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May 22, 2012 03:28 PM

Sweet Brown Beer?

Looking for some really good sweeter brown beers. My favorite was Red Hook Nut Brown and it was discontinued! I like Moose Drool...but looking for something more.

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  1. I would think that many brown ales in your area will have ample malt sweetness. Where do you live?

    1. Lagunitas Gnarly Wine might work for you. It's heavy, though.

      1. Have you tried Samuel Smith's Nut Brown? I'd suggest Alesmith's Nautical Nut Brown, but I'm not sure you get that in the Twin Cities. You might like Bell's Best Brown.

        1. Great- I have not tried Alesmith's or Bell's Best Brown. The Gnarly Wine has a bit too much alcohol content for an everyday beer, but I'll still give it a taste.

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          1. re: hazel3000

            Bell's Best Brown is a great brown ale, Goose Island also makes a decent one that is similar to Moose Drool. If you're looking for something sweeter, Raison De Terre (sorry for the spelling) from Dogfish is a nice, strong brown with raisiny sweetness. Also, a lot of dopplebock's out there may get you what you want. Sam Adams "double bock" might be available and is definitely sweet and malty.

            1. re: Shaggy

              That's Raison D'Etre. Good call on doppelbocks. other nice ones are Paulaner Salvator, Spaten Optimator, and Ayinger Celebrator, which is unique in being darker and having more coffee notes.

              1. re: Jim Dorsch

                I second all of these. I'd also add Palo Santo Marron.

                1. re: Josh

                  That's a nice one, too, albeit a bit strong for some folks.

          2. Bell's Best Brown and Rogue Hazelnut are real nice.

            Back in the day I used to like G.I. Hex Nut on tap in Chicago, can't recall having it out of a bottle...