Imperial Nut Brown Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-17-2004

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Ratings: 640 |  Reviews: 351
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of timtim
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown with ruby highlights. tan head with just okay retention and lace. smell was nutty, roasty, and filled with maple. really nice. a real maple nut taste (surprise, surprise) with a hint of sweet rummy booze. medium full body with a warm boozy finish. this was definitely better as it warmed up a bit. good beer. strength makes it trouble, but tons of fun. i'm not a huge fan of this brewery, but i'll have to give them a second chance after this one.

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Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown colored ale with a slowly fading head.Aroma is chocolate.Taste is chocolate,maple and nuts.There is a nice warmness at the end of each swallow.Smooth,creamy and delicious with a kick to boot.Overall very good and something that i would recommmend and purchase again!

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Not really sure what to expect from a lackluster brewery with an "imperial nut brown": pours an opaque dark brown with a descent tan head that retains well for a nearly 10% brew. The aroma comes out swinging with a big maple syrup sweetness, with some almond and hazelnut notes in the background, along with some fruits (cherry, raspberry and strawberry), slight floral hops, some toasted bread and alcohol. The flavor starts out with some brown sugar and molasses sweetness, along with some nuttiness (hazelnut and walnut), some light fruits (cherry and strawberry), tobacco, chocolate, toasted bread, floral hops and alcohol. The mouthfeel is a bit light (even for just a plain brown ale), with light carbonation and drinkability is good for the abv. An interesting beer, but the finish was a bit watery and the flavor didnt really deliver like i hoped...but drinkable and tasty nonetheless.

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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 greyghost86
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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 JMad
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank out of a smapler glass...

The beer is straight brown with a thin filmy light brown head that left lacing. Smell is a bomb of caramel, nuts and maple with some earthiness. It tastes the exact same as it smells but it also has an alcohol bite and an earthy bitterness. The beer is incredibly smooth with low carbonation and a dry finish. This is my first Imperial nut brown and I thought it was very good, I would like to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of Skidz
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out amber brown and sits deep crimson-brown with a small, creamy tan head. Fades to a light skim, few lacings.

Smells rich and roasty, with hunks of gooey caramel. Raisins, figs and apples lie over a charred blanked of oak. Mild fusels push through, light, spicy hops nearby.

Tastes sweet up front, caramel and chocolate up front. Wooden tones throughout with rich raisiny tones. Alcoholic warmth and spice hits on all levels. Finish is moderately bitter, lingering sweetness and the ever gaining alcoholic glow.

Smooth, rich and creamy in the mouth with ultra-fine carbonation in a full body. Bountiously full body, a dream to pass through.

It is fine, fine fine. Maybe a bit one sided, but a strong hit.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App- This brown has an opaque dark chocolate body with lighter mocha highlights. There is one finger of a bubbly and tawny head. It is a very dark brown ale.

Smell- A sugary sweet maple is very present. There is also some earthy hop smell, that is almost vegetal in nature.

Taste- A roasted malt is the most defining characteristic. The malt sweetness isn't really in the taste. As the drink heads to the finish, a pepperiness mixes with that earthy, vegetal hop. The alcohol makes the finish warm and almost harsh. The malt should be less roasted I believe. The warming and over roasted malt doesn't do this any favors.

Mouth feel- This beer has a decent medium bodied feel, but would be helped out immensely by toning down the alcohol.

Overall- This is an interesting beer that tastes more like an RIS than anything. It certainly doesn't taste like any brown ale I've ever had. I know I'm harping on it, but the alcohol is masking what could be a much better brew.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beertopia for 1.79 served in a Celebrator glass.

It's an intriguing cloudy dark brown that has low carbonation and leaves almost no lacing. The brew gives an impression of having sediment but it miraculously disappears when you get to the bottom the glass.

The aroma has a notable amount of maple along with some toffee. The taste is even better. Lots of maple and some extra sweet malt. The flavor is prominent but not overbearing, very enjoyable. It's quite smooth and I teared up a bit when it was finished.

