Germey: Sorry for such a delayed response. The beer came out quite well.
I opened this thread back up as i am brewing this again today, which says something in and of itself about your recipe. I am sorry, I didn't realize I hadn't posted a final evaluation of the beer until now. This was one of the first non-kit brews that I had made, and I am doing it today with quite a bit more experience under my belt, so perhaps I can give your recipe a better evaluation.
First of all, to this day this is the only red I have made, but it does a very good job of fulfilling my expectations of what a red should be. The red flavor is not that unlike Sam Adams Irish Red. I am going from memory here so a more detailed description than that eludes me but it definitely satisfied my expectations in that department. As for the honey, I have to say that I thought that the honey flavor was very substantial. I have brewed other beers with honey since, but I use much less than this recipe calls for and nobody even notices it. I find honey goes really well with fruit in beer. This beer however leaves no question that you are drinking a honey beer. This characteristic seems to make or break the deal for people. My friends either loved this beer or didn't care for it, citing the honey as not to their own taste. Basically, if they like the honey flavor they loved this beer. I handed this beer out in a lot of sampler six packs and shared it with a lot of guests along side other sample servings and I found that this was one of the most talked about, even more commonly among my friends who I would describe as having good taste.
Most certainly aging it was the key to this beers success. I will let this one I am making today age quite a while. I am able to follow the recipe exactly today which was not possible last time, so i am excited to see if it gets even better. I will check back in to let you know how that goes.
I do have one question though. I steeped the grains at 155 F but I let them go quite a bit longer than intended (45 min) as I had one of those conversation with an old friend that I couldn't get away from. Do you think I will see an adverse effect on flavor? It smells good anyway. Sorry for the long post and thanks again for the recipe.