My beer of choice used to be a nut brown ale. Now I prefer wheat beers. I bought a bottle of the brown ale and my drinking buddy bought the stout (he likes Guiness) to compare the ale factor. Both are quite dark in color with a frothy head (not as thick as a Guiness). The coffee element in the stout gives it a stronger flavor, while the hazelnut imparts a nutty, lighter flavor to the brown ale. It was hard to determine which had more ale factor, but we agree that both are good for what ales you.