Maple Nut Brown Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Maple Nut Brown AleMaple Nut Brown Ale
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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 rye726
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
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 +13.2%
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 -47.1%
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%
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 +2.9%
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 +5.8%
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 -2.9%
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 +0.9%
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 +2.3%
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 -21.6%
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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Photo of dedrinker
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nutty brownish amber type thing with a thin slightly darker than off-white head. Aromas of slightly roasty malt, macadamia nuts and maple. The flavor was pretty bland - a little nutty, roasty malt with a very elusive maple character. Kinda slippery on the tongue. Medium bodied with a slightly sweet finish. Not sure what to make of it. I would re-name this one "College Town Brown."

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Photo of supercolter
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a wierd beer. Often times the scent is a large indicator of taste. This was not one of those times. The appearance was pretty bland, same color as maple syrup but not quite as thick. Smell is sweet like candy, taste is rather dry. I don't get it. Drinkable beer, but not my favorite brown ale.

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Photo of chiefydawg
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came out the exact same color as pure maple syrup (yes, I compared). Poured with little fizz and less head. Thank goodness, since I committed a foul and spilled some. No real lace to speak of.

Smells sweet and 'maply'. Some nutty caramel scent.

The first sips really taste quite a bit like maple, which soon settles down to a decent beer-like balance. Hops are barely existent, and the sliver it has was needed. It was sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Some lightly roasted cashew and toffee in the finish.

Medium body with some airiness for being such a flat-seeming beer. Really about what anybody, I think, should expect from a maple nut brown ale.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown to dark copper color. There is little to no head. I was kinda excited about this beer and so far, so good. The aroma is sweet. Scent of roaster nuts as well as chocolate. Very sweet and very malty as expected. The flavor didn't give me what I was looking for. Maybe thats my fault. Too little of everything. I expected powerful malts, roasted nuts and nice chocolate taste. I got a little roasted malts and a little hint of others. The finish is plain and boring.

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a dark brown color with no head and no lacing.

S - It smelled of maple. There was a sugary sweet aroma. A nutty smell, too.

T - It tasted of maple and nut. Also, a roasted malt flavor.

M - It was soft and creamy. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This was my first from Tommyknocker. It was good, but nothing too impressive. I'm looking forward to trying the ButtHead and Pick Axe.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into Ommegang chalice. Beer was amber in color with a two finger, creamy, off-white head. Nice lacing around the glass.

Aroma was faint, but I picked up on caramel, nuts, honey and light malt.

Taste was nutty and sweet. Very light hop bitterness. Not really much going on with this beer. Pretty plain.

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Photo of JDV
1.89/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dark yet transluscent maroon colored pour with a light beige head. Oddly sweet maple smell, with a light sour vinegar smell. Not good. Taste is basically nutty, light, smooth and boring. I bought 3 other beers from this brewery and I hope this isn't their best... I really wanted to like this, and was drawn in from the bottle, but it really wasn't good. Didn't finish and wouldn't get again.

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Photo of number1bum
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this one.

Pours a reddish medium brown with just a few stray bubbles rising to the top and about a finger or a bit more of light beige head. Head retention is ok leaving a thin lace and some stick on the sides.

Smells like a typical nut brown ale, as it's slightly bready with some caramel malt sweetness and nutty aromas. I don't pick up the maple, but there is a subtle fruitiness there too.

Taste is nutty with some caramel malt sweetness, and then midway through some maple sweetness comes into play. There's a bready, grainy base as well, and again some fruitiness like the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly chalky and the carbonation is maybe a bit more aggressive than I'd like.

This is not a bad brew at all. Pretty solid nut brown with some good flavor and sweetness to it.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, enjoy within 4 months of notched date (Nov 07) notched into the label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color, some carbonation rising inside. The head formed small and stayed that way, decent retention.

Aroma: Toasted and roasted malts along with maple syrup. Not too strong, but decent.

Taste: Toasted malts along with some maple flavors up front. There's a slight hoppy bitterness that comes through in the middle, but remains in the background. The finish is a mixture of roasted malts and maple syrup, with the maple lingering nicely.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied, and fairly smooth. the carbonation was a little light, I'd have liked more.

