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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

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homebrew311

Illinois

3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a Duvel glass. Appearance is dark brown with no light passage. A cm of tan head and thick lacing. Nose features mellow roast and caramel malt, no hops to speak of. The taste is mild with a watered down roasted malt profile and a slightly nutty character at the end. Mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated. Overall, this is a pretty run of the mill brown.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 00:11:21 | More by homebrew311
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nothing special here. pours a cocacola colored brown with a small off white head which fades away to nothing in a minute or two. smells honey sweet and medium roasty, caramel malts dominate. flavor is rather bland, on the sweet side but not much of that roasted character comes through from the smell. no hops to speak of. mouthfeel is fuller bodied and kind of filling, with a little less carbonation than maybe it could have. leaves a funny aftertaste too. overall definitely not one of skas better beers, ive come to expect more from them. still, a sessionable brown ale that would pass muster in a lot of other states, but it doesnt cut it here in colorado.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 18:41:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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Mora2000

Texas

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

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth.

The beer pours a brown color with a small tan head. The aroma is full of toffee and caramel with a little bit of nuttyness mixed in. Straight forward but enjoyable. The flavor is more of the same. There is a little bit of brown sugar to go along with the hazelnut, toffee and caramel notes. There is a little bit of grass from the hops but it is hidden well behind the malt. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 03:09:19 | More by Mora2000
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DCon

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $5. Tapped from the Wooden, Gold Tipped, and Ska Character on the front into a Pint Glass and has a Keg Date of March 13, 2011.

Aroma- Very sweet, malty, and has a good caramel aroma. Has even a toffee scent at times.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger head that has good retention. Dark Brown color body, clear, and leaves a ton of sudsy lace.

Flavor- Nice caramel and roasty tastes from the beginning. Light on the bitterness and easy finish. Can't note many things here, because of such mild ingredients used.

Mouthfeel- Light- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, and is very malty all the way through. What else though???

Overall Impression- A light, refreshing mild brown that didn't have much characteristic after the nose... Liked it but SKA has much better brews than this. Would recommend for some people trying to get into new craft beers and need a lighter brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2011 18:11:53 | More by DCon
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jmvecchio1

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Buster Nut pours a dark brown with hints of red and deep copper coming through. The head is fairly light in color and sticky. It slowly gives way to a few spots of lacing. The aroma is rich; full of caramel, toasted walnuts and hazelnuts, and hints of both bread and chocolate. On the first sip you know you'll be wanting more than one pint of this brew. This is definitely a nutty brown ale with tastes of both chocolate and coffee with hints of pumpernickel bread. Hints of hops come through on the flavor, but don't linger long enough to be distinguishable. This beer is very carbonated and that masks the flavor slightly, but thankfully the flavors continue to develop and grow stronger as you drink it. A nutty aroma lingers with you after each sip and leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 20:20:57 | More by jmvecchio1
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

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

On tap pint at iTap in Chesterfield, Missouri.
Light brown color with ruby highlights. An inch of tan foam that left nice lacing and good retention. Very nice looking beer. The aromas were sweet grainy malts, and a slight nuttiness. The flavor is sweet at first, then the roasted malt and nut flavors come forward. Dry, clean finish, crispness keeps the sweetness from being too sugary. The body is medium, good carbonation and mouthfeel. Easy to drink, a good session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 18:11:34 | More by BigBry
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2010 17:27:39 | More by atsprings
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a leather couch brown w/ 2-finger head that quickly receeds and left no lace on top of a faint aroma of burnt sweet malts and sour hop bitterness. Taste and mouthfeel are light and quaint as there isn't much going into this; light, sweet caramel and chocolate malts w/ slight roasted edge and a hint of hops lead to dryness (and breadiness). An alright brown ale that was nice to have on a summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2010 00:42:36 | More by clayrock81
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

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
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2008 23:55:06 | More by SIRIUS2
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown with a dense, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, enormously nutty aroma. Hints of cocoa powder.

Taste: The taste is initially semi-sweet, but incredibly nutty and toasted all the while. Again, there's that hint of cocoa. Just enough of a gentle, subtle bitterness on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I'll tell you what, it was surprisingly nice, at least on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2007 04:42:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 3/28/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute fgass.

Pours a dark reddish-brown in color with a very thin off-white head. Spotty lacing is seen with each sip that clings to the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts for the most part. The taste is the same with the malts up front with a slight nutty (hazelnut & almond) finish. Very slight dry finish as well. Overall, it was OK.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 22:28:00 | More by BeerWithMike
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SamN

Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge, creamy over-sized head erupts from my stein with the pour, loose crown of bubbles on a thick, two-finger base of tiny bubbled foam. Disappearing it leaves a lovely love down the glass. The color is a deep, beautfiul dark amber brown hue. Incredibly rich looks, superb. In the glass, the nose first gives off a strong grassy aroma, then underneath you find a softly sweet nutty brown base, hints of (good) dustiness and Swirling interesting aromas fill the glass, keep me on my toes. Quite unique and enjoyable. Taste is equally excitingly tasty; sweet malty tastes,crisp perfectly-bittered hop traits, creaminess and a slightly nutty finish. Very good, really scratches my brown ale itch. Buster has a slighty bigger than medium feel, covers the palette nicely and delivers it's great flavors all over my mouth.

