Another follow-up. I did move this to a secondary, and left it for another 8 days before bottling. Just tried a bottle this evening and this is already VERY good. It's still a little green and it's way darker than I expected, but quite good. Very roasty and chocolaty. Almost no hop character, though.
My first batch took almost three weeks in bottles to get good, and by that time I had guzzled most of it. I did better this time in the waiting part. After killing my two 'test bottles' tonight, I poured a Sawtooth Ale
(one of my local favorites) and just felt sad that it wasn't more of my new brown ale.
I am in love with drinking my own beer.