So i decided to try something a little different. My goal is create a beer that is near black in color, but with out any roasted flavors. I want it to have a high ABV (10%+), but be an easy drinker. Basically something that drinks like its 5%, but is 10%+. I think I've got an idea for a grain bill. I'l thinking 14oz carafa III, 2lbs dextrose, 8oz carapils, 8oz white wheat, and enough 2-row to get an OG of around 1.090. I'm Thinking of using WLP051 for this to give it a little mroe flavor and body than WLP001, but not too much.
I'm kind of lost with the hopping though. I don't want it to be too hoppy like and IPA or IIPA, but just enough to balance out the sweetness and make it an easy drinker. I have a few varieties, but am somewhat open to using others. Hops I have are: amarillo, chinnok, simcoe. cascade, centennial, magnum, czech saaz, and stryan goldings. The goldings, cascade, and centennial are pellets but the rest are leaf.
I was thinking of using magnum for bittering because of it's clean profile, but not sure about the rest. Any ideas?
(sorry for the long post)