Wow, blown away by this beer! Ska really hit this one out of the park on all counts; looks, tastes, style-wise. Very tasty brew here.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 22:09:38 | More by SamN
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beergoot

Colorado

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
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012, so it's rather out of date. Acquired a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Curse the distributors of US beer in the UK - I had no idea that the date was so short. I'll cross my fingers that it's still in decent condition. The label is cool, but faintly alarming.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A rich reddish-brown hue with low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of sweet, nutty malt with hints of chocolate, caramel, mild brown sugar, faint vanilla and earthy yeast. Quite enticing.

Tastes of sweet chocolate malt with a dry finish. Notes of roasted malt, caramel, nutty grain, mild chocolate, a hint of brown sugar, earthy yeast and faint stewed hops. Possesses a vague fruitiness and a twinge of acidity. Quite dry, with a delicate bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tingly, with decent body. The carbonation is lacking; could be more effervescent. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of sweet malt, caramel and stewed hops.

Not bad, a brown ale that slides down nicely. Despite being a tad old it seems alright. The aroma and flavour are dominated by sweet chocolate and caramel notes, which make for easy drinking. Somewhat undercarbonated, but otherwise OK. Worth sampling if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 22:22:10 | More by jazzyjeff13
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GMB

Japan

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
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a reddish brown pour with a slight amount of creme colored head and nice retention. smells very malt heavy, hints of caramel and chocolate (nothing too outstanding).
the taste is very bland.. a very subtle mix of chocolate with various malts.. on the sweet side, but nothing is really outstanding (again).. there is also a slightly fruity hint of raisins.
light bodied, mildly carbonated.. subtle and smooth.

well, the beer wasn't all that fascinating however, i'm glad i got to try it and i will be keeping the bottle. growing up listening to ska makes me appreciate every beer this brewery makes whether it be hit or miss (so far this is really the first miss).

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 07:22:41 | More by facundoCNB
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vickersspitfire

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out into a pint glass, it looks good: dark brown body highlighted with red hues with very little carbonation and topped off with a finger thick off white head that quickly mellows out into sporadic bubble islands in the glass all surrounded by a strong lacing. Malts, brown sugar, wheat bread and mild cinnamon are some of the aromas coming out of this nice drink. Mild nutty aromas are in there too! Bitter when it first hits your tongue, but it quickly mellows out and is actually quite sweet. Unfortunately I can’t pick up any more flavor than this, except in the aftertaste, where some nuts and mild banana bread comes out mixed in with some raisin. It has a relatively light mouth feel and goes down really smooth, not a bad beer overall.

WOW!... just read a few reviews, I may have gotten a bad beer, it looked good and was not skunked at all...I'll have to get another one and re-review.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 03:45:42 | More by vickersspitfire
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.83/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 16:56:06 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Megahertz

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a shaker. Best by date is smeared.

A - Medium to dark brown, clear, with distinct ruby highlights. Small tan head forms. Carbonation appears minimal.

S - Nutty with an almost boozy note.

T - Honey-like initial sweetness with some fruity esters. Mid has a distinct almond-like flavor with a bit of alcohol bite. Finish is slightly sweet with a metallic hopiness - may be an old sample.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation. Would like more body.

O - A good, easy to drink nut brown. Slightly above average example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 20:16:32 | More by Megahertz
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imasloth

Texas

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
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depechemode1983

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color. The head is tan and retention is very little. Lacing is scattered unevenly around the glass. Lightly toasted malts take stage with a faint hop bitterness. The nose ends on a sweet almond like nutty note. Light roasted grains dominate the taste but are balanced out nicely by bitter hop characters and a sort of sourness in the middle. Once again the taste finishes nutty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Smooth and with fine carbonation. A fairly average brown ale. Its got just enough complexity to keep you interested. If I could find this in singles in my area I could see purchasing a couple now and then. Although I would never drop the cash for a six pack. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 16:52:36 | More by depechemode1983
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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
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jktedder12

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a chilled pint glass with a minimum amount of head, which dissipated rather quickly. Nice warm brown color, but a lighter brown. The smell of roasted nut with a hint of sweetness on the nose. Medium bodied feel in the mouth. Nice smooth malty flavor, with a bit of a lingering aftertaste. Very nice brown ale in my opinion. Been looking for a nice solid brown to be a 'mainstay' in the bar. This is a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 23:32:16 | More by jktedder12
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Buster Nut Brown Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.