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 xare
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
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 +10%
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 +15%
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 +6.5%
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 +1.2%
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 +12.9%
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 +7.6%
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 +2.1%
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 +3.2%
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 +20.2%
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 -7.9%
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 -15.8%
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 -1.5%
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 +9.1%
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%
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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Photo of craytonic
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish brown with a nice little off-brown head.

Smell: Malt and a nutty aroma

Taste: Toasted malt and a little maple syrup. Delicious! Very light hops. Nice sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very nice medium body, not heavy, but not too light.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, would enjoy it again. Leaves you wanting another sip. Not a big beer, but good when out or with a meal.

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Photo of AndrewMcLemore
2.82/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The label makes a great first impression with a dwarf miner pouring buckets of maple syrup in a keg. The actual liquid is not quite as interesting. Dark amber that lightens at the bottom to a very light brown. A thicker head would have improved it.

S: Probably my favorite part of this beer. A subtle aroma with hints of maple and burnt brown sugar.

T: As the Hostess raccoon might say: Where's the maple syrup? The beer hits with a lot of sweetness that quickly changes to a decently thick malty goodness. Unfortunately, the finish is unpleasantly bitter and stacks up with each sip until your throat feels coated in cough syrup, not maple. I want beer, not Coke Classic with alcohol.

M: Has a decent body, but again, the undesirably stickiness of syrup sticks out without the earthy sanguine.

D: This beer lays in my stomach like a bad stout. Don't drink this without food, you'll regret it. And personally, I found it far too sweet for more than one at a time.

OVERALL: I bought this beer thinking it might be a more enjoyable version of Newcastle. I was wrong. Unsurprisingly, my girlfriend likes this beer a lot more than I do.

If you're looking for a great brown ale, try the Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar. It'll knock your socks off.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Where's the maple? Just a standard brown ale here, nothing too spectacular about it. The label says there's a maple taste, as does the name, but I can't taste it one bit. At least that would have made this one unique. I would drink this again if handed to me but if I had a choice in a beer store for a six pack.. this one wouldn't be very high.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$1.49 12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, maple syrup-colored brown body with a small, white head.

Smell: Toasty, nutty maltiness with a sweetened cocoa note and a distant maple character like driving past an IHOP.

Taste: Sweetish mixture of cocoa, caramel, nuts and toast make up the maltiness. Light maple syrup character that grows and develops with each sip. Slight spicy hop component shows up but quickly drops out, leaving the beer to finish almost as sweet as it starts. Starts reminding me of a soda before long.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent malt profile and the addition of maple syrup does it's best to try and spruce up the standard brown ale, a beer many find outright boring.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A decent brownish color with reddish tints and a one-finger head that died quickly but left some lace. Has a faint malt smell, with some roasted malts and maybe a hint of coffee/nut. Light to medium bodied and a tad syrupy, has a semi-slick malt feel to it. There are some noticeable sweet malts in here and faint hop presence, but this is pretty much a generic brown ale that isn't worth pursuing.

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Photo of iceball585
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light brown color, semi-transparent, one finger thick head that faded to a thin layer across the top

S- Maple syrup, brown sugar, toasted grains, caramel malts

T- Toasted malts, nutty, maple syrup, caramel malts, molasses, slightly woody flavor

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, very sweet

D- Worth trying

This was a decent American Brown Ale but I probably wont buy it again. Although it has an interesting flavor and is definitely worth trying if you get a chance.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.09/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tommyknocker- Maple Nut Brown

A- Deep hazy chestnut with a nice foamy tan head.
S- Faint, barely there notes of caramel, maple, and sugary corn syrup.
T- Sweet corn syrup with hints of caramel malt and a bit of pecan?! So watery!
M- Again watery with a sugary sweet corn syrup touch. Mild dry finish.

Overall- Another Tommyknocker that fails to impress. Looks good but quickly takes a nose dive. cheap sweet corn syrupy maple syrup flavor just doesn't win me over sorry.

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Photo of cbn
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks good, deep reddish-brown body, wispy beige head, visible carbonation.

Smells of caramel, maple,a hint of cooked cabbage and a spicy alcohol note.

Sweet, fairly clean, flavor follows aroma with light hop bite.

Medium to light body with fair carbonation.

Easy to drink, but not a session beer.

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Photo of ericlawton007
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rather lack luster brown ale. Poured quickly from the bottle and I had to wonder for a second if this beer was completely flat. Smell vaguely like maple syrup, which I was expecting from the name of the beer. If not on the label I dont know if I would have been able to pick it out. Tastes like a really watered down brown ale with not much aftertaste. Over all a very dissappointing ale, as I have been looking for a new brown ale to have with cooler weather coming.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields a reddish-brown body with a glow of amber at the edges, topped with a thin cap of soft ivory foam. A bit of webby lacing decorates the glass.

The smell of the drink is sweetly malty with a spicy molasses twang with plenty of sweet maple and brown sugary notes.

The taste of the drink is sweetly mellow, with notes of maple syrup coming through in more of a 'woodiness' than an actual 'syrupiness', but no worries, there's plenty of syrup in the flavor, too, plus a dash of cocoa in the finish.

No syrup in the feel, though, which is on the watery side of medium-bodied and somewhat juicy otherwise. Nicely carbonated and very drinkable.

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Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.41 out of 5 based on 927 ratings.
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