1/2 lb roasted barley
1/2 lb chocolate malt
1/2 lb black malt
6 lbs amber lme (3 lbs at 60 mins, adding the rest with the 10 min hop addition)
1 lb lactose
60 min hop: 1/2 oz german magnum
10 min hop: 1 oz willamette
yeast: safale s-04
i should mention i do not care about style guidelines, but i am hoping for some of the sweetness/creaminess from a milk stout but also want some nice bitter roasty/coffee flavor to balance it a bit. i have done about 7-8 beers now, but have never done a darker beer, only belgian pales, saisons and ipa's, so this is definitely new to me. i asked a friend and he suggested that the speciality grains may make it too astrigent, but again i do want to have some nice bitterness to counter the sweetness.
what do you all think? should i cut back on the grains? anything i should add?