I brewed what can basically be called a baltic porter for simplicity's sake. It had an OG of 1.078 and has appeared to finish at 1.010 which is definitely points below where I expected. This puts the beers right at 9% ABV and a sample after 3 weeks in the fermenter is hot, boozy, and reminds me of whiskey.
I realize that only time can mellow it out and I also realize this is a super young beer considering. Any idea how much time would be appropriate to make a decent judgement? The issue is this is a test batch for an xmas beer that I will be giving away. It will be hard to make judgments if it isn't ready by the time I am ready to brew the final version. I know the answer is, it will be ready when it's ready...haha. Also, if others will be drinking it around xmas, I need to make sure that it ages long enough before I give it out.
Any tips on smoothing it out? I am worried that with such a low FG that it will come across harsh even for a higher ABV beer. I will be bottling this batch. Should I consider a lower carbonation to help smooth it?
Next batch I will definitely adjust my mashing process in attempt to decrease attenuation so that if finishes higher...