Mamba | Gilgamesh Brewing

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Brewed by:
Gilgamesh Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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."

Added by msubulldog25 on 05-04-2010

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1.5/5  rDev -58.8%

Photo of kappat30
1.52/5  rDev -58.2%
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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Photo of leftoverburrito
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of Briken
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of LoveStout
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MadeInOregon
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kevindp9
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of frontalot
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Donkster46
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of craigreno
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Dsimenson
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rarigney
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fatehunter
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Epicfail97081
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of snaotheus
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split between a pair of snifters. Appears to have 1-6-15 printed on the bottle, no other dates or explanations or codes.

Pours a hazy light brassy color. Medium head that fades fast. Fair amount of carbonation. Smell is funky, odd, herby and musty, vegetable.

Taste is interesting -- definitely get black tea, definitely get some citrus. Something very creamy about it, too, and some vague spiciness that I don't know how to identify.

Mouthfeel is medium and fizzy. Overall, not bad; interesting beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Chris for this one. an interesting brew containing tea and orange rind, it has a nice orange kick to it and the tea gives it an interesting aspect. The hazy orange-gold color was attractive. The body was smooth and even, with a semi-dry finish. This interesting brew was easy drinking, and I would happily drink more if I ever see it.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lighthabit
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Punisher
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Mamba from Gilgamesh Brewing
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 61 ratings
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