We can't think of any category of beer that is more closely associated with a single brand than the venerable stout. Of course, there's nothing wrong with Guinness. It's just not the only stout out there. There are stouts out now that are even "gooder," to reference an old Guinness ad campaign, and they're all made in the United States. These substyles include some of the richest and most exciting beers in the domestic craft scene. Stouts have always been famous for their dark hue and their roasty flavors and aromas, but U.S. brewers also add oatmeal, chocolate, and even oyster shells to provide that extra oomph. This St. Patrick's Day, challenge yourself to try a different kind of stout. And feel free to go ahead and order a shot of Irish whiskey with it (Jameson or Bushmills will be just fine). Some traditions still can't be topped.
Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout
Rogue's Shakespeare Stout is nothing short of a revelation. One of the most well-balanced stouts we have ever tasted, Shakespeare delivers rich flavors of roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate balanced by a well-defined bitterness. The oatmeal lends a bit of flavor, but makes its presence more apparent in the creamy palate sensation and extra body it lends to the beer. [rogue.com]