Well folks, SWMBO thought it was sweet too, and she wouldn't drink more than a sip to taste it ...... I haven't tried making a sweet Stout yet, and maybe the milk Stout will be sweet, IDK! That will be two brews for giving to visitors . I'm kind of a 'seat of the pants' brewer, and don't do all the fancy stuff, like worry about the water, minerals etc., but I know what tastes good to me and what doesn't. We heat with wood, so keeping temps constant for fermentation is a grab-bag, especially with this Winter! So far, after years of on and off brewing, all of my brews have been acceptable to me, and, since I'm a hundred miles from nowhere, I don't have to share much of my brews. That being said, the few times I've shared with others (even brews that went crazy for one reason or another), I've been given compliments, rather than boooos.
I just wanted to mention my opinion of the kit, and, as far as the ladies tastes, I wasn't trying to offend, like it says above. Maybe it's the generation I grew up in, who knows? SWMBO hates Stouts and Porters because of the roasty bitterness, but likes the hoppy flavors in IPAs.
I was out in Oregon last year and couldn't hardly find a Stout or a Porter, only IPA's and the usual big brewery beers. I guess it's what-ever the people like in certain areas, dark or light, sweet or bitter - the good thing about homebrewing, if you don't like what's on the shelves at the supermarket/convenience store, you can make what pleases you and not worry about what the masses around you like . Thanks for the comebacks!