When it comes down to it, nothing beats a pint of the black stuff. Others can try, but once you've found your beloved, it's silly to continue trying to find another. I'm not claiming Guinness to be the best stout ever made . . . but beer isn't meant to be intellectual. It's meant to bring pleasure and comfort, and no other stout comes close to Ireland's finest.
They certainly try though. Oatmeal stout out of the U.K. Good effort, but how come its so skunky? Good enough concentration, but enough off aromas to make you have to force down the last few gulps. Are we seeing a divide here? When they do it well, the Old World brewmasters prove that tradition and authenticity trumps all. But increasingly, it's the North Americans that are making the interesting, exciting brews. This is nearly completely the opposite of what we're seeing in wine, as its the New World producers that focus on making the hedonistic stuff, while the Old World protects its heritage of singular, terroir-specific wines. Let me know what you think.
I've been very pleased with how my iPhone photos are turning out. It takes documenting things to another level when I can take high quality shots as the action happens, instead of carrying around my Nikon, or even worse, my iPad around.