So, just finished a chocolate stout that I hit with 8oz of cocoa nibs in the secondary and hit it with a shot (or big squeeze) of Hershey's chocolate syrup from the bottle. I covered the secondary and let it do its thing for a week or two and when I uncovered the beer in the carboy had a white type gunk floating on top. Looked like small white platelets. Some in my local club thought it could be fat from the chocolate? Anyway the beer had an off smell and bad taste when bottling and I was hoping that once bottled the smell would subside and taste would improve. Tried a bottle last night after 7 days in the bottle and the taste is not great. Awful sour bitter type taste at first. The chocolate stays on the pallet after the bad taste goes away. That's the only positive right now. My question is do you think I have any hope of the bad taste mellowing out in the bottle or due to a possible infection do you think it will ever get any better? Did not sanitize the nibs first which I have read could have been a problem though I have done that before with no issue. Also thinking could have been the chocolate Hershey's syrup? I really focus on sanitation with every brew. Never had an infection in six batches so just cant believe I did anything different here. Any thoughts or ideas out there? Been trying to do all the research I can. Any thing you can offer can only help me improve. Thanks.