andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Enjoyed on tap at Goose Island Stout Fest 2012 in Chicago, IL. Appearance is a thick, pitch black, not much head. Aroma of mint, coffee, bourbon, bit of lactose, very decadent. Taste is really smooth, potent, minty, many of the aroma attributes are in there. Very good. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 3/8/2011. Served on tap at Flossmoor Station in a 12 oz. stange.
Dark Matter pours a mahogany color with brown edges. A small tan head exists at first, but fades to a ring rather quickly.
There is a lot of licorice, some anise and molasses, and a little dark roasted malt in the nose. Floral and earthy hops are a bit of a surprise.
In the flavor, there is dark malt up front with a lightly roasted feel. Tons of licorice here, which gets tougher to drink with each sip. Some starfruit and tart citrus provide some zing with some spicy and earthy hops providing a growing hop bitterness into the finish.
This has a medium to fully body, dry, tingly hops on the tongue, medium carbonation.
The combination of hops and licorice did this beer no favors. I was not the only one at the table that had trouble finishing it. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2011
On tap at the station. This was called barrel aged dark matter, but I’m pretty sure its the same thing. Pours a dark black with a nice beige head. Lots of cocoa in the aroma. Some coffee and roasted malts but balanced well. The chocolate and coffee flavors hit me first really enjoyable without being too sweet. But then notes of molasses and cola finish it out. I’m not to keen on how they sweeten and leave a thin finish. Some alcohol, but hidden well enough. Overall pretty decent beer. User29624 (1683) - - NOV 23, 2011
FoBAB 2011. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Heavy chocolate flavor. Decent beer.
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
At FOBAB 2011. Dark black, modest tan head. Aroma has a mild licorice and roasted coffee note with some mild burnt malt late in the nose. Flavor had a modest coffee early with a strong licorice that takes over and carries on through the end of the beer. Body was a bit oily with a modest density and some fine carbonation. All in all, I am not a fan one bit of licorice or its flavor in anything I eat. That being said, this beer was very good. The paring of the rich coffee and sweet licorice really makes for a unique paring .
kassner (1663) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2011
At the Brewery, also a dark cola with a nice but miodest head and nice lacing, very distinct licorice and anise notes with a good amount of hops thrown in as well. Roonai (305) - - FEB 26, 2011
On tap at the brewery during hi-fi release. Another black one with a minimal rosy head. Smell is subtle but mostly licorice (the anise) and a very faint roast back. Taste is pretty vidvid, lots of the sweet anise character and roast. This would be a great beer for those of you who like the licorice anisey flavor overall... but I really don’t :o/ Glad I tried it though! a well constructed and balanced brew. anders37 (26657) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2010
Draft @ Flossmoor Station, Flossmoor, IL. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocoalte aroma with some hints of licorice. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish. nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2009
On tap at Flossmoor. Pours chalky black in color with a creamy tan head. Smells like a dry stout, which is to say the aroma is mild. Tastes predominantly of baker’s cocoa, coffee, licorice, earth, and toasted malt. Very subdued for an RIS, but comforting all the same. Reminds me of what I expected Theobroma would be like. RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Pretty black pour with substantial brown head. First sip seems a bit watered down for the style. Some substantial roast in the flavor, but nothing really robust or "imperial" about it. Chocolate, cream, vanilla, and coffee...they’re all there, but seems a bit thin, watery, and airy to my way of thinking. Just OK