Maple Nut Brown Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

Maple Nut Brown AleMaple Nut Brown Ale
934 Ratings
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 Rhettroactive
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 6/28/11
*From notes

A: Chestnut brown in color. A good pour yields a dissapointing one finger head and minor lacing.

S: Whole grain pancakes smothered in maple syrup. It's extremely sweet and rich. I can see where this would turn someone off, though I find it unique.

T: This is basically a brown ale that's been sweetened by an assload of maple syrup. It's intentions are right out in the open, and it's pretty one note. Having said that, this isn't overly cloying and to my surprise, it's pretty mild and well balanced.

M: Thin and oily. The carbonation feels meek and blasé. The texture is a bit offputting.

O: Tommyknocker's Maple Nut Brown Ale is a pretty reasonable stab at an obnoxious idea. I can't say I'll be having this again, but for what it is, it ain't half bad. Worth the tick, nothing more.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had never seen this before, so I decided to pick some up.

Pours a deep russett reddish/brown, with less head than I expected and left very limited lacing.

smells slightly sweet, like the lighter maple syrup it's made from (as opposed to most syrups that you might put on pancakes, what-have-you, that are thicker, goopier, and have less clean of a feel to them). some toasty malts hidden in there as well, almost caramel-y (but again, probably due to the maple syrup).

The taste is about what you would expect from this type of beer. It is slightly nutty, mostly malty (those being fairly toasty), and has that clean smoothness of maple (in case you can't tell, I kind of like maple syrup). Some light bitterness on the tail, but not at all overwhelming.

Smoothe on the tongue, with a very clean finish. Lightly carbonated, I would definitely buy this again. Even if you don't normally drink 'darker beers' I would at least try this as the maple cleanness to it makes it feel less heavy and dark than it might otherwise. If, however you are more like me and prefer your beers the consistency of motor oil, this can be a nice refreshing afternoon brew, that can strike a balance between the extremes.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a bulb style glass.

pours out a pretty clear kind of deep reddish brown color with a small light tan colored head. decent retention however, with bits of lace on the glass.

in the aroma mostly light nutty chocolate notes with some lightly roasted malt. a little sweet maple syrup is noticable, as well as some caramel and toffee.

at first, a sweet nuttiness, them some light cocoa and maple takeover giving way to some light roasted malt and a light herbal bitterness. finishes with some lingering cocoa and a bit of nuttiness.

a lighter, weaker body than ive come to like in my brown ales.

overall: not a bad beer at all, just some light maple that mingles nicely with the rest of the beer. a touch sweet, but it doesnt detract anything from the beer.

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Photo of xybreeder
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, hint of orange color. Moderate to light lacing and head retention.

S: Roasted, nutty, chocolate, malty, raisins? Average strength nose, not overpowering.

T: Yum... I can't say that I taste maple syrup, but definitely a nice roasted, nutty brown ale flavor. More taste up front then on the back end.

M: A little light on the carbonation, but it allows the flavor to come through. Goes down very smooth.

O: A solid brown ale, adhering to this style's typical characteristics. I was hoping to get a taste of maple syrup, maybe next time; it's still a good/enjoyable brown ale worth trying at least once.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was brown and hard to see through. Not much of a head at all.

Smells of sweet brown sugar, molasses, and a tad of maple.

Tastes of maple, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark fruit. Not really any hops maybe adds a bit of spice. Finishes with a lot of chocolate and caramel to meld with other flavors. Somewhat porter-esque here.

Mouthfeel doesn;t have too much carbonation but its smooth and medium light feel.

Overall it was ok. Pretty close to maple syrup I was hoping for but could be closer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With all the seemingly tasty malt additions to this recipe, something somehow is lost on the palate. The beer looks wonderful - long-lasting head (from cara-pils, though I suspected wheat) and smatters of lace over a clear, red-brown liquid. Really not much aroma to write home about. Even after 10-15 minutes sitting there, I only got a super-tiny bit of light-toasted nut and definite maple notes. And those elements only barely intensified in the flavor. Wouldn't quite call this watered-down, but both the degree of malt-maple flavors and depth of body were on the threshold between light-moderate. Overall, this beer ain't bad, but it leaves a lot to be desired in taste.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer is a dark mahogany with definite ruby highlights. Head is nowhere to be found - just a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Though there isn't a great deal of strength to the nose, what *is* detectable is very unusual, and endearing. A very nice toasty, sweet malt base gently holds the bitter hop scent. On top of this is a soft drizzling of, yes, maple syrup. In a brown ale...this works very well. Just wish there were more force in the scent, but all in all, not bad.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I feel very conflicted. Beer is syrupy at first, which I guess is no surprise, with a bit of a sour twang which is not unpleasant, but definitely unexpected. There's a plum-like sweetness, and as the light carbonation unfolds on the tongue, some of that toasty malt comes through. Gentle bitterness near the end of the sip, and an oddly sour-bitter-sweet aftertaste rounds everything out. Not bad...but where's the maple? Where's the nut? That's half of the flavor that just isn't there.

