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Buster Nut Brown Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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Buster Nut Brown AleBuster Nut Brown Ale

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79
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233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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 RichH55
4/5  rDev +16.3%

RichH55, Oct 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

WhiskeeTango, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of smithmd4
4/5  rDev +16.3%

smithmd4, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of joelBfrasier
4/5  rDev +16.3%

joelBfrasier, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of zachgroves
4/5  rDev +16.3%

zachgroves, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of binx
4/5  rDev +16.3%

binx, May 15, 2012
Photo of scalffd
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy/murky red-brown color, some carbonation bubbles swirling throughout, very small off-white head (1/4") which reduces quickly to a thin remaining layer.

Aroma: Very light, malty.

Taste: Much of the same and to be expected for the genre, but very light without much complexity, smooth mouthfeel and little on the back-end. Very drinkable because of the light taste and feel.

This has received sub-par reviews here, but I thought it was a solid beer, yet I prefer a Newcastle.

scalffd, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a dark warm brown crystal clear body with a big carbonation of tiny bubbles. That is fuel for a huge creamy light tan head.

S- Even during the pour the smell of nutty sweet malt filled the air. Hints of crystal malt and some Munich malts with a faint hint of biscuit.

T- The taste of brown malt and some crystal malt have some sweet and some dry qualities with a slight tangy taste. The taste is very fresh like the powder from grinding grain. The finish is a dry carbonic bite with no hops noticed.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz texture.

D- I'm not a fan of Brown Ales because they are usually bland and shallow. This one has good grain qualities and complexity that give it lots of depth in the flavor. I would like to see a little hops or other grain in the finish but it was very nice to drink.

rhoadsrage, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

#4 on Christmas is the Buster Nut Brown from SKA. The colors is a nice brownish clear amber with thin slightly off-white head that is lacing!!! The scent includes malt, maple sugar, and some nuttyness. The taste includes a good push of sweet molasis type malt with hints of peanut butter. The mouthfeel is ok, lighter in body good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer....I think I would prefer a little more body.

WoodBrew, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown like tree bark with a light, tawny head.

Smells of a surprising kick of hops along with honey, molasses, and hazlenut.

Tastes great! Rich coffee malt, moving into honey and hazlenut in the back and ending even sweeter and nuttier. Not overly sweet, though, like some nut browns.

An excellent example of its style and a great introduction to the Ska Brewery. If only it didn't have such a horrible name...I'm far from a prude or anything--I just don't like to be reminded of semen while I'm trying to savor the flavor of something, is all.

mynie, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC in a Ska Brewing pint glass.

Arrived to the table dark brown, seemed a bit hazy but hard to tell in the light, with about 2 fingers of light brown head. Good retention that gave way to some fine lacing all the way down the glass.

That happy nutty woody malty nut-brown smell was present at first sniff but really let loose a little with a bit of a swirl. Nice sense of caramel comes about on the nose, albeit light.

Mellow and modest, a solid flavored nutty malt is the first to arrive as the senses as you begin to take this in. As it glides around the mouth, you start to notice the complexities a little bit more, like some light hop bittering without the hard hop taste, some light chocolate tones, and some relatively light carbonation that helps provide for a relatively creamy texture. The finish is a little bit more of that chocolate, but it's sort of bitter chocolate that sort of just fades away.

This is some decent brown! It goes down easy, just short of creamy, and is just so mellow that it seems like it would go with so many things. I can see this as a good session brew. If your into browns, check this one out. Pretty good.

SIRIUS2, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of Yeastcakes
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - roast and caramel malt notes dominate. Slight hop notes.
A - one finger of rocky head that quickly dissipates. Clear ruby in color.
M -light to medium body with medium carbonation. Slight creaminess.
T - Roast and caramel from the aroma dominate. Very subtle malty sweetness balances nicely with the bitterness.
D - Nice light beer with some roasty notes. Very drinkable. Has some nice stuff going on, but is not too cluttered.

Yeastcakes, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp brown with a thin diminishing khaki head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild brown malts and cocoa. The taste is a smooth subtle blend of dark malts, cocoa, nuts and mild caramel. The beer is quite light, crisp and smooth with mild carbonation. This is a surprisingly enjoyable brown ale, one I would love to have on-tap again.

atsprings, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of Mitchster
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with Victory and Munich malt. Hopped with Northern Brewer, Cascade and Willamette. Part of a mixed 12 pack sampler from this brewery. Brewed August 2004.

