Imperial Nut Brown Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

351 Reviews
Imperial Nut Brown AleImperial Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Commemorating the 10th anniversary of Tommyknocker Brewery, this special brew is meticulously crafted with pure maple syrup, the highest quality chocolate and crystal malts and is accented with the finest blend of European and American hops. Imperial Nut Brown Ale, at 9.8% alcohol by volume, is a bigger, bolder version of their Maple Nut Brown.

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Photo of MJSFS
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by date of 12/12/16. Strange steak sauce aroma and flavor mixed in with tannic notes. Has an odd chalky powder mouthfeel. Only thing this really has going for it is 9% ABV. Wouldn't purchase this again.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Light on carbonation as there isn't much of a head after pouring. It is a medium reddish brown color and quite hazy.

Slight sour notes at first and then a blast of rich caramel comes in.

A big hop bite at first sip. It is very noticeable, but not overpowering. You are quickly greeted with rich and sweet caramel flavors and deep roasty and nutty malt flavors. There are a few tart bites throughout, but mainly sweet fruity flavors shine through.

Full bodied beer, but not very effervescent. Slight dry finish. Slight slickness left after each sip.

I enjoyed this one and thought it to be better than some of the other highly rated nut browns. Some have too much tartness and not enough rich toasted nut flavors, but this one is well balanced with all of those flavors.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tommyknocker Brewery - Imperial Nut Brown Ale. 9% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into snifter. Best By Date: 11-23-2015

Look: Dark brown, with reddish and copper hues. Semi aggressive pour yielded no head, only trace amounts of white lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of dark malts, and dark fruits like black cherries and raspberries. Has faint tones of bitter chocolate and molasses.

Feel: Smooth mouthfeel, a little on the watery side with some carbonation.

Taste: Bitter chocolate and molasses, along with some nutty tones. Some taste of alcohol on the back end, but not overpowering. As it warms up, the alcohol becomes more profound.

Overall: An Imperial Nut Brown Ale, that is pretty good overall.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

had this on tap at the brewery
10 0z glass from the tap
look deep brown/slight copper slight off white head
smell classic brown and smoky
taste strong alcohol and smoky
smoky aftertaste slight not overwhelming a little carmel as well
super easy to drink and smooth despite 9% abv
best beer i have had here and i am generally not a fan of brown ales

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Photo of schoolboy
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am a sucker for big brews, and this is a unique one that almost works. Is brown, with a slight head. The aroma is quite nice. Nutty, sort of, and hoppy, and malt.

The tasteisg good, sweet and slightly bitter, but it is very much over powered by booze taste. The after taste comes through, though, with a wonderful, rich mouthful that lingers nicely.

I can't recommend this without reservation. It's great if you want a huge beer that is a change of pace.

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Photo of BB1313
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 7/6/15. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours Brown with some ruby hues; small tan head that fades leaving little lacing and retention. The aromas are great. Tons of maple syrup. Lots of sweet caramel and cocoa malts. The flavors are pretty earthy. There's a subtle bitterness going on, but the malts still dominate. Pretty woodsy. The maple syrup shines. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. Pretty smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a great brown ale. Very nice use of maple syrup. Well done. Recommended.

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Photo of jkworrall
4.85/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Meticulously crafted with pure maple syrup and the highest quality chocolate and crystal malts. With it's big, malty and complex character, it is a strapping, bolder version of their wildly popular Maple Nut Brown

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Photo of blackcompg
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pour a finger of rich creamy light mocha foam, body is a slightly opaque warm brown color,

Smell - Burnt toffee, maple syrup, roasted malt, baked wheat bread, rich soy sauce, just a whiff of ripe dark fruits like fig and raisin.

Taste - begins with rich roasted malt and lots of dark fruits, much like the nose I get fig, roasted plums, raisin, a smack of semi-sweet maple, and hints of black cherry, there is also a nuttiness here that combines with the dark fruits that reminds me of amaretto, right behind this is warm roasted breadcrusts, which is then joined by dark slightly astringent coffee, and some tartness of dark fruit skins, and ends with some dry and bitter char and a hint of unsweetened black licorice. Regarding the maple, I pick this up mostly in the sinuses, and on the lips after the quaff. Alcohol is well hidden, but adds heat throughout the session, nicely hidden for 9%.

Mouthfeel - A bit more weight than medium, there is some weight here although it does not coat the mouth. Flavors are fairly bold, and become astringent and dry at the end of the quaff. Carb is on the lower side of medium and silky smooth at the center of the tongue, and provides some light edges and gentle scrub at the sides and back of the tongue, allowing for more of a bitter, dry finish. Regarding the maple, I pick this up mostly in the sinuses, and on the lips after the quaff.

