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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: 234
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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4/5  rDev +16.3%

MacsBeerMaster, Nov 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Vlaminck, Nov 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

MarkyMOD, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of rudy0908
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

rudy0908, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of GMB
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

GMB, Oct 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

RichH55, Oct 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Ispeakforthetrees, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Dat
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Dat, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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).

facundoCNB, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of vickersspitfire
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

vickersspitfire, Jul 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Mick-e-d, Jul 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

dogfish7, Jul 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

shadowofthereaper_666, Jul 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

kjkinsey, Jul 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Jason_Quad, Jul 10, 2012
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
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

syntheticwings, Jun 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

WhiskeeTango, Jun 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

wgfxkmf, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Megahertz
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Megahertz, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

binx, May 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

stampfler07, May 07, 2012
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 Ash
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Ash, Apr 25, 2012
Buster Nut Brown Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.