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Buster Nut Brown Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

Buster Nut Brown AleBuster Nut Brown Ale

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.62%

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.15% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malts: Victory & Munich
Hops: Northern Brewer, Cascade, & Willamette

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2002)
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Photo of russpowell


3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poors brown to charcoal in color, with a decent head tan to brown in color that retianed well all the way down.

Smell: Malty,fruity nose that me think of english Christmas pudding.

Taste: Malts dominate with subtle tastes of cashew and hazel nut and hoppy bitterness on the front of the tounge & back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Wish the body was thicker, kind of detracted from the overall taste.

Found this very drinkable, but made thirstier for something heavier...

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2005 04:05:08 | More by russpowell
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a deep, dark clear garnet body capped with a finger of pale ecru foam that retains at a sheet and leaves thin wisps of lacing.

Smell is spicy, sweet malt with a rich grainy note.

Taste is sweet and juicy with a husky, bready note. Crisp, toasty, and a bit tannic, the drink screams "Brown!"... whatever that means...crunchy, nutty, with a nice dry finish.

Superb drinkability and flavor place this beer among my favorites from Ska. The drink is crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 22:16:33 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of imasloth


3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Spec's in Dallas for just $4.99 for a sixer.

A- Clear, reddish-brown. Almond-coloured head, one finger in width. Light lacing in pint glass.

S- Malt, even kind of grassy. Light nutty and cocoa smells.

T- Cocoa and malt, then malt and light alcohol. Finishes nutty with a light hop bitterness.

M- Medium-bodied. Carbonation evident, light mouth-coating.

O- Good but not great. obviously a steal for the price.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 12:41:04 | More by imasloth
Photo of TippySelenoid


3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown ale without much head,
Nice chocolate and caramel hints. This has a good flavor.
It has a smooth mouthfeel with little crispness from the carbonation.
I like this beer and could drink these often and regularly. If only I could buy this in Missouri...

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 01:50:19 | More by TippySelenoid
Photo of Halcyondays


3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a fizzy off-white head, fair retention.

S: Toffee, caramel, hazelnuts.

T: Nuts, hints of dark chocolate and a note of roast form the main flavour. Some smoke flavour goes with the relatively sweet finish. Nice taste.

M: Light-bodied, fizzy carbonation, on the thin side.

D: Solid nut brown ale. Not the most common style in the craft brewers repertoire so it was nice to see. Another good ale from Ska.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:15:37 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazelnut color and a light offwhite head that capped the top with vigorous carbonation throughout. aroma is sweet, lots of caramel and roasted nuts, hints of bready grains, touches of light earthy hops, really quite nicely done i have to admit. moving forward there is a clean, crisp feel to it, smooth medium body is well deserving and shows off the overall profile very, very well. i was quite impressed with how easy this was. flavor is dominated by caramel and roasted nuts and the overall expierence is that of a lightly sweetened and very sessionable ale.

overall really very well done

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 03:10:19 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BEERchitect


3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ya gotta love the Dick Tracy comic book label art.

A solid beer that focuses on the sweeter elements of nuttiness, chocolate, and mild brown malts. Hops keep the beer from cloying but really don't make much of an impact other than a mild herbal rise. Malted milk and shortbread sweetness help the overall sugary mix with a sturdy grian maltiness. No real ester or phenolic varieties; this is a clean, but one-dimentional Brown Ale. Easy enough to drink though.

Thanks Ken.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 22:13:07 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Bitterbill


3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has a bottled on list on the label but nothing is notched.

This pours a clear amber brown with a 1 finger head of off white foam.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and a light nutiness.

The taste has a cocoa/dark chocolate and nutty flavour mixed in with sweet tones of milk chocolate and caramel. There's a ying yang of bitter and sweet and is pretty tasty.

It has a surprisingly thickish body with lowish levels of carbonation. A very nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability? Easy drinker, plain and simple and the head retention is good as is the lacing. A good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 23:16:54 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of GMB


3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ska Brewing Co. produces delicious, drinkable beer. That's what this offering is, and I recommend it.

