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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.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-17-2004

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Ratings: 640 |  Reviews: 351
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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1/5  rDev -73.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of phishsihq
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This big complex and malty offering weighs in at hefty 9% ABV, and pours a rich dark brown, borderline black, with a quickly disappearing beige head that leaves a light ring around the the glass. Aromas of coffee, nuts, roasted malt and some slight alcohol notes create a rich bouquet. Chocolate and nuttiness are featured quite heavily on the pallet with a slight alcohol twinge in the finish. A medium body is met with a good amount of carbonation. Definitely a BIG beer, with much more subtleties then the Maple Nut Brown.

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Photo of McBraniel
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of stpaulsipper07
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Reason2B
1/5  rDev -73.1%

Photo of drabmuh
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint, beer is brown with a tan head, thin some lacing, moderate carbonation, some lacing, not a lot of much.

Aroma is a little sweet wiht this mild almost coffee like bitterness in the nose, smells good.

Beer is sweet, medium bodied, bitter finish, mild roast, overall a nice little beer. I'd have it again although I wasn't blown away.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of diamondc
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark ruby tint when held up to the light. Tan colored head with some decent retention.

S: Some roast, lite peanut brittle. Very muted, though.

T: Molasses, raisins, lite coffee, milk chocolate. Not much happening in the hop department.

M: Absolutely no hotness despite being 9% abv. Could be "sessionable", even.

O: Good brown ale, sweetness isn't as cloying as I thought it would be. Worth a try.

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2.56/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I stored this in the fridge and let it sit for a bit at room temperature before pouring into a Newcastle Brown Ale glass. It was a dark mahogany with very little light getting through and had a nice fluffy head. Nose offered up a sweet, alcoholic blend of oranges and wine.

Sweet, slightly boozy flavor with a faint hop twang. The finish is bland and you are left with an alcoholic taste in your mouth. I didn't care for the flavor at all. It's too boozy and, even with all the sweetness, I don't get the nutty, toasted malt sweetness I'm looking for in this style.

I didn't care for this one as much as the brewer's standard Maple Nut Brown Ale (which is a nice beer). The other beer is easy-drinking and has a nice, mild, malty sweetness (not an alcohol sweetness). For me, this one is boozy and syrupy and kind of gross. However, don't let me detain you. I encourage you to crack one open and try it yourself.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this several months ago - reviewed from notes:

Pours dark brown with a thin off-white head that slowly becomes wispy. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of maple syrup, brown sugar and roasted nuts.

The tase is of maple syrup, brown sugar and nuts. Sweet, though a mild roast keeps it from being cloying.

It just hits full-bodied, though for an "imperial" it could have more body to it.

This is an enjoyable sweet, maple-y sipper!

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Photo of tbern007
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/black, very little head, but the lacing sticks around.
Smells of raisins, prunes, maple, cookie/cake, some light roasted malt.
Taste is complex- light hops that balance the sweet dessert, syrup, maple, dark fruits. Malty all around. Warm, spicy alcohol is not too overpowering despite the ABV.
Sweet aftertaste. Just the right amount of carbonation. not much "nut" in this nut brown.
overall I like this a lot.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Huffaroma
5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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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3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having previously attempted myself to make an imperial-strength brown ale, I saw this on the shelf as practically a requirement. Mug fills up a muddy, barely fizzy brown, lacing but little head. Smell is maple sizzurp, almond, marble bread, and somethin in the background that reminds me of what really good cigars smell like -- before you light them, that is.

That syrup is pretty prominent on the taste, plus a dry grape thing somehow. First sip is a bit of a shock as a result, though it mellows out later on. Hop character is anonymous beyond just being bitter enough to cancel out the sweetness. Goes down like a less-carbonated version of a bock, oily yet not real rich.

The maple is a clever touch, but they could've dialed back on it -- or let the hops speak a little more -- IMO. Sure the latter would've taken it in less traditional brown ale territory, but you're already brewing a +9% brown ale, so I'd say convention already went out the window. As it is, good but not great.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up as part of my usual beer shopping spree right before Christmas.

Appearance - I had this one straight from the bottle but from what I could tell it was a nice medium brown, nothing spectacular though.

Smell - Great smell! I pick up the hints of hops and maple syrup.

Taste - This one remidends me of a stout infused with a bit of natural sweetness. The maple hits nicely but the aftertaste seems almost fake (like artificial sweetener)

Mouthfell - Good carbonation, just what to be expected along with the style and taste

Overall - A decent beer, but one I will probably not buy again. The sweetness was nice but the aftertaste put me off.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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