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Imperial Nut Brown Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Imperial Nut Brown AleImperial Nut Brown Ale
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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 wl0307
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the BSF bar, GBBF 2008; coming in a 355ml slim brown bottle, at 9%abv. The unexplained marks on the back label seem to suggest the BB date is the "2nd quarter of 2007"?? - served faintly-chilled to cool in Hapkin's bulb-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: a force pour results in a lovely and thick layer of semi-creamy dark beige froth lasting on top of very dark mahogany-brown body, which, against the light, shows lots of tiny bits of cottony yeast sediments and a really restrained and fine carbonation.
S: very different from all other brown ale that I've tried from the USA, the nose is sharply sour like fermented nectar plus sour dark stone-fruits, like raisins, prunes and sour black cherries (also a touch of musky grapes), while yeastiness leaves their mark quite in line with a lactic (sour-milky) dark ale from Belgium. Behind the semi-astringent sour fruity fa├žade hides lighter-bodied dark malts, sweet nuts, and chocolates. As maple syrup is used in the brew, the presence does come somewhat overwhelmingly over other ingredients. The overall impression actually rings a bell of Belgian yeasty dark ale!
T: the foretaste comes raisiny, fat black prune-ish, lightly smoked-nutty and sweet chocolaty on the malty side, pretty soothing and not imposing or heavy, albeit without much support of flowery hop aroma as one might expect from any American ale termed "Double" or "Imperial"; quietly, the sweet maltiness, nuts and fruits settle down to leave space for a fine bitter edge of dried hops to mingle with fruit-yeasty sourness. The finish still doesn't show much influence of hop bitterness, whilst the slightly sour-sweet edge as of residual sugar in honey or syrup does outlast everything else, which I suppose is what this beer means to achieve?
M&D: the body is pretty decent, not quite heavy, and goes well with a softly carbonated palate, while the flavour also doesn't come too sweet, heavy, or alcoholic for a 9%abv. All in all, this "Imperial Nut Brown" ale is semi-delicious in its own right, and at times rings a bell of Belgian dark ales even, but not quite my cup of tea due to the prolonged, thin-ish palate of sour sugar.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Deep mohogany color, with some ruby around the edges. Thin beige head disappears quickly. Nutty aroma, some roasty notes and slightly smoky. Big malt character, toffee-like flavor. Maple flavor thrown in as well. Very sweet like syrup. Sticky, a bit cloying. Seemed like a little hop flavor that tasted citrusy to me. Big alcohol presence. Medium body, low carbonation. I enjoyed this brew, although it was a bit too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Tommyknocker beer. Something about their packaging made me somewhat cynical.

12 Oz. poured into a pint glass. produces a good off white head that dissipiates with time leaving slight lacing.

Smells are pretty sweet up front. There is some maple in the aroma with chocolate syrup.

Taste is very sweet with a flash of alcohol and some slight harshness to it. Chocolaty and nutty malt flavors appear with some molases as well. Enough hops to give an earthy balance and keep things from being overwhelmingly sweet. It's hard not to miss that alcohol presence though.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick but carbonation does its job well.

Not something I will seek out again, but a decent beer for a style that doesn't really exist yet.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The ale is a deep muddy brown, almost but not quite to the point of black. There was a thick head on pour that has since whittled away to a small ring.

S: The aroma is a strong nutty malt aided by some sugary sweetness.

T: The taste definitely is a ramped up brown ale. The malt body lives up to its name, delivering a solid nutty malt flavor. On top of the nuttiness is a very distinct sweetness. The sweetness is definitely maple syrup. It provides a dry sweetness that layers nicely on top of the nuttiness.

M: The sugary sweet mouthfeel is very pleasant and easy to drink. That sugar also leads to a higher abv but you really can't tell when drinking it.

D: An interesting take on a traditional style. The amped up sweetness is nice without overpowering the nutty base.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown body.

Sweet mellow malty melt aroma.

