Strong, dark, and bittersweet... sounds like Old Peculier to me. That's not a bad beer to aim for. One of the few in England that really glued me to the stool in the pub. Actually, it glued me to the floor...
Secondary: Sangiovese, Honey Nut Brown, some Pilsner/ale kinda thing that just won't quit...
Tar Sands Porter, Special Dark Bitter,Oaky Red ale, Hammer & Tongs Black Ale, Black Draught, Cooper's Bitter, Baron's Pilsner
Super Saazy Saaz Pilsner Saaz (It's a little green, yet)