Ugly-Baby strategy not necessary (not for this loaf at least). It was good. I can't call it "very good" because I'm still not a fan of breads with much more than flour, water, and a little levain. The kids loved it. Everyone except my youngest who, because of the molasses, thought she was eating some really messed-up gingerbread.
A few changes to Reinhart's formula and method: I used less yeast and I relegated the dough to the refrigerator for the first rise. I found the dough rather slack and sticky, but since I shaped it cold, I was able to do it without adding any additional flour.
This bread is good toasted for breakfast with honey, apple butter, or another sweet topping. I also imagine it would be good with roasted turkey (or ham) and some sort of fruit chutney.
I plan to post some pictures later in the evening.