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 BeerdedEric
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light khaki head that disapeared quickly. Dark copper in body color. Medium paced bubblage.

I do get hints of caramel, hazelnut and maple syrup in the aroma. Reminds me of French toast.

This is nice tasting for sure. A toasted caramel, hazelnut and maple flavors come through. Quite sweet but not crazy but sweet tasting enough to subdue any real hop bite.

Light to medium in body. Carbonation is noticeable, medium at best. Feels okay going down.

This is quite sweet, this could be a "dessert breakfast beer." It kind of tastes like liquid french toast. Not bad at all. Maple syrup has definitely made its presence know and it works well.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered a bottle this past weekend while at the new 5 Napkin Burger in the Pru. Poured into a standard pint glass. A caramel colored body. Moderate head retention. Smell was malty and just a hint of woodiness. Flavor left a lot of questions. While it was not offensive, there was nothing to it. If the beer is brewed with maple, then I'd expect something along that line. Nothing really stood out except for the maltiness you get in most brown ales. Overall it was a let down, and not worth the marked up price I paid at this restaurant.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this Maple Nut Brown Ale in a mixed six pack from Tommyknocker at the Lager Mill for $8.99. I am a fan of nut browns so I am interested to see how the addition of maple syrup works with this style of beer. Bottled on February 4, 2011. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- This one has one of the better looking labels from Tommyknocker but I still think it looks a little corny. This beer poured a nice deep redish brown color with two fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin layer.

S- I pick up some mild roasted malts at first that have moderate sweetness. There is some of that classic nuttyness you would expect from a nut brown and just a hint of maple syrup. I pick up a slight amount of earthy hops but you really have to look for it.

T- The flavor starts off with some mildly roasted malts that gives way to some mild nutty flavor. The sweetness came through just as it did in the aroma and is about where it should be for the style. All in all the flavors seem muted overall and I was expecting this beer to beer bolder. I picked up some maple syrup in the aroma but it didn't make its way to the taste, if I tasted this blind I would have no clue this beer had maple syrup in it.

M- Medium light bodied, could be a tad thicker. The carbonation was moderate and good for it's style.

Overall This was an average brown ale. When I saw the name of this beer I expected some good maple syrup flavor, but that wasn't the case, it didn't show up at all in the flavor. The base of this beer was good expect for being a little watery. If this was just labeled as a nut brown it would score higher, but with maple in its name it just didn't live up to it. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it needs to have more maple syrup added to it and a little thicker bodied. I thought I was going to enjoy this beer but that didn't happen.

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Photo of Mdog
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear brown, low head that fades out quickly.

Smell: Not much at first, then eventually gives a nutty aroma.

Taste: Pretty good, mild sweetness with a nut flavor.

Drinkability: Decent drinking brown, some flavor, pretty low cost.

Got a single as a gift, tried it first since I'm not much of a fan of brown ales. Look and smell are pretty underwhelming but the taste is all right. I wouldn't go out and buy a 6er but wouldn't turn it down either.

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Photo of NickRivers
3.99/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a MotherLoad sampler purchased in Grand Junction, CO

A&S - Deep yet clear amber brown with an amazing nutty, syrupy, roasted aroma.

T&M - Again amazing nut flavor, then syrupy, with roasted grains and some coffee, however the crisp mouthfeel slightly turns to a thick syrup.

O - A great beer. Some microbrews lack the unique flavors that TommyKnocker kicks out.

One of my favorites from TommyKnocker. It has a super roasted feel that i'm sure any coffee lover would enjoy. As I said a flaw, at least for me, was that the crisp carbonated feel(that of which Winter Warmers have) slowly turn to a heavier bodied syrup like taste. I understand this is a maple beer, but take my word and enjoy this one as fresh as possible. Stay thirsty my friends.

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Photo of Outchillen
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smelled sweet not too hoppy, very smooth, almost thought it was a lager, reddish brown, looked like a amber lager, had a hint taste of maple, very easy to drink, but wasnt overall impressed, not something id look for but would drink if I went somewhere and they had it.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Marked November 2010.

A - Nice deep caramel brown with some reddish tint. Off white one inch head.

S - Pretty light smeller. Malty and just a bit sweet.

T - Has a good roasty taste. Chocolate is definitely there and present at the end. The syrup is tasty as well but it is not over sweet. Nice balance.

M - Medium carbonated.

D - This is very drinkable. Have a couple.

There are better brown ales but this one is solid.

