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 mikesgroove
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A – Poured a nice medium brown, somewhat hazelnut in color with a nice two finger head of tan lace on the top. Decent retention kept the head around for a while until it finally settled down on a thin film across the top. Fairly clear as I really detected no hazy or cloudiness apparent. Some carbonation was visible streaming up from the bottom.

S – The aroma was very sweet. Lots of sugar and caramel were present and these were mixed in among a nice solid roasted malt back. Apparent nuttiness started to present itself as it warmed a little bit and the sweetness started to become more pronounced.

T – The flavor was a bit tricky. To be honest it was not that pleasant. Far too sweet for me and I normally like the flavors. The maple sugar was just overpowering and quite harsh. There was a delicate roasted nut flavor in the back that was trying to come out, however it was pushed to the side by this harsh biting flavor of sharp maple. There really is no good way to describe it, other then just a harsh biting, sugary mess. There were traces of metallic tones as well, and these just added to the harshness.

M – The feel on this one came off somewhat thin and lifeless. I though the carbonation seemed adequate, but it really started to fall pretty flat in a hurry. The thinness and slickness of it as well just really seemed to put you off after a while. Even the finish was somewhat slick.

D – Not very good, at least not for me. It was just soo sweet; I literally just gulped it down to avoid the drain pour. I would not be getting this one again.

Overall I thought this would be nice as I am a fan of the brown ale and sweetness has never seemed to bother me; however they were just used in the wrong proportions here. Way overboard on the sweetness it just really became kind of messy. I will not be pursuing this one again.

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Photo of RoBotGod
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer started off better then it ended. Everything to the eye looked good. Dark brown color like the color of wood. The smell was not bad. It had a sweet honey smell and kind of a caramel burnt sugar smell. It tastes very malty and thick like molasses. Its not to bad up front but the sugar just becomes to much after a few drinks. I might have to check my self for diabetes after this. The maple and nut brown flavors are all there but they taste too sweet and artificial to me. Not a huge fan but it might be a good beginner beer.

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Photo of BeerInReview
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Very thin head that dissipated quickly. It's definitely brown with a reddish hue when held up to the light.

S: It's very subtle, but there is a smell of malt, and I don't smell any maple. An aroma of hops is no where to be found.

T: The first tastes, as it hits my tongue, are of sweet malt and then a hint of maple towards the end. The taste of maple and malt lasts for a few seconds but it quickly disappears. I am not sensing any nutty flavor here. The taste is a bit disappointing. And, I cannot taste any hops.

M: It's smooth, but way too clean and watered down feeling for a nut brown.

D: It's finishable, but I will not be cracking open another one anytime soon. This may be one of those beers I'll give to my "non-beer" beer drinking friends.

Serving type: bottle

Overall this beer wasn't horrible, but IMHO it's an average beer.

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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 StoutHunter
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this Maple Nut Brown Ale in a mixed six pack from Tommyknocker at the Lager Mill for $8.99. I am a fan of nut browns so I am interested to see how the addition of maple syrup works with this style of beer. Bottled on February 4, 2011. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- This one has one of the better looking labels from Tommyknocker but I still think it looks a little corny. This beer poured a nice deep redish brown color with two fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin layer.

S- I pick up some mild roasted malts at first that have moderate sweetness. There is some of that classic nuttyness you would expect from a nut brown and just a hint of maple syrup. I pick up a slight amount of earthy hops but you really have to look for it.

T- The flavor starts off with some mildly roasted malts that gives way to some mild nutty flavor. The sweetness came through just as it did in the aroma and is about where it should be for the style. All in all the flavors seem muted overall and I was expecting this beer to beer bolder. I picked up some maple syrup in the aroma but it didn't make its way to the taste, if I tasted this blind I would have no clue this beer had maple syrup in it.

M- Medium light bodied, could be a tad thicker. The carbonation was moderate and good for it's style.

Overall This was an average brown ale. When I saw the name of this beer I expected some good maple syrup flavor, but that wasn't the case, it didn't show up at all in the flavor. The base of this beer was good expect for being a little watery. If this was just labeled as a nut brown it would score higher, but with maple in its name it just didn't live up to it. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it needs to have more maple syrup added to it and a little thicker bodied. I thought I was going to enjoy this beer but that didn't happen.

