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Vader Black IPA - Gilgamesh Brewing

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Vader Black IPA
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gilgamesh Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Reidrover on 03-17-2012)
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Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

Pours two fingers of head on an almost black body.
The aroma has chocolate, coffee and a little lemon and pine. Nice blend.
The taste has a nice moderate pine bitterness throughout, the coffee and roasted malt in the background provide a good balance.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.

Fatehunter, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of MadeInOregon
4.36/5  rDev +20.4%

MadeInOregon, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of jds16
3.8/5  rDev +5%

Label calls it a "Coffee Cascadian Dark Ale". Sounded intriguing when I saw it in the airport gift shop, so I brought one home with me. I enjoy Cascadian Dark Ales as well as the handful of coffee IPAs I've tried, so I was looking forward to this.

The beer's appearance lived up to its name, and the lace clung to the side of my glass all the way down. Aroma reminded me of orange-infused chocolate and coffee, and the taste largely followed suit, but with the coffee more prevalent. I thought this was a very good beer, but I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get as much hop flavor as I expected from a CDA. I felt like the roasty flavors dominated and the hops were just in the background. Maybe it was an old bottle; it was from an airport gift shop, and sadly I didn't see any date on the label. Aside from the lack of hop character I expected, this was a very tasty and drinkable brew. I'll drink it again next time I'm in Oregon.

jds16, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Mileskg21
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Mileskg21, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of atpca
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

atpca, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

sharpski, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of IpeeA
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

IpeeA, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

one of the best style fusions i have ever encountered, and my first beer from gilgamesh is a total winner! this thing is awesome. a coffee cascadian dark ale, dark dark brown in color, and holding on to an inch or more of just off white wispy head. it smells intensely earthy and bitter, coffee heavy, but equally robust roasted grain aroma, fresh as they come, and then hopped to high heaven with a mix of bittering and slightly orangey hops. i love it. its coffee first and last in the flavor. up front its balanced by a lot of grain body and a roastiness of its own, maybe a touch of sweetness. on the back end its paired up with the hops, bitter yet juicy, a cool combination with the low acidity coffee and extremely lush full body. deeply earthen vibe to this one, the coffee used is obviously of the highest imaginable quality, and is blended in expertly. still bubbly on the tongue, and a long slightly vegetal bitterness finishes it off. overall im in love with it, have never seen such a cool coffee beer that still fits neatly as an ipa of sorts. truly one of a kind, majorly impressive, and worthy of seeking out. honestly the coffee is almost like another grain in the mash here, it does something different in this than it usually does, and i cant get enough.

StonedTrippin, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Sir_Goatman, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev +10.5%

chossboss, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of CarlG-H
4/5  rDev +10.5%

CarlG-H, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of artoolemomo
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a huge amount of head which seems to have pretty good retention as well. The head is a light beige while the body is a chestnut to chocolate brown that glows burgundy and crimson when held up to the light.

Nose- Small but rounded coffee notes from the bottle which shows more nuance from the glass. It's fairly creamy and hints at caramel and chocolate. Some citrus- mostly oranges. After some time, roasted malt notes start to soar. Swirling shows much of the same. Not mind-blowing, but definitely has some promise.

Taste- Starts off with a nice front of coffee with cream and slight chocolate notes that moves into a middle of citrus (mostly oranges here as well) and then finishes with roasted malts with more of a bitter coffee aspect that mixes with pine and resin from the hops. Not all that complex but it is a fairly effective flavor profile. Good balance and integration. Some caramel that blends with the citrus of the middle and almost becomes burnt caramel with hints of matchstick but the coffee bitterness takes over before this. I've experienced coffee in CDAs (or CDAesque beers) before and I think it's a good way to go. Fair amount of presence but somewhat simplistic. Coffee is pretty solid and doesn't have any sour or acrid notes. Not a great beer but it is a good, solid one. I think some of the lower ratings may be from people who expected a more traditional black IPA rather than a coffee IPA.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with light carbonation and hints at smoothness and cream.

Drinkability- Fairly accessible and while not all that complex, it does keep my interest. 5 bucks a bomber seems fair and I might purchase this again.

Overall- Good, solid beer. Pretty true to a nascent style while being innovative at the same time. Definitely worth a try and I wouldn't pass this up if it were given to me. Not sure if I would buy it again. The lack of complexity is a factor in that.

artoolemomo, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Coni
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Coni, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Beerme5
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Beerme5, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of craigreno
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

craigreno, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- Poured a very dark brown with big fluffy off-white head that left big chunky, cascading lace.

S- Big roasted coffee, citrusy and grapefruit hops, some grassy and piney hop notes. Lots of coffee and hop bitterness in the aroma.

T- Big roasted coffee, piney and grassy hops, pretty big sweet bready notes, caramel syrup, toffee, light earthy notes ,and some light citrusy and grapefruit hops. Huge coffee and hop bitterness from start to finish.

M- Medium body, quite creamy, smooth, and mostly dry finish.

O- I am a big fan of this coffee infused hoppy ale. I had this at a beerfest earlier in the year and it was one of the best beers I had that night, glad to see Gilgamesh has started to bottle it. It has very bold coffee and hop character with high bitterness and it blends together nicely.

Hoptometrist, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

johnnyboy76, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of Chou
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Chou, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of lighthabit
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sampler on tap at the Salem Bite Brew-n-Food festival

bit of head, not much, though. fine veil of foam across surface. hops balanced by nice sweetness, a bite of carbonation. transitions from hops into sweetness. dark garnet / brown, finishes with kick at the front of the tongue.

lighthabit, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

dmorgan310, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of leftoverburrito
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

leftoverburrito, May 08, 2013
Photo of joefc
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

joefc, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Gilgamesh’s Lounge in downtown Salem. $4 Dark dark brown with a nice tan head..it was dark in the lounge! Nice roasty coffee, strong porter mixed with resiny hop aromas. Excellent creamy dark coffee taste up front then a nice dose of hop bitterness that lingers pleasantly. Good mouthfeel to this one..thick and tasty. Overall and excellent CDA..one of the better

Reidrover, Mar 17, 2012
Vader Black IPA from Gilgamesh Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.