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 Tballz420
4.01/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany brown bodied, very small tan head takes off quickly. Very rich malt scent, caramels and maple with hints of chocolate. Nut brown flavors dominate the taste. The maple is blended in pretty well and only becomes apparent as it goes down. Im not a major brown ale guy, but this one's pretty tasty. Pretty wet mouth. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of TheStoutAholic
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- The coloring is similar to maple syrup which adds to the experience. Short beige head.

S- Nutty, Maple Syrup.

T- I an normally a stout or porter guy but this one was really pleasant. You can taste the dark roasted malts and the hint of maple syrup which stays with the palette.

M- ..

D- I could drink a six-pack in one sitting only thing I would be wary of is the sweetness of the drink.

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Photo of JerseyPaul
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque brown with ruby tints on the side; decent carbonation; light tan head dissipates quickly, leaving little lazing

Smell: Roasted nut with a touch of caramel maple sweetness; no real hop presence detectable

Taste: Strong roasted nut takes center stage with a nice sweetness that comes up at the end; no hops or alcohol show at all

Mouthfeel: Medium body; good carbonation; smooth & slightly chewy

Drinkability: Low ABV + easy to drink = a 12pk has no chance

Overall, Maple Nut Brown is a very good beer. It has an excellent nose & taste that excite the senses. The appearance & mouthfeel could be improved a bit, but for the most part, a nicely done brown ale. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of TapTitan
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a weird beer, I expected a dark nutty beer however, I was surprised with the easiness I received from this beer as it went down the hatch!

A slight hint of Maple and oh so not bitter, somewhat bland aftertaste was disapointing but then again, initially, I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as I'm not a big Nut Ale fan.

All and all...not bad.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had this one in a hot minute now. The new packaging caught my eye, and I figured I'd give it a whirl again; it is nice, should've done it sooner. The brew pours a lustrous chestnut-mahogany hue, and is topped with a pillowy cap of reddish-tan froth; it is a rich and good looking brew. The nose is mellow, mostly offering sweet roast barley notes, and a bit of maple-y aroma. The flavor is just a bit sweet, and the maple is light (but present); it covers the same territory as the nose. In fact, this tastes a bit like an extremely delicious wort. Hops are present, but very light, adding perhaps a tinge of sweet floral notes. There seems to be a bit of UK ale yeast fruitiness, as well. The brew also sports a nice creamy silky body, and it is pretty much a winner all-around.

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Photo of seh410
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium brown in color with a slight reddish hue. Very minimal off white head

Aroma: Smells yummy - malty and sweet with maple and nut in the background. The maple is almost a little sticky smelling and caramel-like

Taste: The maple is definitely there, but mixed very well with the nut flavor so it's almost hard to pull them apart. It tastes as though the Maple-Nut is one entity, not two. Very little hops, which I love - no bitterness at all. The maple really comes through on the backside with maybe a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Smoooth and light. Nice.

Drinkability: Definitely has drinkability. This beer not only tastes good but goes down easy as well.

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Photo of mzrebiec
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This tastes like maple syrup with a splash of beer. It pours a great brown color with a finger of head. It is uber sweet with a nice smooth finish. The mouth feel is of a "syrup-like" viscosity. It would absolutely make a wonderful breakfast beer. I will keep this in mind next time I go out in the woods or to a log cabin for a vacation/weekend. There are few beers that I can think of that would start your day off better than this Maple Nut Brown.


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Photo of mytireisfat
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red/chestnut color. 1 finger head which dissipates a little quick. head was a very light brown mostly white color.

S: a strong roasted malt flavor, a chocolate nutty flavor. also hints of caramel.

T: Tastes like it smells. darker malt, nutty flavor.

M: Medium body. not a whole lot to talk about.

D: Pretty easy to drink. a very unique flavor. the nutty chocolate malt flavor was very strong, and was good. i would have another, but only once in a while.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear deep reddish-brown color with modest creamy slightly off-white head. Modest lacing. Smell is a pleasant mixture of roasted malt with a distinct maple syup background. The maple syrup really comes through in the taste and is suprisingly enjoyable. Reminds me a scottish ale. Nice full creamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability, but would never try to session.

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Photo of xare
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
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 Daybis
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a deep brown in color and has a nutty scent. Beer is a little on the sweet side with a great maply syrup flavor. Mouthfeel is average. I gave this a 3.5 on the drinkability because of it's sweetness and I think it would be hard to pair with a food, but is a great beer all by its self. I would recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I realkly liked thios - it smelled like a proper beer i.e. hops and malt but there was also a strong maple syroup note present without being overpowering.

The taste followed the aroma with a pleasant balanced maple swetness.

It went down a treat and I thionk I will actively seek this out again.

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Photo of Puddleglum
4.09/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid Nut Brown Ale. I was a little leary because of the Maple aspect and figured it would taste the way flavored coffee does. To my surprise it didn't. The appearance was a nice translucent brown with a meager head. The aroma was malty with aa hint of Maple as was the flavor. It tasted like it had been burtonized possibly which I really think truly gives it the mouthfeel and flavor I appreciate in an English Brown Ale. All in all I enjoyed it even the Maple was quite pleasant at the level it was at.

