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

A - Dark brown body with a nice head of medium tan standing about three quarters of an inch tall.

S - Subtle cherry, sweet wood aroma and the possibility of maple syrup.

T - Not too sweet with a profound nutty base and accents of hops.

M - Slightly coarse to start then milder as it goes down.

~ This beer is a bit too nutty for me. I appreciate the interesting combination of flavors but this isn't something I'll likely try again.

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Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of nuts and maple. Taste is good, nuts, maple, a tad sweet, very flavorful. Feels creamy in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a quality beer worth checking out.

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

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark deep brown color, with light red and amber highlights. Head formation is about nothing, only a light dirty white film. Opaque, but not much floating around. Little carbonation present.

S - Light sweet malt profile. Notably caramel. Some yeast notes come through.

T - Starts off with a strong malty sweetness, lightly sweet with some of the maple. Predictably, there is some nutty notes present as well. Caramel malts back it up. Mid-stream is still sweet, no hopping. Finishes with more of a nutty flavor, some yeast bready notes.

M - Moderate to light beer body. not much for carbonation bite either. Finishes with light clinging sweetness.

D - Easy drinking. ABV is sessionable. Not filling. A bit cloying at times due to its strong sweetness.

A solid beer overall.

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Photo of tjd112
4.92/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith nonic

Appearance - Really dark brown with finger white head, well-laced

Smell - Maple syrup

Taste - Maple syrup, with some nuts, toffee, and chocolate

Mouthfeel - Dangerous smooth, but medium bodied

Drinkability - Very

Overall - A new favourite

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a 12 oz into a pint glass. Brown in color with some haze and a fair amount of light coming through. A tight tan head settles slowly. Good lacing as it goes down.

S: Maple, molasses, roasted malt with a fresh brown bread aroma. Hint of vanilla, raisins and a sweet nuttiness. Hops subdued.

T: Sweet nuttiness with a maple and vanilla flavor. Some dried fruit and raisins with a mellow roastedness. Nuttiness turns to bitterness in the finish with help from the hops.

M: Smooth medium body with creamy carbonation.

D: This one is decent for having a few of but the bitterness seems to be a bit off balance. It is not hugely noticeable though.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.11/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once served in my goblet "Gouden Carolus":

A: Dark brown color, chocolate type, ephemeral foamy head, acceptable lacing;

S: Sweet, Malt with nutty and maple syrup essences, feels like walnut-like gruel;

T: Malt dominates with nuts, nuts and lot of nuts, and some biscuits, i dont notice the maple syrup;

M: Sharp, bitter sweet, medium body, high carbonation and thick consistency;

D: Amazing if you like nuts.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12fl oz bottle poured into my mug

Pours a dark copper to medium brown color(not exactly brown per say)with a half inch slightly tan head that subsides very quickly, only leaving a mere ring on the outer edges of the beer. Lacing is not really present.

This thing takes "Nut" in brown ale seriously. Very nutty smell with maple syrup and nothing but malts.

Slightly sweet upfront flavor with the maple syrup, this leads to a very mild chocolate malt taste.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Not really a beer I would look forward too trying again.

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Photo of samie85
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/22.

A- Pours a a rich mahogany color with a one finger tan head.

S-I'm getting maple syrup and chocolate malt aromas.

T-Follows the nose with maple and sweet chocolate malt and finishes with a dark chocolate dry bitterness.

M-This one's really smooth although I think it could do with a little more carbonation.

D- Very easy drinking although it's feels a little thin and isn't the most complex beer. A pretty solid everyday beer though

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

Chestnut brown color, slightly hazy, with a decent tan head. The head fades somewhat slow and leaves a nice ring on the glass.

A decent nutty aroma, some roasted malt sweetness and nothing at all from the hops. I do not get any maple notes in the aroma. It does smell like a decent brown ale though. Taste is somewhat roasty, some caramel malt and a touch of hop spice and bitterness in the finish. Again nothing from the maple syrup though it may be contributing to the overall sweetness of this beer.

Medium body, well carbonated, this has a real smooth mouthfeel. Definitely drinkable at 4.5%. There's nothing spectacular about this beer but it's pleasing in all aspects.

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Photo of jera1350
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent brown color with one finger head.

Smells slightly sweet with some nuttiness.

Mmm, nice taste of roasted malt, some nuttiness with a mild maple flavor. Think a slightly sweeter Newcastle. Very tasty.

Lighter than medium bodied, pretty smooth.

I could put back a sixer of these on an evening. Browns are a nice and easy to drink beer year round and this fits the bill. The maple adds a bit of character to it. Nicely done.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date on bottle: 10/7/09. Poured into a frozen pint glass.

A: Deep amber like dark iced tea. Reddish brown beauty.

S: Impressive whiffs of maple candy, honey and pecans. Gotta wait til the beer warms up a bit to really smell this one.

T: A nice ale with notes of maple and pecans again, this time roasted. Very toasty, wet finish.

Drinkabilty: If you like maple, I could see polishing off a sixer in a evening with no problem. Goes down smooth.

