mm, i don't like guinness either, but the foreign extra stout is a lot more like our american craft beers than the creamy, watery, slightly sour guinness one usually sees around. it's also like $10/4pk though, which is a lot for what it is.
i've never had anything from deschutes ;_;. that brewery and hair of the dog are why i'm jealous of people who live in oregon. well, one of my ex-girlfriends just moved into a house with a guy in portland, so that's another reason i'm jealous of at least one person in portland. amusingly, my ex-girlfriend is a bartender.
we get north coast here though, and they're great. i especially like their old stock ale.
re: the bailey's/vodka/dr.pepper concoction, don't think i can help, though i've had some sweeter beers that almost taste like they were made with dr. pepper.
if lots of alcohol and sweetness are what you're after, i'd try:
lagunitas old gnarlywine, cheap ($4/22oz) barleywine, very tasty. $4/22oz may not seem cheap, but to make 10%ABV+ american barleywines, you basically just use two to three times the amount of ingredients as you'd use in a pale ale, so they're keeping the price down.
it will be expensive and hard to find, but vanilla bourbon county stout is probably your ultimate beer(:. i love the normal bourbon county stout myself. bourbon barrel aging (and any sort of oak aging, with american oak moreso than french) usually adds vanilla (and sometimes coconut) flavors. while they're often more expensive, you may want to keep an eye open for barrel/wood aged beers, like heresy, aforementioned bourbon county stout, dogfish head's burton baton, stone's oaked arrogant ******* (personally i like regular arrogant ******* more)... i'm having trouble thinking of good "wood aged" beers that aren't limited releases offhand. great divide's 16th anniversary wood aged ale is good, if a little one dimensional. uinta's cockeyed cooper is greaaaaat, but i rarely see it and when i do it's $15+ for a 25oz bottle;_;.
moving away from aged and back to sweet beers, speaking of stone arrogant *******, stone's double ******* is very sweet (though also bitter at the same time), and has lots of alcohol. i fondly remember my first glass of it, and how it made me feel like someone punched me in the face.
shmaltz brewery's amazingly low price, giant anniversary beers, currently he'brew jewbelation 14 or vertical jewbelation (if you see 13 ("bar mitzvah") or 12 still on shelves, they still should be good). shmaltz is probably in my top 3 breweries, given how good their beer is and how cheaply they sell it. i haven't had jewbelation 14 yet, but it's a 14%ABV barleywine and should be sweet and creamy, with lots of crazy, unexpected flavors (my friend with whom i'm actually brewing a barleywine had it recently and loved it; i have a few bottles already just haven't gotten around to them). one thing to look out for is the vertical jewbelation gift pack, which has 12oz bottles of all 7 years of jewbelation (all are good) rebrewed, along with the aforementioned vertical jewbelation, which is a blend of all 7 beers that is then aged in whiskey barrels--i've had that one and it's amazing--also coming with a glass and instructions to construct a "beer menorah". the pack is $15~$30, so equivalent to around $10~/4pk (is a great deal for beers this big and well-made).
hmm. may also want to try beers of my favorite style, belgian quadrupels (pretty indistinguishable from "dubbels" and "belgian strong dark ales"; they don't care about styles in belgium), like saint bernardus abt12. usually high alcohol, with sort of spicy, raisin type flavors, relatively sweet.
since i'm beer recommending and i mentioned "top 5 breweries," i'm going to get livejournal/facebook on you and list my 5 favorite american breweries:
2. hair of the dog
5. the bruery (or perhaps great divide)
honorable mention to allagash, lagunitas, brooklyn brewery, sierra nevada (particularly their special 1-off type beers), goose island (who were ***** to me at the american craft beer fest:D), ithaca (especially for this), and cisco (mainly on the strength of this and the woods series).
Edited, Nov 8th 2010 2:29pm by milich