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Photo of beagle75
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light brown color with a peripheral ring of off-white bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Earth and charcoal are in balance as the first combined sensory quality of note. Mild malt follows, offering a bit of toast but no significant roasted qualities.

T: Begins sweet, with refined starchy malt that starts out generic but never really develops. Acidity is moderate into the middle where diacetyl and and yeast esters join continued sweetness to suggest an odd combination of fruit and cheese. The finish is slightly drying and very earthy, yet the remaining sweetness still manages to stand out as the most defining feature.

M: Thin viscosity, slightly syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: The maple syrup appears to have been added after fermentation; such is the only explanation for this beer's monotone sweetness. This flavor quality surprises the palate upon first encounter and quickly becomes repetitive and uninteresting. It is a clumsy beer that would probably be better off without the sugar adjuct. There are hints of real brown ale scattered about, but unfortunately they are scattered widely.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12fl oz bottle poured into my mug

Pours a dark copper to medium brown color(not exactly brown per say)with a half inch slightly tan head that subsides very quickly, only leaving a mere ring on the outer edges of the beer. Lacing is not really present.

This thing takes "Nut" in brown ale seriously. Very nutty smell with maple syrup and nothing but malts.

Slightly sweet upfront flavor with the maple syrup, this leads to a very mild chocolate malt taste.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Not really a beer I would look forward too trying again.

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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 Pintofbrown
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this in a glass stein.

Appearance- An off-white, tan head is about a finger in width with a nice smooth and puffy look. The body is an auburn and maple transparency with fast carbonation columns.

Smell- I am getting more of a cocoa powder than maple scent from the nose. A bready malt is also appreciated with Tommyknocker's signature earthy hop also coming in.

Taste- I am not sure I taste much maple or dark malts of any kind in this glass. I get a hint of soda water and a generic malty sweetness, but it does not taste like anything.

The flavors are so watered down this reminds me of unsweetened tea by the time it has hit mid-drink on the palate. The finish is more generic malt sweetness, maybe a little nutty.

Mouth feel- The feel is not a bad part of the beer. It is smooth and medium bodied. And it actually sticks around a while. I just wish there were some good flavors that stuck around.

Overall- I feel like this beer could have been good had Tommyknocker been able to get the flavors in the nose onto the palate. Generic malt sweetness and soda water do not cut it.

The beer feels fine, and does not really have "off" flavors. It just needs flavors. Anything! I would certainly drink it again if they could manage that.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: caramel colored; 1/2-finger head, good carbonation, little lacing
S: malty, light aroma, bit of caramel
T: unflamboyant brown ale; sweet, thin flavor, minimal hops
M: very nice carbonation effect

Overall, a decent table beer; nothing much to discuss, though

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Photo of KajII
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Suggesteed Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear dark amber brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown rocky head that steadily diminished down to a thin film and large collar, which produced good sticky lacing.

The aroma was kind of faint of a toasted chocolate malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel and maple syrup.

The taste was lightly sweet and a little malty with a mild caramel sweetness and a hint of chocolate early on, finishing mildly roasty with a slightly pronounced maple syrup presence towards the end. The flavor was short lived with the sweet roastiness fading quickly from the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a few steps above light in body and watery in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall I found this brew to be a bit light for a Brown Ale, although it did posses a good roasty taste and smooth drinkability, which makes it a perfect candidate for a session beer…

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Photo of coasterfreak75
2.92/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a dark amber almost bordering on a cherry color. It poured with little or no head that quickly dissapated to the occasional bubble.

The smell was lightly sweet with just a hint of spice. I had to let this beer warm considerably and aggitate it just to get this amount of aroma.

It started very bland with just a touch of malt and a hint of maple. The middle was clean and watery just as the finish. Left a lingering taste of maple at the finish

This beer, even though bland, was very refreshing and would be great on a hot summer day. Still it left alot to be desired.

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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 hotstuff
2.94/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale poured a creamy medium tan head with small-medium bubbles. There was some carbonation observed with this ale. There was very little lacing on the sides of my glass. The body was brown in color. I thought the taste was a little tart and bitey which I did not care for at all. I could not acquire a good taste for this brew.

