I've been reading how people taste their beer when for instance taking gravity samples from the fermentor, to know if it's going to be a nice beer or not. I've been reading comments like "wow tastes great", "this is going to be super" etc. I've seen threads about people taking tasting samples to know when they reach "That Flavour" in their fermenting process where they change/stop the fermenting process to keep "That Flavour" to their finished beer. Whenever I taste the green beer I can honestly say that's not a taste I want in a finished beer, usually it just tastes bitter and/or just not right. I've been trying to take samples in different stages in the fermentation process and I can't say none have made me really excited. So I see two possibilites here, either the beer simply isnt't good, or it's a learning thing...being able to extrapolate green beer aroma/flavour to finished beer aroma/flavour. So am I just brewing lousy beer or am I just not used to taste beer early in process? What should I expect it to be like? As an example, I'm right now having a british best bitter and a dark mild in fermentation (on day 8). Both have reached their FG, a bit lower even. Yes I know it's a british yeast with all it's ifs and buts, but I've really have had a good fermentation control on these ones and I've been thinking things has gone rather smoothly with them this far. But tasting today wasn't a WOW, it was bitter, not much malt character and not much of the flavor/aroma from the EKG I had hoped for. I know what I would like the finished beer to taste like, but this is far from it.