No need to apologize I was more concerned you were making a style you didn't want to make and i didn't wan't you to feel either you did something outside the recipe or for that matter my recipe wasn't accurate. That's odd the high OG, maybe it was a mixing issue upon the airation / mixing of the wort after the boill, that's happened to me. Brown sugar is a great idea !! I'm going to try that also next time. Personally I either force carb in a keg or use priming sugar I believe I used 5 oz which should give you right around 2.9 volumes of carbonation.
Funky Onion Brewing est.2010
Primary-Turbid mashed Lambic
Secondary-Burley whiner American barleywine
Primary-A dark German lager or a Hoppy Munich Helles