legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Redish brown; Faint head; Nose was sweeter then usual- good character. Much more depth then the Ska that we tasted it next to. Nice sweetness. Nut flavors thankfully kept in check. 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2003
Murky brown appearance. Nose of apples and maple. Syrupy, with big maple and nut flavor, and quite carbonated. I enjoyed this one, but fear that I'm missing something more interesting... I really couldn't figure out what to write more than the above. Nuffield (4245) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2003
Side by side with the Ska Buster Nut brown, and the definite winner. Hazy chestnut, with a foaming head and very beautiful. Barleywine/strong ale aroma, raisin. The flavor is malty and slightly salaty, the only problem is a slightly weak palate, although the slightly weakened texture may be due to the age of the bottle? adwoan99 (305) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2003
This was much better than the Buster Nut. Very dark, murky brown. Aroma and taste are both very sweet and fruity - palate is smooth and silky. I was definitely pleased. AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Bottle. Small head, doesn't really smell or taste much like a brown. Somewhat effervescent, roasty...maybe like a nutty flavored champagne.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2003
22 oz. bottle: pours a nice auburn brown with a very creamy off white head. Rich full malts fill the aroma, nuts, faint coffee, chocolate, a bit of sweet alcohol and a good hop presence all play solid supporting roles. . . Fabulous palate, smooth, close to silky - very soft nutty malts, milk chocolate, hints of pine cones, maybe even some whiskey, some sort of cherry or other berry in the finish right along side some bitter hops. Well done and enjoyed immensely Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Dark chestnut with persistent, off-white foam. The aroma is a pleasant sweet and roasted malt wonderland. Nutty smoothness with buttered toast, faint chocolate, whole, crunchy grains, and just a light showing of hop bitterness. The palate is very smooth and creamy and just so easy to drink. The flavors are, not surprisingly, full and round. Caramelized sugar-coated almonds and pecans, whole grain bread, grape nuts, light chocolate notes, faint fruitiness in the finish, before a hop kick that is neither overpowering nor bland. A bit of pine and a nice mild bitterness makes for a most pleasant and balanced brown ale. A wonderful find and I'm glad we bought 10 bombers--more to share. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2003
old perhaps, but not diminished; this bottle was found unscathed amongst the battlefield wreckage of the chicago summer gathering. i seized it and immediately "scathed" it. i'll bet it originated from a contribution by psychprof-- if true, my compliments to you, sir. a burly cigar brown color tapering to stone ground mustard ochre, with storm clouds of micro-sediment and topped with a chef's cap of beige effervesence that was short-lived but lives on gloriously in memory. big concord grape and brown sugar aroma, expensive leather upholstery, pistachio and whiskey-damp aged-oak cask, even some milk chocolate. no brewer's viagra required: a fully able and frisky carbonation, moderately sweet vanilla cake and nutty malts, superbly harmonizing lemon-orange and pine bitterness; very smooth; one of the best rich browns i can remember, (tho it's true i can't remember doodley squat, or even how 'ol dood squat is relevant at this point ). Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Bottle, sampled at the Summer Gathering 2003. Malty aroma, lightly sweet with a touch of milk chocolate, breadiness, toffee and a faint piney and fruity hoppiness. Opaque medium red-brown in color, fairly slight head. Malty, mellow flavor profile, some toasted malt and caramel sweetness, balanced with a slight hop presence and yeastiness. Some nuttiness on the finish. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Tasty, especially considering that it was apparently over a year old. AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2003
White, mostly diminishing head. Good aroma for a brown ale, nutty and sweet. Almost a tangy begining, settling into a nice brown ale finish. Glad I was able to find some of this before it was all gone, for good.