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.

Added by kbub6f on 07-27-2001

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.56/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 8/28/2008 (bottle):

Pours a dark brown, caramely colored body, with a creamy, nearly-white head, lasting. Very malty Aroma, some dust, some dark sugar, maple I'd say. Dusty watery taste, some maple. A little nuttiness. Weak & almost headache inducing.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark amber. Pours almost no head and what little there was quickly shrank to a very thin coating with no lacing.

S - Can smell some roasted nuts (hazelnuts to be specific). The maple smells like maple syrup.

T - The maple comes right up front. Doesn't taste like the fake maple syrup but more like real maple. Also toasted malt comes into play. The nut flavor is more in the background now.

M - Slightly sticky from the maple but still finishes clean. More of a beer to have after a meal due to the sweetness.

D - Sweet and tasty. Easy to drink. I haven't had this beer in sometime and I don't know why I stopped getting it. Very good.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear dark copper color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head that dissipated to a thick skim. Sticky lace all the way down.

S: Dominated by sweetness or hazelnut and maple syrup and bready malt. Light bitter in the end.

T: Maple much more predonimant in taste. Still the bready malt in the foundation. Bitter hop finish is very mild.

M: Light body. Nicely balanced carbonation. Nice flavorful beer that feels smooth yet clean.

D: Light and sweet without diminishing in drinkability.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Light fruity and carmel notes, nutty, mild and dry roasty overtones. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Clear leather brown pour with a sudsy tan/off-white cap.

Flavor: Mild nutty and biscuity malt base. Earthy and slightly spicy hop bitterness to offset the nutty maltiness. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with high carbonation. Carbonic bite is sharp and acidic.

Overall impression: A mostly forgettable American Brown. Very middle of the road. Nothing exciting but not terrible.

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Photo of schroederm
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a goblet:

Brown with a touch of ruby with a quickly dissipating head. Tons of maple in the nose, with some molasses and vanilla as well. I was shocked to find the maple is actually done very, very well in the taste. Not too much, just right. A little orange in there too. A little too malty overall, even for the style... but much better than I anticipated. Good carb, a little lighter body than I'd expect. Highly sessionable.

Overall: It seems I might have a higher opinion of this brew than most. I went into this expecting to be inundated with maple, but it's really quite subtle. I recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of mothman
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Color is a clear mahogany amber. Thin head that leaves no lace.

The aroma is of heavy maple, but it is absolutely amazing. There are also some sugar and nut smells. Slight alcohol aroma as well. Taste is over powered on sugar and maple. Very malty. Some slight grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Leaves a very sticky aftertaste. Decently carbonated.

Overall, this is an easy to drink beer. A great session beer, but I would rather have something more complex or hoppy.

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Photo of danadeny
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark brown body, in certain angles it looks like a dark amber. Pours a nice off white head. Smells like a malt lover's dream. Very rich and sweet smelling. Not much for hop aroma though. Wow, taste is very very ballanced. The front is sweet and malty, toasted malt, with a hint of maple sugar. I think I can taste more maple in the after taste as well. Little to no hops are detectable, making this beer extremely smooth and balances (dangerously good). Mouthfeel is watery and refreshing; this could actually get the job done on a hot day. And drinkability is very good due to a lack of bitterness on the finish, all that sugary flavor up front, and refreshing mouthfeel.

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Photo of droomyster
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at the Super Bowl party and thought it was pretty interesting. Poured a dark chestnut with just a little tan head. Aromas were very subdued (I was expecting a maple blast) but the taste was great. A big nuttiness right up front; the maple became more evident on the palate as the beer warmed, but was always more noticeable on the finish. Medium body was fine. Not a session beer by my standard but a fun beer to try.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This selection pours with a thin head that is a pale caramel in color. The brew itself is a rather deep brown/red amber. Lacings as present, yet not thick. Spiderwebbing observed on the surface.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by a sweety hazelnut-bready presence. Rather pleasant. :-)

Taste: Yep...this is a sweet mapley brew. There is a light bready malt flavor, but the predominant presence is the maple syrup. The light toasty flavor was probably induced during the mashing of the wort. Overall this is a very light brown ale that tasted suprisingly pleasant.

Mouthfeel: There is a light carbonation zing on flavor onset, but this quickly tapers into the maple presence. Hop bitterness is very mild and becomes more pronounced during the sustain. Little to no palate crouding or aftertaste. Impressive formulation with interesting subtle twists and turns. Great job.

