Hey brew. Noob here too, but I tried to get hazelnut flavor into a panna cotta with a frangelico reduction and struck out...there's lots of other flavors and tons of sugars. I'd try to find an extract, and if you find a good one, let me know.
Also, I'd suggest NOT trying an exotic flavor in your first batch. Make a fairly standard recipe, then try the flavorings (I got this from reading the FAQs, and it's served me well in my also early journey).