OK, I couldn't wait a week. I opened another bottle of this beer. This time, I let it warm up a bit before I drank it. I was wrong about the flavor. It definitively has some alcohol to it, maybe some bitterness but it is masked by the alcohol. I like the color of it. I nice golden hue like honey. The honey is definitively in the aroma (imagine sticking your nose in a jar of honey) I used mesquite honey instead of clove. Alcohol is also present in the aroma. It still is not carbonated (I roused the bottles to lift the yeast into suspension to see if that helps). At this point is more like drinking a liquor neat or a still mead more than it is drinking a beer, and, frankly, I wouldn't mind drinking them all just as is
. Has anyone else had any issues with carbonation or has anyone all-grained this and mashed at 149? What has your experience been? I have been mashing low obsessed with high attenuation, but I do realize that some styles benefit form a higher mash temp to get a little body and I am wondering if this is one of those styles. Thanks and happy brewing. Will update when they are finally carbonated.