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 Conk
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Buster Nut Brown Ale pours a dark rich mahogany color with a two finger head that receded to leave moderate lacing and crown of foam atop the beer. This beer enjoys nice clarity and adequate carbonation as well as a beautiful color.

Smell: Aromas of apricots, walnuts, damp wood, slightly burnt coffee and bitter chocolates round out the mild smelling brown ale.

Taste: Dark roasted malts mix with subtle flavors of roasted almonds and walnuts with a well subdued sweetness and a mild hop finish that almost tastes of bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich, yet light in body with a deliciously creamy frothy cap.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

Rating: Yum. This beer was lighter in body and dryer than I had expected, though the full flavor profile and the creamy mouthfeel make this an especially drinkable beer. I look forward to keeping this on hand for a "sure thing" when a great beer is in need.

Final Words: Great choice for a lighter bodied full flavored brown ale.

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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 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 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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Photo of Rayek
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Deep chestnut brown, with nice clarity. A foamy beige head has OK retention and leaves a little lace.

S: Toffee, baking chocolate and a bit of walnut.

T: Fairly light. Bittersweet baking chocolate up front. A black tea and lemon bitterness comes on with just enough intensity to provide balance. Finishes with a bit of toffee.

M: The somewhat dry body has about the right level of carbonation.

D: A pretty decent beer overall. Low ABV makes it a good session beer. I'm glad I had the opportunity to have it.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 20 Apr 2010.

Served in a Dillon Dam shaker pint. Two finger light brown head. Medium carbonation. Clear light brown mahogany color. Smells of molasses, dried fruits and ethanol. Light body. A says the flavor is like a dark brewed iced tea (I disagree). Moderate caramel nuttiness. A little more bitter than expected. Slight nuttiness in the finish, moderately bittersweet aftertaste.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a clean dark brown with half-finger tan head. Good carbonation.

S: Sweet dark malts with some earthy scents.

T: Brown sugar and earthy malts up front. Slightly nutty. Not too complex.

M: Pretty watered-down for a brown ale. Consistency isn't exactly right...

D: Not a bad brown ale, but not a great brown ale, either. Too watery for my tastes.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a very pleasing pour of coffee hues w/ a thin off-white / egg-shell head.. light but decent lacing

S: not much going on here.. a standard ale smell with a hint of light coffee and slight molasses... smells like a heavily watered down stout

T: hits immediately on the front and sides of my tongue with malty sweetness, light coffee flavoring, syrup like after taste... barely noticeable caramels...

Mf: too light and watery for me tastes but just a tad short for the style

D: a decent offering from a company just now available in the midwest but would still prefer a modus hoperandi any day

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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 BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ya gotta love the Dick Tracy comic book label art.

A solid beer that focuses on the sweeter elements of nuttiness, chocolate, and mild brown malts. Hops keep the beer from cloying but really don't make much of an impact other than a mild herbal rise. Malted milk and shortbread sweetness help the overall sugary mix with a sturdy grian maltiness. No real ester or phenolic varieties; this is a clean, but one-dimentional Brown Ale. Easy enough to drink though.

Thanks Ken.

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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 zeff80
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, reddish brown color with a small, tan head of foam with some big bubbles. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, biscuity malt and grasses.

T - A fairly sweet brown ale. Lots of caramel and malt flavors. Not much hop bite or bitterness.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light bodied ale.

D - This is an okay brown okay. It really didn't have the nutty flavors and aromas that I expect in an "English" brown ale.

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Photo of rye726
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with a thin beige head. Nose has bready malts, nuts and molasses. Taste has toffee, molasses and bready malts. Light to medium body has average carbonation. Finish is a bit thin. Not a bad brown ale, just nothing special. Decent session beer.

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

A - roast and caramel malt notes dominate. Slight hop notes.
A - one finger of rocky head that quickly dissipates. Clear ruby in color.
M -light to medium body with medium carbonation. Slight creaminess.
T - Roast and caramel from the aroma dominate. Very subtle malty sweetness balances nicely with the bitterness.
D - Nice light beer with some roasty notes. Very drinkable. Has some nice stuff going on, but is not too cluttered.

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Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a chestnut brown with a very modest head that quickly becomes a ringlet, though it does leave a small trace behind

Smell: Brown bread, with a hint of toffee sweetness

Taste: Brown bread, with some nutskin sour flavor developing by mid-palate; some toffee sweetness in the mix as well; after the swallow, the sweet, bready flavors linger

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Brown ale is a tough style to get excited about, but some brewers manage to add something to it to make it interesting; Sky, unfortunately, does not

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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 rowew
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, brewed on date notched on the label. Label is the comic book style typical of Ska.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, average head fades to just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Sweet, a bit of toffee.

Taste: A bit more hops than I actually expected, its got a slight medicinal quality that makes it slightly less enjoyable.

Overall impression: There are some good flavors, but something overall doesn't work .. its not bad, but I won't be looking for it again.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
2.62/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - brown, not too deep, minimal head, and no lacing to speak of, is this soda or beer?

S - not to bad in the smell dept., smells like maple syrup, roasted nuts, and almost toffee like malts, not bad

T - it's not that the taste was bad, it was just really really weak and watered down. i tasted some of what i smelled, but i had to try really hard to taste, the syrup, nuts, and such. this could be much better if the flavor was amped up a notch.

Mf - as mentioned, watered down, could benifit from a larger body, that being said, i suppose this could be positive for someone seeking an easy quaffer.

D - i wouldn't reach for a second one, if something else is available, but not painful to get through

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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 TippySelenoid
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown ale without much head,
Nice chocolate and caramel hints. This has a good flavor.
It has a smooth mouthfeel with little crispness from the carbonation.
I like this beer and could drink these often and regularly. If only I could buy this in Missouri...

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Photo of nick76
2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The aroma is dusty and papery with hints of malt, toffee, and hops. The appearance is light brown with a huge head. The flavor is like the aroma with a touch of sourness. The palate is thin but OK. Overall this is a true buster. I wonder what they were going for this is not what a brown ale should be.

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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 DoubleJ
2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle with a cool cartoon label, on to the beer:

Pours ruby brown ibnto my pint glass. It has an amber glow as it sits in my glass and forms a low, one cm head on top. There is some good stuff in the nose, fruity esters mix with a toffee nut note. Faint hint of oxidation (cardboard). And now I taste it...it's like a mix of English pale with a brown. Fruity like strawberry preserves, mild dry nuttiness, with a whisper of dull alcohol hitting the palate. It's a little watery without much carbonation.

This beer didn't do me much good. Keep the esters and faint alcohol out of the flavor, and don't forget to pep the carbonation level. Then we have a much more enjoyable beverage here.

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