muzzlehatch (4874) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2006
0.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
12 oz bottle from City Market in Burlington VT (December 2006) consumed from a Coors Banquet glass just out of the fridge. One of the modern wonders of the world is how we can re-make traditional products so that, having one or two crucial ingredients missing, we hardly notice the difference! Sugar-free sodas, fat-free mayonnaise, maple "flavored" syrup with no maple in it....these are miracles of modern science! So it is with bold anticipation that I take the plunge into the technological triumpth that is Bardís Tale: it pours a thick, oily gold with just a touch of head....the nose is sickly, sickly sweet, I guess it bears a *faint* resemblance to a beer, maybe even a cream ale, but mostly it smells like caramel candy and cream soda.....the body is quite sweet also, but the thick carbonation and almost immediate hammerblow of metallic saltiness makes this taste in the end like a cheap soda gone wrong....undrinkable beyond three sips. So much for science.
thegreenrooster (4086) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is a bright golden with a a white head. Aroma is musty with a little apple cider. Flavor is sweet but bitter with a tart finish. Not sure if i get the sorghum beers there is always something missing.
stoutloveril (21) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear and golden with a quickly disappearing head. Aroma is sweet, almost apple scent. Taste is light, thin and sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Definitely a unique beer. Glad I tried it.
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2006
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 oz Bottle-poured a golden color w/almost no head. Light fruity aroma. Definite creamy flavor unlike anything I have ever had-kind of thick & chewy, but not in a good way like a Stout. I guess thatís the sorghum-whatever that is. Very odd brew-this is the first Cream Ale Iíve had so Iím not sure if this is due to the style or the fact that there is no wheat, barley, grain. or rye in this beer-as they brag on the label. Thatís a lot of stuff to leave out of your beer, and this beer tastes like itís missing a lot of stuff. Wouldnít recomend this one.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2006
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bland yeast aroma. Golden body with no head. Bitter grain swill beer flavor. Overly bitter on the palate. YUCK!
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crystal clear pale yellow color with smallish pure white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very white-grape/wine like in quality, fruity notes of apricot/peach, touch of honey. Flavor also is very grape juice like, fair amount of honey, with a relatively sweet finish. Interesting, not a particularly good beer, but always interesting to taste an unusual beer ingredient.
LinusStick (3274) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The label on this beer is more interesting than the contents.After opening the bottle and pouring this into my pilsner, I stared at the label and felt like I should be with Frodo Baggins enjoying a pint. The sweet smell of apples (?) suprised me. I took a sip and noticed heavy carbonation and again, apples. I have never tried a Sorghum lager so I am assuming this is why I canít place this taste. This is a nice change of pace, but Iíll leave this one to the hobbits.
argo0 (13421) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(12oz bottle, bottled 5/30/06) Clear apple juice body topped by small but frothy off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, bread, herbal tea, peach. Taste is medium sweet, bread, lime, some nectarine. Light body. Not saying that itís particularly good, but itís much better than New Grist, another sorghum beer, which I tried immediately before this one.
Dogbrick (11851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2006
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This beer is a clear gold color with a thin and fizzy ivory colored head that burns out almost immediately. Very little lacing to be found. Aroma of grain and malt. Light-bodied with a sweet flavor which mainly comes from the sorghum. There is some malt and sour fruit as well. The finish is syrupy sweet with honey and sorghum. Didnít enjoy this one too much.
ClarkVV (6066) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 2006 bottle drunk on 10/5/06
Fizzy, eggshell colored head shows poor to medium retention, while the utterly clear body is full of large, aggressive bubbles. A warm butter colored bodied also has slight copper and pale gold tints. Little/no lacing.
Slightly sourish nose is full of what smells like corn, though I suppose itís the sorghum. Unusual flavors of vanilla wafers, plant stalks and light hay emanate from the liquid as well, nothing very attractive or particularly cohernt, however. Nor is the aroma exactly leaping from the glass.
Chewy sorghum grains are mostly dry, with a breadiness and light sourdough hints towards the finish. Corn meal, grits and/or pretzels all come to mind, while bits of dry hay are still notable, paralleling the aroma. I guess those are the hops.....Very fizzy, heavily aerated texture with just too much butter/corn/plant. I just had a sorghum beer and it was nothing like this, so you canít blame the grain. No alcohol apparent, seemingly poor extraction and filtering wreak havoc here. To the drain with you.....