Imperial Nut Brown Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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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.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-17-2004

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good mouthfeel and a nutty sweetness. Dark brown, alcohol is warming but otherwise hidden. A drinkable and passable brew.Too much sweetness there to be of continued interest, with caramel, a tad chocolate malt, honey.Understated carbonation.A unique spotting of style, but otherwise so what.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a 10oz chalice at the brewery. looks brown like chocolate and has almost no head. smells sharp like alcohol and has maple essence, but isnt sweet. taste is mildly bitter from the hops with a belgian candy sugar sort of feel. not yeasty in the same complimentary way, and not sweet, just the same flavor profile. got really boozy as it warmed and was stiff to finish. overall not the best imperial but a good effort.

edit: this does really well with some age on it. the maple aspect really develops, the alcohol mellows, and the whole thing just gets better integrated. very tasty now.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a pretty looking brown color with a nice tan head on it. The smell of roasted nuts and an ample amount of maple syrup. The taste is a nice combo of sweet and nutty that fades into a dry toasted aftertaste. Not too bad tasting but pretty sweet up front. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than some brown ales but I like how it adds some depth to the brew. This was pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, a Nut Brown with some serious body and kick. A heavy and viscous dark brown-black pour with a light brown head that stubbornly remained. Deep roasted malt with chocolate undertones and a mellow souring pronounced throughout. Tastes richly of molassas, roasted grain, and chocolate. Little in the way of alcohol flavor, but warm throughout. Hop detection in the bittering, flavor, and dryness. Fermented sour notes added to complexity without detracting. Finishes nutty and chocolatey sweet with slight dryness. Worth a try for Nut Brown and Porter fans.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 9/17/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a good 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some pretty good lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, molasses, maple syrup, roasted nut, toast, toffee, raisin, and light herbal; some alcohol appears as it warms. Some pretty nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, biscuit, raisin, roasted nut, earth, herbal, and light maple syrup. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, raisin, toast, and nuttiness on the finish for a short bit. Flavors are pretty good, but they aren’t as robust or balanced as I was hoping; hardly any maple flavor in the taste. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Feels a bit thin for a 9% beer, but it is good enough. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good imperial brown ale. Some nice flavors with decent balance; and quite smooth to drink for the alcohol level.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark amber like maple syrup with a very foamy, tan, one-finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of maple syrup and caramel. A very sweet nose with some subtle earthy aromas.

T - It tasted sweet and caramely with a grassy bitterness. Also, an oak-like taste. It had oatmeal stout qualities but much sweeter with maple flavor.

M - It was smooth and crisp. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is a great brown ale. The maple syrup flavor is a nice touch.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy ice tea brown color with a surprisingly sturdy head that splashes a bunch of lace around

Smell: Rich aroma of brown sugar and caramel with a backdrop of wood and nuts

Taste: Opens very malty with a developing milk chocolate presence to blend in with the nutty bread flavors; by mid-palate, there is some balancing nutskin bitterness that offsets the sweet flavors but, after the swallow, the flavor profile is all about caramel, nuts, chocolate and a hint of maple syrup

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: With the sweetness and ABV in this beer, it would be difficult to consume in quantity, but I was impressed by the flavor profile and think it would go well with a dessert

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Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothman
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well here is a sticker shock. A 9% abv beer for under $2.

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki tan head. Fades to a thick ring. Color is a dark brown with a very appealing ruby hue to it.

Aroma: Licorice, molasses, and maple syrup. Lots of roasted malts and nuts. Can't really smell the abv here. Very sweet. Not to complex for the high abv.

Taste: Very much like the aroma. Lots of licorice, molasses, and maple syrup. Big roasted taste with a sweet feel to it. Some nuts.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, creamy, and crisp. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very roasted and dry.

