Originally Posted by Zul'jin
Irish Stout is the extract kit I'm getting with my "Everything" kit from Northwest. I was going to do a Shiner Bock clone from Austin, but hey, this kit comes with the Irish Stout included.
Knowing what Shiner Bock tastes like, I wanted to do the clone so I would have an idea of how well I did on my first brew. Maybe I can gauge by what Irish Stout most tastes like. Should it taste similar to Guinness or Abita Turbo Dog?
It will likely be more roasty and robust in flavor.
Commercial (american) versions tend to have been "dumbed" down to suit more tastes.
Another alternative to flaked barley is simply using Quick Oats (yes, the kind you'd buy at the grocery store). THey are often used to enrich stouts and porters.