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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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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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

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Photo of Mebuzzard


4/5  rDev +15.9%

11-17-2011 23:23:03 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of Gusler


3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer emigrates from the 12-ounce brown bottle a somewhat hazy brown with a portly light tan head that is semi-creamy in texture as it fades away; the lace forms a concealing blanket upon the glass. Nose is malt with light caramel tones, fresh and somewhat tobacco like, start is lightly sweet and the malt profile light to moderate with the top light in its feel. Finish is mildly acidic, the hops benign in their spiciness, somewhat sour aftertaste is also dry, a drinkable beer, but not a real hit with me.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 23:44:20 | More by Gusler
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 chinchill

South Carolina

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

12 oz bottle, undated despite coding bar on label, served in a pint glass.

Pours a dark red-mahogany, clear with a smallish tan head that is short-lived.

Aroma - medium and dark malt; a trace of spicy hops, a bit smoky. Rather understated.

T - moderately malty, nicely nutty, with a medium- and well-roasted grain flavor and hints of banana, coffee and dark fruits.

M- medium-light body; a bit light for style. Good carbonation. Slightly dry finish

O - a fairly well-crafted if rather unremarkable English Brown. No real strong points or weaknesses.

{Revised with bottle consumed in June 2013).

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:37:36 | More by chinchill
Photo of afsdan


3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

03-21-2014 02:41:07 | More by afsdan
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

04-12-2014 14:32:46 | More by harpus
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 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 twiggamortis420


3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a very dark brown color for the style and has a nice-looking tan head that leaves plenty of lace...enough to be interconnected all the way around the glass. Impressive.

Nose is toffee, caramel and hazelnuts. A little astringent here and there, but pretty big overall and the nuttiness comes through nicely.

Nuts galore and even goes so far as to remind me of a hazelnut liqueur, not quite Frangelico in its richness and sweetness though. Toffee and coffee are secondary flavors, but still there nonetheless. Hops are very low and its hard to distinguish any yeast character. The body is fine and leans a bit toward the sweet end of the spectrum. Its quite baffling, Ive had at least twelve of these over the past couple years and the components all add up to something I would really like...but for some reason it just doesnt all come together perfectly for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 03:18:45 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Hopheadjeffery


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

08-05-2013 02:12:05 | More by Hopheadjeffery
Photo of WoodBrew


3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 22:27:58 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of barnzy78


3/5  rDev -13%

12-01-2011 03:02:18 | More by barnzy78
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3/5  rDev -13%

12-20-2011 03:12:51 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of clayrock81


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
Photo of alexgash


3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light caramelly root beer brown with a fizzy light tan head. Decent lacing. Smell is brown sugar biscuit, light nuttiness, with a hint of bitter cocoa. Taste is mild, buttery, slightly sweet toasted malt up front. This is followed by a minerally, kinda bitter finish, with a touch of caramel-flavored coffee. Not bad, like other brewpub browns I've had. Mouthfeel is light-med., and the carbonation is a bit much. Less fizz, and a creamier, less watery consistency would be good.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 01:38:58 | More by alexgash
Photo of mynie


3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 05:12:11 | More by mynie
Photo of enelson


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-24-2013 19:17:51 | More by enelson
Photo of Vancer


2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Down and dirty review of a down and out nut brown. Best thing about this one was the pour – mahogany brown with a frothy tan head, nice sheet lacing.

Just some light hints of nutty malt. A harsh taste of woody malt pops up – just not at all smooth or well balanced. Nothing stands out with this brew – well, the label was interesting.

Way to thin - one and done with this bad boy.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 16:23:34 | More by Vancer
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 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 DavoleBomb


2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks to LusciousJackson for this.

4.0 A: Clear deep amber mahogany color. One finger of beige, creamy head with average retention and a nice ring of lacing.

2.5 S: The nose is weak overall, but the worst part is how weak the nuttiness is. It is too weak to be pleasant and I'd actually prefer it to not be there at all. It's about as satisfying as a Coca-Cola that has sat in a glass with ice for too long. Grainy overall, with a touch of breadiness. Not impressed.

2.5 T: Taste is pretty much the same of the nose. Grainy backbone with watered down nuttiness and toastiness. Doubly not impressed.

2.0 M: Water body. Good moderate carbonation. Smooth because it is akin to water.

2.5 D: Certainly worse that average. They need to throw in some more malt and mash a lot higher. Too light and watery to appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 19:52:32 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured brown with ruby highlights and a off white head that fell rapidly but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was chocolate with roasty and nutty aromas and a slight caramel with some fruitiness.

The flavor was chocolate and slight caramel. No complexity in the malt and a slgith coffee flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting coffee roastiness. The body was medium to medium light.

12 ounce bottle. The flavor was so average I forgot to drink the entire glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 22:52:34 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of flexabull


3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear dark brown color. This one has a decent head that quickly faded a bit.

Aromas are light, but pleasant. Dark fruits, nuts, grain, and some malts.

Beer is quite crisp and dry up front. Finishes creamy, malty, and a bit sweet. Nothing special to this one, but tasty enough.

Mouthfeel is a bit laking... lean on the finish.

Not a bad beer at all. Certainly drinkable. These Ska folks haven't really wowed me with anything, but their brews are certainly drinkable and session worthy.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 01:12:26 | More by flexabull
Photo of argock


3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date. Single purchased from Skee Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $1.49.

A: Typical amber brown with 1-2 finger, tan head with good retention and decent lacing.

S: Strong sweet toffee and caramel aromas dominate and are very inviting with a light edge of earthy, floral hops

T: The flavor is not what the aroma promised as the sweetness is muted and muddled with minimal earthy hops in the finish. The caramel and butterscotch in the nose are "lite" in the taste.

M: Mouthfeel is also down because of the light, undermalted body. Aftertaste is pleasantly sweet and the carbonation is medium.

D: Drinkable -- yes, but many other with more heft and flavor with equal drinkability are out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 00:58:28 | More by argock
Photo of Bung


3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 02:50:09 | More by Bung
Buster Nut Brown Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.