I have a glass of dark matter in front of me. When held right in front of the light, it has the slightest hint of a brown tinge (which also suggests it's not completely opaque), but otherwise this is just very, very dark. No head, and nice beige lacing.
Not all that dark on the nose - roasty, certainly but has a quite delicious cocoa edge with a slight hint of vanilla. It's definitely got a sweet edge with maybe a very slight hint of sour at the back.
Taste is a bit more sour than the nose but is complemented by a steady sweet cocoa butter kind of flavour. There is more roasted malt on this than I got from the nose and it's quite smooth and drinkable. Palate is a bit thin in the middle, but that's okay because there's a toasty warm feeling that lingers on the back. Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth.
This is probably a crap dark beer, because I really quite like it.
Very dark, almost opaque black-brown. Yellowish-brown filmy head. It's a shame the head isn't a little fuller, but overall it looks pretty tasty.
Nice toasty, grain-room-floor earthy notes, sweetened by notes of chocolate and butter. A vague sweet-corn character is a little weird, but it's still a pretty robust bouquet.
Smoky on the palate, lightly charred and toasty rich. Palate tapers off pretty quickly, leaving a lighter residual character than you might imagine. Could use a little more body, perhaps, but the characters are pleasant and the palate is tight overall.
A nice little beer. Crisp, with dark, pleasant flavours. Very nice to drink indeed.