Originally Posted by Brian278
I think true beer aficianados (read: snobs) move past Guiness eventually, save for bars where they can't get anything else. Once I had the more intense, complex stouts out there Guiness tasted watered down by comparison. St. Peter's, Samuel Smith, Eight Ball, Left Hand, Dogfish Head, Rogue, and Young's are all makes stouts that are superior to Guiness, and those are just off the top of my head. Of course Guiness probably holds a sentimental, old-friend value to a lot of beer drinkers, which can be just as if not more important than any objective rating of quality.
Guinness is a dry stout, which, in my understanding, generally means it doesn't have as complex a flavor as some other stouts (imperial stout, milk stout, coffee stout, chocolate stout, oatmeal stout). I still really like Guinness, especially having had it in Ireland, where it really does taste better. The Samuel Smith Imperial Stout is terrific (I believe they also do an Oatmeal Stout which is very good). I haven't had the Dogfish Head Stout, but I'll try it (I had one of their 90 Minute IPAs and, frankly, I was underwhelmed - too much malt and not enough hops for my taste, but perhaps I'll try it again).
The best stout I've ever had came from the Harpoon brewery out of Boston. I think it was an Oatmeal stout, and I had it on tap at the Sunset Grill & Tap in Brighton. Unfortunately, I don't think Harpoon makes it anymore.