Like the chocolate covered cherry that pops when you put it in your mouth. First the sensuous taste of rich chocolate, then the balance of sweet cherry, hops and roasted malts. (Supplied for Caskapalooza 2014 at Edmonton’s Craft Beer Market.)
Many stouts do not fit the classic "Irish" definition as exemplified by Guinness, either due to their hop or roast rates, or higher gravity (in the case of many American stouts). They are still basic stouts, however, not falling into any of the subclasses.