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Photo of fragilehearted
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. I like sweet malty beers, and a brown w/ maple syrup sounds delicious. It's Thanksgiving, and I've already indulged in food, so why not beer? Let's do this.

A - 1 inch head, clear brown...head goes down to ring/cover, already clinging to the glass as it goes down. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - yep, maple. Sweet, nutty, dark & malty...pretty much what I was expecting. No hops, no bitterness.

T - sweet, follows the nose. Maple, caramel, malty, coffee...also as expected. No complaints; I read the label when I bought it.

M - Like their Imperial Brown, I feel this is a tad under-carbonated. A little thin, too. But otherwise, really smooth, can't feel any booze at all.

D - I liked it, but I'd prefer it to be a little more carbonated. I don't mind finishing out this sixer, but I sure won't do it in this evening. It's great, but it's really sweet, and I just don't want a ton of that all at once.

If you like maple syrup, you'll probably like this. If you don't like maple syrup, don't bother. I love a good brown w/ a twist, so I wasn't disappointed. But if you read the label on this beer and end up hating this beer, maybe you should check your reading skills. =)

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
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 albertjr21
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

"Best By" date of 8-13-12, enjoyed in a pint glass on 4-24-12.

Brew pours a clear mahogany under a fairly persistent head. A sweet and crisp aroma of toasted biscuity malt yields notes of milk sweetness, light cocoa, maple and roasted nut. Letting this warm to a cool temperature from the fridge before drinking truly accentuates the flavors and mouth feel that I'd hoped for in what the bottle proclaims. I think I'll give this another go...with a loaded bacon cheese burger.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.11/5  rDev +20.9%
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 Tone
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color with some lighter amber hues along the edges of the glass. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells strongly of roasted malt up front, even strong hints of coffee, and some slight cream sweetness. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is really smooth and slightly chewy with an average carbonation level. Tastes very sweet first, then the roasted malts come through, then some coffee notes and some sweet malt, decent hop background, and it finishes with a blend of flavors that is really pleasing. Overall, this is a great beer full of flavors and really easy to drink, can't understand why it's rated so low!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never knowing what you get from Tommyknocker (sometimes wonderful, but sometimes lackluster), this Brown Ale shows a lot of promise. Starts with a creamy, nutty, chocolate-ey, malty flavor and develops into a lightly tart, sweet, thinning body in the finish. The maple syrup adds a lot of sweetness, tartness, nuttiness, and accentuates the chocolate malts. Never thick, but remains creamy and finishes a little lighter than expected. Leaves a little residual sugar on the toung and a hint of twangy fermentedness. Not overly complex, yet pleasant and nice. I look forward to having another.

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Photo of benloho
4.16/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful session beer that you could gulp over and over again. The maple sweetness blends beautifully with the nutty flavor and is wonderfully drinkable. Pairs great with breakfast food or after a day of skiing or snowshoeing or around a campfire.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.17/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Three Philosophers mini-snifter. Back bottle label notched 07 June 11.

Appearance - Brown body. Clear but dark. Small tan head.

Smell - Roasted nutty malt. Coffee.

Taste - Roasted nutty malt. Slight coffee. Well balanced. Slightly bitter and astringent.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Somewhat spritey, but smooth.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty decent. No off characters. Very drinkable.

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Photo of bastardface
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was told about Tommyknocker from an individual tha wanted to have it kept in my bar. Needless to say I had to try it out first. I got it in a bottle and it was made in July of this year. It does taste a little flat but it is still pretty tasty. The coor when you pour is medium brown in color, almost sandy. The smell is sweet and desirable. The taste is more a fruity taste than maple. The nutty flavor really stands out to me. This beer is pretty damn goodand easy to drink, almost too easy.

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Photo of prodgerm
4.25/5  rDev +25%
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 JuicesFlowing
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is an amber brown with a ruby hue. The light cream colored head dissipates to a film with light sticky lacing. Smells of sweet maple and malts. The taste is perfectly balanced, with a slight sweet maple overtone that covers the biscuity, nutty amber core. The mothfeel is medium to light bodied, a tad watery and very drinkable.

Overall, I love this brown ale. The low AVB is awesome, and this beer doesn't over-do it like some other brewers ... the maple is just enough to get the point across. A good representation for the style.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.32/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a deep reddish brown, no head.. just a small amount of bubbles around rim of glass. smells of roasted coffee beans and hazelnut, tobacco. slightly buttery scents.. this really smells like a meal, and it's making me hungry. FEED ME SEYMOUR!
ooh! definitely getting the nutty buttery taste! definitely tasting maple syrup. holy shit this is GOOD. it tastes like pecan waffles with a shit ton of syrup poured all over them. why does this have such a low rating??
light body light carbonation.. not much going on in this aspect honestly..
overall as a brown ale, it's kind of a bland looking ale with a watered down mouthfeel.. but honestly this is the best tasting brown ale i've ever had. nutty, syrupy.. it is perfect in that aspect (definitely 100% what the name of the beer suggested). when it comes down to it, i feel that the biggest aspect is taste and smell, and it does win you over in that sense.

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Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.4 out of 5 based on 921 ratings.
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