This is a pic of a winter warmer I made. It has issues.
Namely, I made this from a recipe that wanted me to put in a pound of molasses. That seems like quite a bit but I generally assume that, when reading a recipe, the person who put it down knows more than I know. Natural assumption to make, really.
I was asked later “Did you use unsulfured molasses?”
Um…no. I didn’t even know that was a thing.
The problems presented are twofold at this point: First, the nose is too sharp. I don’t want to say sulfur but something evil is there. It isn’t rotten eggs but it isn’t pleasing, either.
Worse, the finish has a distinct note of iron. A tang to it, like putting your tongue on cold metal. This is coupled with a brutally strong molasses taste: molasses without the sweet part.
All in all, this does not bode well. I don’t want to throw away five gallons of beer though: That costs money, damnit! So I’m letting it sit for another month. You might be able to see in the photo that there is carbonation on the side of the glass. It’s a little weird, because the bubbles don’t move; they cling to the side. I’m taking that as a good sign, though: carbonation is coming. Maybe some of these less desirable flavors will drop out and I’ll have a drinkable beer. Or maybe not but I’m going to give it a shot. It can’t get any worse, right?