Review of Bard’s Gold
Posted on February 26, 2010 by mike
In this episode I review Bard’s Gold by Bard’s Tale Beer Co out of Utica, NY. This beer is extremely interesting to me because it is not made from the regular ingredients that go into beer such as wheat, barley, oats or rye. It has a subtle hop and caramel smell, but the flavor comes from something else. I assume it is the sorghum that is coming through to give the flavor. I really can’t describe what Bard’s Gold sorghum flavor is. It really seems earthy or kind of like a dust ball with a lot of density. I don’t really like it or maybe I just haven’t had enough sorghum?
I do have to hand it to Bard’s Tale for making a gluten free beer. My research shows that there is about 3 million people out there that suffer from illness or disease because of gluten. I wonder how many of those people drink Bard’s Gold because of that sole fact. I probably won’t drink it again but I think its an idea that is true to craft brewing. That idea being a lot of experimentation to find something that works. However, the side of the bottle says, sorghum, yeast, water and hops; don’t you think you could experiment a little more?
Copper colored and freakishly clear and consistent in color. Fast carbonation with some really small and some larger bubbles. The head didn’t really rise nor stick around.
At first it seems thicker than it is but I’d give this a light feeling. The carbonation is nice on the tongue and throat.
Very subtle caramel and hop floral aroma.
Funny. Not in a bad way, just not the way you are expecting. The hops don’t really come out so your left with this sweet weird bitter taste that I could only imagine a thick dust ball would taste like. Kind of musty.
If I was on a gluten free diet I’d prolly drink it, but I don’t think I’d drink many of these.
I think its worth a try to give something else a shot, but I would definitely split the 6 pack with someone that is as curious as you are because it isn’t what you are probably looking for in “beer”. I do think this could make a good conversational piece for beer parties or tastings if you are into that sort of thing, but like I said, I’ll probably never drink Bard’s Gold Sorghum Beer again.