Drinkability: Light and airy. The maple sweetness is not so overpowering as to be "filling" or too rich. Great job.


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Photo of prodgerm
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is one of those finds that a devoted beer drinker stumbles on to from time to time (especially in a state such as Pennsylvania, where we have to really look for good beer.) A bit sweet at first taste but with just enough hops to balance the rich malt. I had a bottle at a local Pub and ran to the only beer distributor who carried Tommyknocker and bought a case.
Try this beer if you like a full bodied; somewhat sweet, but very drinkable beer.

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Photo of xare
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance was dark brown with tinges of honey at the edges with a thin white head that dissipated rather quickly. Didn't look like much at first look.

Smell was somewhat like a light aroma emanating from a bottle of maple syrup and a bit of nuttiness. Apart from making me crave pancakes - it was very nice.

Taste is of a light maple sweetness mixed with a bit of roasted nuttiness. Can definitely taste some toasted malt. The more I drank it, the more the maple syrupiness moved to the background and the light nuttiness came out. It was a very nice blend of flavors although it was all on the light end. Not really a robust flavor profile but that's a good thing sometimes. I was hoping for something big here, judging by the label.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Nothing else jumps out to mind either good or bad. So it gets an average score.

Drinkability was excellent. I kept thinking to myself, "This beer isn't even that good". And in a few minutes, I had polished off the bottle without knowing it. That light flavor contributes to the huge drinkability. I'll definitely pick up some more bottles of this when I'm in the mood for something maple-flavored.

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Photo of skrib09
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a nice brown ale color. good forming head on this one.

smells sweet. a bit sweet-nutty.

i can get the sweetness of maple and the flavors of a sweet nut. tiny bitterness in there.

good mouthfeel, a bit carbonation towards the back of the palate.

good drinkability.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Tommyknocker's mixed pack, purchased at Christie's Liquors in Dinosaur, Colorado.

A: Pours a tan brown color, with an off white head that well, wasn't really ever there, reduced to not even a film, just a couple specks of bubbles on the top.

S: maple syrup and a faint chocolate smell, somewhat nutty, not really a whole lot else going on.

T: light roasted flavor, almost coffee like, and a nice maple syrup flavor in there too, slight hint of bitterness, but really not from hops, probably from the roasted barley, slight chocolate flavor. lots of hints at flavors, but nothing really stands out, definite lingering maple flavor. not bad at all.

M: really quite sticky, lightly carbonated, lingering syrup flavors, not bad at all

D: a little on the sweet side for me, probably not a great session beer in my opinion, but not a bad beer overall, a lot better than i expected. maple syrup is a nice addition to a traditional brown ale.

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

Very surprised by this beer. Rich dark mahogany body under a tight off-white two-finger head that fades to a solid lid and leaves ample lacing.

Smell is mild chocolate malt and biscuit malt, and the maple syrup is evident, though not strong. Nutty. Spot on for style.

Taste is like the smell, with a light crisp mild-hop finish.

Mouthfeel is round enough for a brown ale -- not too thick or chewy, but noticeable as an ale.

Drinkability is fine. Goes down very easy.

Pretty decent for a Tommyknocker brew. Worth having!

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Photo of jjazz
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Minimal head that is gone within seconds.

Aroma is mildly nutty and malty with faint hops.

Flavor is pretty undistinguished. Tastes like a typical brown ale, with the slightest hint of maple syrup in the finish. A small hint of coffee as well. I wish it had a bit more sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very thin; my biggest complaint.

Not a bad beer by any means, but not the sryupy maple infused beer I was hoping for.

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Photo of whiterascal
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, maybe a little mahagony. Thin tan head that disappeared quickly.
S: malty with some sweetness, almost like honey
T: Malty, but not as malty as it smelled. I can taste the maple, but it is not at all overpowering. Sweet and classy.
M: Super smooth! Roundish
D: I could drink a few.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours up dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin white head that dissipates to some fine bubbles on top.

S - Nice maple syrup aroma, very subtle. It overpowers the hops and the malt.

T - Starts off slightly sweet, with a Dr pepper like flavor in the finish. Maybe it's the maple, but Dr Pepper popped into my head. Not bad.

M - Feels a little thin.

D - A little mild on the flavor, but not mild enough to put me off a second one.