Overall - I have to say, I really think they've nailed what you would expect from an imperial nut brown ale with maple syrup. The finish may seem a bit astringent, but I personally don't mind this as the front and center are bold and fruity with plenty of nuttiness and semi-sweet roastiness. Interesting and potent, give this one a try.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%

Best before December 15, 2014, bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear chestnut brown with a ruby hue, small fizzy off-white head reduces to just a ring around the edge 3.75

S- classic toasted malty brown ale aroma with some nutty notes up front, sweet maple syrup brings out some chocolate & molasses aroma, herbal hop closes it out 3.75

T- toasty malt up front with notes of toasted almonds, smoky campfire, bittersweet chocolate,caramel and freshly baked bread, fig & prune, the maple syrup kicks in as it nears the finish and provides a biting sweetness, finishing with some herbal/medicinal notes 4

M- medium viscous body with low carbonation leads to a slightly syrupy mouthfeel and a smooth and warming finish, alcohol is hidden very well 4

O- this surely doesn't drink like a 9% beer, the maple works well with the nuttiness of the malt. Easy drinking beer that will definitely catch up with you, overall good 4

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Photo of mverity
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ruby brown in color with good light tan head, good lacing, and a thick collar. Aroma is dark molasses, nutty and earthy. Taste follows pretty much identically. Mild hop bitterness in this one. Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Definitely my favorite of the three beers I had at the brewery.

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Photo of raznug
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a dark amber color and is topped with ½” of light tan colored head.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is all malt with all a touch of yeasty bread aroma in the background.
Taste: The taste goes well with the aroma great malt flavor with no hop presence and slight bread or yeast tastes that top off a great tasting beer.
Mouthfeel: This beer is a medium bodied with great taste profile that carries well onto the palate and beyond.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled back on 10/13/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark brown in color with a small tan head. Lots of lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of sweet maple syrup and grassy hops. Actually brewed with maple syrup. Nice aroma. The taste was actually very smooth with that high alcohol content unlike other 9% brews. Smooth rich flavor that was pretty tasty with no harsh aftertaste.

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Photo of bark
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The colour is dark brown with a tint of red (70 EBC). The low brown head disappears quickly. No lacing.

The smell is malty with a smooth sweetness. Some dried red berries, chocolate and molasses. Raisins, bitter-tart notes and quite a lot of alcohol.

The taste is nutty with lots of dried red fruits and caramel. Distinct warming alcohol. Treacle and a touch of perfume. Medium to full body. The aftertaste is smooth with some bitterness in the background. Figs, raisins and prunes. Alcohol and dried fruits in the finish.

The carbonation is mild, the few fresh bubbles are large. The liquid is thick and a bit sticky.

Lots of flavours, lots of alcohol. But not as sweet as expected. An OK after dinner ale.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark brown; small head that dissipates quickly; good lacing

Smell: very sweet smell with notes of brown sugar; grassy hops

Taste: heavy sweetness right up front with a quick bite of hops; dark dried fruits in the mid; finishes velvety with a lingering hop bitterness to even it out; not bad overall

Mouthfeel: syrupy, but not too much so; light carbonation

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown. Big, Complex and Malty-big, complex, and malty. High malt, low hops, Colorado, 9% ALC/VOL. IBU 57, Ale brewed with pure maple syrup. Colorado Mountain Town Craft Beer.

Too many words, not enough drinking. Let's start.

Dark brown coloring, slim, dotted head.

Aroma: deep, rich and malty. Big caramel, vast maple, brown sugar aplenty. low hops (but not that low, it is 57 IBU…got to be big to keep this malt in check.).

Taste: rich malt, all that vast complexity and sweetness, caramel and toffee, with maple, too, in tow. I get some nuts, too, in this brown. And the hops are just enough to keep the big sweetness from this preponderance of malt in check.

I wonder what else is on the label? The Tommy knocker legend, which I will skip, and these words: "Flavored beer." Imperial nut brown ale, flavored with maple syrup, I suppose.

I bit too big for me, I think. Nut browns shouldn't be imperial, I've always said.

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Photo of Chessmaster
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a translucent, ruby-brown with about a finger's width of creamy head.
Leaves some, but not a lot of, nice lacing on the glass. Head dissipated slowly to a thin cap.

Smell: Aroma is a sweet, bready malt, very inviting, mixed with a hint of hops

Taste: Rich, thick, caramel; some bready malt; sweet and syrupy; finishes with a bit of alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel: Smooth, rich, syrupy

Overall: A nice beer, but more of a sipping beer. Probably wouldn't want to drink more than one of these at a time.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark brown to black. Head is off white and lighter than mosst beers with this dark of a color - about a finger of head disappates to next to nothing. Speckled lacing but not much.

