rajendra82 (960) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I consider myself a Tommyknocker virgin, since I had never heard of this brewery until their beers suddenly appeared on the shelves in Georgia. After today I guess I am no longer a virgin, since I have been Tommyknockered up with the Imperial Nut Brown Ale 22 oz. bomber.
Poured into an oversized wine glass posing as a Goblet, this beer looked very dark. Luscious velvetty dark brown and black color was more akin to a Porter than a Brown Ale. There was no head to speak of anc the carbonation was low as well.
The smell was nutty and mild with notes of toffee, coffee, and choclate, and molasses like sweetness. The taste was similar as well, with an easy to drink mix of sweet flavors, followed by oaky dryness with a tinge of vanilla, and a faint hint of smoke. At times the sweetness felt a little over the top, but didnít quite get to the point of being cloying.
Rather easy to drink, with very little hint of the hidden alcoholic strength at first, except some fuminess near room temperature. After a while, a good deal of warming in the belly. If I was asked to sum it all up, I would chalk this up as an interesting but slightly flawed experiment.
hopscotch (9559) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Up front, itís important to remember that this particular bottle was over 1 1/2 years old and was intended to be consumed within about six months of itís release. Age introduced some mild notes of buttermilk into both the aroma and flavor. Lucky for me, I enjoy almost all things acetic...... Very dark, burnt orange ale with a small, fizzy, beige head. The nose offers notes of maple syrup, molasses, port, toasted nutes, cocoa and a very light whiff of smoke. Decently hopped and balanced nicely, but in the end, itís true to style... sweet and malty with bursts of chocolate, Tupperware and smoke. Full-bodied and oily with lively carbonation. Finishes malty, acetic and grassy.
Ratman197 (10224) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a deep brown with reddish highlights and a brown head. Aromas of carmel, a bit of coffee, and a hint of maple. Palate is a bit on the heavy side. Flavors of carmel, dark choclate ,burnt toast, and an annoying sweetness.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting@Jungle Jimís: Very dark ruby-amber. Light sweet caramel aroma with a little toast. Flavor is lightly sweet,cream, toast, chocolate with a hint of alcohol and dark fruit and a light bitter finish. Medium, smooth palate.
heemer77 (5109) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Body is a very dark brown, but shows as thoroughly ruby when held to light. The head is small and sightly off white. The aroma is caramel and a little vanilla. There is also some decent molasses and chocolate character. The taste is rich chocolate and maple. There is also some toffee and a bitter finish of dark chocolate. A decent brew, but overall, a little too sweet.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle pours a clear brown with some floating particles, has a small light brown head that doesnít last long, leaves some lacing in my glass. Chocolate and caramel aromas, chocolate, coffee, nutty , brown sugar and maple flavors. Full bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, finishes on the sweet side, alcohol is very well hidden as this is dangerously drinkable.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick, rich, malty aroma, almost nearly like a double-bock. My fist INBA, and its a good experience. Rich, malty flavor, hints of both cocoa and full of caramel flavor. A little thin in the finish, but not too distracting. More like a bock than a nut brown ale. Slightly sweet and pleasant.
wxman (1478) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2006 Deep garnett brown color with a soft small bead head and a fruity vanilla aroma. Rich chocolatey smokey taste of roasted malt. Borders on cloyingly sweet with alcohol warmth noticable after the swallow. Palate is somewhat clean with not much lingering taste; very little hop bitterness. Itís a faithful brown ale with a kick. Very good.
notalush (5006) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown color with a slightly red tint and foamy off-white head - a mouth-watering, explosive aroma of caramel, toffee, maple syrup, grain and nuttiness - medium bodied with a somewhat tingly mouthfeel - sweet, but moderately grainy and hoppy, giving it a kind of breakfast cereal with honey in it kind of flavor - finished a little thin and alcoholic - something different thatís worth a shot, but the aroma is as good as it gets.
BeerandBlues2 (10145) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ 16th Colorado Brewfest. Pours dark chocolate with nut brown hints and a tall tan head. Chocolate coffee and toffee aromas mingle gently with roasted malt nose. Sweet caramel malt and chocolate toffee flavor with a slight hop end. Creamy full bodied palate.