My son came over for dinner last night and we tried both of the out of date kits that I made; a Coopers IPA and Irish Stout. We opened the IPA - which I've kegged - and it looks and tastes a lot more like a brown ale. It's a bit sweet and fruity, still some hop but not much. He didn't like it but I'll keep it around for a while to see how it develops (I don't expect much change). If I were to repeat this experiment ( I also used 4 lbs of light DME) I'd do something in an effort to end with a lower SG. (Any suggestions?)
The second trial involved a head on comparison with a Founders Breakfast Stout - might as well choose a good benchmark. In comparison, the Founders was just "more"; we could taste the sweetness from the CdC still and the Founders had more chocolate and coffee. I'll re-try the comparison again in a couple of months since the stout is bottle conditioned and then wait until next Christmas to try it again.