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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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220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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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denver10

Kentucky

2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours brown with very little head. Sweet swell to this thing but nothing distinct in the aroma. Taste is pretty flat and I get very little distinguishable flavors from it. Maybe a blend of brown sugar and malt. I think I might have to buy another single of this in the future to ensure I simply didn't get a bad bottle of this. Mouthfeel is syrupy and very little carbonation. Very disappointed in this beer so far. I will have to give it a second chance though, reading a lot of these comments suggest something wasn't right for me here Maybe a wrong time, wrong place situation, maybe an old bottle that sat on the rack for too long, who know...

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 21:12:58 | More by denver10
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BudandBeer

Texas

3/5  rDev -12.8%

01-18-2012 06:21:49 | More by BudandBeer
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tatums1984

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

01-13-2012 08:27:01 | More by tatums1984
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jALEson

Texas

3/5  rDev -12.8%

01-11-2012 03:19:07 | More by jALEson
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ipcolling

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-08-2012 23:57:18 | More by ipcolling
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KostyaK

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-07-2012 04:28:28 | More by KostyaK
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Bubbalito

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-07-2012 02:35:53 | More by Bubbalito
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smithmd4

New York

4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-31-2011 08:33:21 | More by smithmd4
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 22:27:58 | More by WoodBrew
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -12.8%

12-20-2011 03:12:51 | More by ROGUE16
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BigD44

New Mexico

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

12-18-2011 18:55:57 | More by BigD44
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johnbjaeger

Illinois

4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-04-2011 01:21:00 | More by johnbjaeger
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -12.8%

12-01-2011 03:02:18 | More by barnzy78
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TheSquire23

Colorado

4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-28-2011 01:11:23 | More by TheSquire23
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joelBfrasier

Colorado

4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-25-2011 18:58:29 | More by joelBfrasier
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

11-19-2011 13:49:04 | More by bacher468
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-17-2011 23:23:03 | More by Mebuzzard
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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
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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-15-2011 16:30:42 | More by NCbeerpirate
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-14-2011 22:58:33 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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Sweasty

Texas

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ska Brewing company's brown ale is finally available around here. Ska nails it again with the awesome label. They usually capture the essence of ska/punk music with their labels. Alas labels are meaningless, it's what's inside the bottle that counts. Buster Nut pours a clear dark mahogany brown. Things are topped off by a finger or so of bone white head. Head settles to a ring rather quickly. A light bit of lacing is left in its wake.

The aroma is a bit light. Light coffee notes hit first. A touch of sweet chocolate pops beneath the coffee. Some caramel notes hit next. The aroma is rounded out by some brown bread notes.

The taste follows the aroma. Some light roast quality shines. Coffee is much more pronounced on the palate. It takes on a coffee grounds like quality. Semi-sweet chocolate notes flow underneath the coffee. Beneath the roastiness, a light bit of caramel comes through. Some brown bread qualities hit next. The finish is quick with a bit of lingering roast coffee notes

Buster nut is a nice medium bodied brew with adequate carbonation.

I am glad to have tried this brew. This is a tasty enough beer. Buster Nut is far from being a world class brown ale. It's just a bit light all the way around. That said, there's no major missteps here. Props to Ska for making a nice easy drinking quaff.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 03:12:41 | More by Sweasty
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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
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KansasBeerLover

Kansas

2.3/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint ale glass.

Color is a pleasing dark amber, almost mahogany color. The last of the pour is almost syrup-like, with the last few drop not wanting to leave the bottle. Head is thin with visible marbling, which soon disappears and leaves no lacing.

Smell is faint, sweet and roasted nuts with a hint of malt.

Taste is flat, reminds me of a bottle of pop left open too long.

Mouthfeel is in the roof. Like the aroma, too thin.

This was my fourth bottle of a six-pack. I started to review the first, but held judgment until I was sure. Sadly, all four bottles had the same results. I won't share this with my friends, and I'm too tight to pour the last two down the drain. The beer looks good, but seems to have been rushed out the door.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 00:09:58 | More by KansasBeerLover
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jnice1984

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had it at Mac's speed shop on South blvd in Charlotte NC.

A- the bottle was hip and cool. The beer has has a light brown color.

S- it has a nice clam smell. Nothing special

T- has a great taste. Not to bold but has flavor

M- nothing stood out abt the mouthfeel

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 22:00:15 | More by jnice1984
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Mora2000

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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
Buster Nut Brown Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.