Some day, I’m going to write a book. I think I’ll call
it "Fun Things to Put in Beer”, because their really are a lot of things
that taste great in beer besides hops, malt, water, and yeast. Just ask the
fine folks from Idaho Springs, Colorado’s Tommyknocker Brewery.
They’ll agree with me, and I can prove it. Just take a swig of their
delicious Maple Nut Brown Ale and you’ll see what I mean.
Tommyknocker's runs a brewpub in Idaho Springs and also bottles their beer
for distribution to other states. Here in Georgia, most of their beers are
only available in a 12-pack sampler, but you can get the Maple Nut Brown in
six-packs. Interestingly, they also produce an “Imperial” version of this
beer for sale in 22 ounce bottles. Let’s let them talk about their Maple Nut
Brown for a bit, shall we?
A delicate amount of Maple syrup is added to each barrel of our award
winning Maple Nut Brown Ale to impart roasted sweetness. This addition
balances the nut flavor produced by Munich caramel and chocolate malts used
in the brewhouse, producing a drinkable dark amber ale with a relatively low
alcohol content. 1996 Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal. 1999 NABA
Silver Medal. 2000 World Beer Cup Gold Medal. 2002 GABF Bronze Medal. 2002
NABA Silver Medal. 2003 GABF Bronze Medal.
The name of the brewery comes from a moniker given to imaginary creatures
that miners said lived in mines back in the 19th century. They would “knock”
things over or “knock” on the walls of the mine to reveal lodes of ore.
Today, you can “knock back” a couple of Tommyknockers brews without ever
having to enter a mine.
When I poured my bottle of Tommyknocker's Nut Brown Ale it filled my
glass with a dark brown cola colored liquid capped off with a creamy tan
head. This isn’t a light colored nut brown like
but a darker colored brown ale more akin to
. A whiff of sweet, cookie-malt flavor wafted from the glass to my nose.
A sip revealed a soft, slightly sweet and rather malty palate. The palate is
chocolaty and suggests toasted cashews, molasses, and fresh baked chocolate
chip cookies. There’s a hint of maple flavor but only a hint, and I had to
look for it. It’s not by any means overwhelming, and the beer is not
cloying. I think it could use just a little more maple, however. The beer
finishes just a tad on the sweet side, but you can easily drink it without
it getting sickly sweet.
This is a nice little easy drinking brew with a difference. It’s not really
something I would recommend pairing with food, but it makes a great evening
sipping beer. Well worth your time.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
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