Originally Posted by brewtus72
Hey guys the last time I posted my beer was a week old, my autmn amber ale and it had an alcohol taste and smell. My beer is now 5 weeks old and is wonderfully carbed now and looks fantastic and leaves great lacing.....but it still has the alcohol smell and taste it is bby no means as bad as it was but its deffinately not tasting the way I had expected you can taste some of the honey and caramel flavor of the malt but still that alcohol is this ever going to subside? Could it b that it turned out a way higher abv than actually thought? I need some reassurance guys will another couple weeks help or is this beer a lost cause? I can sure taste the underlying poten tial of a great beer but the alcohol taste has got to subside.
My first thought is that the alcohol taste comes from a too-warm of a fermentation temperature and/or a poor yeast strain and underpitching of the yeast. If that is the case, and fusel alcohols were created, it won't fade much more.
Which yeast strain did you use, and did you keep the beer under 68 degrees?