Value: Bought individually for $2 a pop. Next time I'll go with the six pack.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown into an American pint glass, with less than a finger of tan head and spotty lacing. The smell was dominated by nuttiness, along with some roasted malt and chocolate; not much of a hint of maple in the smell. Not much of maple syrup flavor in the taste either, which was a nice blend of nuts, chocolate, and maltiness, but finishing on a super-sweet note. However, maple syrup texture certainly surfaced in the thick, syrupy mouthfeel. A nice sipping beer (maybe with dessert), but not a session brew for me.

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Photo of aeminter
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brow with garnet hues, very little head
S - Rich, malt/maple sweetness and a little nutty...maybe some coffee
T/M - Medium body, deep, roasty, kind-of-a hazelnut or pecan flavor

Ok, first, according to BJCP this is a specialty beer. Granted the base is an American Brown, but you still have to give some leniency to the special ingredients.
All in all a good job.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/copper color with a moderate head that fades pretty quickly into nothing. Little lacing nose is sweet with malt, maple, nut, slightly toasty. Taste is very sweet - maple, nut, toasty. Reminds me a bit of sweet tea actually. Syrupy mouthfeel that seems a bit thinner than it should be - but silky smooth. Quite drinkable. Overall a very sweet brew with no bitterness.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours a medium-dark copper color with light ruby highlights. The tan head of foam is about a fingers worth. It recedes to a creamy surface covering, which sticks around for quite awhile. Lacing is in mid-size ropes and fairly sticky.

This smells like toasted, maple glazed, pecans. Pretty tasty smell. A slight touch of cinnamon. Good presence of maltiness. A light touch of butteriness.

It doesn't taste quite as good as the nose, but it's still good. A good level of maltiness seems to be the base componenet. This is complemented by a toasted nut profile, which adds some depth to it. Then you get a light drizzling of maple sweetness, to seal the deal. There are also light notes of buttered toast.

Medium-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Has a very nice creaminess to it.

This is a very drinkable beer. I see no reason to not be able to drink these all evening. If you dig Scotch Ales, this is in the same ballpark, just on the mild side.

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

Appearance: I'd call the color a burnt mahogany. Some lacing clings to the mug.

Smell: Aroma of roasted nuts, but primarily I smell the maple syrup.

Taste: As with the smell, the dominant taste is the maple syrup, but not too dominating. This is still a nut brown. The nutty bitterness is nicely balanced by the sweet maple. There is also a slight malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, a tad thin for a nut brown.

Drinkability: Two or three of these would be quite pleasant, especially with the low alcohol content.

Overall, this is a nice change of pace for a nut brown with the sweet maple adding a different element. This is not my favorite style, but I would recommend this to someone who's looking for a nut brown that's slightly less nutty.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brown in color, small head, clear, small carbonation

Smell: maple dominates with some nut

Taste: sweet malt to start. The maple taste comes about in the middle and finishes strong. The nut is present in the finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth, light bodied, minimal carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: This one is a favorite of mine and a guilty pleasure beer. I love how the maple just pops. It is sweet but still has the nut brown taste. I could session this one.

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Photo of BeerInReview
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Very thin head that dissipated quickly. It's definitely brown with a reddish hue when held up to the light.

S: It's very subtle, but there is a smell of malt, and I don't smell any maple. An aroma of hops is no where to be found.

T: The first tastes, as it hits my tongue, are of sweet malt and then a hint of maple towards the end. The taste of maple and malt lasts for a few seconds but it quickly disappears. I am not sensing any nutty flavor here. The taste is a bit disappointing. And, I cannot taste any hops.

M: It's smooth, but way too clean and watered down feeling for a nut brown.

D: It's finishable, but I will not be cracking open another one anytime soon. This may be one of those beers I'll give to my "non-beer" beer drinking friends.

Serving type: bottle

Overall this beer wasn't horrible, but IMHO it's an average beer.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For some reason I was in the mood for pancakes with dinner, this had the flavor to appease my need.
It's a pretty medium brown beer with a small amount of tan head. Low carbonation. The aroma is slightly nutty with sweet malts. The taste is a bit nutty at first then the maple kicks in after a few seconds. The maple is not overpowering, it's very nice. The finish is very smooth. The body was about perfect for a brown. This is definitely a repeat buy.

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Photo of climax
2.35/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

While pouring this one, I pretty much had to shake the glass and pour it from 2 feet above the air to get any sort of head. After tiring myself out doing that, I took note of the color.... brown.

I didn't get much from the nose, a bit of nuttiness and some sweet malt. I got a bit of raw meat funk...

Flavor was weak as well, not bad, but there's really not much there. Maple definitely didn't jump out at me, but I can sense the resemblance. All that seemed roasted was the finish which was slightly dry and bitter.

There was really no body whatsoever, underpowered in every way. However there was plenty of bite/carbonation ruling out what I thought could be a tainted beer. But part of me just thinks this one was supposed to be a little better than this....

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Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.41 out of 5 based on 928 ratings.
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