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Photo of BeTheBall
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got a sixer for Xmas.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. One finger head, has a dark rust like color, looks like a brown ale.

Smells also like a brown ale, slightly roasted aroma, but not getting any maple.

Tastes very much as a brown, but with just a very slight maple flavor towards the back of the tongue. Taste to me becomes a little bland as the glass progreses.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and nice.

Drinkability is not very high in my book as the flavor is on the mellow side and not satisfying enough to go back for more.

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Photo of colts9016
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown with reddish hues, absent of a head. The smell is malty, nutty, a hint of yeast. absent of hops but a note of maple. The taste is thin watery no body. The maple flavor come out in the finish. Would be a great beer if it had more of a malt backbone.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, medium-brown color, no head or lacing

S: Nothing stands out on the nose

T: Maple yumminess, not overly sweet, toffee, yeast, straw. None of the flavors pop, they are just there but are there nicely in a creamy way.

M: Medium carbonation, the light flavors make this very easy on the mouth.

D: Very drinkable. If I had to, I could drink alot of this, however, prefer more flavorable beers.

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Photo of Rayek
3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of the brewery's sampler six-pack.

A: Deep nut brown color with average clarity and minimal carbonation. A very strong pour netted only a tiny head that quickly vanished. Left no lace.

S: Maple is the theme here, as a heavy whiff of dark maple syrup greats the nose. As the nose lingers, aromas of toasted malt and biscuits start to emerge.

T: There's no denying the presence of the maple syrup in this brew. In fact, it makes up the majority of the beer's flavor profile. A mild level of bitterness does its level best to keep the beer from being over the top sweet, but it adds no flavor. Finishes with a coffee-like acidity.

M: Medium body feels watery from low carbonation. Underneath it is a syrupy feeling that seems separate from the rest of the body.

D: This beer struck me as sort of a one-trick pony. The maple theme is pushed to the extent that it overwhelms anything else that night be going on. Certainly not a bad beer, but not one I'm anxious to revisit.

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Photo of CircusBoy
2.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Light brown with very small head. Little retention with not much lacing.

Smell - Decent aroma of almonds, maple and pine

Taste - Taste is a bit weak. You get a hint of the flavor but not as much as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel - Very thin and goes down a little too easy.

Drinkability - Pretty high. This is due to the lack of flavor and thinness of the beer.

Overall, an ok beer that I would drink again if had limited options, but wouldnt go out of my way to buy more.

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Photo of argock
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date notched on back label.

A: Pretty soft chestnut with ruby highlights. Ample light tan head with a surprisingly layered amount of intricate lacing down the glass.

S: Pretty light nose with a bit of toasted caramel and butter with minimal hops. Maple aroma is not readily detected and there is even a touch of raw grain there that I don't think belongs in this style.

T: The taste is good but not outstanding because of the lack of any specific standout flavor. The lightly toasted caramel malts are most evident with the maple flavors now evident which leaves a cardboard-like finish. A bit of bitterness and acrid burned flavor are present in the finish as well.

M: Not good for a brown ale with a thin, watery feel that hints at a too-small maltload. Aftertaste is pleasant with a bit more chocolate and nuttiness.

D: A decent brew, but there are better Tommyknocker beers and much better, more interesting brown ales out there.

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Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear dark amber color with an unfortunate head that quickly disappears with only a few strands of lace clinging to the glass

Smell: Nutty and bready, with a hint of maple

Taste: Starts out rather sweet, with a maple sugar aspect to the malt flavors and the sweetness continues to build by mid-palate; just a hint of bitterness appears after the swallow, but the sweetness dominates from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although it is too sweet for my tastebuds and lacks any balancing complexity, it is not unpleasant to drink and should appeal to those who may like a sweet, malty and slightly off-kilter brew

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Photo of kinger
2.15/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Oy, this is a sorry excuse for a brown ale. Actually this is a sorry beer period. I look at my numbers and I feel I'm being a tad generous to the rating, but I'll leave them be. Redeeming qualities are in very short supply. Real quick: slight maple aroma nothing else, good initial pour soon becomes flat and thin, mouthfeel is awkward and light, flavor is so freaking weak and bland, overall a major bummer. Back in '97 I took my first road trip out west, we drove through Idaho Springs and boy am I glad we didn't stop if this is what passes for beer in that little mountain town. Later gnomes!

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