How did this turn out Roob? I bought a pound of Amarillo and have brewed three batches with it. I am not very impressed, kinda mellow. However, mine isn't anywhere near 9% AAU, it is more around 4%. I am partial to that "slap you in your face" character of columbus or one of those 12+% AAU hops in my IPAs.
How did the roasting work out?
Every pirate lives for something different. For some, it's the open sea. For others (the masochists), it's the food. For you, it's definitely the fighting. Two things complete your pirate persona: style and swagger. Maybe a little too much swagger sometimes -- but who really cares? Arr!