Buster Nut Brown Ale pours a light brown body with a head that isn't long for this world.

Toasted malts dominate the nose. I pick up a bit of pumpernickel bread crust. Hops are noticeable but indistinct.

This is a rich, delicious nut brown ale. Roasted nuts, particularly almond and hazelnut, are at the fore. Its malt is roasted just enough, accentuated by the balanced use of bittering hops, to suggest aromas of coffee and chocolate without allowing these richer, heavier flavors to overwhelm what is otherwise a full-bodied yet "sessionable" beer. Nice.

Roasted almonds don't pair as well as one would expect. But dark chocolate does. So do peanut butter and bananas.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 20:21:42 | More by GMB
Photo of mntlover


3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mediumish brown with red highlights a nice tan head leaves light lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and a good nutty smell with some light hops noted also. Taste is malt lightly sweet to start then nutty notes come to the front it finishes with light fruity hop flavor and a touch of bitterness. Overall not a bad beer but nothing really great going on either. Mouthfeel is a little light with drinkability being good they go down easy enough it is just lacking a little something to push it into the good category.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2004 11:54:10 | More by mntlover
Photo of scruffwhor


3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great lloking beer, except for the insane overflw of head after a very light pour. But the crazy, light beige head does hld up well throughout all twelve ounces. Medium brown with ok lacing. The aroma is a little moldy. Very malty bready arom with just a hint of mold. ust a hint though, so it doesn't make wanna dump the bre. Especially if you've had a couple of lambics under your belt. The taste is a bit old tasting bread with lots of toast and medium roasted malts.The palate is smooth yet musty. It is still pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 04:38:56 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of beergoot


3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear, dark brown body topped with a thick, creamy head. Roasted grains, nutty, with slight estery hints. Caramel and dark grains produce a smooth, mellow malt sweetness throughout; touch of hop bitterness and faint alcohol notes. Solid medium body, smooth.

A pretty tasty malt-forward beer, not too sweet yet packed with excellent caramel and nut flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 19:56:44 | More by beergoot
Photo of tigg924


3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: leather brown in color, minimal head and carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt and nuts

Taste: toasted malt and nuts with a bit of a honey aftertaste

Mouthfeel: prickly, high carbonation, medium light body, semi-sweet

Drinkability: A very drinkable nut brown that I would have again. The nut is not too overpowering. A bit on the sweet side.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 12:59:55 | More by tigg924
Photo of homersimpson

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown with a quickly gone beige head.
Has a sweet, almost medicinal smell.
Body is quite light for a brown ale
Big malt up front with toffee flavors mixing with a hint of carmel, this doesn't really change, but slowly fades away.
Not what I was expecting, imminently drinkable, but lacks anything that would make you want to.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2004 22:09:20 | More by homersimpson
Photo of tgbljb


3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy deep reddish-brown color with massive creamy tan head. Goos retention and nice sticky lacing.

Smell is light with a midest nutty character.

Taste is fairly bland. I just cannot find much flavor, eith good or bad. A bit of dryness at the end, but only very little.

Thin in the mouth with a rapidly disappearing taste.

Very middle-of-the-road. Needs to be a bit more aggressive.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 20:50:01 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Redrover


3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of the Ska Buster Nut Brown at Risqué BBQ in Chicago. Poured into a pint glass, the beer is reddish brown with a fluffy tan head.

Nose of brown sugar and lightly toasted malts.

The taste tracks the smell. It is slightly sweet, a bit grainy with brown sugar and cracker notes.

The mouth is decent but could be beefed-up a bit. Not a bad session beer. I found it interesting enough to have a few.

Glad to see more of Ska's beers finding their way to my neck of the woods.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 16:40:38 | More by Redrover
Photo of emmasdad


3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a nice light to medium brown, with a good light brown head. Aromas of nuts, sweet malt and milk chocolate. Nice creamy mouthfeel, with flavors of cocoa powder and brown sugar. A solid, sweet nut brown ale, nothing more, nothing less.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 20:48:22 | More by emmasdad
Photo of TheSarge


3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, and makes a decent finger thick light tan head, and has a deep ruby red colored body that is well filtered.

