Imperial Nut Brown Ale
Tommyknocker Brewery

Imperial Nut Brown AleImperial Nut Brown Ale
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #436
Ranked #34,201
3.75 | pDev: 13.87%
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Imperial Nut Brown AleImperial Nut Brown Ale
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 356 | Ratings: 652 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by BobbyOlson:
Photo of BobbyOlson
BobbyOlson from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sep 08, 2019
More User Reviews:
Photo of banger7
banger7 from California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Jul 18, 2014
Photo of dbarny76
dbarny76 from Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Mar 13, 2014
Photo of wcudwight
wcudwight from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin head that doesn't last. It did have some beautiful spiderweb lacing though. Smell was sweet with some nuttiness. The maple syrup that was mentioned on the bottle did make it in the smell, but only faintly. This is a very tasty brown ale. The taste is dominated by sweet malts. There is some nice nutty, and syrupy taste to balance it out. My favorite part is the warm alcohol finish. The alcohol is not overpowering as Tommyknocker hides it well, but there is just enough to give it a very nice finish. The mouthfeel is good as well as the drinkability. This certainly isn't a session brew because of the sweetness and 9.8%, but it is very drinkable. One of the most drinkable high abv beers I'v had.

Jan 15, 2006
Photo of beerdrinker123
beerdrinker123 from Delaware

4.67/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a rather clear dark mahogany color with a fair amount of creamy light tan head that leaves some spotty lacing.

Right off the bat I can pick up on the deliciously sweet maple syrup aroma. It reminds me of french toast drenched in maple syrup, not boozy at all. Surprisingly smells more bready than nutty to me.

Flavor wise, it does not disappoint either. The maple syrup is there, but not overwhelming, just enough to give it some sweetness. The nuttiness comes in near the end. The aftertaste is quite pleasant given the high ABV, the nuttiness really lingers on your tongue. For a brown ale, its really lacking in the hop department though, not really a bad thing in my book though.

I really like the viscosity and carbonation level in this beer. Its got a substantial thickness to it but its not completely flat; just the right amount of carbonation.

Sep 03, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
brandoman63 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Jan 30, 2013
Photo of bastardface
bastardface from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had an Imperial Tommyknocker ale last night. I've had the Maple Nut Brown from Tommy and it was a little too sweet for me. The Imperial is very similar. It's a sweet beer but not as overbearing as Maple Nut. It has a high alcohol content which you would not tell by drinking it. It is dark in color and the smell is attractive. I like this beer to an extent. It is not my favorite by Tommy but it is definitely worth a try.

Mar 08, 2011
Photo of barefootbrewer
barefootbrewer from Mississippi

3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very dark brown with a thin head. The smell is malty and roasted with the maple aroma noticeable. The taste is sweet from malt and maple. There is a slight nut flavor as well. The mouthfeel is very full, but short of heavy. Overall, I’m pleased with this offering from Tommyknocker – it is what I expected from the original maple nut brown – a definite difference and delight.

Aug 11, 2007
Photo of JayS2629
JayS2629 from Alabama

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Opaque deep mahogany with spider web lacing and medium foam.

S- Sweet malts, slighlty nutty, with hints of maple and vanilla. Alcohol

T- Sweet malt, maple and faint nutty tones. The 9% alcohol is hidden better in the taste than the smell. Hint of vanilla and spice.

M- Medium balanced.

D- Very drinkable, but a sipper. Take this one slow.

Nov 28, 2010
Photo of kkipple
kkipple from South Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a huge fan of English Brown ale, but this was a pleasant surprise. In the glass it's a clear hazelnut brown with a minor head. Smells of maple (yum!) sweet malts and alcohol.

Tastes just like you'd infer from the smell. It's a sweet, malty brew with more than a hint of maple. I also detected mild coffee and cocoa notes. Didn't really taste any nuts, however.

Mouthfeel was very smooth but a bit watery. The 9.8% warms the throat and back of the tongue. Quite pleasing. A fine after-dinner beer for a cold day. I'd pick this one up again.

Feb 28, 2006
Photo of vfgccp
vfgccp from New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Fugazme
Fugazme from Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. This bottle looks better than the normal cartoonish bottles Tommyknocker usually puts out. That's good.

This beer pours very nicely. A moderately thick and creamy head with some good staying power. The off-white head gently calmed down to about 1/8 of an inch with excellent stickage. Looks like a great beer!

The nose is sweet and malty. I can't detect much maple on the first whiff. It is there, but very slight. Some faint alchol and brown sugar.

Taste is wonderfully malty and sweet. Mouthfeel is very nice, as well. The maple is much more detectable on the palate than on the nose. Some slight coffee and caramel hints... pecan, maple, brown sugar. As I drink more, the alcohol appears more in the forefront.

Overall a very good beer. I would order again.

Oct 11, 2005
Photo of arsenal6106
arsenal6106 from Florida

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Aug 13, 2012
Photo of Oxymoron
Oxymoron from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Do you want to see these Imperial Nuts? Arrived as a mostly cloudy chestnut brown color with a somewhat rocky head with good retention and limited lacing through out.

