I brewed this about a month ago. Three weeks in primary, then bottled.
Taken my first sip, and... oh yeah. This is good. Really good.
Due to Dumbassedness, and ignorance, I did however change the recipe slightly.
My online HBS didn't have pale chocolate, so I picked up some ordinary. No biggie, since I didn't add enough anyway (my kitchen scale has problems with accuracy). Came out a bit lighter.
I bought Caraamber instead of Crystal 60, due to my being a beertard. I didn't allow for differences between SRM and EBC when ordering. No biggie.
I used Hallertauer Perle instead of Hersbrucker, because they didn't have it in stock (about a week after brew day, they got in a shipment
). No biggie. Close enough.
Began fermentation a little higher, then dropped down to 50f (10c), since the room I had initially planned to ferment in had quite drastic swings in temperature.
Decocted, did a split boil (didn't have a large enough pot, so split the wort between 2 3 gallon pots. Used Deathbrewer's stovetop method.
Original Gravity was 1.050. Pretty close. Beersmith calculated my efficiency at 72%, as I recall.
So, 3 weeks at 50f. Took a sample at day 8. SG at 1.012. Taste from hydrometer was divine. Strong, but not overpowering malt backbone. Pleasant bitterness. Already looking to be a winner.
Final Gravity came out to about 1.008 (I read 1.010, but my hydrometer reads about 2 points too high). Lower than expected, and a little out of style, but who cares? Calculated ABV at 5.5, also out of style. Meh, what's style got to do with it?
Bottled, which was an experience in itself. They've been resting at 70f for a week now. Threw some bottles in the fridge last night and tasted today. Awesome. Really good stuff. Although the beer has a surprising kick. Feeling a bit floaty after about 3 (small) glasses.
All in all, a successful brew. This recipe is highly recommended.