Overall: Decent, nothing special though. I liked it enough but there are much better brown ales to be had.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Trail Mix 6 pack.

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is brown in color with a one inch brownish head forming on the pour. Head fades to a good cover and leaves some layers of lacing.

Smell: Like the other Tommyknocker beers I have had this is a little light in the scent department. Some maple syrup with a touch of roasted malts which I suppose it is ok for an English Brown (for me an American Brown has a somewhat strong scent of roasted malt). Decent, if a bit subdued.

Taste: Hop lovers need not try. Nothing bitter here. A little sweet (I assume due in part to the syrup), with a touch of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slick going down. The beer is medium in body with good carbonation.

Drinkability: An easy drinking beer, I like the one I had, but this beer is just not a wow beer. Would I buy another? Maybe. I probably would try this on tap, but a whole six pack? I'm not so sure.

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Photo of bditty187
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, reddish brown in hue, almost ruby when backlit with a beige head. At the apex the foam was a half finger tall, good head retention as the bubbles were slow to fade to a soapy cap and then a skimpy collar. Noteworthy but not widespread subsequent lacing. Overall, the appearance is respectable and typical of the style (and brewery).

Maple syrup in the nose is very noticeable… I like it! I want pancakes now! I wonder if this beer could be used for batter instead of water. Anyway, the brown ale qualities are neither nutty nor roasty; I find them tame and sort of English in ancestry. Minimal fruitiness. Beyond the maple aromas only a general “beeriness” exists. Moderate potency… inviting for a one trick pony but not impressive by any means.

The brown ale base is quite simplistic, IMO. Aside from the maple upfront and the “freezer burn” taste at the finish not much is going on aside from some hints of chocolate. I like the start, get bored in the middle and become distracted and indifferent by the end. Light sweetness, matly with maple syrup aftertaste. The flavor profile is better than ordinary and I can see why it is so popular… even though it doesn’t do much for me.

Medium/medium-light in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is average and a bit thin for my liking.

IMO, this beer is a novelty. If I want a brown ale, I’ll drink Moose Drool. If I want a maple brown something I am going straight for the TK Imperial Nut Brown. While this standard version is good it isn’t special enough or frankly rich enough for me to want to drink again. Would I turn down a free pint? No. Would I buy one? Maybe. Will I seek this out? No. Purchased in Omaha.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep brown with a slight amber hue and a thin, creamy, off-white cap. The smell is underwhelming, maple syrup not really apparent but it is malty sweet, a bit nutty and slightly roasted. The taste is much the same, tastes like a nut brown ale. Starts with a malty nutty presence and finishes with an off taste that isn't very enjoyable. There is also just a hint of hops. The mouthfeel is lighter than I had expected, maybe a medium-light body with a decent carbonation. A drinkable beer but this one falls short of my expectations.

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Photo of Grinder
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice drinkable beer. The color was the color of maple syrup (surprise) with a nice cap of bubbles.

The nose was a little underwhelming, I was expecting a little more but it was pleasant once I found it. Maple? Didn’t really smell it.

Taking a sip I was expecting more maple I guess. After all Maple is ON the lable but was not really tasted until the very end as it was washing down the throat. The overall taste was more nutty actually.

Medium to light medium body which was sad.

Overall I liked the beer but it was more of a drinking beer as opposed to a tasting beer . . . .if that makes any sense.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass at 69 taps Akron OH

A - Medium brown with not much head. The bartenders poured the beer to the top of the glass not leaving much room for head. It's ashame they didn't know anything about beer, although they were cute.

S - Sweet caramel scent.

T - Sweet with a malty nutty flavor.

M - Good carbonation with a maple flavor finish.

D - Good beer that's easy to drink.

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Photo of oelergud
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.
Almost opaque deep ruby and mahogany body. Creamy tan head of tiny to medium bubbles. Decent retention but not alot of lace.
Nutty earth brown scent with some mild but sharp hop notes.
Pleasant taste of malty nuts and maple. Mild shortlived aftertaste pretty much the same as the initial flavor.
Smooth and rounded medium to full body. Good coating and slick.
Very drinkable, malty and easy to enjoy.


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Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 937 ratings