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.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-17-2004

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: dark brown with splashes of ruby on the edges. light tan head. great retention, but no lacing.

s: deep, dark, toasted malt. some good nuttiness, maple syrup and a hint of bourbon.

t: maple at the front, very nutty. big brown sugar and caramel malt with some chocolate notes.

m: creamy feel reminds me of a stout. very smooth.

d: really glad I tried this one. good flavor, great mouthfeel. love that maple flavor. tommyknockers has successfully brewed an imperial brown ale, kudos.

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

Hard pour nets almost a finger of creamy browned-tan head over clear dark mahogany brown liquid (red edges wen held to light). Smells clean alcohol prominent carrying some dark and sour esters. Malt is underneath of toffee and dry chocolate, like a fudge brownie mix. Mild aromas overall.

Tastes dry chocolate with less alcohol sting than the nose would suggest. Some nut amid the undertones of sweet. This sweet carries with it a sour, perhaps from black patent? Maybe the sour I get is actually from a combination of alcohol and carbonation sting. Woody dry character with some grassy hops. Md-thick body with strong carb than I'd like. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear brown with a small off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is subdued - chocolate malts, grains and a touch of maple and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet chocolate and maple/molasses with a slightly bitter charred alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK beer. It's not very well balanced between the the cloying sweetness and the charred alcohol.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Tommyknocker beer. Something about their packaging made me somewhat cynical.

12 Oz. poured into a pint glass. produces a good off white head that dissipiates with time leaving slight lacing.

Smells are pretty sweet up front. There is some maple in the aroma with chocolate syrup.

Taste is very sweet with a flash of alcohol and some slight harshness to it. Chocolaty and nutty malt flavors appear with some molases as well. Enough hops to give an earthy balance and keep things from being overwhelmingly sweet. It's hard not to miss that alcohol presence though.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick but carbonation does its job well.

Not something I will seek out again, but a decent beer for a style that doesn't really exist yet.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A deep dark brown color. A thin tan head that quickly dissipates. Minimal to no lacing.

S: Lots of maple, nuts, brown sugar with some hints of fruit

T: A balanced mixture of brown sugar, caramel, chocolate and some fruits (couldn't make it out).

M: A bold medium body beer. Leaves a kind of creamy but a little thin film on the palate.

D: High ABV makes this a one and done type. A very nice brown ale though, good after dinner.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of 12oz bottles, courtesy of ol' Bro Artied2. Opted to quaff 'em last eve, whilst laxing in the 'Zebo....

Poured into an imperial pint glass, the liquid was a clear, deep, dark chestnut hue, a very dense color. I espied scattered carbo within, and the head was a creamy beige layer of bubbles, steady at just under 1/4". Lacing was quite attractive as well. Nose was a rich, sweet malty offering, akin to the aromas wafting forth from a good Doppelbock; quite enticing. Body was easily a medium-plus, aiming towards fullness. The feel on the tongue was velvety smooth, the bier gliding effortlessly across the palate.

Flavor has some superb malt, start to finish. It is nicely sweet without being cloying at all, coating the tongue in malty pleasure. The taste is akin to a liquified version of pecan pancakes smothered in maple syrup, with some caramel thrown in for good measure. And there's just enough of a floral hop presence at the finish to keep things honest. The ABV did sneak up on me a bit near the end of the session, though this was a quite pleasurable glass of refreshment. Thnx, Bro!!


look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5


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Photo of fdrich29
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found myself craving a malty brew while at Sunset Grill a few days before the American Craft Beer Fest. I asked Jason what he recommended and he pointed me in the direction of this sweet nectar. Thanks Jason!

At some point my tastes changed and I fell from the ranks of the hop heads and found myself loving all beers of a malty persuasion. If you find yourself in that category find this tasty treat and enjoy.

My glass was full of deep, dark brown goodness. Smells of malt, syrup, toffee maybe? Very sweet and smooth, and if I wasn't driving I would have ordered several more. Very easy to drink despite the 9.8% abv.

I'd be hard pressed to find a malty brew I enjoyed more than this offering from Tommyknocker. I've since been back to Sunset and had another glass, and also tried it at the American Craft Beer Fest.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I headed over to the sterling Sun Singer for some brew and, upon grabbing some Sam Adams Double Bock for the first time in a long time, I saw this concoction from Tommyknocker. What an Imperial Nut Brown Ale was, I could only surmise. Awfully glad I grabbed this, for it's excellent.

It pours a deep cloudy dun with absolutely no head at all. The nose offers a good hint of what's to come but could be more pronounced. Chocolate, hazelnut, and roasted coffee waft from it. But ah, the taste, when goodness is realized. Rich caramel blends with coffee bean, chocolate, and hazelnut in a dense malty brew that is quite impressive. The advertised maple syrup appears more in hints of molasses than as a cloying, viscous element. Creamy but with a tinge of hop bitterness, the mouthfeel is a delight. At 9.8%, the high ABV is tucked away nicely, making this a sipper only to ensure that one fully absorbs and appreciates its lush complexity.