The nose is malty mostly. A rather generic nose but noticeable caramel and toffee notes. Some sweeter notes with a sugary backing. A light maple aroma as well. No real hop or yeast notes come out.

The taste is similar with more of a generic malty sweetness. The caramel and toffee comes out more with a light chocolate backing. Not really astringent in any sense but is hidden with the sweetness. The maple comes out stronger in the taste than the nose. Some lighter earthy hop notes that are a bit off but are limited. Clean yeast as well but is hidden a hit from the sweet finish.

The body is more along the lines of full. Nice malty notes with a bit of sweetness in the finish almost gives it a under attenuated feel, but still ok. Overall a good beer with some minor faults. I need to try this from the bottle to compare it from the tap.

Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Hallce2
Hallce2 from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +20%

Apr 15, 2012
Photo of rclangk
rclangk from West Virginia

3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOM 7/2019

Sep 28, 2019
Photo of Enola
Enola from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this brew is what I think a brown ale should look like. I rarely give a 5 but this is deserving. Deep brown with a fair tan head and lacing a plenty. The smell is caramel and slightly metallic. Fair. The taste is a little bit of smoke, oak, maple syrup and a myriad of other flavers combined. Good. The higher abv is not evident immediently but shows a little as the ears warm and turn red. Mouthfeel is good considering the abv. A good drinkable beer that is a very good example of the Imperial Brown. I would drink this beer again.

Feb 11, 2007
Photo of HiLLWiLLiam
HiLLWiLLiam from Mississippi

4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im drinking one as I write this entry and I must say Tommyknocker's never fail. A considerable improvement over the Maple Nut Brown Ale, which is also excellent. At 9.00% ABV it is well worth a college try. I've had several Tommyknocker's and the Imperial Nut Brown definitely tops the list.

Nov 27, 2010
Photo of beeragent
beeragent from Texas

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. The beer pours a medium brown, forming a 1 inch tan head, and leaving a trail of light lacing. The aroma is a mix of sweet malt, sugar and a very noticeable alcohol presence. The taste begins with the sweet malts up front, followed by a maple syrup sugary sweetness in the middle, and ending with a medium alcohol finish. Not too bad, but I think the use or amount of maple syrup masks some of the flavors in this beer. Medium mouthfeel and body. Good flavor but high alcohol keeps this from being a session ale, but still very drinkable. Overall, not a bad beer. The taste takes a little getting used to, but I think once the drinker knows what to expect, this beer can be a good way to kick off the night.

Jun 11, 2008
Photo of crobinso
crobinso from Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Kudashov
Kudashov from Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While watching the Boxing Marathon on ESPN classic and having the Manic Street Preachers on the Hi-Fi . Thought it was time to enjoy a brew . A 22oz bottle wrapped in gold foil around the cap & neck . Large scroll label which has a nice singe on the side . The back label tells me that the Tommyknockers were mischievous elves who slipped into the minning camp of Cornish miners . Maple syrup ? Wonder if it is the good stuff . The syrup you get when you go up north to NH , VT , to hit the ski slopes . Just like good beer nothing beats real maple syrup . There is no freshness date on the bottle . Remove the foil wrap to find a bearded miner on the cap with a hard hat , a mug ( of Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown no doubt ) in his left and a pickaxe in his right . When poured into a pint glass , a dark brown clear liquid with a nice head . I smell the syrup and some sugar too . Where are my waffles ? The head did not last long . My first taste was very smooth . Maple flavor and some cocoa . It is tasty and at 9.8 % ABV you don't feel the " heat " on my cheeks 9 well not right away , anyway ) I did enjoy this while Riddick Bowe vs. Evander Holyfield III . I would try it again . A pleasant brew . My first nut brown ever & will not be my last .

Feb 12, 2007
Photo of wpreynolds
wpreynolds from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Nutleybeer
Nutleybeer from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never heard of an Imperial Nut Brown before, but it is just a kicked up version of the style. Billed as made with pure maple syrup. I wasn't sure if it would be too sweet.
Poured from the bottle with a tiny head. Not too strong of a smell. Deep cherry brown in color.
I was impressed with the first sip. Stronger than I thought, less sweet. The 9% ABV is clearly there. I get very mild maple flavor, maybe more of a dried fruitiness.
Minimal lacing.
Reminds me of a barley wine, or in that class. Limited hoppiness. A little bit perhaps in the aftertaste.
Overall, I enjoyed it. Like any imperial type, a sipping beer. Probably good with some cheese and fruit as opposed to dinner.

Jan 02, 2011
Photo of Giggy
Giggy from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Jan 19, 2014
Photo of briman
briman from Texas

2.77/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a very dark reddish brown. Thin brown head, dissipates quickly, leaving little lace.

Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, very light hops, and maybe a hint of alcohol.

Taste is sweet, but not really distinct. Not really getting much malt flavor. Hops start coming out towards the finish, but then even they are overshadowed by the alcohol bite.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Malt really doesn't punch through in this sample, I get alcohol, some really faint hops and not much else. Honestly, I was shocked that this beer was reviewed this well, as I don't find any character to it at all.
Can't say I'll be buying this one again.

Jul 02, 2007
Imperial Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 652 ratings