Well, surprisingly this turned out really well. I thought it was gonna be a dud because I thought I had my oven too high when I was steeping the grains (I KNOW BEER TALK). But turned out that it was fine and this was flavorful and delicious and tasted like a really great stout. I wish I had made more than just a one gallon batch.
I ended up given this out as a Christmas present to my older brother and dad. They both enjoyed it, or at least told me they did.