Imperial Nut Brown Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

Imperial Nut Brown AleImperial Nut Brown Ale
640 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.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-17-2004

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Photo of alnanderson
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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 pavandal
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark, chocolaty color. No head, just a little oily lacing around the edges.

The smell of this beer is wonderful. Caramel, citrus, bread, and slight chocolate notes. It smelled so good I dipped my nose into it on accident!

The taste didn't quite live up to the smell, but it was rewarding nonetheless. It was thinner, which is a shame, because the smell was so robust that I was hoping for something that would "stick to my ribs". This beer is sweet with a slight maple syrup flavor, followed by a quality roasted malt burn. Not bitter in the slightest. I would have preferred a little bitterness to help break up the sweetness of this one.

This beer is drinkable, but I will warn that it can be a little on the sweet side. That being said, I'd recommend it to try, it might be perfect for your taste buds!

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Photo of wl0307
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the BSF bar, GBBF 2008; coming in a 355ml slim brown bottle, at 9%abv. The unexplained marks on the back label seem to suggest the BB date is the "2nd quarter of 2007"?? - served faintly-chilled to cool in Hapkin's bulb-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: a force pour results in a lovely and thick layer of semi-creamy dark beige froth lasting on top of very dark mahogany-brown body, which, against the light, shows lots of tiny bits of cottony yeast sediments and a really restrained and fine carbonation.
S: very different from all other brown ale that I've tried from the USA, the nose is sharply sour like fermented nectar plus sour dark stone-fruits, like raisins, prunes and sour black cherries (also a touch of musky grapes), while yeastiness leaves their mark quite in line with a lactic (sour-milky) dark ale from Belgium. Behind the semi-astringent sour fruity fa├žade hides lighter-bodied dark malts, sweet nuts, and chocolates. As maple syrup is used in the brew, the presence does come somewhat overwhelmingly over other ingredients. The overall impression actually rings a bell of Belgian yeasty dark ale!
T: the foretaste comes raisiny, fat black prune-ish, lightly smoked-nutty and sweet chocolaty on the malty side, pretty soothing and not imposing or heavy, albeit without much support of flowery hop aroma as one might expect from any American ale termed "Double" or "Imperial"; quietly, the sweet maltiness, nuts and fruits settle down to leave space for a fine bitter edge of dried hops to mingle with fruit-yeasty sourness. The finish still doesn't show much influence of hop bitterness, whilst the slightly sour-sweet edge as of residual sugar in honey or syrup does outlast everything else, which I suppose is what this beer means to achieve?
M&D: the body is pretty decent, not quite heavy, and goes well with a softly carbonated palate, while the flavour also doesn't come too sweet, heavy, or alcoholic for a 9%abv. All in all, this "Imperial Nut Brown" ale is semi-delicious in its own right, and at times rings a bell of Belgian dark ales even, but not quite my cup of tea due to the prolonged, thin-ish palate of sour sugar.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz longneck bottle into a pint glass. The pour produced only a scant 1/2" of light biege foam that disappeared rather readily. The beer was a dark almost black... with a little brown around the edges.

The smell was good, with hints of nuts (hazelnuts) a sweet malty smell, and coffee.

Taste mirrored the smell right down the line....

MF: Quite nice for a Nut Brown Ale... nice and thick and robust.

Drink: My bottle said 9% abv... not 9.8 that is documented here... Still, quite a honker! But quite tasty... sure, go out and get ya some of this....

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown color with one finger of off white head.

Scent of molasses, caramel, and brown sugar. Alcohol is masked well, but there's not much balance to it.

Taste of maple, dry malts, and brown sugar. Alcohol is masked nicely here as well, but the structure of this beer could be better.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied with a bit of carbonation.

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Photo of argock
2.91/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.60.

A: Hazy chestnut brown with meager 1-finger beige head with decent staying power and scant lacing.

S; A bit of caramel notes and mostly spicy alcohol. No real hops contribution noted.

T: Also very hot on the palate with some toasted caramel and dark malts and minimal herbal hops in the finish, which is mostly covered by the not-so-graceful strong fuselly alcohol through the middle and finish.

M: Body not more than medium with low-medium carbonation and light caramel aftertaste, again, with plenty of alcohol there too.

D: SKip it -- heavy on booziness without much other aroma or flavor to recommend it. Tommyknocker's dopplebock is a much better bet if they're the only brewery available to you or if you're feeling adventurous.

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Photo of Shaw
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found the following notes on this beer while cleaning out a duffel bag. I must have had this at least three years ago.

Pours a very deep brown. It's almost black, with just a hint of ruby in the corners. It's got a fluffy off-white head.

It smells of caramel malts, and I can smell the maple syrup that's added. There may be just a faintest hint of hops.

