I bottled a porter 2 Sundays ago, and usually after a week I like to bust my beer open and see how it tastes.
The nose has a heavy molasses component-so strong, I’m almost surprised the beer is actually viscous. And the flavors are very nice; sweet, but set just so slightly back by a bitterness that comes from dark malts. There’s a nutty flavor there, probably from the malts I put in (I changed the recipe, but lost my notes!) and that helps lengthen it a bit too, flavorwise.
But there’s no effervescence whatsoever. I was hoping after 10 days that there would be some, but zip. I’m drinking a flat beer. A very tasty beer, but a flat one.
However, it’s entirely possible that this beer just needs more time, so I will let it sit for another 7 days.