Mamba - Gilgamesh Brewing

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 43
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gilgamesh Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-04-2010

Early versions were called "Black Mamba"

0 IBU
Brewer's notes: "A hopless brew with a light, yet slightly sweet, spicy body. Brewed with black tea and a hint of tangerine zest and rye."
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Photo of Fatehunter
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a hazy copper body.
The aroma is grain and lemon.
The taste is mild bitterness, lemon.
The texture is a little thicker.
It's a little interesting. (167 characters)

Photo of EvanEngelstad
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I first tasted Black Mamba at Venti's in Salem, OR, where the new Gilgamesh Brewing was offering samples of its beers. About a year later, with fond memories of that night, I decided to buy a growler of Mamba at f/stop Fitzgerald's.

-golden deep amber color, only a shadow of your finger is visible through the other side of the glass
-small, bubbly head that dissipates fairly quickly
-strawberry yogurt aroma, sweet and creamy smell at the same time
-no bitterness at beginning, sweet and tangy taste
-medium to low sparkly carbonation, a bit dry mouthfeel
-long finish with the bitterness of orange zest

I enjoyed this beer a lot; it is an intriguing and unique brew. My friends (some beer geeks and some that don't normally like beer) all enjoyed the Mamba as well. (772 characters)

Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a one finger white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with light lacing. Interesting aroma of orange citrus, light stone fruit, black tea, mild wheat; rose floral. Flavor is slightly bread, mostly neutral malt, tangerine, tea, hints of tannin, mildly earthy; very much like a lightly citrus ice tea. Medium bodied with odd carbonation that is spritzy on the tongue at first and then disappears, leaving the finish seem undercarbonated. This does excel as a tea infused light ale. The tea and citrus are balanced nicely and it's refreshing to taste orange rather than lemon with tea. The malt is subdued, which does allow the tea to shine, but makes this less interesting as an ale. An interesting experiment that worked as advertised. I'm a modest tea drinker, so this had less interest to me than other flavors might have. Absolutely amazingly well covered alcohol, in a blind taste, I would have thought this was as innocent as an iced tea. Enjoyable and quite drinkable as a tasting experiment. I've enjoyed the ales from Gilgamesh so far. (1,124 characters)

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cbarrett4
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass at Nano-brew festival PDX.

According to the brewer: "...this beer is a very complex, hopless brew [...] brewed with black tea, a hint of tangerine zest, and rye..."

I found this brew to be very interesting and complex. There is a ripe fruitiness on the nose and palate framed nicely by the rye with subtle nuances from the black tea and a tartness that I assume comes from the tangerine zest.

Unique, but of very good quality. If I had tasted it blindfolded and someone asked me what brewery made this I would have said Dogfish Head! Gilgamesh continues to impress me, I just wish their beers were more available in Portland. (660 characters)

Photo of grnmtnman
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MadeInOregon
3.08/5  rDev -17%

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Macolton
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Belmont Station fringe fest. One of the more interesting and unusual beers sampled at the festival yesterday.

The beer pours a rich, viscuous, hazy, tannish orange color with decent head retention, but virtually no lacing. The nose is pretty wild, showcasing jasmine, black tea, tangerine and light wheat. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this rich (not sweet), thick, viscuous beer. Additionally, I get flavors of peach, apple and cherry, coupled with a touch of lemon and lime. Carbonation seemed pretty low in this beer, which enhances the thick, rich mouthfeel. This beer has at most a modest amount of sweetness on the mid palate, but with a pretty long and dry finish. The alcohol is very well disguised in this beer, and I was very surprised to see the 8% abv.

Although quite unusual, I found this beer to be enjoyable, with good drinkability. While this beer is unusual, it nevertheless reminded me very much of Saint Somewhere's Saison Du Chene. Regardless, this was another fun, intriguing beer from the folks at Gilgamesh. (1,074 characters)

Photo of Admbmb92
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from my man, rathakem. Enjoyed from a pfriem snifter.

