I know that a nice pint or two of Guinness can make me turn from blah to smiley pretty fast, but I would like to try a few other brews that are similar in flavor, but also vary in color, sweetness and foam content. So as a new aleologist, help me out!
Thanks for the post, Bernie. Wow, there are many choices for you. If you stick with the dry Irish stout style - which Guinness is - you might look at some beers like O'Hara's Celtic or Celebration stout, North Coast Old #38, Lakefront Snake Chaser or Schlafly Export Irish Stout.
As far as other stout styles, you can certainly find quite a variation, but you're likely to venture outside the dry Irish stout style parameters. For instance, a dry Irish stout should not have any real discernable residual sweetness or it's not likely a dry Irish stout, by virtue of that fact. If you're looking for something a little different, and a little less dry, try a good sweet (or milk) stout. I recommend Left Hand Milk Stout or Duck-Rabbit Milk stout.
Then there are oatmeal stouts, "Foreign Extras" and Imperial stout styles ... happy drinking!