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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish bronze with ripe orange trim. Like most beer of this style, Buster Nut Brown Ale isn't brown at all. The head is surprisingly light in color, a few shades lighter than 'malted milk ball center' ecru. The surface of the cap is lumpy and bumpy, with hundreds of fine bubbles that aren't popping very quickly. A few spots and dots of lace are stuck to the glass above a ragged, thick collar of sticky foam.

The nose is decent for a brown ale, but Munich malt isn't one of my favorites. Dark caramel, carob and toasted walnuts are prominent enough that I'm still onboard. I like the aroma more the more I smell it. I'll take that as a good sign for what's to come.

First impression... this beer deserves a bigger body. There's a near equal mixture of carob and coffee, with more nuttiness than most brown ales. At times I think I taste a pumpernickel breadiness, but the flavor doesn't last long enough for me to be sure one way or the other. This is one case in which the overall flavor falls short of the sum of its parts.

The hop bill consists of Northern Brewer, Cascade and Willamette, although none of those three puts its indelible stamp on the flavor profile. I can pick up a faint Cascade citrusiness that may be nothing more than my imagination. This beer has potential, but it just doesn't gel for me.

As noted, the body/mouthfeel leaves something to be desired. I've given it an average score because I'm aware of my big beer bias and because I'm pretty sure that it falls within the accepted bounds for the style. Make no mistake, though, there's no hint of viscosity or chewiness.

Ska Brewing Company's Buster Nut Brown Ale (I keep wanting to call it Nut Buster, a name that would be more appropriate if it was bigger and better) is an decent version, although I can't bring myself to recommend it. More malt is the obvious fix. As is, cast your brown ale lovin' eyes elsewhere.

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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 WesWes
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a sweet, malty scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts along with a nutty aroma. The taste is decent. It has a light, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes a bit weak with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but just not the best nut brown. The aroma suggests lots of malt flavor, but the actual taste is a let down. Overall, a pretty good beer.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a dark warm brown crystal clear body with a big carbonation of tiny bubbles. That is fuel for a huge creamy light tan head.

S- Even during the pour the smell of nutty sweet malt filled the air. Hints of crystal malt and some Munich malts with a faint hint of biscuit.

T- The taste of brown malt and some crystal malt have some sweet and some dry qualities with a slight tangy taste. The taste is very fresh like the powder from grinding grain. The finish is a dry carbonic bite with no hops noticed.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz texture.

D- I'm not a fan of Brown Ales because they are usually bland and shallow. This one has good grain qualities and complexity that give it lots of depth in the flavor. I would like to see a little hops or other grain in the finish but it was very nice to drink.

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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 pmatz2
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

he beer poured reddish brown 3 finger slightly off white head that dropped quickly off.

The smell was slightly roasted with hints of chocolate, nuts. Over all sweet smell

Flavor was mostly chocolate / coffee. Very straight forward. Not very complex

Finish left a coffee taste. With a very average body

Overall average. There wasn't anything that makes want recommend or tell you not to try it. I would drink it again but i wouldn't go out of my way to buy it. I would suggest that you try it for your self

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Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark brown with some particles floating around , small foamy tan head that leaves some lacing in my glass, roasty nutty-bready aromas. Nutty caramel flavors, finishes on the sweet side. Medium bodied with a kind of watery mouthfeel, an average brown.

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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 russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poors brown to charcoal in color, with a decent head tan to brown in color that retianed well all the way down.

Smell: Malty,fruity nose that me think of english Christmas pudding.

Taste: Malts dominate with subtle tastes of cashew and hazel nut and hoppy bitterness on the front of the tounge & back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Wish the body was thicker, kind of detracted from the overall taste.

Found this very drinkable, but made thirstier for something heavier...

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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 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 Padron4KM
2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Notches on the side of label says it was bottled Jan 02. hmmm. New to AZ, would they be shipping old stock here?.

Pours reddish brown, with a fizzy, short lived tannish head. no lacing.

Funky sour dirty sock aroma, I almost poured down the drain because of it.

flavor was better than the aroma, roasty, nutty, caramel.
Body was kind of thin
tiny bit of hops noted in the short finish. Probably wouldnÂ’t buy again.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on Date of January 2, but I am pretty sure this is a mistake as this beer does not taste like a three year old beer, in fact it is far to light to have lasted this well.

This beer pours a clear ruby amber color with a light brown head. The aroma is malty with roasted notes, biscuits, caramel and even perhaps a hint of cherry fruitiness. The body of this beer is light, actually a bit lighter than I was expecting. The taste is a mix of malty sweetness, lightly roasted barley notes, and a cherry like fruitiness. There is certainly nothing wrong with this beer, and it does have a nice mix of fresh flavors, but it is a bit thin and it is missing a little something.

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Photo of mntlover
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mediumish brown with red highlights a nice tan head leaves light lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and a good nutty smell with some light hops noted also. Taste is malt lightly sweet to start then nutty notes come to the front it finishes with light fruity hop flavor and a touch of bitterness. Overall not a bad beer but nothing really great going on either. Mouthfeel is a little light with drinkability being good they go down easy enough it is just lacking a little something to push it into the good category.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.27/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with light brown, two-fingered bubbly head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Light-medium carbonation. Light bodied. Deep amber color. Not much of a nose. Starts hoppy finishes very hoppy and bitter. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from Super 7-Even Raleigh, NC.

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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 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 Loki
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pure brown color with a decent white head. However, the head fades very quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt, roasted nuts, and dry yeast. Very aromatic. Strong nut and toast smell.

Taste: Sweetmalt followed by a mild bitter toffee taste with a mild nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a light stickiness.

Drinkability: A solid beer but nothing impressive.

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Photo of homersimpson
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown with a quickly gone beige head.
Has a sweet, almost medicinal smell.
Body is quite light for a brown ale
Big malt up front with toffee flavors mixing with a hint of carmel, this doesn't really change, but slowly fades away.
Not what I was expecting, imminently drinkable, but lacks anything that would make you want to.

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

Clear, light brown body, big, creamy, fuzzy head.
Aroma:nice and nutty, maybe woody, too, touches of cocoa, perhaps...
Taste: very mild, small, no, no hops, good malt, solid body, but ultimately thin. Little texture, too, with a scant finish, nothing stands out, nothing really pleases, either. Which, darn it, is what I look for in a brew, not just inoffensive drinkability, which this provides aplenty. Seems to fall into the "mild ale" style of English brown ale, and that should be warning enough for me. Perfectly ordinary, this is, and that makes it a bit of a let-down, for I did enjoy their porter pretty well and still look forward to more.
Thanks to prAna for the sample.

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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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