So I finally have a beer I made a while ago starting to get ready to drink after bottling. I ended up overshooting my OG target substantially on account of having nearly a gallon more evaporation then I intended.
What surprised me is that I got nearly the FG I was originally shooting for (a couple points higher, but the OG was about 8 points higher than intended), so it ended up nearly a full percent ABV higher than I was aiming for.
None of this is bad really, but the flavor is not at all what I was going for. It was meant to be an IPA, but I'm getting almost a molassas taste on the palate, something fairly dark that I would associate with a scotch beer perhaps.
Is this a factor of the evaporation plus higher OG? The only grains that went into it were 2-row, CaraPils, and a tiny bit of 60L crystal and light munich.
The OG target was 1.059 and I got 1.068. The FG target was 1.015 and I ended up with 1.016.
Next time I'll top boil some water and top off the fermenter, but I'm a bit curious as to why the end result is what it is now.