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
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3/5  rDev -13%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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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3/5  rDev -13%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of DoktorZee
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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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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2.34/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

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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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3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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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3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in a pick your own six pack, so only one to sample. Pours d dark brown with fair head and moderate carbonation. Taste is of roasted malt and it does have a distinct nut flavor. Overall a pretty good nut brown , not the best offering from Ska but a good not great beer.

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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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