Been brewing for less than a year but wanted to share this extract recipe success. It's an Imperial Black Ale (or Imperial Black IPA). It's a dark beer, smooth with a clean finish, grapefruit aroma with tropical fruit and raisin notes and creamy beige head. According to Beersmith: 33.5 SRM, 8.9% ABV, and 98 IBUs.
Steeping Grains (steep at 155 for 30 mins):
1lb Crystal 40
8oz Carafa III
3.5oz Special B
3.2oz Roasted Barley
3.2oz Crystal 120
4lbs 2oz Light Dry Malt Extract, add at beginning of boil
6lbs 10z Pale Liquid Malt Extract, add at 10 mins to end of boil
.5oz Cenntennial at 60 mins
.5oz Columbus at 50 mins
1oz Summit at 30 mins
1oz Citra at 20 mins
Yeast: 2 packets of Safale American US-05
Boiled for 60 minutes. Whirlfloc added 10 minutes to end of boil. I used Citra leaf instead of pellets because LHBS was out of Citra pellets. This isn't cheap, but you get a high gravity, delicious beer out of it.
Expected OG: 1086, Measured: 1085
Expected FG: 1019, Measured: 1020
Had in primary for 2 weeks and straight to bottles. Opened first one after 4 weeks and it was outstanding - smooth and tasty. The other homebrew I made with Safale 05 was similarly smooth and very drinkable early. I expected it to be hoppier - it's there but not overwhelming. Could be dry hopped with Citra.
Since I have all these grains and some hops in the freezer, I may brew another batch and make some adjustments. Feedback or thoughts on this recipe appreciated.