My favourite Stout was Gillespie's, brewed in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was my favourite beer in my late teens and early twenties. I've never been a fan of Guinness or Murphy's, though, which are the most prevalent stouts here in Scotland. To my knowledge, Gillespie's isn't brewed any more. That may well speak volumes for my views on Stout...
As for Bock... I drank my own bodyweight of Shiner Bock every day while I was in Texas. I remember how much I enjoyed it but I can't remember how good it was, just how abundant it was. Good times. Of course, there was also a lot of Margaritas... but that's not exactly dark beer!
Nowadays, Wheat Beer is my beer of choice. But I suspect that's another discussion! :¬D
For the Ultimate Dark (IMHO), there is a micro brew in the Middle of Nebraska (Thunderhead in Kearney NE, also sold at the Chicken Coop in Grand Island, NE) where a concoction called Espresso Stout is brewed. I have the "beer fairy" bring multiple growlers with me back to Texas everytime I visit the Home State. (There are laws against carrying mass quantities of beer across state lines, you know). I am told by the Brew Master that it will be available in November. Right now, he has a very, very tasty "Irish Stout" that looks like Lisa Douglas' coffee on Green Acres--and shares the same consistency.
Back in Central NE for a wedding, and the Brewmaster had a "chocolate orange stout" on the board. To echo the leader of this Site: ". . . you won't believe how good it tastes. It's like drinking cake. Really fucking good alcoholic cake."
Bourbon County Stout is great (and powerful)! Goose Island Matilda for me, it's a Belgian Ale made with Juniper berries. A very happy holiday pleasure that I can enjoy every day if so desired, since my son's school is about a block away from their Clybourn spot. Yum.
"Lullaby for the Working Class
Spare, mellow, almost ambient alt-country band from the late 90s.
I'm almost embarrassed that I'm only discovering them now.
Some loose personnel associations with Bright Eyes.
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