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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Ratings: 640 |  Reviews: 351
Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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 +19.6%
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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Photo of drxandy
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass, nice amount of head.

smells of nuttiness, malty-ness, and alcohol

tastes nice, one of the best nutbrown's i have had, bitter hops, sweet malt, like a nut brown turned up 2x, alchohol quite present

mouthfeel is creamy yet thin, with a nice texture

i was glad to have tried this, albiet a bit simpler than i expected it did not disappoint me.

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

poured a nice smooth pour into me glass. but, little head. slight head that stayed. light yet steady carbonation. excellent lacing all the way down. nice roasted smell. sweet taste a bit sweeter than i prefer but not overpowering. a pretty nice brew. the label states 9.8 abv. i did not find the alcohol overpowering.

nice to try. suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of BigRedN
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a dark brown, kinda cola like. My pour produced only a thin off white head about 1/4 inch in height which quickly faded to a ring around the glass that left no lacing.

Smell: Some roasted malts, some dark fruits and a little boozy.

Taste: Some roasted malts, giving it a hint of chocolate combined with some dark fruits (plums, prunes) comes off a little sweet. There is also a strong boozy alcohol taste. Nothing bitter here.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body, smooth and slick going down (kinda like warm syrup I guess) a little chewy as well. I get a bit of a warming sensation in the mouth and throat (with a little burniing in my throat) from this one.

Drinkability: I bought one bottle as a sort of what the heck I'll give it a try. It was ok, I do not know if I will repurchase this one again though. I just don't see the point of this over alcoholed brown ale. I think I'll stick with the regular version of this.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering courtesy of mhewes-from bottle to BMS mug...

Pours a pecan chocolate-praline brown. Thin, compact head.

Scent of English malt-a little sweetness with a slightly sour backdrop.

Grip of roasted chocolatey malt-not a significant hop bite. Alcohol is well-masked; with warmth, maple shows up in an abundant and pleasant fashion.

At first the finish and aftertaste are a little tinny. Given further warmth this evolves into a sweet, warm finish.

Mildness and sweetness make this quite a drinkable and enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this chilled in a pint glass from a twelve ounce brown bottle. This is the first beer i've had from Tommyknocker.

Appearance-Pours out a beautiful deep brown color that has deep ruby highlights when held up to the light. A pretty hard pour yielded about a quarter inch of soapy, thin, tannish colored head. Head faded very quickly and left very little lace to speak of.

Smell-Has a nutty earthy aroma with some maple thick roasted malt with a almost fruity aroma. I wanted to say cherry touches of wood and yeast as well. Smell is a bit on the faint side.

Taste- Definitely some fruity notes. A nice nutty maple flavor with a touch of hops and caramel. Nice thick malts. Just a hint of the nine percent AVB shows through.

Mouthfell- Medium bodied and a little thickness that coats the palate nicely. Smooth and crisp with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty damn drinkable despite the high alcohol content. Smooth, crisp, clean, and easy to drink.

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Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a dark crimson brown with almost no head. It smelled like muted earthy hops mixed with sweet cotton candy. It had a unique flavor of bitter coffee malt balanced with sweet maple syrup. It was oily with no carbonation and had a moderately bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very good beer, much more rich and balanced than the maple nut brown.

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Photo of boston2bburg
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, with a half inch head that all but disappears in seconds. Very dark, mostly opaque body, a shade browner than black, with a touch of red at the edges when held to light.

Aroma is of dark crystal malts, maple syrup and brown sugar, slightly buttery, and very sweet and full. Some earthy hops in there as well.

This beer is full flavored as well, reminiscent of a Russian Imperial Stout in body, but with a lighter estery flavor. Very oily mouthfeel, yet acidic, with a sharp alcoholic bite on the throat and up the nose. Maple syrup adds a nice subtle sweetness.

This is a huge beer and very little like a typical Nut Brown Ale, at least the ones I've tasted; much fuller and stronger. I'd recommend it especially as a winter warmer.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle to plastic cup.