S: Big malt nose - sweet scent from the maple.

T: Malts have a big presence from the front to back with the maple syrup showing up mid way through the beer and lasts to the finish. Ever so slight bitter taste on the back end from the hops.

M: Heavy taste on the tongue, but somewhat flat on the back side - still doesn't discount from the beer overall.

O: Good experience and good winter brew.

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Photo of Gorgeous_JR
4.54/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got some on the tap at Melton's App n Tap in ATL GA. Drank 1.5 servings. Man o man did this get me good. It packs a real real strong punch. Tommyknocker lives up to its the name.

But I probably could only drink 1.5 servings because its just too bitter. Def worth a try cause at least you'll be feeling good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.71/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

So, apparently, Tommyknocker and their new labels have entered the Chicagoland market. Okay. This stuff pours a clear russet-garnet topped by a half-finger of ashen khaki foam. The nose comprises rich caramel, sweet coffee (imagine sniffing the air at the mall right at the edge of the food court where there's a coffee "store" and a candy store right next to each other), mild cashew, and a hint of cocoa. The taste holds notes of fusel alcohol (up front and in-my-face), burnt nuts, toasted malts, and bitter coffee. Things took a turn from the pleasant and sweet to the unexpectedly crass and bitter. Shame, really. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, what could have been a solid beer (judging by the smell) instead allowed itself to succumb to the Dark Side, with a flavor combination that made me harshly grimace with every sip.

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Photo of KajII
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear dark chestnut brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown rocky head that mostly lasted throughout, reducing slowly down to a med cap with fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted biscuit malt, light resin hops and an earthy yeast with notes of molasses, coffee, maple syrup, a very light hint of chocolate and a moderate alcohol presence.

The taste was malty sweet with a hint of molasses and a pinch of chocolate early on, progressing into a nice bitter sweet mildly roasty taste with a notes of coffee, maple syrup and a boozy alcohol ending. The flavor stuck around for a good long while after the swallow, with a nice roastiness and a strong boozy finish.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and dry in texture with a somewhat mild carbonation.

Overall this was a delicious brew with a malty sweetness that kind of compensated for the bold boozy presence. Yep, this one kind of makes you feel warm all over...

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Dark sorghum syrup look. tan, swarthy head.
smell: Deep brown sugar and dark fruits. Very rich.
taste: Not as rich and complex as the nose. Nice but a shadow of the nose, a letdown.
overall: Nice. I'm a sucker for good brown and this is bit unusual in a good way. A little water body, the nose is extraordinary.

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Photo of ckollias
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark opaque brown with a 2-finger tan head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving no trail.

S: Chocolate malt aroma with a toasted maple syrup background.

T: Smooth and malty with a chocolate, coffee, and toasted malt background.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent imperial nut brown ale. Love the maple syrup!

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Photo of corby112
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, dark chestnut brown color with a half finger beige head that quickly fades into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing.

Slightly earthy aroma with grassy hops and a decent balance of roasted and sweet malt notes. Floral hops up front followed by hints of toast, chocolate, caramel and toffee.

Medium bodied and surprisingly hop forward for the style. Some dry bitterness complimented by a complex malt bill and maple sweetness. A bit more roast than expected but nit overly dry or acrid with hints of coffee and toast. This is cut by the maple sweetness as well as some subtle spice, caramel, toffee and hazelnut. Decently balanced and the high ABV is well masked, but there's an odd lingering aftertaste that hurts drinkability. Not bad but I don't think I would go for this one again.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok. A brown ale, maybe my first, on a trade. I slipped this in to my tumbler, so nothing on the head and I don't care either; and looks dark like a stale cola, or neglected coffee, or warm prune juice, or an oil change. Smells like this will be a malt bomb too, as it should be. Taste is malty, and dry, and slightly bitter, with ripe fruit and prune and late cherries: but I'm not detecting the maple. Seems a wasted carbohydrate to add to the all turned to booze. And I know what I'm talking about, having had my maple trees tapped, and I'm semi-addicted to the stuff: There doesn't seem to be any maple here, but I'd be walloped too if there were any, thinking that beer might be the surest way to kill the subtle flavor in maple. And nuts...don't detect them either. For nine percent booze, doesn't seems that alcohol forward. Malty not being my thing, and bitter more than anything is what I'm after, I can say this was a serviceable beer only, and not really the beer for me--meaning the style more than the brewery.

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Photo of Mojo
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a beautiful mahogany with a hint of red. It pours up with a full two finger head and leaves delicate spider-web type lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet and subtle. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Taste is very sweet (as expected with a lot of malt character) but the alcohol is just too overpowering on the finish. A little more hops and less alcohol and it would be awesome!!!

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