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 Chinon01
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Decent head with no lacing. Dark tea color.

Smell - Nose is roasted malt and a peculiar twang.

Taste - Similar to nose with roasted malt covered by a twanginess.

Mouthfeel - Light character which is not appealing.

Drinkability - Low due to twanginess.

Note: Pronounced twanginess in a brown ale isn't standard. This may have been a defective keg. Will taste and score if seen again elsewhere.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.66/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a plain pint glass.

A: Poured an opaque, root beer brown color with slight ruby highlights around the edges underneath a one-finger head of off-white foam.

S: Smells a little sweet and nutty, but it's not aromatic enough for me. I was expecting lots of maple syrup and brown sugar smells, but really got none.

T: Holy bland! I'm not sure if it's the lack of carbonation, or because this beer was on the brink of the 4 month freshness date, but there was minimal taste out of the gate. As the beer warmed a bit, some of the sweeter, maple notes came out and the finish was of toasted malt and hazelnut, but it was oh so light. Kinda disappointed.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium, but strangely watery.

D: If it were another one like this, I'd probably pass up on that. Even if it were 100%, I don't think it'd hold my interest enough with a glut of other tasty brown ales out there.

I was a tad disappointed here. The bland mouthfeel and flavor were what killed me, combined with the decided maple punch I was thirsting for. Again, there may have been factors at play here which turned the beer, but, nevertheless one I probably wouldn;t go out of my way to get.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has 1/4 finger head to start with a tiny bit of lacing about 60% through the glass (very tiny mind you) and a nice dark brown color that I can somewhat see through.

Smell is of maple syrup and caramel malts. I love sweet things, so I am interested to see how the maple will benefit this beer.

The malts fall short. The caramel malts upfront are lacking power. The maple syrup dominates which is followed by a sort of chocolate maltiness mixed wit a citrusyness from a low hop bitterness. The malts would be ok if the maple syrup wasn't totally masking them.

Maple dominates a lot in this beer and makes it sort of maple syrup mixed with water on the mouth. The malts thicken it up and there is a slight creaminess.

For someone like me this beer isn't bad at all. However, from an objective standpoint, there is way too much maple syrup in this beer and not enough malts to balance. It's pedestrian at best. I could have a couple because I like maple syrup, but I'm sure it would get old after a little while.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

While I don't doubt the "pure maple syrup" on the label, the taste is more of molasses, thick and sugary with the malty backbone of the nut brown. For me, very cloying and overlysweet that builds. The maple doesn't blend well with the base beer either with a light, watery mouthfeel. Sounds good on the surface, but not much to dig down into.

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Photo of sevopie
3.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Reddish-brown with a cream colored head. The head didn't last, and left very little lacing.

Smell - Lightly nutty with maple and malty caramel. Kind of what you would expect.

Taste - Also not very complex with the same flavors as smells, with the maple taking a little more center stage this time. Tastes a bit artificial however.

Mouthfeel - Solid, but not overly pleasing.

Drinkability - I remembered this one being better in the past... Perhaps this Trail Mix 6-pack had been sitting for a while, but nothing has been stellar for sure.

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Photo of ibashmuck
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Small head on a dark amber body. Head is gone quickly. Very light nutty scent, matched with maple. Taste is about the same, features a coffee/caramel finish. Low fizz. Not bad, but not great

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Photo of rebel1771
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a fluffly off white head that dissapates quickly.

Aroma of maple comes through loud and clear with a malty caramel note at the end.

Maple flavor is right up front along with a milky lactose flavor. That is followed up with a bready malty finish.

Pretty good brew, nothing earth shattering though.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Beer zoo variety pack

A- pours a dense frothy and slightly tanned head. dark amber brown in color.

S- nuts, malts and alcohol. a maple syrup aroma also hits the nose. Faint-hops, caramel.

T- maple syrup and caramel malts. Nuts and alcohol also are there.

M- Slightly fizzy and cabronated in the mouth. Kind of an average feel and not much to elaborate on.

D- easy to put these down but it could get quite dull after 3 or 4. This is for coors light drinkers looking to try another form watered down alcohol.

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Photo of JMD
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich, mahogany color. Very small head which dissipates quickly. Very flat looking beer.

S: Carmel, molasses, hint of honey. Not much aroma at all.

T: Carmel malt, maple syrup, some hops working in the background.

M & D: Carbonation was very mild. Smooth and easy drinking ale, but I found this to be very average. Nothing special about this to distinguish it from other browns. This is the fourth or fifth beer I've sampled from this brewer, and I 've been mostly unimpressed.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear mahogany color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Malty maple nose. Flavor is sweet maple smooth, hops balance but are in background. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

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Photo of beermanbrian
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown with some red/orange tinges around the side. Thin tan head with a few spots of lacing left behind. Smell is sweet malt with some maple sweetness thrown in there. No hops shows up in this one. Taste matches the smell with just some faint nutty flavors. Overall very bland. Mouth is thin and gives a powdered malt homebrew impression. This one starts out looking OK but goes downhill from there. Nothing to make me come back and try this one again.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown body with some red tinges to it.Nice offwhite head that falls pretty fast and leaves a nice ring.

The first taste is caramel malts,real sweet then the maple.They need to add a bit more hop to this beer for some balancing.

Theres a funky smell to it,not so pleasent.I think its the maple.

Prickly feeling on the tongue.

To sweet for me,needs more balancing to it.I wont be buying this beer again.

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Photo of happygnome
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a light brown transparent color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a very small amount of lacing around the edge of the glass
s: maple aroma is evident, a very sweet aroma with little hop bitterness present
t: similar to the nose this is a very sweet brew
m: light to medium bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this isnt a beer that i can see myself buying again

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Served in a pint glass. Appeared hazy brown with a small head and some retention.