Really terrific beer that Tommyknocker made, and I'm so glad I grabbed a sixer of it. A must-try.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tommyknocker- Imp. Brown

A- Deep mahogany brown with a moderate size head. About 1" of lacing.
S- Sweet malt; caramel, molasses, and toffee come through. A touch of medicinal alc. is present.
T- Sweet hazelnut caramel malt with earthy hops. A touch of walnut and oak. Alc. is always present but never overpowering.
M- Sweet and slick with fruity sugary sweetness in the middle. Slight nutty dry hops with an alc. bite in the end.

Overall- Good thick flavors pop throughout this pint. Smooth, with touches of sweetness make this a nice brown ale. The best of the Tommyknockers that I've had so far.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Do you want to see these Imperial Nuts? Arrived as a mostly cloudy chestnut brown color with a somewhat rocky head with good retention and limited lacing through out.

The nose is malty mostly. A rather generic nose but noticeable caramel and toffee notes. Some sweeter notes with a sugary backing. A light maple aroma as well. No real hop or yeast notes come out.

The taste is similar with more of a generic malty sweetness. The caramel and toffee comes out more with a light chocolate backing. Not really astringent in any sense but is hidden with the sweetness. The maple comes out stronger in the taste than the nose. Some lighter earthy hop notes that are a bit off but are limited. Clean yeast as well but is hidden a hit from the sweet finish.

The body is more along the lines of full. Nice malty notes with a bit of sweetness in the finish almost gives it a under attenuated feel, but still ok. Overall a good beer with some minor faults. I need to try this from the bottle to compare it from the tap.

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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 oberon
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tyler's Taproom in Durham.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep ruddy brown with a thinner off white head,aromas are a mix of brown sugar/molasses and and as others have noted some maple syrup.Flavors are quite sweet upfront that molasses and brown sugar is big along with maple syrup not really any hop drying here.Its ok but a little to sweet for my taste,would likey be a good beer paired with a chocolate dessert.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good mouthfeel and a nutty sweetness. Dark brown, alcohol is warming but otherwise hidden. A drinkable and passable brew.Too much sweetness there to be of continued interest, with caramel, a tad chocolate malt, honey.Understated carbonation.A unique spotting of style, but otherwise so what.

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

Dark muddy brown, mostly opaque. light, short lived tan head. Smell is very nutty, rich brown sweet malt and a hint of cocoa. Smell is actually surprisingly nice. Taste is kind of cheap and sweet and artificial with syrupy nuttiness. Alcohol is hidden pretty well, but shows a bit. Definitely a richer mouthfeel than Tommyknockers' other beers. Drinkable, and one of their better beers for sure, but still a bit too artificial tasting.

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Photo of Onslow
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had at Boondoggles at night ... very sweet and malty .. lacing is divine .. no head, but has a constant ring .. dark brown .. easy drinking for 9.8% .. a surprise from this mundane brewery.. nice and very smooth but a tad confusing..i mean, it was enjoyable but was lacking in some departments..

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a weak 1/2 finger head that disappears quickly, probably from the abundance of maple syrup. Very dark brown color.

Maple syrup is abundant followed by some toffee and caramel malts. I'm a little bit skeptical. I think this beer might have too much maple syrup.

The beer tastes good, but I think it has a little bit too much maple syrup. It dominates over the caramel malts and tofee underneath, however I do like it and I don't mind the taste. But then again, I like maple syrup.

A little bit astringent from the amount of alcohol, but not bad for 9.8% alcohol. Not a bad mouthfeel from the syrup. It's very unique and hard to dissect with the abundance of syrup.

Try this if you like maple syrup.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clocks in at 9.8% abv, appears a deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light big tan head after a vigorous pour, leaves behind even streaks of lacing down my pint glass. Aroma has some vinous layers in addition to sweet maple syrup I'm also getting some sweet ginger bread presence and some tart dark fruits soaked in some alcohol. Also some milk chocolate creamy malt layers are present with minimal pine notes with some oak aging like tones. Flavor has some overtly sweet cloying moments, like the whole maple syrup addition to a brown ale in the first place. After sweetness dissipates a tobacco leaf pine layer of hops moves in with dark chocolate bitterness and some alcohol presence. I'm also getting some of that soy sauce salty quality in there as well Mouthfeel is a bit thin compared to what I was expecting the syrup additions doesn't add any cloying properties and the beer is actually medium bodied with some soft carbonation. Easy to drink but as whole I'm no sold, this brew just doesn't do it for me too many competing flavors without cohesion. A bit of a mess and you'll realize that fact in a couple sips something I will never really crave again, although they managed to get some hop presence into an imperial Brown Ale with maple syrup seems impressive enough to me.

