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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: 269 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of jnice1984
4.53/5  rDev +31.3%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of mac10thmtn
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of ColoradoRich
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of centbeerfest
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
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 SamN
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
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 ChainGangGuy
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of Avatar113
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Conk
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Buster Nut Brown Ale pours a dark rich mahogany color with a two finger head that receded to leave moderate lacing and crown of foam atop the beer. This beer enjoys nice clarity and adequate carbonation as well as a beautiful color.

Smell: Aromas of apricots, walnuts, damp wood, slightly burnt coffee and bitter chocolates round out the mild smelling brown ale.

Taste: Dark roasted malts mix with subtle flavors of roasted almonds and walnuts with a well subdued sweetness and a mild hop finish that almost tastes of bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich, yet light in body with a deliciously creamy frothy cap.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

Rating: Yum. This beer was lighter in body and dryer than I had expected, though the full flavor profile and the creamy mouthfeel make this an especially drinkable beer. I look forward to keeping this on hand for a "sure thing" when a great beer is in need.

Final Words: Great choice for a lighter bodied full flavored brown ale.

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Photo of patobandito
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from Ska brewing.
Pours a lovely dark brown color, possibly a bit dark for a nut brown, but looks great. Slight head with a good lacing, poor retention however. Smells distinctly of tootsie rolls. Very sweet smell, great. Tastes great as well, very chocolaty malt, again, like a tootsie roll. Goes down extremely smooth. Excellent.

I will definitely be buying this again, and trying even more from Ska. Its near my hometown, so I am looking forward to going home for Christmas this year.

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Photo of jktedder12
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy Jeff brought this one back to me some time ago from a recent trip out to Colorado. The review is from notes taken on 10/25/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a dark coppery brown/toffee color; starts with a loose tan one finger head that fades quickly to a thin skim and 2 large islands; body shows solid clarity; minimal carbonation is present visually; nice thick wall of lacing and a lot of loose spots left behind.

Smell: Smells like well done, slightly burnt toast; slight nutty scent; mild earthy hop presence; smell isn't too bad -- typically I don't get too excited for Browns, but this one has kind of piqued my interest.

Taste: Nut flavor is much more present in the mouth than I would have expected from the nose -- it comes across a little bitter, but it's really "meaty" and it reminds me of a big, fat walnut; slightly burnt toasty presence is really more in the background and the slightly hoppy presence that I noticed in the nose is barely perceptible; again, I typically don't get too excited about this style, but the big walnut flavor straight out of the gate really makes me glad I'm drinking it.

Mouthfeel: A sticky, loose and slightly oily coating is left all over the roof of the mouth; the body is pretty soft and smooth; carbonation is present, but light and soft and it really seems to compliment the body nicely; overall it's really not too heavy.

Drinkability: I have to admit, this Brown is really drinkable as it's quite good; there are nice flavors that really live up to the name on the label; moderate ABV and a body that isn't too heavy, hell, I think I'd be able to get through 2 or 3 of these in a sitting if I had to.

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4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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Buster Nut Brown Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 269 ratings
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