A while back I brewed up a big thick RIS...
1.5# Brown Sugar 6%
1# Naked Golden Oats 4%
1# Crystal 80 4%
1# Roasted Barley (Muntons 470-560L) 4%
8 oz Chocolate malt (Briess 350L) 2%
8 oz Pale Chocolate (Crisp 200L) 2%
8 oz Black Patent (Simpsons 500-600L) 2%
8 oz Victory 2%
I didn't get the best efficiency so I added the brown sugar, unfortunately it still finished a bit higher than expected.
Its a great beer, really chewy, chocolaty and roasty, the only gripe I have is a fairly prominent licorice flavor that lingers in the finish. I have tasted this in many commercial examples, and though it's not bad, it's just not what I want - at least not at this amount of flavor. What grains/percentages in this bill lend themselves to produce this licorice flavor? Any help is much appreciated!