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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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Reviews: 122 | Ratings: 266
Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has a bottled on list on the label but nothing is notched.

This pours a clear amber brown with a 1 finger head of off white foam.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and a light nutiness.

The taste has a cocoa/dark chocolate and nutty flavour mixed in with sweet tones of milk chocolate and caramel. There's a ying yang of bitter and sweet and is pretty tasty.

It has a surprisingly thickish body with lowish levels of carbonation. A very nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability? Easy drinker, plain and simple and the head retention is good as is the lacing. A good beer overall.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.61/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from nvsblman as part of BIF 19. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed an overpowering 3" light brown head above the dark amber brew. Head fades very slowly, with areas of frothy lace. Aroma is minimally of effervescent malts, I expect some sort of nuttiness from a nut brown. Taste is lightly nutty, but other than than little character to note. Mouthfeel seems quite thin, with drinkability being a bit better, but overall not much redeeming here. Lots better brews in the cooler...

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great lloking beer, except for the insane overflw of head after a very light pour. But the crazy, light beige head does hld up well throughout all twelve ounces. Medium brown with ok lacing. The aroma is a little moldy. Very malty bready arom with just a hint of mold. ust a hint though, so it doesn't make wanna dump the bre. Especially if you've had a couple of lambics under your belt. The taste is a bit old tasting bread with lots of toast and medium roasted malts.The palate is smooth yet musty. It is still pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Bung
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. A nice deep brown, nut brown? Just a thin layer of white head.

Aroma, certainly nutty, some malt and lighter brown sugar, herbal hop.

Taste is malty, light caramel and earthy. Some leather, hazelnut, peat. Finish has just a faint amount of hop bittering, toast.
Seems pretty in tune with the style.

Heavier side of light, adequate carbonation. I found this very drinkable, pleasant with the low abv. A session English brown, not many around from US brewers. Worth a try.

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Photo of glid02
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Gusler
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer emigrates from the 12-ounce brown bottle a somewhat hazy brown with a portly light tan head that is semi-creamy in texture as it fades away; the lace forms a concealing blanket upon the glass. Nose is malt with light caramel tones, fresh and somewhat tobacco like, start is lightly sweet and the malt profile light to moderate with the top light in its feel. Finish is mildly acidic, the hops benign in their spiciness, somewhat sour aftertaste is also dry, a drinkable beer, but not a real hit with me.

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Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown like tree bark with a light, tawny head.

Smells of a surprising kick of hops along with honey, molasses, and hazlenut.

Tastes great! Rich coffee malt, moving into honey and hazlenut in the back and ending even sweeter and nuttier. Not overly sweet, though, like some nut browns.

An excellent example of its style and a great introduction to the Ska Brewery. If only it didn't have such a horrible name...I'm far from a prude or anything--I just don't like to be reminded of semen while I'm trying to savor the flavor of something, is all.

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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 DavoleBomb
2.54/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks to LusciousJackson for this.

4.0 A: Clear deep amber mahogany color. One finger of beige, creamy head with average retention and a nice ring of lacing.

2.5 S: The nose is weak overall, but the worst part is how weak the nuttiness is. It is too weak to be pleasant and I'd actually prefer it to not be there at all. It's about as satisfying as a Coca-Cola that has sat in a glass with ice for too long. Grainy overall, with a touch of breadiness. Not impressed.

2.5 T: Taste is pretty much the same of the nose. Grainy backbone with watered down nuttiness and toastiness. Doubly not impressed.

2.0 M: Water body. Good moderate carbonation. Smooth because it is akin to water.

2.5 D: Certainly worse that average. They need to throw in some more malt and mash a lot higher. Too light and watery to appreciate.

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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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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 beergoot
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear, dark brown body topped with a thick, creamy head. Roasted grains, nutty, with slight estery hints. Caramel and dark grains produce a smooth, mellow malt sweetness throughout; touch of hop bitterness and faint alcohol notes. Solid medium body, smooth.

A pretty tasty malt-forward beer, not too sweet yet packed with excellent caramel and nut flavors.

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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 Beaver13
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Vancer
2.49/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Down and dirty review of a down and out nut brown. Best thing about this one was the pour – mahogany brown with a frothy tan head, nice sheet lacing.

Just some light hints of nutty malt. A harsh taste of woody malt pops up – just not at all smooth or well balanced. Nothing stands out with this brew – well, the label was interesting.

Way to thin - one and done with this bad boy.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy deep reddish-brown color with massive creamy tan head. Goos retention and nice sticky lacing.

Smell is light with a midest nutty character.

Taste is fairly bland. I just cannot find much flavor, eith good or bad. A bit of dryness at the end, but only very little.

Thin in the mouth with a rapidly disappearing taste.

Very middle-of-the-road. Needs to be a bit more aggressive.

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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 Mitchster
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with Victory and Munich malt. Hopped with Northern Brewer, Cascade and Willamette. Part of a mixed 12 pack sampler from this brewery. Brewed August 2004.

Pours out to a clear dark mahogany, forming a wimpy and small light tan head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma of milk chocolate, wet grain husk, herbal hops, tobacco and leather. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with a clean finish. Medium-light body. Taste begins with herbaceous and woody hops, followed by a mild saltiness and nuts. Slightly salty hops in the finish which are mild to moderate in intensity. Aftertaste is of pleasant minerals, chocolate, wood, leather, and minimal tobacco. Cleanly fermented, no perceptable alcohol.

This is a pleasant nut brown ale...I like the chocolate, minerals and grain husk, though it's a touch thin bodied. On a side note, their busy labels annoy me. I can hardly tell what the freakin' beer is. Get it? "Buster nut?" Yawn...

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Photo of Redrover
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of the Ska Buster Nut Brown at Risqué BBQ in Chicago. Poured into a pint glass, the beer is reddish brown with a fluffy tan head.

Nose of brown sugar and lightly toasted malts.

The taste tracks the smell. It is slightly sweet, a bit grainy with brown sugar and cracker notes.

The mouth is decent but could be beefed-up a bit. Not a bad session beer. I found it interesting enough to have a few.

Glad to see more of Ska's beers finding their way to my neck of the woods.

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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 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 BigBry
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap pint at iTap in Chesterfield, Missouri.
Light brown color with ruby highlights. An inch of tan foam that left nice lacing and good retention. Very nice looking beer. The aromas were sweet grainy malts, and a slight nuttiness. The flavor is sweet at first, then the roasted malt and nut flavors come forward. Dry, clean finish, crispness keeps the sweetness from being too sugary. The body is medium, good carbonation and mouthfeel. Easy to drink, a good session brew.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.52/5  rDev +2%
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 emmasdad
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a nice light to medium brown, with a good light brown head. Aromas of nuts, sweet malt and milk chocolate. Nice creamy mouthfeel, with flavors of cocoa powder and brown sugar. A solid, sweet nut brown ale, nothing more, nothing less.

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Buster Nut Brown Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 266 ratings.
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