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Mamba - Gilgamesh Brewing

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 22.31%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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"

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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1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

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1.52/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Listen folks, I, as much as the next man, appreciate ingenuity in brewing. Having experienced a plethora of unconventional brews courtesy of professional and home brewers alike, my palate has adjusted to many a sharp left turns. This evening while catching the last 3 innings of a baseball game pitting my beloved Philadelphia Phillies against the dreaded New York Yankees, I overheard talk of a beer brewed with black tea and orange zest. No hops, you say? Quite curious. Please, barkeep, serve me a pint of this uncanny brew.
Granted, the bar where I happened upon this beer is a sports bar nestled in the "delightfully modest" North Tabor neighborhood of Portland. By no means is said establishment known for it's beer selection, but it does offer a handful of beers that wander off the beaten path. I could not resist ordering the most intriguing beer on the list.
The nose of the Mamba was fruity and earthy. Tea characteristics were definitely evident but the overall synergy of scents was unfortunately more reminiscent of the powdered Crystal Light mix my mom drank while I was a child. The taste, unfortunately, was not much better. It mirrored the Crystal Light nose, but was more stagnant. It was almost as if someone had spilled a bottle of crystal light on a lukewarm sidewalk, dropped a bag of black tea in it and subsequently crushed a not-yet-smoked, 5 year old cigar in it. Sometime, about three days later, a young boy having just chewed some passion fruit flavored taffy, spit in this puddle, which had since morphed into cesspool. Perhaps an aspiring brewer happened upon this cesspool and saw the image of the virgin in it. This, I figure, is the only plausible explanation for one brewing such a beer. P.S.: It almost made my brother puke.

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.08/5  rDev -15.2%

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3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

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3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint poured at the newest kid on the block here in NE Portland, Breakside Brewing.

The People's Choice winner at Portland's Spring Beer & Wine Fest, April 2010.

A: With a (former) name like 'Black Mamba', one might have reasonably expected a dark ebony pour, maybe reptilian. That assumption would have been woefully off-base, which is probably why the recent name-shortening occurred; this is a murky apricot/butterscotch orange, completely hazy and almost entirely lacking a head. Put another way: it's like the cloudiest, deadest-looking hefeweizen I've ever seen.

S: If you're seeking hops then seek elsewhere: the lack of them in Mamba leads to an array of other scents. Certainly the 'tea leaf' aroma and a spicy orange-citrus zest are there; it's got lemongrass and a white grape smell, even a little cherry. High marks for originality.

T: As goofy as the aroma is, flavor exceeds it. Orange blossoms and zest, a zing of earthy spice, nothing *too* sweet or candy-like, but skewing far away from bitterness, at least the typically 'beery' kind of bitterness. At times the citrus flavors veer towards tartness/tanginess, then a sweeter lemon/lime-ade.

M: Low carbonation (as mentioned before, almost 'dead'), but creamy to a fault. Medium body, and only the sneakiest of suspicions that an 8% beast might be lurking in the grass...

D: This one may not be everyone's cup of tea (pun intended), but it sure as hell is an interesting brew and definitely worth a try. I've had a few hopless beers (a couple of pretty good heather ales/gruits and the always intriguing HotD Greg) and would place this at the top of those I've tasted. My first pour from upstart Gilgamesh; I'll be looking for more.

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4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Mamba from Gilgamesh Brewing
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