S. Some roasted coffee notes.

T. A sweet smokey taste with some maple syrup around the edges. Not half bad.

M. Full bodied for sure but a bit slick.

D. A very filling and enjoyable beer. Nothing special but definately worth trying.

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Photo of apratsunrthd
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with a pale, creamy head. Weak but fresh smell. Taste is unique to be sure. Lots of nuttiness, a hint of maple, and I think I tasted barbecue sauce ;-). Mouthfeel is decent if not a bit too carbonated. Drinkability also a little better than average.

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Photo of rye726
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A clear brown color with a poor tan head. The nose has some mild malts and is quite light. The taste is marginally improved with a faint nuttiness and bitter hop presence. Really not too much going on here. Light body and heavy carbonation. Very mild, even for a brown.

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Photo of erosier
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a deep brown/amber color with a small off white head that was pretty thick. It settles fairly slow to a slight film above the veer. It laces very nicely down the glass.
A: It has a nice aroma of sweet roasted malts, maple syrup, and a hint of nuttiness at the end of the nose.
T: It tastes of sweet roasted malts, then alot of maple flavor and some sweet nuttiness at the end of the taste.
M: Very sweet and refreshing
D: Pretty drinkable for an english brown ale.

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Photo of Onslow
1.81/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

wow, very watery!... the dullest most boring beer in the history of ales ... at least there's no aftertaste ... hell, at least theres no aftertaste, but u need taste to get an of the shadiest brown ales around .... more disappointing than constipation...

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Photo of Patrick999
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an attractive deep brown, but the head dissipates too quickly. No lacing.

S - The only other beer I've had with maple is DFH Immort Ale, and I smell that maple component here, though obviously not anywhere near as boozy. Not much beside the maple, but I don't care, maple smells great on its own.

T - Pleasing maple taste with sweetness in the finish and aftertaste. Until then, a ever so slightly bitter almond malt.

F - There's an odd detachment in the feel, as if one part of the beer wants to go one way and another wants to go in the opposite direction. Sometimes seems watery, sometimes seems crisp; not really too coherent.

D - My complaints don't really detract from the drinkability here. You could put away 2-3, and it would probably go great with a glazed chicken or pork dish, among other foods.

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Photo of Lupe
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stunning appearance. Pours a clear reddish brown with a big and tight tan head. Great retention as it slowly recedes to a one finger cap and leaves sheets of lace behind. Looks similar to fresh poured iced tea.

Mellow and muted aroma with hints of toasted & roasted malt, some nuttiness, and amber malt extract.

Flavor is very mellow with some toasted malt, nuttiness, and chicory. A little toasted grain hits the back of the tongue. Hops are barely present, adding just enough bitterness to balance. Finishes clean and dry. Overall the flavor is very mild.

Light in body, low carbonation, and incredibly smooth. Goes down very easily. A real session beer that has just enough to keep you interested. Not a bad choice for gameday.

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Photo of dogger6253
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A dark, ruby red with a thin film on top, some carbonation bubbles linger at the bottom of the glass. The aroma is very strong, hits your nose as soon as you pop off the cap. There is a very warm, nutty smell. Heavy on the malt and brown sugar.

The taste is slightly nutty, very sweet and caramel-like. On top of this, there are bits of maple, brown sugar and vanilla with a little touch of hops in the finish. There's moderate carbonation, a plain body - kind of watery. There are no major turn offs here, good taste. This a good session beer if nothing else.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear oak brown, almost no head, tan lacing on surface, lots of small carbonation bubbles.

S = Maple syrup smells come through strongly, also light hints of chocolate, very light floral hops.

T = Sweet maple syrup and chocolate malt on front of the tongue, little bit of bitterness shows up mid-palate then both flavors continue into a relatively long finish.

M = Medium-light body, too much carbonation fizz, decent mouthcoating.

D = This is an easy drinking beer from its light, sweet flavor, but I didn't really care too much for its visual aspects and the fizziness really was a drawback, making it just average when all considered..

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This one pours a dark walnut brown that is the color of a deep brown wood stain when held to the light, and some almost crimson hues add depth to the color. The head is small at about half an inch, but it looks solid and tan. Some wet lace is left on the glass, and the head remains at a thin cap for the duration of my pint. As unimpressive as the head is, the color is really beautiful and calming.

S - Maple syrup and peanut butter on Belgian waffles. Some really nice (albeit subdued) hops add a woodsy note to this nutty brown ale. This smells like those roasted Bavarian nuts that you can buy around Christmastime, and those nutty roasted and almost smoky notes come out even more with warmth.

T - Peanut butter...but maybe made with almonds and walnuts instead of peanuts. (Do they make such a thing?) Sweet maple syrup underlies the nutty flavors, but never overpowers the brown ale flavors. The balance that they have achieved with this one is outstanding! The roasted nuts, maple syrup, smoky woody notes, and autumn leaf hops are all working together in this brew.

M - Light bodied with a very low level of carbonation, this one finishes pretty much neutral, with maybe a touch of dryness about thirty seconds after swallowing.

D - This is a really nice brown ale with a unique twist It's slightly sweeter and less dry than most browns, but it's a nice mellow sipper that could be a great autumn session brew.

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

This poured a hazy medium brown with a little tan head. It smelled almost exactly like hard apple cider with a bit of hops. It tasted mostly like apple cider, with some citrus hops added in, but there was no noticeable maple or nut. It was watery with some carbonation and had a mildly bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a good clean drink, but not at all what I expected.

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Photo of bennyfrank
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep dark brown color. One finger head with minimal lacing. Not a whole lot of action in the way of carbonation resulting in a flat mouth feel. Taste is okay with hints of chocolate and maple but overall unimpressive. So far the Pick Axe Ale is my favorite for TommyKnocker

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Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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