

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Photo of mwilbur
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear and moderately dark brown color with a faint light tan head that quickly recedes.
S: Caramel malt and hint of maple syrup...fairly weak.
T: Caramel malt and mild maple syrup. A bit overly sweet and not the best balance.
M: Thin, oily, and a tad watery.
D: An interesting concept, but a disappointment. Very much a one-note brew and even that was not well done.

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Photo of Kromes
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy brown with a thin line of off-white bubbles on top.

S: A nice nutty, toasted malt aroma.

T: The toasted malt flavor is really nice up front, and that gives way to a very roasted malt and small hop flavor. Probably could use a little more hop as it is very sweet. A touch of maple, but really not too much different than other brown ales in flavor.

M: A little watery and thin, but drinkable.

O: A nice brown ale. I have had some bad brown ales and this wasn't too bad. Maybe a little too sweet.

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Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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