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Photo of waltonc
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Liquor Mart. Very little hops. Sweet, carmel, malts, and you can definitely taste the maple syrup. Mouthfeel is a little thick. With so much sweetness you might throw up if you had more than one. This beer is apparently not rare so I have to dock some points for the lack of scarcity. (j/k)

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Photo of JasonTaverner
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22 oz bomber from Riley's here in Madison. The maple nut brown was pretty decent, let's see how its big brother stacks up.

Pours a dark brown, almost porter-ish, with some amber highlights and a short khaki head that fades quickly. Smell is strong on the caramel sugars, some spiceyness, and alcohol. Taste is similar to the Maple Nut Brown, heavy on the Maple, light on the Nut, but this time also heavy on the alcohol, which warms to the point of a hearburn-like effect. Whooo, this stuff catches up to you, especially in bomber proportions. Mouthfeel is bubbly and not as thin as other Tommyknocker brews tend to be. Overall, a pretty good dark imperial brown here, not a whole lot of complexity, but enough to keep you interested. Worth a try if you can find it, but beware that 9.8%.

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Photo of PEBKAC
1.62/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Summer layover. Notches of 0(0-3) & 4(0-9) along the side.

Poured into a rounded pint glass. Pasty yellowed-tan head. Even whitewash lace. Brown on black dulled body.

Sharp residuals kicking my nose in with track spikes. I can't get near it. Almond liqueur, an itch of smoke, plenty of alcohol, & just really flagrant overall.

Charred Hazelnut & maple upfront, with & an ugly slap of alcohol riding hard down the middle. A 2 second shot of Lysol to the mouth comes to mind. A mild but lingering nut shell bitterness tries to ease you out of that wincing pain.

Strong carbonation works to my benefit, as does the lighter then expected body.

This stuff sticks with you like ugly homebrew.

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Photo of GRFounder
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of jucifer1818
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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

Deep, dark, nutty brown with some ruby highlights. A slim but fairly creamy light tan lid accompanies.

Brewed with pure maple syrup claims the bottle, and I believe it. Toffee shows up in the nose as well, with herbal, woody, tea-like hops.

Smooth full mouthfeel with nice soothing carbonation. The taste is sweet brown sugar, unsweetened chocolate, berries, sweet tea, and earthy wood, with a nice light bitterness. Nice and deceptively drinkable, I do not detect the alcohol.

Very nicely done, buzzable and enjoyable.

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Photo of mflamar
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jamstone714
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of bucklemyshoe
2.74/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a very dark mahogany color with a finger and a half of light tan head that has great retention and laces very well.

S: Maple, sour dark fruits, nuttiness, and booze.

T: Nothing sticks out too much despite its strength; maple syrup, toasted bread, hazelnut, and some booze.

M: It has a thick mouthfeel that coats the palate with a bubbly/foamy stickage. This makes it very chewy.

D: It began promising but there is a lot wrong with this.

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Photo of banger7
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light black leather hue, thin, ringy/bubblish tan head. The nose is loaded with caramel, raisins, traces of alcohol and roasted malts. Loads of flavorings and a definite treat. The initial feelings are a chocolate candy loaded with cherries, brown sugar, figs and sticky molasses. Full bodied; warming reveals some mild carbonation and near-chewy qualities. Tender hop bitterness, alcohol is noted, sticky raisins and some woody notes. Very rich and fulfilling; an aftertaste of a freshly baked caramel roll and the smile of enjoying it. This is incredible stuff.

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Photo of miwestcoaster
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of theboozecruise
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a straight glass. Not ideal but it's the best option here! Has a cola appearance, small head but I'll give it some leeway.

I really like the smell. Delicious malt flavor and the alcohol is mild.

The taste is good but a little thin on the mouth. Same malt flavors but nothing else happening. Again, can't pick up the high abv.

All in all I'm happy with this one. Definitely worth a try and better than the average nut brown ale.

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Imperial Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 58.4% out of 100 with 640 ratings
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