Buster Nut Brown AleMarch 1, 2006 Durango, CO
Ska Brewing Co.
Available: AZ, CO, IL, NC, NM
Alcohol (vol.): 5%
Color: Dark Caramel Brown
Original Gravity: 11.522
Malts used: Victory, Munich
Hops used: Northern Brewer, Cascade, Willamette
Well, lip up, Fatty! If it isn’t a brown ale evidently dedicated to the immortal Buster Bloodvessel, front man for British ska legends, Bad Manners. Reddish of hue, this rather mild-mannered brown has a softly nutty and chocolaty nose—sort of like low-cal Glossettes, if such a thing exists. The body is a little thin, too, with some raisiny notes up front and very gentle cocoa, hazelnut and toasted brown sugar in the middle. An off-dry finish completes this refreshing (rather than fulfilling) ale, one which would be more at home with a hotdog than a beef stew.
- Stephen Beaumont
Chestnut brown with a great sunset clarity. Hints of grass and corn in the aroma. Refreshing medium body of an English style nut brown ale. Mild hop character with notes of caramel and roasted malts. A “dark” beer that would be welcomed by those who are just discovering the flavor and diversity of American craft beers.
- Charlie Papazian
This beer shows a beautiful mahogany color and raises a nice tan head. The aroma is interesting—caramel and a touch of chocolate, but with a whiff of barbecue sauce. The palate is light and dry with restrained hopping. The malt checks in for a moment before the beer heads for a clean linear finish. An odd duck from a good brewery; it reminds me of some English milds. Good with a roast beef sandwich for lunch, but hold the horseradish.
- Garrett Oliver
Stephen Beaumont boarded his first plane at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since, obsessing about travel to the point that he gets nervous if he doesn’t have a ticket or two stacked on the corner of his desk. When he’s not running around in search of new taste experiences, he makes his home in Toronto, where a new cultural experience is only as far away as the next neighborhood.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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