I just bottled this last Thursday, the 14th. I tried some that night. I could really taste the alcohol. I have tried a bottle the last two nights. I can barely taste the booze and it's such a great flavor! There is a little bit of smoke but not much carbonation yet. I'm wondering if the bottle bomb people just bottled too soon. I plan on cracking a bottle each night to monitor carbonation. If it doesn't get too crazy, I'm sure we'll drink them all on Thanksgiving. It's a great, easy to folllow recipe. I was worried because when I started fermentation, we had a heat spike up to 80 degrees! I was worried about off flavors but it sure seems good. I think I'm ready to do another batch so it'll be ready at Christmas time. Thanks for the great recipe!