Overall: Slightly above average. I wouldn't really recommend this beer to anyone, but I WOULD like to try another maple beer, if there exists one.

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Photo of chimaychick
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Being new to brown ales I had an open mind. This didn't disappoint at all. I purchased a 6 pack sampler and chose this as my first. So far so good. Poured nicely into a short pilsner glass. Had nice aroma but not overwhelming. Nice lacing but disappeared quickly. This was a really smooth feel going down. Nice malty, caramel and slight coffee taste. Was a little sweet in the beginning but seemed to get more sweet as I continued. Didn't really get to a point of maple syrup though. Overall I think this was a nice brown ale experience. Bear in mind I dont have much to compare it too as I've only started breaking into the browns but I was not disappointed. So far I'm all about the brown ales! Definitely give this one a try!

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Photo of daliandragon
3.02/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm a sucker for real maple syrup so this beer was another plus to picking up the Tommyknocker mixed six this evening. Pours a dark brown with plenty of auburn highlights. Head is beige and caps almost instantly with no noticeable lace. Nose is dominated by the aroma of maple syrup and caramel malts. It barely smells like beer at all to be honest.

Dark malt with caramel and chocolate tones is what rushes out of the gate but it is overwhelmed quickly. Mind numbing, candy-like sweetness takes over after that and really clenches the face. It recovers somewhat, but where is the balance? This is one of the sweetest beers I can remember ever drinking, and not in the good sweet equals awesome way but in the sweet equals sugar way. I understand that maple syrup is sweet but this is still supposed to be a beer. Texture is over carbonated but I consider that a plus as it somewhat masks the full flavor.

Certainly original, and definitely hands over maple syrup as promised, but not something I could ever foresee being in the mood for.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden - review from notes I must have misplaced. 12oz brown bottle poured chilled into a 1/2 pint.

A deep bronze color w/ rust highlights and translucent clarity w/ thick 2finger light tan head from vigorous pour. The rocky atoll-like formation develops, yet retention is good with an airy lace pattern on the glass and average sized bead. The smell is better than expected with a smell of sweet maple and subtle nutty accent. The american brown style is usually more aromatic and there is slight diacetyl buttery notes with a mild creamy malt odor. I find the mild sweetness and smooth malt w/ nutty and creamy textures to be pleasant and the feel has light carbonation which could be ok for the style if they were going for a more English style brown w/ semi-dry finish.

I enjoy the flavors with some mild nutty/toasted malt flavor and maple taste is there peripherally giving a nice accent with slight sweet but not cloying presence. I light the light dry character here since you expect maple brown as a beer to come off sweeter, the taste is good until it finishes w/ the sweet maple earthy goodness in the end. I find the overall drinkability of this to be good, but tried to be fair according to the style which may not be accurate according to what I got out of this -a nice gentle brown more in the English style with complimentary maple that doesn't go too far too sweet, just a simple brown that hits the spot.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear and dark copper brown with one fingered head that is tan and dissipates quickly but leaves lacing on the top of the beer.

Smell: I can smell the syrup supplemented by the dark chocolate and malts.

Taste: The bottle does not lie. The beer tastes like a liquefied piece of French toast. The syrup dominates the palate with sweet malts and some chocolate. I find the syrup to be too sugary to rate this any higher but the syrup still meshes very well with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with a medium body that is creamy.

Overall: I think that is definitely a unique and probably suited best for the winter or for someone who likes really sweet beers. I think this beer accompanied with a Breakfast stout would make a swell meal.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
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 -11.4%
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 -17.3%
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 -2.9%
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 +16.7%
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 -4.4%
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 +7.6%
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 +17.5%
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 +0.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +5.3%
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 -4.1%
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 -0.3%
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 -20.5%
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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Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 934 ratings
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