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 jadpsu
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second brew of my Tommyknocer sample pack. Pours a brown and reddish color and a nice off white head. Again appearance is hurt by a head that disappears quickly.
Aroma is led by the smell of maple. It also shows some toasty malts.
Creamy, a little sweet but dry at the finish with a nutty aftertaste, along with a medium body, mouth feel.
Like the first beer I had from this brewer, this
beer is mildly disappointing. Price point on this beer demands (for me at least) that their beers have a bigger wow factor.

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

Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours on the darker end of a brown ale. The head is thin and didn't hold out for long.

The nose is lack luster. Notes of milk chocolate are present. The maple mixed with a very earthy malt gives off an aroma that reminds me of a waffle covered in syrup.

The flavor is great. Notes of chocolate and maple. The nut profile is similar to walnut and cashew. Very little, if any, hop presence.

The mouth feel is medium, with light carbonation.

Overall, this is a present beer to drink. Complex, yet subtle, I would love to revisit this one as my pallet matures. Still, I haven't met a brown ale that can surpass Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, but none the less this is a worthy brew.

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Photo of AlexCorleone
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque amber. Cream head and good foam cling.

S - Nut, maple, toasty malt and dry fruits at the end.

T - Creamy, caramel malt and nut-like taste merged with some coffee tones. Roasted malt was present.

M - Medium body, good carbonation. Aftertaste comes with caramel and almonds notes.

D - Good to take with yellow cheese and salads.

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Photo of mytireisfat
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red/chestnut color. 1 finger head which dissipates a little quick. head was a very light brown mostly white color.

S: a strong roasted malt flavor, a chocolate nutty flavor. also hints of caramel.

T: Tastes like it smells. darker malt, nutty flavor.

M: Medium body. not a whole lot to talk about.

D: Pretty easy to drink. a very unique flavor. the nutty chocolate malt flavor was very strong, and was good. i would have another, but only once in a while.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of mi padre, thanks Dad! Has some freshness notches of Feb 10. Pours a fairly clear crimson color with a fluffy beige head. Retention is average and the lacing is pretty good.

Smell is definitely as advertised on the label...maple syrup and pecan/walnut nuttiness. Sweet caramel malts are about the only other distinguishing aroma. Not bad, but certainly one-dimensional.

The sweet parade continues on the palate as maple syrup, honey and chocolate lead the way with nothing to impede their path. No hops. No yeast. No alcohol. Cloying? Probably. Drinkable? Yes, depending on you mood. I much prefer the imperial version, but this one is plenty interesting in it's own right. Try it when the sweet tooth needs some satisfaction.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Very light lace.

Fake maple candy aroma and some chocolate milk in the nose. Ok, it is what it is.

Strong maple sugar candy up front, with some toasted malt, some malted milk, light bitterness. Not too bad. The maple thing? This was a mixed six, and I drank this last for fear of what it could be. Pleasant surprise -- not too bad. I couldn't drink a 6 pack of this, but not bad at all.

Medium light body. Good, keeps the sugar element from being cloying.

Overall, It went down ok, and it was fairly enjoyable, from a novelty standpoint. I've had far worse browns, and would have this again.

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Photo of albern
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The maple syrup definitely comes on strong in this brown ale. It pours a clear mahogany color with a nice creamy off white head, decent retention, and good lacing. The nose is not that assertive. There are sweet malts, maybe a touch of vanilla extract, maple candy, lots of toffee coming out of the aroma too.

This beer is a tad light, with not a lot of body. There is a strong maple flavor and that toffee keeps coming through. The brown malts are not assertive so it is a fairly weak beer with some nutty flavors underneath, a touch of spice, a bit drying in the finish to balance out the sweetness. The beer is okay, it's enjoyable, it's light, but it isn't brilliant.

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Photo of lester619
1.62/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a thick bodied dark opaque brown. Looks kind of like maple syrup. Thats what they call foreshadowing. Smells like Mrs. Butterworth's. There are some other nutty malty smells bubbling up in the background, but sticky-sweet atificial maple syrup taste and smell overwhelms everything else. I couldn't swallow the first sip. Some sweet mapley nutty flavors are expected in a nut brown ale, but not like this. It's so disgustingly sweet and artificial, I'm not even sure if I'm drinking beer. I swear it is brewed with high fructose corn syrup. I managed to get down about half the bottle but no more. The thick sweet body makes this undrinkable. Avoid.