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Photo of barleypopmaker
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Off the pour the beer is a nice brownish garnet color and fairly clear. It poured a small khaki color head, the head was persistent but disappeared a quarter way through the pint. The aroma is of sweet caramel and some maple, the aroma really suggests that this will be a sweet beer. There is not much in the way of hops in the aroma at all. There is a slight nuttiness to the beer as well, which is better suited to the Northern English variety.

The flavor is rich and sweet, as I expected. It is just a bit too sweet. There is a deeply intense flavor of caramel and maple with some nutty character to it. It is almost too much because the sweetness sticks on your tongue for a while after you drink it. The hop bitterness is medium, with just enough punch to keep the beer from being overly cloying. But tone down the hops any more and you would feel like you would be drinking liquid candy in my opinion. Still there is a toasty pleasant quality to the beer that makes this feel like a cool spring campfire beer. But since it is warm and muggy right now, I am not very turned on by this one, which is something I should overlook for now. The mouthfeel is medium/full with a low level of carbonation, which adds to the syrupy feel. For an American Brown the hop presence is to low. The bitterness in the American brown should be substantial in comparison to this beer. In here, the hops can way to easily go unnoticed if you don't fully realize how sweet this beer would appear to be without the hops.

It is a good solid tasting beer, but even on a cool spring night, you wouldn't probably drink more than 2 of these. The flavor of maple and caramel is nice at first, but you get tired of it by the end of the glass and are looking for something a bit different.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 1 May 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearnce: This is a clear reddish brown color.
Mouthfeel: This beer has a disappointingly thin body.
Flavor: It is slightly sweet.
Aroma: It has a slight Nutty aroma.
Maple flavors come thru as it rises to cellar temp. Close, but no cigars. This one has potential, if it had a bit more body

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Photo of rockdick
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a nice copper color with very little head. The taste was too watered down for a brown ale. I tasted a little bit of sweetness. A below average brown ale. I won't be drinking it again.

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Photo of bluHatter
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark foggy brown. Not much head, that disappears quickly.

S: Nuts, figs, malty, slightly sweet tint.

T: Subtle nutty character with a gentle maple syrup finish. Slightly sweet but nothing overly sensational here. Every flavor is a little muted. Nice clean finish though.

M: Little to no carbonation. Feels like it is flatter than it should be.

O: I was looking for something a little sweeter or flavorful, but this is just a really nice easy-drinking ale. Paired nicely with pizza.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear brownish amber with a medium sized off white head.

Aromas are medium roast malt, cocoa, maple syrup, molasses, and light floral notes. Very mild nose.

Flavor is typical for a light brown ale. Roasty malts, a touch of maple sweetness, and floral hops finish.

Body is light medium with kind of a watery, thin mouthfeel. Drinkable, but not desirable. Yawn.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker brown with a thin beige head.

Smell: Malts

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of sweeter malts with a faint bitter pine after taste.

Overall: Not a bad beer. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of kindacold
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Truly an average beer. Poured with no head. Was brown, and slightly hazy. Mild maple taste on top of a normal nut brown flavor. Even as the beer warmed up, the flavors remained truly average. This would be a good beer to drink when you want to feel absolutely mediocre.

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Photo of mummbearsfan
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer for me came out swinging high in the maple department.

The beer itself was a light brownish color with a good head. The aroma of syrup hits you off the bat along with the coffee tones in the beer. You also get the syrup aftertaste as well which gets to be too much after a while.

This beer is great to have one every now and then but not have an entire six pack unless you are giving it out to friends.

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Photo of Paincane
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Muddy brown-amber colored pour into pint glass with thin head that had decent retention and clingy lace.
S: Malty and maple syrup aromas make their presence known.
T: Sweet maple up front with an unusual tanginess that I did not expect, nor enjoy much.
M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
O: Glad I got to try it but will not have another.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this American Brown Ale on Tap, in a pint glass. It poured a reddish brown color, produced a thin white head, avg retention and just a little lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this beer consisted of roasted malt and nuts. The taste of this ale was a medium body, toasted malt, maple syrup and nuts. Not much hop flavor to speak of, it is easy to drink, decent session beer. I was a little disappointed with the amount of maple aroma and flavor. As American Browns go it is adequate, but overall it was a bit disappointing.


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Photo of dedrinker
3/5  rDev -12%
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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Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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