A: dark brown, surprisingly very little tan head
S: earthy hops and malts
T: roasted malts, hint of caramel in the end
M: very thick, slight malty bitterness
D: I wouldnt have any more than one in a night, but it was a good beer

This was like a smoother 'Three Philosophers' with a little more flavor.

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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 ccrida
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip on draught at the brew pub, the Imperial Nut Brown is a chill hazed dark chestnut brown with a small khaki head that settles to a small collar, leaving the faintest scattered lace.

Smell is fairly strong and sweet caramel malt and brown sugar, with the booziness increasing as it warms.

Taste is rich and chewy toasted brown malt, strong and semi-sweet caramel, a hint of nuts and plenty of alcohol which provides a dry, lingering finish. I could use a bit more depth from the specialty malt to help balance the biting alcohol.

Mouthfeel is dry and slick, with a lighter body. Lively carbonation is easily roused with a gentle swirl of the tulip, in spite of it's otherwise still appearance.

Drinkabilty is pretty good, but not as great as I remembered, the first and only time I had this about 14 months ago, also at their brew pub. This time it seemed to one-dimensional and overly boozy, not enough 'nut' in the nut brown, zero hops. The fusels make it difficult to stomach the large sips required to appropriately wash down their very tasty buffalo burger, which I paired the Imperial Nut Brown with. In retrospect, it would have been a better choice before or after eating.

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Photo of crayphish
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this brew up on a whim. Glad I did. Appearance is typical for a Nut Brown. Clear brown liquid with a thin white cap. Smell has woodsy nuts and a maple syrup punch. Taste is exceptional. Nutty maple flavor. It's everything that Newcastle is trying for and more. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. I really can't taste the 9.0% beer claims. And I'm glad. This beer is simply one of the most balanced tastiest brews I've ever sampled. I plan to get another six pack and put a hurt on it.

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

Pours a very dark brown with a decent head and good carbonation, especially given the abv. Smells nutty and a bit roasty. There are aromas of dark treacle and hazlenuts, some roasted grains, and some fairly complex malt. I don't smell maple syrup per se, but I'm sure it contributes to these other aromas. The flavors are similar to the aromas, and quite balanced and complex. A touch of sweetness, but very controlled- it doesn't dominate the flavor at all. Instead you get heavily roasted hazlenuts, complex malts with scorched dark fruit, leather and spicebox flavors and an intriguing bitternes. Pretty unusual and quite good. Mouthfeel is full and a bit tannic, but appropriate. The alcohol is not highly prominent, makintg this pretty drinkable. It is also tasty enough and unusual enough to keep me interested. Their best beer.

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Photo of mcallister
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hard pour results in very little head. Color is deep ruby russett. A light tan ring of bubbles emanates around the glass.

Not getting hardly any nose on this beer. An off sweet brown sugar aroma with a bit of nutty character and that is with my nose deep in the snifter, odd.

Luckily this tastes much better than the nose would lead you too believe. Delicate and light yet rich and creamy in mouthfeel. Great mouthfeel actually. With a nice maple middle that is meant head on with brown sugar and even a mollassess flavor. The obvious nutty characters are present but with a vanilla extract like taste and than an unripen date. Has that sweet creaminess but not yet to caramel of a date. I could sip a few of these from mouthfeel alone.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark and toasty brown with a head that's next to nothing. Aromas of roasted malts and big, extracted caramels. On the palate, thick, heavy flavors of sweet malts and bitter chocolates; the malts almost remind of a bourbon (without the oak barrel influence, of course). Lots of hop bitterness, especially toward the back of the palate, in the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy and rather still, which is a bit overdone with the big flavors going on here -- it could benefit from more carbonation. Overall, this is an alright beer, but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of tpd975
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color with the pour. A nice thick one inch light tan head builds and then disappears to a nice pad on top. Sheets of lacing is left behind as the contents disappear.

S: Nice dark malts with hints of brown sugar. The maple can be detected if you really concentrate along with hints of chocolate and nuts.

