Name: Bard’s The Original Sorghum Malt Beer
Brewery: Bard’s Tale Beer Company, LLC
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Buffalo, New York
Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.6%
First Brewed: 2005
The nose is sweet with sharp, pleasant aromas that include hints of coffee and butterscotch. The flavors are smooth and sweet with a nice hop presence, hints of butterscotch, and a long finish.
There is a lot of talk about gluten-free products. From the food we eat to the beer we drink, gluten-free is a popular topic of discussion. The beer we are drinking today would fit nicely in that conversation. The beer is gluten-free. Apparently there are 10,000 different types of sorghum out there… and no one knows which one is best to brew with. But let’s see what this little guy smells and tastes like.
What is that nose? I like it… a lot. I want to say fruit, but I am not sure. It smells wet too, and I fear, based on how this poured into the glass, is going to be a little carbonated as well.
But it’s not. It’s not carbonated at all. It actually has very little mouthfeel whatsoever. It goes in, goes down, and you sit there thinking… what’s next? Let’s try it again just for good measure. Yeah, same thing. The best way I can describe this is drinking a can of soda that has been left open in the fridge for, oh, a week.
I’m sorry to all of those who live a gluten-free life, but I have to tell you… my beer tastes better. This is just bad. The smell is incredible, but it stops there. I hate that too, as I wanted this beer to be good. At least for the gluten-free people.
The bottle this beer was in was very dark… dark glass, and a black label. Honestly, from a bottle that “dark” – this isn’t what I expected to see poured into the glass. It’s very carbonated, very thin, little head, and a dark golden color. If it was a little bit lighter, it would look almost like champagne. It smells good, but not really like beer. It has kind of a strawberry-honey smell to it. All of this… the label, the look, the smell… really makes me curious what it tastes like. Let’s find out!
Interesting… first no flavor at all, then the fruity-honey flavor, then the finish and aftertaste is… well, not good. The aftertaste it leaves is awful. Not something I want sitting in my mouth – I’ll have to get something to wash it down with, I think. I think there’s a good flavor in the middle there somewhere, but it gets lost, unfortunately. The beginning and ending tastes aren’t very good, and the middle taste just doesn’t last long enough. I was hopeful when I saw the bottle (I like the look of it), but my hopes were dashed pretty quickly. I probably wouldn’t buy this beer again.
963 bottles of beer on the wall…