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.

Added by kbub6f on 07-27-2001

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Ratings: 934 |  Reviews: 437
Photo of badjohnwad
4.84/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, if you don't like the taste of maple syrup, then this beer is just not for you. If you do in fact like maple syrup, then drink up my friends. This beer is a very smooth drink, and I found that i finished a six pack before i even got comfortable in my bar stool. Wonderful maple syrup aroma and just the right amount of syrup added to still taste like a beer. One of my personal favorites. A must drink for Maple Syrup fans everywhere. I also find that you may need to swirl the bottle for the best taste as the syrup tends to settle at the bottom. A delight from the Tommyknocker collection.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A_Dark brown with a thin khaki colored head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring.Not much lacing.

S_Maple syrup,almonds,toasted malt,brown sugar.

T_Reading the shitty reviews I was expecting a artificial maple taste. This taste like pure maple syrup.Not too overwhelming but definite maple upfront. Nuts,caramel and bread like malt round it out.

M_Thin and sticky.

D_Really drinkable if you're in the mood for maple. Nicely done.

The maple flavor in this is excellent. Nicely done. Must try if you like maple syrup. This taste exactly like pure, organic maple syrup.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1/5  rDev -70.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appears a dark amber brown hue with a thin khaki tan head forming with minimal speckled lacing. Aroma, deep sweet fruit and maple syrup notes there's not much brown ale characteristic in the smell of this brew. Fuckin' disgusting maple syrup cloyingly sweet flavor with nothing else going on this is by far one of the worst beers I've come across on the planet, it makes my gag reflux kick with instant acid reflux. This beer is terrible thn bodied artificial carbonation these people should throwin the towel and be forced to chug Canadian Breakfast Stout bombers rom Founders, as far as being drinkable that's an absolute no. Drain pour, is the only justable end to this beer as far as drinkability goes are you fuckin' kidding me.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown colour, visible carbonation, thumb of golden head with solid retention, and thick drapes of fine bubbled head.

S - A woody maple syrup, though slightly metallic, and finishes with sweet caramel malts.

T - A very delicious, yet mild, maple syrup flavour dominates, with some nice chocolate and caramel malts on the finish. Quite surprised and very satisfied.

M - Sweet, smooth, wet and bubbly. Nothing wrong in this department.

D - This is easily one of the best Maple Nut Brown's I've had the pleasure of trying. Excellent offering, and highly recommended to anyone looking for a sweet, tasty maple based beer that won't overload the taste buds.

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Photo of bobhits
1.06/5  rDev -69%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I had this many years ago and was amazed to find something worse than macro swill. Anyway years later a friend gave me a sample...still just awful.

A Look, it's brown there's an ok head here. It's nothing special.

S Honestly it smells like they just added sugar and articial maple to this thing. I'm not sure if there's beer in this glass.

T I don't see this as a brown ale. There's nothing going on here. It's syrupy and well bland. It's too sweet, it's too thin.

D well it tastes awful so good luck drinking more. It was a drain pour the first time and well I only took a small sample this time so I finished the 3-4 oz I had, but there's no way I could have made it through a bottle. It's thin enough and the alcohol doesn't kick so if you liked this you could have a few I suppose.

M I guess I should give it some credit here. If the maple flavor or whatever that off setting sweetness is doesn't get to you, you may not have an issue with the mouth feel. I don't get it. It's thin in body but somewhat sticky. Not pleasant.

There is too much flavor for a macro drinker and just bad for everyone else. I find maple a bit off in many beers but they normally have other things there and it can work darn well. This beer just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I realkly liked thios - it smelled like a proper beer i.e. hops and malt but there was also a strong maple syroup note present without being overpowering.

The taste followed the aroma with a pleasant balanced maple swetness.

It went down a treat and I thionk I will actively seek this out again.

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Photo of mzrebiec
4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This tastes like maple syrup with a splash of beer. It pours a great brown color with a finger of head. It is uber sweet with a nice smooth finish. The mouth feel is of a "syrup-like" viscosity. It would absolutely make a wonderful breakfast beer. I will keep this in mind next time I go out in the woods or to a log cabin for a vacation/weekend. There are few beers that I can think of that would start your day off better than this Maple Nut Brown.


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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A good brown lookin' beer, lesser carbonation. Aroma was sweet.

Taste imported more sweetness, but not to a large or disagreeable level. Smoothness contributed to by the maple I'm sure. Quite enjoyable even to a hophead. Exceeded expectations for sure. Mouthfeel became smoother as it went on.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish orange colour; slightly hazy. Little head. Doesn't look particularly impressive. Smell is lightly roasted malts and maple syrup. Taste is sweet malts and definite syrup. Sweet, but not offensively so, in my opinion. This is actually better than I thought it would be. Light(er) and flavourful at the same time. Pleasantly carbonated. A decent offering from a brewery I generally don't care for.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into a pint glass.

A : A vigorous pour results in a good finger and a half foamy tan head. Color is quite nice caramel brown that shines in the light.

S : Maple syrup is potent, but some notes of nuttyness dart in as well.

T : You could pour this on pancakes, as the syrupy sweetness dominates atop a malty layer. There is just a light note of nut and coffee on the finish. This one is sweet, very sweet.

M : Medium bodied with a frothy filling feel (say that 5 times fast), leaves a light sweet coat.

D : If you like sweet & malty, this is a very solid brew. Would serve well as a dessert brew. Far sweeter than most American Ale's.

I reviewed the bigger, imperial, brother of this ale some time back and found it lackluster. It seems the bigger brew loses some of maple sweetness in favor of alcohol.

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Photo of seh410
4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium brown in color with a slight reddish hue. Very minimal off white head

Aroma: Smells yummy - malty and sweet with maple and nut in the background. The maple is almost a little sticky smelling and caramel-like

Taste: The maple is definitely there, but mixed very well with the nut flavor so it's almost hard to pull them apart. It tastes as though the Maple-Nut is one entity, not two. Very little hops, which I love - no bitterness at all. The maple really comes through on the backside with maybe a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Smoooth and light. Nice.

Drinkability: Definitely has drinkability. This beer not only tastes good but goes down easy as well.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +7.6%
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 +6.7%
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 +18.4%
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 -1.8%
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 +4.7%
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 +6.7%
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 -52.6%
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 +8.8%
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 -0.3%
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 -9.9%
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 +11.1%
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%
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 +1.5%
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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Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 934 ratings
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