A buddy and I are planning on brewing a big Impy Stout and entering it into a local competition. What we want from this stout is first for it to be big. What I mean by that is we are basically looking for something Dark Lord (ish) with lots of adjuncts that are balanced to the point that not one over powers the other, and the drinker is kept guessing what is in it, we are looking for a subtle and complex big Russian Stout.
Here's where we are, we have our grain bill (below) a local brewery is going to give me a big yeast cake of California Ale.
13.5 American Two Row Pale
2 Munich Malt
2 Roasted Barley
1 Flaked Wheat
1 Chocolate Malt
1 Flaked Oats
1 Victory Malt
.5 Black Malt
.5 Crystal 120
.5 Rye Malt
.5 Flaked Barley
.5 Crystal 60
Our process is two use two 5 gallon mash tuns and combine the runnings into a six gallon boil.
have not figured the Hop addition, but it will be a balanced 3-4oz probably (suggestions welcome)
I want to know if adding Lactose, chocolated, coffee, molasses, honey, and whatever else we can will be good, bad, or ugly?
Again we are wanting it to be huge and complex, but don't want anything to overpower another, if that makes sense?
Looking for suggestions, or ideas, or definitly don't do's, and feedback.
All help/input is greatly appreciated.