I’m in Nashville for work and went to the Flying Saucer for dinner to hopefully try a couple new beers. They had a ton of beers on tap (as you can see a small sample of their enormous tap wall in the picture here). The bartender was great, letting me sample 4-5 different beers before finally making my selection. After dinner, this sounded like a good one to have as a beer dessert, as the menu said, “Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale is the first beer in the world, to our knowledge, made with whole roasted pecans. The pecans are used just like grain and provide a nutty characteristic and a delightful depth to the flavor profile. This beer is very lightly hopped to allow the malty, caramel, and nutty flavors shine through.”
Location: On tap at the Flying Saucer in Nashville, TN.
Numbers: 4.25% ABV, 16 IBUs, 15 SRM, 13.5 Plato OG, 5.5 Plato FG, 160 Calories
Ingredients: Grains: Maris Otter, caramel malt, wheat, roasted pecans, Hops: Magnum, Tettnang.
Appearance & Aroma: The beer was pretty clear and was a dark mahogany color. There was almost no head on it, only a few tight, small bubbles on top, and a nutty-caramel malt aroma.
Taste & Feel: It had a light medium body and was fairly smooth, with a little carbonation crispness. There was an pretty solid nutty flavor up front, followed by a full caramel maltiness that wasn’t too sweet. The roasted, nutty flavors game through even more in the finish.
Food Pairing: With it’s name, and the fact that I had just finished my meal, the obvious choice would be to pair this beer with a slice of pecan pie. However, I think the nuttiness would actually go great with BBQ ribs, brining an additional complexity to the flavors.
Overall Impression: As it’s name would suggest, this beer had a very solid roasted nutty flavor, along with a good caramel malt backbone. I think I was expecting the malt flavors to be a bit sweeter than they actually were, but it still had a very good flavor. Overall, I thought this had one of the most pronounced nutty flavors of almost any beer I’ve tried, but it was very drinkable. I could definitely see myself enjoying a few of these around the holidays.