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Photo of maleman
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness dating noted on bottle.

A - poured a dark, almost opaque brown. Very little head, if any. Thin lacing.

S - typical smelling nut brown ale, could smell the nuts and the malt very prominently.

T - creamy, nut-like taste merged with some coffee tones. roasted malt was present.

M - surprisingly light-bodied for an NBA. not a ton of carbonation. aftertaste was not overbearing.

D - could kick back with a few of these. nothing outstanding, but fair from paltry.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

The pour is a hazy brown with a tall off-white head. Retention is decent, and there is some lacing.

The nose is quite faint with a touch of maple syrup and some nuts. The taste is more of the same with just a hint of spices.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is decent; it goes down easily enough.

It's not a bad beer, but it wouldn't be my first choice. Probably not even my fourth choice, depending on circumstances.

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Photo of jsh420
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours copper dark brown with a 1+ finger head that fades fast and left now lacing

smell is very faint but i get some carmel malt maybe some maple but thats just because its in the name that makes me think this - bready malts some booze which is very odd given this brew is 4.5%

taste - to me this beer tastes like a nutty tootsie roll

mouthfeels is ok - medium body low carbonation

drinkability - session beer yes - my kinda of session beer no

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

A: Pours a copper/burnt brown with a finger thick creamy head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Strong maple scent with some caramel, maybe some slightly roasted nutty malt.

T: Buttery/mapely taste up front with a slightly caramel aftertaste. A bit nutty but very subtle.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

D: A very easy drink and a good session brew, overall a good nut brown.

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Photo of Daybis
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a deep brown in color and has a nutty scent. Beer is a little on the sweet side with a great maply syrup flavor. Mouthfeel is average. I gave this a 3.5 on the drinkability because of it's sweetness and I think it would be hard to pair with a food, but is a great beer all by its self. I would recommend this beer to anyone.

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

[Appearance]: Copper color, clear, a little carbonation, little to no head, leaves a dash of lacing.
[Smell]: Maple syrup, toasted malts, caramel, maybe dash of spicy hops.
[Taste]: Maple syrup with butter up front, toffee, some hint of nuts (pecan like), slight spicy at the end from the hops.
[Mouthfeel]: Medium bodied, carbonation is pretty light, smooth, leaves a slight sweet aftertaste.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is pretty good.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes on 3/16/10. Thanks to Mitch (BigDank) for this!

A - Poured very clear, deep ruby red with a thin, off white head. Scant patches of lace. 3.0

S - Clean, mild fruit esters, hint of maple. Very faint overall. 3.0

T - Again, very clean profile. Touch of brown sugar and caramel with a slight hint of maple syrup. Very sweet. 3.0

M - Light body, somewhat slick, light carbonation. Kind of prickles the palate. 3.0

D - Good, I finished this in about 5 minutes. Wouldn't buy it though. 3.5

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Photo of kindacold
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Truly an average beer. Poured with no head. Was brown, and slightly hazy. Mild maple taste on top of a normal nut brown flavor. Even as the beer warmed up, the flavors remained truly average. This would be a good beer to drink when you want to feel absolutely mediocre.

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

This was a weird beer, I expected a dark nutty beer however, I was surprised with the easiness I received from this beer as it went down the hatch!

A slight hint of Maple and oh so not bitter, somewhat bland aftertaste was disapointing but then again, initially, I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as I'm not a big Nut Ale fan.

All and all...not bad.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.01/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany brown bodied, very small tan head takes off quickly. Very rich malt scent, caramels and maple with hints of chocolate. Nut brown flavors dominate the taste. The maple is blended in pretty well and only becomes apparent as it goes down. Im not a major brown ale guy, but this one's pretty tasty. Pretty wet mouth. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: copperish, mahoganay complexion

smell: sublte aromas, some roasted malt and some chocolate. defintly some maple

taste: has that pancake flavor with the malt and maple but sublt. not a horrible as I would have thought.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: not bad, suprised. Proably woudnlt buy since sweet browns are not my thing, but decent

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Photo of Domingo
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is random beers I occasionally crave when I want something simple and sweet.
Pours a deep brown color that's a little hazy and only has a hint of head that quickly disappears. Note: On tap the carbonation sticks around better.
The flavor profile of this brew is caramel malt sweetness. A little bit of chocolate and hazelnut flavor creeps up here and there, but caramel maltiness is the star. Reminds me a little of a doppelbock, but without the complexity. There's not much of a maple flavor in there, and there's no hop character at all. It's just a malt attack...and one without a lot of depth.
Mouthfeel is a bit too thin. It keeps it drinkable, but unless this is from a tap, the carbonation is pretty minimal.
I find this stuff highly drinkable just because it's simple. When you're craving a simply malty beer or even a dessert, it really fills that niche well.

