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

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Reviews: 123 | Ratings: 267
Photo of homebrew311
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a Duvel glass. Appearance is dark brown with no light passage. A cm of tan head and thick lacing. Nose features mellow roast and caramel malt, no hops to speak of. The taste is mild with a watered down roasted malt profile and a slightly nutty character at the end. Mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated. Overall, this is a pretty run of the mill brown.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes: 7/5/09
Ska Brewing Co.
Buster Nut brown
English Brown Ale
?% Abv.
12 oz. bottle into Frog and Peach Pint Glass

Appearance= vigorous pour yields small 1 finger tan head. Not much head retention, but some. Beer looks brown, almost cola colored.

Smell= Smells like a brown ale. Slight bit of toffee?

Taste= good tasting beer. Scratch that, average tasting beer.

Mouthfeel= Thin side. Not bad though.

Drinkability= High. No alcohol detected, smooth brown ale on the thin side, good flavor, good nose. Just not my style.

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Photo of alexgash
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of carln26
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown in color with a huge fluffy tan head. The head leaves a clumpy lace on the glass as it settles. The nose has some toffee, figs, hazelnuts, and a little nectarine. The flavor has milk chocolate, more hazelnuts, nectarine. Not much bitterness. The flavor is a little jumbled. The mouth feel is a little thin. Drinkability is only average in this beer.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There really isn't a whole lot to say about this beer. It's very mild, and very forgettable.

The beer pours to a dark brown with hues of amber shining through. It's topped off by a nice creamy white cap of foam. Decent lacing.

The smell is alright. Fairly nutty with a bit of a malty sweetness and some subtle fruity esters. The taste is the same. Very watery. I suppose it would make a decent session ale, but I know of many more that I would love to drink in place of this.

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

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $5. Tapped from the Wooden, Gold Tipped, and Ska Character on the front into a Pint Glass and has a Keg Date of March 13, 2011.

Aroma- Very sweet, malty, and has a good caramel aroma. Has even a toffee scent at times.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger head that has good retention. Dark Brown color body, clear, and leaves a ton of sudsy lace.

Flavor- Nice caramel and roasty tastes from the beginning. Light on the bitterness and easy finish. Can't note many things here, because of such mild ingredients used.

Mouthfeel- Light- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, and is very malty all the way through. What else though???

Overall Impression- A light, refreshing mild brown that didn't have much characteristic after the nose... Liked it but SKA has much better brews than this. Would recommend for some people trying to get into new craft beers and need a lighter brown ale.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of malcontent
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn! That's carbonated! Even before Tilting the glass back horizontally the head billowed up a full three fingers. Cola-colored body with ruby edges hints at a supremely malty beer.

Husky scent of grain, likely Cara 60 or victory malt. Faint hazelnut and a little soap. Uh, oh...

Way too carbonated which is making it difficult to taste anything. Mild toffee up front with a pronounced honey-like finish. Passable.

As previously noted, mouthfeel is far too carbonated making for a sloppy drink After all those bubbles, this actually ends up being a bit thin.

Overall, it's an easy to drink brown and isn't by any stretch a bad beer. Still, in a crowded pack this doesn't do much to differentiate itself.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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 twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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

Part of a 6 pack put together in April at Papago Brewing for $6.99.

This is a cola colored brew that poured a small head and is leaving some lacing. Nose is slight hint of toasted malts and chocolate. Taste is not overly complex, a combination of tasted malts and a slight hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and not overly lively. Drinkability is pretty good. I am not a big fan of the Nut Brown style but this has a taste that is pretty good.

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Photo of hellbilly
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

finally got an uninfected bottle. it only took half a dozen or so soured tries...

pours an orange tinted medium brown with a barely off white head and moderate spots of lace. darker than the usual nut brown but still clear. the aroma is mostly caramel malty. there are some nutty notes along with a copper-y metallic smell (not in a bad way. more mineral that metal).

the flavor is quite caramel-y with some nuttiness and faint chocolate notes. prickly hops tingle the tongue on the finish. surprisingly creamy slick mouth feel with a medium to full body.

this is not bad at all... sadly i had to drink five bad one's to get it! this would be a nice go to session brew in the consistency were upheld. 6/3/6/4/14/3.3

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear super dark crimson-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted nut, and slight char aromas. Taste is much the same with char and roasted nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a nice aroma, but the flavors are a bit bland and watery in my opinion.