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Photo of tempest
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single from Abe's 6-Pack Shop.

This beer is pretty smooth, and easy to drink for a 9% beer, but it's also surprisingly bland. The aroma is of sweet sugar with cocoa malts. The flavor has a maple, dry cocoa, and cola, but the balance is a bit unpleaseantly bitter. Like I said, the body is smooth enough, but the flavor isnt compelling enough to keep drinking.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body with ruby highlights. Small, off-white head with little retention. Leaves small amount of lacing.

Smell is nice: sweet, malty. Chocolatey and boozy.

Very sweet and chocolately from malts. Fruits and a nuttiness are also noticeable. Finishes somewhat dry and very boozy. A little thin on the mouthfeel with some alcohol warming.

Not bad drinkablity for such a high ABV.

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Photo of beeragent
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. The beer pours a medium brown, forming a 1 inch tan head, and leaving a trail of light lacing. The aroma is a mix of sweet malt, sugar and a very noticeable alcohol presence. The taste begins with the sweet malts up front, followed by a maple syrup sugary sweetness in the middle, and ending with a medium alcohol finish. Not too bad, but I think the use or amount of maple syrup masks some of the flavors in this beer. Medium mouthfeel and body. Good flavor but high alcohol keeps this from being a session ale, but still very drinkable. Overall, not a bad beer. The taste takes a little getting used to, but I think once the drinker knows what to expect, this beer can be a good way to kick off the night.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a brown color with copper hues with a thin fizzy head that quickly disappears. The aroma is sweet malt, grapes, dark fruits, and alcohol. The taste is a syrupy malt with more grape flavor along with caramel and a hint of nuttiness. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated but is a little on the watery side. Overall, Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown Ale is a decent beer at best. I would not purchase this again.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Tommyknocker Imperial nut Brown Ale
Bottle Inspection: 9% abv (which doesn't jive with the 9.8% listed on their website) notes brewed with pure maple syrup. No useful information beyond that. A cryptic date code system that runs 0-3 and 0-9 with 2 and 7 notched, what ever the hell that means. The website offers no clues, which means they don't want you to know.

Aroma: Rich grape esters, mild alcohol vapor, much like their nut brown ale but more of it. Definitely malt driven.

Appearance: Thick clear brown edges but generally opaque brown with a thin dark tan cover that holds and laces in a few spots.

Flavor: A malty puppy! The purple grape flavor is there and the balance is toward the sweet, but doesn't go cloying. Alcohol is a factor as it warms. There is a light wood or earthy element that's hard for me to put a finger on.

Mouthfeel: Strong alcoholic heat in the chest, carbonation is a bit fizzy and the body is a bit thin, very dry in the finish. Thin and light body.

Overall Impression: Not a bad beer. I get this is a celebration beer, but there is a nagging "malt liquor" element to this that bothers me a bit. I guess the body is what is bothering me so much; the flavors are pretty good, if straight forward. Not the subtle introspective beer, this is more of a hell raiser.

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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 Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Thirsty's in East York, Pa. The beer was poured from a 12oz brown bottle w/ a freshness date of 1/08

Poured at 45degrees into a snifter.

A - A deep brown mocha w/ a copper tinge, the cap is beige w/ 2 fingers stature that settles to a band of about a millimeter w/ an ultra fine bead

S - Slightly boozy, nutty w/ a maple hint and creamy odors w/ subtle cereal note w/ a dark grain aroma

M- Thick full feel - sweet on the cheeks and warm on the throat w/ moderate carbonation. There is a slight drying effect w/ a bit of residual sweetness

T - Sweet caramel malt flavors w low roastiness and booziness upfront w/ the slightest maple syrup flavor, more sweetness of maple nature and a creamy syrupy malt flavor w/ toasty aspects and subtle woody hops under the layers of pecan pie like sweetness. The roasted nut taste like a payday is full and has a toffee creamy sweet taste w/ a boozy finish

D - A very good Imperial Brown ale - the maple seems to boost the abv and gives it a healthy dose of warmth, but still retains an above average brown ale flavor w/ a fuller feel and nice balance for such a big beer. The booziness is relatively low overall w/ minimal fusel alcohol and I consider this a very tasty American strong ale

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Photo of stumac
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours up a deep, dark chocolate brown. not much head but the little head it had was a brown tinted one. the nose is dark cocolate, caramel, toffee, roasted malts. the taste is about the same as the nose except it has a little bit of an alcohol spice also. low carbo. nice full bodied, syrupy, long lingering sweet aftertaste. delicious!

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