Imperial Nut Brown Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

Imperial Nut Brown AleImperial Nut Brown Ale
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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
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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Photo of longbongsilver
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%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yo Dr. K... Thanks for the beer.

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a tulip style pint glass.

A) This pours out a burnt brandy color. There was not much head, but a thin layer of foam did stick around. Not much lacing.

S) A strong sweet malt aroma. Maple syrup and nuts. It made me want a plate of pecan pancakes.

T) Follows the nose pretty closely. There is a bit of booze to this one, which wasn't a surprise based on the ABV. I would have liked it to be slightly less detectable.

M) Pretty full bodied, not much carbonation. It was fairly smooth. A boozy aftertaste awaits.

O) A nice effort here. I liked the maple syrup. I'll probably just stick to my old standards as far as brown ales are concerned, but this imperial was a nice change of pace, and worth a try.

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Photo of wpreynolds
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of ncketchum
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a dark brown with a chocolatey head large amount of head which hangs out for some time. Fairly translucent.

S - Smell is malty, sweet with a little bit of hops, and a bit of chocolate, alcohol, some dark fruits

T - Taste is malty up front with a good amount of maple syrup sweetness, slightly bitter in the end

M - Thick, very smooth with a little bit alcohol bite at the end.

D - Drinkability is very high, excellent nut brown, the best I've had in this style

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of litheum94
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Best by 5/14/12.

Very deep brown in color, lighter on the edges, but nearing black in the middle. Active, khaki head bubbles up to a finger and a half, then settles out to a misty cover.

Hazelnuts, dark bread and some cola on the nose. Maple syrup sweetness as well. No apparent hop profile.

Full, bready malts, with a nutty body. Semi-sweet chocolate and maple syrup. Woody and slightly bitter towards the finish. Creamy vanilla finishes out the flavors.

Good flavors, but honestly, nothing that new or spectacular.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body, clear, and with a short-lived, light beige head.

Smell: Moderately sweet-scented and, with just a bit of warmth, adds a noted fusel tone to tickle the nostrils beyond the modest notes of maple, store-brand cola, unsweetened chocolate powder.

Taste: Sweet tastes of brown sugar, molasses, and alcohol-soaked toasted bread crumbs as well as the aforementioned maple syrup. Dark fruits. Faint, bland chocolate hint. Very low hop character. It just doesn't seem particularly complex, folks. Growing sweetness as well as an alcoholic bite culminating in a sweet, warm finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's been a good, long while since I last tried INBA. About 6 (six) years by my guess. I fully recall not digging it then, and I'm just not really digging it now.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured a dark brown color, moderately hazy, with a decent cap of off-white head that left a bit of lacing. Woody aroma, nutty, and a little soapy, some booze. Taste of roasted malts, nuts, a little much on the boozy side, with just a hint of maple sweetness and brown sugar. A bit on the harsh side, and somewhat watery. Might have been better if, well, it wasn't a brown ale. Medium mouthfeel, and overall just a bit lacking in flavor, due to the general blandness I usually experience with brown ales, and with the alcohol thinning it out too much. I probably wouldn't want to drink this again.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

This isn't really a looker, a deep brown with a tiny head that doesn't hang around for long. The aroma is pretty good though, a nice roasty, alcoholic malt smell, with a bit of nuttiness. The taste is pretty good, a nice roasted malt with a bit of nuttiness, which leads into a strong finish with alcohol and nuts. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both solid, if unexceptional. Overall, this is a pretty solid brew from Tommyknocker, you could do a lot worse than this if you're looking for a nice nut brown.

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Imperial Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 58.4% out of 100 with 640 ratings
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