Mamba | Gilgamesh Brewing

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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
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
18.09%
 
 
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6
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Photo of acurtis
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of LXIXME
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
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 Gagnonsux
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a one finger white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with light lacing. Interesting aroma of orange citrus, light stone fruit, black tea, mild wheat; rose floral. Flavor is slightly bread, mostly neutral malt, tangerine, tea, hints of tannin, mildly earthy; very much like a lightly citrus ice tea. Medium bodied with odd carbonation that is spritzy on the tongue at first and then disappears, leaving the finish seem undercarbonated. This does excel as a tea infused light ale. The tea and citrus are balanced nicely and it's refreshing to taste orange rather than lemon with tea. The malt is subdued, which does allow the tea to shine, but makes this less interesting as an ale. An interesting experiment that worked as advertised. I'm a modest tea drinker, so this had less interest to me than other flavors might have. Absolutely amazingly well covered alcohol, in a blind taste, I would have thought this was as innocent as an iced tea. Enjoyable and quite drinkable as a tasting experiment. I've enjoyed the ales from Gilgamesh so far.

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Photo of LoveStout
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of flagmantho
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: lightly murky medium orange-brown body with a thin layer of fizzy foam when poured. The head doesn't stick around long at all, but I like the color.

Smell: the tea aroma definitely gets lost but the tangerine and bergamot really come through. I like the citrusy nature of it.

Taste: nicely floral and herbal without being too bitter or astringent. There's a good sweetness to the underlying beer, and I think there's a bit of rye to it (though my bottle doesn't say anything about rye in the ingredients list). As an herbal beer I think it's relatively successful.

Mouthfeel: this beer has a moderate body but very little carbonation, so it seems nearly flat. Not so great, but who knows? Maybe that's what the brewers wanted.

Overall: a good herby beer. I'm not so hot about the lack of carbonation, but there's enough body to keep it drinkable.

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Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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 beertunes
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Canada_Dan
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cosmicevan
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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 snaotheus
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2015-04-04
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 msubulldog25
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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 sharpski
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Ohiovania
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of grittybrews
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevindp9
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of jdense
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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 leftoverburrito
2/5  rDev -46.8%

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3.76 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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