I just cracked open the first of the stout that I bottled last week. I was not expecting much since I thought I screwed this one up, however I was surprised when I tasted it. Despite the high final gravity it tastes pretty good. There is a bit of a (lactose?) sweetness to it, but it is offset nicely by the dark malts.
The beer poured with a tan head and plenty of carbonation. The hop choice was perfect I think. The only thing I think might have been off in the recipe was the amount of black malt. There is a bit of an acrid burnt taste that becomes overpowering as you get to the end of the beer.