Thanks for the info. Wish I had read the Molasses warnings. It was 'unsulphured' molasses, though. Tasting a flat hydro sample is often not the BEST indication of how the beer will turn out, but usually if THAT tastes good, the beer is great The putrid smell/taste (not really sulfur though that was certainly present) was something I haven't ever encountered. HOPE it mellows out,
I've never had a problem with Nottingham even at higher temps, but this one was between 59 and 62 degrees the whole time. Thinking more about the packet of 'dead yeast' causing off flavors. I also worried about the cloves AND the nutmeg, but they didn't seem so overwhelming. The ginger and the orange peel, though...maybe a bit. I looked up a bunch of Spiced Holiday type ales and kind of mixed and matched to get an idea of quantities, so maybe some things were high and some low. The Molasses was kind of a last minute idea to darken things up. In retrospect, should have just used more crystal.
Well, it is sitting in secondary now. Will give it another taste in a week or so and see if it got any better.
The Hop profile is pretty much where I wanted it, though maybe the Amarillo was overkill considering the considerable citrus from the orange peel.
Will update the thread after secondary.