I brewed this as a vehicle for Nottingham yeast experimentation in conjunction with an Irish Red Ale. I was looking for big flavors and lower alcohol-something drinkable and satisfying with complex roasted flavor. The roasted barley (1.5 lbs, 11% of the grist) is the star attraction and it might take itself a little too seriously. I think I may have taken the roast too far as it tends to dominate the rest of the flavors in the beer. I'd like there to be more balance in this beer, but it makes a huge (and positive) impression.