Imperial Nut Brown Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

351 Reviews
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.

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Photo of adams82
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark reddish/brown color with a small and beady off white head. The aroma profile is very one dimensional and smells syrupy sweet with alcoholic notes. Not terribly complex and it doesn't fair much better in taste as it tastes just as it smells; syrupy and alcoholic with hints of chocolate and a light dose of dark malts. Again, one sided and not terribly complex, hops are no where to be found.

While this is nicely carbonated and full bodied, it is unbalanced and comes across with almost too much body and it becomes a little overwhelming even for this interpretation of the style. While certainly not bad, I don't think I would actively seek this one out again, but I may give it another shot.

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Photo of Adamthome1
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

says 9% alcohol and brewed with pure maple syrup...Ya don't say, the smell is alcoholy with the maple syrup and black lickerish smells coming through.

Pours a 1 finger head that dissipates to almost nothing

Flavor is very Imperial Indeed. Rich and robust, very sweet, the aftertaste is dominated by a sweetness. Kind of one dimensional, but nothing really negative about the taste to note for what is there.

What's not there is that it's not very nutty, that's what I miss here, not too pleased about that.

Very sweet, almost too sweet, but I suppose that is what they were driving at. Share this one with a friend.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown color almost black with no light getting through and a small off white khaki colored head. The aroma is of maple nuts and dark fruits. The taste is of a sweet malt backbone with a maple flavor over the top. There is a little raisin taste also. The mouthfeel is very thick, not taste wise but actually thick. Drinkability wise, ehhh, you could have one or two, but i can't see you going more than that. One would probably do it, its okay good for a change of pace for a brown ale.

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Photo of argock
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
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 smallbatchbrewer
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Low lying head with milky thick brown body. Was in a low lit bar so appearance has a little give or take to it, I'm doing my best.

S- Malty, fruity maple with a hint of earthy hops

T- Hmmmm. This stuff is seemingly over-sweet for the style but the higher abv% is still pretty well masked. I'm sitting here wondering what the final gravity was on this brew...I'm thinking at least 1.020. It has a coppery iron (almost blood like) after taste that finds itself mixed on the pallet with a sharp sour bitterness. I did not expect the tartness.

M- With a thick appearance this one actually sits rather lightly

D- Honestly, I ordered a second pint. Perfect with my hearty soup. I just wish it had less of a pungent lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of battlekow
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Having just tried the regular Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown, I decided to give their Imperial Nut Brown a shot. The label says it's a "bigger, bolder version of our wildly popular Maple Nut Brown."

Appearance: Cloudier and darker than the regular Maple Nut Brown. Same thin, weak head.

Smell: Smells a bit spicier. I still get the same hint of cooked carrots though.

Taste: Honestly, it tastes like they just added some alcohol. Still doesn't taste like much, only now the nuttiness has been traded for an alcoholic bite. Maple aftertaste seems less pronounced, and that's what I liked most about the original.

Mouthfeel: Still thin, and the added alcohol makes it sting a bit.

Drinkability: Overall, less pleasurable than the "regular" version. The extra bite was a little offensive and detracted from the already less-than-outstanding original. Only exceeds its predecessor in appearance.

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Photo of alkemy
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This stuff is very dark brown, not quite opaque, with some particles floating about. The head was light tan as far as I could really wasn't around long enough to get a good look at it. You could smell a hint of hops in a slight citrus a bit of maple syrup, but the sweet caramel/nutty malts were most dominant. A bit of a caramelized brown sugar taste, but sauce. This just didn't sit well with me. Kind of smooth going down, but the taste was disappointing.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, brooding opaque brown with a thick khaki head that fades instantly. Aromas of roasted malt sweetness, nutty accents and a maple syrup twang. Dark fruits underneath.

First sip is sweet dark malts with a bit of an odd dark fruit twang. Somewhat nutty and roasty with a slickness. Maple syrup accents are there along with a bit of heat. Too sweet for me overall. I'd pass on this one again.

Medium body and a bit slick....not much else to say. Overall, not a huge fan of this. Too sweet and a bit boozy. Just seems off kilter to me.

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Photo of kboett77
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
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 ncfranklin
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

A : With a vigorous, gulping pour it can produce a nice finger side tan head, but settles quickly to a soft top fuzz. It's a very, very dark brown (in dim light, black) that doesn't really stand out.

S : A small hint of booze with brown sugar notes and caramel. Weak in potency.

T : Alcohol is there, but not disgustingly so. The brown sugar and caramel from the smell are playful throughout. The hops actually do make a small peek into play for a slight bite on the end. And I mean slight, almost non-existence. That, or i'm mistaking it for alcohol burn. Where's the nut? No where to be found. For a 9% brown, this isn't dreadful. It's a risk-taker.

M : Heavy, and quite soft in the mouth that leaves a coat of film all around.

D : At 9%, this isn't something you'd have too many of. Honestly, it's not something I crave a second for at all. Maybe the combination of alcohol and sweetness just turns me off after one.

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Photo of nicholasdes
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This could be good except for the extreme saltiness in the finish, maybe I had an old bottle. I can't tell what the hell bottle date is. 1 and 8 are punched.

Looks nice, dark clear brown, lite head.

Smells of carmelized molasses, no alcohol.

Interesting style, not a stout but imperial brown. Has great strong brown flavors up front, Sweet brown sugar, lite roasted barley, but then this salty finish that is killing me.

Lite with Lots of good carbonation.

The salt finish is killing me, the strength would keep you from having more than one.

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Photo of charlesw
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, shucks. That's a nice looking beer. I'd be happier with longer-lasting head, but it's nice.

