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: 123 | Ratings: 267
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 thekevlarkid
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Off the tap at Lady Falconburgh's in Durango, Colorado. Poured into the pint glass an ever so slightly hazy brown color with ruby highlights. Two fingers of tan head, good lacing and good retention. Great looking overall. The aromas were sweet malt, dry grains and a nuttiness. The flavors were sweet at first then the bready malt and nut flavors (chestnut?) kick in. Dry finish as the sweet malt fades out. The body is medium to light and perhaps just a bit watery but the carbonation is good and it lends itself to being quaffable. A good session brew.

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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 SIRIUS2
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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 cvstrickland
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a deep, dark clear garnet body capped with a finger of pale ecru foam that retains at a sheet and leaves thin wisps of lacing.

Smell is spicy, sweet malt with a rich grainy note.

Taste is sweet and juicy with a husky, bready note. Crisp, toasty, and a bit tannic, the drink screams "Brown!"... whatever that means...crunchy, nutty, with a nice dry finish.

Superb drinkability and flavor place this beer among my favorites from Ska. The drink is crisp and refreshing.

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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 drxandy
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in trade thanks to mhewes!
Poured from 12oz to footed ale glass, pours a nice golden reddish brown, tan/off white head

smells of sweet maltiness (kinda appley), slight bitterness, nuttiness, spiciness, and probably some other kind of -ness.

tastes of caramel malts, nutty flavors, bitterness is blended well roasty malts, easy drinking as a nut brown should with a slight touch of bakers chocolate?

mouthfeel is smooth and sessionable, with a nice creaminess from carbonation, something i would totally want to kick back with some pizza.

I love the concept ska brewing is providing as a company. This is my first taste of one of their beers and it's definitely a nice nut brown, love the play on words for the name and the bottle art is really great. Very nice graffiti ska styled, very attractive illustration in my option, something that would pop out to a regular consumer.

I only wish I could visit the taproom to see how things went down there :D

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

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a frothy off white head that fell very quickly. Little head retention and some lacing.

Very malty smell. Definately some chocolate in there.

Malty taste and a mild chocolate aftertaste. Good balance of not being too sweet nor too bitter.

Hits the back of my throat more than any other area of the mouth. A little watery tasting.

Not a bad brown ale, and one that I can easily drink.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

buster nut brown ale, has a pretty cool label, reminds me of some punk rock albums from the mid 90's, think mighty mighty bosstones or reel big fish. looks great, a reddish brown color with a small weak head. smell is good, has a very strong chocolately malty aroma. taste is very coffee like, has a nice sugary malty flavor. no hop presence at all, mouthfeel is kinda watery, good beer all around.

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Photo of scottblaze
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 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 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 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 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 tapman
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears red/brown that is barely transparent with a 1.5 finger head that is tan, thick and creamy. So far so good.

Smell is biscity with a hint of nut, akin to a fat tire, though not as strong. Smells like a robust brown ale. Hop presence is absent, or else english and bready. Oops, just glanced to the top of the page and it is classified as an english brown instead of an american brown. The bad is mine, the good is theirs.

I have a difficult time telling if this brew is a one trick pony with the malts, or if they just used really robust english hops. Leaves a roasted malt after taste in the finish. Thin quality in the taste as it is all bread and nothing else. As it warms a bit a tangyness does come out in the hops, but it contrasts with the bread causing 'moldy bread' taste that I don't much care for, but is unique in its own way.

Mouthfeel is really lacking for me. With such a nice head I expected more, but the mouthfeel is really thin. My tongue is bitten by carbonation yet there is no weight in my mouth, like drinking sparkling air. Mouthfeel does not match the style in my opinion.

I have had this brew before in passing at a local bar and was not impressed. Found a sixer for 5.99 and figured what the hell. I like it better than I did before now that I'm less intoxicated, but overall I will not buy this one again when there are nice Hobgoblin ales to be had.

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Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear brown in color with a thin 1" head that falls away quickly. Some spotty lacing shows up.

Smell: caramel and nuts are detectable but not overwhelmingly strong.

Taste: caramel, hints of chocolate, nuts, and some very soft earthy tones. Mild bitterness sticks in the background.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp at the start, smooth towards the finish. Very short aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to drink session ale. This will not blow you out of the water, but a worthy beer to try.

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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 westweasel
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours out a very nice dark, brown mahogany color. It has a nice big head that dissipates rapidly. The beer has a nice aroma: Malty and sweet with a strong chocolate scent.

The taste is very carmel-like and sweet, but my bottle is so strongly carbonated, that it even affects the taste. The mouthfeel is medium - again overpowered by the high carbonation.

The beer is fairly drinkable, but again the carbonation gets in the way.

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

Appearance: Slightly cloudy/murky red-brown color, some carbonation bubbles swirling throughout, very small off-white head (1/4") which reduces quickly to a thin remaining layer.

Aroma: Very light, malty.

Taste: Much of the same and to be expected for the genre, but very light without much complexity, smooth mouthfeel and little on the back-end. Very drinkable because of the light taste and feel.

This has received sub-par reviews here, but I thought it was a solid beer, yet I prefer a Newcastle.

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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 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 bashiba
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured very much like a cola in appearance. Dark clear brown with a white fizzy head that was quickly gone.

Smell has a great bit of toasted malts and nuts.

Taste is big let down from the nice smell, flavor is very thin and watery with just a bit of nutty flavor with a little toasted grains and a mild earthy quality.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Overall a pretty thin and boring nut brown.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany brown with a thick white mass for a head. Lacing is moderate.

Smell is strongly of nutty roasted malt as expected. Hops add a crispness to the aroma. Hints of chocolate and coffee. There is also a mild milk sweetness.

Taste is similiar to the nose. However, the flavors are on the thin side. The aroma led me to expect a robust flavor. Hops do provide a bit of a clean finish, but overall there just isn't much here.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. A little more body would have really helped this beer along.

Overall an inoffensive, but average nut brown. Nothing unpleasant here. Nothing to get too excited about either. Worth a try.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish mahogany. One of the best heads I've ever seen for the style, tall, creamy, chunky, and Boston cream-colored. Retention is excellent.

Smell: Big peanutty aroma up front, along with some mild chocolate malts and spicy, piney hops. Light caramel, mocha, and tart yeasty notes are also detectable.

Taste: Loads of toasted grain and Spanish peanuts, lightly tannic and very earthy. A bit chocolatey. Light citric and piney zip from the hops. Nice, dry, nutty, mocha finish.

Mouthfeel: Very airy and thin and sort of parching. Needs to be a lot fuller and smoother.

Drinkability: This beer is kind of unspectacular, but not unpleasant. If this beer is to live up to its awesome appearance (and awesome name), it needs to be much more robust in all departments, especially mouthfeel.

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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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