Will Beer Get More Flavor After it’s Bottled?

Question

I am very new to brewing and just bottled my first beer (Porter). My question is will it develop more flavor over the next week or two.

Right now it is very “watery” and “thin”. Even with that I thought there would be more porter like flavors there. Maybe I just need to be patient? Or is this to be expected from starter extract kits?

Answer

Although with experience you can get some idea what a beer will taste like before it’s carbonated, it will still change dramatically. Especially if you’re bottle-conditioning. An extra three or four weeks will change a beer regardless. I will say that it’s odd not to taste the porter flavors at this stage. Either way, carbonate it, chill it, drink it, enjoy it!