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Photo of JerseyPaul
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque brown with ruby tints on the side; decent carbonation; light tan head dissipates quickly, leaving little lazing

Smell: Roasted nut with a touch of caramel maple sweetness; no real hop presence detectable

Taste: Strong roasted nut takes center stage with a nice sweetness that comes up at the end; no hops or alcohol show at all

Mouthfeel: Medium body; good carbonation; smooth & slightly chewy

Drinkability: Low ABV + easy to drink = a 12pk has no chance

Overall, Maple Nut Brown is a very good beer. It has an excellent nose & taste that excite the senses. The appearance & mouthfeel could be improved a bit, but for the most part, a nicely done brown ale. Would highly recommend.

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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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Photo of StJamesGate
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale leather brown minimal head but some trailers - color is distressingly close to Leine's Nut Brown. Leafy mulch and maple sweetness on the nose. Dark maltiness, some brown sugar and light berry to start, a strong maple hit in the middle, and a hint of mint hops. A foil tang near the end. Light to medium, sticky and cloying.

Thin yet clingy. I wouldn't rush back.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a small white half finger head, body is a clear dark brown in color. Head retention is above average and lacing is good.

Smell is of caramel malt, sweet toffee, and some faint copper. Hops and alcohol have no presence.

First taste is of slight metallic malts, buttery toffee and some caramelized sugar. Maple flavor is very faint. Hops aren't detected and neither is the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, head doesnt add much to body. Beer is well carbonated.

Drinkability is good, beer is pretty sessionable. Flavors aren't anything extraordinary and maple wasnt as present as I'd like. Not something I'd keep in my fridge on a regular basis but a good local beer.

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Photo of bertram
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice, dark brown with a decent amount of tan head that quickly dissipates, leaving a nice amount of lacing.

The smell is sweet, with the maple almost able to break through the nutty, sweet smell.

The beer retains a good amount of carbonation that makes for a good mouthfeel.

The taste is good, with a bit of sweetness and roasted nut, and a nice sweetness and maple flavor in the aftertaste.

This is a decent beer, drinkable beer that I would definitely enjoy again.

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Photo of aepb1
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark red-brown body with a small white head

S- Sweet and nutty

T- Dark and roasty, maple syrup finishes this off and lingers

D- Thin and watery being the only real off-putting thing about this beer

M- The mouthfeel, again is the only off-putting aspect but the maple syrup lingering is certainly noteworthy and makes this one stick out

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
2.72/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a very clear brown body with a minimal sticky, off-white head.

S: A very close nose with an aroma of maple syrup and toffee-like malts.

T: A very weak flavor of caramel malts, slight maple syrup notes, and finishes short and dry. A very boring flavor.

M: Extremely thin body, light carbonation, watery texture.

D: I don't think I would ever get this again. Very boring flavor and kind of bland. If it weren't for the fact I don't care what I'm drinking right now, I would pour it down the drain.

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Photo of TheStoutAholic
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- The coloring is similar to maple syrup which adds to the experience. Short beige head.

S- Nutty, Maple Syrup.

T- I an normally a stout or porter guy but this one was really pleasant. You can taste the dark roasted malts and the hint of maple syrup which stays with the palette.

M- ..

D- I could drink a six-pack in one sitting only thing I would be wary of is the sweetness of the drink.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown Ale was mahogany in color with good clarity. It had a short beige head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was sweet malts with some maple syrup. The taste was sweet malt, a bit toasty, light maple syrup flavor, and a little nutty. It finished semi-dry and maple-malty. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and medium-light carbonation. The drinkability was good. This is a good brown ale worth a try.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Jan 12 2011 notched on label.

Pours a nice, clear, dark brown with half finger on off-white foam. Aroma is malty, toffee, nutty.

First sip is nice malty sweetness with a minerally/ironish aftertaste. Moderate residual sweetness - I think the maple probably dries this out a bit. No hops detected.

Overall a nice, sessionable brown ale. Nothing spectacular, but well-made. Solid B.

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Photo of mcgwire756
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

It pours a light brown color with a slight red. No big smells in the nose of this beer. A little brown sugar and maple syrup. Now maybe I am biased from everything else I drank on this day, but I was very disappointed with the taste. It tasted of a thin nut brown ale and a little bit of maple. It honestly was not drinkable for me at this point in the night. It ended up being a drain pour. I had higher hopes for this beer. It was just to thin and unbalanced. I think I would of enjoyed it a little more if it was all I drank on that day.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-transparent dark copper with a nice off-white colored head. some lacing stays.

S-smells like a lot of nutty and dark roasted malts. very malty. if you try, you can get a whiff of some maple. very decent strength.

T-comes in with really smooth dark roasted malts of caramel and just a small hint of maple. The finish is just awful. It seems to be very...tangy...and mouth puckering..but not bitter. There is a faint after-taste of caramel malts. Overall its a very forgettable brown ale that I would never suggest to anyone, as i find this slightly unpleasant.