I'm a little disappointed by the taste. With "Imperial" in the name I was expecting a bigger beer. Now that I've written that, let me say that the flavor is good. It's rich and malty, with the alcohol content mostly hidden.

The body is creamy and slick. It's got plenty of heft to it.

This is a drinkable imperial ale, the first imperial I've had of a nut brown ale.

Overall this is an above-average ale. It you're into the nut brown style, you might want to seek this beer out. Otherwise, it's nothing too special, especially for the price.

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Photo of drizzam
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with pure maple syrup, let's see if this one is as tasty as it sounds.

Appearance - Poured into a clear pint glass - foamy eggshell colored head that maintained well and left decent lacing down the inside of the glass. This brew was a nearly opaque brownish/red color.

Smell - Malty nose with a mild scent of caramel.

Taste - Sweet caramelized malt, a slight nutty undertone...almonds maybe? Very slight maple taste in the background.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Medium mouthfeel, creamy on the palate. Fairly mild carbonation. The alcohol is really well masked for as high as the ABV is in this one. An overall decent brew.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium brown color with a small head. Nose is sweet from the maple syrup and has a lot of alcohol. Taste has a lot of character from the maple syrup, but the alcohol really hurts the flavor here. I noticed a skunkiness or bitterness on the end that I could do without. Very thick mouthfeel. Drinkability is ok and pretty good.

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4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An inch and a half of crackling biscuit colored tan foam has decent retention. Body is a very deep brown and is really almost black in color. Nose has woodsy caramelized malts, rustic wood tones and even some pickled hop characters. As you take first sip you realize this beers is all about the malt profile. Big smooth richness is quickly followed by silky distinct sweetness. The maple syrup really plays a part and brings with it a nice dose of creamy chocolate. Mouthfeel is a sweet mouth glazing that hangs on with thickness. Super drinkable at 9% alcohol which is nicely hidden.

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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 bgjohnston
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark brown with lots of little floaties in it. Noticed these in their Butthead dopplebock, as well. Smells sweet and inviting, faintly of maple syrup.

Starts off sweet on the tongue, then shifts to a somewhat burnt taste before moving on to a mild hoppy bitter note, then finishes pretty dry. Hides the ABV very well.

A good beer at a fair price. Will get this again.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with some ruby hues. Decent sized light brown colored head. Aroma is of maple, as you would expect being brewed with maple. Also some brown sugar in there and a little fruitiness, pineapple specifically.

Lots of brown and burnt sugar notes in here. Some toasted malt also, along with a bit of maple, fruit, and a touch of hoppy bitterness in the finish. This beer does a good job of not becoming overly sweet, as a lot of big browns often do, and this lends to the drinkability of it, along with an unnoticeable nearly 10% ABV. Medium mouthfeel, but for something imperial you would expect bigger in this department. Overall a pretty good beer that I havent been fond of in the past.

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Photo of beerman207
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Props to Bamadog for hooking me up with this one.

A- Big brown body with a tan head that hangs out a little while leaving some nice lacing on the glass. This beer looks quite tasty

S- Picking up sugar and maple in the nose as well as some hops, also some chocolate.

T- Sweet taste coming through the chocolate and maple syrup. The finish is a strong alcohol presence that is actually quite nice to warm.

M- Medium carbonation

D-This is definitely a sipper - I can't see having more than one of these in a sitting. Still enjoyable though to have one.

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Photo of Domingo
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simple, straight ahead, but tasty.
This is almost like a "bock strength" (yes, I know that's not quite correct) brown ale.
Pours a pretty deep brown with a head that's usually pretty faint, but occasionally rockier. In the case of this one, it's more or less just a white sheen.
The flavors are insanely malty. Chocolate, dark rum, hazelnuts, almonds, brown sugar, and a little maple. Hops are definitely hidden, but more present than their normal maple nut brown.
Even though this brew is potent, it doesn't feel or taste like it. Pretty quaffable, and tasty enough for a few.
I really enjoy this one. Definitely a beer that's easy to overlook just because Tommyknocker usually makes fairly tame ("meh") beers in most cases. This is a malt bomb that beer geeks can enjoy for sure.

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Photo of Gish
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown with a thin head.

S - Smells of booze, raisins, and a bit of malt.

T - The taste consists of a rush of sweetness with some alcohol and breadiness in the finish.

M - nicely carbonated, a bit syrupy

D - Too sweet and boozey to drink many of these.

While brown ale is not my favorite style, I still enjoyed this beer. It's just a bit too one-dimensional, especially considering it's such a big beer.

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Photo of berserker256
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had never seen an imperial nut brown ale before so I had to buy it. It's a nice dark amber brown color with a foamy light tan head. It smells sweet, mediciney, and sort of like oatmeal. Burnt coffee malt sort of flavor with some bitterness and a touch of alcohol warmth in the throat. Not too thick or chewy but somewhat heavy, Hence, making it not the most drinkable beer around. It says "brewed with pure maple syrup" but I don't detect that at all. Maybe it's just me. Foam sparsley sticks to the side of the glass as I drink it down. This beer's OK. It's worth the $8.99 for the six pack.

