Wow...just bottled this puppy, started at 1.083, finished at 1.017 for an 8.7% brew...pulled a sample and this beer is awesome! I added an extra pound of 2-row and 8 oz of chocolate malt...out of 15 batches over the last year, this one i think is going to be the best. real rich and blacker than the ace of spades, nice hop bite with a solid roasty backbone from the chocolate malt. 10 out of 10. got a homebrew competition coming up...unfortunately this one won't be carbed in time or else it would be entered for sure! thanks for the kick-butt recipe...this one will be in the rotation for a long time to come.