Buster Nut Brown Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

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Buster Nut Brown AleBuster Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.15%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malts: Victory & Munich
Hops: Northern Brewer, Cascade, & Willamette

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2002

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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 125
Reviews by scottblaze:
Photo of scottblaze
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A heavy pour down the middle resulted in a tan, 1 ½" finely bubbled head lasting a couple or three minutes diminishing to frothy peaks before going to almost nothing. Very good lacing wafting across the glass. Smell is of dark chocolate, with a hint vanilla. Dark chocolate is the predominate flavor, a little sweetness, creamy mouthfeel and very good drinkability.

Comes across almost like chilled coco, an interesting and fun beer, should work great for breakfast.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a bit too light and clear for my standard of a brown. Toasted nuts and grains in the aroma. I'm having to reach to smell it. The body and flavor are a little richer than I expected after the lackluster aroma. As it warms up caramel malts and an undefined nuttiness bring forth a charming quality and a gentle hoppiness can be found in a dryish finish. Probably more of an intro brown in my book.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Buster Nut poured a dark reddish brown, with a smallish fizzy head that quickly went down to a small top. It has a very nice roasted malt aroma with chocolate and coffee mixed in - almost like a porter. The taste was kind of bland - malty and acidic up front with a sweetish malty finish. As it warms, more malty nuttiness comes out. It had a kind of watery mouthfeel. Overall, a decent drinking brown, but nothing special.

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Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.52/5  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.

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Photo of Slowpony97
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of centbeerfest
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A-The name says it all. A beautiful deep brown that is clear, but darkly opaque.
S-Very enjoyable toasted malt.
T-Slow to build, but long lasting roasted nutty finish. Strangely clean and refreshing for a beer as dark as it appears. Could use a bit more depth of taste but a small point in the grand scheme.
M-Very good. Doesn't kill your palate and leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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).

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Photo of glid02
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville.

Pours a hazy brown color with a two-finger off-white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a thin pancake on top leaving very light lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted malts with a good amount of nuttiness, however neither aromas are as robust as I'd like.

Tastes lighter than it smells. Toasted malts start things off, followed by fruit sweetness in which the fruits can't be pinned down - it's certainly not fruity, just the sweetness with a fruit twang. There's a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side with good carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one, but I'm not sure I'd be excited about another.

Overall this was a good beer, but one that I probably won't revisit again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of robthepenguin
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of jALEson
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of syntheticwings
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This one has a crazy-expanding-marshmallow of a head, that has a whipped appearance and a curly cue on top like an ice cream sunday. Lacing is foamy and abundant, and the brew iself is a clear wood-varnish hue with some purplish aspects.

S - Walnuts in the shell, dry grasses, and some solid hops. Tree bark, and the way the woods smell after a rain.

T - Caramel malts, sweet molasses and brown sugar, and a hint of hops to balance it out. Still very much on the sweet side though.

M - Medium bodied, sweet, and just a tad syrupy. Fairly well balanced with a more than gentle nod to the sweet side. Finishes woody and caramel-y. WAY overcarbonated IMO.

D - This is an excellent, if not exactly outstanding, brown ale. I like the sweet caramel and maple syrup notes, and the hops and woody notes are enough to keep it from being overly saccharine.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of dbossman
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brown with a light amber tint; small quickly dissipating head; lacing is pretty good

S: Very nutty; caramel and vanilla too but mostly loads of roasted nuts; almost a rum like aroma here; really sweet but rich maltiness shines through too

T: Roasted malts and barley come through the most; fairly watery; some graininess on back end; lots of nuts with a touch of caramel and raisins but it is just doesn't come together very well in the end

F: Decent but fairly thin

D: Really easy drinking; this isn't always my favorite style but Ska does a decent enough job with it; I like the nutty flavor but it does become a tad wearing after a while

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Pookiewompwomp
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
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...

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Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a murky brown with a finger width of light tan head that left adequate lacing. Not much coming through on the aroma. Maybe just some light tones of sweet biscuits and nuttiness.

The taste profile is similar to aroma. Fairly sweet with notes of toasted malt, nuts, some chocolate or coffee as well. I'm picking up some citrus as well in the background. The mouthfeel is unfortunately the one big lowlight of this beer. Just way more thin and watery than the taste would suggest.

Some more chewiness would have gone a long way to improve this beer for me. Not terrible but in the end, I was defintley expecting a little more.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a very pleasing pour of coffee hues w/ a thin off-white / egg-shell head.. light but decent lacing

S: not much going on here.. a standard ale smell with a hint of light coffee and slight molasses... smells like a heavily watered down stout

T: hits immediately on the front and sides of my tongue with malty sweetness, light coffee flavoring, syrup like after taste... barely noticeable caramels...

Mf: too light and watery for me tastes but just a tad short for the style

D: a decent offering from a company just now available in the midwest but would still prefer a modus hoperandi any day

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Buster Nut Brown Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
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