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

12oz brown bottle with a best by date of 11/18/10 stamped on the neck. Thanks Ryan for the chance to try this.

Buster nut... appears a perfectly clear amber brown color with less than a finger of lightly tanned head. The foam of bubbles does not display much power of retension and before long it is nothing more than a thin layering atop the brew. Multiple swirls hardly revive little more than a few extra bubbles.

The aroma of this brew is grainy with some toasty suggestions of chocolate malt and a bit of coffee. Lightly fruity from a combination of the alcohol's presence, yeast and floral hops.

The taste is grainy with chocolate malt and a bit more fruity flavored than I would like but it isn't suprising how sweet and fruity this offering is considering the warning from the aroma. It finishes somewhat crisp but has an ackward fruitiness about it that I just don't like. More sips start to yield a bit of bitterness that seems to be more from a chocolate maltiness than from hops. The alcohol is well surpressed and this would be a fine session brew if it wasn't for the fruitiness. Perhaps a change in the hops is needed or a different yeast or fermenting temperature to make this one less fruity?

Medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Could benefit from a bit more carbonation as the lack of carbonation imparts a bit of a watery feel.

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Photo of Enola
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice deep brown with a small head that quickly dissipated. The smell is slightly rancid. Deffinatly thw low point of this beer. The taste really ain't too bad. Caramel and just a bit of hops. The beer has no bad aftertaste. I could drink this beer again. Mid range for the style.

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Photo of Megahertz
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The body is pecan brown with some mahogany highlights. There is almost no foam, not even enough to cover the top of the beer. And no lacing of course.

Smell: The malts have a roasted quality to them, but not quite coffee, more like roasted nuts. It has brown ale characteristics with this malt profile, but it is weak, and a little on the harsher side.

Taste: Not really any bready malts in play here. Just more of that roasted nut taste. It is not bad, and certainly could work in a brown ale, but it is really bland. It really is a skinny profile. Maybe some biscuity malt in the finish, but that char carries through as well.

Mouth feel: Despite the underwhelming taste, it is a smooth drinker. That roasted profile kind of distracts from the feel though. More on the light side than medium.

Overall: While it is true this brown ale is pretty straight forward, it does at least go for a more original interpretation of a brown ale. That roasted flavor could even be called endearing if it was done better. The malt profiles are just too small. You could do worse for browns, I'm sure. But ultimately, you could also do much, much better.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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 SAtaMi
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 1/2" head with a nice deep brown color to the beer. Has nice retention to the head though. Nice layers of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts some hops and a smokey nutty back that i cant place maybe an oak.

Taste - The Malty nut taste shines though and has a hop back. Sweetness from the malt and bitterness from the hops are nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy overall nice body to it.

Drinkability - I have had better but this is a good beer none the less.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

snifter. rich brown mahogany color with some ruby tones. good lacing and good retention. some nutty tones from the sweet malts, light hints of molasses. great flavors, sweet at first, but a dropoff in the end. mostly molasses and chestnuts. medium to low body. light to mild carbonation level. smooth and creamy. very well-balanced. this is a very drinkable brown ale.

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Photo of MillRat
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a cola brown with overwhelming carbonation that required multiple pours and patience to finally get 12 oz into a pint. Head was a dark tan with a meringue-like texture after a few pours into the glass. Aroma was biscuity with just a hint of dark malt, no hops to speak of. Flavor was a typical brown without the sweetness common to the style. This emphasized the hop bitterness and the dark malt, and was responsible for the lighter mouthfeel that other reviewers noted. This was a pleasant change for someone who prefers drier beers, so if you are a little put off by the sweetness in most browns, this beer may be the way for you to better enjoy this style. Very sessionable.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There isn't a strong smell, but light sweetness and malt is detectable. pours brown and has very little head and lacing. I taste brown sugar and there is a nice crispness. It is pretty sweet, there is some bitterness, but it finishes nicely. This is a well rounded brown ale with a medium body.

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Photo of argock
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Buster Nut Brown Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 267 ratings.
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