Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown Ale

May 10th, 2009 beckel

The folks over at Tommyknocker Brewery from Idaho Springs, Colorado just recently started distributing to my state of Minnesota. So upon receiving an email yesterday from Alvey of The Four Firkins that they had their beers stocked for our drinking pleasure I figured I had no excuse not to give them a shot. I purchased a mixed six-pack and decided to start with their best selling bottled beer Maple Nut Brown Ale. This brew happens to have been bottled March 13 09, I always appreciate it when brewers date their bottles. This beer pours a nice dark brown color that is moderately translucent when brought to light. Creamy off white head is a solid two fingers and lasts for a few minutes leaving a bit of lacing around the glass creating a very nice presentation. Aroma has a very nice malt base with nuttiness and chocolate coming through quite strongly as well as some additional sweetness. Wow this is one interesting Nut Brown Ale. Smooth sweet chocolate flavors from the Chocolate Malts used in this brew are in the forefront of the flavor as is a very nicely distinguished nutty flavor as well as some very nice caramel flavors, likely a from a combination of roasted malt and the pure maple syrup used in brewing. I really enjoy the distinct nutty flavor present as i have yet to sample many Nut Brown Ales that I really think are suiting of the name. Further though this beer is a bit on the sweet side it is not overwhelming in any way at all and the Chocolate Malt is a delicious contrast. The mouthfeel of this beer is incredibly smooth and the body is rather light, with a 4.5% ABV this beer is incredibly sessionable. Originally I planned on buying a six pack of this beer but figured I would take the opportunity to try more of their beers with their sampler pack, now that I have consumed this beer, perhaps faster than any other I have yet to review I am a bit disappointed I don’t have any more in the fridge as I could continue drinking this beer all night. Guess I have another excuse to get some more in the future. I first heard about this beer when the guys over at BeerTapTV reviewed it and apparently got a bad bottle. They of course revisited the beer and had a much more pleasant experience here. Though this beer is quite sweet and not the kind of brew I would traditionally give strong praises it is unquestionably tasty, easy to drink and enjoyable to consume. I could see myself easily drinking far too many of these brews on a day out in the mines. Give it a shot and ride your bike.

Tommyknocker Nut Brown Ale

Brau Brothers Ring Neck Braun Ale

November 24th, 2008 beckel

Today we have a lovely craft brew from the fine folk of Brau Brothers Brewing Company from the small town of Lucan (Population 220) in the wonderful state of Minnesota. Brau Brothers is an up and coming brewery that has started widening their distribution and can now be found at a number of bars and liquor stores in the metro area and beyond. I managed to sample a few of their brews at the Autumn Brew Review but have yet to have the opportunity to give one a proper review. So when I saw a 6-pack of Ring Neck Braun Ale, their first single batch series ale (868 cases and 32 kegs produced), I couldn’t pass it up. This Nut Brown Ale pours a nice roasted brown color that allows varying shades of brown, black and red through when brought to the light. Head is under two inches and fades quite rapidly, leaving a thin light tan layer of froth that remains throughout consumption. Smells of well roasted malts, subtle nuttiness, and gentle hints of creamy fruit. The flavor of this ale is very smooth and creamy, roasted malts are dominate, complimented by a subtle nutty flavor you expect from an ale of this style as well as a subtle fruit hint that reminds me of peach and raspberries. The aroma of this beer does wonders, bringing out the somewhat sweet and smooth flavors of this ale immensely. Brau Brothers call this beer a Double Nut Brown Ale because of its 7% ABV but you likely won’t notice it’s content until you’ve had a few. The mouthfeel of this beer is creamy but the body is reasonably light and quite drinkable. Definitely not your average Nut Brown Ale, but a wonderful creative creation. If you are a fan of dark ales, particularly a nice unique milk stout you will likely fancy this ale, as will those who appreciate brown ales that don’t quite fit the mold. A good drink in any situation and a wonderful treat for those who appreciate quality craft beer. Give it a shot and ride your bike.

Brau Brothers Ring Neck Braun Ale