Pours out to a clear dark mahogany, forming a wimpy and small light tan head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma of milk chocolate, wet grain husk, herbal hops, tobacco and leather. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with a clean finish. Medium-light body. Taste begins with herbaceous and woody hops, followed by a mild saltiness and nuts. Slightly salty hops in the finish which are mild to moderate in intensity. Aftertaste is of pleasant minerals, chocolate, wood, leather, and minimal tobacco. Cleanly fermented, no perceptable alcohol.

This is a pleasant nut brown ale...I like the chocolate, minerals and grain husk, though it's a touch thin bodied. On a side note, their busy labels annoy me. I can hardly tell what the freakin' beer is. Get it? "Buster nut?" Yawn...

Mitchster, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of drxandy
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in trade thanks to mhewes!
Poured from 12oz to footed ale glass, pours a nice golden reddish brown, tan/off white head

smells of sweet maltiness (kinda appley), slight bitterness, nuttiness, spiciness, and probably some other kind of -ness.

tastes of caramel malts, nutty flavors, bitterness is blended well roasty malts, easy drinking as a nut brown should with a slight touch of bakers chocolate?

mouthfeel is smooth and sessionable, with a nice creaminess from carbonation, something i would totally want to kick back with some pizza.

I love the concept ska brewing is providing as a company. This is my first taste of one of their beers and it's definitely a nice nut brown, love the play on words for the name and the bottle art is really great. Very nice graffiti ska styled, very attractive illustration in my option, something that would pop out to a regular consumer.

I only wish I could visit the taproom to see how things went down there :D

drxandy, May 27, 2008
Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. A nice deep brown, nut brown? Just a thin layer of white head.

Aroma, certainly nutty, some malt and lighter brown sugar, herbal hop.

Taste is malty, light caramel and earthy. Some leather, hazelnut, peat. Finish has just a faint amount of hop bittering, toast.
Seems pretty in tune with the style.

Heavier side of light, adequate carbonation. I found this very drinkable, pleasant with the low abv. A session English brown, not many around from US brewers. Worth a try.

Bung, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear brown in color with a thin 1" head that falls away quickly. Some spotty lacing shows up.

Smell: caramel and nuts are detectable but not overwhelmingly strong.

Taste: caramel, hints of chocolate, nuts, and some very soft earthy tones. Mild bitterness sticks in the background.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp at the start, smooth towards the finish. Very short aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to drink session ale. This will not blow you out of the water, but a worthy beer to try.

Gavage, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

buster nut brown ale, has a pretty cool label, reminds me of some punk rock albums from the mid 90's, think mighty mighty bosstones or reel big fish. looks great, a reddish brown color with a small weak head. smell is good, has a very strong chocolately malty aroma. taste is very coffee like, has a nice sugary malty flavor. no hop presence at all, mouthfeel is kinda watery, good beer all around.

1fastz28, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of Loki
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pure brown color with a decent white head. However, the head fades very quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt, roasted nuts, and dry yeast. Very aromatic. Strong nut and toast smell.

Taste: Sweetmalt followed by a mild bitter toffee taste with a mild nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a light stickiness.

Drinkability: A solid beer but nothing impressive.

Loki, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a cola-like dark brown. A cream colored head recedes quickly to a film, then half-way down there's nothing. Some light lacing sticks to the glass. The smell is malty and sweet. A maple syrup presence and a nutty undertone. The beer tastes quite malty and syrupy up front. Not much hop balance, even in the finish. The beer feels thick and sticky in the mouth.

Overall, this beer has it's ups and downs, but it's alright. Too sticky and definitely not good on a hot summer night.

JuicesFlowing, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of WesWes
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a sweet, malty scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts along with a nutty aroma. The taste is decent. It has a light, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes a bit weak with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but just not the best nut brown. The aroma suggests lots of malt flavor, but the actual taste is a let down. Overall, a pretty good beer.

WesWes, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of Rayek
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Deep chestnut brown, with nice clarity. A foamy beige head has OK retention and leaves a little lace.

S: Toffee, baking chocolate and a bit of walnut.

T: Fairly light. Bittersweet baking chocolate up front. A black tea and lemon bitterness comes on with just enough intensity to provide balance. Finishes with a bit of toffee.

M: The somewhat dry body has about the right level of carbonation.

D: A pretty decent beer overall. Low ABV makes it a good session beer. I'm glad I had the opportunity to have it.

Rayek, May 08, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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...

russpowell, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of imasloth
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

imasloth, May 05, 2012
Photo of cvstrickland
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

cvstrickland, Jul 04, 2008
Buster Nut Brown Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.