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

Poured from bottle at cellar temp with a large carbonated head that broke quickly into a rocky lattice, finally dissipating to a thin ring over very dark amber color.

Nose was sweet, syrup and malt with nearly the same taste though no hint of the 9% ABV, very smooth and easy to drink. This may not be the most complex of drinks but tasty just the same and quite drinkable.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark mohogany color, with a tiny tan head. The tiny head fades almost instantly leaving no lace.

This beer has a sweet, caramel like aroma. It also smells of alcohol. It has a slight maple aroma as well. Some nutty aroma is also present.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Lots of sweet caramel malt. Some maple also. It tastes nutty also. I can taste the alcohol.

This beer is very full bodied. Carbonation is almost nonegsistant. The alcohol warms the throat on the way down.

This beer might not make the best session beer. It is quite aggressive, and the alcohol content is pretty high.

Overall: Thank you Mentor for generously giving me another beer. This beer was pretty good. Not the best, but good.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A thin tan head atop a ruddy, brown body. It left some nice sticky spots on the glass. There was some suspended sediment. I initially thought this was an issue, but I've seen it in more than one of these beers. I still find it a bit odd for the style.

S- It has a fairly sweet profile. It's quite malty. I pick up a lot of caramel characteristics mixed with some of the maple qualities. Hopping is fairly light.

T- More of the sweet noted in the aroma highlighted by caramel and maple flavors. The warming alcohol comes on late and creates a bit of a sharp finish.

M- It had a slight, alcoholic bite. Carbonation is fairly light.

D- It's not a chugger, but not too overwhelming to have a second. It's a beer I'm glad I tried, but not something I'd search out again.

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

A: Clear, brown color. Poured a thin beige head that dissipated to a broken skim. Laced in thin rings that washed down the sidesof the glass.

S: Deep, rich toasted malets. Notes of caramel and dark fruits.

T: Sweet, smokey roasted malt flavor. Sweet, syrupy dark fruits. Bitter in the finish to balance. Alcohol.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth rich finish.

D: Not what I expected in a brown ale, but interesting.

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Photo of rowew
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, there is a spot to notch the best by date, but it isn't notched. Label design as a whole is a bit boring.

Appearance: Pours very dark reddish brown, thin head but good retention.

Smell: Quite a bit of alcohol in the aroma, beyond that there is a bit of caramel, some maple. Just a bit of of burnt sugar.

Taste: Pretty sweet, the same caramel and maple come through here, with just a bit of an alcohol bite.

Overall impression: This is too sweet for me, but there are some interesting flavors in there too.

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Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 2/3 inch head of a light tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, some hops, and some slight spice. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is very smooth and slightly thick, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malts up front, nut, noticeable alcohol throughout, slight sweet malt, and some hop bitterness in the finish. Overall, a really good beer - the best I've had from Tommyknocker.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a fan of any Tommyknocker beer I have had to date, I am a little leary on this one. Pour is a cloudy, not appetizing brown color, with a small off white head that is gone before I can even smell it. Not a good start, but the aroma bring nice nutty, caramel malt charater and a hint of spicy floral hops. Taste comes through nicely also, mostly chocolate and caramel, with a touch of Maple and a little less of the nuts as in the aroma. Feel is nice a smooth with a touch of creamy. This is a very drinkable beer, and restores my interest in Tommyknocker. I may revisit this brewery after trying a beer I really ended up enjoying.

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Photo of bamadog
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've been looking at the Tommyknocker beers for a few months now, tempted to buy but never doing so. Tonight I caved and gave it a shot. I'm not disappointed, but I'm not blown away. However, it's definitely worth trying if you like a sweeter brew.

Appearace: Dark brown and a little ruby in color when held to the light. Cloudy, appears to be some slight sediment bubbling throughout. Very thin head that disappated to a very thin lacing on top.

Smell: Smells sweet and carmally, a little bready as well - strong scent of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste: Very sweet, you can taste the maple, no doubt about that. The alcohol presence is very strong in the taste, but it isn't too overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little wet, I guess I was expecting a little bit more chewiness to the body. But it leaves the mouth dry and then it becomes a little sticky - the alcohol is pretty high so I'm sure that's where the drying is coming from.

Drinkability: Overall, I'm not as impressed with this beer as I was hoping, but it's a fine beer and a pleasant change up from what I've been drinking lately (tons of IPAs). The alcohol is way to high to do a lot of these in a night, in fact, I'd probably stop after one. I think this would be very good with some pasta. Medium drinkability.

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