Vader Black IPA | Gilgamesh Brewing

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Vader Black IPAVader Black IPA

Brewed by:
Gilgamesh Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Reidrover on 03-17-2012

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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 acurtis
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DOCRW
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drone
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jds16
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing black in the glass with a half finger khaki head with good retention and lacing. Nice, but light aroma of toasted malt, coffee and grassy, citrus hops. Flavor is citrus hops, dark toasted malt with a hint of char, light brewed coffee; finishes with citrus and grassy hop bitterness and a little charred coffee, a touch astringent. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A well balanced, but somewhat subdued coffee Cascadian Dark Ale. Nice balance of flavors, but the hops seem attenuated. Kudos to Gilgamesh for the date stamp on the bottle, but it is dated 8/2014, over two months old. Odd that they are entering the Washington market with hoppy beers that may be losing their hop nuances. Good enough that I look forward to the IPA I bought at the same time, but I may look for fresher product next time.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 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 of the better

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Photo of zestd
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of constantine_272
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
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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4.36/5  rDev +20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Needmorebeer312
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.77/5  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.

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Vader Black IPA from Gilgamesh Brewing
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