Overall, this beer did not impress me. For how high the abv is, I expected more of a complex beer. I guess the price tag should have made me think otherwise. Nothing to special. I'd maybe drink it again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial Nut Brown? Who ever heard of such a thing? Obviously I didn't know what to expect, but what I got at least looked like a nut brown ale. It poured with a deep chestnut body and raised a short but creamy ivory cap. The retention was a bit limited, but I chalked that up to the 9.8% abv. The nose was cocoaish and very lightly hoppy with a bit of mint, grass, and leaves. Some alcohol was present, but not obtrusive, and the maple syrup mentioned on the label made an appearance every now and then. The mouthfeel was medium-full, following in the "Imperial" designation, and creamy smooth. The first sip set off a light-bulb in my brain, "Oh", I thought, "an Imperial Nut Brown Ale is kind of like a barleywine"... and that was kind of true, but not really. Subsequent sips proved it to be much less malt or hoppy, and generally less caramelish. So an Imperial Nut Brown, after having taken a very, very long way round in explaining it, is exactly what it says it is... It's just a big brown ale. Nicely malty, cocoaish, subtly toasty, sublimely chocolatey, mildly bitter, gently hopped with grassy and lightly floral English hops, somewhat alcoholic, and in this case, drizzled with maple syrup flavor. And on that note, it finishes a slight touch syrupy (well, at least not dry), with some lingering sticky malt and maple character. As you progress through the glass some alcohol starts to build. I found it interesting at first, but by the end of the glass it had lost it's charm without enough depth to hold my attention.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

A: Dark brown and hazy. Some sediment at the bottom of the bottle was included (intentionally) in the pour. Only enough head to cover the top despite a rather vigorous pour. The tiny head does have decent retention and leaves some lacing.

S: Sweet and rich with a hint of maple. Roasted malt with a bit of spiciness, dates and other dark fruits.

T: Fruitier than the aroma suggests, and with a stronger flavor. Hints of raisins, dates and toffee. Excellent sweet/bitter balance for this flavor profile.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Somewhat lively. Higher ABV evident on the tongue.

O: Very nice, and rather fruity, maple brown. High ABV is well hidden, although it did produce warming on the way down. I was too impatient and didn't let this warm up properly before starting to imbibe -- don't make the same mistake: this beer really opens up above ~ 45F.
{revised July 2013}

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Photo of REVZEB
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tyler's Taproom in Durham.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep ruddy brown with a thinner off white head,aromas are a mix of brown sugar/molasses and and as others have noted some maple syrup.Flavors are quite sweet upfront that molasses and brown sugar is big along with maple syrup not really any hop drying here.Its ok but a little to sweet for my taste,would likey be a good beer paired with a chocolate dessert.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from northertimber, so a big “thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a medium-sized foamy tan head that fades slowly and leaves a heavy lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is rich, malty and nutty with notes of maple syrup and caramel.

T: The taste is robust with caramelized malt, roasted coffee, maple syrup and chocolate. It’s sweet but not too sweet. There’s a little bit of hops character, but the maltiness over-powers it quite a bit. The sweetness lingers in the after-taste, which makes you crave another swig.

M: Very smooth, crisp, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, clean and dry finish especially for the style.

D: This style wasn’t one of my favorites a first, but it has started to grow on me and this is the best that I’ve had in this style. This beer is tasty, has a damn good kick to it and it’s very easy to drink for a beer with 9.80% ABV. It’s slightly filling, but I can still drink a heck of a lot of this beer and enjoy every sip of it. I know "Imperial" gets thrown around rather loosely and I've never seen it used for a Nut Brown before, but this beer certainly seems worthy of the term.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured a dark brown color, moderately hazy, with a decent cap of off-white head that left a bit of lacing. Woody aroma, nutty, and a little soapy, some booze. Taste of roasted malts, nuts, a little much on the boozy side, with just a hint of maple sweetness and brown sugar. A bit on the harsh side, and somewhat watery. Might have been better if, well, it wasn't a brown ale. Medium mouthfeel, and overall just a bit lacking in flavor, due to the general blandness I usually experience with brown ales, and with the alcohol thinning it out too much. I probably wouldn't want to drink this again.

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