I don't think it's medicinal, it really smells like the bottom of a tennis shoe. I used a new batch of 001 yeast, and am pretty careful about sanitation.I don't think phenolics, not spicy or smokey.
I have recently been using beersmith and playing with mineral additions, maybe I am doing something wrong.One other thing I forgot to mention is the beer isn't wanting to clear, normally I never have problems with that.
Denny you're right I used brunwater and yes i have my report from ward labs so I wasn't guessing. Maybe I didn't enter something right, I don't know.