Simplistic and sweet - it's still a guilty pleasure of mine here and there. It's got a place in my fridge here and there.

NOTE: When this beer is really fresh, the maple notes are much stronger and I find the beer to be less sweet, too. If you ever get a chance to try it in Idaho Springs, I recommend it. I'd say it's actually quite a bit better, but I haven't had a bottled version that effectively duplicates that. It's still no world beater, but it is pretty tasty.

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Photo of WJVII
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jdostal for the sample... Poured into a pint glass this brew has a hazy brown/amber color with a 1 finger milk chocolate head that settled into a slight cap with decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of nutty goodness, some light chocolate and maybe some burnt caramel. The taste is heavy on the roasted malts and nice nutty flavor. There is also a great hop balance to this brew. I am not getting the sweet maple taste that is advertised, but this is still a very good brew.

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Photo of THORN
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Served 40-45 F.
A: Dark brown and clear. Pours with little to no head with zero retention.
S: Roasted nuts, coffee, and maple syrup.
T: Toasted nuts, maple syrup, and bland spice.
M: Medium on tongue. Not syrupy...
D: Not terribly complex, but not bad.

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Photo of Stigs
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

acquired as an extra from a recent trade, 12oz bottle served in a Samuel Smith pint glass...

A - poured about a finger of loose light tan foam which very quickly sat down to a thin layer with some floating bubble islands with spotty lacing. the dark amber beer is just slightly hazy...actually looks like (pre-packaged) syrup a bit.

S - not picking up much here, past some roasted nut with just a touch of the maple...just a hint of caramel as well.

T - lots of caramel malts...took me a couple sips to remind me what this reminded me of, Cracker Jacks! slight nuttyness and just a note of sweetness (but not so much flavor) of maple. the hops are non-existant until the very end of the swallow where a very mild earthy bitterness shows up.

M - very light body with subtle carbonation that works well with it.

D - though never really a fan of Nut Browns, this one got a slight bonus for the uniqueness of the Cracker Jack taste...actually took me back a bit. outside of that, its pretty average all around.

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Photo of mklinger
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint all the way to the top with no opportunity for seeing a head on this beer. Left some reasonable lacing though, so I'm guessing it would have been an OK head if poured correctly. Deep brown color, very clear. Aside from the head pour problem, this looks like a perfect classic American Brown Ale.

Aroma was dominated by sweet elements -- maple, caramel, and brown sugar. Real minimal hop character here.

While the maple is present in aroma, I don't get much of it in the flavor. Caramel sweetness dominates the flavor profile. Some hop bitterness in the flavor profile, not alot, just enough to give a slight bit of balance. For a malty, sweet brown ale I enjoyed this -- not my favorite style of brown ale, but it's cleanly brewed, and I liked it better than many of the other Tommyknocker beers.

Good full mouthfeel to go with the sweetness of this beer. This is an easy beer to drink down. It would be easy to drink down several pints. Pretty nice

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

Thanks to Jdostal for another Christmas offering!

Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The back label shows a date of Oct 7, 09.

A - Pours a clear amber/ruby highlighted color with an off-white foamy head that maintained rather well, leaving a wall of sticky lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Very sweet malty aroma with a sort of maple syrup odor. Fairly aromatic, I could smell it from several feet away after the pour.

T & M - Sweet caramelized malts, some nuttiness to it but not as much as is found in most other American Browns. Really no hoppiness to note. Medium bodied mouthfeel that seems a little coarse from the carbonation.

D - This is a fairly drinkable brew, maybe a tad sweet for my liking but the low ABV certainly makes it sessionable if you don't mind a sweet malty brew. It went down pretty quickly as I reviewed it. I'm glad I tried it, but I probably won't go out of my way to buy it.

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Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.41 out of 5 based on 923 ratings.
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