Okay, let's just morph EVERY thread into a beer thread
You mentioned Whiskey Sours - I am absolutely in love with Maker's Mark Bourbon. I keep trying and failing to find something I like better at any price. Great bourbon, cool people and a cool website too - http://www.makersmark.com
On the Stout question - I've got to say I think Guinness survives on marketing and mystique alone. I like the Anderson Valley too. Also try Obsidian Stout from Deschutes and Shakespeare Stout from Rogue (comes in a small bottle).
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