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Mamba - Gilgamesh Brewing

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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 23.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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:
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."

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-04-2010)
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Photo of MadeInOregon
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%

MadeInOregon, Sunday at 05:04 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Pidgurtle, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of dzni
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured from a bottle.

appearance - flat with no head, cloudy orange

smell - orange or lemon, some sourness, and maybe some black tea?

taste - tangerine ... some tannic, black tea aspect

mouthfeel - medium bodied, almost no carbonation

drinkability - interesting with the citrus and black tea notes; mouthfeel is almost too smooth due to lack of carbonation. It's enjoyable enough, but not sure I would reach for it again.

dzni, Sep 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
3.89/5  rDev +6%

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.

cosmicevan, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

Macolton, Jul 18, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

atpca, Jul 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Admbmb92, Jun 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

sharpski, Jun 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

shelby415, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

Coni, Mar 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

lighthabit, Jan 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

craigreno, Dec 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

pbtimms1, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

dmorgan310, Jun 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Sati, May 16, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

leftoverburrito, May 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

fishguyac, Dec 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

timmick, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of cbarrett4
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

cbarrett4, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of EvanEngelstad
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%

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.

EvanEngelstad, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of jdense
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

On tap at Belmont Station Fringe Fest OBF week.

Minimal head, no dissipation to speak of with little or no lacing. Deep gold body, a bit of visible carbonation. Nose is fruity and flowery. Taste is pretty sweet up front, but very complex, tangerine zest, rye, no hops, and I didn't pick up the (subtle) black tea. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, a bit on the thin side of medium. An interesting tasting beer, though I believe the proper classification for this should be a Gruit, though it does fall into this catch-all category.ABV well hidden, I never would have guessed this was 8%. A pretty interesting brew from one of the new breweries on the Oregon scene. Recommended for the adventurous spirit.

jdense, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

John_M, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

On-tap in a pint glass at Breakside Brewery in Portland, OR.

appearance - ultra flat, no head, bright yellow orange, viscous

smell - tangerine and spice

taste - tangerine is dominant, nectar, black tea, spice, sweet

mouthfeel - full bodied, felt like nectar, smooth, little to no carbonation

drinkability - incredibly smooth, refreshing, flavorful

djbreezy, Jun 24, 2010
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Mamba from Gilgamesh Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.