Silky smooth on the palate. Semi-sweet, with a backing of residual sugars and roasted malts, salted nuts and fringes of dark chocolate. A malt bomb, yet some balancing citric hops near the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but the alcohol is hidden well.

For a style, that is for myself mainly lackluster. This beer is not half bad, it's actually quite well-made and produces almost a homebrew feeling. Check this one out.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Black but not solid black. Nice white head
S - Mostly maple with a hint of walnut. Pretty much as expected.
T - Maple straight up with subtle nut taste and almost no alcohol burn.
M - Really weird. It's pours thick but sort of thin in the mouth. Not really a bad thing

I got this in a mix and match sixer so for 2.50 it was really great. It's almost like drinking two of their Maple Nut Brown Ale's with less sweetness. Nice cheap imperial.

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Photo of bamadog
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've been looking at the Tommyknocker beers for a few months now, tempted to buy but never doing so. Tonight I caved and gave it a shot. I'm not disappointed, but I'm not blown away. However, it's definitely worth trying if you like a sweeter brew.

Appearace: Dark brown and a little ruby in color when held to the light. Cloudy, appears to be some slight sediment bubbling throughout. Very thin head that disappated to a very thin lacing on top.

Smell: Smells sweet and carmally, a little bready as well - strong scent of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste: Very sweet, you can taste the maple, no doubt about that. The alcohol presence is very strong in the taste, but it isn't too overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little wet, I guess I was expecting a little bit more chewiness to the body. But it leaves the mouth dry and then it becomes a little sticky - the alcohol is pretty high so I'm sure that's where the drying is coming from.

Drinkability: Overall, I'm not as impressed with this beer as I was hoping, but it's a fine beer and a pleasant change up from what I've been drinking lately (tons of IPAs). The alcohol is way to high to do a lot of these in a night, in fact, I'd probably stop after one. I think this would be very good with some pasta. Medium drinkability.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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 UnionMade
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased in Boulder, CO.

Clear walnut brown, a rich woodstain color, shining blood red through light. A short head forms on the pour, dying out quickly into a thin collar. No head retention, a swirl of the glass gathering a weak mist that disappears immediately. Almost no aroma. Pretty much a normal brown ale, with caramel and chocolate maltiness, a bit of maple and nuttiness, no hint that it might be "imperialized". The flavor is another story. Big, sweet malt seats itself on the palate, a portly body not moving anywhere. Modest carbonation, enough to keep things moving along. Sluggish caramel, drizzled with molten chocolate, and a not-so-subtle hint of maple syrup. A bit of maraschino cherry, sugary white raisin and prune. No real hops in the finish, maybe a dab of herbal english hop flavor, some bitterness keeps this from being cloying. Dryish and nutty in the finish, chocolatey, walnutty, with a hint of doughy yeast. A touch of alcohol way in the back. Very sweet overall. Leaves the edge of the glass sticky.

Very interesting. I can't say I'd ever heard of a brown ale being imperialized before. I'm not exactly sure this is the kind of style that should be imperialized. Decent, definitely drinkable, but I'm not sure I'd want another. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of logmacschlog15
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a US tumbler from a bottle.

Appearance: Pours one finger of creamy, tan head that holds strong for a couple of minutes. Dark, dark brown with reddish hues when held up to the light. Good looking carbonation and some sediment lingering.

Smell: Sweet notes of maple syrup and caramel. Stong alcohol smell.

Taste: Sweet maple and dark caramel malts, with undertones of chocolate as well. Earthy hop flavors and mild bitterness on the back of the tounge do well to balance the sweetness. Definite alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: A little watery, expecting this beer to be a little heavier bodied than it was. Carbonation is just right for the style though. The high ABV gives a great, wholesome warming sensation.

Drinkability: For the high ABV, this is very drinkable. Definitely one to sip, which works well because the flavors become even bolder as the beer warms. Great for warming up with after coming out of the cold.

