Mamba | Gilgamesh Brewing

MambaMamba
BA SCORE
3.63/5
59 Ratings
MambaMamba
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gilgamesh Brewing
Oregon, United States
gilgameshbrewing.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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."

Added by msubulldog25 on 05-04-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,662
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
59
pDev:
18.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of pbtimms1
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of Elendinn
4.94/5  rDev +36.1%
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!

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Photo of EvanEngelstad
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

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Photo of Pidgurtle
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of MtOrion
4.5/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of timmick
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of owenwood
4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sour orange that rides the palate longer than expected. Lay off food for a bit and let this taste play out. I don't quite sense the "tea" that's touted on the can, but there's something lemony in there also. Very cloudy and lacing is non-existent. The colder the better (had 3 of these over a long evening).

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Photo of warrenc
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dense orange, thin head. Nose is lime, malty-sweet tea. Taste of light earthy malt ,citrus is evident, the rye and bergamot are on the edge. Very drinkable on a hot day and tasty for not having any hops.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fizzician
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bit on the sweet side for my taste, but not overly so and has some interesting flavors. Couldn't really pick out the tea flavors, though. Overall, enjoyed but probably wouldn't get again.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ohiovania
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of John_M
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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Photo of msubulldog25
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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Photo of Macolton
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of fishguyac
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Coni
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of ricke49
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Malty, fruity (sweet) with just a hint of dirty rye. Refreshing when cold, sorta like a shandy (but much heavier). Label says tangerine, tastes very orang-y to me. Would be very interesting as a barrel aged item.

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Photo of djbreezy
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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Photo of jdense
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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Photo of cosmicevan
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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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Admbmb92
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Mamba from Gilgamesh Brewing
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 59 ratings
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