Imperial Nut Brown Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

638 Ratings
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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Ratings: 638 |  Reviews: 351
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip

A- pours black with a one finger offwhite head that immediately fades. Head disappoints me

S- light maple aroma, getting a little roast too

T- lots of sweetness from the maple, but it's not cloyingly sweet. Slight roast. Not much brown ale characteristics

M- it's actually pretty thin for an imperial style...

O- the alcohol is hidden extremely well, but the maple turns this into a wholly different beer than I think they were trying for

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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 chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of dball
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The best thing about this brew is the appearance. In a glass is has a decent head and laces teh glass nicely. It looks like it woudl taste better than it does. I anticipated it being a little heavier and creamier. The malt is just right though. I think I would prefer if it was a bit creamier. It has a slight bitter hint despite it being a malty brown. That makes for a nice balance. The mouthfeel is what you would expect from an imperial ale. Overall this is a very good imperial brown. I haven't had many imperial browns and would order this again at the taproom.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of ahq514
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown, almost chestnut color. Light head that is slightly off white. Appears to have fairly low carbonation.

Love the aroma. Has everything you would want from this beer. Rich chocolate and caramel malt that has a maple sweetness to it. Has a nice nuttiness to it too. Not much hops to speak of.

Tastes pretty much the same as the aroma. Sweet maple syrup up front followed by a nice chocolate malt presence and nuttiness. Very subtle hop bitterness on the finish.

Nice medium body with low carbonation. Very drinkable for 9%.

A good beer, that I was surprised got such low ratings. Maybe I'm biased because I love maple syrup. A nice sweetness that is complemented by the chocolate and caramel malts and nuttiness.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a muddy coffee black. A hazy brown comes through in the light. The off-white head dissipates to a film with a thick ring around the edges. Sticky lacing. The beer smells of sweet maple, nuts, and slightly roasted malts. The beer tastes exceptional, just as it smells. Sweet maple and nuts hit the palate first, followed by a roasted malt body. And in there somewhere is a hop presence, near the finish. The mouthfeel is sticky and medium to full bodied.

Overall, this is excellent. It goes down too smooth for 9.8%. I mean seriously, be careful with this one. I have been caught in it's snares. Excellent beer. I recommend one for dessert.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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1/5  rDev -73%

Imperial Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 638 ratings.
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