Russell Brewing Co. – Nectar of the Gods Whiskey Barrel Wheat Wine Ale (2013)
Russell Brewing Co. – Nectar of the Gods Whiskey Barrel Wheat Wine Ale (2013) Review
This is a Wheat Wine Ale from Russell Brewing Company which was aged in whiskey barrels called the Nectar of the Gods. at 10% and 70IBU it is a formidable brew and will likely pack a punch. Popping the bottles top and pouring this ale, the beer is a slightly clouded amber-gold colour with two fingers of head. The smell is strong with wheat with a whiskey kick. The nose is milder than you may have guessed with tropical fruit notes and clove coming through beyond the whiskey lead. For a big beer like this the nose is actually quite balanced and relatively mild. The flavour is sharp like you would expect for a big Wheat Wine and the barrel aged flavour is rather subtle leaving some space for big tropical fruit flavours in the back. Don’t get me wrong this is a big beer and is not for everyone but it is not quite as bold as a big imperial stout or most barley wines. The overall flavour could use some time to mellow but this beer will age quite well. My suggestion is to pick up a bottle and keep it in storage until this time next year. The Nectar of the Gods is pretty good now but in a year it will be even better.
Alcohol – 10%
IBU – 70
Size – 650ml
Price – $7.50 (Craft Retailer)