T: Very tasty brew. I have had several Tommyknocker brews before which left me less than impressed. It starts of nice and malty with hints of chocolate and hazelnuts. Big bold molasses/maple sweetness builds and takes over. A bit of the sweetness lingers along with chocolate covered nuts. A hint of alcohol warmth hides behind it all.

M: Smooth and creamy with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink considering its ABV. Rather smooth and very tasty.

Overall: The best Tommyknocker beer made in my opinion. Lots of flavor and ultra smooth. I really enjoyed this beer. Tommyknocker needs to make more like this one.

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Photo of bjoyce12
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm surprised this one is rated as highly as it is. For a beer made with real maple syrup, I didn't notice any maple taste at all. Call me crazy, but I expect a chocolate porter to taste like chocolate, a lambic to taste fruity, and an ale prominently proclaiming "made with real maple syrup" right on the label to taste at least a little like maple. Not the case here.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky brown in color. There is no head to speak of on the pour. Smell is dark malts, some chocolate. Taste is pretty decent. More chocolate comes through and you can taste a hint of the maple syrup. Creamy and smooth on the mouthfeel. I got no hint of the hops, which I prefer. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of kboett77
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours very attractively, a rich amber color with a pillowly head. It also smells very sweet and pleasant. The flavor of the beer continues in the same vein as the aroma, but proves a bit too sweet and surprisingly light bodied. It was at best, ok, a nice concept with the maple syrup, but....for me it didn't work out. Very pretty, and nice smelling though.

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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 Traquairlover
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark oak brown, with slight red tint, very slight tan head quickly dissipated, light lacing.

S = On first sniff a little too strong alcohol burn, but after letting sit for a minute flavors start coming through: maple sugar, oak, sourdough starter, vinegar-based bar-b-que sauce. Very interesting smells but they do not seem to blend into a smooth scent, rather a lot of competing smells and the effect is not completely pleasant.

T = The taste is a pleasant surprise after the rather odd smells. First is a sweet chocolate, nutty syrup taste with some slight hops bitterness coming in at mid-palate and cruising into a mostly sweet finish but with a bitterness twinge still affecting lips and sides of the tongue. All-in-all not great but good.

M = Thick and luscious body with foamy carbonation and very good mouthcoating.

D = I really have to put the drinkability of this at average. It is relatively tastey but has enough funky qualities that I do not think I would search it out again. It is too strong to drink too much too, so if you have one of these it may limit what else you can enjoyably have. Not bad and I can imagine someone really liking it, I just don't.

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Photo of brdc
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

I am not exactly sure what an imperial nut brown is, but the bottle explains it is their maple brown, improved. Presumably it is a brown ale.

Let's get to it: very dark brown, almost black, and despite my best efforts, very little of a tan head is covering my brew.
Pleasant aroma is mostly dark fruits and caramel, but perhaps some maple (and perhaps I am just looking for it), alcohol and toffee are in it too.
I actually expected, based on the maple syrup allusion, to find an excessively sweet, "syrupy" beer, but Tommyknocker balanced it well. It is sweet and creamy, there are maple hints, but only hints. Caramelized tastes take over, along with a multitude of dark fruits and some nuts. Not overly complex, but enticing and plesant, like other "Tommyknockers"
Interesting and worthwhile.

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Photo of beerking1
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, with some red highlights. Head is good, but fades a bit fast. Aroma is subtle maple and dark fruits (raisins and figs). Flavor follows through with a pleasing subtle maple character, some sweet malt and dark fruit. Alcohol is apparent but not strong or overpowering. Very smooth beer. Aftertaste is slightly warming, leaving maple notes on the tongue. Nice beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)
the numbers 2 and 9 are punched on the side of the bottle
A- This beer has a black body that is dense and a thick creamy head that last and last. There are strands of tiny bubbles that support the head.

S- This beer has a soft toasted brown malt flavor with a dark toffee note to it.

T- The soft caramel sweetness is followed by a light brown sugar note a and a coffee malt hint at the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a no alcohol heat at all.

D-This beer is pretty light in flavor and aroma and is hard to believe that this is imperial. The whole beer is a bit bland and uneventful.

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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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