Vader Black IPA | Gilgamesh Brewing

Vader Black IPAVader Black IPA
BA SCORE
3.65/5
59 Ratings
Vader Black IPAVader Black IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Reidrover on 03-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,331
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
59
pDev:
12.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 15
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of my_knew_craft
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DOCRW
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woemad
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can purchased at Total Wine in Spokane Valley, WA, for $1.79. I’ve seen this before but didn’t pull the trigger because the reviews aren’t terribly complementary. According to the can, this was canned on April 20, 2016. Perhaps it will have suffered for the time it’s been sitting, perhaps not. FWIW, it was the last can of this on the shelf, and I was in the mood for a coffee beer.

Poured into an Iron Goat pint glass, this was a very dark, almost cola-like shade of amber. Things look more like mahogany when held up to light, with a thick, creamy light tan head that hung around for some time and left “beer neglige” – type lace on the sides of the glass.

The nose isn’t super robust, but I can get some sharp piney hop notes over bitter coffee scents.

More herbal and bitter than the nose indicated when it comes to the hops, and the coffee flavor is there, but way in the background. If it was turned up a little higher in the mix, the balance might be better and the beer would be better for it. As it warmed up a bit, the balance did improve, but not by much. Bitter, dry zap to the palate at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a dry but coating mouthfeel.

Funny, when I first saw this on the shelf at TW, my first thought was that the brewery was named Vader, and that it came from the town of the same name along I-5 in SW Washington. The hops don’t seem to have faded much in three months, judging by the other reviews. This is okay, but between a couple east coast coffee IPAs and Pales I was gifted by SammyJaxxx, and Stone’s Mocha IPA, I think I’ve still yet to have a PNW spin on the coffee (I)PA that I’d be proud to give to someone in another part of the country.

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Photo of zestd
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snaotheus
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016-07-09
22oz bottle served in a large mug. Date on the bottle is 10/01/15, so it's...aged.

Pours dark black with deep brown edges, medium sized creamy colored and textured head and not a lot of carbonation. Smell is roasted coffee and malts, and not much else.

Taste is a moderately strong tasting coffee stout with a heavier hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Actually pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is effervescent and surprisingly dry. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cascadian Dark Ale brewed with coffee..
12 oz can with 6.4% ABV
Clear dark brown body with a tan head.
Moderately bitter overall and a bit higher in the aftertaste, with burnt coffee and grapefruit (hops) both contributing.

Overall: too bitter and too much burnt coffee and char.

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Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shelby415
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grnmtnman
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of constantine_272
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark blackish brown with s thin round tan head. Head had poor retention. Chocolate cocoa and dark black earth on the nose with a brown sugar sweetness. Taste on the other hand doesn't mirror the taste. The cocoa flavor stays but the bitterness takes it down the dry unsweetened cocoa powder path. A bitter green herbaceous flavor finishes long after the cocoa and lingers with cold bitter coffee with a slight vanilla. Not a hint of sweetness. Finish is very dry. Too dry. Overall, this beer didn't jive with me. The dry bitterness lacked balance and the roasted coffee added an acrid flavor.

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Photo of RHVC59
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of drone
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Domvan
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrMindbender
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very disappointed bottled on date (8-2014) in black ink on brown bottle with black beer inside. Worried from the get go, but the taste was there. Hops a little faded but a nice black coffee bitterness played well with the roasted malts. Very nice porter like color with a beautiful white foam head. Would love to try a fresher bottle.

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Photo of beerinmybelly
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dsimenson
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Briken
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with foamy head and good retention. Coffee and earthy hop aroma, almost unfinished yeast also. Good coffee up front to a bitter, very dry finish and tacky linger.

Really good coffee flavor to start but a terribly dirty finish just kills this beer. It also lingers on the palate very unpleasantly.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MtOrion
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Vader Black IPA from Gilgamesh Brewing
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 59 ratings
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