M-good creamy medium carbonation with a sharp finish due to the tanginess.

D-well it at least goes down easily. its by no means is a very drinkable beer. it seems to be quite filling. its definitely not a brown ale i'll ever be getting again.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up last week since this is new to my area and I was looking to try something different this winter. Most brown ales that I've had tend to be easygoing and have a sugary stickiness to the aftertaste and this was a bit different than that. I think the maple syrup added a nice touch to this beer and although it's not the best brew that I've had lately, it's certainly different than anything else that's currently on the shelf.

The pour to this was decent as the hue was brown with just a hint of red and a frothy head that dissipated fairly quickly. A nice mellow maple syrup could be detected in the taste along with notes of caramel and molasses. The mouthfeel was just a bit thin and I felt that a thicker body and a bit of carbonation could have really upped the ante here. Like most browns, there's almost no detection of any hop bitterness and the finish is pretty mellow, with just a hint of the maple sweetness lingering.

I almost didn't think this was beer until I signed onto here and saw that alcohol was indeed present in this. It's barely discernible and I could easily have had a few of these in a sitting. This won't win any awards but sometimes, it's nice to just be able to crack a beer open and not have to think to deeply as I work my way down the bottle. This is one of those beers and I look forward to trying the other offerings from Tommyknocker are now for sale here.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a brilliant brown with a small off white head that dissipates a little to quickly.

S- Smells of carmel malts and maple syrup a little nutty as well. Smells like a maple nut brown should.

t- a nice start of carmel and maple, not as overpowering as one would think. very well balanced actually. finishes smooth and is flawless without any off flavors.

m- nice carbonation and mouth feel.

D- a great drinkable brown ale, wish this would replace newcastle as the go to brown on the tap handles at local bars. has a great finish and is pretty darn drinkable great beer to sip on in the middle of a cool winter day. Makes me kind of want a pancake though.

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Photo of RossCain
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on November 19th, 2010 clearly notched on the back.

A: Pours a semi-transparent darker brown hue. Even with an aggressive pour, there was a very minimal light brown head that dissipated within ten seconds. A little on the underwhelming side.

S: The aroma does not project very well but from what I could pick up, there were dominant notes of moderately roasted malts with a fleeting aroma of caramelized maple syrup on top of slightly burnt bread.

T: It really takes a second for the flavors of this beer to hit you after it enters your mouth. After the beer explored my palate for about a second, I picked up on a subtle roasted malt profile, a light nuttiness, and a finish that gave off a tinge of sweet maple syrup upon the swallow. Hardly full on flavor but it was not bad.

M: Light bodied with decent carbonation. The beer was a tad thin and on the watery side and the taste quickly fled the palate upon the swallow. However, I will give it points for being very smooth in the overall mouthfeel.

D: With a light flavor profile and a smooth mouthfeel, the beer was easily drinkable but I fear I can't say it was more than just that. Not exactly what I was expecting when I cracked the bottle (I was expecting flavor to be much fuller) but I give the beer props for being remarkably easy to down.

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Photo of ism
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 6-bottle variety pack that is pretty solid. Was scared by the name, due to "Maple" indicating cloying sweetness. It does, however, refer to its clear, deep maple brown-coloured body, with a slight reddish tint. Very little head and patchy lacing.

Nose of sweet malt with an aromatic nuttiness and just a hint of maple sugar. Light but slightly creamy body, fairly light carbonation. Surprisingly balanced palate, a little low in flavor, but sweet malt and a subtle maple note. Very short finish, nuttiness emerging then ending abruptly.

Very easy to drink, the sweetness rather restrained and pleasant, but lacking in body and overall robustness. A nice offering that could easily reach the next level with a few tweaks.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on date: 8/23/10

Poured into a pint glass, body looks to have a brown body, but is more of a dark copper color when held to the light. Has a finger of light tan head that fades pretty quick. Pretty much just maple and brown sugar in the nose. Not a whole lot of flavor, but I am picking more hints of the maple as the beer warms, also some roasted malts. Decent level of carbonation, but really thin in the mouth.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Head comes & goes in seconds. Dark brown with amber/golden tones around the edge of the glass. No lace.

S: A little caramel sweetness. Maybe a little bit of banana and maple.

T: The maple flavor (thankfully) isn't as pronounced as I would've expected. Altogether pretty well rounded between sweetness and malt. Not too full bodied and I get the faintest (hop?) bitter on the tongue at the end for good measure. Candy, milk chocolate, Yoo-Hoo, and maple nut fudge.

M: Rich and sweet. Carbonation is a nice counterpoint.

D: Not the most intiguing aesthetically but quite delicious.

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Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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