Dark Matter Imperial Stout | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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3.61 w/ 10 ratings

Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rudylaw on 09-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of barnzy78
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, served in a goblet at about 55ยบ - I appreciated the fact that it was served at the proper temperature. Poured black with a foamy chocolate head that stuck around for a bit. Decent lacing, and looks good. Aromas and tastes were roasty malt, coffee, and some chocolate. Alcohol was very well concealed, with trace esters present, but do not provide much for added complexity. Mouth-feel was medium bodied with modest carbonation. Overall, good representation of the style.

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Photo of Sparky44
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Flossmoor Station 10/1/09.

A: Served a pure, pitch black color. Creamy one finger of dark greyish-brown head, like fire pit ash!

S: Dark fruit, dark chocolate, blackened malt, milk chocolate, and a hint of smoke.

T: See above with flavors of sweet cocoa, tangy dark fruit, and chocolate malted.

M: Thick and pillowy soft! Sweet, bitter, and coats like paint...black lead paint.

D: Alcohol is there but well hidden. A RIS that drinks like a session stout.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with one and a half fingers of creamy tan head.

Scent of dark fruit, chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted malts, and vanilla.

Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, hops, some dark fruit, and vanilla. A tasty beer, but more of a Sweet Stout than an Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a biting carbonation. A little bit thin for the style.

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Photo of roadhouse
2.61/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance was normal for a stout, black with a nice tan head on it. Pretty good lacing down the sides too.

Aroma was straight up anise, not much complexity at all, other than some sweetness, but that could have been from the anise too.

Taste was more of the same, quite disgusting I think. Anise in small quantity as an accent to flavor is good but this is completely dominated by it. It's almost undrinkable to me. Not wanting to just get rid of it I decided to chug it down in a few gulps so as to not waste it.

Mouthfeel seemed nice from what I got from it, however the flavor was too distracting too really get much out of it.

Overall - doesn't work. Not complex at all and just completely overpowered by the anise. Maybe use less next time.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Served on tap at Flossmoor Station in a 12 oz. stange.

Appearance: Dark Matter pours a mahogany color with brown edges. A small tan head exists at first, but fades to a ring rather quickly.

Smell: Lot of licorice, some anise and molasses, and a little dark roasted malt. Floral and earthy hops are a bit of a surprise.

Taste: 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.

Mouthfeel: Medium to fully body, dry, tingly hops on the tongue, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: 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.

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Photo of birdsellam
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of rudylaw
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Flossmoor

Served in a goblet... a massive dark black beer with a 1-finger tan head.

Smells of roasty/burnt coffee beans and chocolate. A hint of mocha perhaps... not picking up much more.

Tastes similar to the smell, roasted coffee beans and burnt chocolate chip cookies/brownies. It's a very thin tasting RIS, way too thin for my liking. This is seemingly more of a milk stout to me, especially at 9.5%. It is very, very drinkable!

This is a solid first step at brewing what I hope to be, a flagship RIS for Flossmoor. Some more experimenting time in the lab, and some added ingredients to introduce some complexity, would be welcome.

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Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the brewpub served in a glass of the pint variety.

This one poured a very extraordinary looking black with a rather large brown head of foam crowning the top. The smell of this one was a strong smell of dark chocolate, roasts, anise, and raisins. The taste of this one started off with a warm raisin taste that built itself up into a smoky charred anise taste with a potent kick of alcohol followed by a similar anise finish. The mouthfeel of this one was fairly heavy and the drinkability of this is definitely a little on the lower side due to the brief intermission of alcohol that fills my mouth with every drink.

For a dark stout I actually think this is pretty good. I am happy to have tried it and look forward to broadening my beer horizons.

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Dark Matter Imperial Stout from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 50% out of 100 with 10 ratings
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