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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.

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Photo of ProfessorCJ
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Old Shell Package store.

A-Poured from bottle into pint glass. Little or no head above clear dark brown ale.

S-Roasted malt hints of chocolate and pipe tobacco.

T-Malt, Chocolate and Roasted Coffee. Not overly sweet nor a hint of the alcohol taste despite the 9% ABV.

M-Not as syrupy as I anticipated. Nice aftertaste with long finish

D-Good but I definately can only go one per evening. I'm not used to these high gavity beer, so I'll take it easy.

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Photo of smallbatchbrewer
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Low lying head with milky thick brown body. Was in a low lit bar so appearance has a little give or take to it, I'm doing my best.

S- Malty, fruity maple with a hint of earthy hops

T- Hmmmm. This stuff is seemingly over-sweet for the style but the higher abv% is still pretty well masked. I'm sitting here wondering what the final gravity was on this brew...I'm thinking at least 1.020. It has a coppery iron (almost blood like) after taste that finds itself mixed on the pallet with a sharp sour bitterness. I did not expect the tartness.

M- With a thick appearance this one actually sits rather lightly

D- Honestly, I ordered a second pint. Perfect with my hearty soup. I just wish it had less of a pungent lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of wavz
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S- 650 ml bottle

A- Deep burnt amber brown. Very light head and it doesn't stick around for very long.

S- Rich toasted nuts, maple syrup, caramel, and a finish of milk chocolate.

T- Spiced roasted almonds with caramel and maple syrup poured on top. Milky chocolate finish. Also hides the 9.8 abv very well. Needs a bit more balance with the hops to make this a great beer.

M- Chewy viscus mouthfeel with a rich sweetness. Light carbonation that fits this beer well.

D- Good beer for the price, But could use some fine tuning as far as the hops and malt balance in my opinion. But it is on its way.


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Photo of logmacschlog15
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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 aleyeast
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured in standard pint glass

color is fairly brown, little bit of light passing, probably some red hue if in a narrower serving glass

aroma is caramel, but not too overpowering or distinct

taste is not as cloying as I feared, carmael and light chocolate flavors, probably maple in there as well, definitely sweet, but not too hard to get through

Probably wouldn't search this one out again, I was drawn to the Imperial on the label, but a decent quaff. Also, one is probably enough in a session.

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Photo of ranger60
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ.

Appearance: Darkbrown in color; darker than most brown ales. Fairly transparent
Aroma: Sweet malty aroma.
Flavor: Good sweet flavor, with some chocolate undertones, and reminiscent of some Belgian malts. Not picking up any of the maple flavor - brewer says it is brewed with maple syrup.
Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel with substantial carbonation.
Drinkability: very drinkable

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Photo of knoxtennessee
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown. Deep mahogony red when held to the light.

S- Rich barley wine aroma, complext malt, caramel, maple, toffee, alcohol, fig, hazelnut, pie crust, molasses, pear esters, light spices.

T- Malty sweet, caramel, maple, toffee, nutty (peanut, hazelnut, pecan), molasses cookies, light spicy hops, mild bitterness, fruit(fig, dried pear, berries).

M- Big and full, like a barley wine but more carbonation and drier finish.

O- Good but not amazing. They should let it sit in a bourbon barrel for three-six months and then it would bring kings to their knees.

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Photo of keethrax
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice dark brown with hints of red. Decent sized head that is short lived with minimal lacing.

Smell: Mainly maple and malt. Some alcohol, but not a lot considering the strength of the beer.

Taste: Again lots of maple sweetness and now bread. Enough bitterness and warmth from the alcohol to offset the sweet keeping it form being cloying.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a touch syrupy. Alcohol warmth, but not harsh.

Overall: This is the first maple beer that I've actually enjoyed. It seems like such a good pairing, but there area lot of bad executions of the idea.

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Photo of grees20
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This English Brown Ale is brewed with real maple syrup. That's sounds neat. Pours dark brown with hits of ruby head sneaking through when you hold it to the light. Thin, tan head. I can smell the maple syrup and some roasted malts. Lots of malts in the taste with a little bit of hop bitterness near the end. Seems to have some characteristics of a porter. It packs a little bit of a punch at 9 percent ABV.

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Photo of anth0ny
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a bottle of Imperial Nut Brown, with an updated label design which features a leprechaun looking character. This label says 9.0% alc/vol.
The beer is very cloudy, deep brown with a small off-white head. Decent lacing. Held to the light you can see more of the burnt orange/amber hue around the edges, deep gold at the top underneath the head with some unfiltered floaties as well. About 5% transparency. Looks juicy. Towards the end, the beer gains more clarity with brighter amber hue in the light.

