Remember your father telling you that drinking beer puts hair on your chest? Well if that’s true, drinking this beer should turn any smooth bodied male into a Robin Williams or Alec Baldwin. It’s Russell Brewing Company Nectar of the Gods Wheat Wine Ale.
Released on March 2, 2012, Nectar of the Gods is Russell’s first barrel aged beer. Here are a number of reasons to swing by your local liquor store before this gem is gone for good. Four months in Kentucky whiskey barrels, 10% alcohol content, a unique blend of malts and hops, and let’s not forget the fact that the entire batch has been pre sold.
As mentioned above, this single batch premium ale is Russell’s first barrel aged beer. It’s something not many micro breweries attempt, but at the rate barrel aged beer flies off the shelves, it seems to be growing in popularity. The time spent in the barrels gives Nectar of the Gods a Kentucky whiskey aroma and flavour, as well as subtle accents of fruit and vanilla. It’s surprisingly smooth, but the finish is when you get that Kentucky whiskey taste, making it a sipping ale.
Russell blends 50% wheat malts with Pilsner and Munich malts, and seasons this ale with Columbus hops and French Strisselspalt hops. The hops add elements of black currant and bitterness, rounding out Nectar of the Gods with a truly complex taste.
Like other barrel aged beers, Nectar of the Gods isn’t for your standard lager drinker. Beers like this are created by the brewmasters, people who love beer, who are passionate about beer – people who buy it, who appreciate it, who revel in a release like this, fall under that same umbrella.
Available in 650ml bottles, and only in select liquor stores, this is an ale for beer drinkers who demand real flavour. Even whiskey drinkers would probably give this ale a nod of approval. It’s great for a night off, and a wonderful topic of conversation at parties, so prepare your taste buds, and pick up a bottle of Russell Brewing Company Nectar of the Gods Wheat Wine Ale.
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