So, this is my first AG after taking a break from brewing for about 8 years, most partials and extracts.
I had this sitting unopened in the primary for about 5 weeks and everything seemed to be going well. I just opened the primary and checked the finished OG and as is customary I tasted the beer. Not good. I know for sure this was not an infection but it just tasted off.
The taste was kind of thin with ethyl in the middle and a little smoke. It had a kind of old musty flavor and a very slight astringent mouth feel. It didn't seem to have much in the way of body and tasted overly like molasses. I guess that's what I didn't like about it, I can't stand the taste of plain molasses.
The other thing I noticed is that it had more than usual amount of particulates in suspension.
This is the recipe I used: 5Gal
Wayerman PAM: 13 lbs
Brit black patent: 1 lbs
Flaked Oats: 1 lbs
Special B: .5 lbs
Smoked Malt: .5 lbs
Brown Sugar: .25 lbs (boil)
Crystal 120L .25 lbs
Melanoidin: .25 lbs
Dark Chocolate: 2oz (End of Boil)
Fuggles and Northern Brewer @60 (2oz each)
English Ale Yeast @ 2 units (started)
Single batch sparge @ 158 and rinsed at @168
The only thing that might have happened is my wife called me away on an emergency in the middle of brew day and the mash sat for almost 2 HOURS before sparging
My question is this: What did I do wrong or is this just green?
Should I leave in the keg for a while and taste it again later? Kind of discouraged for my first AG and I was hoping to premier this at my baby girls first birthday party.