Brew pours a murky and clouded sienna orange with a nice puffy head that eventually vanished leaving a ring on the surface where the beer meets the glass. Nose is soft and pleasant. Big tea notes...not a big tea guy but this definitely reminds me of the green teas I have tried. Soft sweet tangerine finishes the nose. The taste is as advertised and the beer really carries a tea like mouthfeel. Light and enjoyable. The tangerine gives it a lift so it doesn't just taste like a spiked iced tea. light carbonation, interesting but tasty beverage. (608 characters)

Photo of Pidgurtle
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Handsome orangey amber in the DuPont chalice with a modest foam. This actually tastes like tea. A light Earl Grey taste, with the bergamot herbal aroma and flavor. Some citrus flavors that linger in the aftertaste and a slightly acidic mouthfeel.

This is quite flavorful, but a liuttle too much like Snapple lemon iced tea for my taste. It's really more like tea than beer, though plenty strong with alcohol. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynwood. (470 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: lightly murky medium orange-brown body with a thin layer of fizzy foam when poured. The head doesn't stick around long at all, but I like the color.

Smell: the tea aroma definitely gets lost but the tangerine and bergamot really come through. I like the citrusy nature of it.

Taste: nicely floral and herbal without being too bitter or astringent. There's a good sweetness to the underlying beer, and I think there's a bit of rye to it (though my bottle doesn't say anything about rye in the ingredients list). As an herbal beer I think it's relatively successful.

Mouthfeel: this beer has a moderate body but very little carbonation, so it seems nearly flat. Not so great, but who knows? Maybe that's what the brewers wanted.

Overall: a good herby beer. I'm not so hot about the lack of carbonation, but there's enough body to keep it drinkable. (912 characters)

Photo of kevindp9
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MtOrion
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gilgamesh- "Mamba":
Herbed/ Spiced Beer
Look: 4.5
Smell: 4.5
Taste: 4.5
Feel: 4.5
Overall: 4.5
This Spiced brew from Gilgamesh offers a wondrous display of pleasantries for all the senses. It plays tricks on your from the get go. The pour is a carmel amber clarity, that sheens in the light with a subtle head to awaken your nostrils. Your nose is deceived by what is thinks to be a morning citrus black tea, but little does your nose or tongue know, that it is a brew that awaits. No bitter interrupts the pleasantries upon arrival on the pallet, just smooth orange and black tea. It is as it is advertised. No tricks, no gimmicks, simply an extremely well done specialty brew that is unique to what it says Gilgamesh was going for. Well balanced with tangerine, rye, and black tea. This is a great experience from Gilgamesh brewing. (834 characters)

Photo of pbtimms1
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of Elendinn
4.94/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first BA review -- I felt it necessary upon drinking this brew. On tap at Venti's Café in Salem. Served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance -- cloudy orange, like puréed grapefruit. No head, no lacing to speak of.

Smell -- tea immediately dominates the nose, followed by a sweet, citrusy, floral aroma. Very enticing.

Taste -- again, black tea is prominent; sweet tangerine and grapefruit flavors dominate the finish. Alcohol is barely perceptable, but lingers slightly. More like a fruit drink than a beer... in a good way.

Mouthfeel -- very little carbonation, which, admittedly, is often a turn-off, but suits this particular style very well. Dangerously smooth.

Drinkability -- ridiculously drinkable. Might occasionally be too sweet, and will almost certainly not appeal to the orthodox hop fanatics, but is very refreshing and can easily result in the imbibing of more than should realistically be imbibed. In short: Yum! (939 characters)

Photo of lighthabit
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste and color of black tea. Hints of citrus with no discernable spice from the rye. Can says they used bergamot to give an earl gray like quality but I am having trouble picking that out. Average beer to me nice hot weather drinking though. A little more carbonation would make this better. (292 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy orange amber with little head retention of an yellowish foam. Light orange and slight spice aroma. Sweet orange and a very light spice. Thin light body.

Not really much to this beer. If you like a tea consistency and sweet orange then it's a beer to drink. I really don't find anything to revisit from this as even a refreshing, light summer beer but then again I'm not much of a tea drinker either. (407 characters)

Photo of leftoverburrito
2/5  rDev -46.1%

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Mamba from Gilgamesh Brewing
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