I'm not sure whether I made the same recipe as everyone else. There's something missing in this one. The ingredients are great, the bacon/flour/stout mixture smells incredible when you're cooking it. After some time, the crockpot fills the house with wonderful aromas and then you take it out and there's virtually no flavor--and I used the dash of worcestershire sauce someone recommended. I'm pretty sure I followed the recipe to the letter.
I really wanted to like this. A healthy chicken stew would be great to have on our regular rotation, but this is lacking something. Sadly, I have a feeling that what it's lacking is beef. We kept saying that maybe lack of fat or salt was responsible for the blandness, but I think the ingredients are just better suited to highlighting beef. There's also not a lot of depth to the spice mix. One would think salt, pepper, thyme, guinness, onions garlic would be enough, but this definitely needs some additional complexity.
It was worth a try, but for crockpot chicken, I think I'll keep doing a paprika chicken or maybe try a coq au vin.