Off rip I honestly couldn't pick up much of an aroma, but after a few sips I get a syrupy fig, raisin, maple sweetness.

Massive syrupy sweetness in the flavor, maple brown sugar and dark fruit up front and dominates most of the taste. As the beer gets a little warmer I can detect a touch of bittering hops on the way out of the sweetness. Just under those hops is the alcohol fighting for a chance to be detected, it's very subtle.

It's very smooth and exceptionally creamy, medium heavy body.
Light carbonation. Overall it's a sweet and sticky sipper.

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Photo of nicholasdes
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This could be good except for the extreme saltiness in the finish, maybe I had an old bottle. I can't tell what the hell bottle date is. 1 and 8 are punched.

Looks nice, dark clear brown, lite head.

Smells of carmelized molasses, no alcohol.

Interesting style, not a stout but imperial brown. Has great strong brown flavors up front, Sweet brown sugar, lite roasted barley, but then this salty finish that is killing me.

Lite with Lots of good carbonation.

The salt finish is killing me, the strength would keep you from having more than one.

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Photo of MichaelMeister
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife bought this from Green's thinking it was the Maple Nut Brown Ale, since it specifically mentions maple syrup on the label. We've recently made a clonebrew of the Maple Nut and were anxious to compare it to the original since we've never tried it.

This Imperial smelled robust with a definite chocolaty nose. Poured very dark brown more like a robust porter or stout rather than a brown ale with not much of a head unless poured from a height. The head lasted several minutes and produced some good lacing on the glass. First taste revealed a heavier alcohol content, but not overpowering. Not much carbonation and tasted malty, somewhat chocolaty with a rather flat finish. As the beer warmed, the beer seemed to become even milder and smoother. Although I wouldnÂ’t go out of my way to purchase more, I would definitely not turn another one down if offered.

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Photo of kboett77
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours very attractively, a rich amber color with a pillowly head. It also smells very sweet and pleasant. The flavor of the beer continues in the same vein as the aroma, but proves a bit too sweet and surprisingly light bodied. It was at best, ok, a nice concept with the maple syrup, but....for me it didn't work out. Very pretty, and nice smelling though.

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Photo of HerrBob
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew has become a regular for me. For it's style ABV it is exceptionally mild & drinkable. High gravity beer is new to the AL market & still many yet to try. Most are too pricey and have to be enjoyed only on special occasions. This one is to be honest - cheap and I keep it around for all occasions.

Most similar brews are far too sweet for my taste but this one is well balanced. High ABV does not jump at you as with many.

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Photo of HiLLWiLLiam
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of farfromstout
2.82/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer didn't really deliver much for my pallet. Appearance was brown with a small head. My glass was clean, and when I poured it in there was some specks of stuff drifting around. I was sure to rinse my glass after the first one to check the second and it was there. Couldn't depict a texture of the specks, just noticed them.

Taste was odd. If you've ever had black walnuts or black walnut cake, it had that very pungent smell/taste of black walnuts soaked in rum. And I would say it definitely had some bite to it.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin. And I wouldn't particularly want a whole lot of these in a sitting since A) 9.8%, it'll catch up after 2; B)I couldn't pair it very well with a particular type of food.

Just didn't do it for me, and this is only an opinion.

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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 Malina
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: An opaque dark brown, with very little head that dissipated rather quickly.

S: Oh, it smells like candy!

T: Hey, it TASTES like candy, too! Well, the first couple of sips, anyhoo. It nearly reached out and slapped me with toffee and chocolate, and the sweetness of the maple syrup. It desensitized my taste buds a bit, though, and the later taste is not quite as candy-like, but the maple came out a bit more. Ultimately tastes dark and a bit sweet, but not overly so.

M: Feels a bit viscous. Not particularly carbonated.

D: So far, so good. Might be a little too much to drink all night, but for just a couple/few, it's vastly more satisfying than the Maple Nut Brown.

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Photo of Pimento
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--3 cm of head that quickly dissipated. Cloudy medium roast coffee color.

S--Roasted maple maltiness. Dank, moist wood hops.

T/M/D--Cloying and buttery with malt overshadowing subtle hops. Extremely smooth and enjoyable. Would definitely drink again.

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

A: Pours in an almost thin medium brown color, with virtually no head

S: Nothing outstanding or of particular note.

T: Alcohol harms what might have been an otherwise flavorable drink.

M: Medium body, with low to medium carbonation and a bit of a bitter aftertaste

D: Drinkable, but not much aroma or other flavor justifying recommendation

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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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Imperial Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 636 ratings.
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