zachariaIPA wrote:A half pound of chocolate malt never hurt nobody neither.
Sure, you can throw all sorts of stuff into the mix. Not saying that your suggestion is bad, but I would like to use this as an example of where it can lead to, as it can lead to a common mistake for a lot of homebrewers (myself included), which actually holds you back from making great beer (again, myself included).
I completely dumbed down all of my recipes a couple years ago, and instead focused on rock solid processes... that is where the quality comes in. When I serve some of my "standards" to experienced beer drinkers/certified judges, even as part of a commercial tasting, and everyone is blown away (even more so when I show them the recipe), I know I am doing something right.
I still experiment with a new recipe or style now and again, and more often than not, this is when I produce a beer with less than desired results. It takes repitition to make really good beer, so keep it as simple as you can, the less variables, the better.
Just last week, a fellow homebrewer was yakking to me how his "secret ingredient" is adding 2oz of special B to all his recipes. Yeah, like that is going to make any kind of difference whatsoever. My "secret wepon" is properly managing fermentation... probably not as sexy as throwing in 14 different malts and hops into a single beer, but I know which approach will likely produce the best results.
I guess my point is don't get hung up on recipe formulation. It is an easy trap because it allows you to be creative, conjuring ideas in your head of what a dash of this and a dash of that will contribute, but I think you will find that the results never quite measure up. One of my friend's has actually become a very good brewer, but almost all of his recipes are terrible - he'll make a DIPA, but use something ridiculous like Pacific Gem, ferment with a belgian yeast, and add chamomile and lemon peels to the boil... it tastes just like it sounds... an absolute trainwreck. Or he made a raspberry wheat, and added 20lbs of raspberries to a 5 gallon batch (he thought more would be better). Luckily, he went to Belgium and Germany in Sept, and the light finally went off in his head that simple, well made beer is much better than hodge podge well made beer.