Aroma is cocoa and toffee along with a faint hint of leather.

The taste of toffee, cocoa, herbal notes, and mild cola.

Wetting to the palate, nice carbonation, and a spicy snap with a powdery finsh.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 21:57:14 | More by TheSarge
Photo of DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into schooner. Best before date on the bottle was 1/27/12.

A - clear brown with very little head and just a hint of lacing

S - nice roasty malt and caramel on the nose

T - some slight initial hops (more than I'm accustomed to in an English Brown Ale, but definitely not too much) melting into a caramel and nutty middle with a bit of smoke in the finish. Nice malt backbone and not overly sweet. Maybe even a hint of licorice at the end.

M - medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation; coats the mouth nicely

D - goes down easy

Overall this was a solid English Brown Ale - slightly more hops than in some of the others I've had, but it's just a hint and melts away into the big caramel and malt finish. Definitely tasty and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 23:19:57 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Off the tap at Lady Falconburgh's in Durango, Colorado. Poured into the pint glass an ever so slightly hazy brown color with ruby highlights. Two fingers of tan head, good lacing and good retention. Great looking overall. The aromas were sweet malt, dry grains and a nuttiness. The flavors were sweet at first then the bready malt and nut flavors (chestnut?) kick in. Dry finish as the sweet malt fades out. The body is medium to light and perhaps just a bit watery but the carbonation is good and it lends itself to being quaffable. A good session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2008 01:19:21 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Bockrules

New Mexico

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slight hazy, amber-brown. A few bubbles rise to he two-finger, tan head. Head is reduced to a ring of bubbles about 2/3rds down the glass. Leaves behind several large splotches of lacing.

S - Sweet crystal malt with a fair amount of caramel and some nuttiness.

T - Caramel and sweet malt upfront. The body attempts to the balance the sweet caramel malt with earthy English hops, but the combination comes of slightly astringent here. Nutty notes are mixed A flash of earthy hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a stale biscuit with slight caramel finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Acceptable, but would like to see more creamy.

A solid English ale from Ska brewing, but a far cry from veterans of the style such as Samuel Smiths. The real problem is that the beer just didn't come off as rich, creamy, and complex as some other English browns, plus the art on the bottle kinda creeped me out. I might have this again on tap if I'm in the mood for a brown, but I don't see myself picking up a six of it anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 04:57:00 | More by Bockrules
Photo of brownbeer


3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a bit too light and clear for my standard of a brown. Toasted nuts and grains in the aroma. I'm having to reach to smell it. The body and flavor are a little richer than I expected after the lackluster aroma. As it warms up caramel malts and an undefined nuttiness bring forth a charming quality and a gentle hoppiness can be found in a dryish finish. Probably more of an intro brown in my book.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 01:40:08 | More by brownbeer
Photo of Tone


3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, brown color. 6/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight nut, slight wheat, slight grain, and slight hops. Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight yeast, slight grain, slight nut, slight wheat, and a hint of hops. Overall, good appearance and complexity, but average aroma and body.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 14:20:49 | More by Tone
Photo of toolbrew


3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a frothy off white head that fell very quickly. Little head retention and some lacing.

Very malty smell. Definately some chocolate in there.

Malty taste and a mild chocolate aftertaste. Good balance of not being too sweet nor too bitter.

Hits the back of my throat more than any other area of the mouth. A little watery tasting.

Not a bad brown ale, and one that I can easily drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 03:33:28 | More by toolbrew
Photo of DoppleJock


3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a clean dark brown with half-finger tan head. Good carbonation.

S: Sweet dark malts with some earthy scents.

T: Brown sugar and earthy malts up front. Slightly nutty. Not too complex.

M: Pretty watered-down for a brown ale. Consistency isn't exactly right...

D: Not a bad brown ale, but not a great brown ale, either. Too watery for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 22:50:45 | More by DoppleJock
Buster Nut Brown Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.