ALES AND PORTERS
31. Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
-Rogue Ales, Newport, OR
Multiple gold medalist at the Great American Beer Festival, the name says it all. Dark with roasted nutty flavor, chocolatey sweetnes, and a pleasant malt that lingers. Gentlemen, go nuts.
32. Edmund Fitzgerald
-Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, OH
The Great Lakes brewers wanted to add a dash of tragedy to their beer, naming it after the Edmund Fitzgerald, a ship that sunk in Lake Superior in 1975. Why you ask? Because, according to the brewery, like it's depth of color and taste, it's the "dark brooding type. One sip of this complex, flavorful porter inspires lavish bar napkin poetry and spirited closing-time solioquies."
33. Deschutes Black Butte Porter
-Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Oregon
The flagship beer of the Deschutes brewery, and it's no surprise why. It's dark ruby color hints at the underlying flavors of chocolate, burnt caramel, and hoppy bitterness. It's rare for a brewery to showcase a porter- a bold move that suggests they mean business.
34. Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale
-Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, Farmville, NC
The Duck-Rabbit Brewery specializes in full flavored dark beers. Spiced with Amarillo and Saaz hops, and malted with seven different kinds of grains, this American brown ale has personality. Floral aromas waft out from the first sip, followed by toasty malt notes that end with a bitter finish.
35. Newcastle Brown Ale
-The Caledonian Brewery Co. Ltd., Edinburgh, Scotland.
Brewed in Scotland with a big presence on the international market. It's a bit of a cult classic here in the US since it's readily availabe but of good quality. By far the lightest brown ale on our list, Newcastle makes for a great session beer. We give it high marks for maintaing integrity while being a big name beer at the same time.