Note: This beer goes great with marble rye bread and mild cheddar cheese.

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Photo of magine
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with some ruby edges. Minimal head; lace layer head. Small layer remains and some patchy lacing. Decent looks.

Brew smells of roasted malts sweet maple and cocoa. Pretty good nose.

Brew is a little light in the feel, good malts flavors though in the middle. Good maple flavors here, sweet cocoa and maple syrup for sure. Starts balanced, maybe some hops to spice things in the front and the maple and cocoa is tasted in the middle. Good finish and drinkability for such a high abv brew. Nice warming as you drink from the abv. A little on the sweet side, but its expected as I wouldn't picture sessioning this one because of the abv and sweet maple. Good stuff here.

Was surprised by the thinner feel, but good flavors and drinkability add a huge plus. A good high abv brown that is reasonably priced. Certainly worth picking up again. Good stuff.

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Photo of Jlabs
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Enola
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Will_cigars-n-brews
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blazer22
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drxandy
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass, nice amount of head.

smells of nuttiness, malty-ness, and alcohol

tastes nice, one of the best nutbrown's i have had, bitter hops, sweet malt, like a nut brown turned up 2x, alchohol quite present

mouthfeel is creamy yet thin, with a nice texture

i was glad to have tried this, albiet a bit simpler than i expected it did not disappoint me.

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Photo of Shaw
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found the following notes on this beer while cleaning out a duffel bag. I must have had this at least three years ago.

Pours a very deep brown. It's almost black, with just a hint of ruby in the corners. It's got a fluffy off-white head.

It smells of caramel malts, and I can smell the maple syrup that's added. There may be just a faintest hint of hops.

I'm a little disappointed by the taste. With "Imperial" in the name I was expecting a bigger beer. Now that I've written that, let me say that the flavor is good. It's rich and malty, with the alcohol content mostly hidden.

The body is creamy and slick. It's got plenty of heft to it.

This is a drinkable imperial ale, the first imperial I've had of a nut brown ale.

Overall this is an above-average ale. It you're into the nut brown style, you might want to seek this beer out. Otherwise, it's nothing too special, especially for the price.

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Photo of drizzam
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with pure maple syrup, let's see if this one is as tasty as it sounds.

Appearance - Poured into a clear pint glass - foamy eggshell colored head that maintained well and left decent lacing down the inside of the glass. This brew was a nearly opaque brownish/red color.

Smell - Malty nose with a mild scent of caramel.

Taste - Sweet caramelized malt, a slight nutty undertone...almonds maybe? Very slight maple taste in the background.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Medium mouthfeel, creamy on the palate. Fairly mild carbonation. The alcohol is really well masked for as high as the ABV is in this one. An overall decent brew.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, somewhat transparent cola-brown with a very thick and rather persistent light tan head. Strong, malty aroma has an overtone of molasses and a hint of maple syrup. Malty flavor has a sweet, syrupy overtone and woody, nutty and caramel notes. It is on the sweet side with very little hop bitterness, but still pleasing and tasty. Firm, smooth texture has just a little fizz, but you feel it going down the pipes. Overall, a worthy brew.

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Photo of atone315
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Squire123
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like strong beer and this is strong stuff, Bomber bottle, w/o freshness indication, gold foil covers the cap, pours dark brown with a tan frothy head. Nose is of sweetness, this is a fairly sweet brew, maple notes obvious, also some vanilla, honey and minimal hopping noted. Not my favorite type of brew, but this would be nice for after dinner sipping or with a nutty desert.

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Photo of SaltyLime
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown, reddish in the light with a soft tan head.

Smell - Fresh hops.

Taste - Hoppy on first touch to the palate. Surprisingly no rough bitterness to follow. Malty and nutty flavors with a subtle taste of maybe almond?

Mouthfeel - Creamy and full bodied with a smooth finish.

Drinkabillty - Nice, lots of flavor.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Imperial Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 640 ratings
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