Very light in the nose - a little bready.

And the taste just wallops you, you know what I mean? HUGE bitter sweetness in the middle of the back of the mouth. Kind of maply and nut browny all around that. But, yeah, not just imperial - extreme.

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Photo of wedge
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a shadowy, deep auburn color with a slim creamy beige head. Timid aroma of toasted caramel, burnt sugar, dark maple, and nuts. Sticky, toasted dark malt flavors begin as mapley brown sugar but ends up cloyingly sweet and seems to lack some depth. Alcohol is a little more prominent than it probably should be. Pretty heavy in the mouth. Half a bomber and I'm done.

I lost interest in this halfway through my glass. Seems too "artificial" for it to really come together as a satisfying beer. Its not awful, but I can't recommend it.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel, burnt caramel, and not much else. It is nice smelling caramel, but very simple. I think it would be for a great aroma if only a little floral smelling hops were somewhere to be found. The taste is of caramel and sugar. I love malty beers that have depth, but this one just doesn't have that. In fact it is so sweet it reminds me of drinking soda. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a sugary texture as if there were undissolved sugar still in the beer. Overall, this beer is quite a let down. The concept of an imperial brown ale has a lot of potential, but this beer just doesn't live up to it.

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Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average tasting beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a mahogany brown with a brown head. The beer had a nuttiness like sweet smell and taste and had a really bitter dry aftertaste. I really did not like the brew for the bitterness. If you like bitter beer, go for it I will not buy again.

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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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got this brew from tburkhart, Thanks Tim!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky dark brown color with a short-lived beige head.

S - sweet and malty aroma.

T - very sweet brew, maple sweetness is the dominant flavor here, some notes of chocolate and roasted malt come around once in a while.

F - medium bodied with a thin feel.

D - a bit too sweet for too much of this beer, a small 4oz sample was enough for me.

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Photo of corby112
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, dark chestnut brown color with a half finger beige head that quickly fades into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing.

Slightly earthy aroma with grassy hops and a decent balance of roasted and sweet malt notes. Floral hops up front followed by hints of toast, chocolate, caramel and toffee.

Medium bodied and surprisingly hop forward for the style. Some dry bitterness complimented by a complex malt bill and maple sweetness. A bit more roast than expected but nit overly dry or acrid with hints of coffee and toast. This is cut by the maple sweetness as well as some subtle spice, caramel, toffee and hazelnut. Decently balanced and the high ABV is well masked, but there's an odd lingering aftertaste that hurts drinkability. Not bad but I don't think I would go for this one again.

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Photo of Drew966
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tommyknocker Nut Brown Ale pours a deep brown color with a small head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. Smell is dominated by malt. Tastes okay for a nut brown, alcohol is well hidden in this brew. I would have to say this is worth a try, its not terribly complex, but it is definitely more drinkable than it probably should be given the alcohol.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's. Says to enjoy within 4 months of date notched, which is Nov04. Hmph. It was "out of date" when I bought it in July, apparently. Oh well, probably no big deal. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light brown head above the clear burgundy brown brew. Head fades, but some still hangs around, with lacing present and accounted for. Aroma is dark fruits, alcohol, with some grains lying underneath. Taste is upfront with heavy sweetness, the maple syrup, I assume, then kicking in with the kind of tart dark fruits and alcohol, and that's about it. And grains seem to have lost the shouting match here. Mouthfeel is just "too" everything for me, and drinkability is reasonably limited due to the loudness of it all. I keep trying, but I'm thinking I certainly don't get these Imperial Browns. They seem to lose everything I like in a brown this way.

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Photo of Duff27
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours murky brown with a thin light tan head.

Not unlike an un-imperial brown. Malty.

Real malty. Has a kick to it. 9%abv seems about right.

Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel...unexpected for something with so much ballz. Decent carbonation.

Meh. Not bad, nothing special. After being spoiled by Cigar City's and Surly's browns...this just doesn't compare. Thanks to TATURBO for the Tommyknocker tick.

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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 geexploitation
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
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 TCgoalie
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a tint of red when held up to the light. Hardly any head, but there is a touch of lacing.

The smell is funky with notes of maple syrup, milk, oak, vanilla, and dark malts.

The taste is malt heavy with a good dose of maple syrup. A bit of spiciness comes from either the syrup or hops, but the effect is more fuzzy than providing a bite. Some earthy tones exist in the end rounding out a strange taste.

The mouthfeel is very light for the ABV. Some drying exists in the aftertaste, but not much stands out.

I don't want much more of this, very average.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a deep redish brown color. Pretty thick but light does come through in the form of crimson highlights. Head is a light tan, creamy color. Not that large but holds good retention with bits of sticky lace. Nose isn't powerful but does have a good amount of maple maltiness, brown sugar/mollasses, some fruit and maybe some toffee. Not an "imperial" nose really, but certainly more than your typical brown ale. Tastes similar with sweet brown sugar, fruity, spicy alcohol, nuts, and caramel. The alcohol gives a little kick to your palate through the finish and in the aftertaste. The flavors don't seem really well blended; the beer flips between kind of cloying, and less sweet but more alcoholic. Within one sip the flavor varies in this way. Mouthfeel isn't bad but the body feels separated and loose, yet ironically sticky. There needs to be more substance/body to hold this together. Drinkability was very decent for the first half of this but once I got more into it I was just getting it down to finish it. This reminds of Pete's Wicked Ale intensified to a higher abv.

Meh. I usually like nut browns so style's not the problem. This "imperial" brown ale is random and under developed. It has the abv of a big beer but every aspect of it is scattered around. Most of the components and flavors are there but they don't come together in a good pleasing way.

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