At heart it is such a simple beer to brew, 90% pale malt, 10% roasted barley to get 1.048, 40 IBUs of hops, Goldings is a good one, yeast. Simple. Classic. Sure you can play with caramel malt, chocolate malt, black patent, Carafa and add extra layers of "complexity", but many a Friday afternoons are ended with a desire for a pint of stout.
To celebrate this most magnificent of beer styles some people got together and started International Stout Day, which is November 3rd.
As a committed lover of the black stuff, I will be dedicating ever post that week to stout. Brewing it, drinking it and all the associations that go with it.
Yes, sir, I am stout man.
I guess you know what I'll drinking tonight, assuming there is something good available.