My Double Dark Chocolate Stout recipe...thoughts?

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I brewed this yesterday and fully documented my brew day and how I did my cocoa additions on my blog at: http://thebrownbottle.wordpress.com . What do you think about my recipe? I've been doing research on everything and this is what I came up with.

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Nottingham
Yeast Starter: no
Batch Size (Gallons): 10
Original Gravity: 1.056
Final Gravity: ?
IBU: 21
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 31 SRM
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 28 @ 68F

Ingredients
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00%

17lbs Pale Malt (3.0 SRM) Grain 80.6 %
1.8 lbs Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 8.50 %
5 oz Roasted Barley (500.0 SRM) Grain 1.40 %
1lb CaraPils (1.50 SRM) Grain 4.7%

.6 oz Magnum [13.00 %] (60 min) Hops 14 IBU
1 oz Willamette [5.8%] (30 min) Hops 7 IBU

12 oz Cocoa Powder, mixed with 1/3 gallon of water (Boil 10.0 min)
22.0 oz Milk Sugar (Lactose) (0.0 SRM) (Boil 8.0 min)
1 lb Cane Sugar (0.0 SRM) (Boil 55 min)
4.4 oz Moser Roth 85% Dark Chocolate Bars (? SRM) (Boil 55 min)
2 TSP Irish Moss (15 min)
2.5 TBSP PH water corrected into mash and sparge water

2 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-) Yeast-Ale

Mash Profile

Single Infusion
60 min Mash In Add 7 gallons of water at 165 F 155.0 F
collected 4.67 gallons on mash out
Add 8 gallons of water at 179 F 171.0 F for sparge
collected 7.33 gallons of sparge runoff
 
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I'm curious, why did you boil the chocolate bars for so long? Is that 4 bars at 0.4oz?
I bought some chocolate that had 5 small bars...total weight of all 5 bars was 4.4oz total.

I boiled them for 55 minutes to try and mitigate any issues with the fats in the bar. Its definitely not a scientific thing. I just figure boiling dark chocolate for 55 minutes wouldn't change the flavor profile much, if at all, but would still give it the best chance at boiling off some of the fats (or at least making the fats rise to the top of the pot.

In addition, I added to carapils to hopefully aid in any head retention the chocolate bar fat may have taken away.
 

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That's helpful, thanks. The recipe looks delicious, if a little sweet for my tastes.

Edit: but my wife would LOVE it.
 
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I may add some additional cocoa powder and some creme de cacoa to the secondary to get some additional cocoa flavor and aroma...not yet sure though.
 

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