leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Thinking Man in Decatur, GA. Nutty aroma. Dark chocolate color. Taste is straight-up brownies. So sweet. Mocha, dark fruits. Delicious.
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Many thanks to Matta for this, a beer that deserves a lot more accolades, and one of the top 10 I have quaffed this year, or any year for that matter. The pour starts things off in a great way, showing a deep burnt sienna color with a 3-finger tan head that beautifully contrasts the color of the beer, like an early morning fog rising off the surface of a muddy Georgia marsh. The aroma greets the olfactory receptors with a complex medley consisting of huge roasty malt, corn flakes, brown sugar, almonds, toffee, and an underlying maple syrup element. The flavor is rich and complex, giving taste notes of roasty, corn flakey malt, with a mid-palate hit of brown sugar, almonds, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, and nutmeg. The palate is perfect, a nice hefty beer with great layers of interlacing flavors and aromas. I would never have pegged this as almost 10% ABV, thatís how well made it is. This is a beer for the ages, abeer that I would gladly stand in line for. Also, I consider this to be an Imperial Nut Brown Ale, as the label states, not an American strong ale.
nearbeer (3428) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
355 ml, notches may indicate 2nd week of May? Nearly opaque chocolate with a small but lasting head with crusty lace. Aroma is malty molasses and cocoa. Flavor is cocoa, sour cream, earthy maple, slight gunmetal and charred wood, light fruity alcohol. Palate is creamy smooth with just enough hop dryness on the end. Great, highly underrated beer.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I visited the Tommyknocker brewery in Colorado after trying the Nut Brown ale. I got a single bottle of the Imperial and fell in love with it. Itís got a perfect balance of everything a nut brown should have. The aroma is dark and malty and the flavor is roasty and not too sweet. An amazing beer
bacummings (21) - Alabama, USA - JUN 12, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown, little head. Very carbonated. You can taste the sweet maple syrup with a little chocolate. Great beer.
SPDickerman (881) - Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours ruby red with tiny off-white fizz. Smells malty, sweetness, like chocolate and hints of maple syrup, with a solid hop balance. Taste is sweet, a little cloying from the maple syrup I think, with some bitterness. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown Ale finishes with a bit of cloying sweetness.
freekyp (1462) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one definitely can bear the title "meal in a bottle". First off, it is a looker with a thick creamy beige head that sticks tenaciously to the sides of the glass. The head caps a mahogony body that lends both a thick mahogany body and delivers a sweet malty character that coats the mouth. The aroma shows strong molasses and caramel notes with earthy spices. The flavor follows along the same lines with sweetness rising and leaving a slick malty coating. Hops are subdued and come into play mostly in the spicy overtone that rides on the wave of malt. Well done!
jebert (473) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark mahogany, almost black. Nice creamy tan head. Coffee, malt and chocolate notes on nose. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Taste is full of molasses, sweet dark malt and coffee. An excellent beer. Pairs well with nuts or pretzels.
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great malty flavor and smells. Bold and tad bit bitter but not overpoweringly so. Itís got a slight maple syrup taste but it isnít a bit too sweet. I would get it again. Itís actually close to the flavors of my favorite Sam Adams Imperial Doppelbock.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beautiful reddish-brown with a thin, tan head. The color itself is a precursor to the flavor and aroma of this beer. Aroma is very toasty and warm (like sitting next to the fire place). There is also a beautiful sweetness to the aroma with components such as hazelnuts, cinnamon toast, earth, and plum increasing the complexity. Palate is chewy and light at the same time. Malt is buttery in its sweetness with whipping cream, chocolate milk, malt sugar, wood, and caramel creme (the liquid equivalent of creme brulee) as flavor components. Bitterness is in the background and allows the malt to shine. I think Tommyknocker may have released this one too soon. I had it a month ago and was unimpressed, last night it was ambrosia. Worth trying again.